Natalie Ornella PT

Registered Physiotherapist

Masters of Science in Physical Therapy

Bachelor of Science Kinesiology, Biology & Psychology

McMaster Medical Acupuncture Certified

KinetaCore Functional Dry Needling (IMS) Certified

Natalie completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, with a double minor in biology and psychology from McMaster University in 2010. During her time at McMaster, Natalie was extremely involved in the school community. She was the program coordinator for a physical activity program for adults with cognitive and physical disabilities, and was active in the sports medicine department, as the lead student therapist for the Menís Varsity Lacrosse team and the Menís Varsity Rugby team. Summer breaks were dedicated to managing her business as a private swimming instructor for children of all ages, abilities, and cognitive capacities.

Natalie then completed her Masters of Physical Therapy at Queenís University in 2011. During her masters, Natalie was elected as the professional representative on the Rehabilitation Student Council, mentored 1st year students, and catered her placements towards multidisciplinary opportunities with clientele of all ages and varying conditions.

Since graduation, she has completed Level 1 in Manual Therapy, Soft Tissue Release Certification, McMaster Medical Acupuncture Certification, the Selective Functional Movement Assessment Level 1, FIFA11+ Program, Neurokinetic Therapy, and education in management of concussion, arthritis, and vestibular conditions. As a physiotherapist, Natalie highly values the role of continuing education, as it facilitates the ability to offer a variety of assessment and treatment tools to best address injuries and mobility dysfunctions, catered to each individual.

Prior to university, Natalie competed as a dancer and on the rowing team. During dry-land training, her love for running formed. She has since run in several races throughout Ontario, ranging in distances of 10 to 30 km. From her active lifestyle and through her education, Natalie has identified the importance of proper mobility and motor patterns in injury prevention and performance. Her practice includes detailed assessment and treatment of the acute injury, identifying the dysfunction that contributed to said injury, and providing exercise prescription and education to manage current episodes and prevent future ones.