Melissa De Smet formed Homebody Health Inc. in 2013 after noticing that people who wanted more help in the community had a tough time finding physiotherapy in their home and on their terms. She learned about what the public system could provide while working in hospitals and home care, then sought out respected business mentors in the community to help her carve her own career path. She knows home health care is, and always will be, shaped by the hearts and minds of the people who need it and use it. She will continue to ask and listen to her client’s needs as well as their support network, one major questions being “what movements matter to you? ”. She strives to always learn more by listening intently, and sharing the perspective gathered both inside and outside the Homebody Health team.
Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation-Physiotherapy (2008)
Michelle Joubert began her career in the hospital setting, assisting people after surgeries or setbacks from minor illness to the need for intensive care. She then treated aches, pains, strains and strains in a private clinic. Michelle is passionate about working with a company that has a fresh outlook on how to make a difference in people’s lives and recently she has taken on a new mission that utilizes all of her past experience: providing public education about staying active, preventing falls and dealing with dementia.
Bachelor of Science Degree, Physical Therapy (1992)
Sophia Yee has taken a keen interest in how the injured brain functions. Her approach to recovery uses her experience from working in neuro rehabilitation and uses her hands-on assessment skills from manual therapy training. Because of her post-graduate training she can assess the various causes of dizziness and make recommendations. Her patient’s also appreciate the special permission she has been given to order diagnostic imaging when it is necessary and use acupuncture needles in practice.
Masters in Physiotherapy (2009)
Rafael Burgos may have left his career as a physiotherapy professor behind in Brazil to come to Canada, but he did not leave his passion behind! Raphael has helped clients with a history of hospitalizations, neurological and chronic conditions return back into their community and their home. He now applies his passion for education in a new way, teaching clients about their anatomy and how body positioning and posture contribute to movement. Rafael’s approach to treatment leverages his ability to use needles in practice and his post-graduate knowledge of the soft tissue matrix surrounding our skeletal system.
Master’s Degree in Cellular and Structural Biology (emphasis in Anatomy)(2013)
Post-Degree in Musculoskeletal System in Sports (2005), Bachelor Degree in Physiotherapy (2004)
Eric So understands from first hand experience how physiotherapy can return a person to their most cherished activities, having had physiotherapy throughout his life as an athlete. Eric assesses aches, pains, strains and sprains with his hands using his acupuncture and Level 2 manual therapy training. Eric is also is fluent in both English and Cantonese. He is pleased to reciprocate the support that physiotherapy has given him in the past.
Master of Science, Physiotherapy (2010)
Nerida Gbadamassi has a special understanding of the way the brain functions in a healthy and altered state as an occupational therapist. She has plenty of experience in many different settings in Calgary, making recommendations for big or small changes to a person’s environment (including equipment prescription) to help people manage better. She has experience working with people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, or through the normal course of aging. Nerida strives to provide people with the services they need to manage the obstacles between them and their goals.
Masters in Occupational Therapy Studies (2007)
Bachelor’s Degree in Community Rehabilitation (2005)
Tom Naested has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, maintaining a mix of clinical and managerial duties in his career. As he works with his clients in his kinesiology role, Tom also identifies the need for support from nurses and psychologists to ensure clients have access to the right professional at the right time when managing acute and chronic conditions, injuries and disability.
Masters in Business Administration (2007)
Bachelors degree in Kinesiology (1996)
Morgan Gowland wears multiple hats working for Homebody Health. She has a kinesiology degree and works alongside physiotherapists to carry out exercise programs. As the master planner of the website, she also curates the content you see on this website from conversations with her clients and Homebody Health Team members. From time to time Morgan also provides administrative and business support for Homebody Health.
Bachelor of Kinesiology With Distinction
Bachelor of Commerce With Distinction (2015)
Marianne Melanson began her career working with babies and kids in a public hospital and school for kids with disabilities to help them reach their potential. Improving their function was the main goal and is something that Marianne believes can change a person’s life. Working with Homebody Health allows Marianne to achieve this goal with others. She believes that physical activity is the best way to feel more confident, to stay active and prevent falls. With Homebody Health, Marianne appreciates that everyone in the community can have easy access to physiotherapy treatments, even in the most fragile of cases.
Bachelor of Health Science Degree, Physiotherapy (2002)