SINEAD DUFOUR, PT, PhD
THE WOMB - BURLINGTON
Dr. Sinéad Dufour is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University. She completed her MScPT at McMaster University in 2003, her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western in 2011 and retuned to McMaster in 2013 to complete a post-doctoral fellowship. She contributes to both the Master of Science in Physiotherapy program and the and Midwifery Education Program at McMaster University. Her current research interests include: conservative and lifestyle approaches to manage pelvic pain, conservative approaches to optimize pelvic health, technologies to support pelvic floor rehabilitation, and interprofessional collaborative practice models of service provision in women’s and pediatric health. Sinéad currently collaborates with faculty from both the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics on various research projects. She was the recipient of one of the International Continence Society Research Awards in 2017, the Elaine Meadows Research Scholar award (American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Women’s Health) in 2018 and is an invited speaker at conferences around the globe.
Sinéad stays current clinically through her work as the Director of Pelvic Health Services at The World of my Baby (the WOMB) in Milton, Ontario. Her clinical practice focuses on optimizing women’s and children’s pelvic health. She is also an associate of Pelvic Health Solutions, an active member the Urogynaecology Committee of the Society of Obstetricians of Gynaecologists of Canada and a proud mother of twins.
JENNY TELFER-CRUM, BScHK (Hons), MScPT
THE WOMB - MILTON
Jenny holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University. Jenny is Rostered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario to perform internal pelvic exams and is a member of the Women's Health Division with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Jenny also works in continuing education for physiotherapists through her role as a Lab Assistant with Pelvic Health Solutions and Teaching Assistant with Antony Lo "The Physio Detective".
Jenny became interested in addressing pelvic floor concerns after experiencing chronic hip pain that did not resolve through traditional Orthopedic Physiotherapy treatment but resolved quickly after experiencing Pelvic Health Physiotherapy. Jenny has always had an interest in women’s health and wellness concerns, including fitness, pain management, stress reduction and sexuality, and she integrates all these topics into her biopsychosocial approach with clients. Jenny’s philosophy is to help the body help itself through education, exercise and empowerment.
Jenny has completed courses in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy that allow her to treat women before, during and/or after pregnancy, experiencing new or ongoing pain in the pelvis, back, hips and abdomen, pain with intercourse, bladder or bowel incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Jenny has a special interest in preparing the body for birth and then helping women return to exercise and activity after pregnancy (and beyond!) and has taken advanced courses to help high intensity weekend warriors return to their training of choice. Specifically, Jenny has completed two courses under Antony Lo “The Physio Detective” including the Masterclass Mentorship Program which focused on marrying pain science/chronic pain management and pelvic floor training concepts with high intensity exercise such as CrossFit and power lifting. Jenny can also fit pessaries (ring with support and Gelhorn pessaries), which act as structural support through activity if leaking with activity (stress urinary incontinence) and/or pelvic organ prolapse is a concern.
Outside of Pelvic Health Physiotherapy, Jenny enjoys singing, dancing, being outdoors and cycling through different forms of fitness activities including yoga, CrossFit, Orangetheory, body weight HITT, standard strength training, spin classes and jogging.
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LEA DAMATA, MScPT
THE WOMB - MILTON
Lea has a Master of Science degree in Physiotherapy from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from York University. She has always had a special interest in women’s and paediatric health, and has pursued additional training in both specialized areas. Lea's training in pelvic health encompasses the care of women throughout their lifespan, including pregnancy and pediatrics. This includes the assessment and treatment of urinary incontinence, complex pelvic pain, sexual pain, gastro-intestinal disorders, pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis rectus abdominis and perinatal care. Most importantly, she is committed to empowering her clients on their active recovery, using a biopsychosocial approach, to improve their health, well-being and quality of life.
Over the years, Lea has also been fortunate to expand her expertise in paediatrics and has worked at McMaster Children’s Hospital and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She has worked with a variety paediatric population including, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord Injuries, ASD, etc. She has successfully completed her level one in Cueves MEDEK Exercises, Dynamic Core for Kids and a variety of courses on gross motor developmental. She was the recipient CanChild’s Paediatric Research Award in 2017.
Lea is a strong advocate of pelvic health and holds a Public Relations subcommittee position with the Women’s Health Division. She also holds an executive position with Ontario Physiotherapy Association’s Westgate District and has been a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 2015. Currently, she is in the process of developing the first inpatient paediatric pelvic health program at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
In her spare time, Lea enjoys dancing, exercising and spending time with family & friends. In recent years, she has developed an appreciation for meditation and yoga as adjuncts to healing and wellness. Instagram Account: @leadphysio
KATELIN NICHOLS, MScPT
THE WOMB - BURLINGTON
Katelin completed her MScPT degree at McMaster University in 2014, and has had a strong interest in Women's Health since prior to graduation. After working with athletes in orthopedics, and with patients dealing with neurological and cardiorespiratory diagnoses, she really began to appreciate how everything is connected to the health and proper function of the inner core and pelvic floor. She has taken courses focusing on urinary & fecal incontinence; pelvic, urological, perineal and gynecological-based pain; pelvic organ prolapse; pre-, peri-, and post-natal health; and women's functional nutrition.
Katelin believes in a holistic approach to care, with a keen interest in integrating gut health to optimize physical health and wellness. She is a huge advocate for educating her clients about pain science, and believes the most effective treatment starts with a positive perspective on recovery.
Katelin can be found outside of the clinic watching her husband on the ball diamond with their fur-baby Floyd, the Irish Wolfhound. She also has a special side interest in couples, maternity & birth photography.
GERDA HAYDEN, MScPT
THE WOMB - BURLINGTON
Gerda graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2003 with a distinction in the degree of Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy. She has held numerous leadership titles and is currently rostered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario to perform internal pelvic exams and is a member of the Women's Health Division with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Gerda has always been passionate about all aspects of women’s health and health care and decided to pursue her interest by becoming a pelvic health physiotherapist while pregnant with her first son. Her holistic approach ensures that she addresses underlying issues and strives to always see the bigger picture. She keeps abreast of the latest evidence based research and applies this to her clients. Her thorough, insightful and effective assessment enables the development of an integrated and comprehensive client-centred treatment strategy.
Gerda has practiced pelvic health physiotherapy in South Africa, the UK and in Canada and has encountered women from all walks of life.
Gerda has a special interest in the perimenopausal stage of life. She can fit pessaries, silicone devices designed to support pelvic organs, and will be offering this service from the Burlington location.
Gerda is the mom of two rambunctious boys and enjoys keeping fit.
BHAWAN SEKHON, MScPT
THE WOMB - MILTON
Bhawan Sekhon has a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Carleton University, and is a current member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Through her experience working in both acute and rehab hospital settings, as well as private orthopedic clinics, Bhawan has learned to provide a dynamic view of physiotherapy care to all her patients through an evidence informed lens.
Bhawan believes in creating a treatment protocol for patients that includes hands on therapy, education, and a home exercise program so that every patient can thrive on their road to recovery. She also is a strong believer in preventative and proactive care to ensure patients are well equipped to manage their symptoms as effectively as possible to prevent future problems. Bhawan also has a special interest in treating neurological populations, and pelvic health physiotherapy.
Bhawan is a collaborative practitioner who works with your existing and expanding health care team to provide you with holistic care, enabling you to take an active role in your health and recovery. She is a strong believer in patient education so that you feel as empowered as possible in understanding your body with a focus on how it is connected to your mindset, lifestyle, and overall management.
PRIYA AKBARI, MScPT
THE WOMB - MILTON
Priya Akbari graduated from Mcmaster University with a Bachelor of Life Sciences and furthered her education at McMaster by completing a Master of Science in Physiotherapy with an elective in women’s health. She has expanded her knowledge by pursuing continuing education courses such as Manual Therapy Level 1 and advanced pelvic health physiotherapy courses on urinary incontinence and diastasis recti. Priya is currently a member of the Women’s Health division of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association and has a combined skillset of providing pelvic health physiotherapy to women in the perinatal period as well as working with high-performing athletes in a sports medicine rehabilitation setting.
Priya is a lifelong learner and strives to stay informed on the latest research in order to provide the most current evidence-based care to her clients. She views physiotherapy through a holistic lens and recognizes the importance of having a balance in life that emphasizes the value of exercise, sleep, nutrition, relationships, and stress management. Priya uses a comprehensive client-centred approach consisting of hands-on manual therapy, individualized exercise prescription, and education as tools to design an effective treatment plan. Priya aims to utilize her expertise to empower individuals like you to find the confidence in reaching your highest potential.