Leigh Fortuna

Physiotherapist

Leigh has been active in sport from a young age, and was first exposed to physiotherapy following an ankle injury at age 13. Her interest in health and physical activity continued through high school while she played fast pitch softball, volleyball and basketball.

After studying kinesiology for two years she decided that pursuing a career in physiotherapy was the path she wanted to follow. Leigh graduated from The University of British Columbia in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. For the first 10 years after graduating, Leigh worked in private practice primarily with interdisciplinary teams assisting patients with injury, loss of function, and persistent pain conditions to improve their quality of life, function and overall well being. Leigh joined Diane Lee & Associates following her second maternity leave in 2016. Leigh has completed post-graduate training in orthopaedics (Level 3 Manual Therapy through Orthopaedic Division of CPA, Mulligan Concept) and chronic pain (Explain Pain). She obtained her acupuncture certification through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute in 2009, and has completed further training in Trigger Point Dry Needling. Leigh is also a women’s health pelvic floor therapist and has training and experience working with urinary incontinence and pelvic pain conditions. She completed the Integrated Systems Model Series in 2017.

Most recently, Leigh has completed the PINC Cancer Rehab Certification program, and has a special interest in helping women regain their function and quality of life after cancer treatment. Leigh’s treatment philosophy is centred on educating and empowering patients to make adjustments that will allow them to care for themselves and participate in activities that are meaningful to them. While Leigh has experience working with adults of all activity levels, Leigh has an interest in working with women during postpartum recovery, as well as those who have received treatment for breast cancer.

Outside of physiotherapy, Leigh stays active by swimming, biking and running, and recently has started Pilates exercise. Leigh has competed in all distances of triathlon, half and full marathons, and still enjoys the thrill of a race. She centres her life around her family, and has two young boys who keep her busy and active.

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Testimonials

“Thank you so much for going the extra mile to trail these online sessions. I’ve missed several in person apts with Leigh because of CoVID and decided to try online with her today as I’ve been in some intense pain for a week and not very mobile.  I was kinda nervous getting it set up and couldn’t figure out how to use the Macbook (maybe too old?) but we had a laptop PC that I was able to use. Signed on gave myself 20 mins to play with getting myself in a good spot, rearranging furniture etc.  Our session was thorough and interactive and I have a things to do now. Having a calm, knowledgeable and purposeful team mate to reassure me and get me back on track, especially at this time, means so much. I think I was feeling more alone and afraid than I realized with that nagging pain and no physio to go too.  Feeling very grateful and relieved now; reconnected and stronger again in my commitment for healing and wellness, knowing I’ve got a great team backing me up. Thank you so much!!

 

“I just wanted to weigh in on my experience with the Telehealth appointments. This week will be my 5th or 6th Telehealth appointment. I must admit I was very skeptical at first as to how this was going to work. But it did! Not only have I made progress with the issues I’ve been seeing Leigh for over a year with, after the birth of our second baby. I was having leakage and heaviness with very slight activity…as a former university cross country runner on scholarship, this was devastating for me. Fast forward to today, and with the Telehealth appointments, my leakage and heaviness have COMPLETELY resolved.  But she’s helped me with a new issue that’s come up. I just want to give a HUGE shout out to Leigh. She’s amazing, brilliant and so talented to be able to problem solve and figure issues out on video conference. I feel so grateful that I’ve been able to continue with the progress we’ve worked so hard together to make over the past year since having my second child. Thank you for all of your efforts and for the Telehealth appointments you’ve offered. They’ve been a saving grace during this time and I just cannot say enough about Leigh, except that I’m totally blessed to have her as my physiotherapist.