Lauren Eskildsen brings extensive education and skills as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner.
Lauren heard about Exeter Massage Therapy from one of its massage therapists. When she visited, she was “impressed by its calming and welcoming atmosphere” and felt it would be a wonderful work environment for her as a team member.
“I always knew that one day I wanted to help people feel better,” she notes.
Growing up, Lauren played competitive sports, including ringette, which led to her interest in her specialized career choice. “Due to many injuries, I had the opportunity to try many different treatment modalities and was always amazed by the therapists’ knowledge. The plan was to study physiotherapy, but it wasn’t until my last year of Kinesiology that a close family member told me about her experience and success with osteopathic treatment; I was intrigued. I contacted and visited the osteopathy school and was blown away. I applied the same day and started school the following October.”
She graduated with a Master of Practice Diploma in Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton. This program, a four-year, 12-months-per-year course, is rooted in a classical and principles-based understanding of osteopathic thinking, assessment, and treatment.
For six months of the year, Lauren was in the classroom - training in osteopathic medicine, osteopathic theory, osteopathic history, anatomy, and physiology. For the remaining 6 months of the year, she had clinical training in Hamilton, at the school’s free-to-the-public clinic, getting first-hand experience needed to practice safe, effective, and ethical manual osteopathy. This exposure to many different physical ailments across a wide spectrum of age groups was invaluable.
Lauren then obtained OSTCAN Certification from Osteopathy Canada. Membership requirements include a minimum of 4 years of osteopathic education totaling a minimum of 4,200 hours and include a minimum of 1,000 hours in Supervised Clinical Practice & Training that meets the Type 1 standard as outlined by the World Health Organization.
Fitness & Health Promotion Diploma, Fanshawe College, London
CSEP-CPT, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Certified Personal Trainer
Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, University of Guelph-Humber
Registered Kinesiologist, College of Kinesiologists of Ontario
Master of Practice Diploma in Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences, Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, Hamilton
OSTCAN Certification, Osteopathy Canada
Continuing Education Credit Courses:
A. 3-part Older Adult Series - 1. Considerations in Aging and Health: Systems Review.
2. Aging Muscle, Motion, and Mobility. 3. Pharmacology Essentials & Polypharmacy.
B. Osteopathic Considerations of the Pelvic Floor.
C. Osteopathic Considerations to Early Infancy
D. Applied Psychology in Clinical Practice – Workshop Series
In her spare time Lauren enjoys reading, renovating, and crafting and is an avid football fan. Both she and her husband love spending time exploring nature with their two rescue dogs.