Meet Sheri

Thank you for your interest in learning more about me and how my role as your Osteopathic Manual Practitioner can help facilitate your best health.

My name is Sheri Medina, the owner and founder of Milton Osteopathy. My interest in health and fitness began 20 years ago with one of my most loved jobs - an aquafit and swimming instructor. Over the four years working in the aquatic industry, my love for teaching and fitness developed and I found an interest in human movement and exercise. I moved on to receive my certification as a personal trainer. Having the opportunity to work in a variety of studios and gyms across the GTA, I acquired a wide range of experience helping people of all ages and abilities with their exercise goals. Moving out of my comfort zone, I went out on my own and tried life as an entrepreneur. With 13 years under my belt, I have successfully run a personal training and first aid businesses giving me a wealth of experience and joy. I still felt there was something missing in my career. So I kept "digging on."

Meet Sheri Medina

Education & Experience

  • Osteopathic Manual Practitioner Diploma - 4 year program 

  • In good standings with the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO)

  • Personal Trainer and Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist

  • Pre and postnatal pelvic health and core reintegration training

  • Breathwork and stability training - improving movement dysfunction and neuromuscular coordination

  • Fascial soft tissue mobilization - postoperative scar treatment

  • Craniosacral - utilizing gentle osteopathic protocols for all ages treating physiological symptomatology

  • Full body integrative osteopathic treatment to (re)introduce stabilization for proper long-term healing

  • Canadian Red Cross Instructor (2007-2020) 

  • Standard First Aid & CPR HCP certified 

  • Variety of certifications in nutrition, mental health first aid, kinesio taping, yoga 

WHO do I treat?

 

I have chosen to focus my time on build strong clinical skills and in-depth knowledge in particular areas to be the most effective for you. I'm in a continuous state of learning and welcome the experiences that challenge my thinking and push me to see things from different angles. My current areas of focus are;

  • Scar Tissue: Postoperative surgeries, laparoscopic, c-sections 

  • Pre & Postnatal Women: edema, pelvic health rehab, overall wellness

  • Newborns: colic, reflux, constipation, feeding and sleep issues

  • Children & Teenagers: mental health; anxiety/depression, body awareness, growing pain

WHAT Treatment Modalities are used?

  • Craniosacral

  • Visceral (organs)

  • Myofascial Therapy (soft tissue focus)

  • Rhythmical oscillatory movements

  • Breath work

  • Compression and distraction techniques for both tissues and joints 

WHEN are treatments scheduled?

After your initial assessment and follow-up visit, we work on a treatment plan. Where you are today, where you'd like to be in a year it comes down to what your needs are, how long you've been in pain, what other steps you're taking to remedy your concerns, your body's vitality and ability to maintain changes etc. With open communication and the combination of osteopathic treatment, movement therapy and/or other therapies (massage, acupuncture, naturopathy etc), we will find what works best for you.

WHY choose Milton Osteopathy?

Milton Osteopathy offers a holistic, compassionate and fun environment to learn and heal in. As Milton Osteopathy continues to grow, always know you'll receive individualized one on one attention during your treatments, phone and email communication and an open-minded individual at your disposal to express your concerns to. 

  • Individualized Treatments: non-invasive, interconnection of the whole body, mind intertwined in your story

  • EDUCATION: long term results rely on understanding your own body

  • Movement Therapy: learning or re-learning how to move without anticipating feeling pain

  • Time: healing is a process not an event. Allowing time for the body to adjust in sessions and between treatments offers a gentle approach to creating change 

  • Non-judgmental: breastfeed or don't, use medication or don't, use supplements or don't - there is no one way to do anything - just YOUR way

 

HOW does Sheri help?

Sheri has built her practice on the philosophies that osteopathy is founded on. 

  • Everything is connected: the shoulder to the hip, the hip to the colon or the back pain to mental stress. Thoughts create physical pain, and physical pain creates thoughts

  • Pain is the body's way of protecting, not to hurt: helping the body feel safe, calming the nervous system, reeducating movement patterns

  • Giving space to breath: life's busy, so is your brain - you can't heal in a state of angst. Breath work has a physiological effect on the nervous system

After having lunch with a friend and fellow osteopathic practitioner, I received the encouragement needed to take another leap of faith. I decided to go back to school. With an enormous amount of support from my husband, I embarked on furthering my education in a rigorous 4 year Master's Program in Osteopathy. Through the ups and downs of personal and academic life over the years, I found a strength and perseverance I only wish I had known years ago. Over the years, I have developed my style as a practitioner that combines my experience in human movement along with manual skills that offer a relaxing, subtle and effective relief to pain while promoting overall health. Combining both the science (anatomy, physiology) and art (intuition, instinct), you’ll be sure to have a unique experience every time.  

While some get into the field because they were touched by osteopathy in a personal way, this wasn't the case for me. I knew instinctively (along with a fair amount of research) that this was what I was meant to do. I already lived by all the principles that make osteopathy what it is, so it was easy for me to see THIS was the missing link that had finally found ME.

 

I feel with small consistent changes to habits of daily living, everyone can find success with anything. After the birth of my two children, this holds even more truth in my own life. Having had extremely challenging pregnancies and births, I now have a wealth of knowledge and experience from all sides of motherhood. With the fast paced way of life, I believe it's important to push yourself to be your best but to remind yourself that we all have limits. Sometimes, rest is best. With that being said, I have the tools to help determine what YOUR body (and mind) need to succeed and reach your personal health goals.

Each person requires their own twist on health and wellness, let me help you find yours. ​Asking for help can be hard sometimes......but it doesn't have to be. 

~ Sheri 

"A student of life must take in each part of the body and study it' uses and relations to other parts and systems"

~ A.T. Still