About Protea Pelvic Floor Clinic

Dr. Magnus Murphy

As a respected leader and mentor in the field of urogynecology, Dr. Murphy engages with his patients to identify, educate and provide treatment options to successfully treat pelvic floor conditions.

His extensive experience performing reconstructive vaginal surgeries and his unique understanding of pelvic floor disorders means patients can entrust their pelvic health to a professional who is supported by a kind and knowledgeable team of nurses and professionals. With one-on-one consultations, education, and various treatment options available, from pelvic floor physiotherapy to non-invasive, non-surgical laser treatment options, Dr. Murphy empowers women to take control and take care of their pelvic health.

Dr. Murphy is frequently invited to be a speaker and faculty member at National and International meetings of Urogynecological Societies and Associations, including the International Urogynecological Association. To date, he has co-authored two books, both published by Prometheus Books of New York, explaining the pelvic floor and the causes of its disorders in detail. His mission is to make information regarding pelvic floor disorders accessible and understandable so that women can be empowered to ask their healthcare providers questions regarding proposed procedures and interventions that may be required.

Education & Training

Dr. Murphy was President of the Alberta Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Alberta Medical Association Section of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Previously he was Chief of the Urogynecology and Pelvic Floor Disorders Division for the Calgary Regional Health Authority as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Murphy truly is an expert in the field of urogynecology and pelvic floor disorders.

He received his undergraduate medical degree from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1987 and after working for a year in Namibia as an intern and two years of obligatory military duty, he did his residency at the University of Stellenbosch. He obtained his Master’s degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1994. In the same year, he obtained a Fellowship from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

He obtained his Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Fellowship in 1995. He is a Fellow of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, founding Chairman of the Western Society of Pelvic Medicine, and a member of the International Urogynecological Association and American Urogynecologic Society. Prior to moving to Calgary, Dr. Murphy actively practiced in British Columbia for seven years.

Our Protea Pelvic Floor Clinic Team

When you come into our clinic, you’ll be greeted by our knowledgeable team of professionals.

Alana

Alana is proud to be an advanced practice physiotherapy clinician in female pelvic health with over 2 decades of experience. She has participated in advanced training throughout Canada and the US as well as being a mentor, speaker, and educator to other medical professionals.  Alana obtained her degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Manitoba in 1996. She holds a certification to practice anatomical acupuncture and needling through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada. She became a certified manipulative therapist in 2002 and began to pursue further advanced training in her passion for women’s health.  She holds a certificate of achievement in pregnancy/postpartum physical therapy as well as a certificate of achievement in pelvic physical therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association. Alana completed her Doctoral degree in physical therapy with a focus on women’s health, in the summer of 2021. Alana is fortunate to work in close alliance with gynecology, gastroenterology, and urogynecology and has much experience in pre-and post-operative treatment for gynecological and pelvic surgical interventions.

Alana is passionate about pelvic health disorders ranging from fecal and urinary incontinence, constipation, painful intercourse (dyspareunia), pre-and postnatal education and treatment, prolapse, and other types of pelvic pain.

She is particularly interested in the promotion of women’s health and providing education regarding under-recognized women’s health concerns.

Meghan

Meghan completed her Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Physiology at the University of Calgary before earning her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta. 

Meghan started her career in orthopedics, and her approach to physical therapy is grounded in strong manual therapy skills combined with education and individualized exercise prescription. She has also completed her Biomedical Dry Needling course, which allows her to use needles in practice. While Meghan continues to treat orthopedic injuries, she has a passion for Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. Her experience in treating orthopedics is fundamental for any Physiotherapist to fully appreciate the pelvic floor’s role and influence in many orthopedic injuries and pain. She draws on this experience and knowledge with every patient she sees.

She has taken advanced training to specialize in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, which allows her to treat conditions such as bowel and bladder incontinence, pregnancy and postpartum, and pain. She is passionate about educating and empowering women to take an active role in their health and recovery.

Dana

Dana is a licensed medical aesthetician and certified laser technician with advanced training under the Pastiche Method of Advanced Skin Analysis, Cosmetic Chemistry, and Hormonal Mediated Pigmentation.

Prior to joining Protea Pelvic Floor Clinic, she worked as the owner/operator of Affinity Skin Clinic in Calgary, AB. Throughout this time, she advanced her skills and abilities in many procedures such as laser hair removal, micro-dermabrasions, chemical peels, photo-facials, body contouring/skin tightening, pigmentation/vascular lesions, collagen stimulation, medical grade skincare, and much more. She has extensive knowledge in the field of skincare.

Dana routinely attends conferences and training courses to stay up to date on new and improved procedures while understanding the science behind new technologies.

Educating clients on how to achieve healthier skin by understanding the skin’s structure and function, and promoting natural healing through noninvasive modalities is not just a job, but a passion for Dana.

Hayley

Hayley will bring a breath of fresh air to your day. Hayley studied nursing and received her RN qualification through the University of Alberta.

She has been with Protea Pelvic Floor Clinic for many years and is an integral part of our professional services including diagnostic tests and some laser treatments.

Her ability to put people at ease and provide excellent care is highly appreciated.

Jackie

Jackie is a Registered Nurse who obtained her Bachelor of Nursing from Mount Royal University in 2011.

After graduation, Jackie started her nursing career at the Canmore General Hospital and later found her passion for women’s health working at FMC on the Gyne Oncology Surgery unit.

Jackie is kind-hearted, and easygoing and is always striving to make her patients feel comfortable while in her care. She feels strongly that collaboration, excellent communication and patient education are key to successful health care. She goes the extra mile for her patients and is a great member of our team.

Ronel

Ronel has been an integral part of the team since 1987. As the clinic manager, patient advocate, and most importantly, Dr. Murphy’s wife, it’s safe to say that she is an invaluable addition to our clinic and essential for keeping everyone in line!

In Dr. Murphy’s words: “…without Ronel, the place would grind to a halt… without Ronel, I would be nothing.”

Janica

Janica is our lovely Medical Office Assistant and the newest team member.

Her friendly, upbeat energy is unmatched and we are lucky that she is often your first point of contact. As a former high school teacher, and now Medical Office Assistant, Janica will make sure that our T’s are crossed and our I’s are dotted.

At Protea Pelvic Floor Clinic, 
we believe in mutual respect 
and clear communication.

Our commitment to you

  • Conduct ourselves in a respectful and professional manner.
  • Be completely honest with you at all times.
  • Diagnose conditions as carefully and accurately as possible.
  • Provide all resources within our power appropriate to your condition.
  • Offer a variety of treatment options, ranging from holistic to surgical.
  • Help you understand our treatment options, including the likelihood of success, as well as the potential complications.
  • Perform surgery competently and to the best of our ability.
  • Ensure that you are taken care of postoperatively.
  • Inform you of any complications that may have occurred.

What we expect from you

  • Respectful communication. We do not accept abuse at our clinic.
  • Mindfulness regarding monopolizing our time. We do our best to provide all patients with a high level of care and ask that patients respect the time limits we set.
  • An understanding that our consultation sessions may span beyond just one meeting. For certain conditions, we will need time to understand your initial health history and conduct diagnostic testing. This will require additional consultations.

Our Mission

At Protea Pelvic Floor Clinic, we are dedicated to female pelvic floor health. The pelvic floor is one of the body’s most interesting organ structures but unfortunately, also one of the least understood and most neglected. Outside of healthcare circles, the pelvic floor is virtually unknown. However, the pelvic floor plays a vitally important role in the human body’s most intimate and reproductive functions which is a crucial factor in women’s health and happiness.

Unfortunately, the female pelvic floor is vulnerable to the development of numerous disorders, which can seriously affect the quality of life. The main reasons for this are the specifics of female anatomy, aging, and vaginal childbirth.

As a urogynecologist, I see women on a daily basis with pelvic floor disorders. Some of these include urinary and fecal incontinence, bladder, bowel or uterine prolapse, painful intercourse, and chronic pelvic pain. My gynecological practice is one hundred percent focused on the pelvic floor. In the last few years, with increasing investment and personal interest in the incredible power of laser technologies and platelet rich plasma (PRP), I have not only brought these technologies into my pelvic floor practice, but have also incrementally built up a cosmetic practice too. This was a natural step which developed with my growing realization of the utility and efficacy of these technologies. I am currently focussing on a number of cosmetic offerings with best in class technology and highly skilled, experienced staff to assess, guide and offer the most effective options for your cosmetic needs.

In my practice I strive to provide the best clinical and technological investigative and therapeutic tools available. Most patients usually have difficulty understanding what is happening, how and why it happened, and what treatment options are available.

Through my years of practice, I have become acutely aware of the need to educate women about the importance of pelvic floor health. I’ve realized that outside of medical circles, there is a very low level of awareness regarding the pelvic floor. As a result, I have made it my mission to educate as many women as possible about their pelvic floor health.

I have co-authored two books, both published by Prometheus Books of New York, explaining the pelvic floor and the causes of its disorders in detail. These books are meant to equip women with the knowledge and ability to understand their bodies better and will enable them to ask their health care providers questions regarding proposed or possible procedures and interventions that may be required. In the case of childbirth, women are encouraged to become involved in all medical decisions and I believe that women should be given the full scope of information about how childbirth can impact their pelvic health.
However, the books are about more than just childbirth. They would be of equal value to women who already suffer from pelvic floor problems like incontinence, prolapse (sagging pelvic organs), or pelvic pain. These problems are discussed and illustrated in detail, and the treatment options are discussed thoroughly.

For a long time I’ve been irritated by consumer healthcare books and publications that seem to dismiss the reader’s intelligence. In our books, my co-authors and I strive to equip women with information and courage to make decisions about their body; how they will bring their children into this world, as well as what treatment to demand and expect for pelvic floor disorders. There is no attempt to “minimize” the problems as I so commonly observe in other books. The facts are given as they are, even if sometimes scary.

I sincerely hope that through my books, and through my practice, especially with my continued search for better and less invasive but still effective treatment options, I will be able to make a significant impact on the women who put their trust in me as physician, and whom I am privileged to call my patients.

With respect,

Dr. Magnus Murphy MD

Accepted Referrals

We accept referrals for the following pelvic floor conditions:

  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Anal Incontinence
  • Voiding Dysfunction
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Uterine Prolapse
  • Vault Prolapse
  • Bladder Prolapse
  • Bowel Prolapse
  • Mesh Complications

Reminder: laser services bookings (gynecologic or non-gynecologic) and aesthetic (cosmetic) services do not require referrals. Call us directly to book an appointment.

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