Ria was born and raised in Ottawa, ON. As an active kid on the soccer field, at the swimming pool or in the school gym, Ria developed a passion for movement and physical activity. Wanting to share this passion with others, Ria spent her summers teaching swimming lessons and winters teaching skating lessons to kids of all ages. It was here that her love for helping kids achieve their goals was born.
She continued to pursue this passion for human movement and teaching with a degree in Kinesiology from Queen’s University, where she became even more fascinated by the incredible abilities of the brain and body. Here she spent time volunteering in an adapted gym for community members with physical and cognitive impairments and developed a passion for making exercise accessible to all. She then went on to complete her Master’s in Physiotherapy at McMaster University, where she gained experience working with clients with neurological, orthopaedic and complex medical conditions. During this time, she also joined Hamilton Kids Physio Group as a volunteer where she saw just how FUN physio can be!
Ria then made the move to Surrey where she once again joined the Kids Physio family. Strong communication, education, functional exercise and creativity are key pillars of her treatment approach, while of course making each and every session fun! Ria puts the child and their family at the centre of everything she does and looks forward to working collaboratively with each family to help children reach their full potential. When not at the clinic you can find Ria hiking, biking, running, and skiing (on water and snow!) exploring all that this beautiful province has to offer!
- Level 1 Manual Therapy certification through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association
- Complete Concussions Certification
- Autism Matters
- Paediatric Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Level 1
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