Centre de Santé Pelvienne is an interdisciplinary clinic that brings together under one roof a multitude of services and expertise on the cutting edge of pelvic health.
The clinic was born out of the knowledge that while Pelvic Health and associated pain affects millions of people, it continues to be an underserved area of medicine.
The first of its kind on the island of Montreal and the first ‘specialty clinic’ for the Kinatex banner, Centre de Santé Pelvienne treats pelvic floor dysfunction in women, men, children and the transgender population.
The clinic’s focus is on problems affecting the pelvic area, including urinary problems, sexual pain, pelvic pain, problems associated with pregnancy, postpartum or menopause, as well as incontinence post-prostatectomy.
Centre de Santé Pelvienne offers services including physiotherapy, osteopathy, massotherapy, occupation therapy, lactation consultant, psychology, pediatrics, sexology, as well as courses and workshops related to maternal health, pre and post-natal care, menopause and public information sessions on pelvic health.
Marie-Josée Lord Partner
Marie-Josée Lord received her B.Sc. (P.T.) at McGill University in 1984 and has treated a variety of pelvic floor disorders over the past 30 years.
A pioneer in the field of pelvic health physiotherapy in Canada, she is a sought after speaker, published author and assistant instructor at McGill University.
Marie-Josée has a long history of being involved with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and the Women’s Health division. She is also one of the co-owners and instructors at teaching company that provides post-graduate courses in pelvic floor dysfunction to physiotherapists across Canada.
MJ is the mother of 4 adult boys, plays hockey, curls and in her spare time makes baby quilts for the MUHC PICU.
Stefanie Patterson Partner
Stefanie Patterson graduated from McGill University in 1990 with her B.Sc. (P.T.). During her 30-year career she developed an
expertise in orofacial pain and temporomandibular joint disorders treating
patients and teaching students her craft.
Stefanie is co-owner and Director of Operations at 5 Kinatex physiotherapy clinics in the west of Montreal. “Do What You Love” and you will never work a day in your life…is Stefanie’s motto and it spills over into everything she tackles.
Physiotherapy and helping others are her passion and it is evident in how she runs her clinics and cares for her patients and staff.
These days if Stefanie is not in front of her computer on a Zoom meeting, you will find her either running with her Goldendoodle or out on the water in her kayak.
Kellie-Ann Briand Partner
Kellie-Ann Briand has a background in communications and marketing. She received her BJ. Hons from the University of King’s College in 1994 and went on to continue her studies in marketing and graphic design.
Kellie-Ann is the owner of a consulting firm in Montreal specializing in marketing communications and she also teaches women how to start an online business doing something they love!
Kellie-Ann has been working within Kinatex for 2 years as a Marketing Consultant where she developed a digital strategy focused on onboarding and nurturing patients.
Aside from her 25 plus years of sales, communication and marketing experience, Kellie-Ann brings an unbridled passion for interpretative dance, cheese and the Real Housewives franchise (don’t judge!)
Helen Zhu Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
Helen Zhu received her B.Sc in Rehabilitation Science from McGill University in 2013 and her M.Sc in Physical Therapy in 2015. An expert in pelvic health, both for men and women, she’s also a Certified Yoga Teacher.
Patience, empathy and listening are 3 words that describe Helen. She is constantly looking for new approaches and concepts in order to take better care or her clients.
Helen is aware that pelvic health issues are generally complex and multifaceted and that pelvic pain can be driven by a physical, psychological, and/or sociocultural issues. Some may look at this as a challenge, but Helen sees it as a good opportunity to learn something new everyday. She loves working with each and every one of her patients and always tries to consider their individuality, beliefs, and values. No two sessions are exactly the same and this is what makes the job so interesting and exciting for her!
In her free time, Helen practices yoga, runs or hikes. She also could paint for hours and not get bored. No wonder she wanted to be an artist for Pixar when she was younger!
Ashley Deegan Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
Ashley Deegan is a physiotherapist with a focus on pelvic health and breastfeeding. She holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Anatomy and Cell Biology and a minor in Kinesiology. She then studied Athletic Therapy at Concordia University before returning to McGill for her master’s degree in Physical Therapy. Since graduation, she has taken many continuing education courses in the fields of pelvic health, breastfeeding, and orthopedics.
In addition to her university degrees, Ashley had taken specialized courses, including:
- Female urinary incontinence
- Female dyspareunia (pain with intercourse)
- Male urinary incontinence
- Male pelvic pain
- Anorectal disorders
- Physiotherapy for breastfeeding-related issues
She also has taken a course on the pelvic health physiotherapy approach to uro-gynecological cancers and has received additional training in oncology, with a focus on breast cancer rehabilitation.
Ashley finds communication is of utmost importance, as physiotherapists must communicate effectively and sensitively with individuals of all ages. She believes critical thinking also plays a fundamental role in physiotherapy. As she evaluates and treats, she is constantly re-evaluating and modifying treatment plans with her patients, ensuring they remain on the best path to recovery.
As a child Ashley loved to read and paid great attention to detail, resulting in her interest in becoming an editor. These traits carry over to her physiotherapy practice, where she does her best to stay up to date with current research and ensure each of her patients receives the highest quality of care.
Aïcha Myriam Diarra Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
Aïcha Myriam Diarra obtained her master’s degree in physiotherapy at the University of Sherbrooke. First trained in musculoskeletal and vestibular rehabilitation, she then added an expertise in perineal and pelvic rehabilitation.
She mainly works with clients struggling with:
- Urinary or bowel incontinence disorders
- Pain before, during or after penetration
- Post partum issues
- Tailbone pain
Aïcha has a natural ability to communicate with clients as well as with the rest of the team. Using clear and precise words, gestures and explanations, she makes sure that each client understands their issues, causes and possible treatments. She believes that it is very important for people to understand the importance of physical health in everyday life and the impact on mental health. Problems affecting the perineum and the pelvic floor are still very taboo: through listening and compassion, she wants to participate in breaking down these walls and helping clients regain their well-being.
In her spare time, Aïcha plays basketball and enjoys running.
Laine Roczniak Pediatric Physiotherapist
Laine Roczniak received her B.Sc Physical Therapy from McGill University in 2007. She soon developed an expertise in pediatric physiotherapy, including :
- Infant motor development
- Treatment of torticollis/plagiocephaly
- Hypotonia (muscle weakness)
- Developmental coordination disorder
She mostly works with infants and young children between 0-2 years old. Depending on the condition, she can also see older children, up to 8-13 years old.
With her sense of observation, her patience and her listening skills, she thrives on helping children develop to their full potential, as well as on supporting their families in the process. She believes that not enough parents know about physiotherapy and how it could be beneficial for their child, and her mission is to help put this service on the map.
Laine likes to keep an active lifestyle by chasing after her kids, playing soccer, doing yoga, going out hiking, gardening and knitting (when she needs to relax a little). When she was younger, she wanted to become a marine biologist. Even though we’re sure that she would have made a great biologist, we are truly happy that her path drove her here instead
Magdalena Arciszewska International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Magdalena Arciszewska graduated with a B.Sc in nursing from McGill University and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
She also received her B.Sc in Immunology at McMaster University in 1996, her Certification in Neonatal Resuscitation in 2015 and the Canadian Nursing Association Specialty Certification in Perinatal Nursing in 2019. She’s been working for over 23 years in Women’s Health at the Royal Victoria Hospital as a labour and delivery nurse.
She mostly works with individuals or couples during the perinatal period.
With her high sense of empathy and adaptability, her communication skills and her critical thinking, Magdalena navigates brilliantly the politics of choice while making sure that parents are making an informed decision. She’s aware that support in the breastfeeding journey is poor, inconsistent or sometimes non-existent. Her goal at the clinic is to make that change so every mom and family who wish to start on this path can do so with proper care, tips and technics.
What she loves the most about her job is the unspeakable sense of satisfaction and gratitude she gets at having the privilege to be present during such a vulnerable and powerful moment in families’ lives while being able to help parents meet their breastfeeding goals.
Sharon Cohen Naturopath
Meet Sharon Cohen, Certified Holistic Naturopath. She studied Psychology before turning to Naturopthy. She also has multiple additional trainings and certificates, such as:
- Certificate in Bioset allergy elimination
- Certificate in cranio-sacral therapy
- Energy medicine
- Stress management coach
She mainly works with digestion and hormone disorders, as well as with stress management issues, allergies, and intolerance elimination.
For Sharon, listening to and understanding her clients are of utmost importance. She believes that the body has an innate wisdom to heal itself if given a healthy environment and that disease is an opportunity for growth and evolution. Her goal is to guide her clients on an inner journey to their own healing.
In her free time, Sharon enjoys hiking, kayaking and dancing, as well as oil painting and sharing good meals with friends.
Andrea Cook Art Therapist
Andrea Cook is our Art Therapist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and another in Fine Arts and Modern Languages. She has a Masters Degree in Art Therapy as well as a number of additional trainings.
Additional trainings include:
- Sexuality from the Imago Couples Therapy Theoretic Approach
- Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Communication
Andrea uses art and creativity to express feelings and emotions, and develop coping strategies that improve the well-being of her clients, with a specialty in intimate communication, sexuality and change in the body.
She also provides art therapy for children and families to explore behaviour related to pelvic health, stress, anxiety, and depression. Incontinence beyond the average developmental age is one example. Furthermore, she explores concepts of sexuality and identity across the lifespan and significant psychosexual stages, such as puberty and menopause.
Art as a form of communication and human expression has existed for as long as people have been on Earth and it is a privilege for Andrea to witness this fundamental and transformational method of exploration, insight and progress with each and every client.
Since she was little, Andrea has been interested in everything art related. She first wanted to become an artist, then a musician, an actor, a writer, an entrepreneur, etc. In her free time, she does photography, sculpture and painting. She also practices yoga, hiking and dance. No wonder she chose this path for her career!
Katerine Clément Acupuncturist
Katerine Clément graduated with a degree in Acupuncture from Cégep de Rosemont in 2011.
Following her studies in Acupuncture, Katerine followed several post-graduate training courses with teachers from the United States, France, Vancouver, China as well as with renowned Quebec acupuncturists. She has additional training in women’s health, from a girl’s first period through to menopause. She has also trained in pregnancy monitoring and in the treatment of depression and anxiety.
She works mainly with women with fertility disorders and in pregnancy monitoring as well as with clients struggling with internal issues, including:
- Respiratory (asthma, allergy, recurrent cough, sinusitis, rhinitis)
- Digestive (irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, constipation, reflux, gastritis)
- Hormonal (irregular or painful menstruation, hot flashes during menopause)
- General (sleep disorders, fatigue, anxiety, migraine)
She also works with clients struggling with chronic or acute musculoskeletal pain.
Her clientele varies widely: from a baby of just a few months old, all the way to a respectful 97 years of age, whether they are sedentary, athletic, professionals, etc.
Younger, Katerine wanted to be a veterinarian and an artist. “I wanted to heal and provide beauty through the arts.
Read Katerine’s article on acupuncture and anxiety management.
Sonya Lamothe Kinesiologist
Sonya Lamothe, kinesiologist, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and another in Kinesiology. She is also a private trainer, group class instructor and physical education teacher.
She has also followed several additional training courses:
- STOTT Pilates
- Canadian Aquafitness Leader Association (CALA)
- Pre / Post Natal Fitness Specialist
- CORE Confidence Specialist
- Fitness Instructor Specialist
She works mainly in CPP (Core, Perineal and Pelvic) strengthening, as well as with clients struggling with postural or mobility issues. Her clientele varies widely: men and women of all ages, sedentary, active, and athletes.
With passion, empathy and creativity, her goal is to get each of her clients to believe in themselves and in their power to improve their health and lifestyle. She loves being able to witness real change in the lives of her clients, whether it’s physical or mental.
To stay active, Sonya enjoys running, cycling, hiking, tennis, soccer, and interval training. When relaxing, she chooses instead to cook, read or take a walk in the forest.
Ana Sheilla Bustamante Massage Therapist
Ana Sheilla Bustamante is a massage therapist at the clinic. She has always enjoyed being in contact with people. After a few years as a journalist, she had the opportunity to develop other ways of connecting with people and this included massage therapy.
In addition to her training, she has taken a number of additional courses, including:
- Massage for pregnant women
- Deep tissue Massage
- Cupping Massage
- Table Shiatsu
She mainly does therapeutic massages to relieve pain for all types of clientele. She also offers relaxation massages.
For Ana, being committed to the well-being of each of her patients is one of the most important things in her practice. What she likes the best about her job is the opportunity to positively affect the physical and mental well-being of her clients, session after session.
Young Ana wanted to be a detective. We are very happy that her path led her to massage therapy instead!
Hélène Dubois Osteopath Intern
Hélène Dubois completed her studies in Osteopathy at the Academy of Osteopathy in Montreal in 2019 and is currently writing her thesis on a common problem in infants, reflux.
She works with a varied clientele, but is particularly interested in pediatrics and pregnant women.
In addition to possessing a great sense of care and empathy, she believes that collaboration between the therapist, the client and the treatment team (if there is one) is essential in getting the best results. What she loves most about her job is being able to be present during some of the more difficult stages of her clients’ lives and being able to help them achieve what is important to them, whether it is their job, time with their family or to be able to hold their baby.
Her challenge: to promote osteopathy, which is still unknown and misunderstood.
When she was younger, she wanted to become a cashier so that she could give back to others. “All I saw was the lady giving change back to customers!