Osteopathic Manual Practitioners
Hi, I'm Stephanie, an osteopathic manual practitioner (OMP) with a focus on providing preventative, maintenance, corrective, and palliative osteopathic care. In addition, I also offer a very integrated and unique service that provides both physical manipulations as well as guidance in stability training regimes.
I fell in love with Osteopathy while I was in my final year of my undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph (2014). It's a rather odd story because it really felt like the universe just aligned for me at that point in my life. Even in my final year of human kinetics I really wasn't sure what career path I wanted to take. Physiotherapy, chiropractic and kinesiology were all options I had been considering, but none of them really felt right for me.
It wasn't until I met an osteopathic student in a spin class at the local YMCA that I even knew Osteopathy existed! The student had overheard me lamenting over not knowing what path to take and how much I was struggling to make a decision. She joined in on the conversation and filled me in on the masters program that she was attending in Hamilton. It sounded really amazing but I skeptical, so I signed up to sit in on a class and see what it was all about.
The day that I visited was the day that I knew it was what I wanted to pursue. The philosophy behind the care really spoke volumes to me and I knew right then and there that this was it. I immediately booked my interview and began my application process. 4 years later (2018) I graduated and opened Move Free!
BA Sc Kin, CSCS, MOMSc
My fascination with the human body began when I started working out to improve for sports at the age of 17. As I gained weight and strength I was curious how the human body was capable of this. Curious and determined I started my school journey at Conestoga College (2011-2013) taking Fitness and Health Promotion, graduating with honors and distinction.
This program gave me the introduction I wanted to know for sports performance and how the body works, but it wasn’t enough. In 2013-2016 I went to the University of Guelph Humber to complete a degree in Kinesiology to further increase my knowledge. During this time in University I competed very successfully in natural bodybuilding and powerlifting winning multiple first places in the categories I competed in both respective sports.
Before graduation in 2016 from the University of Guelph Humber, I had a bad fall that forever changed my life for the better. I was in constant pain and sought out treatment from every imaginable profession; physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, pain specialists, and PRP injections and so forth. It wasn't until I found Osteopathy that I found relief. Within a few treatments I was drastically better and wondered how this man was able to make great changes while nobody else could and that was when I learned the philosophy and principles of Osteopathy. Not knowing what I wanted to do after University I suddenly knew in that moment I wanted to become an Osteopathic manual practitioner. I applied and began classes in 2016 at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton. I know what it feels like to be in constant pain, and Osteopathy saved me from a life of pain. I want to provide to the public what Osteopathy has provided to me, as no one should have to live in pain.