Pelvic dysfunction physiotherapy is the assessment and treatment of problems involving the pelvic region of the body by a physiotherapist who has specialized training in pelvic conditions.

About Us

Caroline Allen P.T. – Registered Physiotherapist

Caroline Allen is a registered Physiotherapist who graduated from London, England in 1981. She moved to Canada in 1985 working primarily with orthopedic and sports injury conditions.

In 2000 she returned to the U.K. to take post-graduate studies in Women’s Health and incontinence. While there she established and ran a clinic treating patients with incontinence and pain and treating women before and after gynecological surgery. Returning to Canada in September 2003, Caroline established Pelvic Support Physiotherapy, focusing uniquely on incontinence and pelvic pain.

Caroline is married with two children and lives in the Ottawa area.

Member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association
Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (U.K.)
Member of the National Vulvodynia Association
Member of the Canadian Continence Foundation
Member of the International Pelvic Pain Society

Nancy Dowker P.T. – Registered Physiotherapist

Nancy Dowker graduated as a Physical Therapist from the University of Western Ontario in 1981. She worked at the Orthopaedic and Arthritic Hospital in Toronto until moving to the Ottawa Valley in 1988.  She was the owner of the Naismith Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic which operated in the Almonte/Carleton Place region for 20 years.

Nancy has taken many courses and attended relevant conferences in the areas of Pelvic Floor, Orthopaedics and Arthritis. She is rostered to perform internal pelvic examinations with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. She has assisted Julie Wiebe, PT, with the practical component of her course as Julie presents her ‘Diaphragmatic Piston’ concepts to other Physiotherapists, Kineseologists and like-minded physical educators in both Canada and the USA. She is also an Educational Lab Assistant for Pelvic Health Solutions, an evidence-based teaching company based in Ontario providing an ever-expanding range of expertise to Canadian Physiotherapists and other Health Care Professionals (such as Nurses) with an interest in Pelvic Health.

Nancy is very pleased to be working full-time at Pelvic Support Physiotherapy. She is passionate about the need to empower both women and men to regain control of their lives through education, physical treatment and ultimately self-management.

Member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association

Krista Cochrane P.T. – Registered Physiotherapist

Krista Cochrane was born and raised in Ottawa Ontario. She is a Registered Physiotherapist who graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2000.

Krista has been dedicated to improving the quality of life of those suffering from urinary incontinence and pelvic pain. She is determined to provide a voice of confidence and dignity to all her clients.

Krista has worked in the Ottawa area for over 11 years in both Orthopedic and Women’s Health practices.

Krista is married and stays young raising her two young sons. She is an active community volunteer.

Martine Giroux  P.T. – Registered Physiotherapist

Martine Giroux is a registered Physiotherapist who graduated from Laval University, Québec in 1984.  She started her career in hospital settings, and then moved to private practice to work primarily in orthopedic and sports injury conditions.

Martine has advanced acupuncture courses and holds a certificate in acupuncture (2007) from the Acupuncture Foundation Canada Institute (AFCI).   As appropriate, she will use acupuncture during the treatment of pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunctions.

She is also pleased to offer Rost Therapy for pre and postpartum pelvic pain.

She is bilingual (French/English) and is pleased to offer treatments in your language of choice to ensure your understanding on how you can take control of pelvic floor issues.

Martine joined Pelvic Support Physiotherapy Clinic in 2013 and is delighted to be part of a team that makes a difference to your quality of life.

Mary Egan P.T. – Registered Physiotherapist

Mary Egan has 30 years of clinical experience with inpatients and outpatients in various settings. In the last 19 years she has focused especially on treating people with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. She treats men, women and children with bladder and bowel control problems and pelvic pain. It is her privilege and joy to help people regain their quality of life and return to the activities they love.

Mary is one of a few instructors of the Hypopressive Method in North America. The Hypopressive method of exercise is a revolutionary way to strengthen the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles to reduce bladder and bowel leakage, pelvic organ prolapse, and back pain.

She is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is fully registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. She is also a Stott certified Pilates instructor.

Mary recently moved to Ottawa and is thrilled to be working at Pelvic Support Physiotherapy with other Physiotherapists who are passionate about helping people with Pelvic issues.

She is married with 2 grown children and she enjoys cross country skiing and cycling.

Quelen Farias P.T. – Registered Physiotherapist

Quelen was born and raised in the southern Brazil. She studied Physiotherapy in Portugal and graduated in 2011 from the Lisbon School of Health Technology.

Quelen moved to Canada in 2013 and has practiced in the Orthopedic, Geriatric and Women’s Health fields. She has also taught Senior Mobility classes, Pilates and Post Natal classes.

Her passion for Pelvic Health started during Physiotherapy school when she was placed at a maternity hospital where she had the opportunity to work with women of all ages who were being treated for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain among other conditions.
Since then, she has taken courses in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, Pre and Post Natal Exercise, Clinical Pilates, the Hypopressive Method, and Physiotherapy for Lymphedema.

She is passionate about helping people understand their bodies and live healthy, active and pain-free lives.

Quelen is married with 2 young daughters.

Member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association: Women’s Health and Orthopedic Divisions.

Dora Mesec P.T. – Registered Physiotherapist

Dora Mesec, a graduate of Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto has over 30 years experience. Dora has worked for most of her career in private practice orthopedic and sports injury clinics both here in Ottawa and Vancouver.

She is a certified Manual Therapist having successfully completed extensive post graduate training and examinations. She was a Registered Instructor for the Orthopedic Division of the CPA from 1989-1997, teaching post-graduate manual therapy courses.

In 2004, Dora obtained her certification as an IMS (Intra Muscular Stimulation) practitioner, and has found this technique to be extremely valuable in the treatment of persistent muscular pain syndromes.

In recent years, her practice has focused on (but not limited to) working with people with chronic pain conditions including pelvic pain, back, neck and shoulder pain, complex regional syndromes, whiplash disorders, neuropathies and fibromyalgia.

Dora is married with three children. She is an avid downhill and cross-country skier, cyclist and more recently canoeist.

She joined Pelvic Support Physiotherapy Clinic in 2007 and is very pleased to be working with such a dynamic team.

Melissa Delaney PTA,CYT

Melissa began practicing yoga in 2004 and fell in love with it immediately. She is constantly amazed at all the benefits that yoga has to offer, creating a balanced life – not just physically, but mentally and emotionally.

In 2009, she completed her Hatha Yoga Teacher training and received certification in Yoga Therapy in 2014. She has taken many courses and workshops and feels fortunate to teach various styles such as Yin/Yang, Restorative, Prenatal, Parent/baby, and Children’s Yoga. She also teaches workshops such as Partner yoga and her very own Bliss Yoga.

“I believe that Yoga can be practiced anywhere, anytime and by anyone; regardless of size, age, or mobility. Many of us feel that we can’t, aren’t able, haven’t…etc. But Yoga is not about flexibility or getting into that funky pose. It’s about being in the moment, using our breath to create balance and awareness in ourselves”.

As a Physiotherapy Assistant (PTA), she works closely with the physiotherapist and works one-on-one with the client using practical yoga techniques to address their needs. She looks forward to meeting you!

Quality of Breath = Quality of Life