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Meet Monique Guilderson

Monique Guilderson

Monique Guilderson

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I was born in Gander Newfoundland. Raised in a military family, I had the amazing opportunity to travel and literally see the world. I met my husband (Dr) Glenn while studying chemistry at Dalhousie University. We happened to be lab partners in one of my chemistry classes and have been together ever since. After Dalhousie we both ended up in Toronto with Glenn training as a chiropractor while I completed a Masters degree from the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto. We are now happily settled near Sackville and have two amazing and busy boys Max and Leo.

A Lifetime Student!

Several years ago I began thinking about a career change. I saw how Glenn was able to help people in his profession as a chiropractor and wanted to do something similar. It was Glenn who suggested looking into osteopathy as a profession. From my education and work in the medical field over the last decade, I had a strong knowledge of anatomy and clinical medicine so I was allowed to start the program right away. Although I had already completed three degrees with 7 years of university education, I decided to go back to school for 6 more years to become an osteopath!

Osteopathy Gave Me Life

I’ll admit that before I entered the program, I didn’t quite realize what I was getting myself into or the impact it would have on my life both professionally as well as personally. It has been however, one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

When Glenn and I had our first son Max we knew that we wanted him to have a brother or sister. But after a few years of trying, we began to give up hope and accept the fact that Max was going to be an only child. At the same time I was learning about osteopathy and how we can help people feel and function better. I realized that I needed to have osteopathy treatment.

I didn’t just feel a little better – I felt a lot better! Better than I had felt in years. I didn’t go to my osteopath for fertility treatment but to my shock and surprise however, I was pregnant, naturally, just a few months later!

I continued to see the osteopath for treatment and found that I had a better pregnancy and a faster recovery after delivery. I also brought the baby in for treatment as soon as possible. Along with regular chiropractic care, both my boys see an osteopath for regular check ups.

I’m very grateful to my husband for starting me down this path and being supportive through my years of study to become an osteopath. I look forward to many years of helping people move, feel and function better.

Meet David Hud’homme

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David Hud’homme

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Originally from France, my career started in the hospitality industry. Trained as a chef, I worked the UK in some of the best restaurants and bars in central London. During a visit
home however, a back injury lead to a visit with an Osteopath, and ultimately a new career.

After five years of training at The British School of Osteopathy (BSO), I gained my Master’s
in Osteopathy in 2013. The training at the BSO allowed me to gain a thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology. In the last two years, clinic training provided the opportunity to treat
a wide variety of patients. After graduation, I worked as an associate at the BSO evening
clinic as well as in practices in central and south-east London, Kent and on the English coast near Brighton (where occasionally the sun comes up).

I moved to Nova Scotia in June 2015, where I am currently working, in Bridgewater, at Maritime Osteopathy with Erica Poole and Jennifer Sparks. In addition to working in Bridgewater, I am happy to join Back to Health Chiropractic, in Lower Sackville.

Being an osteopath means a lifetime of learning, something I love about osteopathy. I
have completed many post graduate studies including cranial, visceral, functional and
other courses related to osteopathy. More recently I went on an intense 5-day course in Minneapolis with the Osteopathic Cranial Academy. I also plan to attend courses increasing my knowledge in pediatrics and working with young children.

Since graduation I have had the opportunity to broaden my knowledge and help many people. I am interested in treating those suffering from stress related issues, poor posture, low back pain and chronic degenerative conditions that particularly affect the elderly. I follow a patient-centered approach in practice and being active myself, I understand the needs of injured athletes who wish to return to their training. I can provide rehabilitation programs and exercises to prevent further injuries. Having a passion for movement, I attended courses with the Gray Institute in Chicago and Alberta to improve my rehabilitation skills.

Moving to Canada has been a great choice for me professionally and personally. Lots of wide open spaces, fresh air, winter sports (skiing!), as well as a French speaking population. It has given me the chance to meet new people and discover another culture. I’m happy to say that as of last June I finally became a permanent resident, so it’s official, I can stay!


What is Osteopathy?

I’m often asked, “What is osteopathy?” Even working as one, it can be hard to explain. The treatments are different for everyone depending on your history and current health situation. It is complementary to all of your other health and medical care including chiropractic, massage and acupuncture. An osteopathic treatment is unique, tailored to your body’s needs.

Everything in your body is moving. Even as you sit and read this, you are breathing air in and out of your lungs, causing expansion and retraction of your diaphragm, your heart is beating causing blood to flow. All the daily processes of living are happening all the time, even if you are not aware of it. Your body needs to move in order for it to function properly.

Years of training allow an osteopath to develop their palpation skills to be able to feel what is going on in a person’s body at three different levels. We feel for the biomechanical movement (range of motion of joints) in the body, the motility (quality) of movement of body structures and the vitality (expansion, retraction – the health) of tissues of the body. Once a problem is identified, a variety of gentle techniques are used to get everything moving again.

The body always strives towards optimal health. Only when everything is moving well however, can a person achieve this. If you haven’t tried it, I would encourage you to see if osteopathy can help you move, function and feel your best.

Thank you for visiting our site. I look forward to meeting you in person and hope to help you become an even better you! Call our Lower Sackville office and schedule an appointment today!

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