Physiotherapy is dedicated to improving overall health and wellness by promoting optimal mobility and preventing injury and disability. Physiotherapy addresses activity limitations and participation restrictions caused by pain, weakness, instability, trauma, muscle or joint stiffness, poor posture or body mechanics, disuse, or disease. Whether you are suffering from a chronic condition or recovering from an acute injury, sports injury, concussion, or surgery, physiotherapy is beneficial in decreasing pain, improving range of motion, increasing strength, and maintaining overall quality of life.
Our Aurora physiotherapists are regulated healthcare professionals that specialize in assessing, diagnosing, and treating a variety of injuries. After a thorough assessment, your physiotherapist will identify your physical limitations and treat them using a combination of techniques, including manual therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, shockwave, electro-therapeutic modalities, acupuncture, taping, bracing, and much more.
Minnie obtained her Master of Physical Therapy degree in 2013 at Western University after graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Medical science degree in 2011. Through her education, work, volunteer, research, and clinical experience, she has had the pleasure of working with a variety of different populations in a wide array of settings, including acute care, rehabilitation, private practice, and community home care.
Minnie is a compassionate learner and continues to take regular physiotherapy-related courses to stay up to date with the newest research and techniques. Some certifications she has obtained include Acupuncture and Dry Needling, Baseline Testing and Concussion Treatment, the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Neurosensory Taping, Soft Tissue Release, the Eclectic Approach to Assessment and Treatment, the Mulligan Concept, and Custom Orthotic Therapy.
Minnie enjoys spending time and working individually with her clients to understand their problems and to determine the most personalized treatment plan in order for them to return to their pain-free, healthy, and active lifestyles. She likes to incorporate and combine different assessment and treatment techniques in her practice to optimize patient care and outcome. If a client does not respond to a certain treatment, she will not hesitate to try another one that is more appropriate. This may include manual therapy, such as soft tissue release and nerve and joint mobilizations, acupuncture and dry needling, cupping, taping, electrotherapeutic modalities, exercise prescription, and comprehensive education. She will ensure that you find a solution to enhance your quality of life and achieve your personal goals.
In her spare time, Minnie likes to cheer on the beloved Leafs and Jays. She also has a guilty pleasure for food and can be found out and about discovering new restaurants and cuisines. Minnie also tries to sharpen her culinary skills at home by cooking and baking new recipes. She loves traveling, exploring new countries, sightseeing, and photography. Minnie is fluent in English and Cantonese.
Physiotherapy treats a variety of conditions including, but not limited to, the following:
Sports-related injuries: tears, sprains and strains, overuse and repetitive strain. Sports physiotherapy with shockwave can help
Neck and back injuries: whiplash, degenerative disc disease, stenosis, herniated discs, sciatica, pinched nerves, numbness/tingling, postural imbalances
Arm and hand injuries: carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder, tennis and golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff injuries, shoulder impingement, DeQuervain’s
Leg and foot injuries: knee ligamentous and meniscal injuries, patellofemoral pain, ankle sprains, runner’s/jumper’s knee, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, piriformis syndrome. Shockwave can help
Other: concussions, dizziness and vertigo, headaches or migraines, tendinitis, bursitis, pre-and post-surgical rehab, fractures, arthritis, fibromyalgia, workplace injuries, motor vehicle accidents
Leanna graduated from the University of Toronto’s Physiotherapy program in 2016 after completing her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at York University. She has a strong passion for health and fitness. She grew up participating in a variety of sports and competed at the international level in track and field and at the provincial level in gymnastics. Leanna also has her Black Belt in Taekwondo. In addition, she assisted with research on accelerating muscle recovery in the published book, Serious Strength Training, 3rd Edition.
With love for exercise and orthopaedics, she understands the impact injuries can have on athletes and the importance of early rehabilitation and return to sport. She enjoys working to assist clients of all ages in achieving their goals and maximizing their physical function. Leanna has experience working with conditions such as, low back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, sciatica and spinal disc injuries, muscle tears and tendonitis, ligament sprains, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, tennis and golfers elbow, rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, as well as post-surgical rehabilitation for ligament reconstruction (ACL) and hip/knee replacements.
Leanna's perspective of physiotherapy is that it is not simply just a service provided for individuals recovering from injury/surgery, but it is also preventative in nature. Just like cars need quarterly maintenance in order to optimize their performance, so do we! Let her assist you in gaining/maintaining your strength, endurance, and flexibility as well as maximizing your daily function. Why not invest in your health and do something that your future self will thank you for?