From the moment Brandy started her Registered Massage Therapy program she knew she wanted to pursue excellence in her career. She wanted to work at an elite level of practice, treating to the best of her ability. Being a very driven professional it is natural for Brandy to want to always have goals to work towards, she takes on her patients goals as if they were her own. The constant challenge to find solutions to problems is where the passion for her profession lies.
Brandy loves collaborating with her patients health care team, whether it be their physician, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Dentist, Athletic Therapist, Kinesiologist, Strength Conditioning Coach or anyone else that is a part of their team. If her patients don’t have this team established, Brandy does not hesitate to add in any health professional that will help achieve her patients goals faster.
Brandy has always had an inquisitive mind, with the need to know “why.” She starts assessments with a thorough health history, Selective Functional Movement Screening, and any localized orthopedic assessment needed to gain clarity. This helps her understand what is causing and contributing to her patients concerns, but also helps her measure the success of her treatments. Her assessment and her patients goals dictate her treatment, home care and corrective exercises.
When Brandy is not treating, taking a course or going to a conference, you will find her doing as many activities as possible. She loves swimming in the lake in the summer, road and mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, camping, gardening, reading, and basically just being active and outdoors. The only sport she plays is Hockey in the winter and every year she tries to get a little bit better and have a blast with her friends.
Currently Brandy is working as an instructor at the Vancouver Career College – Massage Therapy Program here in Kelowna. She instructs Sport Therapy, Therapeutic Exercise, Musculoskeletal Palpation and Kinesiology Labs, and Business Practice. She also has provided supervision/support at sport outreaches for the students. Brandy currently holds the positions of President and BC Representative at the BC Chapter of the Canadian Sport Massage Therapy Association (CSMTA). The last few years she worked with an amazing multidisciplinary team with Lifemark Health Center in Kelowna, as well as her home based practice in the Lower Mission. As of December 2016 she made the move to work solely from her Lower Mission home based clinic full time.
Over the past 8 years Brandy has taken over 20 courses, attended 11 Sport Medicine Symposiums and Conferences, worked with 12 different teams, treated at 8 different sport events, treated athletes with Cirque du Soleil, Sport Therapy Co-Chaired for 4 events, held 5 executive positions with the BC CSMTA, practiced at 3 different clinics, held one National CSMTA Conference in Kelowna and 6 BC CSMTA AGM’s, worked as a RMT Best Practice Lead for Lifemark BC, and has instructed 6 courses at VC College. She prides herself with being one of the first to learn new techniques and be on top of recent research. This has helped her with the skill set and knowledge to provide the most effective methods for assessment, treatment and correctional exercises for her patients. Although she has completed an extensive amount of continuing education, she truly believe that the more you know about the human body the less you think you know…you can never stop learning!
Some of the courses that Brandy has taken and uses to gain change with her patients are Ligament Articular Strain Technique, Myofascial Release, Soft Tissue Release, K-Taping, End Range Loading, Systemic Deep Tissue Therapy®, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Therapeutic Exercise, Facilitated Stretching, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Advanced Sport Massage, Athletic Taping, Sport First Responder, Swedish Massage and more. She also attends the National CSMTA Conference every year among other conferences to keep current in the health sciences.
Team Canada National Women's Hockey Program
In 2013, I was able to create the opportunity to work with Hockey Canada’s National Women’s program. To keep a long story short, you know that saying “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door,” by Milton Berle…well lets just say I had to build the door. My first role was in Penticton BC, when I worked with the Senior Women’s Program during their bootcamp. This was the start of centralization prior to Sochi, in which they won gold!
The next job opportunity I had was to work with our U18 program during their selections camp in Ontario, October of 2013. I made sure that I did my best and that they knew that I loved working with the Hockey Canada Staff and Team. The next year I was hired for my first team Sport Massage Therapist role with our Development Team in 2014 (this is where you are apart of the selection camp, development camp and competition). I traveled with this team to the 2015 Nations Cup in Austria and Germany (where we won).
The year after that I was asked again to work with their U18 Team as their head Sport Massage Therapist for their selections camp in Calgary, USA 3 game series in Lake Placid New York and then to Worlds in St. Catherines, Niagara Falls (we won silver at this event). This last year in 2016 I worked with our Senior Women’s Team, during their Fall Festival.
What a journey with Hockey Canada, Mel Davidson (GM of Hockey Canada) said once… “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” This really resonated with me as I realized that this is what I strive to do personally and professionally every year.