Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a born and raised East Coast gal originating from Prince Edward Island. I completed my Masters in Halifax, Nova Scotia where I lived for two years and moved to Calgary in 2018 to change things up and provide myself new experiences.
I had no idea I would fall in love with Western Canada and the Rocky Mountains when I first came out. It wasn’t until I did my first hike up Mt. Ha-Ling (in Blundstones during the winter) that I realized I was hooked and would need to invest in a pair of proper hiking boots.
Favorite way to stay active?
Climbing up steep mountains so that I can come back down them really fast. If I’m not mountaineering, rock-climbing, backcountry skiing or mountain biking then I am probably at a @calgaryclimbing center indoor rock climbing or lifting weights. I’m excited to start incorporating functional range conditioning exercises in my own workout routine as well into my physio practice.
My ideal weekend would involve a big alpine climb or ski objective! We would car camp at the trailhead or hike in the day before to bivy high up in the alpine so that we can start our trip VERY early. This would mean we would probably get to see an amazing sunrise!
I love long days where we are constantly moving efficiently over large amounts of terrain, whether we’re trudging up scree, navigating a glacier or placing gear for more technical climbing. From bagging summits to fresh powder runs, these days are always exponentially richer when I get to share them with my good friends that share the same stoke for adventure.
What are you not good at but are working to get better at?
- Mountain biking.
You’ll be able to tell this when you see the road rash on my elbows and knees. It’s another sport I’ve developed an addiction for this past summer. I’ve been pushing it gradually and have been seeing/feeling improvement, mind you there were a lot of wipe outs in the process to get there. This sport scares me! But I think that’s why I love it. I want to become more comfortable on steeper terrain and at getting my wheels off the ground next season.
2. Daily meditation!
My brain often feels like is it going at a hundred miles an hour and I know this is pulling energy away from more productive thinking. I know the benefits of even doing 5 minutes/day for reducing anxiety, promoting clearer thinking and enhancing self-awareness yet I always seem to find something else to do instead. I’ve recently downloaded a couple apps to try and have set reminders on my phone to do it every day.
Best part about being a physio?
So many things from amazing work-life balance to a great sense of fulfillment knowing you’re helping reduce pain, restore function and promote resiliency in patients so that they can get back to doing what they love in life. I also love learning and it never ends in this profession. I’m constantly reading, researching and taking courses to improve my skills so that I can better myself as a health care professional and provide the best evidence care for my patients.
I’ve recently discovered Pillsbury Doughboy cookie dough that you can eat raw and I am OBSESSED. Reese’s Pieces is my fav.
What is your favorite area to ski?
For backcountry skiing I’ve really enjoyed exploring K-country however I got a taste of Rogers Pass last season and can’t wait to go back and spend more time there this year. I am also looking forward to skiing mountains on the Columbia Icefields next Spring. My favorite ski resorts are Lake Louise and Kicking Horse.
What are your other hobbies/interests?
I love traveling, hanging out with friends, listening to music, landscape photography and cooking.
I am not picky yet when it comes to coffee, I just need a lot of it – I’ll gladly take a cup of Van Houtte from the truck stop gas station on the way out to the mountains at 2am or be satisfied with pouring boiled melted snow into my cup of Folgers instant coffee in the backcountry. But in all seriousness, I’ve been hitting up @vintagecaffeineco all summer since I moved to the NW in Calgary as they have amazing coffee and tasty flavor lattes like the one I had the other day called “Teddy Grahams.”