Pauline was born in Rwanda but grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. She moved to Grande Prairie with her family when she was 13 years old. Pauline attended Holy Cross elementary and completed high school at St. Joseph Catholic high school. Moving around frequently allowed her to meet a lot of people and learn how to quickly foster relationships. Even from a young age, Pauline knew she wanted to help people.
After graduating high school, she went to the University of Alberta where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with distinction in 2012. During her undergrad studies, she fell in love with anatomy and fitness. She spent time volunteering at the Steadward Center for Personal and Physical Achievement and working as a Kinesiology student at a physiotherapy clinic. Her experiences led her to pursue a career as a physiotherapist to facilitate her desire to help people.
Pauline worked as a Kinesiologist at a CBI clinic in Edmonton, and started her Masters of Physical Therapy at U of A in July 2012. During a practicum as a student at the QEII, she was introduced to Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy and was immediately fascinated at how effective this type of therapy is and the great need for it in Grande Prairie. Upon completion of her Masters in 2014, Pauline moved back to Grande Prairie to work as a physiotherapist.
Pauline strongly believes that knowledge is power and is always excited to learn from her peers, patients and on post graduate courses. She understands that education is an essential component of treatment and strives to empower her clients with knowledge about their conditions and how to best manage them.
Pauline welcomed her first child, Gabriel, with husband Elo in July 2018. She has enjoyed spending time at home and watching her little guy grow. Even though she feels like a year of mat leave flew by, she is excited to get back into the swing of working at Adventure and continuing to expand her knowledge of pelvic health physiotherapy.
Following is a list of post graduate education Pauline has taken to help serve you better:
University of Alberta, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology /AHS Women’s Health ProgramTreating Urinary Incontinence: Pelvic Floor Muscle Re-education and Behavioral Techniques (2015)
University of Alberta- Cancer Associated Lymphedema Management (2015)
Canadian Nurse Continence Advisor- Continence Care (2016)
Pelvic Health Solutions- Level 2 Female and Male Pelvic Pain (2017)
Pelvic Health Solutions- Level 3 Clinical Skills for Treating Pain (2016)