Jasdeep Dhir BSc (PT) TDPT MClSc (MT) FCAMPT, Clinical Specialist
Clinical specialty area: Musculoskeletal
Years in Practice: 17
Areas of Interest: Clinical Reasoning, Orthopaedics, interpersonal skills, leadership and communication
Why did you choose to become a clinical specialist?
I believe it is important to consistently have both personal and professional goals. That is the only way we challenge ourselves to continuously develop. Becoming a Clinical Specialist was one of my professional goals. I felt that I was at a time in my journey and confident with my contributions and accolades to take this next step.
Where do you see the profession in 25 years?
In the changing landscape of our profession it is imperative that we take on a leadership stance so that we continue to demonstrate our impact on the health care system and quality of life. We need to prepare ourselves and our students in skill sets that will need to be developed to keep pace with these evolving roles. We will be required to not only plant our feet in the foundation we have created, but we will also need to be creative and innovative to carve out new niches and identify new pathways to ensure growth of the profession. This will ensure that we remain relevant and at the forefront in Healthcare and promote a continuous expanding scope.
We will be required to not only plant our feet in the foundation we have created, but we will also need to be creative and innovative to carve out new niches and identify new pathways to ensure growth of the profession.
How do you feel the clinical specialization role has changed your practice?
It allowed me to detail growth and professional development from the time I initiated practice. It was an extremely self-reflective journey.Not only did the process provide confirmation of my achievements, it also helped in identifying areas that required development. For this reason, it has resulted in the creation of new professional goals. Ultimately, if we are not striving to betterment, development and learning, we become stagnant and uninspired.
Jasdeep is the owner and director of an outpatient orthopaedic practice and has been treating patients for over 17 years. In that time she has completed her transitional Post Professional Doctorate in MSK Management from EIM and an MClSc (MT) from Western University. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. She also instructs and mentors within the Orthopaedic Division education system.
She is as Adjunct Lecturer in the MPT program at the University of Toronto and is an Adjunct Clinical Professor, Course Instructor and Lab Facilitator in the MPT program at McMaster University. She is an advocate for the profession as demonstrated by her numerous Committee involvements. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association and fills the role of Secretary of the National Orthopaedic Division.
She has presented at symposia at both the provincial and national levels. She is also involved in providing and facilitating a variety of continuing education courses. She is the Co-Founder of COMPASS Interactive workshops, in which she assists in developing curriculum and facilitating courses on communication and interpersonal skills development. She has been recognized for contributions in teaching at the University of Toronto and awarded for excellence in mentorship by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.