Christine grew up in Dunrobin, ON where she had a very active childhood participating competitively in equestrian, soccer and volleyball. In Grade 12, her gym teacher made it mandatory that to pass the class each student was to complete a 10km running race. Christine hasn’t looked back since!
She went on to the University of Western Ontario where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and joined the rowing team and triathlon club, although she never did a triathlon. She simply just loved to swim, bike and run. Well maybe not swim but it eventually won her over.
Christine did her post grad program at the Canadian Therapeutic College in Burlington Ontario. After completing a 3 year dual diploma program and over 3,000 hours she received her Sports Injury Therapy and Massage Therapy Diplomas. While going to school she trained a men’s soccer team and a girl’s volleyball club and took up running Half Marathons and Duathlons. Yes, swimming still hadn’t won her over at this point!
She then came to Calgary to visit her best friend for a weekend and by the end of her visit she had pinkie swore her friend that she would move out. A month later, Christine and her Mom drove her car and all her things across Canada. She started her career in a multi-disciplinary sports medicine clinic and gained tons of experience and knowledge from working with the sports chiropractors. After recovering from a knee injury Christine decided she needed a goal. Why not run a marathon? So she trained and completed the Kelowna marathon injury free with gas in the tank. After the marathon she put her shoes aside and hit the pool, determined to improve her swimming skills. It was a love hate relationship at first but now the swim portion of the race is her favourite part. Christine competed in her first Ironman event this summer in Penticton and loved it. She can hardly wait to start training for her next one.
As Christine’s practice grew she began to focus her efforts on Injury Rehabilitation and Prevention. She became more involved in the running and triathlon community in Calgary and began to specialize in athletes of those sports. She loves working with like minded athletes and her patients would agree that having a therapist who understands your sport, your body and your mental challenges is of huge benefit.
Christine is a firm believer of being proactive in your health. Whether it be participating in cross training, getting regular massage treatments or going to the dentist. You need to prevent things from getting to an unhealthy state. Many of us wait until we are in pain before seeking help but pain is the last sign of reaching an unhealthy state. There are many signs that occur before pain that should cue us to seek help. The key is to not let it get to that point!
first Half Marathon, Ottawa 2009