Lauren 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 at all. Still, Lauren did her first 5 km race at the age of 13 in 26:57, and 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, but has taken a break from competitive running this year to focus on growing the clinic. Lauren also enjoys cycling, yoga, and is also a Certified Pilates Instructor.
Lauren has formal training in manual therapy, acupuncture, and gait analysis. She 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.