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Breast Cancer Rehabilitation: Live-Online – December 2022

December 3, 2022 - December 4, 2022
Registration Information
  • Register before
    October 22nd, 2022
    for early bird pricing

  • Regular Course Price:
    after October 22nd, 2022

Course Instructors:

Tania Obljubek, BSc, BScPT graduated from Lakehead University in 1993 and went on to pursue another degree in physical therapy at the University of Western Ontario. She has worked in a variety of settings including burns, hands, in patient and out patient orthopedics including pool therapy. She has spent the last 19 years in women’s health at Women’s College Hospital. In 1998 she began a pelvic health program at Women’s College Hospital and went on to win the prestigous Schulich Clinical award for excellence for innovative clinical programming. In time, she moved into cancer care specifically pre and post operative breast cancer, reconstructive and lymphedema physical therapy care. She completed her lymphedema training and acupuncture certification in 2007. Educating both students and rehabilitation professionals about women’s health has always been a passion to Tania Obljubek. She has a status appointment at University of Toronto and also lectures at University of Western Ontario. She has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences, courses and meetings. Recently she completed a year long leadership program through the Schulich School of Business. In her spare time she is an avid reader, mother, yoga enthusiast, knitter and cross stitcher.

Jen Bladon, (BSc. PT, FCAMPT, CIDN, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, YTT 300hr, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer) has her physiotherapy practice as part of the team at Crossfit Newmarket Aurora Central (CFNAC). Her work has also included an advanced practice role with a shoulder focus working with Dr John Randle, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in shoulder conditions at Southlake Regional Health Centre. As a clinician at Southlake for almost 20 years, Jen helped to develop the present shoulder rehab protocols along with Dr Randle. Other clinical interests include pelvic health/pelvic floor rehabilitation supporting women along their lifespan, as well as blending physiotherapy to fitness utilizing a coaching lens for active individuals and athletes of all ages. For more than 10 years, Better Than Fit: Physiotherapy, Fitness, and Yoga has represented Jen’s overreaching aim to support all aspects of physical and emotional wellness ~ providing workshops, small group therapeutic exercise and yoga sessions, and dynamic patient care in collaboration with the CFNAC team and other like minded health care and fitness professionals in the community. When not working with patients, you can find Jen enjoying (while often learning and researching for patients!) a daily movement and training practice either inside or outside of the gym. Married to Rob, a high school physical education teacher and coach, they have two kids Olivia and Kellen. As a dedicated lacrosse family (as well as loving hockey and basketball in the lacrosse “off season”), the Bladon family believes in an active lifestyle along with the power of sport as a way to live life to the fullest.

Louise Haley, PT, RN, CLT, opened Haley Rehab, a private clinic specializing in cancer rehabilitation in 2004.  Prior to launching one of the first inter-disciplinary cancer rehab clinics in Ontario she developed and managed a physiotherapy clinic at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre where her passion for oncology rehab was ignited.  She has over 29 years of experience in health care and holds degrees in Physiotherapy (McMaster) and Nursing (Lakehead). During the past decade her focus has been primarily on treating breast cancer patients. Louise is certified in lymphedema management (Vodder), ADP (compression garments), acupuncture, dry needling and ergonomics. She is passionate about helping individuals undergoing breast surgeries. Recently she rebranded her business to Breast Rehab where she and her team focus on pre- and post-op breast rehab. She enjoys bird watching, knitting, hiking and camping with her husband Peter.

Please note:

To register for this course, please download the following registration forms in pdf format and email it to info@pelvichealthsolutions.ca or fax it to 888-653-4533

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Breast Cancer Rehab December 2022

Did you know 1 in 8 women in Canada will develop breast cancer and over 65% will be left with impairments that can be treated/prevented by rehabilitation professionals.  Cancer treatments can also leave people with or at risk for other chronic diseases.

Would you like to learn how to work in a specialized area of practice?

Do you want to empower people with tools to be physically resilient through treatment?

Would you like to learn from experts in the field?

Then this course is for you….

This course will teach evidence-based rehabilitation techniques through all stages of treatment including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and endocrine therapies. Special focus will be on the practical learning of therapeutic exercise prescription, soft tissue manipulation techniques and home exercise programming through all stages of treatment. This course will also include special lectures/workshops from experts.  Including a workshop on evaluating shoulder and upper quadrant issues and prescribing exercises with a Women’s Health focus lens by Jen Bladon owner of Better than Fit and advanced practice PT in shoulder rehab. Ann Dimenna, author and owner of Markham Lymphatic Center will present on risk reduction and lymphedema assessment and treatment techniques.  Finally, Louise Haley, owner of Haley Rehab will be discussing the use of LLTT, DN, acuscope, and US and their use in rehabilitative treatment after breast cancer.

This course is a live online course with labs demonstrated via video and experiential exercises classes.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the surgical and medical management of breast cancer.
  • Describe basic anatomy of the breast, upper quadrant and lymphatic system.
  • Understand the roadmap of physical therapy interventions before, during and after breast cancer treatment.
  • Learning to look at postural/alignment along with patient’s unique circumstances (ie how they lived in their body “before” cancer/treatment) and setting the stage for exercise prescription.
  • Understand breast reconstruction surgery and the important role of rehabilitation.
  • Identify, treat and provide manual therapy and individualized exercise programming for
    • Pre and post operative period
    • Axillary web syndrome (cording)
    • Scar tissue pain and restriction
    • Radiation fibrosis and its effect on tissues and mobility
  • Understand the place LLLT, dry needling, therapeutic US and other modalities can play in treatment.
  • Assessment and treatment of breast swelling.
  • Learn about the lymphatic system and how it is affected by breast cancer treatments and the role a therapist can play in risk reduction strategies for lymphedema.  Also be able to teach appropriate return to exercise, work and activities when one is at risk.
  • Learn individualized exercise programs to improve function, reduce impairments and to improve overall quality of life through all stages of treatment.
  • Understand the effects of chemotherapy, cancer related fatigue, osteoporosis, cardio-toxicity and hormone changes on rehabilitative interventions.
  • Be aware of how pelvic health is affected by breast cancer treatment and ideas to support clients.
  • Learn the most recent exercise guidelines for cancer survivors and the importance in helping with healthy living.

Audience: All regulated health professional including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and massage therapists.

Prerequisites: None

Hours: Saturday: 10:30am-6:30pm ET (Toronto) / Sunday: 10:30am-6:30pm (Toronto)

Being a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist goes beyond the pelvis. Taking the Breast Cancer Rehabilitation course allowed me to become a more well-rounded Women’s Health Therapist. Tania provided an excellent, informative course. She delivered the information in such a clear and organized way, that I felt I could go back to clinic and put it into practice immediately. I came away with a better understanding of the disease itself, all of its effects, side effects and the process of treatment. You will not regret signing up, and you’ll look forward to helping so many more women in their survivorship!

– Celeste B

Thank you Pelvic Health Solutions for adding this much needed topic to your already dynamic list of courses. I signed up for this course with the eagerness to help those in need but I was lacking the knowledge. I left this course feeling confident, well-educated and ready to treat women with breast cancer. Tania was amazing! Her knowledge and passion for helping women through various stages of their cancer journey was inspiring. She created an atmosphere that was very welcoming and comfortable; where we could discuss cases, ask questions and participate in hands on activities.  I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be taught by such an experienced professional. Thanks Tania & PHS!!

– Nadia R

The Breast Cancer Rehabilitation course was an incredible opportunity to gain clarity when working with clients who have been diagnosed with or are recovering from breast cancer. Treating and caring for this specialized population requires particular care, awareness of red flags and special considerations as well as planning and this incredible course laid out a clear framework. This course was both enlightening and practice changing and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

– Chana R