Physiotherapy at Guelph Women’s Health Associates (GWHA)

Have you ever wondered or felt:

  • Where can I access these unique services?
  • With a busy schedule, how can I manage or attend multiple appointments
  • I am really not comfortable talking to my doctor about my concern
  • I don’t think there is any treatment that will work and help me
  • I want treatment that allows me to be in control
  • Are there other options than medication?  I am not interested in medication if there are other options
  • After seeing my doctor, I am now waiting months for a specialist appointment.  What else can I do?
If this resonates with you GWHA can offer you strategies to get you back to optimal health.

Why are women choosing Guelph Women’s Health Associates?

Women often tend to look after everyone but themselves, until one day a light bulb goes off and they realize – “it’s time to look after me”.  When this moment occurs many women face the reality that they can’t ignore the signals that their body has been giving them.  Stress levels and lack of self care hit a critical point and they feel like their health is in jeopardy mentally, physically and emotionally.

Those nagging symptoms like a little bit of urinary leakage have progressed now to stopping them from minor physical activity like an evening walk.  Being inactive has heightened their sense of fatigue and overall feeling of sadness or depression, which is adding to both emotional and sexual strain in their relationships. In these moments women may feel helpless, but women also know that given that right resources that they are strong and can return to an optimal state of health.

Hours of Operation

Mon 8am -8pm, 
Tues 8am-7pm,
Wed 8am -8pm,
Thurs 8am -3pm,
Friday 8am -4pm

How is GWHA different?

GWHA’s professional team works collectively with you, applying our many decades of combined experience to your unique situation to find the solutions that are most effective, and easeful for you.

We recognized the need for a friendly, calm, and supportive environment where women can freely talk about their issues, while also getting excellent treatment. Our office location has accessible parking, an elevator to our suite (for those days when you just don’t feel like taking the stairs!) and a friendly bright feminine environment welcoming you upon arrival.

Sometimes our busy schedule doesn’t allow us to take time away from our family, and we understand that. New moms are welcome to bring their infants along with them during treatment sessions, as well as our facility is absolutely comfortable and welcoming of nursing moms– in fact, we support it!

GWHA’s professional team offers unique extended treatment sessions, so that while you are with us, you don’t feel rushed during your treatment, and feel as relaxed as possible.

Although we do offer a wide range of services, in some instances, your personalized treatment plan might require a separate visit to another Guelph community provider. We want you to receive the best care possible, and because of that, we are very open minded when it comes to referring our patients to other providers operating in the community. After all, our patients are number one– your success is our success.

Our Physiotherapy Services in Guelph Women’s Health Associates (GWHA)

Our Guelph Women’s Health Associates (GWHA) Physiotherapists & Staff

Janet MacKinnon

MSc (PT), MSc (Bio Med), BSc Hon, Registered Physiotherapist, Clinical Director of GWHA

Janet is a graduate of University of Guelph and McMaster University. Janet has over 10 years of experience in both pelvic health and orthopaedic physiotherapy which allows her to generate a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the whole body. Janet specialises in Pelvic Health having taken Pelvic Health Physiotherapy levels 1-5 (Female and Male Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy, and Anorectal Disorders) as well as further courses for pregnancy and exercise. Janet has also completed courses in Acupuncture through McMaster University, and running injury courses. She has a clinical interest in treating low back, surgical rehabilitation, and pelvic health specifically pregnancy, incontinence, prolapse, and post-partum return to activity/sport.

Nicole Stieber-Sze

MSc (PT), Bsc Hons, Registered Physiotherapist

Nicole has furthered her education by completing Pelvic Health Physiotherapy levels 1-3(Female and Male Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Pain), paediatric Incontinence and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Paediatric functions gastrointestial disorders, physiotherapy management of breastfeeding related conditions, orthopaedic division intermediate manual therapy examination, acupuncture levels AA1 and AA2 (AFCI). Nicole’s unique clinical interests include paediatric Pelvic health physiotherapy, pelvic health physiotherapy, and breastfeeding. Additionally, Nicole enjoys working with breastfeeding families in the treatment of blocked ducts/mastitis and infant oral function.

Shannon Clutton Carr (currently on leave)

Registered Physiotherapist, Hons.B.Kin, MPT, CGIMS

Shannon is a graduate of McMaster University and Western University. Shannon offers over 10 years of clinical experience in orthopedics and started her pelvic floor treatment journey in 2018. She has furthered her education by completing courses in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy level 1 (Female and Male Urinary Incontinence), Vestibular Rehabilitation, Manual Therapy Levels 1-3, Lymphedema Management, AFCI acupuncture, GUNN IMS/dry needling, and specific courses related to Running Injuries, Post-Partum Return to Sport, and Dance Rehabilitation. Her treatment techniques include the use of Manual Therapy, Specialized Exercise, Acupuncture/Dry Needling/IMS, and STOTT Pilates Mat & Reformer training. Shannon also launched the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Series online and in person at GWHA in collaboration with Guelph Family Doulas in 2019.

Aishwarya Desai

Registered Physiotherapist (Resident Physiotherapist)

Aishwarya Desai is a physiotherapy resident who graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2020 with a Masters of Physical Therapy. She also obtained a Bachelor of Science with honours in the fields of Biology and Medical Physiology from the University of Waterloo in 2018. Aishwarya has also obtained her Manual Therapy Level 1 certification and completed a three-series course on therapeutic management of the Upper Extremity from the Roth/McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Center. She is excited to continually improve her skills and update her knowledge. She is currently taking courses on Concussion Management and Level – 1 course on Pelvic Health. Aishwarya has worked with a wide variety of patient populations, ranging from helping individuals suffering from adhesive capsulitis, low back pain, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, post-operative rehabilitation, arthritis; cardiorespiratory conditions such as pneumonia, COPD, atelectasis and neurological conditions such as stroke, MS, Glioma, and Parkinson’s Disease. Aishwarya speaks English, Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Marathi and would love to use this knowledge to provide the best possible care for her patients.

Jessica Dorado

Lead Office Administrator

Jessica holds a degree in Geography from the University of Guelph and a diploma in Baking and Pastry Arts Management from George Brown College. She first joined EPA’s Bullfrog location in 2015 where she worked full-time reception for a year before going to pastry school. Jesica worked at the University of Guelph pastry kitchen where she focused on recipe development and ensuring smooth day-to-day operations. With the impacts of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry, Jessica excitedly rejoined the EPA team in 2020 at the Guelph Women’s Health location. Jessica is your main contact person for any booking and billing inquiries at GWHA.

Megan

Part-Time Receptionist

Megan has a Family and Social Relations degree from the University of Windsor. She is currently completing training at the Newman Clinic to become a licensed lactation consultant. Megan can be found working the front desk in the evenings at Guelph Women’s Health Associates.