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Denise Brochu

Physiotherapist's Details

Physiotherapist Bio
Denise knew she wanted to be a physiotherapist since high school. She has been passionate about her career ever since.

She believes that the patient is best served through collaboration with sports medicine doctors, orthopedic surgeons, family doctors, and other allied health providers.

She obtained her combined physical therapy/physical education degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in 1996/1997. Denise worked in Saskatoon and then Calgary at Lindsay Park/Talisman Centre where she treated recreational athletes, National athletes, and Pro athletes. At Sunshine Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation, she continues to treat this array of athletes.

The majority of her early career was in the sports setting. This included working with local, National, and International teams. The highlight of those experiences was traveling as the team physio for the Canadian Men’s Rugby Team to Ireland.

Denise has been involved in pursuing a level of excellence for her dear patients. In 1996, she obtained her Advanced Massage Therapy. In 1997 achieved her Personal Fitness and Lifestyle consultant, and in 2010 received her Diploma in Sports Physical Therapy. The diploma in sports medicine is the highest level awarded in Canada. This takes years of studying, coursework, and hands-on fieldwork. She obtained perfect marks: presently there are a little over 100 physiotherapists across Canada with this level of distinction. She has also achieved excellence in Orthopedic Studies through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in Manual Therapy. In 2019 she obtained her international designation as a sports physical therapist.

Denise suffered from a persistent, nagging pain for a couple of years in her right ovary. She found tremendous relief from Traditional Chinese Medicine, so in 2000 went to the University of Alberta to receive that designation from the renowned Dr. Steven Aung in a yearlong course. In 2007 she took further courses in the use of acupuncture needles and obtained her GUNN IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) certification.

After the birth of two large babies (10 pounds each), Denise took a variety of courses across Canada in women’s health to treat pelvic floor weakness, incontinence, prolapses, and pain. In 2011 she took courses to help men with pelvic pain, incontinence, pre/post prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction.

In 2010 Denise was in a massive head-on collision on the highway where she suffered numerous injuries, including breaking her back, hip, and foot. She has successfully returned to an active, pain-free lifestyle through sports medicine, excellent physio, and yoga. She shares her passion for chronic pain at the clinic and through the classes she offers. The Physio-Yoga classes are designed to bridge the gap between physio treatments and a return to higher function. She has been teaching classes on and off for over 30 years, changing and enhancing them as she develops as a student and teacher.

In 2021, Denise’s husband was in a mountain bike accident that left him as a C4 quadriplegic. His Surgeon granted Denise privileges to start day 1 in the ICU at Foothills Hospital. We were told, by the best evidence practice on similar injury cases, that he would be discharged in a wheelchair with limited to no use of his hands. His team of specialists believes that due to the intensive, early intervention Denise provided daily for 6-8 hours a day on top of the hospital PT, OT, and RT he was discharged a month early, walking out of the hospital and shaking his hand with his surgeon thanking him and his team for his care. He now swims, bikes, dances, lifts weights, drives, and works full-time as a high-functioning quadriplegic.
Language(s)
English, French
Phone Number

Specialties

Conditions Treated
Brain Injury, Cancer/Oncology Rehabilitation, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Chronic Pain, Concussion Rehabilitation, Headache/Migraine, Injury Prevention, Motor Vehicle Accident/Whiplash Injuries, Musculoskeletal - Spine, Musculoskeletal - Shoulder, Musculoskeletal - Hand and Wrist, Musculoskeletal - Foot and Ankle, Musculoskeletal - Knee, Musculoskeletal - Temporomandibular Joint, Pediatrics - Musculoskeletal, Pediatrics - Pelvic Health, Pediatrics - Neurological Conditions
Treatment Type
Acupuncture, Breathing Retraining, Dry Needling / Intramuscular Stimulation, Electrical/Thermal Modalities, Exercise Therapy - Individualized, Exercise Therapy - Group Classes, Functional Capacity Evaluations, Gait Analysis, Injury Prevention, Manual Therapy - Soft Tissue/Massage, Manual Therapy - Manipulation, Manual Therapy - Mobilization, Multidisciplinary Clinic, Occupational Rehabilitation, Orthotics/Bracing/Splinting, Pilates, Pilates

Where to Find Me

Address
16 1st Street East, Cochrane, AB, Canada
Accessibility
Private Rooms Available, Accommodate Bariatric Clients, Mobile/In-home Assessments/Treatments, Service Animals Welcome, Wheelchair Accessible Clinic
Booking Options
Online Booking, Evening Hours, Please Call to Schedule Appointment, Walk-Ins Welcome
Payment Options
Online Payments, Credit Card Payment, Direct Billing for Insurance Claims, Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
Find a Physio Directory
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Alberta physiotherapists and clinics, ensure you’re listed in the upcoming ‘Find a Physio’ directory. Connect with Albertans in need of your expertise. 

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Welcome to Your AAP Guest Dashboard

Hello and welcome to the Alberta Association of Physiotherapy (AAP) guest non-member community! You’re now part of a platform that connects you directly to Alberta’s physiotherapy professionals and clinics. Let’s get started on maximizing your presence.

Getting Started

1. Set Up Your Account Profile

Your first step is to visit the My Account page. Here, you can set up your account with a name, logo, or photo to represent you or your clinic. This profile is where you’ll manage all your listings, from job postings to professional development opportunities.

Remember, a detailed profile increases your visibility and effectiveness across the AAP community

2. ADD YOUR 'FIND A PHYSIO' LISTING

Next, let’s ensure you’re discoverable in our ‘Find A Physio’ database (launching soon!).

  1. Get Started: Select ‘Create a Physiotherapist Listing‘ in your Guest Non-Member Dashboard and opt for the free non-member plan. Ensure your practice stands out by accurately completing your form. Be sure to complete as many of the fields as possible, including conditions treated, treatment types, languages, etc. The more information included in your listing, the more likely you are to be found by Albertans needing your services.
  2. Clinic Listings: While completing your Physiotherapist profile, you’ll have the option to link your profile to the clinics where you work. Our database already includes many clinics across Alberta, aiming for comprehensive coverage. If you’re part of multiple clinics, you can link each one to your profile for broader visibility.
    • Missing Clinic? If your clinic isn’t listed, encourage the clinic owner, director or manager to create their guest account and submit their listing. Be sure to include critical information like conditions treated, treatment types, business hours and more. 
  3. Claim an Existing Clinic: If your clinic is pre-listed, take a moment to claim it. Personalize your clinic’s profile with specialties, treatment types, business hours, logos, and photos. A robust profile increases your clinic’s visibility, helping Albertans find the right care quickly and easily. To claim and take ownership of an existing Clinic listing find and open your clinic listing, click on the ‘Claim’ button at the bottom of the listing and follow the prompts.
  4. Complete Your Listing: Submit the form and and you’ll be taken to checkout. There is no cost for creating your physiotherapy or clinic listing. Complete checkout for free and publish your listing. 

Please Note: The Find a Physio Directory is launching soon! Although the search function is currently under refinement, completing this step will ensure you’re visible in our database as soon as it goes live.

3. CREATE YOUR other LISTINGS

Job Board: Reach over 3,312 physiotherapists with your job postings, up for 30 days. You can renew your listing as many times as needed. To get started, Add a job board listing.

Marketplace: Utilize our marketplace to sell services or equipment, or post about available office space. Renewals available. Get started selling in the marketplace.

Professional Development Opportunities: Share your courses or workshops for 30 days, making it accessible to a wide network of professionals. Listing renewal is available. Publish your Professional Development Opportunity.

To publish your listing, follow the prompts and fill out all fields comprehensively. Paid listings will prompt you for credit card payment. Some postings may require AAP administrator review or approval before being published.

MANAGE YOUR LISTINGS

You can return to your profile at any time to update, revise, or renew your listings. Staying active and current amplifies your reach and engagement within Alberta’s physiotherapy community.

By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to leveraging the AAP platform to its fullest potential, connecting with a wide audience of physiotherapy professionals and clinics across Alberta.

Welcome to your AAP Member Portal

Hello and welcome to your Alberta Association of Physiotherapy (AAP) member community! You’ve taken a significant step in advancing your professional journey. We’re thrilled to have you on board.

Getting Started

1. Set Up Your Account Profile

First things, first! Your first action is to visit the ‘My Account’ page. Here, you can personalize your profile, ensuring your fellow physiotherapists and potential clients know who you are. Add your profile photo and contact information. This is the profile that will be linked to your listings (job board, marketplace, etc) as well as the community forum.

A complete profile is key to making the most of your membership.

2. Add Your 'Find A Physio' Listing

Next, let’s ensure you’re discoverable in our ‘Find A Physio’ database (launching soon!).

  1. Get Started: Select ‘Create a Physiotherapist Listing‘ in your AAP Member Dashboard and opt for the free member plan. Be sure to complete as many of the fields as possible, including conditions treated, treatment types, languages, etc. The more information included in your listing, the more likely you are to be found by Albertans needing your services.

  2. Clinic Listings: While completing your Physiotherapist profile, you’ll have the option to link your profile to the clinics where you work. Our database already includes many clinics across Alberta, aiming for comprehensive coverage. If you’re part of multiple clinics, you can link each one to your profile for broader visibility. 

    • Missing Clinic? If your clinic isn’t listed, encourage the clinic owner , director or manager to create their listing and include critical information like conditions treated, treatment types, business hours and more. If the clinic owner or manager is not an AAP member, they can still list their clinic under a guest account.
  3. Claim an Existing Clinic: If your clinic is pre-listed, take a moment to claim it. Personalize your clinic’s profile with specialties, treatment types, business hours, logos, and photos. A robust profile increases your clinic’s visibility, helping Albertans find the right care quickly and easily. To claim and take ownership of an existing Clinic listing find and open your clinic listing, click on the ‘Claim’ button at the bottom of the listing and follow the prompts.

  4. Complete Your Listing:  Submit the form and and you’ll be taken to checkout. There is no cost for creating your physiotherapy or clinic listing. Complete checkout for free and publish your listing. 

Please Note: The Find a Physio Directory is launching soon! Although the search function is currently under refinement, completing this step will ensure you’re visible in our database as soon as it goes live.

Explore and Engage

Explore and engage with all the resources at your fingertips. Simply navigate between the member-exclusive pages using the menu, and remember, you can always return to the Member Dashboard by clicking ‘Member Portal’ in the header or ‘Member Dashboard’ in the website footer.

Be sure to check out:
  • Job Board: Looking for new opportunities or hiring? Post and explore job listings tailored to physiotherapy professionals.
  • Marketplace: Dive into our vibrant marketplace where you can buy, sell, or rent items relevant to our field.
  • Professional Development: Share and discover professional development opportunities, including workshops, webinars, and courses.
  • Member Discounts: Take advantage of exclusive discounts available only to AAP members.
  • Community Forum: Connect, discuss, and share insights with your peers in the AAP community forum. It’s a great place to network and stay informed about industry trends.

Keep an eye out for updates and new features that will enrich your professional life. We’re constantly working to bring you the best in physiotherapy resources, advocacy, and community connections.

Thank you for joining us on this journey. Together, we’re shaping the future of physiotherapy in Alberta. Let’s get started!

How to Use the Forum

Welcome to our Forum! This space is designed for you to engage, share, and connect with fellow physiotherapists. Here’s how you can get started with creating new topics and responding to existing ones.

Navigating the forum
  • Upon logging in, you’ll see various forums (categories) listed. These represent different areas of discussion.
  • Use the search function to find specific topics or information.
Creating a New Topic
  • Select a Forum: Click on the forum that best matches the topic you want to discuss.
  • Create a New Topic: Within the chosen forum, scroll down to the New Topic fields.
  • Enter a Title: Craft a specific and clear title for your topic.
  • Write Your Post: Share your question, insight, or information. Aim for clarity and brevity.
  • Submit Your Topic: Once you’ve composed your post, click “Submit” to publish it.
Replying to a Topic or Thread
  • Select a Topic: Navigate to the topic you wish to respond to.
  • Write Your Response: Directly compose your reply at the end of the thread.
  • Submit Your Reply: After writing your response, click “Submit” to add it to the discussion.
General Tips
  • Stay Relevant: Ensure your posts and replies are pertinent to the topic and forum category.
  • Professional Respect: Maintain a professional and respectful tone in all interactions.
  • Clear Communication: Use appropriate language for a professional physiotherapist audience.
  • Search Before Posting: Check if your topic or question has already been addressed to avoid duplication.
  • Subscribe for Notifications: You can follow certain topics to receive updates on new posts or replies.
  • Privacy and Confidentiality: Respect the privacy of your fellow physiotherapists. Information shared here is confidential and should not be disseminated outside this forum.
Explore, participate, and connect! Your active involvement enriches our community and makes this forum a valuable resource for all.