Silvia Saraiva, BScPT, Physiotherapist Resident
Silvia is originally from Brazil where she got a Bachelors Degree in Physiotherapy. While in Brazil she worked by doing home visits at the poorest neighbourhoods in her hometown to clinics and hospitals. But her true passion was working with Women’s Health Physiotherapy. While still in school, she became a monitor in Gynaecology and Obstetrics. She was able to work with the same patients prenatal, during labour and postnatal.
Arriving in Ottawa she worked as a Physiotherapy Assistant (PTA) while getting her equivalency process in Canada in order to be able to practice as a Physiotherapist. She lead exercise classes and treated patients individually on the most variable conditions, such as post-hip replacement, post-stroke, cardiac rehabilitation, Parkinson’s, spine injuries, rheumatic conditions, acute and chronic pain in all areas. Also worked with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.
In the last year, Silvia was able to experience working in a clinic setting as a PTA. The most recurrent cases were post-knee replacement, patellofemoral pain syndrome, ankle sprain, knee sprains, meniscus injuries, shoulder tendonitis, Frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel, spine derangement and disc diseases.
After becoming a Physiotherapist Resident, Silvia is persueing her dream to become a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist. She will be treating patients with both orthopaedic injuries and pelvic floor dysfunctions. She is also experienced in cupping and tapping.
Silvia believes in a multidisciplinary approach where the patients are seen as whole.
When not working, Silvia enjoys to spend some quality time with her family and is passionate about traveling.