Why you became a physiotherapist
Victoria Lavinskas PT, MScPT
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I was always interested in the human body and its function, and I knew I wanted a clinical job where I could help people in some way. An academic advisor recommended physiotherapy, and although I didn’t know much about it I thought it sounded a lot like what I wanted/needed. Through the observation hours, application process, Masters degree and my years of experience, I fell in love with this profession and all of the ways it has fulfilled me.
Most inspiring client moment
I once had a client with suspicious symptoms, so I sent him to get imaging and he ended up needing emergency surgery the next day, which otherwise could have left him paralyzed. He was only 24 at the time and thanked me for allowing him the possibility of having children one day. I’ll never forget that client or the reminder that physiotherapists are often the first contact and that our triaging skills can do more than help someone return to a meaningful activity.
Born and/or raised where
Postgraduate degree and school
Master of Science (Applied) in Physical Therapy, McGill University
Post graduate certifications:
Novelties in Running Injury Prevention (2014)
Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Upper Quadrant (2015)
K-Taping Pro Course (2015)
SFMA (Online Prerequisite) (2015)
Myofascial System Mobilization and Structural Myofascial Therapy (2016)
APTEI Introduction to Acupuncture (2018)
Orthopaedic Division Manual & Manipulative Intermediate Exam (2018)
Most memorable professional experience:
That would have to be my position as a teacher’s assistant for a physiotherapy course at McGill. Combining my passion for physiotherapy with my love of teaching at my alma mater was a very fulfilling experience.
Favourite place you’ve travelled, and why
Iceland – It’s like being on another planet.
Favourite thing to do when not helping clients:
I absolutely love baking! It’s sort of a therapeutic activity for me and it makes me happy to see others enjoying my baked goods.
Favourite sport (to play/to watch)
I’ve definitely fallen for basketball since moving to Toronto (Go Raps!), but I can’t shoot to save myself! I love long distance running, yoga, indoor rock climbing, boxing and hiking!
That’s too simple of a question to answer, but I’ll tell you this – my number one song request at weddings is Pony by Ginuwine!
Also too simple of a question, but my favorite Christmas movie is Elf – I’ve probably watched it over 20 times!
The last time I really got lost in a book was the Harry Potter series… #basic
If you could spend a day with one famous person dead or alive, who would it be and what would you do together
I would probably hang out with Christina Tosi (creator of Milk Bar) and spend all day baking cookies!
Quote to live by
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better” – Maya Angelou