Brenda Scott-Thomas

Registered Physiotherapist
National Team Physiotherapist – Athletics

History – I am a ‘Friendly Manitoban’ by nature and a Guelphite since moving here in 1997. I have come into my profession honestly having grown up with my father who worked hard in his private practice as an orthodontist and my mother who gave up a nursing career to raise me and my 3 siblings. You could describe me as a ‘nurturing perfectionist’ with those role models!

Family – My husband, Dave, and I moved to Guelph so he could pursue his career dream of creating a track and field dynasty at the University of Guelph and in the community (Speed River Track and Field). Together we are the proud parents of 3 beautiful girls, Erica, Dana and Reid and also lend a nurturing hand to the care of our dog Cinder and our 2 cats Hobbes and Gandalf.

Professional – I decided to pursue a career in physiotherapy from a love of human anatomy and body mechanics as well as from personal experience as a competitive track runner. I graduated from Queen’s University in 1996 and when Dave and I moved to Guelph I worked at a private practice clinic in town for almost 10 years. In that time, I was encouraged to work on continuing my manual therapy education so that I could perfect my ‘hands-on’ skills and achieved my diploma in Intermediate Manipulative Therapy in 2006. I enjoyed the labels of the ‘runner’s physio’ and the ‘pelvis queen’ and in 2007 decided to see if I could take these titles and professional experience into my own clinic setting – Speed River Physiotherapy. I have also enjoyed working with the Canadian Track and Field team on a number of National Team assignments in the past 10 years and will continue to be involved in elite athletics. Locally, I am a part of the Speed River Track and Field club’s paramedical support staff and have traveled extensively to be a part of training camps and International competition with them. After practicing physio since 1996 I would say that I am confident in the way I approach pain from a traditional physio perspective but that I have adapted a more functional approach to solving chronic painful patterns of injury and am fascinated by the individual differences that continue to keep my mind active.