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At Instil Physio, we offer physiotherapy and education tailored to the female athlete and we call this Female Sports Medicine.  To us, an athlete is anyone who uses their body for movement or sport. So yes, that’s you! Females have unique needs and physiology, which must be understood and incorporated into their training and rehabilitation. We aim to teach female athletes of all ages and stages about their bodies and how to recover from injury, reducing the impact of these injuries. We also encourage performance care, which is a great way to minimize injury risk and optimize your movement for sport and life. We believe that by arming athletes with the tools and knowledge to understand and work with their bodies, that we can help them to reach their full potential, whatever that means to them. 


Our ultimate goal is to advance females in sport and create lifelong athletic participation. Knowing our work is only one piece of this, our role is to provide updated information, training and rehabilitation for female athletes so that they can reach their full athletic potential at any stage of their life. We strive for excellence in our practice and have created an environment to support and empower you in your health and sport performance goals. 

Mission:  Empowering females in their health and sport performance

through physiotherapy and education. 


Vision:  Accessible knowledge | Innovative approach | Empowered community

  • Yes, we do also work with male athletes from amateur to professional. 

  • We use ‘female’ to describe the physiology that is unique to an individual who has been assigned female at birth (AFAB). However you choose to identify,  we support you. 

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Micaela Zettel physiotherapist & CEO at Instil Physio







Sport Physiotherapy Diploma (SPC)

Neurofunctional Sports Performance Practitioner

Instructor- McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program

CEO & Founder of Instil Physio Inc.

Why I am here:

Throughout my career as a physiotherapist I have gained valuable experience and have come to realize that an essential and critical part of successful rehabilitation and health care is client education and having the knowledge and time to properly do this. I have worked in many settings where my interaction with clients has been limited by time and have witnessed the downfalls this creates. I have chosen to do it differently because this is how I believe I can help people and empower them in their recovery, health and performance. 


I also understand the importance of being a part of something. Whether it is a competitive sports team or a social club with friends, when you cannot participate in an important activity it affects every part of your life. I have been there. This is what makes me so committed to helping my clients return to whichever activity is meaningful to them.


By founding Instil Physio Inc., I have created a practice that values excellence, collaboration, empowerment and compassion so that we can provide effective services and health solutions for our clients. We take the time to listen to your concerns, learn your needs and develop a unique treatment plan to suite you and your body. We make the time to teach you to move well and be well.

A little about me:

I obtained my Bachelors of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa and went on to complete my Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto, graduating in 2009. I have continued with my pursuit of excellence in education and practice throughout my career. I am a Junior Instructor with the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program, spending countless hours every year learning and teaching. I have taken several other courses such as the Advanced Sports Performance Practitioner Certification, Meridian Dissection course and Advanced Needling and soft tissue techniques for the elite athlete. I have completed multiple courses and self directed learning on topics of interest such as female athletes and their unique health and performance requirements, elite and youth athletes in a variety of sports. I have worked with an OHL hockey team in their journey to winning the OHL championship, as well as NHL players. Currently, I am working towards my Sport Physiotherapy Certificate with Sport Physiotherapy Canada. I am passionate about working with like minded team members who strive for excellence in their practice and understand the importance of their own personal growth in this journey. I truly love inspiring and supporting others to live their dreams. 


I have played a variety of sports throughout my lifetime and one of my most memorable accomplishments was competing at the Mounted Games World Championships for equestrian sport as a member of team Canada. I also play volleyball, both indoor and beach (I’m quite obsessed with beach volleyball!). I enjoy running, working out, doing yoga and walking my dog. Travel is my favourite way to spend free time and it usually includes a multi-day hike through mountain ranges, volcanoes or tropical rainforests with my partner David. 

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