On April 28th the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario announced that I was the recipient of the 2011 Award of Distinction. The Award recognizes the significant contributions and achievements of a physiotherapist through excellence in practice and the broader community.
This is a great honor for me.
Award of Distinction | MelioGuide Recognized
The College recognized the work that I have done through MelioGuide to promote safe and effective exercise for clients with osteoporosis:
Over her career and in addition to her practice she has developed numerous health related education programs for individuals and groups. Most notably, she has developed MelioGuide, a website and training program dedicated to the prevention and management of osteoporosis through exercise. She is also the author of two complementary books – “Building Better Bones” and “Exercise for Better Bones”.
I believe that I have been able to make MelioGuide what it is because of the efforts and support of my clients and fellow health professionals.
Learning from My Clients
My clients have been my inspiration for creating MelioGuide. Their questioning and search for safe and effective exercise programs fueled the growth of the Exercise for Better Bones Program and my desire to:
- Investigate topics and issues important to them. This motivates me to make the latest research more accessible and applicable for my clients.
- Incorporate the best of online and “offline”learning. The Exercise for Better Bones Program has allowed me to provide the individual coaching that many of my clients expect while also giving them access to a printed and online resource where they can follow their program and learn more about how to improve the health of their bones.
Sharing With Health Professionals
Over the last four years, I have had the privilege of teaching 800 fellow health professionals on the treatment of clients with low bone density, osteopenia and osteoporosis. Physiotherapists, Physical Therapists, PTAs, Kinesiologists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses and other health professionals across the United States and Canada have completed my Building Better Bones course.
These professionals have contributed through feedback and sharing to make the course what it is today. I would like to thank each of you for the support that you have provided. This Award would not of happened without your support.
About The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario is the not-for-profit regulatory body for physiotherapy in the province of Ontario.
The College protects patients’ rights to safe, competent and ethical care by supporting physiotherapists to maintain the standards of practice of the profession and by also holding them accountable for their conduct and practice.
You can learn about the College and its mission at its website.
Continuing Education for Physical Therapists
Continuing education is key to our success in that role. I started MelioGuide to further continuing education for Physical Therapists in the area of osteoporosis and to offer clients access to safe and affordable osteoporosis exercise programs.
It is a great feeling to be recognized by the College for my work with MelioGuide. I would like to thank the College for the support that it has provided me.
I encourage my fellow Physiotherapists in Ontario, Canada and around the world to find new and innovative ways to deliver value to our clients.
The world population is ageing and the demand for Physiotherapy, Physical Therapy and movement rehabilitation services is growing in tandem with the needs of this population. We have much work to do and we, as a profession, need to find ways to deliver better rehabilitation services to a wider range of people in need.
Several years ago, I decided to leverage internet and web technologies to reach a wide range of clients and fellow professionals to share information and know how, and to increase the dialogue so that we could find and deliver innovative solutions to our clients.
Please join me in this journey and feel free to share your story.
You can lean more about me on my bio page.