Dr. Barbara Weiss, ND, Director of Professional Development – Naturopathic Medicine for pt Health, was recently elected Chair of the Board of Governors for the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM).
Barb has served on the board since 2007, most recently as Vice Chair and Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee. CCNM’s board of governors consists of naturopathic doctors and laypersons from a variety of disciplines who are elected by members. The board’s mandate is to govern the CCNM with a strategic perspective through effective policy governance and assurance of executive performance that allows the vision and ends of the organization to be achieved with excellence.
The CCNM is Canada’s premier institute for education and research in naturopathic medicine. It offers a rigorous four-year, full-time Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program. The College educates, develops and trains naturopathic doctors through excellence in health education, clinical services and research that integrate mind, body and spirit.
pt Health’s Deborah Dobbin, Physiotherapist at Forest Hills Physiotherapy, won the School of Physiotherapy Clinical Education Award. The award is for recognition of outstanding contribution to the clinical education of Dalhousie University Physiotherapy students.
Deborah was given this award because she created a comfortable and rich learning environment for the clinical practice experience and offered endless opportunities for learning while playing an active role in the exchange of ideas and experiences.
Dalhousie mentioned that they are most appreciative of the commitment to clinical education that the professionals at pt Health have towards their students.
Way to go Deborah!
Congratulations goes out to James Campbell, a second year student in the MScPT program, who was selected as a recipient for a 2012 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award for his outstanding extracurricular contributions to the University.
The University of Toronto Alumni Association recognizes students who go the distance to improve the University of Toronto, their local communities and the world by honoring them with Cressy Awards. James received his award at the Awards Presentation Ceremony on March 27, 2012.
Darryl Yardley has volunteered hundreds of hours as a student mentor, lecturer, small group facilitator, job strategy panelist and clinical skills lab demonstrator in the University of Toronto Department of Physical Therapy. Recognizing the value of student research, he obtained funding to support a prize for graduating students’ best research projects.
This summer the staff at Springbank Physiotherapy were touched close to home by breast cancer. In August, the whole staff suited up in pink attire and joined the CIBC Run For The Cure. In addition to the event, the clinic did a live interview with a local radio station and held several fundraising events, including a bake sale, in the medical building where the clinic is located, in London ON. Together, they raised over $2700.00!
Way to go team Springbank!
This past month, Seaway Physiotherapy’s Paula Wiltse entered in the Niagara Falls International Marathon and took first place!
It was midway through the 42-kilometre marathon that Paula realized she had a chance to win. “I switched gears, so to speak,” she said.
Wiltse pulled away from a pack of leaders, and when she looked behind, “no one came with me and I knew if I didn’t hit a wall that I had a shot.” The Brockville, Ont., native won the women’s open marathon in 2:51.57.5!!
To prepare for the challenging distance, Paula increased her training from 90 kilometres to 130 kilometres of running per week. Paula competes in 10 to 12 long-distance races per year, but this was her first marathon in six years.
Physiotherapists Alison Higgins and Valerie Nagtegaal as well as Massage Therapist, Nadine Hopman, from Dunnville Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation volunteered at the 5th Annual Ride, Run, Walk for your Hospital. This fundraiser is designed to help raise money for a CT Scanner, which will be the only one in the Haldimand County! This year the community was able to raise $48,000!!
At the end of the race, Alison, Valerie and Nadine offered participants free physiotherapy and massage therapy services, gave away pt Health swag as prizes, and had draws for free massages! Overall the day was a great success!
pt Health employees love to show their community spirit by supporting local fundraising events.
All of us at pt Health would like to recognize our team out East who over the past few months have participated in community events such as the:
Brain Tumour Foundation Spring Sprint
MS Bike Tour,
and the Cobequid Foundation Walk/Run
Way to make a difference everyone!
Congrats also go out to all the pt Health employees who participated in the various events at the Bluenose Marathon, including Occupational Therapist Tabitha Knowles and Lindsay Fisher and Terri Robicheau.
Way to go everyone!
On Saturday, June 2, 2012, another fun filled event brought attention to below the belly button cancers including prostate, colorectal, ovarian, testicular, bladder, cervical, and uterine this month with the Calgary Underwear Affair.
pt Health participants donned their drawers as they raised $3,000 in donations by either walking or running the 5K and 10K races, and a total of 1,285 people raised $803,000 overall for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Organized by pt Health’s Vivian Overton, our group gladly brought attention to the cause wearing none other than pt Health tank tops.
pt Health employees took their talents outside the office on Friday, June 8, 2011, with a mission to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society, in the Hamilton Relay for Life at Dofasco Park.
Decked out in rain gear and athletic garb, 41 employees took turns walking and running laps from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., in the all night event which raised $260,000; $13,000 of which was generated by our own pt Health participants!
Wrapping up the final laps in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 9, were ten dedicated participants.
The team gave special recognition to Paulette Gardiner Millar and Lauren Bennett who donated their own hair toward cancer patient wigs. If you missed the chance to donate to the cause, the Canadian Cancer Society accepts donations online at www.cancer.org.
Staff participated in the Brain Tumour Foundation Spring Sprint raising over $500 for research and awareness. Massage therapists donated their time with complimentary services for participants, while a physiotherapist and dietitian were available for wellness discussions.
Last month, employee Crystal Ward arranged a visit from two local radio DJs. After enjoying a clinic tour both were treated with muscle stimulation, workout, and a mini massage. They actually called into the station live while they were there and promoted the clinic numerous times once they were back in the station. A great time had by all!
April was a memorable month for many pt Health employees, friends, family, and physiotherapy students as they ran the 28th Annual Vancouver Sun Run. More than 50 participants joined the pt Health Sun Run team in what has become the largest timed 10K race in Canada, and second largest in the world with over 50,000 runners.
Read more on “Western Canada Runs the 28th Annual Sun Run!” »
The Senior Wellness Division of pt Health is gearing up for success with the acquisition of a long-term care home contract. Details for the award include three homes in Lambton County, Ontario, with a total of 336 beds. Karen Fisher, Director of Seniors Wellness Division, is especially pleased and extends a big congratulations and thank you to everyone who contributed to these wins as they were most certainly a team effort!
Lambton County was impressed by the Enhanced Care program, the team’s professionalism and solid knowledge base. The county also enjoyed the style of the presentation and appreciated that Seniors Wellness followed the rules. “This is an important win for pt Health as we are thrilled to work with our new long term care partners.”
pt Health is expanding its reach with a second location in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Located just off the Circumferential Highway, patients can now enjoy even more convenient physiotherapy services without having to search out providers situated beyond their comfort zone. When our patients require rehabilitative treatment, we understand having a clinic close by makes a big difference in their lives, and so we continue to grow as we reach these milestones.
What to expect? The pt Health Centre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, brings a multitude of services to the community, including physiotherapy, acupuncture, arthritis management, chiropractic services, and many different classifications of physical therapy geared toward sports and other injuries. Three providers see to patient care and are dedicated to guiding clientele through the physiotherapy process. Numerous insurance plans and payment methods are accepted, and patients can also take advantage of a “compassionate rate,” when they have reached eligibility limits, or are without coverage. Read more on “pt Health Expands Coverage to Include Nova Scotia Location” »