Ann Botham, PT
B.Sc.P.T., MDT, CAFCI, MCPA
Acupuncture, McKenzie MDT, Facial & TMJ Rehab
I am a founding and managing partner at York Rehab. I graduated from the Physiotherapy programme at University of Toronto in 1986 and have focused my studies and practice on orthopaedics since that time.
I have taken many post-graduate courses, including treatment of temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) problems, scoliosis and all the levels of the Lyn Watson approach to care of the shoulder. In addition, I am a certified facial therapist, treating such problems as Bell’s Palsy and acoustic neuromas. I am certified in acupuncture with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada.
Many of my studies have focused on treatment using the McKenzie approach of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, and I became credentialed in this approach in 2001. The McKenzie system is an excellent fit with my values of educating patients and promoting their ability to self-treat and manage their problems.
In addition to working at York Rehab, I have been working at Southlake Regional Health Centre for 26 years. This experience has provided valuable learning, especially with the ability to manage post-operative patients.
I have a special interest in sign language and have been treating hard of hearing patients at both locations.
A perfect day is a summer day spent relaxing on the water!
Susan Thiessen, PT
B.Sc.P.T., MDT, CAFCI, MCPA
Acupuncture, McKenzie MDT, Vestibular Rehab
I graduated from McGill University in 1977 and have been practicing in the orthopaedic physiotherapy field since then. There isn’t much I haven’t seen before, yet I continue to learn something new every day. Over the years I have worked in rehabilitation centers, acute-care hospitals, out-patient physiotherapy departments and for the past 17 years, in private practice at York Rehab.
A founding partner and managing director at York Rehab, I have my hand in both clinical practice and administration. My management philosophy is to find the best people and set them free to do what they do best, assisting as necessary. This has worked wonderfully at York Rehab, as we have such a talented and dedicated team of professional associates!
Clinically, I have taken gazillions of orthopaedic and sports therapy post-graduate courses over the years, including Manual Therapy, Acupuncture, Taping, McKenzie Therapy, Vestibular Therapy and Neurodynamics courses to name a few. I am certified in acupuncture (AFCI) and credentialed in McKenzie Therapy (MDT). A special area of focus is Vestibular Therapy, including treatment of BPPV and other causes of vertigo, dizziness and loss of balance.
I love learning and enjoy teaching my patients how to help themselves. I approach physiotherapy with the same philosophy as parenting: You know you have done your job well when they don’t need you anymore!
I also love the outdoors in all seasons – skiing, biking, hiking, paddling, swimming.