Physiotherapist & Founder
Karly brings a diverse background of skills and passion to the Groms team. She completed her Bachelor of Science in the United States as a member of a NCAA Division 1 Women’s Soccer Team and returned to Canada to complete her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at Queen’s University. Her experience includes working as a paediatric physiotherapist at BC Children’s Hospital, various pediatric-specific clinics in the city, as well as experience working with elite athletes competing on the International Stage.
She has experience working with children with neurological disorders including Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophies, Autism-Spectrum and Sensory Processing Disorders, neurogenetic and rare disorders, congenital disorders as well as global developmental delay. She loves working with infants on achieving their gross motor milestones helping them build strong foundations for movement. Her deepest passion is helping kids from all backgrounds and abilities develop their passion for sports and movement. Having come from an athletic background herself, Karly understands the demands that sport places on the body and is very passionate about helping athletes participate in sports pain free, and helping kids understand why pain occurs and when it’s safe to keep going vs when it’s better to rest!
Karly has attended a number of courses for professional development listed here.
Floor to Core - connecting foot mechanics to core control and pelvic floor function (2022)
Treating and Training The Female Athlete
2017 - present
Complete Concussion Management™ Certification. Evidence-based course on multisystem, comprehensive, concussion assessment and management
Anatomy Trains in Structure and Function by Thomas Myers (Fascial Connections and Treatment Lines)
Certified Acupuncture & Dry Needling/IMS Practitioner
Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) Beginner & Intermediate certifications; postural reactions and facilitation of normal developmental movement patterns (paediatrics)
Neurokinetic Therapy® (NKT) Level 1 course and certification: finding muscle compensation patterns and improving motor control and body awareness
Toe Walking Treatment Protocol in Canada in collaboration with Hodgsons Orthotics and Playworks Physio, via Therapeutic Evaluation and Treatment of Toe Walking (Paediatric Equinus Gait), Effective examination, evaluation, and individualized treatment strategies for toe walking in the paediatric population.
Outside of helping kids achieve their full physical potential, Karly can be found outdoors summiting mountains and then probably having more fun on the way down! She loves doing anything adventurous such as snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, surfing, scuba diving, paddling and hiking. She also loves to travel; to experience various cultures, practice her photography skills, and try all sorts of yummy foods. Next time you’re in the clinic, ask her about her latest adventure!