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University of Alberta Practicum Student

| March 17, 2015 | Reply

Spencer cropCapilano Rehab Centre believes in and cultivates a lifelong learning culture amongst its professional staff.  Not only do we stay at the top of our game, we also partner with our local secondary learning institutions in order to give students and interns the practical experience they need to succeed in their health related career journey.

 Over the years we have been privileged to have students come and work with us.  Some have come to gain volunteer experience before applying to a Masters in Physical Therapy, here in Canada or in the United States; others are already in their Masters and want to gain additional practical clinical exposure before working on their own outside of the academic environment.

 One of our most recent practicum placement students is Spencer.  Spencer is a University of Alberta Kinesiology Student who is currently in his Fourth Year of a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology Degree and is hoping to start his Masters in Physical Therapy in September.

Spencer spent 3 years at Concordia University College where he played Volleyball and he was a team leader and co-captain.   He then transferred to the University of Alberta to complete his Kinesiology Degree and was offered a position as Assistant coach for the Concordia Men’s Volleyball team.   Capilano is the official provider of Sports Injury services to the Concordia University Athletic student athletes, so when we were approached to help with a Practicum placement it was a natural fit for Spencer and us.

 When Spencer is here at Capilano Rehab, he works with and is supervised by one of our senior Physical Therapists, Christy Pederson, and helps with different aspects of the patient care programs.  With his extensive athletic background, he has been able to integrate modern therapeutic exercise into the individualized programs that each patient receives.  Treatment recovery programs are developed within the context of the mechanism of injury, the diagnosis, and the other elements of the injury recovery process.  Spencer really likes Capilano’s state of the art gym facility, and especially some of the other specialized equipment that Capilano utilizes on a regular basis, such as the Biodex® Multi-Joint Isokinetic System and the Spinal Decompression Therapy unit.

 Spencer will complete his Practicum placement this upcoming April, which is the last requirement for his Degree.  Hopefully after his 2 and a half year (28 consecutive months) Master’s Physio program is done, Spencer will be another fabulous Physical Therapist who will consider joining our Capilano team!

Category: Clinic News, Community, Physiotherapy, Uncategorized

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I am Capilano Rehab Centre’s Community Care Coordinator. I have been with Capilano Rehab for 9 years primarily as a Physio Assistant, but also as a Receptionist. I have a Physical Education Degree from the University of Alberta, which I will eventually use when my two young children are grown up. In the mean time I am enjoying helping people in the Community through my role as Community Care Coordinator and bringing awareness to how a Physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you love the most!

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