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Wilson Chan

Wilson received his Masters in Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney after completing his Bachelors in Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia. Wilson believes in providing clients with the knowledge and tools to empower themselves to become independent. He has a particular interest in strength and conditioning. Wilson treats with a combination of manual therapy and exercise prescription with his patients to help regain function and return to their daily activities. He focuses on working with each patient one-to-one to help progress in their individual goals. Wilson is currently working on his acupuncture certification, is certified from the Orthopaedic Manual Therapy program in Perth, and is a certified Functional Range Release Lower Limb Practitioner.

In his spare time Wilson likes to practice what he preaches at the gym. Aside from that he likes to play ice hockey and going for walks with his dog.

 

 Dimitri Naef

Dimitri attained his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy and his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. While he can regularly be found hiking in the North Shore Mountains, Dimitri also participates in a variety of team sports, including basketball and volleyball, as well as soccer in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League.

Dimitri enjoys treating neurological and orthopedic conditions and specializes in post concussion management.  He uses many techniques to assist his clients including the Mulligan Technique in manual therapy, Soft Tissue Release, and IMS- Intramuscular Stimulation.  Dimitri offers a comprehensive physiotherapy experience for all of his clients and looks forward to meeting individuals from all walks of life and sharing his passion for physiotherapy and lifelong active living.

 

HebertHerbert Sum

Herbert received his Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Western Ontario and Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University.  He is a member of the Physiotherapy Association of BC and its Orthopedic Division.  He has been a clinical instructor in the UBC Department of Physical Therapy for several years.  He has been involved with competitive Dragonboating for many years.  Herbert speaks cantonese and is an active member in his community.

Herbert is a certified Gunn IMS (Intramusclular Stimulation) practitioner and also uses his acupuncture in his treatment approach.  His uses manual therapy and joint mobilizations, IMS needling, functional exercise prescription and patient education to assist his patients in their recovery and return to activity. 

Outside of work, he enjoys playing volleyball, roller hockey and spending time with his family and friends.

CynthiaCynthia Lau

Cynthia completed both her Master of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. Her treatment philosophy includes using manual therapy, therapeutic exercise prescription, acupuncture and taping to promote recovery and function. As a team physiotherapist for the UBC Old Boys Ravens Rugby Club, she has a particular interest in sports injuries, and welcomes clients of all ages and athletic backgrounds. She is currently pursuing post-graduate training to obtain a Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. In her spare time, she enjoys playing field hockey and basketball, as well as going for long walks with her golden retriever.

Mandeep Hayer

Mandeep holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia. He lives and grew up in South Vancouver and as a result, knows the community well. Mandeep speaks Punjabi and away from the clinic, he is a big sports fan who enjoys watching, playing and talking all sports.

Mandeep‘s passion is helping clients reach their goals through personalized treatment plans. He has taken courses in manual therapy, soft tissue release, K –Taping, functional strength and conditioning and is certified to practice acupuncture and dry needling by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute.

Mandeep has a special interest in sports injuries and serves as the Team Physiotherapist for the New Westminster Salmonbellies Senior Lacrosse Team. He was part of the medical team for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and volunteers with John Oliver Secondary School Athletics.

Jason Coolen

Jason is a graduate of Queen's University with a Degree in Physical Therapy and a Biology degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. I have an interest in community service and serve as a team physiotherapist for the New Westminster Salmonbellies Sr. Men's Lacrosse team. My main areas of interest are spine & pelvic alignment, post surgical rehabilitation, sports injuries, vestibular rehabilitation, and post-concussion treatment. My areas of practice include acupuncture, joint mobilization, fascial release, osteopathic manual therapy, cranial therapy, and visceral mobilization. I am very active with my professional association as a past President of the Physiotherapy Association of BC and a current board director of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. I spend most of my free time with my family, playing guitar, coaching U6 soccer (it's like herding cats!) and sneeking in a little bit of exercise when I can.  I look forward to meeting any and all new clients of any age. 

May Nolan

May is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. She holds a graduate diploma in manipulative therapy and has completed her clinical masters in physiotherapy in 2010. May has also co-authored a textbook "Clinical Assessment and Treatment Techniques for the Lower Extremity". She is an instructor and examiner in manipulative therapy for the orthopaedic division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and a clinical assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. In 2007 she received the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia's award for clinical excellence in education. Her clinical interests include sports and dance injuries, musculoskeletal imbalance, and pre and post natal care.

Anne Whittaker

Anne is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds Level 3 certification in Manipulative Therapy. She has had experience as a team physiotherapist for the Capilano College Varsity Blues women's soccer and basketball teams. Her special clinical interests include treatment of muscle imbalance in the shoulder, spine, pelvis, and treatment of foot and ankle injuries. Anne enjoys working with children with orthopaedic injuries. Anne is certified to practice acupuncture or dry needling from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute.

Ian Shepard

Ian graduated from the University Of South Australia in 2004 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science. His philosophy is to incorporate manual therapy, exercise and education in the treatment of his clients. He enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions including sports injuries, neck pain, lumbar/pelvic pain, elbows and shoulders. Ian has also been certified to practice acupuncture by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. Outside of the clinic Ian avidly plays hockey, tennis and golf.

Klara Schwab

Klara received her Master's in Physiotherapy from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University.

She has competed in gymnastics in her youth until an injury shifted her focus to dance. Klara then attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts followed by the SFU Dance and Kinesiology programs. She believes in the importance of a balanced lifestyle and has a certificate in health and fitness. Her many achievements include cycling across Canada, and she is also an avid skier and hiker. As a physiotherapist, she draws from her extensive background to support her clients in recovering from injury. Professionally she is interested in a whole system approach in helping individuals recover; she is a strong advocate for pilates personally and professionally; and is currently pursuing mentorship in osteopathic manual therapy. She uses manual therapy, exercise, and movement education to help patients regain function and return to sport and daily activity.

Wensley Ban

Wensley completed degrees in both Physical Therapy and Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia. He has post-graduate training in manual therapy and is a certified Gunn IMS practitioner. His treatment philosophy is to identify and correct underlying muscle imbalances and postural dysfunctions and then to develop proper movement patterns through specific exercise prescription. His treatment approach integrates IMS, manual therapy, exercise prescription and client education. His special clinical interests are in treating sports injuries and repetitive strain disorders. Outside of work, his hobbies include cycling, golf, and fantasy football.

Steve Mah

Steve spent 12 months from 2016 to 2017 as the lead physiotherapist for the Chinese Olympic Team. He supported the team through training and performance at the RIO Olympics in 2016 and brings back a wealth of knowledge. Educationally, he has a Masters in Rehabilitation Science from McGill University and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Saskatchewan. As former Head Physiotherapist at Simon Fraser University for all varsity athletes coupled with his 31 years of experience has allowed him the opportunity to become the medical coordinator for the Women’s Canada Cup Fastpitch tournament and team therapist for the New Westminster Salmonbellies Sr. Men’s Lacrosse team. Steve’s areas of interests include return to work planning, functional capacity evaluation, injuries related to track and field, football and lacrosse. His areas of practice include osteopathic manual therapy and acupuncture.

 


Massage Therapy

Luca Pellanda

Luca completed the 3000 hour RMT training and over 550 hour clinical training programs at the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. As part of his clinical training at VCMT, Luca obtained experience in a diverse range of hospitals and care facilities in the lower mainland.

The focus of Luca's training and studies has been to develop skills in the assessment and treatment of soft tissue and repetitive stress injuries with myofascial techniques. Myofascial techniques treat the muscles and connective tissue of the body to rehabilitate these areas by promoting their mobility, flexibility, and health. These techniques help the client in their physical activity and performance.

Luca performs treatment using deep tissue techniques, myofascial trigger point release, fascial manipulation, joint mobilizations, Swedish massage, active stretching and remedial exercises. He is a member and graduate of the Fascial Manipulation Association (Associazione Manipolazione Fasciale), based in Italy, having completed his Level 1 Fascial Manipulation studies.

Luca believes wellness activities such as yoga, pilates, tai chi, cycling, aquafit, and swimming can be beneficial for improving the body's strength, balance, mobility, and stability. He has practiced these forms of activity and also enjoys running, cycling, free weights, and circuit training, believing that staying active provides for a higher quality of life and better recovery from injury.

 


 Exercise Therapy

Adriana Sosin

Adriana specializes in sport conditiong, post stroke rehab, post-MVA conditioning, joint replacement rehab, and general exercise therapy to improve one's performance and/or fitness.  She has over 20 years of experience in the industry and is a true professional.

 

Active Conditioning Programme

Our active conditioning program is designed to help our clients get back to regular activity, work and a healthy lifestyle. We have developed our program to assist our ICBC and private insurance clients in the progression of their rehab journey. This includes the initial recovery from the injury to an eventual return to activity and work. The program helps bring all members of you medical team (physician, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, and manager, etc.) together to better meet your needs during your recovery. We encourage all 3rd party insurers to contact us anytime to find out how we can help enhance the recovery of all individuals in a timely fashion.


Pedorthics and Orthotics

John Yohan Kim

John is a Pedorthist with the Paris Orthotics team working at Seymour Health Center with the Vancouver Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from Trinity Western University, prior to beginning the two-year clinical residency program that is required to become a fully Certified Pedorthist, C Ped (C).

As a Canadian Board Certified Pedorthist, C Ped (C), He specializes in assessing lower-limb skeletal alignment, movement patterns, general foot function and how the feet interact with the rest of the body. From an assessment of these factors he determines a person’s need for custom foot orthotics, custom or therapeutic bracing products, specialized or individually specific footwear, soft-tissue management and referral to other health practitioners where necessary.

John is an avid soccer player and loves to travel.

 


 

Functional and Physical Capacity Evaluation

Bruce Hunt

Bruce is a certified Vernova (formally Arcon) Clinician and Clinical Instructor and Matheson certified Work Capacity Evaluator (CWCE). He is a registered Kinesiologist with the British Columbia Association of Kinesiology. He is a Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1990 from the school of Physical Education with a double minor in Exercise Science and Psychology.

Bruce has completed over 5000 occupational health screens during 17 years of health consulting. He has provided independent functional evaluation, job demand / safety risk and ergonomic analysis services in the greater Vancouver region since 1995, having completed over 2300 functional assessments, either stand alone reports or, in conjunction with various health professionals and medical specialists.

Bruce's clinical background includes injury assessment and sport first aid, health consulting, fitness testing, one to one training, injury activation and specialized physical rehabilitation and sport conditioning. He has evaluated and trained national and international level athletes. He administers approximately 100 post hire pre-placement screens and return to work functional assessments yearly with other occupational services including executive medicals, and paramedical test services in conjunction with various medical specialists.

 


 

Our Administrative Staff:

Tarin, Paige, Ligaya, Reetu, Alice, Celeste and Lisa.

Our receptionists are very helpful and knowledgable and can help set up an appointment with one of our physiotherapists or massage therapist. Please call them at 604-321-3251 for more information.

 

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