Kaela Southwell, Physiotherapist

Kaela Southwell, MScPT, BScHK, C/NDT

Kaela is a passionate physiotherapist who is dedicated to providing comprehensive and individualized care to her patients. She completed her Bachelor of Science with specialization in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa and her Master of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. While at the University of Toronto, she served as President of the Physical Therapy Graduate Student Association and co-founded the Community Philanthropic Committee. She has been awarded the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Leadership Award of Excellence, the Department of Physical Therapy Mountain Challenge Book Prize and the Gordon Cressy Leadership Award from the University of Toronto. She continues to be actively involved in the University of Toronto’s Physical Therapy program by assisting with labs and examinations. 

Kaela combines her positivity, experience and passion to help her patients reach their goals, no matter how big or how small. She focuses clinically on both orthopedic and neurological conditions, including stroke, brain injury, and neurological movement disorders (ie. Parkinson’s, PSP, MS, ALS etc). She believes in empowering her clients and working collaboratively to develop individualized and meaningful treatment plans. She is a believer of life-long learning and continues to improve her clinical knowledge and skills with continuing education courses. She has a particular interest in treating ankle, knee, hip and shoulder injuries. She has completed courses in advanced manual therapy, acupuncture, McKenzie method, Bobath, and Neuro-Development Treatment (NDT).

Kaela grew up in Elora, Ontario with three brothers and played high level hockey and lacrosse. Kaela and her husband Dan continue to live an active lifestyle through running, weight training, hiking, hockey and kayaking. She stays connected with the sports community through volunteer work as a hockey coach and sports first responder. Among other events, she has provided medical coverage for the Muskoka Ironman, the Ontario Winter Games and the Canadian Sledge Hockey Championships.

Kaela and her husband Dan took over ownership of Woolwich Physiotherapy in June 2021, and are enjoying every second of their new ownership journey together.

*Kaela is currently on maternity leave and will be returning to clinic in 2024 – date TBD.