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Dani West, PT, MScPT, BA DanceLess

Dani West, PT, MScPT, BA Dance

Dani West holds a BA in Dance with Distinction (Contemporary Stream) from the University of Calgary, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta and her Teacher Training Certification in Classical Pilates. Her dance training has included a wide variety of genres including tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary and African dance and has been an instructor in the Calgary community since 2007. She currently holds her Grade 9 Al Gilbert Tap Certification as well as her Intermediate Level in the RAD Ballet Syllabus. Dani is the owner of Indepth Physiotherapy in Canmore, AB; a practice that prides itself on “using movement as a modality” with a strong interest in dancers and chronic pain patients. She also is the author and creator of the YouTube Channel, THE SOAPBOX- an online physio-based platform she designed for the purposes of educating patients and colleagues about movement tools, treatment ideas and injury prevention topics that she uses daily in her practice. Dani is a strong advocate that more studios should model themselves around a multifaceted approach to pre-professional training. Quality- not quantity- of dance training- is a key concept that is often overlooked can be one of the main precursors to overuse injuries. Dani is adamant that by introducing other elements of training- such as anatomy, injury prevention and cross training- that it will not only aid in the reduction of injuries but add to the efficacy of a dancer’s training regime.

Dani West holds a BA in Dance with Distinction (Contemporary Stream) from the University of Calgary, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta and her Teacher Training Certification in Classical Pilates. Her dance training has included a wide variety of genres including tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary and African dance and has been an instructor in the Calgary community since 2007. She currently holds her Grade 9 Al Gilbert Tap Certification as well as her Intermediate Level in the RAD Ballet Syllabus. Dani is the owner of Indepth Physiotherapy in Canmore, AB; a practice that prides itself on “using movement as a modality” with a strong interest in dancers and chronic pain patients. She also is the author and creator of the YouTube Channel, THE SOAPBOX- an online physio-based platform she designed for the purposes of educating patients and colleagues about movement tools, treatment ideas and injury prevention topics that she uses daily in her practice. Dani is a strong advocate that more studios should model themselves around a multifaceted approach to pre-professional training. Quality- not quantity- of dance training- is a key concept that is often overlooked can be one of the main precursors to overuse injuries. Dani is adamant that by introducing other elements of training- such as anatomy, injury prevention and cross training- that it will not only aid in the reduction of injuries but add to the efficacy of a dancer’s training regime.

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Leah Peterson, PT, MScPT, BSc (Kinesiology)Less

Leah Peterson, PT, MScPT, BSc (Kinesiology)

Leah graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary and her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta. She has worked as a physiotherapist for the Alberta Ballet School and Alberta Ballet Company. She hopes to continue to use her knowledge to help benefit dancers of all ages and levels of experience. She has also worked at a physiotherapy clinic where she treated a variety of patients, including athletes, post-surgical, chronic pain, work related injuries, and motor vehicle accident related injuries. While she specializes in dance therapy, she is happy to treat all populations to help them return to their optimal level of function and to achieve their goals. She strives to bring her unique perspective, both as a long term physiotherapy patient and as a health care professional, into each clinical interaction. She is an advocate for working with her patients to develop a treatment plan that is individualized, realistic, and goal-oriented. She has completed courses including: Ortho Level 1, Functional Dry Needling (FDN), Mulligan lower quadrant, and vestibular rehabilitation.

Leah graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary and her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta. She has worked as a physiotherapist for the Alberta Ballet School and Alberta Ballet Company. She hopes to continue to use her knowledge to help benefit dancers of all ages and levels of experience. She has also worked at a physiotherapy clinic where she treated a variety of patients, including athletes, post-surgical, chronic pain, work related injuries, and motor vehicle accident related injuries. While she specializes in dance therapy, she is happy to treat all populations to help them return to their optimal level of function and to achieve their goals. She strives to bring her unique perspective, both as a long term physiotherapy patient and as a health care professional, into each clinical interaction. She is an advocate for working with her patients to develop a treatment plan that is individualized, realistic, and goal-oriented. She has completed courses including: Ortho Level 1, Functional Dry Needling (FDN), Mulligan lower quadrant, and vestibular rehabilitation.

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Physiotherapy has always been a part of her life. She began dancing when she was four years old and had her first physiotherapy session was at age eight. Her major focus was training for dance competitions and dance exams (ie. RAD, Cecchetti, and ADAPT). In addition to dance, she also played volleyball. She has been a physiotherapy patient throughout her life while managing a variety of her own injuries, including hip, shoulder, ankle, and knees. Currently she enjoys participating in spin and pilates classes, as well as a variety of sports including volleyball and slow-pitch.

Physiotherapy has always been a part of her life. She began dancing when she was four years old and had her first physiotherapy session was at age eight. Her major focus was training for dance competitions and dance exams (ie. RAD, Cecchetti, and ADAPT). In addition to dance, she also played volleyball. She has been a physiotherapy patient throughout her life while managing a variety of her own injuries, including hip, shoulder, ankle, and knees. Currently she enjoys participating in spin and pilates classes, as well as a variety of sports including volleyball and slow-pitch.

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