Rising Star Distinction Winners: 2018/2019

Carly Aspden

Carly graduated from the Masters of Physical Therapy program at the University of British Columbia in 2017. She entered the program with a keen interest in working with children and focused her studies on paediatrics, including two placements at BC Children's Hospital. She also created opportunities to eperience the paediatric physiotherapy field in many environments including the NICU, acute care, public practice outpatient, community and private practice.

Carly also gained experience by volunteering at Kids Physio Group weekly during physiotherapy school, where she solidified her love for paediatric physiotherapy and began her career as a new grad. Since graduation, she has taken a number of post-graduate courses to expand her skills as a paediatric therapist and has grown her caseload to include children with developmental disabilities, orthopaedic injuries, concussions and a wide variety of neurological conditions. She has also taken a keen interest in brain injury recovery and collaborates with the BC Community Brain Injury Program to support children in the community. Carly has also developed a passion for infant physiotherapy and can regularly be found in the community speaking to new parents about motor development.

During her incredibly successful first year, Carly has also moved into a leadership role within Kids Physio Group and is assisting in mentoring new physiotherapists as they enter the paediatric field. Carly is thankful for all the mentorship and support she has received which helped her expand her expertise and thrive as a new grad. She looks forward to continuing to collaborate with her colleagues in the field and support wonderful children as her career in paediatric physiotherapy continues to develop!

 

Nicole Hughes


Nicole has always been passionate about working with children and helping them to achieve  their full potential. Leading up to her Masters of Physiotherapy program at the University of Toronto, Nicole spent years working with children with special needs at McMaster University's summer sport camps where she completed her undergraduate degree. She also volunteered on weekends with a one-on-one exercise program for children with physical and intellectual exceptionalities throughout her schooling. During her physiotherapy program, Nicole keenly sought out any opportunity to gain clinical experience in the paediatric field and participated in internships in acute care, outpatient hospital services and private practice settings. Through these internships, Nicole developed knowledge and skills in a variety of treatment approaches and valuable experience across the continuum of care. This confirmed for Nicole that paediatrics was her passion and set her up with a great foundation to enter the professional world.

Since graduating in 2018, Nicole has started working in a paediatric private clinic where she works with children with a wide range of neurological, orthopaedic and developmental conditions. Nicole is so excited to be providing care in a setting that she loves and is looking forward to further educating herself and continuing her growth as a paediatric physiotherapist.