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Osteopathic Manual Practitioners

Stephanie Froll

BScH HK, MOMSc

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 know Osteopathy existed! The student had over heard me lamenting over not knowing what path I wanted 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!

Michael Graul

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.

 

Acupuncturists

Sara Hodgkinson

BHSc, R.Ac

Hi, I'm Sara! I have been a registered acupuncturist since 2015. My journey to acupuncture started when I was very young and recovering from a nasty autoimmune disorder. The disease, along with the steroids used to treat it, left me dizzy, tired and unable to eat. My mother took me to a TCM practitioner and within 2 sessions I was able to eat an entire plate of food, my mood improved and I had more energy. My experience inspired me to study acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine so that I could help others in my community with this wonderful medicine. After graduating high school, I packed my things, moved to Australia, and enrolled in school, earning a Bachelor of Health Science ( Acupuncture). In 2015 I returned to Canada and worked in the heart of downtown Toronto, treating a wide variety of  emotional and physical issues. 

 

 Acupuncture has the ability to tap in to the body's intelligence, the same intelligence that tells your gallbladder to release bile, your pineal gland to release melatonin, your heartbeat to increase when you feel stress. By accessing this higher intelligence (called Qi in Chinese medicine), acupuncture creates a direct access line to the body, and through this line, we can get some pretty amazing changes to occur. It's all about flow- when we are healthy, there is nothing obstructing our body from operating as it should. When things like nutritional deficiencies, repressed emotions, or poor movement patterns occur, the flow gets blocked and illness or pain occur. 

 

I treat everything, but the areas I treat most are pain, women's health, stress-related conditions, digestive problems and emotional disorders.

©2018 by Stephanie Froll at Move Free Osteopathy.