Growing up in Quebec, Nicole Langlois-Prescott was one of eight children in a tight-knit family where backrubs were a regular occurrence. “That’s how I was introduced to caring for people,” she says. Like her siblings, she hoped to use her career path to help others, ultimately choosing physiotherapy for its hands-on, practical approach to patient care.
Nicole’s physiotherapy career has spanned nearly four decades and three provinces. After completing her formal education in 1981, she worked in Quebec and New Brunswick before moving to Alberta with her husband. For 20 years, Nicole operated her own clinic in St. Albert before deciding to prioritize her work-life balance.
In 2014, she joined the team at Summit Physiotherapy, where she treats a wide range of clients and health issues using a diverse skill set. Nicole has extensive training in a long list of modalities, including: Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), manual therapy, spinal manipulation, kinesiotaping, vertigo rehabilitation, and Graston technique for myofascial release. In 1997, she earned a certificate in medical acupuncture under the instruction of Dr. Steven Aung, a pioneer in the integration of eastern and western medicine. “In physiotherapy, we can use acupuncture to reduce inflammation and pain, and boost the immune system,” she explains.
Nicole’s approach to client care is equal parts compassionate and pragmatic. After careful assessment, she works with clients to create a customized treatment plan with specific goals in mind. Nicole encourages her clients to be active participants in their recovery, which means following through with at-home exercises and avoiding movements that may aggravate their pain.
“I tell people that their success is my success.”