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Marlene Thompson

Marlene Thompson
RheumReporter, focus on AHPA

Marlene Thompson is an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner in Arthritis Care, and an Associate Clinical Professor in Physical Therapy at Western University in London, Ontario.

Marlene obtained her BSc in Physiotherapy at Western University. She completed a certificate for the Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care program through St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto in 2011.

Marlene has more than 17 years of experience as a physiotherapist, professor and researcher. She has worked at rehabilitation programs at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Vancouver General Hospital, the Mary Pack Arthritis Program, and several private orthopaedic and sports clinics across Canada. Marlene is currently practicing in a Family Physiotherapy Clinic, where she specializes in arthritis care by assessing, educating, treating and triaging all patients with arthritis and rheumatic disorders. Her research interests include models of care, triage, advanced practice roles, and arthritis education.

Marlene is an active member and has served as a representative on the boards of the Arthritis Health Professions’ Association, the Canadian Rheumatology Association, the Alliance for Canadian Arthritis Program, the Arthritis Community Research and Evaluation Unit, the Medical Advisory Committee for The Arthritis Society, and the RheumInfo website.

In her spare time, Marlene enjoys being with her husband and two active boys, who tend to keep her at a field, pool or a rink most of the time. When she is not watching them play sports, she is usually playing one herself. She is an active runner, soccer player and snow boarder.

  • Favourite Food: Chocolate
  • Must have luxury: My iPhone
  • Animal that best describes you: Dolphins
  • Famous person you could be mistaken for: Eva Mendes
  • Where you are when you're not working: At a rink, field or running trail… or on the left hand side of the couch with my laptop
  • Weirdest place you've ever slept: In a tent in the middle of the Serengeti surrounded by armed guards (to keep the lions away)

Reports by Marlene Thompson