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Meet our Physiotherapists:
Deanna Nelson

Deanna is returning to practice after taking time with her family. She is excited to be working with students in Southern Alberta. Deanna is looking forward to assisting students to be independent, moving and functioning to the best of their ability. Deanna brings an understanding of the physical, social, and educational challenges facing students and their families. By adapting and modifying activities and environments to facilitate improved function and comfort, she is able to be part of the solution to student challenges.

Call/Text: 587.370.0972

Melissa Spina

Melissa has been practicing in pediatrics for the duration of her career. She has extensive experience working in the home, community, and school settings. Areas of professional development and interest include gross motor development, and the relationship between physical activity and learning. Melissa loves to use a play-based approach to work with kids, putting fun and engagement into motor learning.

Melissa will be supporting students in Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, Fort MacLeod, Lethbridge, Claresholm, Nanton, Arrowwood, Barons, Brant, and Champion.  Melissa’s typical work days will be Mondays (virtually) and Tuesdays (in person).

Call/Text: 587.370.7631

Discovering the world through movement!

The ability to move and the ability to sit still are often taken for granted. The goal of physiotherapy for school aged children/youth is to help them move to the best of their ability and to obtain and maintain their highest level of independence at home, school and in the community.  Increasing a child/youth’s independence in the above areas increases their self esteem and builds skills for success now and in the future.

Physiotherapists work with children/youth who have movement challenges that affect success in:

  • Classroom activities
  • Getting around the classroom and school
  • Recess play
  • Physical education

Physiotherapists work with children/youth in a variety of ways:

  • Combine movement goals with school routines and academic programming
  • Individual work on specific skills
  • Modifications and adaptations to activities to allow the child/youth to be included in activities
  • Group work (ex. movement / brain breaks)
  • In collaboration with other team members
  • Teach learning team to support the child physically in school (ex. stair safety, lifting, stretches)

Examples of when you might make a referral to see a Physiotherapist include:

  • for younger children: if your child has difficulty playing with others at recess or when using playground equipment
  • if child/youth has difficulty doing the same things in Physical Education as peers
  • in general: child/youth has difficulty moving around home and/or school