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Kinesitherapy and Kinesiology

Schroth therapy for individuals with spinal deformities (scoliosis and kyphosis)

Curvy Spine Yoga Pilates (CSYP)

During my Physical Therapy program, scoliosis was only briefly mentioned, and I felt that there was so much more than that. Shadowing Dr. Sanja at Curvy Spine and observing the benefits from the Schroth therapy that patients were experiencing, sparked my interest in helping individuals with scoliosis. This led me to complete my training as a ISST Schroth Therapist with Sanja. I am passionate about education, and during my undergraduate studies, I have worked with grade 4 to 6 children with disabilities and their parents trying to find the best ways for them to succeed academically. Education is an important part of the Schroth treatment, and I am excited to be a part of the Curvy Spine team, where we focus on educating patients with scoliosis how to best manage their condition.

Previously, I was working with individuals with various injuries return to work and improve their functional tolerances through active rehabilitation programs. I also have extensive experience in working with people with low back pain using different modalities, from movement to biomedical dry needling, which may help release tight muscles that may be restricting range of motion of a joint.

My hobbies/activities include crafts, painting, racket sports, and being out and about in the fresh air.

I enjoy working with children of all ages in addition to the adult population. I believe in individualized treatment plans based on curve patterns and your personal rehabilitation goals. I look forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey!


-ISST Schroth Therapist -Biomedical dry needling certified since January 2017 -Completed Part A of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy that focuses on the lumbar spine in February 2016 -MSc. Physical Therapy December 2015, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB -Bachelor of Education, Special Education Minor 2012, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

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I have always been fascinated by the human body and finding ways to promote balance and awareness in my life. At 16, I was diagnosed with scoliosis and remember feeling scared and confused. Since my introduction to physical education at the University of Alberta Augustana campus, I have been actively experimenting with new ways to ease pain and promote balance and awareness in my body. In my final 2 years of my bachelor’s degree, I was introduced to yoga. Although I had to modify many of the postures to prevent further pain and discomfort, I finally began to feel relief. I started creating yogic flows in my personal practice, discovering that certain postures were more therapeutic than others. Seeking further guidance, I began my 200-hr yoga teacher training at Sacred Arts in Camrose, Alberta. Yoga taught me to love myself, love my body, and to use my gifts and knowledge to help others!

In collaboration with the Curvy Spine team, we have created a yoga-pilates series with Schroth principles to actively draw attention inwards and focus on elongating the spine rather than pushing the body into postures that could be damaging. Our aim is to create a safe and inclusive environment to practice yoga and designing a series that best suits your needs.

We will also explore pranayama (breath work), meditation, and free-written journaling to nurture not only the body, but also the mind. Tea and snacks will be offered after sessions to encourage conversation and leave space for any questions or concerns people may have. I look forward to embarking on this journey with you, to become actively aware of one’s body in space and fostering a positive relationship with oneself.

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Sanja devoted much of her life to treating children and adults with spinal deformities. She became a certified Schroth scoliosis therapist in 2008 after being trained at the “Asklepios - Katharina Schroth Klinik” for spinal deformities in Bad Sobernheim, Germany, where she specialized in treating persons with scoliosis.

Sanja is excited to continue to work on improving health and quality of life in children and adults with scoliosis both clinically and through research. She believes that there is no such thing as one-treatment-fits-all, and she offers personalized care depending on the curve pattern, patient’s abilities and specific patient’s circumstances. Sanja’s approach is enthusiastic, empathetic and warm, and she believes that a good patient/therapist relationship is a foundation of every successful treatment.

Sanja holds a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science, M.Sc. in Sports Medicine and Kinesitherapy and B.Sc. in Kinesiology, She is dedicated to furthering her knowledge of scoliosis and scoliosis-specific exercise treatment through continuous participation at the most prominent conferences in the field, serving as a committee of the international Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) and moving towards becoming an International Schroth Instructor.

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