SHELLEY MANNELL  Physiotherapist/Owner

Shelley is a knowledge seeker, problem solver and international speaker with a propensity to read scientific articles for clinical insight. Her mission is to bring relevant research into compassionate practice. As a registered Physiotherapist and the owner of HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children, Shelley helps connect children to their own bodies and raise their awareness of movement. She has been supporting children and families on their journey towards independence for over 35 years.

Shelley’s enthusiasm for clinical research and education began at McMaster University as a clinical faculty member in the School of Rehabilitation Science. She has shared her knowledge and experience with clinicians around the world through her HeartSpace blog and social media since 2010. Making sense of complex ideas and delivering contemporary information about postural control with a touch of humour, Shelley’s topics are of interest to a wide range of professionals.

Passionate about finding and developing approaches to enhance therapy, Shelley is certified in both Neurodevelopmental Treatment and Sensory Integration. Shelley is a yoga and meditation facilitator for children and uses these skills in her practice to build safe and connected relationships with children and families.

Shelley is also the co-creator of Dynamic Core for Kids. This evidence-based approach to central stability for neurodiverse children is utilized by clinicians world-wide. As well, Shelley is invested in making education accessible through live, online and on-demand continuing education courses, virtual consultations and mentoring programs for clinicians.

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MICHELLE DUNCANSON  Physiotherapist/Associate

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.