Meet the Team: Geraldine Lahiffe
Can you tell us one interesting fact about you?
Before physio, I was a dancer and a singer, an anthropologist, an independent film-maker, and a gardener.
How many years have you been a physiotherapist? How many of those have been with Westcoast SCI?
I've been a physiotherapist since 2004, and I've been with Westcoast SCI for two years now.
Do you have an area of specialization or interest?
There's a few different areas that I've worked in that have been interesting to me. I used to do Neurological rehab at Vancouver General Hospital, and I really enjoyed that because it was an emotional and total-body approach, and team-based. I like sports physiotherapy, I like athletic training, and I like active-rehab. I like to get people's bodies moving, so I use a lot of different things to do that, like yoga, mindfulness, pilates and dance.
I picked physio because I was already a yoga teacher and a trainer. I come from a medical family, so I also wanted to make sure I knew what I was talking about. I also like teaching people how to help themselves and how to use their bodies.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a new patient?
Since we are an exercise-based physiotherapy clinic, it's important to make sure you're clear on what success looks like to you and what you're hoping to get out of working with us. The more specific you are with your goals and with your health, the more likely you are to get them.