Get to Know Me
and My Philosophy
M Y A P P R O A C H
Holistic Approach to supporting; Health, Movement, Development, & Wellbeing
I am excited to share that I have sucessfully completed the entire Osteopathy program with the Canadian College of Osteopathy, a rigorous 5-year journey of Osteopathy, guided by an incredible group of teachers and mentors. I have successfully defended my Osteopathic thesis which explored the role of osteopathy with young children and Amblyopia.
With my studies in osteopathy and occupational therapy, my approach in practice is client-centered and holistic. In many wellness practices, we reflect on the connections of body-mind-spirit.
In OT we encompass the layering interplay of the person, the environment, and occupation(s), or PEO.
In Osteopathy we view the body as a whole and evaluate and treat the interconnections of the body. I find myself continuously reflecting and considering these holistic perspectives, zooming in with clients to discuss specific areas of concern and specific goals, while also zooming out to see the individual, and many layers to health, growth and development.
As a gymnast growing up, I went on to coach gymnastics for 10 years! From my time coaching all ages - little tots all the way up to the committed competitive athletes, I continue to apply my experience and teachings of movement, kinesiology, strength, and conditioning to my current practice in many ways. I continue to stay involved with gymnastics, advocate for inclusion in sport/ community, and I am dedicated to my own movement practices including hiking, cycling, yoga, and mediation.
With a background in Fine Arts at York University, I value incorporating creativity and art as a tool in therapy and a wonderful option of expression and communication with children.
How the body experiences, holds and releases trauma is an area I have been studying more in-depth in recent years.
As a true lifelong learner, I am always found with a book tucked under my arm (or in my bag) and continuing education courses upcoming on my calendar.
When not at work, I enjoy travel, time with loved ones, and most especially time grounding in the dirt and nurturing my body on my family's organic vegetable farm!
Areas I'm passionate about exploring in practice include:
- Infant & child development
- Attachment & nurturing
- Emotional development
- Trauma-informed therapy
- Pre & Postnatal support
- Sensory Processing
- Advcacy for children & inclusion in our communities
- Creativity, art and movement
- PLAY as the most important childhood occupation
- Montesorri and DIR FloorTime principles
- Energy work
O.T. OT Reg. (Ont.)
Osteopathic Manual Practioner (D.O.M.P./D.Sc.O.)
Allison holds a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the Unversity of Toronto and a Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice from the Canadian College of Osteopathy.
She has been in practice as a therapist since 2011 and working with children and families in teaching, coaching, and caregiving roles since 1999.
As a therapist, Allison has diverse clinical experience working with individuals of all ages and abilities in community, hospitals, clinical, and rehabilitation settings. Allison also works closely with the Toronto, York Region, Peel, and Durham communities, and also school boards,& private schools, helping students reach their fullest potential in school and daily life.
As an OT, Allison's role includes supporting babies, children, and adolescents in reaching their fullest potential. This can include support for learning disabilities, ADHD, ASD, developmental delays, sensory integration, neuromotor and neuromuscular conditions, motor, and coordination challenges through a holistic OT lens.
As an Osteopathic Manual Practioner, Allison treats all ages from infants to seniors. She uses a holistic osteopathic approach to support, development, wellness, and healing.
Allison has taken many advanced postgraduate courses in Pediatric Osteopathy and also obstetrics and maternal health.
What Allison loves most is being able to put her knowledge of OT and Osteopathy together!
Allison has completed post-graduate courses on topics including:
- The Alert Program
- DIR Floortime ©
- Feeding and Positioning
- Handwriting and Fine Motor Development
- Infancy and Early Childhood Attachment
– Integration Into School
- Learning Disabilities
- Osteopathic Manual Therapy courses including topics of infant and child development & Osteopathic based obstetric support
- Paediatric Splinting and Taping
- Sensory Integration
- Seating and Mobility
- Social Skills
- Self-Regulation and emotional development
- Vision Therapy
- Primitive Reflex Assessment and Integration
- Rhythmic Movement Training
- Therapeutic Listening programs
Allison is a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT), World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), and registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) and the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO).
She welcomes questions and inquiries and is happy to provide more information on how OT and Osteopathy can support you and your family.
“What lies behind us and what lies before are us are small compared to what lies within us”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson