Sarah Cross is passionate about treating neurological injuries. The idea that our brains can constantly change, evolve, adapt, and heal in response to the challenges and activities we present it with, known as neuroplasticity, drives this passion for her work.

She seeks out new challenges and learning opportunities by aligning herself with leaders and innovators in our little neuro-physiotherapy world. Sarah effectively applies her knowledge and skills toward helping clients meet their personal goals

Her own experience with severe facial paralysis (Bell’s Palsy), at age 15, exposed her to physiotherapy treatment and motivated her to want to explore the profession with the goal of providing the best possible care for her clients. It also gave her personal insight into dealing with a sudden change in your function and appearance.

Sarah graduated from the University of Toronto Physical Therapy program in 2000. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours degree in Psychology (1997) from Queen’s University. She began her career in Neuro-Physiotherapy at Toronto Rehab – Lyndhurst Centre in 2000, and transitioned in 2004 to private practice, treating individuals with a wide range of neurological and complex orthopedic injuries and impairments, including acquired brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.

You can reach Sarah Cross directly by email at sarah@propelphysiotherapy.com.

 
She has achieved advanced-level post-graduate training in the Bobath Concept, an approach for the assessment and treatment of brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and strokes, and holds authorizer status with the Assistive Devices Program. Sarah possesses a keen clinical interest in designing wheelchairs and seating systems that maximize function, and work for the client rather than just being something they sit in.

She has extensive clinical experience utilizing the Bioness L300 foot drop system, as well as implementation of right median nerve stimulation for coma arousal after traumatic brain injury.

When not at work, Sarah can be found at the barn, caring for and riding her four horses. She competes at national level in hunter/jumper events. In the past few years, she has found a way to combine her professional and personal passions through hippotherapy.

Hippotherapy utilizes the horse as a therapy environment to improve postural control, facilitate ambulation, modulate abnormal muscle tone, increase strength and range of motion, and boost emotional well-being and activity. Sarah obtained her Level 1 Treatment Principles training through the American Hippotherapy Association in May of 2012. She has since had the opportunity to work with riders both starting and returning to riding after neurological injury.

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