Sailaja Bayapaneni, BSc. PT, M. Psych
QE II Rehab Department, Alberta Health Services
Grande Prairie, Alberta
Speaker Bio: Sailaja Bayapaneni; Graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from India in 1998. Masters in Psychology, majoring in Human Behavior Modification and Counselling and earned a diploma in Acupuncture.
Sailaja has worked as a clinical Physiotherapist from 1998 till 2010 in India. During this period she worked in exclusive Neuro hospitals andRheumatology Clinics.
She moved to Canada with her family in 2010. She joined the QEII Hospital in Grand Prairie, Alberta as a Physiotherapy Assistant in 2013 and as Physiotherapist in September 2014 after passing the national exams. Since then she has worked on all rotations on different floors including surgery, medical, stroke and rehabilitation as well as pre-admission clinic. When on the medical floor, she and her colleague Rosanna realized the need for a program to engage the Geriatric population in our hospital to maintain their overall wellbeing. We came up with the Meet and Move program, that had a physical, cognitive and social component and it’s still successfully running. Currently due to the COVID-19, situation, we had to move to virtual rehabilitation. In spite of the trials and tribulations, this has been hugely successful because our clients embraced it as they did everything else, so the Journey continues…