Registered Physiotherapist, Certified Clinical Pilates Instructor
Berna graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation from Baskent University in Ankara, Turkey. She completed her Master’s in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University in BC in 2009 and received her Canadian Physiotherapy license in 2014. She became a certified clinical Pilates instructor through Calibrate Pilates in 2019.
Berna worked in Turkey in orthopedics and with children with cerebral palsy before coming to Canada. She has lived in Vancouver since then and worked at acute care hospitals as a full-time physiotherapist in multiple departments. Berna gained neurological rehabilitation experienced in working with complex neurological conditions such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke, and in orthopedic rehabilitation by working with several musculoskeletal injuries including trauma and chronic pain.
Berna’s treatment approach is to utilize musculoskeletal, gait and posture analysis for teaching neuromuscular integration, functional movement pattern education, chronic pain management and exercise prescription. Berna believes that the Pilates method can effectively be used to re-learn movement patterns to allow us develop better body-mind connection, gain control of our body, to be stronger and more flexible with the purpose of enjoying physically optimized lives.
Outside of the clinic, Berna enjoys swimming, relaxing on a beach or by the water, riding her bike, dancing Lindy Hop with her friends or enjoying a sunny day in the city.