The Women's Health Division Team

Devonna Truong


Devonna is a physiotherapist who owns her own practice in Toronto. 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.

Juliet Sarjeant

Past 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.  

Linnea Thacker


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.

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)

Knowledge Translation 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

Marylène Charette


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.

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, edible gardening, 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.

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.

Nicole Ivaniv

Student Rep


Nicole Ivaniv is a MSc. in Physiotherapy student at McMaster University. She also holds a BSc. in Kinesiology from McMaster University, which was completed in 2019. Nicole is excited to join the Women’s Health Division and represent physiotherapy students all over Canada. Although this is her first time serving on an executive council, she is driven to run a successful Valentine’s Day Challenge fundraiser and further strengthen her leadership skills. In her spare time, Nicole loves to bake, travel, hike, and play with her boxer dog, Bruno!

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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

  • Nicole Randhawa

  • Tania Obljubek

  • Kaitlyn Sereda

  • Lucia Mathieson

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 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 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

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