As a manual orthopedic practitioner, Monil Soni, PT has experience aiding people with a variety of healthcare needs. Monil is passionate about seeing patients return to what they love in life–whether it’s taking a walk without pain, returning to work or playing with their children. “My goal is to help people get back into their routine and provide them with detailed information on how to maintain their highest level of well-being.”
Deciding on Physiotherapy
In India, where Monil grew up, he was inspired after witnessing a family member regain near normal functional capacity following joint replacement surgery after receiving therapy from a physiotherapist. Monil noted the physiotherapist representing different roles such as empathetic listener, motivator, educator, expert, advocate, collaborator, and a supportive friend throughout the rehabilitation journey. All gifts Monil wishes to pass along to as many people as possible.
To prepare for his career as a physiotherapist, Monil earned a Baccalaureate degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health and Sciences in India which is equivalent to a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy evaluated by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR). The 5-year program included an internship in a public hospital. Monil also practiced in a privately owned clinic in India, treating common musculoskeletal injuries for 3 years.
After emigrating to Canada Monil enrolled in the University of Toronto’s Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program which is designed to integrate foreign trained Physical Therapists with the expectations of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association. Since graduating from this program in 2017, Monil has had the opportunity to expand on his skills in a variety of healthcare settings.
In addition to practicing as a Registered Physiotherapist, Monil is also in his final year working toward a diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Moxibustion. He will have a secondary license as a Registered Acupuncturist once he completes the exam.
In constant pursuit of advancing his knowledge, Monil is also planning to become a CAMPT-Certified Physiotherapist, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). Earning the designation requires a postgraduate education with five level exams. Currently, Monil is preparing for the Orthopaedic Division Level 1 exam.
Providing Confidence-Boosting Care
When Monil spends time one to one with his patients, he explains relevant information about their condition, applies effective techniques in the clinic and teaches patients to perform beneficial exercises safely at home. Monil’s patients also enjoy his sense of humour.
In the winter months, Monil enjoys cross country skiing, and in the warmer months, he likes to swim, hike trails, and camp. He also enjoys staying active by taking spinning classes and doing HIIT, a high intensity training program.