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 Masters in Physiotherapy from 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 is thrilled to be joining the Kids Physio family once again, this time in Surrey. Strong communication, education, functional exercise and creativity are key pillars to 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
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