The Women's Health Division Team

Carissa Moore

Student Rep

Carissa Moore (she/her) is currently completing her final year of her Master of Physical Therapy at UBC, after finishing her Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2021. During her time at UBC, she has worked on research for tendon rehabilitation and urinary incontinence in athletes. Carissa has experience working with both varsity and professional sports teams and has a particular interest in the return to professional sport for postpartum athletes, as well as the beneficial role of physical activity in overall pelvic health.

Linnea Thacker

Secretary

Linnea Thacker (she/her) is a physiotherapist and yoga teacher who currently practices pelvic and orthopaedic physiotherapy out of her own Toronto-based clinic. Prior to graduating with her MScPT degree from the University of Toronto, Linnea completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (also at U of T) with a research focus on ways of incorporating health promotion into music education. Linnea enjoys working with, and learning from, people from all walks of life on their journey towards greater health and well-being, and is thrilled to be part of such a wonderful team of WHD volunteers.

Rendalyn Preun

Communications

Rendalyn Preun (she/her) graduated with a MPT from the University of Saskatchewan and obtained a Graduate Certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne. She has taken the opportunity to work in multiple Canadian provinces in a variety of practice areas including rural/remote, pelvic health, and acute care physiotherapy. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, reading, and board game nights!

Marie-Ève Lavoie

Member Rep

Marie-Ève Lavoie (she/her) is currently in the final year of her MSc in Physiotherapy after completing her BSc in Physiotherapy at Laval University. She is currently achieving a business profile focused on a pelvic and pediatrics health project. Her interest in pelvic health increased during her Bachelor’s degree and she wanted to become more involved in spreading the benefits of pelvic health treatment. Marie-Ève wants to pursue further courses in pelvic health at the end of her Master's degree and practice in this area. In her free time, she likes to play volleyball, listen to music, and spend time with her friends and family.

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 Master 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

Chair

Alison Gordon (she/her) is a physiotherapist who practices in both pelvic health and orthopaedics. She is passionate about lifelong learning, creating a positive patient experience, treating the whole person, and blending orthopaedic and pelvic health practices. Alison is currently on maternity leave with her first child, and is eager to practice what she preaches and explore post-natal fitness.

Catherine Rastin

Advocacy

Catherine Rastin (she/her) is currently completing the final year of her MSc in Physiotherapy at McMaster University after finishing her BSc in Kinesiology at Western University. During her time at Western, she volunteered in an exercise and pregnancy research lab, which sparked her interest in this field. Catherine is passionate about advocating for gender equality and pelvic health, and plans to practice in this area when she graduates. Outside of school, she loves staying active, baking, and art and crafts.

Stephanie Bernard

Knowledge Translation

Stéphanie Bernard (she/her) graduated from McGill University in 2006 and received her PhD from Université Laval in 2021. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta. Her research interests revolve around rehabilitation before and after pelvic cancers, as well as diastasis-related abdominal dysfunctions. She also works in a private practice in Quebec city where she works exclusively in pelvic health with a clientele of various genders and conditions.

Stephanie Boone

Newsletter

Stephanie Boone (she/her) graduated from McMaster University in 2021 with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy after completing her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Acadia University. She is trained in pelvic health physiotherapy and is so happy to be working full time at The Pelvic Health Clinic by Erika Burger in Dartmouth, NS.

Outside of work and volunteering, Stephanie loves doing pilates and yoga, eating out at fun restaurants, and spending time with her family (she is a proud aunt!).

Devonna Truong

Past Chair

Devonna Truong (she/her) has her own practice as a physiotherapist with a clinical focus in both pelvic health and orthopedics. She is passionate about advocating for the profession of physiotherapy as primary care leaders, the importance of patient-centered and trauma-informed healthcare, and health advocacy that is inclusive of all aspects of health and wellness through patient empowerment and health promotion and prevention. Devonna loves being a part of this incredible WHD team.

Marlene Charette

Treasurer

Marylène Charette (she/her) received her MHSc 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 with Dr. Linda McLean. Her research focuses mainly on the assessment of current practices of women with urinary incontinence, including referral patterns of family physician & barriers and facilitators to conservative treatment such as physiotherapy.

Clara Rastin

Social Media

Clara Rastin (she/her) graduated from McMaster University with a Master of Physiotherapy after completing her Bachelor of Science from Western University in Kinesiology. She is working as a physiotherapy resident in orthopedics with an interest in pelvic health. She is passionate about advocating for underserved populations in healthcare and gender inequality. Outside of work, Clara loves to hike, play tennis, and workout.

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.