Anna DiMarco has been a physiotherapist for over 30 years. She initially entered into the profession because of her fascination with the human body, physical movement and the body’s innate ability to heal itself. The human body, although absolutely magnificent in its own realm, however, may have not been enough to sustain her interest for 3 decades. What really captured her attention very early in her career and what has become her passion professionally is the potential and magnificence of the human being in full expression....mind, body and spirit. The question that fuels her passion these days is ultimately “How can we achieve our full potential regardless of the particular circumstances we find ourselves in?”
Anna’s professional practice has focused primarily on musculoskeletal injuries (bones, muscles, joints) across the lifespan and across a wide spectrum of physical capacities. She has worked with people with children as young as 3 and seniors as old as 100 years old. She has worked with clients who will never leave a wheelchair and with clients who have become world-class athletes. She has worked with clients who she first met as physically abled humans and who over the course of their professional relationship, have become permanently disabled either by illness or trauma. Through it all, Anna has marvelled at the levels of self-compassion, self-love and resilience her clients have demonstrated. Anna fully appreciates that although we may be physically programmed to survive, our souls can push us to thrive and flourish regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in.
Anna’s career started in a local hospital, working with inpatients who had recent knee, hip and shoulder surgeries and those same clients as outpatients who were still on their rehabilitation journey with strength, movement and physical function. Later, she worked in a medical intensive care unit and in a cardiac step-down unit with those who had recent open heart surgery. By her second year of practice, she was invited to join a private practice physiotherapy clinic and she has spent the remainder of her professional life in this area of rehabilitation.
Anna has continually worked on professional and personal development with a list of courses too numerous to outline. Her professional development interests lay in manual therapy, joint movement and soft tissue mobilization, Functional Movement Testing and Functional Strength Training across the lifespan. She also has an interest in and a growing field of knowledge in the area of Chronic Pain Management. Anna is certified in Acupuncture, Pilates, Yoga and Management of the Chronic Pain Client and she utilizes all these certifications professionally.
Anna has worked at a few clinics throughout the city, large and small. Anna eventually ventured out on her own as Anna DiMarco Physical Therapy in 2002. Her small “one-man” clinics were always located within gyms until her practice grew in 2013 into a full store-front clinic as Tuxedo Physiotherapy. Anna enjoyed creating a team of engaged and compassionate professionals and she continues to encourage client-centred care as the primary mission of the clinic. In 2019, she “handed the torch” to Lisa Mills-Hutton, one of her associates, to carry on this mission as the new clinic owner and visionary. Anna continues to work with Lisa and the fabulous team as a senior physiotherapist and consultant on a part-time basis.
Anna has returned to also using her original business name, Anna DiMarco Physical Therapy. This will allow her to work outside of the capacity of the clinic as she expands the areas of her practice to include mind, body and spirit wellness, corporate wellness, professional mentorship of younger clinicians and the all-encompassing arena of life coaching.
Outside of her work, Anna enjoys time with her husband and their growing blended family and extended families. She loves the outdoors and can be found in a local forest almost any day of the week either on foot, on bike or on snowshoes. She enjoys spending time in the mountains of Whistler for downhill skiing, hiking and mountain biking. Anna remains committed to a daily practice of journalling, stillness and mindful movement.