As a lifelong competitive athlete in running and cycling, Spencer used to struggle with injuries that affected his participation and enjoyment of sports. Discovering the science and theory behind movement and biomechanics led him to a Bachelors of Kinesiology in at the University of Calgary, after which he achieved his Masters in Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta. His experiences in physiotherapy have broadened his perspective and taught him that active treatment approaches benefit everyone, not just athletes. He is happy to see that modern physiotherapy has shifted its focus to the attainment of health rather than merely the absence of injury.
Spencer’s goal as a physiotherapist is to help patients become and stay active in a meaningful way, whether this means more evening walks, keeping up with their kids, or making gains in their competitive sport. He is passionate about the benefits of physical activity and approaches treatment with the understanding that we were born to move. Spencer believes that great care involves active recovery. He focuses on treating underlying causes as well as symptoms, and empowers his patients to be involved in their own treatment.
Spencer continues to run and cycle competitively in Alberta, while also participating in hockey, backcountry skiing, and hiking. He has bicycle-toured across Canada, and has participated in multi-week touring adventures in Australia, New Zealand, and the US. He is an experienced professional bike fitter which, combined with his physiotherapy training, makes him uniquely qualified to assist cyclists. His career highlights include working with local professional triathletes, international level para-athletes, and excellent public health experiences at Foothills, Rockyview, and Peter Lougheed Hospitals.