Meet Our Team
Lisa Flanders PT, MSc (PT)
Lisa Flanders is a Registered Physiotherapist in Ottawa, Ontario with specialized training pertaining to pelvic floor physiotherapy. She completed a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Manitoba prior to completing a Master of Science, Physical Therapy at Queen’s University.
Lisa began her career in orthopedic physiotherapy, which she loves and continues to practice, but had a keen interest in pelvic floor physiotherapy. Following several post-graduate courses on pelvic floor physiotherapy, it became a passion for her. She realized many individuals have common concerns related to pelvic health but are often too embarrassed to seek advice, or are unaware that treatment is available. Her goal is to improve the health and quality of life of her clients. She wants to remove the stigma surrounding pelvic health concerns and assist her clients in regaining a connection to their pelvic floor and optimize their health and function.
Lisa is trained in the Integrated Systems Model approach through Diane Lee & Associates, which looks at the whole person when determining the cause of dysfunction. Lisa sees patients with a variety of concerns related to orthopedic and pelvic floor health, including chronic pain, acute injury, sports injury, male and female urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, vaginismus (painful penetration), vulvodynia (pelvic pain), diastasis recti and coccydynia (tailbone pain). Each client is unique and Lisa uses a variety of techniques to tailor each treatment plan to the individual. She has a keen interest in learning and continuing education and has completed a variety of post-graduate courses in pelvic health, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation.
Sarah Trottier PT, MSc (PT)
Sarah Trottier is a bilingual registered physiotherapist who completed her Bachelors of Health Sciences in 2012 and her Masters of Physiotherapy in 2015 both at the University of Ottawa. She grew up in North Bay, and was very active in the sporting community, which played a huge role in her becoming a physiotherapist. After years of living in Ottawa for school, she had fallen in love with the city and decided to continue her physiotherapy career in the nation’s Capital. Sarah has been working in a private practice setting utilizing skills such as manual therapy, acupuncture and dry needling to treat a variety of injuries and conditions.
Through her work, Sarah realized early on in her career that she had an interest in pelvic health. She completed post graduate training in pelvic floor rehabilitation, which included courses to assess and treat many pelvic health conditions, such as bladder and bowel incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, chronic pelvic pain, and many other related conditions.
Sarah understands that pelvic floor issues may be a vulnerable topic, but she believes that her compassionate and positive approach can help clients feel empowered in a comfortable and safe environment.
Silvia Saraiva PT Resident, BSc (PT)
Silvia is originally from Brazil where she got a Bachelors Degree in Physiotherapy. While in Brazil she worked by doing home visits at the poorest neighbourhoods in her hometown to clinics and hospitals. But her true passion was working with Women’s Health Physiotherapy. While still in school, she became a monitor in Gynaecology and Obstetrics. She was able to work with the same patients prenatal, during labour and postnatal.
Arriving in Ottawa she worked as a Physiotherapy Assistant (PTA) while getting her equivalency process in Canada in order to be able to practice as a Physiotherapist. She lead exercise classes and treated patients individually on the most variable conditions, such as post-hip replacement, post-stroke, cardiac rehabilitation, Parkinson’s, spine injuries, rheumatic conditions, acute and chronic pain in all areas. Also worked with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.
In the last year, Silvia was able to experience working in a clinic setting as a PTA. The most recurrent cases were post-knee replacement, patellofemoral pain syndrome, ankle sprain, knee sprains, meniscus injuries, shoulder tendonitis, Frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel, spine derangement and disc diseases.
After becoming a Physiotherapist Resident, Silvia is persueing her dream to become a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist. She will be treating patients with both orthopaedic injuries and pelvic floor dysfunctions. She is also experienced in cupping and tapping.
Silvia believes in a multidisciplinary approach where the patients are seen as whole.
When not working, Silvia enjoys to spend some quality time with her family and is passionate about traveling.
Silvia is currently on Maternity Leave until 2018