Alanna has always had a passion for working with children! From summer camp councilor/director, gymnastics coach, soccer coach, and babysitter, she found joy in playing and interacting with kids. Growing up, Alanna had a close friend with Cerebral Palsy, which is one of the main reasons she always knew she wanted to be a paediatric physiotherapist!
Alanna has over seven years of experience working in a number of children treatment centres, including ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as private pediatric clinics. She has provided treatment in inpatient, outpatient, daycare, and school care settings. Alanna has a special interest in treating infants with Plagiocephaly and Torticollis, as well as infants with delayed motor skills.
As a mom of two adorable little girls (1 and 3 years), she understands and empathizes with parental anxieties that come with childhood milestones and physical development. Alanna believes in patient-centred care and collaborates with her patients and their families to determine their personalized goals and how to achieve those goals. Alanna strives to make her sessions fun and interactive so therapy feels like play!
In her spare time, you can find Alanna riding her stationary bike, singing in a choir, binging Netflix shows (especially reality competition shows), or chasing after her kids.
Alanna recognizes the importance of continued education and thrives to always learn more. She has completed the following courses:
- Rhythmical Movement and Reflex Integration
- Cuevas Medek Exercises (CME I and II)
- Introduction to Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)
- Introductory Myofascial Release
- Idiopathic Toe Walking
- Infantile Torticollis and Plagiocephaly
Alanna is also a published researcher in the Physiotherapy Canada journal.