Who I am

There was a time where I thought that my awareness of the art and science of osteopathy came late in life, but then I realized that everything thus far has prepared me to make my entrance at the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal, Halifax in 2006.

I have embraced all that I have lived through and all that I have learned because it has shaped me into the person and the therapist that I am today, with a deep desire to constantly learn. As I have embraced learning to become whole in all that I do, it became evident to me that I found compatibility in treating the patient as an entire being as taught in the manual practice of osteopathy.

My story starts on a farm in the heart of Quebec. I am thankful for the farm life where I witnessed the expression of life that surrounded me. In my teen years, my awakening about health was expressed through physical activity, the search for good nutrition and spiritual seeking. I remember really well, at the time of my graduation from high school, how I was dreaming for a profession that did not seem to exist in my world then; I wanted to help and care like a nurse, but could not see myself working in an institution. I wanted to use my hands and be creative and yet, I did not think of myself as a professional artist.

From a young adult into motherhood, I seemed to have taken the role of “doctor mom” at home, within my church community and my neighborhood. Our family life seemed to be an inspiration to the people close to us as we promoted, with our daily life, good nutrition, physical activities, and spirit filled life.

From homemade wholesome food to preventive health care life style I started to study essential oils. I focused on using essential oils as, for example, the British and the French do for their medicinal properties. From studying Essential oils, I became aware that I desired to apply my knowledge for remedial purposes and I decided to go back to school.  From studying Massage Therapy, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Myofascial Release with John F. Barns and Craniosacral therapy with Upledger.  I practiced Massage Therapy for many years including all the different disciplines that I had learned. I applied what the patient needed at the time of treatment that was appropriate for that patient on that day.

I have been a massage therapist since 1999 and graduated from the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal / Halifax. I have successfully completed undergraduate studies in Cranial and General Manual Practice Osteopathy. I have received my Diploma in the Science of Osteopathy in presenting the thesis “The Effects of Anxiety on the Primary Respiratory Mechanism and Endocranial Motion: Quantitative Comparison Study.” Recipient of the William Garner Sutherland Award for the advancement of clinical osteopathy. The international Board of Examiners convened for the oral presentation of Diploma in Osteopaty Manual Practice herby presents the William Garner Sutherland D.O. Award for the most representative thesis for the advancement of Osteopathy in the field of Clinical Research.

You will see as you explore this web page how osteopathy is exactly what I needed to know as an art, a science and path to help my patients to find better health. I do not claim to be a doctor or a healer but I do believe that we all have a purpose in life and I have found mine in my hands and in my heart, and I am thankful…

Sincerely,

Johanne