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Dr. Sabbaghan graduated from Simon Fraser University Biomedical physiology program with honors with distinction and continued to pursue her education in Portland, Oregon where she completed her doctorate of chiropractic degree summa cum laude (highest degree of honor) from the University of Western States.
Dr. Sabbaghan moved to Vancouver at the age of 13 and immediately fell in love with the city. She believes that everyone is “an athlete in their own way”, meaning they have the capability to pursue an active lifestyle in whatever capacity that resonates with them. Her desire to provide patients with the opportunity and tools to achieve their goals involves using a detailed, patient-centered approach in her assessment and treatment. Through her education she developed a passion for prenatal and postpartum care, treatment of TMD (temporomandibular disorder) and the complexities of low back pain and disc herniation. She advocates for team-based multidisciplinary care to facilitate the best possible outcome for her patients. Dr. Sabbaghan is a firm believer of movement as the key to a healthier body, healthier mind and healthier lifestyle, and will make it her goal to support her patients in reaching their daily goals.
She takes joy in spending time with family, being out in nature and exploring the hikes around the area.Back to top
Natalie completed her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Trinity Western University in 2017. While at school, she competed on the TWU Spartan’s Basketball team for 5 years. She endured various injuries throughout her basketball career and therefore spent a lot of time rehabbing them through active rehab. Natalie has noticed what an impact proper rehab can have on nagging injuries, and has been inspired to help others when it comes to health, wellness and injury rehabilitation. She understands that every person is unique and so she focuses on using safe exercise techniques specific to each person’s needs and goals. When not at work, Natalie enjoys spending time with her friends & family, getting outdoors, and drinking lots of good coffee!Back to top
Samantha completed her Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2015. During her degree, Samantha sparked an interest in recovery and rehabilitation, and has also obtained her certification in Fascial Stretch Therapy from the Stretch to Win Institute. With a strong belief in quality over quantity, she believes in teaching proper technique to maximize your specific gain in strength, mobility, flexibility, coordination and balance.
Samantha has been heavily involved in sports and athletics from a young age, with a passion lying in skipping, and can usually be found at the gym jumping around with her rope. While not at work or in the gym, Samantha is a very busy dog-mom and can usually be seen around the Tri-cities with her furry sidekick and a coffee!Back to top
Igor graduated as a physiotherapist in 2007 with distinction. He has since worked in a variety of private practices specializing in treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and rehabilitation of elite and recreational athletes, and now is permanently moved to and proud co-owner of Coast Therapy. In addition to extensive postgraduate training in manual therapy, Igor has special interest in Kinesio Taping and vestibular rehabilitation. He also completed certification in Acupuncture through Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute, and in IMS (Intra Muscular Stimulation) through University of British Columbia.
In May 2018, Igor finished his post-graduate Clinical Doctorate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy(US). Igor’s current clinical interests include TMJ disorders (jaw and facial pain) and Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound.
In his spare time Igor enjoys traveling, hiking, working out and just about any kind of water related activity.Back to top
Jessica graduated with a Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia in 2011. She has completed extensive continuing education courses including orthopedics, functional movement, upper and lower body neurological courses and sensory rehabilitation following a neurological injury. She has practiced in public health for a number of years focusing on neurological rehabilitation for adults. Following the birth of her own daughter, Jessica also discovered a new passion for women’s health physiotherapy. Being a mother she also understands the needs and sensitivities that may be involved in prenatal & postpartum care.
Her favourite part of being a physiotherapist is the ability to immediately impact patients’ lives in a positive way by helping them reduce pain and get back to what they love to do. Jessica provides a personal one-on-one approach and firmly believes that focused exercise and restoring “your normal” body movement is the best strategy to reduce pain and enhance quality of life.
At home, Jessica enjoys hiking with her family, running and food/wine appreciation. She continues to pursue her continued education in pelvic floor and women’s health, and is available for pelvic floor physiotherapy treatments at our Coquitlam location.Back to top
Edmund graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master of Physical Therapy after completing a Bachelor of Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at the University of British Columbia.
Edmund believes the best way to restore functional movement is through an active rehabilitation approach. His physiotherapy treatment emphasizes personalized exercise prescription, soft tissue release and manual therapy techniques in conjunction with therapeutic modalities for symptom management.
Edmund is an avid ballroom dancer and enjoys recreational sports such as volleyball and tennis. He has a particular interest in dance and shoulder related injuries.Back to top
Shawn received his Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2016. Prior to this as a member of Washington State University’s NCAA Track and Field team Shawn also earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2013.
Shawn born and raised in the Tri-Cities area grew up in the world of sports, playing almost every sport throughout his life with all the injuries to prove it. From a very young age was obsessed with the process of rehabilitation from both injuries and illnesses. As a former international-caliber track and field athlete and cancer survivor, Shawn has always had a special passion for promoting health and wellness in others.
He enjoys working with patients of all ages and function, although he has special interest in treating patients in the sport community and people suffering with persistent pain.
Shawn’s philosophy and approach to physiotherapy is to empower his patients through education, safe and functional exercises progressions and manual techniques. Equipping them with the tools they need to better maximize their health and function. He places a emphasis on spending time with his patients and helping them better understand their pain.
In his spare time Shawn loves spending time with friends and family, reading, playing basketball, working out, going on outdoor adventures, and has recently developed a love for surfing.Back to top
Leo has several years experience working with clients with a wide variety of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. He has spent nearly 3 years as the sole physiotherapist at a public health arthritis clinic where he treats multi-joint osteoarthritis and a wide variety of inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, and inflammatory spondyloarthropathies (spinal conditions). He believes strongly in client learning and active participation in the rehabilitation process.
Leo has completed continuing education courses in soft tissue release, Mulligan joint mobilizations-with-movement, cardiorespiratory conditions as they relate to neurological and musculoseletal conditions, as well as the Mary Pack Arthritis Continuing Education program.Back to top
Giancarlo graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2015 with a Masters of Physical Therapy after completing his Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2009. He has completed graduate courses in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and Mulligan concept training, as well as Kinesio-Taping and Soft Tissue Release. Since graduating he has also worked in settings such as critical care, orthopaedics and neurological rehabilitation.
Giancarlo believes that movement is key to your overall well-being. That is why he is passionate about helping clients return to their activities whether it be sports, work or your daily routine. He uses a combination of manual therapy, soft tissue release, taping and exercise prescription to treat clients. He is keen to continue his education in manual therapy, needling and neuromuscular retraining.
When not working, Giancarlo enjoys playing soccer and Australian Rules Football competitively; biking, hiking, travelling with his wife or simply relaxing with a good book.Back to top
Nozar has passionate about rehabilitative medicine, and he has been a clinician for almost 15 years. His journey to becoming a physiotherapist began in high school when he was involved in competitive Tennis. His own injuries led him to seek treatment from a physiotherapist where he became instantly interested in the profession. Physiotherapy is an extremely rewarding career for Nozar. He considers himself extremely fortune for his unique experience abroad and was inspired by some of the most influential physiotherapists.
He has completed numerous courses including:
He is very interested in motor vehicle injuries, post-operative rehabilitation, chronic pain conditions, TMJ, peripheral nerve injury, and complex clinical cases. Nozar absolutely loves the challenges of diagnosing musculoskeletal dysfunction. In addition, he has a special interest in sport injuries and loves working with athletes anywhere on the spectrum from injury prevention to rehabilitation to sport performance.Back to top
Corrie is originally from Vancouver Island, where she first developed an interest in human movement and anatomy through her background as a competitive dancer and dance instructor. She completed her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia, having previously completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Alberta.
Corrie has completed extensive post-graduate training in pelvic floor rehabilitation and real time ultrasound imaging, and is passionate about women’s health. She believes all women should have a chance to regain their function and quality of life. Incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain, or an inefficient core shouldn’t hold anyone back from being active or living the way they want to.
Corrie has also completed training in vestibular rehabilitation for dizziness and balance disorders.
Corrie uses individualized treatment plans of education, manual therapy, and exercise to help patients optimize the functioning of their bodies and achieve their goals. Corrie enjoys helping patients find hope through recovery.
Outside of work: Corrie enjoys climbing, hiking, weight lifting, and finding new ways to stay active.Back to top
Karen first developed an interest in the human body and physiotherapy as a previously nationally ranked competitive swimmer. She then went on to study Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University before going to the University of Toronto to obtain her Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree in 2003. Since then, she has worked both in the public and private sector and has completed numerous courses in manual therapy as well as becoming certified in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (CGIMS). In addition, she has been involved in Paralympic Swimming as a Medical Classifier. Karen is always striving to become a better therapist and is looking forward to obtaining more skills through more post graduate courses.
In treating patients, Karen establishes a partnership with them by developing a thorough comprehensive plan to help them achieve their goals. Treatment is very individualized (1:1) and may include manual and manipulative therapy, soft tissue techniques, modalities, IMS, and exercises.
Karen is also a very proud mother of three beautiful young children. In her spare time, she is often chasing them at the park or chauffeuring them to their various extracurricular activities. If there is any time (or energy!) left, she may try to sneak in a run or a soccer game.Back to top
Arvin received his Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy in 2010. He has been working in the private practice setting in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and rehabilitation. Arvin utilizes an evidence based approach to treatment. He believes in the combination of electro-physical modalities, manual therapy, postural and muscle imbalance correction, and active rehabilitation (flexibility and strengthening exercises) so clients can relieve their pain, feel better, and recover towards full physical function. In addition, Arvin gives advice on ergonomics and posture correction training. His currently continues his post-graduate studies in the field of acupuncture and chronic pain management.
Arvin is a local Port Coquitlam resident and active within the community. Arvin enjoys playing badminton or going to the gym on his spare time.Back to top
Nicole graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2014. She has been practicing full time in multidisciplinary clinics for over 4 years. Her education and experience has given her the knowledge and confidence to treat soft tissue injuries, motor vehicle accidents, neurological conditions, headaches, depression and stress management, as well as a myriad of other medical and health care concerns.
She has taken numerous post-graduate courses and uses a variety of techniques and approaches to work with each individual patient’s needs. She is passionate about giving a well-balanced treatment that incorporates both therapeutic and wellness-based outcomes, as well as educating patients with useful homecare, information or advice to assist them in continuing their path to wellness.
On her spare time she is either found outside hiking, playing sports, cooking dinner or warming up in a yoga studio.Back to top
Nick graduate from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2016. His education included extensive clinical training where he worked with a variety of patients ranging from UBC varsity athletes to patients living with life-threatening illnesses at the Vancouver Friends for Life Society. He hopes to use his skills and education to help people meet their wellness and rehabilitation goals.
Nick believes that the best treatment always starts with a thorough orthopedic assessment. He utilizes treatment techniques that involve myofascial trigger points release, neuromuscular techniques, joint mobilization and remedial exercises.
Asides from work, Nick enjoys living an active lifestyle spending his time dancing, snowboarding, and camping.Back to top
Owen graduated from WCCMT in 2016, where he gained extensive clinical training and experience in treating a variety of conditions. His practice involves a combination of both active and passive techniques tailored to each patient’s individual needs. As a lifelong athlete he has first-hand experience in what it takes to rehabilitate from both minor and major injuries. Owen’s treatment approach includes deep tissue massage, myofascial trigger point release, neuromuscular techniques, joint mobilizations, postural education and remedial exercise. He believes in providing patients with the take-home education necessary to progress through the healing process and to prevent further injury.
Owen has been involved in a number of outreach placements including UBC Varsity Sports, Multiple Sclerosis in-reach, and SPEC in-reach where he treated a variety of neurological conditions. With a deep interest in athletics and treating conditions of the musculoskeletal system, Owen’s true passion lies in helping his patient’s get back to living pain-free lifestyles.
In his spare time Owen enjoys weight lifting, as well as training and coaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.Back to top
Nari graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Her clinical internship allowed her to help people meet their wellness goals, as well as treat different orthopedic injuries, postural dysfunctions, and neurological conditions.
While she enjoys treating patients with a wide variety of health concerns and needs, she has a deep interest in women’s health and perinatal care. She is an advocate for patients to be actively involved in their own rehabilitation, and utilizes an evidence-based approach to treatment. It is her belief that both skillful clinical practice and empathetic communication are key to providing the best individualized care for her patients to return to their lives pain-free.
Outside of work Nari enjoys practicing yoga, cooking for loved ones, reading, and exploring the outdoors.Back to top
Harold is a graduate of the 3265 hour Registered Massage Therapist program at Langara College where he graduated with excellence. He is a former student athlete from Kwantlen college with a passion for sports (basketball and football personally) which fueled his aspirations to provide education to young athletes with a focus on injury prevention. Harold’s experiences at a gross anatomy lab has given him a great passion for human anatomy, and he has started teaching in Anatomy and Physiology as he enters his first term with VSBM.
While his general practice covers treatment for many aspects of wellness, orthopedics, posture & ergonomics, injury and prevention, Harold holds a special interest in sport-related conditions and active rehabilitation. Helping his patients understand the contributing factors to their symptoms and giving them tools and information to help them manage it outside the clinic are one of his approaches that his patients appreciate most. An avid BC Lions fan, in his spare time Harold might be found hiking and running the local trails or preparing for his second run as a Tough MudderBack to top
Jannelle graduated with honors from full time program at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2015. She participated in the BMO marathon outreach and enjoyed the Kalev outreach for sports as well as the many outreaches at senior care homes. Jannelle was a national level cheerleader with SFU while studying kinesiology and a former athletic trainer with Langley lacrosse team.
Jannelle is currently tutoring orthopedics at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. She is an avid hiker, soccer player and enjoys spending time with her 2 dogs.Back to top
Leo Chen is a graduate from the Vancouver Career College RMT program. While at school, he became particularly fond of the use of myofascial techniques, as it is gentle yet can have a similar effect of more aggressive techniques. His areas of interest are in prenatal and postpartum massage, as well as sports therapy and injury prevention. As an athlete he understands the pain of being limited in sports due to an injury, and he is passionate about working with athletes, of varying levels, in returning them to their sports after an injury. He looks forward to learning from and collaborating with his fellow therapists in the multi-disciplinary environment at Coast Therapy.Back to top
Juneko graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3000 hour program. She has worked with a variety of conditions including spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, pregnancy, postural, and sports related injuries. Juneko utilizes many treatment techniques including myofascial release, joint mobilizations, trigger point release, and muscle energy technique just to name a few. She believes that no two patients are the same and strives to assess and treat people individually and to the best of her ability. Prior to becoming an RMT, Juneko was a software engineer in the video game industry. She is physically active and when not driving her kids around she can be found at CrossFit or practicing kendo, and has also been an avid volleyball and ultimate player.Back to top
Stephen is a graduate of the 3000 hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster. It was there he had the opportunity to realize his interest in a couple focus areas including treatment for high risk pregnancy (treating at BC Women’s Hospital) and in sports therapy & injury prevention (working with multiple UBC sport teams). He look forward to developing his career with Coast Therapy, and learning and collaborating with his fellow therapists in the multi-disciplinary environment at the clinic.Back to top
Kristen Burrows has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2003 and an Instructor at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy since 2006. At the college, she supervises practicums treating patients with Multiple Sclerosis as well brain and spinal cord injuries. She is also teaching a course on Neurological Assessment for the Central Nervous System and a course on Clinical Assessment. As a result, her treatments are very clinically oriented, including a detailed history taking, physical examination and special orthopedic testing.
Kristen has been at the Austin Location since it’s opening in 2015 treating a variety of patients from pre-natal to babies to senior years and everything in between. She has taken mostly orthopedic and fascial post graduation courses but is also capable of doing kinesiology taping. Her practice style is variable depending on the patients needs, ranging from deep, assertive treatment to light and conservative treatment.Back to top
Annabel grew up in the outskirts of London, England and moved to Vancouver in 2001. She is a former British national sprinting champion and an international coach. As an athlete herself, Annabel developed her passion for massage. Receiving weekly massage not only helped her to continue with a 6 day a week training schedule but also detected possible injury risks. Annabel completed a Sports Massage Diploma in 1995 to further her knowledge and skill to help her fellow athletes; and in 2011 she graduated from the 3000 hour Registered Massage Therapy program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy .
Annabel has a particular interest in working with athletes and enjoys learning about the biomechanics and mechanism of injury in all different sports. She understands not only the training demands on the body, but also an athlete’s mind; her goal to is to return the athlete to full function, with minimal interruption to training. Annabel also has additional training and knowledge in prenatal and post partum massage, an area she enjoys working in and in which she has provided teaching and mentorship to RMT students.
Annabel uses a variety of techniques to assist her patients reach their goals, such as deep tissue massage , muscle energy, myofascial release and joint mobilization techniques
A very outgoing and caring individual, she enjoys weight/circuit training, sprinting, dancing and movies and she completed her first Spartan race in June 2013.Back to top
Ian graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3000 hour program, from which he gained much experience working with posture-related symptoms, sports injuries, and chronic conditions such as Fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis. Ian joined the Coast Therapy team in September 2014 to begin his new practice in the Tri-Cities region.
Ian’s approach to treatment involves the usage of light to deep tissue massage, myofascial trigger point release, joint mobilization, passive and active stretching, postural education and self treatment to effectively achieve patient goals.
As an active individual who enjoys biking, golf, bowling, tennis, and martial arts, Ian is intentional in helping with multiple movement-based injuries. Ian also enjoys played video games every once in awhile allowing him to empathize and enjoy assisting with neck pain and headache recovery as well.Back to top
Kaitlin graduated from The West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3000 hour/ 3 year program in 2013. During the program Kaitlin gained experience working with many different conditions and injuries. She also enjoyed providing massage therapy at outreach programs such as GF strong and the VGH Burn & Trauma Unit, as well as a number of inreach programs including Pre & Postnatal, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and Fibromyalgia programs. She has also volunteered her professional time at the North Vancouver Knee Knacker Trail Run.
Kaitlin believes a thorough assessment of each individual is an important step to providing individualized and effective treatment. In her practice Kaitlin uses a variety of treatment modalities including joint mobilizations, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, muscle energy technique and remedial exercise.
In her spare time Kaitlin enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as, hiking, biking, swimming, skiing and traveling.Back to top
Kelly graduated from West Coast College of Massage therapy in 2012. She worked at many outreaches through the school including Canuck place, VGH, GF Strong, George Pearson.
In treatment, Kelly implements many techniques including Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Joint Mobilizations, Active Therapies including stretching and strengthening exercises. Kelly believes that home care modified to each individual needs is essential part of recovery process.
Kelly is experienced with a variety of conditions including pre and postnatal treatments, sports injuries, postural concerns, headaches, migraines and Whiplash Associated Disorders.
Kelly’s hobbies include knitting, golfing, kayaking, hiking, pretty much anything that’s outdoors as she enjoys staying active.Back to top
Jeff graduated from the 3000 hour, 3 year program at WCCMT. His practice takes a versatile approach to overall health & wellness – this includes a balanced and personalized plan of assessment, therapeutic massage and self-care. He has been involved in a number of outreach placements including GF Strong (spinal cord injury & muscular dystrophy), the Multiple Sclerosis in-reach program at WCCMT, Parkinson’s outreach, BC Women’s Hospital pre & post natal clinic, as well as UBC varsity sports clinic. Jeff is also a massage therapist for the Coquitlam Express BCHL hockey team. With extensive training in manual therapy techniques, Jeff uses a combination of deep tissue massage, joint mobilization, pelvic alignment, remedial exercise, postural education, and myofascial trigger point release as individually required in his treatments.
Jeff was attracted to rehabilitation therapy as a result of a fascination with the neuromuscular system and has a deep interest in athletics, kinesiology, physiology and neurology. Helping patients to navigate through the recovery process and assisting them with self-care methods is an essential part of Jeff’s treatment approach.Back to top
Sara graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3000 hour/ 3 year program. She joined Coast Therapy to pursue her interest in providing sport-specific massage, is certified in athletic taping, as is proud to be part of their team of massage therapists for the Coquitlam Express BCHL hockey team.
Sara also pursues a general practice which sees everything from common medical conditions and injuries, to pre/post natal care, chronic pain and stress management. She utilizes her extensive training and knowledge in manual therapy to provide an individualized treatment plan for each patient.
She is an avid softball player and her love for sports and an active lifestyle provide her the first-hand experience to encourage and support her patients in living their healthiest life possible.Back to top
Anita is the founder/co-owner of Coast Therapy. She has been practicing in Port Coquitlam since 1997, served on the Board of Directors for her professional Association (RMTBC) for over 12 years, and now serves on the Board of Directors for SportMed BC. With extensive training in numerous manual therapy techniques, she tailors her treatment for individual need. Anita is known for being extremely thorough in her assessment, utilizing research and patient education, and for helping patients with chronic conditions who may have had limited success with other treatment.
Anita has vast experience in sports therapy and has worked with athletes from the amateur to pro level. She was a therapist for the Host Medical Team during the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games, is the Chair of the Sport Advanced Practice Group, and is trained in athletic taping and kinesiotaping, as a KinesioTape and certified RockTape practitioner.
Prenatal care, postpartum recovery and infant massage hold a special interest for Anita. She is the mother of two young boys and has a passion for helping women and babies through all stages of pregnancy and development. She has taken numerous professional development courses regarding various complications of pregnancy including C-section recovery and diastasis recti.
A devoted Canucks fan and long-time resident of Port Coquitlam, it was Anita’s passion for an active lifestyle and natural health choices that led to her career in massage therapy. She has a background in personal training and nutrition and has been active in numerous sports including competitive level softball, weight training, fitness, snow sports, yoga and kickboxing.
*** Anita is currently on leave from a regular practice schedule but is available for clinic management/admin enquiries, taping and special consultations.Back to top
Coast Therapy is an award-winning provider of Massage Therapy & Physiotherapy services to Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows and Coquitlam residents for over 16 years.
We offer extensive experience in manual therapy and active care for complex sport & injury rehabilitation, prenatal & post-partum care, medical conditions, chronic pain, and general wellness concerns. Our therapists are experts in helping you achieve long-lasting pain relief and functional improvement.BOOK AN APPOINTMENT NOW Join Team