I am a member of two Health Regulatory Colleges in the province of Ontario: I am a Registered Physiotherapist, certified in Pelvic Health and a Registered Acupuncturist with over 25 years of clinical experience. Also, I am a certified yoga teacher.
Looking back, it is fascinating to see how the different events and paths of my life fit together into a larger pattern.
EDUCATION & CARRIER PATH:
I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy in 1993. During the first year of my professional carrier, I was introduced to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) while seeking help for my severe low back pain. I was seen by a number of doctors and allied healthcare professionals. Although, I was young and fit, no medication, nor physio or adjustment could help me. At that time, I was treated by a Chinese doctor. I was amazed that only after one acupuncture session my pain was improved by 70% and after the third treatment, I was practically pain free. This incident made me realize the limitations of only one treatment approach and encouraged me to pursuit post-graduate studies in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In 1994 I completed my first certification in TCM Acupuncture and Moxibution. Since then I have been continuously upgrading my knowledge and skills by participating in numerous courses, workshops, seminars, congresses and symposiums. Currently, I am volunteering for second term as a Director in Acupuncture Canada (former Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute).
During my carrier I have worked in both private and public sectors including South Lake Regional Health Centre, Home Care, Canadian Armed Forces and several private clinics.
I have been practicing yoga since age of 14 and teaching it since age of 20 on 3 different continents: Europe, Asia and North America. I start my day at 4:00 A.M. with yoga and meditation. This practice helps me to balance my own energy (subtle body) thus enabling me to give an optimal holistic treatment to each of my patients. In 1998 and 2000 I have been working as a researcher in the International Sahaja Yoga Research and Health Centre in Belarpur, India. The topic of my research study was “The Holistic approach in physiotherapy through Yoga and Meditation”.
In Canada I have been teaching yoga and meditation since 2002. In 2006 I organized and taught yoga classes at Southlake Regional Health Centre for Hospital employees. At present I teach Tao-Yoga and Meditation for Pelvic Health and Wellness.
In 2008 I was introduced by a doctor urologist and fellow acupuncturist to patient population suffering from pelvic floor dysfunctions. I was impressed by the number of patients experiencing such dysfunctions. This motivated me to study Pelvic Health Physiotherapy with Claudia Brawn and Mari-Josee Lord (the doyens of Pelvic Health in Canada).
In 2009 I received my certification in this area and ever since Pelvic Health became my true passion. I realized how all my previous training, skills and years of hands on experience, came together to develop my unique approach in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunctions and infertility. At present I am in the roster of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario which allows me to perform internal exams. Also, most likely I am the only pelvic health physiotherapist who is a registered acupuncturist and a certified yoga teacher as well.
In 2012 I founded Beyond Physio a solo operated professional practice. This fulfilled my vision for holistic, compassionate, above and beyond professional care.
I was born in Europe, in the land of the roses and the Thracian kings. During my childhood, we were eating natural food, rich in nutrients and low in calories. My family’s diet was 80-90% plant based. We were also consuming fermented foods, including the famous Bulgarian yogurt. During the summer, we were getting plenty of natural Vit. D by enjoying the beaches of the Black sea. During the winter we were skiing in the mountains every weekend from December to April.
The nature of Bulgaria is extremely rich on medicinal herbs and thermal springs. Since ancient times, the Bulgarian people have been using folk medicine and natural remedies as treatment modalities. That’s why, coming from a lineage of folk healers, I was raised in the tradition of natural health and prevention.
I am married to my high school sweet heart and I am a mother of 3 wonderful boys, born in 1988, 2008 and 2012. The fantastic age difference: 20 years between my oldest and my middle son and 24 between the oldest and the youngest, keeps me physically and emotionally young and healthy.
MY PERSONAL BELIEVE: “There is no greater joy in this world than the joy of being a mother”. That’s why I constantly upgrade my knowledge in the areas of TCM acupuncture and pelvic health physiotherapy, related to the treatment of infertility. In my practice I consult and treat women suffering from pelvic floor dysfunctions such as vaginismus/vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, dyspareunia, endometriosis, etc. that prevents them to conceive. Also, I treat couples suffering from unexplained infertility by combining Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities such as moxibustion, body and scalp acupuncture with pelvic floor physiotherapy, nutrition and lifestyle advice, yoga and meditation.
Integrating evidence based pelvic health physiotherapy with thousands of years old knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yoga and more, is the corner stone of success of the treatment for each of my patients.