PT, RN, Lymphedema Therapist

Louise loves what she does and is proud of her team at Haley Rehab. From a young age, she was fascinated with science and the human body which led her to study nursing and then physiotherapy, graduating from Lakehead University School of Nursing in 1988 and McMaster University School of Physiotherapy in 1993. Her work as a cardiac nurse and later as a physiotherapist in outpatient orthopaedic settings showed her the value of physiotherapy in helping people overcome surgery, pain, immobility and the side effects of chronic health conditions.

In 2001, she was approached by Dr. Roanne Segal, a medical oncologist, to set up and manage one of the first cancer  rehabilitation  programs in Ontario. Struck by how much physiotherapy helped people during their treatment and recovery from cancer, she knew she had found her vocation and established Haley Rehab in 2004. Three years later, Haley Rehab became a designated Ontario Ministry of Health Assisted Devices Program compression clinic, able to support clients needing compression therapy to manage lymphedema. She was honoured to receive an Award of Distinction from the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario in 2009 for her work in cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema.

Louise is driven by results and strongly believes that many people can live free from pain and discomfort with the right therapies, education and self-care techniques. Mindful that “one size does not fit all,” her approach is to see each new client as a unique individual. As such, she works with each client to help them achieve the best possible quality of life. With the goal of her clients’ wellness in mind, she collaborates with other health care providers as needed, helps clients navigate the medical system and community supports, practices an approach that combines western and eastern medicine, and is committed to lifelong learning.

Besides her passion for her work, clinic and clients, she loves being outdoors at any time of year, especially hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.

Louise is an approved Blue Cross provider for Veterans.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Functional (Trigger Point) Dry Needling – Level 1
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment – Level 1
  • 3M Coban 2 Compression Bandaging Systems for Lymphedema
  • Lympha Press Certification
  • Coopee Techniques for Elastic Taping for Lymphedema and Venous Insufficiency
  • Level 1, Acupuncture (AFCI)
  • Venosan Medical Stockings and Made to Measure Garments
  • Reid Sleeve Certification
  • Assistive Devices Program Certification – Lymphedema Compression Therapy
  • Dr. Vodder School of North America Manual Lymphatic Drainage & Combined Decongestive Therapy
  • Ergonomic Certification Phase 1
  • The Arthritis Society Rheumatology Training Program
  • Pelvi-Perineal Re-Education
  • The Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Physical Therapy: Examination & Treatment for Breast Cancer

CREDENTIALS

  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Physiotherapist
  • Vodder Certified Lymphedema Therapist

WHERE I STUDIED

  • B.Sc. in Physiotherapy, McMaster University, 1993
  • B.Sc. in Nursing, Lakehead University, 1988

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
  • College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Ontario Lymphedema Association
  • Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Oncology and Orthopaedic Division
  • Lymphedema Association of North America

AWARDS

  • Award of Distinction, College of Physiotherapists of Ontario (2009)

HOURS

Monday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday: 7:00am - 3:00pm

Languages

  • English