My name is Mandy Rempfer-Kuncio (she/her), and I am passionate about the pelvis!
I believe the pelvis serves as the foundation for many fabulous things like pregnancy, birth and babies (including 3 of my own). It’s our centre of creation. This passion I have for the pelvis lead me to become a pelvic health physiotherapist, as well as a birth doula.
In addition to my professional training, I am also motivated by experiences in my own body. Although its taken me some time to look back on it as a positive, I’ve faced many of my own pelvic health trials… incontinence, prolapse, diastasis recti… I intimately understand the physical challenges and joys that come along with the journey of living life in a female body.
I also love learning, and I spend a lot of time weeding through much of the information I find to synthesize it into something trustworthy, practical and usable for my own life, and not to mention for my work too. Since this is sometimes a lengthy and convoluted process, I love to share the end results in hopes that others can benefit too.
My passion for the pelvis and birth also lead me to create the Birth Better series for childbirth preparation and I love speaking and teaching about the pelvis. When I’m not working in the clinic, you will likely see me hanging out with my kiddos and husband (hopefully outside) volunteering as a Girl Guide leader, or moving my body. Physical activity is my fave, in all sorts of forms. And if I’m not outside, I just might be baking!
I have a big dream for a strong world, full of strong families and strong mothers/parents.
After graduating in 2007 from the University of Alberta, I have worked primarily in the field of orthopaedics assessing and treating sport, life and work related injuries. After struggling to find balance in my body post children I found new passion in the study of women’s health. I have embarked on a journey of better understanding my own body and how it can function without normalizing some of these fears we have as we transition to motherhood; maintaining our sense of self, returning to sports/fitness and managing the day to day physical challenges of caring for our families. I am confident as Women, Athletes, andÂ Mothers we are capable of all these activities with the right guidance and understanding.
I have pursued a number of post-graduate courses; Herman & Wallace Female pelvic floor dysfunction and treatment, Advanced Clinical reasoning, Spinal and Peripheral manipulation, Evaluation and Management of Running Injuries, Kineticore Functional Dry Needling and CAFCI Acupuncture. I look forward to meeting you in clinic to develop a personalized plan to meet your goals and help your body move to meet the demands of life.
More coming soon about Karissa! 🙂
Since graduating from the University of Alberta with a BScPT in 2004, my experience has largely encompassed working in private practice treating a wide array of sport injuries, post-surgical cases, and common aches and pains. I have always had an interest in pregnancy and post-partum care, however, came to investigate this path professionally when I became pregnant with my first child. I am now a Mom to two little boys, and my passion for Women’s Health continues to grow tremendously! I am excited to meet you at the clinic, so together we can achieve your goals. My practice involves education about what is happening in your body, hands on treatment that is unique to you and your needs, and homework (yes, homework!) of exercises and planned activities. I am committed to empowering you to advance your recovery.
I have completed several post-graduate courses to help you get the most out of your treatments. I am trained in Medical Acupuncture (through AFCI) and Gunn IMS. I have studied manual therapy through CPA Orthopedic courses and Spinal Manipulation courses. I have taken the Fundamentals of Pregnancy and PostPartum Physical Therapy course through the American Physical Therapy Association, and Dianna MacDonald’s course: Treating Urinary Incontinence. I have also participated in courses specific to Osteoporosis Treatment Strategies (through Sarah Meeks).
When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my young family. My two little boys keep me busy! I enjoy being active with hiking, yoga, golfing and recreational running. Since my babies, I’ve also taken an interest in barre classes.
I graduated from the U of A in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Over my career, I have helped adults with a wide variety of complex physical injuries, brain injuries, chronic pain, and their resulting emotional and social fallout. I have also supported young children in the classroom, working closely with parents and the educational team to foster each child’s success. My journey into pelvic health came with my own recovery after the births of my children. I was inspired to become a part of the Nurture Her team in 2017 as an instructor for the Birth Better course. In addition to my work at Nurture Her, I am also a Gentle Sleep Coach for Sleephaven where I help families with young children get more sleep. I am truly passionate about helping mothers and families enhance their quality of life.