2021 - What a Year!
Not quite a full year in, I joined the Royal City Physio team in the early months of 2021 and got right to work. Everyone has been incredibly welcoming - so I’d love to send them all a big shout out and a huge thanks! I continue to feel incredibly supported by my colleagues and I enjoy coming to work each day to help my clients achieve their rehab goals. While awaiting the chance to complete the credentialing process as an internationally-educated physiotherapist, I spent most of the early months of this year studying and reviewing to stay ready for the exam, whenever it was to be offered. Of course, when the time came, it was the morning of my brother’s wedding! Needless to say, that evening was quite the party. Throughout the year, I have been building new skills and adding exercises to my toolbox in order to provide further benefit to my clients. Hours of shadowing fellow therapists as well as practicing and instructing clinical Pilates has surely improved my assessments and treatments overall. Personally, I have been working on practicing yoga and Pilates throughout the year. I even created a DIY Pilates springboard in my garage! Outside of the clinic, with travel still limited, I took advantage of staying in BC to visit Tofino with my partner and the Cariboo region with my family, as well as a few camping trips to local spots sprinkled in throughout the fair weather months. My partner and I spent quite a bit of time on our new stand-up paddle boards in the summer, and I also tried (and succeeded!) in slalom water skiing for the first time ever.
As the summer turned colder, I went for a week long canoeing trip with family and friends in Wells Gray Provincial Park. The last few nights were below zero temperatures, so it definitely felt like fall by the time we got home. In these later months, I have been excited to see team sports really get going and have had the opportunity to get in to the various gyms and arenas to watch my nieces and nephew. I’m even known to make a big sign and cheer embarrassingly loud! Looking ahead, I plan to continue to expand my practice and build on my current skills. Sport-specific physiotherapy, manual therapy skills, and further incorporating clinical Pilates are areas I would love to learn more about and progress my knowledge in. I am also excited to continue to learn from my colleagues, and share in the incredible culture and working environment that is Royal City Physio. Of course, before wishing you all a Happy New Year, I want to say thanks to my clients for working hard on your rehab goals. I am pleased to have been a part of your journey this year and I wish you all the best in the coming year.
Courtney Gerwing studied psychology while competing for the 3x National Champions' SFU women’s basketball team. After almost a decade of coaching basketball, including years as the head coach at Douglas College, she decided to embark on a new challenge, and headed to Australia to complete a Master’s of Physiotherapy at Curtin University. Having returned home in 2019, Courtney has experience working with all different populations, including paediatrics. With a sports background, she is keen to work with athletes as well as weekend warriors and those looking to put in the work to get back to something that they love. Book with Courtney today.