Here at Walk it Off, we are blessed to have very talented, caring and dedicated professionals to work with our clients everyday…
Alyssa Wolter MPT, BAKin (Hons)
Registered Physiotherapist/Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Trainer
Hi, I’m Alyssa. I received both my Masters of Physical Therapy and my Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario. During my schooling, I had the opportunity to travel to Cape Town, South Africa to work with people with spinal cord injuries and strokes. This was an incredible learning opportunity where I got to work with a wide variety of clients and health care practitioners as well as attend weekly seminars. I even got to lead hydrotherapy classes as well as learn how to play wheelchair basketball and took wheelchair ballroom dancing classes! I was also the athletic trainer for the Women’s Varsity basketball team at Western. Before joining the Walk it Off team, I was working as a physiotherapist in Ottawa at an orthopedic clinic.
I would definitely say I have the travel bug! I love to travel whenever possible and so far have been to over 20 countries. In my spare time I enjoy taking dance classes, waterskiing, going to the cottage and hanging out with friends and family.
Rebecca Wheeler R.Kin, BKin Hon
Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Trainer
Hello, I’m Rebecca. I recently graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor in Human Kinetics and a minor in Psychology.
Sports have always been a big part of my life. I grew up playing and coaching competitive soccer and basketball in Newmarket. Unfortunately, I sustained an injury that resulted in undergoing reconstructive surgery that, fortunately, lead me to become interested in physical rehabilitation and kinesiology.
I have previously worked with the City of Ottawa at their Post-Stroke and ABI programs. From there I bring with me experience working with individuals living with variations of hemiplegia and physical limitations. This experience gave me a better appreciation for the value of a holistic approach to rehabilitation; considering all the social, cognitive, environmental and physical aspects.
I have also previously worked with a local chiropractic clinic. Working here taught me about the intricacy of the nervous system. I also learned about and worked with clients suffering from scoliosis, nerve impingements, disc herniations and vertebral subluxations that occur within the spine.
Promoting healthy living and physical activity is also a big part of my life. I enjoy volunteering with organizations, such as Start2Finish, and local events that encourage getting physically active and leading a healthy lifestyle!
Taylor Huehn R.Kin, BAKin (Hons), CSEP-CPT
Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Trainer
Hello, my name is Taylor. I graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Honors Degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education.
I have been a competitive dancer for 21 years and was a member of The Laurier Competitive Dance Team at University. I am a CESP certified Personal Trainer and have 2 years of experience with my own clients.
During my undergrad, I gained experience at the Movement Disorder Research Center (MDRC), where I assisted in exercise programs geared to enhancing the fitness and well being of people living with Parkinson’s disease. This center gave me experience working with individuals that live with physical challenges, and taught me how exercise can slow disease progression and improve health.
As a volunteer at Kid’s Ability in Waterloo, I was an assistant therapist with the swim and horseback riding therapy programs. This experience allowed me to work with kids of varying disabilities, and see how important recreation is for enhancing social and cognitive development.
In my spare time I enjoy dancing, yoga, travelling to new places, and spending time with friends and family.
Heather Cairns-Mills BA Psych, ACP
My name is Heather Cairns-Mills. I am the Founder and President of Walk It Off. In 1994, I received my BA in Psychology from York University, and spent 3 years studying physical education. I earned my Certificate in Ambulance and Emergency Care from Centennial College in 1995 and later received my Provincial Advance Care Paramedic Certificate. As a paramedic, I had the opportunity to work for 14 years throughout the province in Simcoe County, Halton/Mississauga and with Toronto Emergency Medical Service (TEMS). While I worked for TEMS, I assisted in spear-heading the Canadian Window Balcony Fall Prevention project with the EMS Chiefs of Canada. My experience includes supervising the Toronto Heat Alert Paramedic Program. I have been my husband, Kevin Mills’, primary care giver since his accident in February of 2009. This tragedy has giving me both a personal insight and the understanding of the extensive medical requirements of living with someone with a Spinal Cord Injury. I look forward to helping you with your recovery.