It’s no secret that we love our team members here at pt Health. Clinic culture is very important to us, which is why it’s time to turn the spotlight on one of our fantastic clinicians again. Today we’re talking to Laudina Ahiable, a physiotherapist at Belmead Physical Therapy in Edmonton, Alberta about her experience at pt Health and her specialization Pelvic Health.
What originally drew you to pt Health?
When I started at pt Health, a year ago, something that drew me to pt Health was the multidisciplinary approach to treat patients more holistically. pt Health’s values also speak to me, especially the focus on excellent, patient-centered care.
Can you tell us a bit about your education?
I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of Winnipeg and I graduated from the University of Alberta in 2018, with a master’s degree in Physical Therapy.
Do you have an area of focus or special interest?
I have a passion for treating pelvic disorders. During my master’s, I took special interest in pelvic health physiotherapy and did a specialized placement at a Women’s Hospital where I trained to assess and treat pelvic floor dysfunction.
1 in 3 Canadians are impacted by pelvic floor dysfunction and this can significantly impact one’s quality of life. Imagine not being able to participate in activities you love, or experiencing pain and discomfort while engaging in daily activities, or not being able to play with your (grand)children because of pelvic floor dysfunction. Being able to make a difference in a patient’s life is what brings me fulfilment.
I treat women’s pelvic health conditions at Belmead Physical Therapy and it’s my goal to improve their quality of life. It’s a new area of specialization at our clinic and I’m very excited that we now offer pelvic health physiotherapy.
What’s your average day like?
I work mostly evenings, assessing and treating patients with various conditions, including: headaches, neck, shoulder, back, hip and knee pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, etc. After work, I either do some form of physical activity or go home to relax/reflect on my day.
What’s your personal motto?
I have a few: smile every day, you just brighten someone’s day. End every day knowing that you gave it your best. One person can make a difference.
Can you share your favourite story of how you helped a patient?
Where to start?! There are so many great stories! One that comes to mind is a patient who was struggling with chronic lower back pain for quite a while. After a few treatments, home exercises and some education, she came in and said: “I feel 10 years younger and stronger!” Moments like this make what I do and love so worth it. Being able to help patients reach their goals and engage in activities they love is the most fulfilling part of being a physiotherapist.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I lived and worked as a live in caregiver supporting individuals living with intellectual disabilities for 10 months when I was 19 years old.