Donna Sarna graduated from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1992 with a Bachelor degree in Medical Rehabilitation in physiotherapy. Her career began in private practice focused on the areas of orthopedics and sports injury. Donna’s extensive post graduate training includes acupuncture, mobilization of the nervous system, joint mobilization, and exercise prescription including courses on addressing movement dysfunction and imbalances as well as techniques geared towards release of the soft tissue.
Donna’s early career included the opportunity and privilege to work as one of the team members of a multi-disciplinary organization specializing in chronic pain. This experience inspired a change in her philosophy as she learned the importance of looking at an individual as a whole, and that optimal health involves not only the body, but also the mind and the connection between the two. In 2000, Donna began her own practice to support this change in philosophy which made a holistic approach in her care of her clients possible. She combined this endeavor with the pursuit of her Masters degree in Science in Medical Rehabilitation which she completed in 2005.
In 2002, Donna pursued Pilates training (under the Stott umbrella) and began teaching rehabilitation and general population mat classes. Pilates is also incorporated into her daily practice. Around the same time, Donna became interested in women’s health taking extensive training in the treatment of pelvic floor pain and dysfunction. She is qualified to perform internal pelvic floor assessments for dysfunction related to incontinence, pelvic floor organ prolapse and/or pain conditions. She also provides prenatal and post-partum assessment, education and treatment to optimize the health of the pelvic floor. Donna brings her holistic approach to the area of pelvic floor rehabilitation, re-connecting the restored pelvic floor with the lumbopelvic girdle and addressing any imbalances to optimize physical and functional recovery of the body as a whole. She is a strong advocate of promoting education to the public in the area of pelvic floor health and wellness as well as in women’s health in general.
Over the last 5 years Donna has also completed courses in the areas of myofascial release, visceral mobilization and craniosacral therapy which she incorporates into her daily practice.
Donna’s philosophy and approach to her practice is that you can never have too many tools in your toolbox as every client is unique. She is a “hands on therapist” and continues to treat a wide variety of clients with orthopaedic conditions, sports injuries, pelvic floor dysfunction as well as chronic pain with a variety of manual techniques, acupuncture and exercise prescription.
On her own time, Donna likes to swim, participate in Pilates, yoga, resistive training and also go for long walks in the woods with her family.