Shelley has more than 30 years experience treating babies, children and adolescents with physical challenges and gross motor delays. Shelley has been a registered Physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapy of Ontario since graduating from McMaster University. She is a member of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (C/NDT) and is a regular contributor to various newsletters and online forums.

Shelley began her career in pediatrics at the Niagara Children’s Centre.  During her time at the centre she served children in the schools and as outpatients, was coordinator of Orthotic Clinic and served as a founding member of the Early Intervention Team. In 1997 she created HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children in order to balance her career as a Physical Therapist with her role as a mother.

Shelley has extensive post-graduate study. She is certified in paediatric Neuro-Developmental Treatment (C/NDT) and  has completed all her paediatric NDT advanced courses.  She is also certified in Sensory Integration. Shelley also has advanced training in Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, developmental biomechanics as well as attachment theory and treatment. She is also a certified children’s yoga teacher and meditation facilitator and developed the HeartSpace Yoga and Meditation programme for children with sensory and motor challenges. Shelley co-created the Dynamic Core for Kids approach for the treatment of core stability in children with Julie Wiebe PT.

In addition to her clinical work, Shelley has been active in clinical research and served as a clinical faculty member at McMaster University for 10 years. Shelley has a strong commitment to continuing education and now enjoys writing the HeartSpace blog combining research and clinical practice.   She also teaches continuing education courses internationally as well as providing online courses and professional mentoring.

Shelley combines her theoretical knowledge base and clinical skills in a problem-solving approach to treatment. This allows her to offer a unique blend of different treatment approaches to provide unique therapy and support for each child and family.

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Michelle Duncanson has been practicing as a registered Physiotherapist since graduating from McGill University in 1993. For more than 20 years, she has worked in the rehabilitation field as both a clinician and an educator. As a clinician, Michelle has focussed her career on working with children and youth as well as their caregivers. Her professional pathway has provided opportunities for her to gain experience in a variety of settings focused in pediatrics, ranging from inpatient services in specialized pediatric hospitals, community based children’s treatment centers, to private practice.

Michelle has a passion for lifelong learning and has participated in wide-ranging post-graduate study in a variety of clinical treatment areas as well as research. In addition to working as a clinician, Michelle is a PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Science at University of Toronto. Her research is focussed on exploring transitions to adulthood for youth with disabilities to inform the development of transition programs.

In treatment, Michelle uses her knowledge of best practice evidence along with her wide range of clinical experience to develop individualized treatment plans, with the goal to assist each child to function at their best.