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Carla Smith
Carla Smith

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Carla is an orthopedic sport physiotherapist with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta in 1982.

Her past experience includes work as a physiotherapist in Canmore, at the Saddledome and McMahon Stadium Sport Medicine clinics, summer work at the Banff School of Ballet, World University Games, Montreal Marathon and Canadian Track and Field Championships.

Upon her return and re-certification to an active physiotherapy practice in 2014 after staying home to raise three daughters she has accumulated further experience in acute and chronic MSK injuries. She has assisted with a U of C minor hockey concussion research group, taken courses in current trends in hip and shoulder rehabilitation, certified for IMS (dry needling) and Functional Movement Screening. She is looking forward to a 2018 course in Neurokinetic Therapy which addresses dysfunctional movement patterns stored in the cerebellum.

Carla’s practice is built upon her foundational belief in good lifelong movement, knowledge and positivity as cornerstones to living and growing with vitality. Active listening during assessment, keen observational skills and a desire to help navigate a health care system alongside collaboration with other health professionals are key to her process. She utilizes manual therapy, mobilization skills, IMS, and most importantly exercise prescription and progression through to sport and life specific movement skills as tools to support injury prevention, healing and total body wellness.

Carla is a member of the Alberta College of Physiotherapists and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

In her off hours, Carla thrives on being outdoors as much as possible. Summer-type activities find her on the tennis court, cycling to and from work, hiking and scrambling/climbing in the mountains, learning to wake surf and when farther afield, surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling. Though she grew up deeply involved in figure skating winter now lures her to the mountains for downhill, back country, and cross country skiing.

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