The Running Physio is about more than just running. We believe that when you feel good, we move well. It's about using movement to connect mind and body. It's about running effortlessly and with joy. It's about moving without inhibition because it just...feels..good.
Lauren Roberts has been running for as long as she can remember. As a child, she was born with internally rotated thigh bones, and specialists doubted that she would ever be able to run. Still, Lauren did her first 5 km race at the age of 13 in 26:57, and even though she wasn’t the fastest, she continued to incorporate running into her childhood and teenage years. After completing her degree in Kinesiology and Psychology at McMaster University, she went on to complete her Master’s in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. In 2015, Lauren competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Austria, where she finished as one of the top ten Canadian women. She also completed the 2018 Boston Marathon in 3:12 and has a personal goal of 3:00. She is presently a member of the BlackToe Race Team in Toronto.
Lauren has formal training in running and gait analysis and has combined her own personal knowledge of rehabilitation, running, and coaching to develop The Running Physio’s “Three Cornerstone” approach to treating runners of all levels. She has also been featured in Canadian Running Magazine, on several podcasts, and frequently does running talks with running groups in the city.
Lauren also has training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and incorporates mindfulness and meditation techniques in her treatment style to help address anxiety and depression that often occurs with injury and pain. Lauren believes that feeling good and moving well is a cumulation of both happy minds and happy bodies.
Leslie Kleiner started running at the age of 13 after her soccer coach introduced a 5km run into the training plan, which resulted in shortness of breath, shin splints, and a feeling of defeat. She was determined ever since to master the sport and be pain free in the process. She has a strong passion for health and fitness and enjoys leading an active lifestyle. In addition to running, she enjoys snowboarding, playing soccer, and hockey.
Prior to becoming a physiotherapist, she obtained her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Western University where she grew passionate about working with runners throughout her experience as the athletic trainer for the varsity cross country team. She received her Masters in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto.
Leslie is a certified yoga instructor and she enjoys practicing yoga regularly as a compliment to her running regimen. She is trained in acupuncture and dry needling and she has taken additional courses to advance her manual therapy practice. Leslie practices a client centered and individualized approach to treatment in order to help clients achieve their goals in a timely and effective way.
Anne-Marie Bourgeois completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology at Memorial University of Newfoundland and went on to spend two years volunteering in sport and play programs with Congolese Refugees in Tanzania. At York University she earned a Master of Arts in International Development Studies and worked with athletes with physical disabilities in Ghana. Anne-Marie later completed her Masters in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, graduating as valedictorian. She has honed her skills in a wide variety of settings since then, including both inpatient and outpatient settings here in Toronto as well as in northern communities.
Running has always been a large part of Anne-Marie's life; she won her first cross-country race at the age of 12, and continued to compete throughout high school and university. Recent highlights include running the Boston Marathon, numerous ultra-marathons with distances up to 50 miles, as well as earning 2nd overall woman in her last 56km trail race. She is also an avid cross-country skier and triathlete, participating in numerous distance events, including the Canada Ski Marathon and the Ironman 70.3.
Anne-Marie is an energetic, highly motivated and versatile therapist who keeps the individual needs and goals of her clients at the forefront of all treatment sessions. She brings in-depth knowledge of manual therapy, gait mechanics, exercise prescription, and training ‘know-how’ to each client, each time. Her aim is to get you back to your meaningful activity and keep you there!
All Therapists are expertly skilled in treating non-running related injuries and pain, including:
- Neck and Shoulder pain
- Low back pain
- Tendonitis: Rotator Cuff, Tennis Elbow, Golfer's Elbow
- Osteoarthritis management
- Post-Operative Rehabilitation