City: Richmond Hill
Tania is extremely deserving of our PHS Spotlight. She is by far one of the most modest people I have ever met. She is a brilliant individual with a wealth of knowledge in many areas.
Tania has worked at Women’s College Hospital for 19 years. She started the pelvic health physiotherapy program at the hospital. When the program closed after returning from maternity leave, Tania moved o to Women’s cancers, specifically breast cancer, breast reconstruction, and lymphedema and seniors health. She has worked in many areas of the hospital including pre and post natal, osteoporosis, PCOS, chronic disease management and wound care. Tania also has a faculty position at the University of Toronto and lecturer both at the University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario.
Don’t miss out on the upcoming course that Tania is teaching for Pelvic Health Solutions in February – Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
How long have you been practicing pelvic health physiotherapy?
I have been practicing physiotherapy for 20 years
What lead you into the specialty of pelvic health?
I started working at Women’s College Hospital in 1998. My responsibility was to develop the pelvic health physiotherapy role. I continued in this role for 8 years until the clinic was closed. At that time I moved into women’s cancers both as inpatient and outpatient physiotherapist as well as seniors health. Our hospital went through many changes and I evolved the physiotherapy role in breast cancer from pre-surgery to post surgery and lymphedema.
What do you love most about your profession?
I love that I can help women in areas where they are most vulnerable. In the world of cancer, physiotherapists can be great educators. There are many things they cannot control during treatment but through education and exercise we can enable people to live full lives without the functional deficits they can be left with after surgery.
Favourite course/what course has changed your clinical practice the most?
There have been many courses that have influenced my practice. One course that really impressed my career was an upper extremity lymphedema course. For the first time I saw 5 different physiotherapists, all of whom were trained by different lymphedema schools, come together, and share their knowledge. It was also the first time I saw how valuable physiotherapy skills were for women’s cancers.
What has been your most rewarding experience?
I supported a client through her cancer journey. She chose not to undergo any treatments. It was very difficult to watch, especially working in a conservative medical world. Unfortunately she passed away and she left me her pandora angel. I treasure it.
What advice would you provide to new physiotherapists getting started in pelvic health?
We are all individuals with many different experiences and backgrounds. It is important to recognize your strengths and to draw from that. Also, we are educators and we have the ability to teach women how to support their own health and well-being.