Joëlle received a Bachelor of Kinesitherapy at the Free University of Brussels in 1981 which was just a step in her long quest to demystifying control and movement of the human body.
Joëlle received a Bachelor of Kinesitherapy at the Free University of Brussels in 1981 which was just a step in her long quest to demystifying control and movement of the human body. After obtaining many injuries herself as a dancer, she already knew the importance of injury prevention at a young age.
Joëlle’s early career began in Belgium, where she worked for several years in outpatient orthopedic clinics, home care, and an intensive care medical setting. While setting her physiotherapy roots, she continued to peruse her love for dance by means of teaching dance. This in turn led to her creation of BALANCE, a prevention program including assessment and treatment specifically for dancers. This successful program has since been used widely throughout the Ottawa/Gatineau region and has been recognized by peers and at national and international levels related to dance medicine.
Further studies fuelled Joëlle’s professional passion and goals: She studied Postural Chains by Mrs.Meziere, Bobath neurological re-patterning techniques, various hands-on courses in manual therapy, fitness, and the diagnosis and treatment of muscle imbalance.
These courses combined with her European training have led to her unique treatment outlook which considers a patient’s overall lifestyle, biomechanics, posture and function. She is a firm believer of Global Postural Rehabilitation, focusing on individualized treatments, zeroing in on the cause of the symptoms and addressing faulty movement compensation.
Joëlle completed the full Pilates certification program for both floor and equipment at Ann McMillan Pilates, Polestar based training (2004-2006). She is a certified Personal Trainer Specialist (Can-Fit Pro, 2007,) has completed the cardiorespiratory fitness assessment and prescription exam(Human Kinetics, 2008) and the advanced personal training course with Can-Fit-Pro. She has studied and continues to improve her knowledge in different forms of Qi Gong such as Daoist, Hunan, Shaolin, and guides a group practice at Motion Matters exercise Center.
Her most recent venture combines all of her past experience with her love for working with seniors. Retrofit is a program targeting the needs specific to women over 65 years of age which focuses on balance, coordination and injury prevention.
In 1999, Joëlle and her colleague Donna Lamport-Durocher opened Motion Matters Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic, and in 2006, Motion Matters Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic – Rehabilitation Centre. As a co-owner, Joëlle’s creativity and strong work ethic are apparent throughout the clinic. She is a role model to both clients and staff; and her dynamic energy is contagious to those around her.