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B.Sc. PT, M.Sc.A. PT, PHT, MOPPQ
Talia Erdan is a physiotherapist who graduated from McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine. She grew up speaking English, German and French and loves the opportunity to practice her Spanish.
Talia obtained her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 2013 and in the following year went on to pursue her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. Throughout her degree she enjoyed getting involved in student-life, acting as president of the Physical and Occupational Therapy Undergraduate Society. She received the Sandra Perlman Memorial Prize, awarded for best exemplifying a caring healthcare professional.
Having played competitive sports such as basketball and volleyball for many years, Talia took the opportunity to channel her interest in team sports. She volunteered as a part of the medical staff of the McGill Track and Field and Basketball teams. She loved the energy that came from being ready on the sidelines and continued to gain more on-field experience working with rugby and hockey teams.
With a clear desire to work in an orthopedic setting, Talia went on to further her knowledge of manual therapy through the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA). She strongly believes that integrating these skills with motor control plays a vital role in getting someone back to their best functional capacity in the most efficient manner.
During her time at McGill Talia’s interest in pelvic floor physiotherapy was sparked. She was motivated by the fact many people do not know about this domain of physiotherapy, which can be so effective for treating genito-pelvic pain and urinary incontinence. She has since specialized in this field and would love to answer any of your questions about how this type of treatment works.
Passionate about travel, Talia takes every opportunity she can to further her professional development in an international setting. In 2012 she travelled to a small village in Peru to work at a school for children with developmental disabilities. The limited resources available allowed her to build her creativity. She worked one-on-one with each child, creating fun-filled games to improve each child’s motor skills and function. She also spent some time at a non-profit center providing services to adults with physical disabilities, getting them moving as much as possible. This experience broadened her perspective on how culture can shape one’s health beliefs. Another occasion to travel and put to value her skills came along when Talia embarked on a trip to Tanzania to research the prevalence of injuries in porters on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Talia spent many winters working as a ski instructor and loves to take advantage of a fresh snowfall. In the summers you’ll find her spending most of her free time outdoors – running and biking or playing beach volleyball with her teammates.
B.Sc. PT, M.Sc.A. PT, PHT, MOPPQ
Samantha Archambault is a physical therapist who graduated from the faculty of medicine at McGill University. She went on to obtain her professional masters degree and was awarded the OPPQ Clinical Prize of Excellence. Samantha speaks fluent English and French.
Samantha has always considered social involvement and academic success among her core values. Throughout her collegial and university studies, she volunteered with student societies and contributed to raising funds in support of Opération Enfant Soleil and the Fondation Charles-Bruneau. During that time, she also joined the medical staff of the McGill University men’s Lacrosse team. This experience confirmed her interest in orthopedic sports physiotherapy. During the summers that followed she decided to gain more experience with men and women’s rugby, while simultaneously covering ice hockey tournaments.
Given her strong appetite to learn more every day, she decided to further her knowledge of manual therapy through the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) . She also participated in a specialized pediatric physiotherapy training. During her time at the Shriners Hospital, she was able to put her skills to use, working in a neurodevelopmental setting as well as with babies with torticollis and plagiocephaly.
During her training, Samantha quickly developed an interest in perineal re-education and specialized in this branch. It came to her attention that pelvic problems are often misunderstood, and are frequently linked to the pelvic floor muscle group. She takes significant pride in simultaneously breaking the taboos concerning pelvic floor problems and helping her patients better their quality of life.
From a young age Samantha took an interest in the mechanics and movement of the human body. This interest got her involved in dance, which she practiced for many years. She went on to teach dance classes, and uses these skills in her physiotherapy practice. She continues to hold on to her passion for all forms of performance art. You will find her frequently attending theatre performances and dance shows.
Samantha still enjoys dancing and recently discovered running, a new challenge that she welcomes with open arms. She is very passionate about travel, which she hopes to pursue in the years to come.
B.Sc. PT, M.Sc. PT, PHT, MOPPQ
Catherine Laguë is a physical therapist who graduated from the faculty of medicine of Université de Montréal. She obtained her bachelor of science in physical therapy in 2012 and the following year, went on to accomplish her professional master’s degree. She speaks English and French. Her passion for physical therapy does not date back to yesterday. Catherine has acquired knowledge in the field of physical therapy by investing many hours of observation and learning at Physio Dynamik before starting her university education. Her love for running developed as part of the Sports Études and cross country programs. Combining her two passions together, she collaborated with a physiotherapist expert affiliated with Université de Montréal to complete her master's project on the evolution of running. Catherine presented her research findings at a conference for the general public entitled L’évolution de la course à pied et ses impacts sur le corps humain . Additionally, she has trained in sports traumatology and emergency response. The sports world has always fascinated her. That is why Catherine decided to specialize in sports injuries and running evaluations.
Her scientific curiosity led her to further her continuing education in manual therapy at the congress of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT). Catherine continued to improve her knowledge in manual therapy with the Association Québécoise de Physiothérapie Manuelle Orthopédique (AQPMO). In addition, she had the chance to work with burn victims. She provided expert care to these patients with a group of specialized healthcare professionals.
Her perseverance combined with her great determination allowed her to hold a job for the duration of her studies while excelling in physiotherapy. Catherine is greatly appreciated in her community through her ability to listen and easily connect with people.
Catherine lives by a simple rule: healthy mind in a healthy body. Thus, she regularly trains in a fitness center. You can also find her running in the streets of Brossard with her dog. Catherine has also invested time and energy in Baladi and hip hop dance classes. She has always set high objectives for herself in physical activities. It gives her great satisfaction once they are achieved. You will also find her snowboarding on the hills and surfing on the coast of Florida.
B.Sc. PT, M.Sc. PT, PHT, MOPPQ
Annie-Claude Hogue is a physical therapist who graduated from the faculty of medicine at Université de Montréal in 2011, the first cohort of the professional master in physical therapy. She speaks fluent English and French and has functional knowledge of Spanish. She also learned a few words of safi-safi while doing an international cooperation project in Senegal in 2007. Marked by that experience abroad, she decides to participate in another international cooperation project in Bolivia during her graduate studies. She then put to use her knowledge to improve the quality of the treatments in a Bolivian institution. She took great satisfaction from the improvements in patients’ quality of life brought by the project. She wrote her master’s thesis following this mission. Its subject was about optimization of rehabilitation knowledge transfer in international cooperation.
Being a gymnast, Annie-Claude stayed active in her sport as a coach for many years. She worked to upgrade the pre-competitive program of her gymnastics club. She used her knowledge in physiotherapy and in the sports in general to help and guide her gymnasts. She was also involved as a physiotherapist for the McGill University Martlets women’s ice hockey team. Following her involvements in gymnastics and hockey, her passion for sports’ physical therapy was clear to her. Following through with her passion, she specialised in orthopaedic physical therapy, as well as in manual therapy and in motor control. In 2014, Annie-Claude had the chance to used her skills as she toured Russia with the Cirque Éloize for their show iD . She was the physiotherapist in charge of the 19 athletes in for the two month tour. Staying updated with the evidences in the sports’ physical therapy is a priority in Annie-Claude’s practice. She’s always looking to improve her knowledge and push her abilities to the best of the evidence available.
After 7 years away from competition, Annie-Claude returned to gymnastics training in 2010. Her aim was to compete at the Masters 2011, which reunites ex-gymnasts. She succeeded in her return to gymnastics, winning silver medals at vault and uneven bars. Other than gymnastics, Annie-Claude practices yoga, pilates, running and skiing. You can also find her with her teammates on an ultimate frisbee field.
Annie-Claude is passionate about travelling, and loves discovering different countries. Within her favourite destinations, we can mention the island of Corsica and the city of London, in which she worked 6 months. She also fell in love with Latin culture during trips to Costa Rica, Bolivia and Peru. Don’t hesitate to mention to her your last experience abroad, she’s definitely going to enjoy it!
B.Sc. PT, PHT, MOPPQ
Céline Bisson is a physical therapist who graduated with distinction and on the Dean’s Honour Roll, from the faculty of medicine at Université de Montréal, in 2001. She speaks French and English.
Since her graduation she has always worked in the field of orthopaedic sports physical therapy. She is committed to staying abreast of new developments in her field, and strives to continuously improve her skills and maintain her knowledge up-to-date by attending professional conferences and taking part in various continuous education courses. This led her to specialize in manual therapy and motor control. To date, she has completed manual therapy levels E3 and V3 and has attended a number of training sessions pertaining to, among others, lumbar stabilization and shoulder complex. Céline puts her skilful expertise to worthy use by joining the medical team that supervises adventure races organized by Endurance Aventure.
Originally from Brossard, Céline developed into a remarkable gymnast reaching the elite level. Over a period of more than 10 years, she took part in numerous international competitions. She succeeded in attaining the “Senior High Performance Level”, alongside the top athletes in the country. She finished 3rd at the balance beam event and ranked 6th overall at the 1996 Canadian Championships competition. Artistic Gymnastics allowed her to travel throughout Canada, the United States and even Russia. Following her early successes, she carried on as a competitive level trainer and choreographer of floor routines, allowing her to share and pass on her passion for the sport to a new generation.
In her spare time, Céline likes to remain active and her interests are quite diverse. Cycling, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, rock climbing and hiking are some of her favourite activities. She is also the mother to two energetic young boys who keep her extremely active!
B.Sc. PT, PHT, MOPPQ
Claude Bédard is a physical therapist and has graduated in 2001 from the faculty of medicine of the Université de Montréal. He speaks English, French and Spanish. He specializes in orthopaedic sports physical therapy, as well as in manual therapy and in motor control. He makes it a priority to stay up-to-date by regularly attending conventions and conferences of renowned specialists around the world.
His excellent abilities as a physical therapist have been recognised among elite athletes. Claude is the physical therapist for many sports teams and takes part in different tournaments. He has treated players of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) as well as football players from the Montreal Alouettes.
Since 1996, triathlon is his sport of predilection. Claude regularly competes as an athlete in events organised by Triathlon Québec as well as in cycling events of the Fédération Québécoise des Sports Cyclistes (FQSC). Mountain climbing and trekking are the main activities that influence his choice of destinations for his vacations. Searching for high summits, Claude has visited the New Zealand and European Alps, the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Pyrenees and the Sierra Nevada. With time, cross country skiing and adventure racing have also become a part of his life. In the past, Claude has competed in international soccer and badminton competitions as part of Team Quebec.
B.Sc. PT, PHT, OCS, MOPPQ
Christian Boddaert has been a physical therapist since 1992. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and speaks French and English. Since his graduation, Christian has always worked in orthopaedic physiotherapy with a particular interest for manual therapy and the motor control of movements. This allows him to treat a vast range of orthopaedic injuries of a much diversified clientele, including athletes of all levels. At first working in Ontario, he then pursued his profession in orthopaedics in Naples and Fort Myers both in Florida. Since 2002, he has moved back to the Montreal region.
In the United States, Christian completed his post-graduate education in manual therapy with courses offered by the University of St-Augustine and the McKenzie Institute. In addition, he followed a series of courses offered by Mrs Shirley Sahrmann, PhD and her team for the evaluation and the treatment of motor control dysfunctions. Additionally, he obtained from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) the accreditation of Orthopaedic Certified Specialist. Since his return, Christian has continued his training to reach the level III (E3-V3) in manual therapy from the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).Christian competed in volleyball at the national level as captain of the Titans of the Limoilou College and as captain of Team Quebec. As well, he is an alumnus of the l’Université Laval’s Rouge et Or volleyball team. After those years of competition, he now got acquainted with golf, running, tennis and squash.
B.Sc.PT, M.Sc.A, PHT, MOPPQ
Joseph Kaldas is a physical therapist graduate of McGill University. He is fluent in English and French and can speak Arabic.
Joseph obtained his bachelor of science in physical therapy in 2002. He then went on to graduate studies at McGill University. His major interest of study was the brain’s ability to change. Through his involvement in academic research, Joseph has had the privilege of presenting his work at the 2002 Canadian Congress of Physical Therapy in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He also presented his work at the 2003 World Congress of Physical Therapy (WCPT) in Barcelona, Spain. In 2004, Joseph received his master of science applied in rehabilitation sciences with a thesis centred on physical therapy outcome measurements for vertigo and dizziness conditions.
Joseph is a physical therapist working in an orthopaedic setting. His major orthopaedic clinical interests are motor control and kinetic dysfunctions and the manual therapy treatment of injuries. Following the completion of his master’s degree, he continued working with conditions pertaining to vertigo, dizziness and the vestibular system. Through his years of practice, Joseph has always made it a priority to stay up-to-date with the scientific literature related to physical therapy treatment of orthopaedic conditions. This has lead him to follow many post-graduate continuing education courses offered by l’Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (OPPQ) and the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), as well as courses offered by experts from countries such as England, Australia and the United States.
Outside of physical therapy, Joseph is a fan of winter. You will find him snowshoeing up the hills in the Montérégie and skiing down the slopes in the Eastern Townships. During his years as a student, he was a lifeguard and spent many summers teaching swimming and lifeguarding lessons.