Gurleen Grewal PT, MPT
After taking an anatomy course in high school, I was fascinated, and knew I had to learn more about the human body. This curiosity led me to complete my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. During this time, I had the opportunity to work, and volunteer at various physical therapy clinics. I was drawn to the role a physical therapist could play in helping patients feel empowered, and become happy in their bodies again. In 2013, I went on to complete my physical therapy degree at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. My physical therapy education in Australia had a strong emphasis on motor control, evidence based practice, and manual therapy.
Upon returning to Canada, the travel bug in me wanted to continue exploring, so I took a job across the country in Vancouver, Canada. While practicing, I’ve gained experience in a variety of areas that include treatment of spine and peripheral injuries, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, rib pain, motor vehicle accidents, and sports injuries.
As a physical therapist, I believe there is always more to learn. It is this passion for continuing education that led me to a year long journey to learn ConnectTherapyTM from Dr. Linda-Joy Lee in Vancouver, Canada. ConnectTherapyTM provides a framework to assess the body in a holistic way. By assessing the whole body, I strive to find the root cause of problems, instead of chasing symptoms. Through this unique approach, I am able to wholistically treat various problems and compensations in the body related to ankle injury, thoracic dysfunction creating altered loading in the spine, pelvic imbalances, and many other drivers (origins) of dysfunction.
I am also certified in STOTT PILATES, including mat-work, and reformer, and incorporate this training into my clients rehabilitation plan. Pilates is a great tool for treating areas of the body that are the drivers of pain, and dysfunction. This is done by improving postural control, and strength, as well as training optimal movement strategies around specific joints, and the system as a whole. By building a strong foundation, Pilates also has a preventative focus. Using these tools, and my experience, I can treat patients with any diagnosis that causes dysfunction, or pain. It allows me to follow connections in the body, and treat areas that may have otherwise been missed. My priority is helping clients achieve their personal goals around sport, and function, helping them live life to the fullest.
This is why I chose to join the Bodywise team. While each team member at Bodywise has their unique skill sets, we all value a total body/whole person approach to treatment. This includes the connection between mental and physical health. I’ve always been a believer that these must go hand-in-hand, and I am excited to be part of a clinic that exemplifies a truly wholistic perspective.
When I am not in the clinic, I enjoy staying healthy and active. Some of my favorite activities include rock climbing, acroyoga, snowboarding and exploring new hiking trails. My husband and I moved to Portland two years ago, and we have been in love with the city ever since! The endless amount of great food and outdoor opportunities are just some of the reasons why we enjoy Portland so much.
“I have been treated by Gurleen for 1 year for an old back injury and more recently a hamstring injury and in that time she has proven to be consistently professional and knowledgeable; encourages my input and listens; is compassionate and reassuring. I have been very happy with my progress to date.” – Susan Manthorpe, 2015 (PT Patient, Motion Physiotherapy)
“Gurleen has brought me to a state of painlessness that I have not known for a year. She is a well trained sensitive expert!” – J Rosemary Hutson, 2017 (PT Patient, Marpole Physiotherapy)