Johanne is 1983 McGill University graduate. She developed an interest in pelvic floor dysfunction treatment in the late 80’s, when, as part of her function as continuing ed./communication coordinator at the Ordre des Physiothérapeutes du Québec, she organized the first pelvic floor training course for physiotherapists in Canada, created by Claudia Brown and Marie-Josée Lord.
She returned to practice in 1994 when she moved to British Columbia and worked as an Orthopaedic physiotherapist. She took multiple courses in muscle imbalance, manual therapy and her first course on neuromobilization with David Butler. In the late 90’s, she finally took her first pelvic floor trainings.
Working at Diane Lee and Assoc. taught her to approach pelvic floor issues with a whole-body approach. It is then she added visceral mobilizations training in her toolbox. Later she opened her own practice and worked at St-Paul hospital in Vancouver where she sat on uro-gynecology rounds, mentored medical students/gynecology residents/ urogynecology fellows. She also participated in a retrospective study with the urogynecology team looking at the impact of pre-existing neural mobility restrictions on the incidence of pelvic floor muscle spasm post-operatively.
She has been a guest speaker at the Western Society of Pelvic Medicine, International Continence Society and at the UBC Obstetrics training day for medical general practitioners.
Over the years, she took trainings on neuromobility with David Butler, Lorimer Moseley, Alain Croibier, Gail Wetzler and Dr. Nucelio Lemos.
She developed a strong interest and an expertise on the impact of neural mobility on pelvic floor muscle function and on its contribution to prolonged pain as afferent input. She now wants to share that expertise with the physiotherapy community.
Her other passion: classical music. She sings with the Vancouver Bach Choir (Symphony Choir) and started learning to play the cello.