By Wendy Campbell:
Private physiotherapy clinics are now a well established phenomenon – with many different types, some specializing, others providing a range of services in a community. Recently when I needed treatment for a painful shoulder I was lucky to find help right around the corner from my house.
Luis Iglesia is the owner and operator of the Bloor Bathurst Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine Centre, a small well organized store front on a busy street in downtown Toronto. As well as delivering excellent care, the Centre serves as an informal meeting place where I often bonded with neighbours over our injuries and progress while we waited our turn.
Luis first earned an MSc with a double major in Human Biology and Spanish (winning an award from the Spanish Ambassador for excellence in the language). He completed a BSc PT at UofT with honours in 1998, winning the Alumni Association award for academics and extracurricular activity and captaining the intramural basketball team in his spare time. Since graduating, he has achieved a Doctorate of Physiotherapy from the Evidence in Motion Institute.
As well as running a busy practice, Luis has published widely in neuroscience societies in the US and Israel, taken advanced courses in Spinal Mechanical Therapy and received certification in Anatomical Acupuncture
A skilled hands-on professional, Luis provides a positive environment where patients feel safe and respected, both crucial elements in recovery. He takes time to explore patients’ situations and listens to what they have to say in order to recommend treatments that will work for them. In a world that’s becoming more automated and less personal, these qualities are more rare and to be cherished.
And, Luis doesn’t limit his attention to his patients. As an attentive father, chauffeur and coach, he is passing on his love of sport, language and enjoyment of an active life to his two young children.
I’ve read about how our neurobiology gradually alters in response to our environment…probably already happening as we’ve adjusted to many automated functions that take the place of our interactions with people. As we use the bank machine, pay at the parking lot and order stuff online, loneliness seems on the rise. So, we should appreciate Luis and others who provide us with that very important human connection that’s essential in preserving our mental health and sense of our place in the world.