Tamires (Tami) Prado
Training & Qualifications
Tami Prado holds a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences degree from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree from the Fundação Hermínio Ometto University in Brazil. She offers a variety of physiotherapy services in both English and Portuguese. On top of her university qualifications, she is also trained in:
- Pilates (Movimento Centro de Terapias e Cursos, Brazil)
- MIT - Intelligent Movement (VOLL Pilates Group, Brazil)
- Maitland Concept (Grupo Terapia Manual, Brazil)
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization - MioBlaster & Cupping (Instituto Cefisa, Brazil)
Tami takes a holistic approach to her practice. "I believe exercise is the key to long-term relief and prevention, but hands-on therapy is also a huge part of what I do," says Tami. "I also recognize the importance of making a connection with my patient and building trust. This can make a big difference in the recovery process."
Unique Service Offerings
Tami is pleased to offer physiotherapy treatment in Portuguese, "or in English with a very unique accent," laughs Tami. She is fluent in both languages and she draws on a unique blend of international and local physiotherapy training.
Tami is also skilled at treating patients by video call.
More about Tami
Why did you decide to become a physiotherapist?
"Well, I like to say physiotherapy chose me, not the other way around. Back in high school I was really good at math, and with my parents being an accountant and an engineer, I was certain I would pursue something similar.
"But I always try to follow my intuition. Despite my very limited knowledge of physiotherapy at the time, it felt like the perfect fit for me. I understood I'd be able to help people, do something meaningful, and make a living out of it! After many years of university, I'm one hundred percent sure I was made for this job. I just love what I do and would not trade it for anything."
What do you like best about being a physiotherapist?
"The look on people's faces when they tell me they can do their activities without pain, or that they feel better than they have in a long time."
What do you like best about working at River East Physiotherapy?
"The organization of the clinics is fantastic, and the team is tons of fun! Plus, everyone's always willing to share their expertise with me, which I value so much."
What's something you're really proud of?
"I'm proud of myself for taking a risk and leaving my 'comfort zone' in Brazil to move to Canada. It's been 6 years now, and I'm so happy to be here."
Have you won any awards?
"Yes, I've won awards for my academic performance, community involvement, and dance."
Tami's awards include:
- Several regional competitive group dance awards (Brazil)
- Undergraduate Student Partial Tuition Scholarship (Fundação Hermínio Ometto University, Brazil)
- Science without Borders Exchange Scholarship (CNPq, Brazil)
- International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship (University of Manitoba)
- University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship
- Manitoba Physiotherapy Association Graduate Student Grant
- Jal Tata Award (College of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Manitoba)
- Faculty of Graduate Studies Research Completion Scholarship (University of Manitoba)
What's your favourite thing to do at work?
"Charting - just kidding! Documentation is important, don't get me wrong, but I much prefer chatting with my patients and learning more about them."
What do you like to do in your spare time?
"In my free time I keep myself B-U-S-Y. I love watching the Jets, going to the movies or ballet, playing board games, learning new skills, volunteering, being a board member of the Winnipeg Spiritist Society, and most recently training and playing with our cute puppy, Hailee."
"I also like knitting, dancing and cooking," says Tami, "as long as someone else is washing the dishes."
"Two new skills I'm working on now are ice skating and swimming. Believe it or not, I never learned to swim as a kid, so I've been taking lessons at the public pool. And ice skating - growing up in Brazil this was never something I was exposed to, and it's super fun once you learn to fall and get back up."
What's something that few people know about you?
"Before starting physiotherapy school, I spent a year studying applied mathematics at university."
Is there a clinical area you're particularly interested in?
"I love working with people with chronic or complex pain conditions. There are so many factors that can influence someone's pain and I like the challenge of figuring out the best combination of resources for each patient; it's one of the most rewarding things of physiotherapy practice."
What are some compliments you've received from patients?
"Former patients have told me I'm compassionate as no other health care provider they've met before.
"I've also been told I'm funny, friendly, and have precise hands for manual therapy."
Someone who knows you well would describe you as….
"Stubborn, caring, sweet, passionate, determined, and have I mentioned stubborn?"
Where are you from?
"I'm from a teeny-tiny town in the southeast of Brazil called Estiva Gerbi. It's a place where everybody knows everybody, and it hosts the most famous farmer's market of the region - every Wednesday evening."
What do you love about Winnipeg?
"You can call me crazy, but I love the snow here! I also love how Winnipeg is a large city that still feels like a small town."
Do you have a favourite book?
"To be honest, I haven't done a lot of leisure reading in the past 8 or so years since I started university. But Harry Potter is definitely a lifetime favourite. More recently I've enjoyed The Spirit's Book by Allan Kardec, and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks."
Do you have a favourite movie or TV show?
"Oh the list is sooooo long, I love movies and TV. If I had to pick one of each, I'd say Harry Potter and Grey's Anatomy."
What's your favourite place?
"My home - both in Winnipeg and in Brazil."
What are you most thankful for?
"I'm thankful for how life gives us a new chance to be a better person every day."
Photo credits: Cory Aronec Photography