About Debbie Patterson


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Debbie Patterson is a graduate of the University of Toronto with over 30 years of clinical practice in orthopaedic physiotherapy.  Early in her career she recognized that the medical model of physiotherapy treatment often failed people with persistent pain.  This led her on a career path of learning about the current science of pain, and searching for clinical relevance in the treatment of pain. 

For over 25 years her clinical practice has focused on providing evidence based treatment for persistent pain conditions, including chronic low back and neck pain, complex regional pain syndrome, phantom limb pain and fibromyalgia.  She has treated pre teenage children with persistent pain conditions, teenagers, and adults. 

Debbie is a registered physiotherapist in good standing in Ontario and Alberta, licensed to provide treatment in both provinces.

She was a founding member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Group and later was a founding member of the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, serving on the executive as Secretary for two years.

Debbie is committed to post graduate education of health care providers.  She is an instructor in several courses including "Understand the Brain to Treat Pain",  Level III Pelvic Health Course “Clinical Skills for Treating Pain”, and “Fibromyalgia”.

She is an invited speaker to interdisciplinary courses, events and congresses.

She mentors physiotherapists across Canada who are interested in developing passion and skill in the treatment of persistent pain conditions.