Valerie Rolf von den Baumen

Physiotherapist

Valerie Rolf von den Baumen

Physiotherapist

A Few of My Favourite Things:
Favourite day of the week: Friday! Is there any other day?

Favourite road trip song: American Pie by Don McLean. It is a great song to sing along to and it’s eight minutes long.

“I believe physiotherapy is my calling in life. I’ve always been fascinated by the body, specifically in terms of movement and performance. As human beings, we are movement. If we lost our ability to move, we would lose what makes us who we are.” – Valerie Rolf von den Baumen


From age five, I wanted to be a doctor. Then, in my last year of university, I decided not to take the pharmaceutical approach in med school. I moved on to work in natural medicine and physiotherapy. When I immigrated to Canada from Russia, I went back to school to get my master’s degree from Queen’s University. Now I’m where I want to be.

I believe physiotherapy is my calling in life. I’ve always been fascinated by the body, specifically in terms of movement and performance. As human beings, we are movement. If we lost our ability to move, we would lose what makes us who we are. The artist would lose her ability to paint. The construction worker would lose his ability to build. The teacher would lose her ability to explain. As an expert of movement, I make people better at what they are meant to be.

There are a number of myths we are looking to address as physiotherapists. Many people believe injuries will simply heal over time. This may be true, but without the proper care, the body can heal in a way that is not efficient. And this could lead to certain failures later in life. As a physiotherapist, I can help ensure you properly heal. Another myth is the belief that if the pain is gone, you are healed. But what if the movement is still dysfunctional? We can help restore that movement.

I fully believe there is no person in this city who would not benefit from physiotherapy. We all sit at a desk, or drive a car, or type at a computer. Physiotherapists are like puzzle masters; we put all the pieces together. At Align, we can take treatment plans to the next level by collaborating with chiropractors and massage therapists to help patients reach full recovery.

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