About Me

Hi, I’m Dana D’Abreo and I’m a Physiotherapist.

I support clients to move better, feel better, and to rebuild body confidence!

I have been a national team athlete. I have conquered cancer three times. I have been a pelvic floor physio for 20+ years and I teach individuals to incorporate core activation into everyday functional activities. As a mom of two, I have first-hand knowledge on how pregnancies and children impact the body and posture.

As your physiotherapist, I emphasize education, functional movements, and learning about your body and its stress responses. Together we can decipher how your physical body interplays with the nervous system and how your stress can manifest in the body, and how to release it.

Having been a physiotherapist since 1996, I enjoy learning and updating my knowledge and adding varying skill sets to help you with your body. I have taken post-graduate physiotherapy courses in:

Women’s Health

  • Diane Lee’s pelvic organ prolapse
  • BC Women’s Incontinence Course,
  • Pfilates (Pelvic Floor Pilates) course
  • Hypopressive course
  • Pelvis Pro and Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist by Dr. Sarah Duvall
  • Movement Impairment Syndromes by Shirley Sahrmann

Structural Alignment 

  • LJ Lee’s Connect Therapy/Thoracic Ring approach 
  • Postural Restoration Institute’s course in Postural Respiration
  • Movement Impairment Syndromes by Shirley Sahrmann
  • Dynamic Assessment and Clinical Reasoning with Melanie Byford-Young
  • Foot and Gait Mechanics with Melanie Byford-Young

I am a Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor since 2003 have taken a variety of courses and certifications listed below:

  • STOTT Pilates Matwork (Beginner to Advanced)
  • STOTT Pilates Reformer (Beginner to Advanced)
  • STOTT Pilates Cadillac, Chairs and Barrels (Beginner to Advanced)
  • Athletic Conditioning
  • Merrithew Zen*ga and Core courses
  • Therapeutic Pilates courses offered by Melaine Byford-Young
  • multitudes of pilates workshops over the 20+ years

My most recent interest in Fascia and it’s impact on the nervous system has lead me to the following coursework:

  • Stretch Therapy courses and workshops offered by Kit Laughlin and Olivia Allnut, out of Australia
  • Tom Myer’s Anatomy Trains for Pilates and movement instructors 
  • Jill Miller’s Roll Model Method Fascial release and Roll Model Mama
  • Jill Miller/Tom Myer’s Rolling Along the Anatomy Trains Course
  • Body by Breath Immersion Course by Jill Miller
  • Merrithew Fascial Movement Foundations course
  • Therapeutic Pilates courses offered by Melaine Byford-Young from Portland.

I have years of education, ongoing learning and hands-on experience, helping individuals just like you, feel better and move better. Building body confidence to help you in your everyday life!

How I started

Through most of the 1990s, I was honoured to be a national athlete for Field Hockey Canada. I also graduated from the University of Toronto in 1996 and began a lifelong passion for helping others feel and move better as I began my career as a physiotherapist.

After seven years of working in a traditional clinic, I experienced burnout from my role as a Clinical Director of five multidisciplinary clinics. I started Pilates to get back in shape for my return to the National field hockey team. It had such a positive impact on my outlook and my body that I became certified in the Stott Pilates Method.

After getting married, my husband and I moved to Vancouver, BC to return to the National field hockey team. I played for two more years and shared what I had learned about pilates with my teammates and realized that moving forward I would incorporate it into my profession.

In 2003, I started ProActive Pilates, a health and wellness studio incorporating Pilates, yoga, and body rolling with eight instructors working under me. It was a fun and exciting period in my career, but it was also taxing emotionally and physically.

What took me here

The winding road of life took many unexpected twists and turns. I retired from the National team to start a family, but that was delayed for three years, as I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, not once but twice.

We had our first child in 2008 and as I worked harder and longer I learned that the pressures of work and motherhood could cost me my health. Motherhood is demanding, and when you add pain into the mix, it can become overwhelming. My core values of strength, flexibility, and balance really began to take shape.

After enjoying the beach, the food, and the lifestyle of Kitsilano for eight years, our family and ProActive Pilates moved to Port Coquitlam, BC in 2010 when we welcomed our second daughter into the world. In 2013, I underwent surgery for malignant melanoma, but I recovered quickly. As our views towards health and our bodies shifts and evolves, so does the way I approach my work.

Recent News

I am absolutely honoured to announce that I was recently inducted into the University of Toronto Hall of Fame as a Varsity field hockey athlete! I was inducted as both an individual athlete as well as part of the 1996 CIAU winning team. I was fortunate to also be part of the 1993 CIAU winning team that was inducted back in 2017.

When I found out about this incredible recognition, I was truly humbled. It’s such a privilege to be acknowledged for my time at UofT and to have the chance to catch up with my awesome teammates, some of whom I hadn’t seen for over 25 years. It was incredible to witness all the amazing things they have accomplished since then.

I was specifically honoured for my time as a Varsity Field Hockey player. Being a part of the team and representing UofT during my university days shaped me in ways I never could have imagined. It taught me crucial skills like time management, communication, and a killer work ethic. And guess what? I still put those skills to good use every day as a working mom of two, a coach, and, of course, as someone who loves pushing their physical limits.

Sports bring a whole lot more than just a healthy body. They bring excitement, purpose, and an amazing sense of camaraderie. You learn essential life lessons about resilience, work ethic, and the art of winning and losing with grace. It’s about embracing the ups and downs, and growing stronger from every challenge. That’s why I stay active—not only for my physical and mental health, but also for the incredible social aspect and the ongoing pursuit of growth and improvement.

If you need help staying active and strong, you are in the right place. Reach out today and let’s kickstart your journey to a stronger, more vibrant you!

I started playing pickleball with my husband Robin D’Abreo in 2019, and very soon we were addicted to this fast-paced, exciting sport. We participated in our first Canadian Pickleball Nationals Tournament in Red Deer, AB in August 2021 and brought home Gold in Mixed Doubles 4.5 skill level in their age bracket. I also won gold in Singles 4.0 skill level for the under 50 age group. We are sponsored by HEAD Pickleball.
Are you a recreational or competitive Pickleball player looking for coaching? Or suffering from neck, arm, shoulder, hip or knee pain? Do you want to be stronger, and be able to drive or serve the ball harder, I can help! As a competitive pickleball player and Physiotherapist, I can help you alleviate any aches, pains and issues that are Pickleball related, or impacting your game. A stronger core facilitates more transfer of power from lower body to upper body to ball. Contact me now and we will talk about your goals!

Why work with me?

Professionalism, excellence, and education. These are the backbone of my physiotherapy practice.

At ProActive Pilates, clients will find much more than a physio treatment. As my client you may experience connection and emotional release, and you’ll become more mindful of your body.

I teach my clients the techniques that improve core activation and stabilization patterns, mobility, and agility. Postural changes implemented into your daily activities and creating symmetry and balance through repetition, will help reduce pain, stiffness and tension in the body.

Are we a good fit?

I provide a safe haven to release the tension and stress that can impact every aspect of your life. Through it all I have stayed true to my core values, and I am dedicated to serving my clients to do the same.

Nothing is more rewarding in my work than to witness individuals living with strength, flexibility, and balance. If this sounds like it’s what you are looking for, I would like to meet you.




Stress Relief


“I take a Pilates class with my mom every week and I’ve been going for about 2 years now. I always look forward to it and I’ve never been in better shape.”
Lisa van Reeuwyk
I have seen Dana D’Abreo at Proactive Pilates several times now and have seen a massive reduction in pain. I felt like my entire body had relaxed and my mood was much more relaxed than when I walked in. Thanks so much Dana!”
Jack Taunton, MD
“ProActive Pilates is excellent. I have gone myself (post op spine) and also referred many patients and athletes to Dana.”

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