LESLIE FARRAR, BSc, BHSc, Physiotherapist
Leslie is a very energetic and positive individual, who has a lifetime passion for working with children and their families. Leslie established Leap Therapy for Kids after gaining years of experience as a physiotherapist at the Hospital for Sick Children and at Children's Treatment Centres in Ontario. She brought her services, and Leap Therapy for Kids, to the North Shore of Vancouver, since relocating here with her family.
Leslie earned her Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University, after completing an Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Guelph. She has numerous post-graduate courses in pediatric physical therapy, including Cuevas Medek Exercises (CME)- Level Two, Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)-Intermediate, as well as specialized courses in pediatric gait and developmental orthopedics.
Leslie has a wealth of clinical experience with children, through her roles as a physiotherapist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and at regional Children’s Treatment Centres in Ontario.
Leslie has worked extensively in neonatal and infant development, as well as in pediatric oncology. Experienced with complex medical care cases, Leslie is skilled in the assessment and integration of all body systems, in order to maximize the benefits from therapy. Leslie has an optimism and energy that is contagious. She engages children in their therapy, which builds their enjoyment and self-confidence in their movement and abilities.
Prior to relocating to British Columbia, Leslie was a Professional Associate of the McMaster University School of Health Sciences, where she was actively involved with teaching within the physiotherapy program. She has been involved in research projects at various major rehabilitation facilities, including Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Treatment Centre, McMaster Children’s Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Through her involvement in rehabilitation research, professional teaching, and post-graduate training, Leslie remains very knowledgeable on current therapy research and provides treatment that is effective and evidence-based.
Leslie is also a proud mother to her three young sons. In her free time you may find her park hopping, biking or playing road hockey with her very active boys and equally energetic black lab puppy.
Leslie is a member of the College of Physiotherapists of British Columbia, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia.