Raised in Burlington, Erin completed her high school diploma at Notre Dame Secondary school. She graduated in 2000 from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology. In 2003, she graduated with honors from Sheridan College with a diploma in Sports Injury Management during which time she completed a year internship in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger Cats Football Club.
Erin has been an Athletic Therapist for many competitive sports teams including: the University of Western Ontario's Football team and women's basketball team, Guelph University's men's hockey team, and the Columbus Landsharks of the National Lacrosse League.
In 2009, she graduated from the Ontario College of Health and Technology with a diploma in Massage Therapy and in 2010 become a Registered Massage Therapist with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Erin has been working at The Elliott Sports Medicine Clinic since 2004. Erin has taken educational courses in Muscle Energy and Soft Tissue Release.
How did you first get involved with Athletic Therapy?
I have always wanted to be an Athletic Therapist. I had an opportunity to do a co-op placement under Gary Gouldsborough while in high school and he exposed me to the profession. I knew then that this is what I wanted to do. I went to university before starting at Sheridan College. While at the University of Western Ontario, I had placements with teams that further developed my love for this profession.
What do you love most about your job?
I know it is a cliché, but I love that we are able to help individuals maintain their active lifestyle. Often, patients come in frustrated that they are not able to be as active as they would like to be. It is very rewarding to know that I can give our clients the ability to return to this lifestyle. It is also amazing to empower them to help improve their quality of life.
What are the most common injuries you see?
Since I work in the clinical setting, we see all types of injuries here. We also treat everyone from the everyday athlete to professional athletes. I enjoy the variation in patients and conditions that we see at our clinic. It means my job is new and exciting every day!
What are the most common misconceptions about Athletic Therapy?
Often, patients at our clinic assume I am a physiotherapist. Our receptionists do an amazing job of explaining the difference when clients are booked into our schedule. I do feel our profession is gaining more recognition and by continuing to educate them on the benefits of our services, we will continue to grow.
What is your advice for future Athletic Therapists?
Our profession has so much to offer. Future ATs need to think outside of the box to ensure they have a successful career in an area that they have passion for.