About us

At Pelvic Support Physiotherapy we take take great pride in our staff.

All our staff have extensive specialized training in treating pelvic health conditions and are constantly upgrading skills. We regularly teach other professionals – doctors, midwives and other physiotherapists about pelvic health.

We are proud of the results we get and would like to share our knowledge with you.

 

Meet Our Staff

Caroline Allen
P.T. Registered Physiotherapist

Caroline Allen is a Registered Physiotherapist who graduated from London, England in 1981. She became involved in women’s and men’s health in 2000 and established a pelvic health clinic within a hospital in the UK. Moving to Canada in 2003, Caroline opened Pelvic Support Physiotherapy in Ottawa: uniquely dedicated to the treatment of  women and men with incontinence and pelvic pain. Caroline is a frequent speaker at conferences (most recently in June 2017, at the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada’s national conference), she has been involved in research projects and mentors other health care practitioners. For the past 5 years she has been teaching pelvic health at workshops across the province, run by the Association of Ontario Midwives. She is married with two adult children and enjoys cycling, kayaking and cooking.

Member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association

Member of the National Vulvodynia Association

Member of the International Pelvic Pain Society

Nancy Dowker
P.T. REGISTERED PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Nancy Dowker graduated as a Physical Therapist from the University of Western Ontario in 1981. Nancy’s career has encompassed the Pelvic Floor, Orthopaedics and Arthritis. She is rostered to perform internal pelvic examinations with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. She has assisted Julie Wiebe, PT, with the practical component of her course as Julie presents her ‘Diaphragmatic Piston’ concepts to other Physiotherapists, Kineseologists and like-minded physical educators in both Canada and the USA. Nancy is an Educational Lab Assistant for Pelvic Health Solutions, an evidence-based Ontario teaching company  providing an ever-expanding range of expertise to Health Care Professionals with an interest in Pelvic Health. She is also a mentor for the same group, guiding pelvic physiotherapists across Canada through the challenges of adapting new theoretical and evidence-based practices around pain into their clinical practice. Nancy is very pleased to be working at Pelvic Support Physiotherapy. She is passionate about the need to empower women and men to regain control of their lives through education, physical treatment and ultimately self-management.

Member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association

Krista Cochrane
P.T. REGISTERED PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Krista Cochrane was born and raised in Ottawa Ontario. She is a Registered Physiotherapist who graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2000. Krista has been dedicated to improving the quality of life of those suffering from urinary incontinence and pelvic pain. She is determined to provide a voice of confidence and dignity to all her clients. Krista has worked in the Ottawa area for over 11 years in both Orthopedic and Women’s Health practices. Krista is married and stays young raising her two young sons. She is an active community volunteer.

QUELEN FARIAS 
P.T. REGISTERED PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Quelen was born and raised in Brazil. She studied Physiotherapy in Portugal and graduated in 2011 from the Lisbon school of Health Technology. Quelen moved to Canada in 2013 and has practiced in the Orthopedic, Geriatric and Woman's health fields. She has also taught Senior Mobility classed,Pilates and Post Natal classes. Her passion for Pelvic Health started in Physiotherapy school when she was placed at a maternity hospital where she worked with women of all ages who were being treated for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain among other conditions. Since then, she has taken courses in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, Pre and Post Natal Exercise, Clinical Pilates, the Hypopressive Method, and Physiotherapy for Lymphedema. She is passionate about helping people understand their bodies andlive healthy, active and pain-free lives. Quelen is married with two young daughters.

MARTINE GIROUX
P.T. REGISTERED PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Martine Giroux is a registered Physiotherapist who graduated from Laval University, Québec in 1984.  She started her career in hospital settings, and then moved to private practice to work primarily in orthopedic and sports injury conditions. Martine has advanced acupuncture courses and holds a certificate in acupuncture (2007) from the Acupuncture Foundation Canada Institute (AFCI).   As appropriate, she will use acupuncture during the treatment of pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunctions. She is also pleased to offer Rost Therapy for pre and postpartum pelvic pain. She is bilingual (French/English) and is pleased to offer treatments in your language of choice to ensure your understanding on how you can take control of pelvic floor issues. Martine joined Pelvic Support Physiotherapy Clinic in 2013 and is delighted to be part of a team that makes a difference to your quality of life.

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Dora mesec
p.t. - registered physiotherapist

Dora Mesec, a graduate of Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto has over 30 years experience. Dora has worked for most of her career in private practice orthopedic and sports injury clinics both here in Ottawa and Vancouver. She is a certified Manual Therapist having successfully completed extensive post graduate training and examinations. She was a Registered Instructor for the Orthopedic Division of the CPA from 1989-1997, teaching post-graduate manual therapy courses. In 2004, Dora obtained her certification as an IMS (Intra Muscular Stimulation) practitioner, and has found this technique to be extremely valuable in the treatment of persistent muscular pain syndromes. In recent years, her practice has focused on (but not limited to) working with people with chronic pain conditions including pelvic pain, back, neck and shoulder pain, complex regional syndromes, whiplash disorders, neuropathies and fibromyalgia. Dora is married with three children. She is an avid downhill and cross-country skier, cyclist and more recently canoeist. She joined Pelvic Support Physiotherapy Clinic in 2007 and is very pleased to be working with such a dynamic team.

mellissa delaney
pta,cyt

Melissa began practicing yoga in 2004 and fell in love with it immediately. She is constantly amazed at all the benefits that yoga has to offer, creating a balanced life – not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. In 2009, she completed her Hatha Yoga Teacher training and received certification in Yoga Therapy in 2014. She has taken many courses and workshops and feels fortunate to teach various styles such as Yin/Yang, Restorative, Prenatal, Parent/baby, and Children’s Yoga. She also teaches workshops such as Partner yoga and her very own Bliss Yoga. “I believe that Yoga can be practiced anywhere, anytime and by anyone; regardless of size, age, or mobility. Many of us feel that we can’t, aren’t able, haven’t…etc. But Yoga is not about flexibility or getting into that funky pose. It’s about being in the moment, using our breath to create balance and awareness in ourselves”. As a Physiotherapy Assistant (PTA), she works closely with the physiotherapist and works one-on-one with the client using practical yoga techniques to address their needs. She looks forward to meeting you!

Quality of Breath = Quality of Life  

cindy Mcguirk
Office manager

Cindy is from Charlottetown Prince Edward Island and is a graduate from the University of New Brunswick where she obtained her Geological Engineering Degree.  She lived and worked in Nova Scotia for 10 years before moving to Ottawa where she took time off to raise her two children.

After 11 years at home, she returned to the workforce looking for a different career path and found Pelvic Support Physiotherapy.  She has been the receptionist here since 2009.

carolyn Marushko
REceptionist

Carolyn has been a ‘stay at home’ mom for the past 20 years!  She has loved every moment of it; raising three daughters and volunteering in the community.

Before that, Carolyn was a software programmer/analyst working in Toronto after obtaining her B.Math / Comp. Science degree from the University of Waterloo in 1985.  Carolyn enjoys her new ‘second career’ at Pelvic Support as it allows her to work and socialize with a wonderful group of ladies and clients!

​paramjit gidda
RECEPTIONIST

Param was born in India and moved to England to study and was married and had two wonderful sons there. She moved to Ottawa in 1980's and worked at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital accounting office before going into business for 10 years (convenient store, Motel and Coffee shop). She went back to College and obtained Medical Office Administrator diploma and worked full time for an Ottawa physiotherapy clinic for 12 years. She is loving her retirement part time job at Pelvic Support.

Physiotherapy will help put you back in control of your life

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