The Women's Health Division Team

Stephanie Bernard

Knowledge Translation

Stéphanie Bernard is a pelvic health physical therapist  since graduating from McGill University in 2006. She has recently completed her PhD degree studying pelvic floor rehabilitation in a population of women treated for gynecological cancer and pelvic floor muscle assessment using ultrasound imaging. She works in pelvic health in a private clinic where she sees men and women with diverse conditions such as pelvic pain, diastasis recti or dysfunctions after cancer treatment. She has been a teaching assistant at Université Laval since 2014 and has been working with an international committee (ICS) on standardizing the terminology for the assessment of pelvic floor function.

Hayley O'Hara

Newsletter

Hayley O'Hara is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist and Certified Yoga Instructor. Hayley graduated from the University of Toronto MScPT and currently practices at a multidisciplinary clinic in Leslieville where she sees clients and manages the Education initiatives for the team. Since the pandemic, she has started her own online clinic and yoga studio where she sees clients and teaches classes virtually. Hayley is the co-founder of Preparing for Birth, an 8-week online program to help expecting mothers prepare for labour and delivery, and she is launching a new online postnatal program in the coming months. Hayley comes from a strong literary background and is passionate about knowledge translation and education in pelvic health, in which she feels the WHD Newsletter plays a significant role for practitioners across Canada. 

Devonna Truong

Chair

Devonna Truong is a physiotherapist who owns her own practice in Toronto, Ontario and truly loves our profession! She is passionate about treating the pelvic floor and the rest of the body as an integrated whole and empowering women to champion their health. She enjoys living an active lifestyle (preferably in the outdoors), exploring the world through cooking and eating and being constantly inspired by the amazing people she is so grateful to be surrounded by and work with.

Marlene Charette

Treasurer

Marylène Charette received her bachelor’s degree in health sciences and then completed
her masters in physiotherapy at the University of Ottawa. Since 2016, she has been a
registered physiotherapist in Gatineau, Quebec where she is practicing in pelvic health. She
is currently pursuing a doctorate in Population Health (expected 2022) with the supervision
of Dr. Linda McLean. Her research focus mainly on the assessment of current management
practices of women with urinary incontinence, including referral patterns of family
physician & barriers and facilitators to conservative treatment such as physiotherapy. In
her spare time, Marylène likes to travel, hike, golf or just enjoy her free time.

Clara Rastin

Social/Student Rep

Clara Rastin is currently completing her MSc in physiotherapy at McMaster after finishing her BSc in Kinesiology from Western University. During her undergrad, Clara developed a passion for women’s health in physiotherapy through being a student athletic trainer and volunteering with postpartum individuals. She is excited to be part of the Women’s Health Division this year to promote women’s health across Canada, including giving back to the community through the Valentine’s Day Challenge fundraiser. Outside of school, Clara loves to play tennis, hike, and play the piano.


Linnea Thacker

Secretary

Linnea Thacker is excited to be continuing with the WHD as Secretary. Prior to completing her MScPT degree at the University of Toronto, Linnea obtained a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (U of T) with a research focus on ways of incorporating health promotion into music education. Linnea has long been interested in women’s health, particularly surrounding pregnancy, childbirth, and the post-partum period. In her free time, Linnea enjoys playing with her preschooler, cooking, and practising yoga.

Tamarah Nerreter

Communications

Tamarah Nerreter graduated in 2007 from her MPT at Curtin University in Perth Australia, where she fostered her keen interest in sport, movement, orthopedics and pelvic health. Tamarah has completed extensive post graduate training in acupuncture, pelvic health, pain science, trauma informed care, diastasis, post cancer care, pilates and orthopeidcs. She is a clinical pilates instructor and completed her FCAMPT/GCOMPT  in 2019 at UBC. Tamarah has been in private practice working with a diverse population from kids to athletes to pre/post partum women and beyond blending her keen interests in movement and pelvic health fostering her holistic whole body approach, empowering the individual through education, coaching, treatment and exercise. Tamarah is the owner of BoDynamics Physiotherapy in Delta, BC. Outside of physiotherapy, Tamarah enjoys family life with her four kids , the outdoors (surfing, biking, snowboarding), sports and running!

Jessica Bergevin

Education

Jessica Bergevin has over ten years experience teaching Pilates and evidence-based exercise. She currently practices as a physiotherapist and Physiopilates instructor at Synergy Physiotherapy + Pilates in Halifax Nova Scotia. Jessica is the mother of two young girls and strives to be a valuable resource in the pre- and post-natal community. Her academic background is comprised of a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University and a Masters of Physiotherapy from Queens University. She has advanced training in pain science, pelvic health, diastasis rehabilitation, and sports injuries. Jessica serves as a board member for the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association and Chair of the Advocacy Committee. She loves skating, both court and beach volleyball, edible gardening, and wiener dogs. 


Alison Gordon

Incoming Chair

Alison Gordon lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba and works in both pelvic health and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Since graduating from the University of Manitoba in 2014,  she has taken courses in acupuncture, advanced manual therapy, pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation, and functional exercise prescription. In the summer of 2018 she will complete a Graduate certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne. She is committed to public education and outreach and does community pelvic health presentations on a regular basis. When she is not working, Alison is interested in yoga, running, baking, and crafts of all sorts.

Our Subcommittee Members

The WHD would not be able to accomplish all it has for our members without our dedicated subcommittee members. These WHD members volunteer their time to help the WHD create and produce content for our members. 

Newsletter Sub Committee

Katie Kelly (Lutes Mountain, NB)
Leslie Spohr (Penticton, BC)
Angelique Montano-Bresolin (Toronto, ON)

 

Public Relations Sub Committee

Lea Demata (Toronto, ON)

Operations Sub Committee

Nicole Ivaniv 

Vitoria Co (Richmond, BC)

Education Sub Committee

Samantha Dorlop (London, ON)

Nicole Beamish (Kingston, ON)

Knowledge Translation Sub Comittee

Adrienne Sim (Langley, BC)

Would You Like to Be a WHD Member?

Members of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association are eligible to join the Women’s Health Division (WHD) for only $35 per year. You can join at any time in the year, and, upon joining, you will receive access to our members only resources. 

 

The WHD offers a variety of resources for both researchers and clinicians: 

  • Quarterly newsletters that include information in different areas of women’s health as well as related articles and book reviews

  • Have your name and business added to our "Find a Physio" page

  • The ability to network with other physiotherapists who are interested in women’s health

  • Access to the members only section of the WHD website, which includes:

    • Educational resources for physiotherapists, researchers, and patients/clients

    • Access to women's health research articles and research journal links

    • Information on upcoming courses in all areas of women’s health

    • Up-to-date WHD news

    • Job postings

    • Save on WHD-sponsored events and continuing education courses whenever possible

    • Ability to apply for awards only available to WHD members

Volunteer with us

Are you interested in getting involved in the WHD? This is your chance! Please have a look at the current opportunities described below

French Representative: Are you fluent in French and interested in helping improve the WHD by expanding our French content? Please send an email to whdsecretary@gmail.com if you are interested.

Research Subcommittee Volunteers: The research subcommittee is looking for volunteers to assist with various projects within the WHD. Please send an email to whdsecretary@gmail.com if you are interested.

Critically Appraised Topics: The WHD is interested in getting more research out to our members and is looking for individuals interested in writing up short critically appraised topics based on research that can be shared with our members. This is a great way to learn and contribute to your field! If you are interested, please send an email to whd.educ.chair@gmail.com.

Handouts & Resources: In the most recent poll of our members, it was highlighted that having access to handouts and resources is a priority for members. As such, the executive is reaching out to you, our members to help develop our resource library. Do you have handouts that you use regularly with your clients and are able to share? If so, we would love to hear from you. Please send an email to whd.educ.chair@gmail.com.