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The Women's Health Division Team

Juliet Sarjeant

Chair

Juliet Sarjeant lives in Saskatoon, SK with her husband and three children (you can make that four, if you add Martha the dog!) and shares her work between McInnes Physiotherapy and the Pelvic Floor Pathway at Saskatoon City Hospital. She enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities - camping, cycling, running (gotta keep the dog happy!) and yoga. Juliet is now a year into her term as Chair and is starting to feel like she knows what is going on! She is excited for the upcoming year and continues to feel blessed to be part of the innovative, inspiring and strong group of women that make up the WHD executive.  

Jesse Robson

Past Chair

Jesse works at Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Chronic Pain Service, treating physiotherapy outpatients and teaching group fitness and education programs. She loves working in the public sector and in pain management. Outside of work, Jesse enjoys yoga, racket sports, cooking, gardening, acrobatics, and her three identical cats. Her main goal as chair of the WHD is to enhance the Division’s subcommittees so that we can create better resources and services for our members.

JesseG.Robson@NSHealth.ca

Samantha Doralp

Education Chair 

Samantha is a practicing Women’s Health and Paediatric Physiotherapist with a doctorate in Rehabilitation Sciences from Western University. She currently works full time as a professor at Western in the School of Physical Therapy and also in private practice with a passion for treating women across the age spectrum. With experience in both community and private practice settings, she has developed a strong interest in promoting Women’s Health and increasing awareness through free seminars for the community. She currently teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level at Western in the Faculty of Health Sciences and School of Physical Therapy. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys playing tennis, sailing or escaping the city to head up to the cottage.

Nicole Beamish (Hills)

Research Chair

Nicole is a physiotherapist who completed her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences at Queen’s University. Nicole’s research explores the musculoskeletal changes that occur during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. She is passionate about helping to bridge the gap between clinical practice and women’s health research. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, travelling and painting. You can follow Nicole on Twitter @nfbeamish

Devonna Truong

Secretary 

Devonna Truong works in private practice in Toronto, Ontario in orthopaedics and pelvic health. She completed Masters of Physiotherapy at McMaster University. She is committed to education through her involvement as a facilitator in the physiotherapy programs at University of Toronto and McMaster University, as well as her continuing own continuing education as a practitioner. She is passionate about health promotion, preventative care and women's health. Devonna enjoys living a healthy and active lifestyle through weight training, hiking and travelling. 

Jessica Doig

Treasurer 

Jessica Doig is a women’s health physiotherapist working in Owen Sound Ontario.  She completed her Masters in Physiotherapy at McMaster University and has a passion for working with female athletes.  She loves advancing her knowledge in pelvic health through continued education and hopes to participate in women’s health research in the future.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking and chasing after her dog.

Katerina Miller

Newsletter Chair

Katerina became a pelvic health physiotherapist immediately after graduation, and has been practicing both MSK and pelvic health since. These days she divides her time between two private clinics in the Halifax Regional Municipality (Timberlea and Bedford), working with people from all walks of life. She is passionate about helping people reach their goals and improve their life quality, as well as educating and supporting preventional measures. Outside of work, Katerina enjoys sailing, playing volleyball, and visiting the gym. Her main goal as chair of the Newsletter committee of the WHD is to help health practitioners share and expand their knowledge so that they could provide the best care possible.

Jessica Bergevin

Communications Chair 

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, and wiener dogs. 

Alison Pethrick

Social Media Chair 

Alison 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.

Hayley O’Hara

Student Representative 

Prior to starting my Masters in Physical Therapy, I completed my undergraduate in Human Biology Health and Disease at the University of Toronto. During this time, I was a part of Gamma Phi Beta sorority – an inspiring organization of women that gave me the opportunity to volunteer at various women’s shelters in Toronto. After graduating, I became the Philanthropy Advisor for this chapter of women and I continue to work closely with them to raise money for underprivileged girls. During my time as the student representative of the WHD, I want to encourage conversations around women’s health in physiotherapy, spread awareness amongst the student body and the general population, and work to implement women’s health initiatives early on in PT education. I believe an asset to every student and clinician would be learning how to have conversations with women about these targeted issues, answering questions regarding their experiences, and offering them more information about how physiotherapy plays a role. I would love to organize talks and continue the speaker series in hopes of educating students on how to have these discussions, ways students can start thinking about women’s health, and how they can implement women’s health into their practice later on.

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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. 

Public Relations Committee

  • Lea Damata 

  • Brittany Vandyken 

Newsletter Committee

  • Stéphanie Bernard

  • Leslie Spohr

  • Katie Kelly

Research Committee

  • Tania Obljubek

  • Kaitlyn Sereda

  • Nicole Sandhu

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.

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