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Douglas Freer
Registered Physiotherapist

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Doug is happy to celebrate 45 years of physiotherapy practice as of July 2019. In 1973, he graduated from UWO with a degree in physiotherapy (following an Honour’s degree from the U. of Guelph) and started his learning as a staff physiotherapist at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie. In that year, Doug started part-time work in a private OHIP clinic and worked for the Simcoe Health Unit as a Home Care Physiotherapist. He also became a trainer with the Barrie Colts Jr.B Hockey Team.

In 1978, Doug and a partner purchased the OHIP clinic and worked as a owner-operator for 12 years. In the private practice OHIP world, it provided lots of clients to test and evaluate all the techniques the team had learned. During that time, Doug studied all aspect of physiotherapy and obtained a specialization certificates in manual therapy, manipulation therapy, and sports physiotherapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. To continue training in athletic therapy, he obtained a certification as an Athletic Therapist. To learn about acupuncture, Doug studied with Dr. Joe Wong at the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada and obtained certification in 1991 in Acupuncture.

Doug shared his great knowledge when he taught at the University of Toronto as Senior Lecturer, Physiotherapy Division, Department of Medical Rehab in 1982 and continued with this position until 1987. During this time, Doug spent many weekends traveling around Canada teaching Manual Therapy for The Orthopaedic Division of CPA, Sport Physiotherapy for the Sport Physiotherapy Division of CPA, and Acupuncture for AFCI.

Doug branched out in 1999 to partner with Sport Physicians John Bowman and Ron Timson in Collingwood to operate a new sports clinic being set-up.

In 2017, Doug sold my Private Practice non-OHIP clinics in Barrie and Stroud to Lifemark Health Group. 39 years of clinic ownership seemed like long enough! Doug continues to practice in Barrie and Collingwood, maintaining his Athletic Therapist certification and now belong to the College of Kinesiology in Ontario. In the College of Physiotherapy, he is rostered as a Acupuncture practitioner and a Manipulative practitioner.

Doug still loves the challenge each day of seeing clients with unusual diagnosis or odd symptoms. It does help in keeping the cob-webs out of the old nogan.

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