Jacquie van Ierssel
PT, PhD(c), FCAMPT, SPC Diploma, CAFCI, CSCS
Jacquie van Ierssel is a PhD candidate in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Her doctoral research is centred on the development of a concussion-specific quality of life questionnaire for individuals with persistent symptoms. Her work seeks to identify treatment priorities based on patient relevance in order to inform clinical practice. She graduated from the department of physical therapy at the University of Toronto in 1998, after first obtaining a bachelor of physical education degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1994. She also holds an MSc (Rehabilitation) from McMaster University, where her research focused on return to sport following ACL reconstruction. Jacquie has gone on to complete the highest level of post-graduate diplomas in both advanced orthopaedics and sports physiotherapy, earning her FCAMT in 2004 and SPC diploma in 2007. She has also successfully completed a competency-based certification in vestibular rehabilitation at Emory University. Additionally, she obtained her certification in acupuncture from the Canadian Acupuncture Foundation of Canada, and is a nationally-accredited certified strength and conditioning specialist and a certified sports first responder. Jacquie has enjoyed academic status as a clinical instructor at U of T’s Department of Physical Therapy, and is past chair of the Sport Physiotherapy Canada, Ontario division. As the founder of R2P Concussion Management, Jacquie educates clinicians on the evidence-based management of concussions.
As an orthopaedic and sport physiotherapist, Jacquie has over 20 years of experience working with athletes from a recreational level through to and including Olympic athletes. An avid athlete herself, Jacquie has been a competitive athlete in cross country mountain biking at a national level, and represented UofT as a nordic skier at an intercollegiate level. Jacquie’s passion is marathon training, and she can be frequently found running along the trails of the Ottawa River.