Janine Mak

janine1Janine is an active mother who was inspired by other women who pursued their dreams. After attending a course in Melbourne, Australia, Janine believed the Aussies have it right- preventative physiotherapy for women. Combined with her background in pediatric health, she felt that combining the two was the perfect solution: preventative health for both moms and babies. And thus Inspire Physiotherapy was born.

Janine received her Bachelor of Physical Education at the University of Manitoba where she was first introduced to the world of exercise and science. This led her to pursue a career in physiotherapy by completing her degree at the University of Alberta. Janine worked at Calgary Youth Physiotherapy for 10 years where she loved working with adults, children and babies. Janine continued to further her education by completing a postgraduate course in Exercise for Women at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

In March 2008, Janine was excited to introduce Owen to the family. This opened her eyes to a whole new world and to the new and exciting challenges of motherhood. Although having a child was one of the best things to happen to her, Janine realized that motherhood comes with its ups and downs. Maintaining an active lifestyle “kept me grounded, was a healthy form of stress release and made me feel good about myself”.

Janine was fortunate enough to have a background in physiotherapy and access to resources in women’s health. Having this knowledge was extremely valuable in her return to activity and she realized she wanted to share this knowledge with others.

Lucas was born in 2012.  Janine took her Reformer Pilates certification following the birth of her second son and felt like the combination of physiotherapy and pilates was an invaluable way to regain her core after having two children.

Janine’s CV

University Education

  • Post-graduate Physical Therapy course in Exercise for Women (University of Melbourne) 2009
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (University of Alberta)  2002
  • Bachelor of Physical Education (University of Manitoba) 1998

Continuing Education-orthopedic

  • Functional Dry Needling Level 1 (Kinetacore), Vancouer 2018
  • Self Myofascial Release (SMR) (Kathleen Keller), 2017
  • The Physio Detective-How to exercise safely but with intensity (Antony Lo, Australian Cross fit enthusiast/physiotherapist), 2016
  • Pelvic Health Education Professional Development Day (Anne-Marie Fafard, Stephanie Prendergast, Shelly Prosko), Red Deer 2016
  • K-taping for Women’s Health (Lois Pohlod) 2016
  • PhysioYoga Workshop:  Your Brain on Pain (Shelly Prosko), Canmore 2016
  • Hypopressives Level 1 (Trista Zinn) 2015
  • PhysioYoga Workshop: All About Your Pelvic Floor (Shelly Prosko), Canmore 2015
  • Diastasis Rectus Abdominus (DRA) and the Pelvic Floor Connection, (Julia Di Paolo, Kim Vopni), Vancouver 2014
  • Pfilates Program of Advanced Expertise in Pelvic Floor Training (Dr. Bruce Crawford, Kim Vopni), Vancouver 2013
  • No courses in 2012- was busy on maternity leave!
  • Restoring Form and Function of the Abdominal Wall after Pregnancy (Diane Lee), Vancouver 2011
  • Physiotherapy Management of the Pregnant and Postpartum Patient: Tips and Exercises (Chantale Dumoulin) CPA Congress, Whistler 2011
  • Pilates for the Health Professional (Evolved Pilates Education), Vancouver 2010
  • Fit to Deliver Re-certification Course 2010
  • Relieving Pelvic Pain during and after Pregnancy (Cecile Rost) 2010
  • Treating Urinary Incontinence in Women: Pelvic Floor Muscle Re-education and Behavioural Techniques (Dianna MacDonald) Edmonton 2010
  • Discover the Pelvis- Level 1 (Diane Lee) Vancouver 2009
  • No courses in 2008- was busy on maternity leave!!
  • Level 2 Lower Extremity Orthopaedic Continuing Competency 2007
  • Level 1 Orthopaedic Continuing Competency 2006
  • Anatomy Refresher Course (Lorrie Maffey) 2006
Continuing Education- pediatric
  • Creating a Roadmap to Functional Skills (Lezlie Adler) 2006
  • Functional Exercise and Strengthening in the Neurologically Involved Child (Jacqueline Grimenstein and Michael Dilenno) 2006
  • “Unravelling the Hidden Handicap” Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (Lisa Rivard) 2005
  • The Invisible Disability- Sensory Integration Dysfunction (Margaret Galipeau) 2005
  • Why and How to Strengthen Children with Physical Disabilities (Diane Damiano) 2005
  • CEC Pilates Professional Conference 2018
  • CORE Performance Training for Cycling (Calgary Pilates) 2017
  • Total Barre, Creating Great Choreography to Music Workshop 2017
  • CEC Pilates Professional Conference 2016
  • Inspire Conference Pilates Workshop 2015
  • Inspire Conference Pilates Workshop 2014
  • Intermediate Reformer (Stott Pilates) 2013
  • Essential Reformer (Stott Pilates) 2013
  • Certified Spin Instructor (Spinning, Mad Dogg Athletics Inc.) 2010
  • Certified TRX Group Suspension Instructor (Fitness Anywhere) 2010
  • CPR Health Care Professional (Canadian Red Cross) 2017
Professional Memberships
  • Member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Women’s Health Division
  • Member of the College of Physical Therapists of Alberta
  • Business member of the College of Physical Therapists of Alberta
Volunteer and Other Memberships
  • Attended Kegals and Cocktails Events in Vancouver and Calgary
  • Attend pelvic floor interest group meetings
  • Attend pediatric interest group meetings
  • Volunteered at Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii 2012
  • Volunteered at the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers 2010
  • Volunteered for Canadian Association of Disabled Skiing 2004-2005