• Our Team

  • Chuck Park, R.Ac

    Chuck is a registered acupuncturist in BC and an active and good standing member of College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturist of BC. With over 10 years in post secondary institution managing various health care programs including Acupuncture, Registered Massage Therapy, and other various programs, his passion is to educate and to promote healthier living by making informed choices with an emphasis on prevention and self-cultivation.

    Chuck welcomes patients seeking an effective acute pain management, a speedy recovery from a motor vehicle accident, and a collaborative treatment to restore optimal functioning of your body.

    When Chuck isn’t busy treating patients, he enjoys coaching tri-city soccer and basketball teams for his two boys as well as participates in outdoor activities with his family that our beautiful tri-city community offers.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, Traditional Chinese Medicine, PCU college of Holistic Medicine
    • Diploma, Acupuncture
    • BA, Bachelor of Business Administration, Thompson Rivers University

    Languages Spoken: English & Korean

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  • Clark Kim PhD, RAc, MSc

    Clark is one of the very few acupuncturists specializing in Korean Elemental Therapy and Korean Modern Acupuncture in North America. He applies small Acupuncture needles primarily to the hands to treat clients as the hands represent the whole body. One of the best advantages is that clients do not need to undress for treatment as Korean acupuncture uses forearm and hands only to treat the entire body

     

    Clark studied acupuncture and graduated from PCU College.

     

    He studied Korean acupuncture in Korea and also from Dr. Kim who is a retired acupuncturist doctor. After becoming a Registered Acupuncturist, he continued to study to become an expert of natural medicine and home remedies. He earned a PhD in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a Doctor of Naprapathy degree, researching exercise and mobility programs for spinal cord injury patients. Clark deepened his botanical medicine knowledge through a Doctor of Botanical Medicine degree as well.

    He brings expertise in physical medicine exercises, botanical medicine, manual therapies, and manual osteopathic techniques to his practice besides his acupuncture practice.

    With this diverse training, Clark takes an integrative approach, combining natural home remedies and manual techniques. He aims to optimize mobility, musculoskeletal health, and internal wellness to help patients regain health and improve their quality of life.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, Acupuncture, PCU College of Holistic Medicine
    • BMA, Integrated Media Art & Design, Emily Carr University
    • MSc, Osteopathy & Pedorthics, National University of Medical Sciences
    • PhD, Physical Medicine Rehabilitation, National University of Medical Sciences
    • DN, Doctor of Naprapathy, National University of Medical Sciences
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  • Ian Dunsmuir, R.Ac., BSc. (Kin), C.SMA

    Ian Dunsmuir is a certified Sports Medicine Acupuncturist and Kinesiologist who helps people live an active and pain free life by restoring muscle balance and joint function.

    Ian is currently an Acupuncturist for the BC Lions. He has surround himself around sporting events and culture including VANOC (Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee) Manager for Acupuncture Services for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and has been Canadian Instructor for Sports Medicine Acupuncture seminars. Ian has also been awarded Tri-City News ‘A List’ Favourite Acupuncturist for 2019 and 2020

    Ian is always up for a challenge and feels that his own experience with pain, injury, and rehab has given him a unique set of tools to be able to treat health issues just like yours. Ian really enjoy treating stubborn, chronic pain conditions where he may be the “last resort” as other therapies haven’t achieved the desired results.

    Ian loves to mountain bike and completed the Spawkus 50 km race in 2019, he also enjoys walking and hiking with friends and family.

    EDUCATION

    • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, SFU, Burnaby, BC
    • Diploma of Traditional Chines Medicine, Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Victoria, BC
    • Certification in Sports Medicine Acupuncture, San Diego, CA
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  • Seung (Michael) Kim, R.Ac

    Michael developed a severe pain in his neck, lower back, and hip joint in his early 20’s, then later diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) after suffering for 7 years. He was hopeless until he started the holistic approach. Michael believes that acupuncture and correct lifestyle changes are not only vital to autoimmune disease like AS, but to most of the conditions that modern people go through daily.

    Michael’s practice is specialized in pain relief and various disorders that minimize patient’s mobility. Also, he has been quite successful in treating digestive disorders and psycho-emotional issues.

    Michael has graduated from PCU College of Holistic Medicine (currently Vancouver Career College) and he is a Registered Acupuncturist. He has also finished TCM Practitioner (Herbalist) program and awaiting to be Registered as a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner.

    Michael is currently studying and taking courses on miniscarpel acupuncture (acupotomy). Michael is also exceptionally passionate about weightlifting, and he likes to go camping and hiking whenever he has the chance to.

    EDUCATION

    • AA in Communication Studies, Cypress College
    • Certificate in TCM Acupuncture, Vancouver Career College
    • Certificate in TCM Practitioner, Vancouver Career College

    Fluent in English and Korean

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  • Dr. Drew Gibson

    Dr. Drew Gibson graduated from Trinity Western University with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics in Kinesiology with distinction in 2014. Throughout his education, he quickly developed a passion for learning and understanding the complexity of the human body. His desire to learn more and provide effective non-invasive care brought him to Portland, Oregon where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees, graduating Cum Laude (with honors) in 2019 from the University of Western States.

    Dr. Gibson is thoroughly trained in the assessment, diagnosis, and conservative management of musculoskeletal conditions. He has a passion for working with recreational/weekend-warrior athletes and office workers. Dr. Gibson incorporates the use of chiropractic manipulation, various soft tissue techniques, and rehabilitative exercises in conjunction with patient education to help patients achieve the best possible outcome. Dr. Gibson prides himself on being a personable, approachable, and a knowledgeable health care provider and strives to help all individuals maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

    Dr. Gibson has been involved in a variety of high competitive sports throughout his life including competitive swimming, track and field, cross-country running, and ice hockey. He believes in both the physical and psychological importance of maintaining an active lifestyle and regularly participates in running and cycling. These days he spends most of his free time partaking in outdoor activities with his wife Annie and dog Maggie.

    EDUCATION

    • Doctor of Chiropractic, University of Western States
    • Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, University of Western States
    • Bachelor of Human Kinetics, Kinesiology, Trinity Western University
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  • Dr. Elliot Mayhew

    Dedicated to a practice of reducing pain and enhancing human performance, Dr. Mayhew takes a functional, movement-based approach to assessing and treating his patients.  With a clinical background in sports medicine, Dr. Mayhew has extensive experience working with athletes.

    Currently, he is a member of the BC Lions, Vancouver Giants, and Coquitlam Express medical staff.  In addition to these roles, Dr. Mayhew gives back to the community by working numerous events with SportMed BC each year.  Most notably, he has provided care on the ITF World Tennis Tour and at the 2022 Minor Box Lacrosse Nationals.

    Outside of practice, Dr. Mayhew represents his profession by serving on the Board of Directors for the College of Chiropractors of BC. Putting patients’ needs first, he strives to enhance the delivery of chiropractic care in his community.

    In his spare time, Dr. Mayhew loves to get outdoors with his family. From adventuring on day hikes in the backcountry to training for triathlons with the Abbotsford Triathlon Club, he embraces the health philosophy of living an active lifestyle.

    EDUCATION

    • Doctor of Chiropractic, Northeast College of Health Sciences
    • Honors Specialization in Kinesiology, Western University
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  • Dr. JD Kalkat

    Dr. JD Kalkat is a chiropractor born and raised in Delta, British Columbia. Dr. Kalkat went to Simon Fraser University on an entrance scholarship, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. He then went to the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon, where he obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic. Dr. Kalkat is board certified in both Canada and the United States.

    At the University of Western States, Dr. Kalkat practiced under former BC lions center, and current chiropractor, Dr. Doug Davies, whom Dr. Kalkat credits to helping him better understand sports related injuries. Dr. Kalkat enjoys dealing with all aspects of care, whether it is rehab related, or maintenance care. In particular, Dr. Kalkat likes to deal with chronic low back and neck cases, as well as sports related injuries. Dr. Kalkat’s treatment consists of using a combination of adjusting, soft tissue therapy, as well as rehab exercises and taping, in accordance with a patient’s needs. Dr. Kalkat’s goal is to help both chronic and acute patients get to pain free, optimal level of activity.

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  • Dr. Kyle Stunden D.C., B.S., F.C.C.O.S.(C)

    Dr. Kyle Stunden graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley, gaining a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology before pursuing his Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Kyle is interested in functional movement-based orthopaedics and conservative management as a fellow of the College of Chiropractic Orthopaedic Specialists (Canada).

    Outside of practice, Dr. Stunden is part of the Canadian board of directors with World Spine Care working to provide sustainable evidence-based spine care for those in need in low- and middle-income countries. He currently works as a board member of the BC Chiropractic Association, promoting collaborative care and interprofessional education on the role of chiropractors in healthcare.

    Dr. Stunden is a Coquitlam Express medical staff member and gives back to the community throughout the year, supporting events with SportMedBC. For sporting events, he draws on his experience working as a paramedic with the British Columbia Emergency Health Services.

    In his spare time, Dr. Stunden can be found exploring the outdoors, hiking, skiing or road cycling with colleagues and friends or woodworking independently. He embraces motion as medicine through an active lifestyle.

    EDUCATION

    • Doctor of Chiropractic, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
    • Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, University of the Fraser Valley
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  • Dr. Lara Thomas

    Dr. Lara Thomas is a chiropractor from Portland, Oregon that strives to meet patients where
    they’re at and work with them to reach their wellness goals. She believes in helping people find
    joyful movement that elevates their quality of life. Recognizing that each individual has unique
    health goals, she will collaborate with you to create a personalized treatment plan using
    evidence based techniques. Patients can expect a thorough assessment coupled with treatment
    which may include a combination of diversified chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue modalities,
    rehabilitative exercises and patient education.

    She studied Psychology at Seattle University before attending University of Western States to
    earn her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Dr. Lara is certified in Active Release Techniques®
    (ART) and has training in IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization), Kinesiology
    taping and McKenzie. Dr. Lara actively participates in continuing education in order to stay up to
    date on the latest advancements in chiropractic care.

    In her spare time she enjoys walking and running her dog Floyd, playing volleyball and tennis
    and baking. She helps coach youth volleyball teams and likes to volunteer at animal shelters.

    EDUCATION

    • Doctor of Chiropractic, University of Western States
      BS, Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, University of Western States
      BA, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Seattle University
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  • Dr. Vivie Bojilov

    Dr. Bojilov is a chiropractor dedicated to providing exceptional patient-centered, evidence-based care for musculoskeletal pain. He is specifically proficient in the use of patient education, manual therapies, and functional rehabilitation.

    Dr. Bojilov grew up in Vancouver and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at UBC, where he also played varsity football.

    He then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend Chiropractic school, during which he was involved in assisting many local sporting teams/events within the area such as the North Face Endurance Challenge, San Jose State Rugby, the former NFL Oakland Raiders, Sea Otter Classic and many more.

    After completing his last year of clinical rotations throughout various clinics in the US from Alaska to Florida, Dr. Bojilov worked at Stanford School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine to help publish new research regarding cervical spine MRI segmentation.

    Thereafter, Dr. Bojilov returned to full time clinical practice in 2020 and is now extremely excited to finally be back in Vancouver, BC to provide his community with the highest level of evidence-based care musculoskeletal care.

    During his free time, Vivie loves to climb with his fiancé Lilly and go adventuring with their pup Grizz.

    EDUCATION

    • University of Pittsburg School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences – Primary Spine Practitioner Training
    • Palmer College of Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic
    • University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Kinesiology, Minor Commerce
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  • Anita Wilson

    Founder/Partner

    Anita Wilson started her career as an RMT in 1997, and with a previous background in Medical Office Management she opened Coast Therapy in Port Coquitlam in early 1998.  She served on the Board of Directors for her professional Association (RMTBC) for over 12 years, the Board of Directors for SportMed BC for almost 8 years, and remains actively involved in current matters relating to all the services offered at Coast Therapy.

    Anita has vast experience in sports therapy and has worked with athletes from the amateur to pro level, including being part of the prestigious Host Medical Team during the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games. With extensive training in numerous therapy applications and rehabilitative exercise, and being known for being extremely thorough in her assessments and patient education, her reputation for helping patients with chronic conditions who may have had limited success with other treatment makes Anita a valuable resource for patients trying to find the “right fit” for themselves.

    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, and continues to be involved as a sponsor and supporter of many local women’s and moms’ groups.

    Anita is the recipient of many business awards including the 2019 Extraordinary Leader Women Influencer Award and the 2017 Port Coquitlam Business of the Year award. She has dedicated herself toward leadership and mentorship, especially within her profession and for other women in business.  A devoted Canucks fan and long-time resident of Port Coquitlam, it was Anita’s interest in 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 softball, weight training, fitness, snow sports, yoga and kickboxing.

    Anita now balances time with her young family and her career, focusing on the growth and development of the team & patient care services at Coast Therapy. She is available for patient enquiries, clinic management enquiries, community involvement opportunities, sports taping, and professional consultations by request.

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  • Arvin Cheng, PT

    Partner

    (Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows)

    Arvin received his Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy in 2010 and has since been working in private practice in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and rehabilitation. Arvin believes in an evidence based approach to treatment. He utilizes any combination of electro-physical modalities, manual therapy, postural and muscle imbalance training, and active rehabilitation (flexibility and strengthening exercises) to help patients relieve their pain, feel better, and recover towards full physical function. In addition, Arvin provides education and advice on ergonomics and posture, as well as concussion management. His clinical interests include acupuncture, IMS and vestibular therapy, having completed his studies with Acupuncture Canada, IMS training from Spokane, WA, and numerous vestibular courses both locally and internationally.

    Arvin is a local Port Coquitlam resident and active within the community. He enjoys playing badminton or going to the gym on his spare time.

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  • Erin Reid, RMT

    Clinical Director

    Erin Reid is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and has 15+ years’ of experience helping athletes optimize their performance, injury prevention and recovery. Her passion for sport massage therapy has taken her around the world, from the Paralympic games in Beijing 2008, to the 2014 Commonwealth games in England. She also played a part in the Medical Services offering during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

    Erin has worked with a range of athletes and sports, from amateur to Olympic, Paralympic and professional levels. Some of her career highlights include being a Torch barrier for the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games, traveling to Brazil in 2009 for IPC Swimming World Championships, providing therapy for the performers of Vancouver Cirque du Soleil shows and was also the lead Massage Therapist for the MLS Vancouver Whitecaps (2014 to 2019).

    In Addition, Erin has a special interest in Pre and postnatal Care (Including Infant Massage). Erin is Mother of two girls and is happy to help through all stages of development. Erin has taken a variety of courses to support this work, including visceral massage and sports related injury and recovery.

    Erin has held previous Director roles, recently coming to us from Fortius Sport & Health, she will be overseeing the clinical aspect here at Coast Therapy. Erin has also served on the CSMTA Board, volunteered for many events and organized/hosted symposiums and host Medical Tents for sporting events. Erin is passionate about serving the community and brings that excitement to each of her treatment sessions.

    *Limited appointments available

    EDUCATION

    • Massage Therapy Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy (3000 hour program)
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  • Ester Gootman

    Accounts Director

    Ester is seasoned administrative professional with wide experience in start-up and corporate environments. She is capable of handling everything that comes her way, obviously except of treating patients.

    Ester has her master’s degree with distinction in Arts, specialization in Music, both performance and education. She has added a different path to her career long ago and has been happily hiking it since. At Coast she is working behind the scenes handling billing, training, and other fascinating assignments.

    Ester loves spending time with her family, including her very special dog Mozart, who is also a great singer. She enjoys travelling the world with friends and experiencing different cultures, hiking, playing piano, reading and listening to audio books.

    (photo coming soon)

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  • Giancarlo Brancati, MPT

    Partner

    (Vancouver)

    Giancarlo graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2015 with a Master of Physical Therapy after completing his Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2009. He has completed certifications in manual therapy, vestibular and concussion rehabilitation, TMJ/TMD, acupuncture and IMS. Since graduating he has worked in settings such as orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, and critical care.

    Giancarlo believes that movement is key to our 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 is a firm believer in continuing education to deliver evidence-based treatment and physiotherapy.

    When not working, Giancarlo enjoys playing soccer, aussie rules football, biking, hiking, travelling with his family or simply relaxing with a good book.

    EDUCATION

    • Master of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia
    • Bachelor of Human Kinetics, University of British Columbia
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  • Igor Kharif BPT, CAFCI, CGIMS

    Partner

    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.

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  • Sally Roberts

    Accounts & Billing Manager

    Sally oversees and manages our administrative team in the billing and accounts for all patient visits, coordinating with insurers and other extended benefit providers. Sally’s previous experience in retail loss prevention gives her the organizational skills to manage our growing company and its associated healthcare partners.

    In her spare time, Sally enjoys spending time outdoors with her family camping, hiking, and is always ready for an adventure at her family cabin.

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  • Jasmine Plywaczewski, RSW, MSW, RCC

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    Jasmine is a curious, open-hearted person who strives to understand what motivates, scares and fulfills each of her clients.  She works from a belief that mental health and healing develop from within and that each client has the ability to access strengths and internal resources that at times may become obscured by many of life’s adversities.

    She believes that counselling is a personal process that is based upon a relationship of trust. Jasmine values the individuality of each client and over the last 12 years has worked with diverse populations of various ages, cultural background, beliefs, and gender identification. She collaborates with clients to set the pace of the process and collaboratively explores client’s perspectives and understanding of the issues presented.

    Because one size does not fit all, Jasmine work with clients to understand their goals and to create treatment plans that are tailored to their specific needs. She draws upon a variety of research proven and strengths based therapeutic approaches which include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Solutions Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Based Practice and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). By using the model of therapy that is of best fit, Jasmine offers guidance and practical tools to enhance inner strengths and to overcome concerns such as anxiety, depression, work and family stressors, relationship conflicts, grief and loss and difficult life transitions.

    Jasmine believes that with appropriate supports clients can develop new perspectives and grow into the life that they wish to live.

    Jasmine’s appointments will be via Tele-Health to be able to serve all clinic locations, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and East Vancouver.

    EDUCATION

    • Master of Clinical Social Work, University of Calgary
    • BA, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Simon Fraser University
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  • Charlie Harrison, Dip SpSc, BKin

    Registered Kinesiologist

    Charlie has both clinical and community active rehab experience, allowing him to better adapt your rehab programs to best fit your needs be it at the gym or at home. Additionally, Charlie has done extensive work in the field working with various hockey and lacrosse teams at all levels from minor community teams to the Junior A levels. As such Charlie is adept in pre-competition activation, post stretching and care, wrapping/taping, and other injury prevention techniques.

    Charlie graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2017. Since graduating with the kinesiology degree specializing in exercise science. Charlie has pursued additional education/training in the field of athletic therapy, soft tissue release, and aqua therapy. Charlie gears his programs to best fit the needs of the patient working collaboratively with them to achieve their personal goals.

    When Charlie is not in the clinic or at the rink you can find him paddling a waterway, hiking a mountain, camping in the woods, or sliding down a mountain side.

    EDUCATION

    • Sport Science Diploma, Douglas College
    • Bachelor of Kinesiology- Exercise Science, University of the Fraser Valley
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  • Donovan Sturdy, B.Sc

    Registered Kinesiologist

    Donovan grew up playing several sports including soccer and rugby which lead to a lifelong passion for sport and physical activity that influenced his choice of education.  In his previous role he worked in a program helping young adults with disabilities in physical activity.

    Donovan obtained a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Queen’s University.  He has a general background of knowledge in the human body and how it moves, he hopes to be able to help people live a more active and pain free life.

    During his free time, you can find Donovan playing and watching soccer or in the gym.

    EDUCATION

    • Sc Kinesiology from Queen’s University
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  • Elizabeth (Liz) Chua, B.KIN

    Registered Kinesiologist 

    Liz grew up playing soccer, volleyball, basketball, and running track throughout her schooling years. It was her love for her sports and the sciences that drove her to
    pursue her degree. Her passion for exercise rehab began in school while working with and training older adults, focusing on exercises geared towards activities of daily living and seeing the impact this has made on their overall health and well being.

    Liz graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2020 and has worked as a
    clinical exercise physiologist since 2020. Prior to this, having worked as a personal
    trainer and group fitness instructor. She believes that everything in the body is
    connect, not just physically but mentally and emotionally and hopes to empower
    individuals through exercise and movement, while reducing pain.

    In her free time, you can find Liz bouldering in gyms, paddle boarding or hiking. You can also find Liz napping, listening to paranormal and true crime podcasts, and/or watching Jeopardy (and trying to guess the right answers)

    EDUCATION

    • Bachelors of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia
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  • Jeff Roberts

    Registered Kinesiologist

    Jeff has been a personal trainer since 2007 and holds a degree in Kinesiology. His goal in practice is to help his clients bring back optimal movement. He aims to educate and provide individualized tools for those to enjoy daily living and associated activities.

    He is a firm believer in personal wellness, healing through movement and hopes to empower his clients to reach their goals by providing a variety of training options. He incorporates athletic movement skill development, healthy lifestyle consultation and rehabilitative techniques into his sessions.

    Jeff has competed in Ironman, enjoys playing squash, rock-climbing, and various water sports.

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  • Sam Brimacombe MSc PT, BSc

    Sam grew up in Burnaby playing hockey, baseball and running track. As an accident-prone teen, he became very familiar with physiotherapy, which inspired a life-long fascination with exercise rehab.

    Sam graduated from SFU with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Physiology, gaining experience in rehabilitation of sports injuries. He further developed his experience as a therapist by providing gymnastics-based and aqua therapy for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, in which he found a passion for pediatric physiotherapy.

    Sam completed his Master of Science in Physiotherapy in the United Kingdom and is currently going through the process of certifying as a Physiotherapist in Canada. Sam is excited about teaching exercise to recover from an injury and wants to help you restore your natural, pain-free, and efficient movement.

    You’ll probably run into Sam desperately clutching a cup of coffee or reading. In his free time, you might find him running trails in the forest, bouldering at the gym or skiing in the mountains. Sam enjoys escaping into the woods for extended hiking and camping trips – but good luck finding him out there!

    EDUCATION

    • Sc. Physiotherapy, Leeds Beckett University
    • Sc. Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University
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  • Sarah Duncan

    Sarah graduated with her Bachelors of Kinesiology with a major in Athletic Therapy from the University of Manitoba in 2018 where she worked with the Bisons men’s volleyball team. She has a wide background of sporting knowledge. Growing up she participated in fastpitch, ringette, biathlon and rugby.

    She is passionate about learning how the human body moves and wants to use her knowledge to help people reduce daily aches and pains to help them become pain-free.

    In her spare time, you can find Sarah at the gym, running, hiking or on the rugby pitch.

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  • Annissa Calendino

    Annissa graduated from WCCMT in April and is writing her board exam this September.  She is geared to growing her patient-based practice, by focusing on patient needs and incorporating dynamic home care to assist the patient in reaching their goals. Annissa has a vast, patient experience, including long-term care, Canuck Place, and athletes at UBC.

    When she is not at work Annissa enjoys exploring her own city, the outdoors and traveling around the world.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy
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  • Herman Chu

    Herman is a recent graduate from The Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and is awaiting to write his board exams. Prior to massage therapy, he completed his degree in Nutritional Sciences at The University of British Columbia and obtained his personal trainer certification from NSCA.

    Herman enjoys weightlifting and playing basketball to stay active. Through his experiences and past injuries, Herman aims to help patients through their journey of returning to a pain-free lifestyle, without the fear of getting injured.

    EDUCATION 

    • Diploma, Vancouver College of Massage Therapy
    • BSc, Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences, University of British Columbia

    Languages spoken: 

    • English and conversational Cantonese 
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  • Polina Poberezhnyk

    Polina is a recent graduate from the West Coast College, awaiting to write her RMT board exams. Her passion for anatomy and physiology sparked from gymnastics and a neurobiology degree. Throughout clinical practicums, she’s worked with varying ranges of patients from professional athletes to pre- and post-natal women to long-term care. She enjoys tailoring treatments to reach every patient’s needs and aiding in their recovery.

    Besides massage therapy, Polina loves spending time at the gym, rock climbing, exploring new locations, and especially new cafés.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy
    • BSc, Biology Major with focus in Neurobiology, University of Victoria

    Languages Spoken:

    Fluent in English, Ukrainian, Russian

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  • Rebecca Baskovic, BKin

    Rebecca graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in April 2023 and is awaiting to write her board exams to become an RMT in September.

    Rebecca became interested in physical rehabilitation after she tore her ACL and meniscus from playing volleyball as a teenager. Rebecca enrolled in the Kinesiology program where she developed a passion for anatomy and physiology. After working alongside RMT’s and getting her own massage treatments she realized that this was what she was meant to do. Rebecca wants to be able to help people recover and feel restored just like how massage therapy has helped her.

    During her time at WCCMT she had the privilege of working with a variety of people such as athletes, office workers, pre- and post-natal women, people with neurological conditions and geriatric clients. Rebecca has treated people with many different injuries/conditions such as scoliosis, ligament and tendon tears, labral tears, frozen shoulder, plantar fasciitis, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and many more. Rebecca provided patient-centered care to help patients achieve their goals and alleviate their pain/tension so that they can get back to feeling their best.

    Rebecca enjoys spending her time outdoors, especially on the water where you can find her paddle boarding or kayaking.

    EDUCATION

    • BKin, University of the Fraser Valley
    • Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy
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  • Sandie Wa Mumba

    Massage Therapy has shown Sandie how her patients can take back control of bodily pain & discomforts that they are feeling. Through her experience at Vancouver Career College, she has grown and is confident in knowing how to help those around me by offering treatments that are centered for you and your pain tolerance.

    Physical activity and health have incorporated itself naturally into Sandie’s life through understanding of functional and mechanical anatomy. With that, Patient progression has brought a fulfillment to her day-to-day life that has directly impacted her unlimited desire to continue acquiring new information and implementing it to her patients. 

    Sandie’s treatments are relaxation centered while also using direct techniques like PNF, stretching, and assisted movements to reduce pain or imbalances in the body. Stress is a large factor in most of our lives so she believes in educating her patients on ways they can reduce their stress at home while also targeting areas of the body that need to be worked on in order for her patients to gain optimal function.

    EDUCATION

    • RMT Diploma, Vancouver Career College
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  • Dr. Wendy Romano

    Dr Wendy is a Naturopathic Doctor that is passionate about empowering her patients. She believes the best way we do that is by striving to be the best version of ourselves.  As a Naturopathic doctor, she addresses your complaints by taking a holistic approach to your health.  Optimal health involves a balance between mental, physical and emotional factors and illness can manifest if any of these factors are out of control.

    Dr Romano earned her Bachelor of Kinesiology from UBC and went on to study at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster.  As a student of Naturopathic Medicine, she received extensive training in nutrition, nutraceutical and botanical medicine prescription, lifestyle counselling and Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture).  Training at Boucher was also very intensive in anatomical sciences and physical medicine, which strengthened her knowledge and clinical skills in sports medicine.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma of Naturopathic Medicine, Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine
    • Bachelor of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia
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  • Abdalrahman (Abdu) Hosny, PT

    Abdalrahman is a dedicated physiotherapist with 13+ years of experience. He has helped numerous patients on their path to recovery and personal goals. With a diverse background in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and clinics, Abdalrahman has a comprehensive understanding of physiotherapy. He specializes in treating neurological, musculoskeletal, and vestibular conditions, creating customized treatment plans using evidence-based techniques. Abdalrahman’s additional certification in musculoskeletal needling enables him to employ advanced techniques for pain relief and improved rehabilitation outcomes. Alongside his technical skills, Abdalrahman possesses exceptional interpersonal skills, building strong relationships with patients based on empathy, compassion, and respect. He actively involves patients in their treatment, ensuring their engagement and motivation.

    Beyond the clinic, Abdalrahman contributes to the physiotherapy community through participates in mentorship programs and workshops, reflecting his commitment to ongoing learning and delivering the highest standard of care. Overall, Abdalrahman is a passionate physiotherapist who combines expertise and compassionate care to positively impact the lives of his patients.

    When he’s not working, Abdalrahman enjoys outdoor activities. Exploring nature and engaging in physical exercise help him recharge and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

    EDUCATION

    • B.Sc. of Physiotherapy, Cairo University

    Languages

    English and Arabic

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  • Arvin Cheng, PT

    Partner

    (Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows)

    Arvin received his Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy in 2010 and has since been working in private practice in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and rehabilitation. Arvin believes in an evidence based approach to treatment. He utilizes any combination of electro-physical modalities, manual therapy, postural and muscle imbalance training, and active rehabilitation (flexibility and strengthening exercises) to help patients relieve their pain, feel better, and recover towards full physical function. In addition, Arvin provides education and advice on ergonomics and posture, as well as concussion management. His clinical interests include acupuncture, IMS and vestibular therapy, having completed his studies with Acupuncture Canada, IMS training from Spokane, WA, and numerous vestibular courses both locally and internationally.

    Arvin is a local Port Coquitlam resident and active within the community. He enjoys playing badminton or going to the gym on his spare time.

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  • Ayesha Joseph, PT

    Ayesha has always been fascinated with the way the human body moves, which motivated her to study physiotherapy. She graduated from the University of Delhi with the Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy, with honours in 2010. She went on to study Fitness and Health Promotion and graduated from Humber College in Toronto, in 2014.

    She has a keen interest in various pain management strategies, having battled with Fibromyalgia for over a decade herself. She has worked closely with pediatric, geriatric and post-surgery patients. She believes that a Physical Therapist’s strongest tools are their two hands and knowledge of anatomy, both of which she uses for the treatment substantially.

    She advocates the use of evidence based practice and tries to keep herself updated. She believes in treating patients by educating them about their body and ailment.
    Her effervescence and wit makes her a people person and her zeal and vigour motivate her to face anything undaunted. She loves travelling and exploring new places, but Toronto is her first love. She loves to read and write poetry in her spare time, for which she has received national awards in the past.

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  • Bridgette Weir, MPT

    Bridgette is fascinated by the adaptability and resilience of the human body and is passionate about helping people become and stay active in whichever ways are most meaningful to them. When it comes to treatment, Bridgette believes that no one treatment approach works for every client, and feels that a customized and flexible approach to care is key. She often combines a variety of modalities into treatment plans including hands on techniques, electrophysical modalities, personalized exercise prescription and thorough patient education to help clients reach their therapeutic goals.

    Bridgette graduated from the University of British Columbia with her Masters of Physical
    Therapy, following the completion of her undergraduate degree in physical education and coaching. Since then, Bridgette has developed a special interest in pelvic floor physiotherapy and has pursued additional post-graduate training in this area including courses in: urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, pregnancy & pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain, diastasis rectus abdominis, preparation and recovery following caesarean delivery among others.

    Bridgette is passionate about continuing education, and is constantly looking to further her training whether through formal means, reading and self-education or through collaboration with colleagues.

    Bridgette has also completed training in anatomical neuropathic intramuscular stimulation (IMS/dry needling), and is on the dry needling roster with the college of physical therapists of BC.

    Bridgette is also the proud mother of her son Declan. In her down time, she can be found spending time with her family, exploring our beautiful province, cooking, baking and staying active!

    EDUCATION

    • Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching (Kinesiology specialization)/BPEC – Douglas College
    • Master of Physical Therapy/MPT – University of British Columbia
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  • Bruce Voyce, PT

    Bruce is a McGill Physiotherapy graduate with over 20 years of experience in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation. He is a friendly and versatile therapist who helps people of all ages work towards active health and wellness. He has completed his Part A post-graduate Manual Therapy examinations and has a special interest in muscle imbalances and comprehensive rehabilitation.

    Bruce has travelled to 30 countries and loves exploring diverse cultures and cuisines. Locally, Bruce enjoys outdoor sports and activities with his friends and family. He is also an accomplished sculptor, who enjoys creating large scale public art projects. His work can be seen in parks, hospitals, schools, and municipalities around B.C. and Washington State.

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  • Devaki Hasabnis, BPT

    Devaki graduated with a Bachelors in Physical Therapy from India in 2017. Along with that, she has also completed programmes in Taping and Vestibular rehabilitation from India. She fundamentally believes that “Bodies are meant to move”. Her passion for fitness has been a driving force in choosing Physical Therapy.

    Devaki relies on tailored and holistic approach to developing an individual rehab plan to achieve a functional goal. She is committed to helping clients achieve their functional goal as efficiently and effectively as possible through active rehab.

    Devaki continues to focus on updating herself in various fields of interest. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking or spending some quality time with her family.

    Education:

    • Bachelors of Physical Therapy, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences
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  • Dhruvalkumar Patel

    After graduation Dhruval worked in a multidisciplinary clinic in India mainly focusing on Musculoskeletal conditions.

    After Dhruval high school graduation, Dhruval undergone surgery for his knee due to a sports injury. After taking Physiotherapy sessions for it, he started developing a keen interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Dhruval combines hands on approach (manual therapy, myofascial release) with functional rehabilitation and postural correction to get optimum results to help his client get back to routine.

    Dhruval loves photography, exploring nature and spending time with friends and family.

    EDUCATION

    • Bachelor of Physiotherapy – P P Savani University, India

    Languages Spoken:

     Gujarati, Hindi & English- Fluent

     

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  • Diti Dave, BPT

    Diti graduated from Sardar Patel University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree. Since then she has worked in out-patient setting, mainly focusing on musculoskeletal conditions.

    Diti developed a keen interest in physiotherapy during high school after needing physiotherapy herself for a minor knee injury.  Diti uses a combination of modalities and various manual techniques for treatment of her patients, she believes that every patient is unique and will receive personalized plans tailor-made accordingly.

    Diti loves travelling, camping, hiking & reading. She highly enjoys swimming and has won several district-level competitions for the same. Diti also happens to be a trained Bharatnatyam (Indian classical dance form) dancer.

    EDUCATION

    • Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Sardar Patel University (Gujarat, India)

    Languages Spoken:

    English, Gujarati, Hindi (fluent in all three)

     

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  • Edson Lizarazo, PT

    Edson has been a physiotherapist for over 27 years, he immigrated to Canada in 2002. He completed his Bachelors of Physiotherapy in his home country of Colombia in 1995, followed by a Masters in Physiotherapy in Critical Care in 2002.  

    In Colombia, his work experience was mainly with a neuro-pediatric population and complex trauma rehabilitation associated with war injuries in a Military hospital in Bogota. 

    Since 2008, Edson has been working part time for the surgical team at VGH (in the rehabilitation of bone marrow, solid organ, lung transplants, plastic surgery, urology and gynecology procedures), and part time with musculoskeletal and sports injuries in a private practice. 

    Always interested in furthering his knowledge, he studied Manual Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation at Curtin University in Perth, Australia in 2011. In 2014, he completed 2 more years of university level courses to have a Master’s-equivalent in Physiotherapy in the United States. Currently Edson is working towards a certification in hand therapy. 

    Edson has been certified as a medical classifier for Para-rowing Canada and is a certified member of the dry needling / Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) roster with the College of physiotherapists of British Columbia. Edson also has extensive experience with treatment of TMJ dysfunction and Vertigo. 

    His education and vast experience provide him with the ability to assess, analyze and accurately diagnose musculoskeletal injuries and design an effective rehabilitation plan.  

    At a personal level, Edson is currently training to compete in his third Olympic-distance triathlon

    Languages spoken:
    Edson is fluent in Spanish, English and could communicate effectively in Portuguese and Italian.
     

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  • Emma Aqvilin, PT

    Emma has worked with a broad spectrum of individuals from adolescents to seniors with a wide variety of conditions from musculoskeletal, orthopedic, neurological conditions in both acute to subacute settings.

    Emma has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Karolinska Institute, Sweden, her physiotherapy degree took place in both Sweden and in Australia where she spent one term of her physiotherapy program. When working with her patients Emma’s focus is to help them to receive an increased quality of life and to improve physically, mentally, emotionally and reach their personal goals. Whether their goal is to get back to their sport or hobby, get back to work after a sick leave, or getting the strength and balance to move independently around in their home. Emma will work with her patients to make sure their goals are met in an engaging and empowering manner. Emma emphasizes education, active rehabilitation through movement and exercises as well as Thermo-Electro- modalities and manual therapy techniques.

    Outside work Emma enjoys hiking with her fluffiest family member Otis (a giant bernedoodle), working out, practicing yoga and listening to live music. If there are waves to be seen you´ll for sure find her in the water on her surfboard. Emma has lived in many different places around the world and has experienced many new places, people and food. Traveling and exploring is something Emma enjoys and will try doing whenever there is an opportunity.

    EDUCATION

    • BSc, Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
    • Diploma of Business, APM College of Business & Communication, Sydney/Australia
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  • Farideh D. Manshadi, PT

    Farideh is a Physiotherapist with over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, teaching and research within the health care, wellness, and rehabilitation industries. Having worked with a wide variety of patients, she found that many of them were struggling with issues like a lack of urinary control, but they were not able to talk about their problems due to feelings of shame or embarrassment. Therefore, she has focused on Pelvic Health since 2007.

    Farideh believes wholeheartedly in skillful hands, based on knowledge and experience, to relieve the pain of patients, manage their dysfunction, and improve their quality of life.

    Farideh enjoys the outdoors and meeting new people. She loves traveling and writing an autobiography is high on her bucket list!

    EDUCATION

    • D. Physiotherapy, Iran University of Medical Sciences (2010)
    • MSc Physiotherapy, Tarbiat Modares University (1993)
    • BSc Physiotherapy, Iran University of Medical Sciences (1989)
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  • Giancarlo Brancati, MPT

    Partner

    (Vancouver)

    Giancarlo graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2015 with a Master of Physical Therapy after completing his Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2009. He has completed certifications in manual therapy, vestibular and concussion rehabilitation, TMJ/TMD, acupuncture and IMS. Since graduating he has worked in settings such as orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, and critical care.

    Giancarlo believes that movement is key to our 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 is a firm believer in continuing education to deliver evidence-based treatment and physiotherapy.

    When not working, Giancarlo enjoys playing soccer, aussie rules football, biking, hiking, travelling with his family or simply relaxing with a good book.

    EDUCATION

    • Master of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia
    • Bachelor of Human Kinetics, University of British Columbia
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  • Johana Tello, PT

    Johana received her Bachelor’s Degree Physiotherapy from The University Central of Venezuela in 2009, and since then has been working in various settings from this field.

    She is highly experienced with different orthopedic cases such as post- surgery treatments, total hip and knee replacements, neurological injuries, degenerative disorders, sport injuries, and musculoskeletal conditions.

    In 2012, Johana received two specialization diplomas: Orthopedic Manual Therapy and Myofascial Therapy. After this, her approach has been a combination of manual therapy, electro modalities, acupuncture and active rehabilitation.

    Johana has different hobbies: tennis, working out from home, hiking, acrobatics, yoga, meditation, and cooking.

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  • Kadian Murdock, PT, tDPT, BcSc

    Kadian has experience in the acute and subacute setting treating musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Kadian believes that great patient care begins with listening to the patient then applying evidence-based practice. She believes that quality of service begins with meeting and surpassing patient’s expectations.

    Kadian likes to apply a wide variety of modalities to decrease pain, improve range of motion, muscular strength and to improve the overall quality of life for her patients. This includes exercises, electro-physical modalities, postural training, and active rehabilitation.

    Kadian enjoys nature walks and going to the gym in her free time. Kadian also hopes to become more involved in volunteering in the community.

    EDUCATION

    • BA, University Canada West
    • Transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University
    • BSc, Physical Therapy, University of the West indies Jamaica.
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  • Kashish Goel, PT

    Kashish has over 10 years of experience in out-patient care setting providing treatment for various musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. During his career he has worked in various clinical setting not only in Canada but outside Canada as well. Specifically, Kashish has worked in private and public facilities in New Zealand, India and Canada.

    Kashish completed his bachelor’s degree in 2010 and further pursued a Master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Science as well as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. He holds certifications in various areas and is currently working towards a Diploma in Manual Therapy, specializing in motor vehicle injuries, sports injuries, postural conditions, post-fracture, and joint replacement rehabilitation, fall prevention, and stroke cases.

    During his free time, Kashish enjoys traveling to new places, meeting people, and cooking.

    EDUCATION

    • Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Delhi, India
    • Master of Sports Science, WINTEC, NZ
    • Doctor of Physiotherapy, A.T. Still University, USA

    Languages Spoken:
    Hindi and English – Fluent
    Punjabi – Conversational

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  • Laura Zenith, MScPT

    Currently on Maternity Leave

    Laura received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2016 and has been working in orthopaedic rehabilitation since this time. Since graduating she has completed additional training in functional dry needling through Kinetacore as well as acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada. She has also pursued further training in orthopaedic manual therapy, kinesiotaping and Neurokinetic Therapy. Laura’s treatment approach is focused on education and exercise prescription as well as using hands on manual therapy and soft tissue techniques to facilitate your recovery. As a lifelong learner, she plans to complete additional courses in manual therapy and acupuncture in the upcoming year. Laura grew up in Edmonton but recently relocated to beautiful British Columbia. Outside of the clinic she enjoys hiking, pilates, yoga and exploring the West Coast.

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  • Leo Willing, MPT

    Credentialled in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (McKenzie Method or MDT), Leo has extensive experience with inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthropathies, joint replacements and other musculoskeletal conditions related to acute injuries and chronic overuse injuries.  Leo likes to work with the patient to look beyond the location of pain to the underlying cause and finding self-management tools to support the patient.

    Leo’s continuing education has included Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Dry Needling, Mobilization with Movement, Mobilization of the Myofascial System, Soft Tissue Release, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Advanced Joint Arthroplasty Rehab, and Arthritis Continuing Education for inflammatory conditions.

    When Leo has free time, he likes to play Hockey or take the kids skiing or for a hike.

    EDUCATION

    • Master of Physiotherapy, University of British Columbia
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  • Liam Hurley, PT

    Liam graduated from the University of East London in the UK in 1992 with a BSc(Hons) degree in Physiotherapy. He spent the next 11yrs working in NHS hospitals in London in a variety of settings, covering inpatient care on medical, orthopedic, pediatric and elderly wards, and extensively in a busy outpatient department which he eventually managed. Liam spent the next 10yrs working in a busy private practice in North London as one of the lead therapists.

    Since graduating Liam has completed many postgraduate courses. These include acupuncture, muscle balance techniques (similar to Pilates), myofascial release techniques, trigger point work, Society of Orthopaedic Medicine peripheral joint assessments levels I + II, Mulligan’s techniques of NAGs, SNAGs and MWMs, strapping/taping, grade V osteopathic techniques and Upledger CranioSacral therapy. He was also lucky enough to study Gunn IMS under the guidance of Dr Chan Gunn himself!
    Liam has worked with elite athletes from many diverse disciplines including boxing, kayaking, long-distance running, bodybuilding, pole vault and snowboarding. He also provided physio to a division of the British Learning Difficulties swim team.

    Liam moved to Port Moody from the UK in 2013 with his wife and two young children. The family has become fully immersed in the BC lifestyle, enjoying the great outdoors and becoming involved in local sports. Having completed multiple Tough Mudder/Spartan type events in the UK Liam has extended his range and now enjoys running ultra marathons on the trails and has completed the Penticton Challenge.

    Liam likes to employ a holistic approach to the assessment and treatment of his patients. While valuing comprehensive diagnoses he will allow treatment plans to be flexible to follow the progression of the injury and address new symptoms/issues as they present. He uses a lot of manual therapy using a variety of techniques, ranging between deep tissue massage to very light touch subtle fascial gliding work.

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  • Manmeet Kaur, BPT, Msc

    Manmeet is a licensed physiotherapist in Canada and U.S.A. She completed her Master’s in Exercise Physiology from Texas A & M University.

    She has been working within private practice from the past 4 years. Her clinical experience includes working in a variety of settings including orthopedics, pediatrics, neurology and geriatrics.

    Manmeet is passionate about education regarding injury and how the body works, she wants her clients to leave each session feeling confident about their recovery. Along with her effective orthopaedic skills and encouraging hands-on approach, her patients feel empowered to be active participants in their rehabilitation, and thoroughly enjoy working toward their goals with Manmeet.

    Her treatment utilizes a movement-based approach that incorporates corrective exercises, neuromuscular re-education, and a variety of manual therapy techniques.
    She has been certified for concussion management and plans to take dry needling this year.

    When she’s not at the clinic, you can find Manmeet hiking, running and cycling.

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  • Marcela Marinho Vilela, PT

    Currently on Maternity Leave. 

    Marcela is an internationally educated physiotherapist originally from Brazil where she worked as a physiotherapist before moving to Canada. Since arriving in Canada, she has gained additional experience working in clinical settings for more than four years.

    She is trained in several different manual therapy, exercise, and modality-based treatment approaches. She was previously also a certified Pilates instructor.

    Marcela believes that the most important aspect of rehabilitation is clear communication between a patient and their physiotherapist. Another key is in creating appropriate treatment plans that best address the patient’s needs and preferences.

    Marcela has found her career as a physiotherapist to be extremely rewarding. She is passionate about making an impact on a person’s overall health, happiness and ability to live their life to the fullest.

    She loves the variety of people that come into the clinic and enjoys working with people of all ages. Marcela provides treatment to people with a wide range of injuries. She is thrilled to be at Coast Therapy and looks forward to helping you reach your health goals.

    In her leisure time, Marcela enjoys visiting new and beautiful places, trying new dishes of different cultures, hiking, stand up paddling, and kayaking.

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  • Mihir Parker, PT

    Mihir worked at a Cardiac Rehab Centre as a Physical therapist, educating and treating patients post surgical in India, he was also was involved in teaching health and social care as a lecturer in the UK, and has worked for more than 12 years in various aspects within healthcare field.

    Mihir had special interest in treating MSK injuries, Neuro and Geriatric cases.

    On Mihir’s personal time he likes reading books and exploring historical places

    EDUCATION

    • Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences – India
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  • Mila Pavlovic, Dipl.PT

    Being a Registered Physiotherapist with over 25 years of clinical experience in different countries, such as Canada, China, Serbia, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, allowed me to see the world and expand my knowledge in a completely different way. I am able to understand and apply multi-culturalism in its true meaning. Working in multinational, multidisciplinary teams of professionals is something I am very comfortable with.

    While previously residing in Canada I worked mostly in private clinical practice and I have done multiple postgraduate courses in myofascial, craniosacral therapy, acupuncture, osteopathy, sports med, industrial rehabilitation, functional evaluation, case management and a variety of others and I strongly believe that education never stops if you want to give your best to the people you treat.

    Upon returning to Europe, over past the few years I have had the chance to work in the field of international elite sports, which I enjoy immensely. I have been the Head PT for the Chinese National speed skating teams, both short and long track. I am also the Head PT for the Serbian National short track speed skating and inline skating teams. I was a Member (Head PT) of the official Swedish medical team at the 2019 European Athletics U20 Championship.

    Being able to utilize my knowledge and skills as a physiotherapist, apply it to the sport-specific needs of athletes, and watch them excel and achieve great results gives me professional satisfaction and also the desire to work harder and learn more so that we can achieve even greater results.

    Some of my athletes are: Wu Dajing (2018 Olympic gold medalist and world record holder on 500m), Li Jinyu (2018 Olympic silver medal 1500m at the age of 16), Dr. Darko Sarovic (European and Balkan Track and Field champion 60 and 100m sprint and Swedish National dodge ball team member), just to name the few.

    I am bilingual (English and Serbian but I can also include Croatian, Bosnian and other former Yugoslav languages.

    With my present return to Canada it is my pleasure to offer you my knowledge, experience and multicultural understanding and to serve your medical needs to the best of my abilities.

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  • Natalie Goodfellow, PT

    Natalie graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master of Physical Therapy in 2019 after completing her Bachelors of Kinesiology in 2012. Natalie has completed courses in reformer Pilates, dry needling, and manual therapy treatments.

    Before becoming a Physiotherapist, she worked in both clinical and recreational settings as a kinesiologist, yoga instructor, and personal trainer.

    Natalie’s treatments are goal driven and developed together with her patients. Natalie has a strong belief in using exercise as medicine and employing safe and effective exercises, manual therapy techniques, dry needling, and self-management strategies to optimize patient function. 

    In her leisure time Natalie enjoys cycling, rock climbing, tennis, yoga, and quality time with her family and dog.

    EDUCATION

    •  MPT Master of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia, 2019
    •  BKin, Bachelors of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia, 2012
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  • Nicolai Hartmann, PT

    Nicolai graduated in 2019 with a Master of Physiotherapy in Scotland. Prior to his Master studies he completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree at University of the Fraser Valley and worked as Kinesiologist providing exercise focused rehabilitation.

    Nicolai is experienced with treating orthopedic and joint conditions involving post-surgery total joint replacements & fractures, sports injuries, musculoskeletal pain, arthritis, longstanding joint pain as well as neurological injuries and degenerative conditions. In addition, Nicolai has specialized experience working in Vestibular and Concussion rehab.

    Nicolai emphasizes exercise, movement & lifestyle coaching to create long lasting results for each patient. His treatment approach is based on movement assessments, active rehabilitation & lifestyle coaching with complemented manual therapy and modalities to improve treatment success.

    In his free time Nicolai is a passionate soccer player, avid road cyclist, outdoor enthusiast, and movie geek.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma Sports science, Douglas College/Simon Fraser University
    • Bachelor of Kinesiology w/ extended minor in psychology, University of the Fraser Valley – graduated with distinction
    • MSc. Physiotherapy (pre-registration), Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland – graduated with Merit
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  • Noah Spence MPT, BSc

    Noah is originally from North Vancouver and possesses an extensive competitive athletic history that includes football, baseball, rugby, snowboarding and Tae Kwon Do. Noah’s passion for sport is only matched by his love of travel. When Noah finished his athletic career, it was apparent he wanted to pursue a career in performance and rehabilitation. After nine years as a strength and conditioning coach, Noah completed his Masters degree in Physiotherapy.

    Noah attended his masters in Australia, where he was able to enhance his skills in therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and patient education. While Noah is passionate about concussion and mTBI awareness, he was able to gain experience across several acute neurological settings including stoke and spinal cord injury units during his clinical placements. He also has experience in private musculoskeletal care, ICU, and community neurology. His physiotherapy philosophy focuses on empowering clients early on to safely enjoy activities they love, while facilitating meaningful change to their movement and health behaviors.

    When Noah isn’t with his family hiking or paddle boarding, he is on the slopes or in the gym. Noah attempts to embody the saying, “work hard, play harder” and gives his clients, family, and own health as much dedication and effort he can.

    EDUCATION

    • Masters of Physiotherapy University of Queensland
    • Sc. University of British Columbia
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  • Nozar Azani, PT

    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:

    • Advanced Spinal Manipulation Courses
    • Acupuncture Certification with “ Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute”
    • Various Orthopaedics, Sports and Neurological Courses as Continuing Education
    • Dry Needing Courses

    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.

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  • Patrizio Jacova, PT

    Patrizio graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s in Human Kinetics and a Masters in Physical Therapy. He has completed certifications in Concussion Management, Vestibular Rehab, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), and Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). In addition to this, he has completed coursework in advanced management of the shoulder, hip, tendons, and the jaw (TMJ).

    Patrizio believes that taking a thorough history and discussing goals of therapy are crucial for the best outcomes. This allows him to find a safe point of entry for his exercise prescription while providing essential advice and education for injury recovery and prevention. Additionally, he uses manual therapy, mechanical traction, athletic taping, and IMS/functional dry needling to improve function, ease pain, and de-threaten movement. Beyond the scope of treating pain and function, Patrizio strives to help all his patients achieve their activity goals through a variety of strength and conditioning approaches.

    Outside of the clinic, Patrizio is always looking for a new hike to explore, a different route on his road bike, and fresh powder for his snowboard. As a Port Moody local, he’s always making the most of the various mountain and water-based activities in the area.

    EDUCATION

    • Bachelor of Human Kinetics (BHK), University of British Columbia
    • Master of Physiotherapy (MPT), University of British Columbia
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  • Priyanka Mistry, B.P.Th

    Priyanka is passionate about learning how the human body works and reacts to injury and how physiotherapy treatment approaches can help patients get back to their normal activities. From a young age, she was interested in the field of medicine, healthcare as well as sports and dance. She decided a career in physiotherapy was the perfect fit for her. 

    Priyanka believes in continuing education and has taken additional courses in Dry Needling, Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and Vestibular therapy which involves treating Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and dizziness. She also has continued training and interest in treating Pelvic Floor conditions and has taken courses to treat both Male and Female for conditions of urinary incontinence and pelvic pain.

    She believes in taking good history and understands patient’s injury from their perspective and after thorough assessment, she builds a treatment plan and goal to get them to achieve their full physical function. Her treatment approach involves education, posture assessment, manual therapy, exercises, soft tissue release and modalities.

    Priyanka loves to explore the city and nature. She loves to go out with her husband for bike rides, play tennis, walk, hike and sometimes be lazy at home.

    EDUCATION

    • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (P.Th), Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik
    • Master of Management Studies (MMS), Mumbai University
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  • Rachael Hutchinson, PT

    Rachael graduated from the University of East Anglia in England with a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy. Previously, Rachael worked as a Registered Kinesiologist, graduating from SFU with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, certifications in Health and Fitness, and Occupational Ergonomics, and worked as both a teaching assistant and research assistant. In addition to in-clinic settings, she has experience in return-to-work, community outreach, rehabilitative hydrotherapy, and fall prevention. Her special interests are TMJ disorders, youth sports, and pelvic health.

    Rachael continues to advance her knowledge base. She has taken courses in temporal mandibular joint disorders (TMJ), running mechanics, and pelvic health. Rachael has completed Level 1 and 2 Pelvic Health courses to educate and treat those that experience incontinence and pelvic pain.

    Rachael treats clients holistically in order to get them back to what’s important to them: work, sport, spending time outdoors or with the kids, all is important. She aims to empower the client through education and functional exercise, allowing them to play an active role in their rehabilitation process. This, combined with manual therapy and modalities, allows for

    In her spare time, Rachael enjoys camping off the grid (aka no cell service), live music, coaching and playing volleyball, and travelling (fun fact: she’s been to 27 countries).

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  • Roi Kenan, PT

    Roi is an experienced international Physiotherapist graduated in 2015.

    Roi has been working with wide variety of patients in multiple settings, including orthopaedics and neurologic (Joint pain and Osteoarthritis, Back pain, muscle and ligament tears, joint replacement, cerebrovascular accident, spinal cord injuries and more). He was the chief PT of a professional basketball team before moving to BC with his family in 2019.

    Roi likes working together with his patients and find the best approach for each individual according to their specific needs and function. He believes in treating the person, not the diagnosis or disease. He is passionate in being part of your rehabilitation with the most up-to-date knowledge and positive energy. He is looking forward to meeting you and being part of your process.

    Outside of work, Roi enjoys the outdoor with his wife and 2 sons, playing basketball and explore hiking trails and lakes.

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  • Shayan Dullemond, BSc Kin, MSc PT

    Shayan graduated from McMaster University with a Masters of Physiotherapy in 2021. Prior to his Master studies, he completed his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University in 2019.

    Shayan has a special interest in treating musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions. These include mechanical back and neck pain, sprains and strains, and workplace injuries. He additionally has experience in orthopaedic surgery & recovery (hip replacements, knee replacements, ACL rehab).

    Shayan uses a combination of skills, including manual therapy (hands-on) skills, specialized exercise and active rehabilitation and modalities to support recovery.

    In his spare time, Shayan plays soccer, ball-hockey, and enjoys reading and collecting books.

    EDUCATION

    • MSc, Physiotherapy, McMaster University, Ontario
    • BSc, Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia
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  • Trisha Patidar, DPT, BASc

    Trisha’s journey started after graduating from Simon Fraser University as a Kinesiologist, where she had the opportunity to experience a multidisciplinary rehabilitation approach to promote quality of life improvements for clients. This experience fuelled her desire to become a physiotherapist. Her passion then took her to the U.S.A and then to Australia where she culminated her desire to become a physiotherapist  and obtained a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree from Bond University in Australia. Trisha’s passion for helping clients achieve their physical goals, reduce pain, improve their quality of life and help increase mobility are the pillars that build the foundation for her everyday practice.

    Trisha’s aim is to focus on evidence-based research and advanced practice interventions while designing and implementing therapeutic exercise programs tailored to individual clients’ needs. Studying internationally provided Trisha a great opportunity to expand cultural awareness, discover local customs and learn specialized physiotherapy techniques. After gaining work experience in Australia with a focus in orthopedic, neurological, and cardiorespiratory rehabilitation, Trisha has returned to the Lower Mainland where she plans to help members of the community she grew up in. She also has a passion in pediatrics, and women’s health in which she completed her internship. She plans to use all of her experiences and knowledge to motivate her clients to achieve their desired health goals.

    During her free time, you can find Trisha enjoying nature, hiking, paddle-boarding, or camping. Additionally, she enjoys traveling and exploring destinations around the world to learn about different cultures and food. Trisha is very creative and enjoys painting, cooking, and baking.

    EDUCATION

    •        Doctor of Physiotherapy at Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia
    •        Certificate in Basic Science and Advanced Introduction to Clinical Medicine at Saint James School of Medicine in Chicago, USA.
    •        Bachelor of Applied Sciences: Active Health and Rehabilitation Kinesiology Major and Certificate in Health and Fitness Studies at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada.
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  • Annabel Danchuk, RMT

    Annabel is a former Junior British international sprinting champion. She completed a Sport Massage diploma (UK) in 1995 and graduated from the 3000 hour, Registered Massage Therapy program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2010.

    She has post-graduate training in pre and post natal massage, joint mobilizations, and level 1 of The Mastectomy Guide training. She is comfortable working with children, seniors, and those with intellectual and physical limitations.

    For 5 years, Annabel had been part of the BC Bike Race Wellness team, providing massage therapy for over 600 mountain bikers over 7 days.

    Annabel is an avid singer, (karaoke and musical theatre) and has a warm, funny, and empathic nature.

    EDUCATION

    • Massage Therapy Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy (3000 hour program)
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  • Annissa Calendino

    Annissa graduated from WCCMT in April and is writing her board exam this September.  She is geared to growing her patient-based practice, by focusing on patient needs and incorporating dynamic home care to assist the patient in reaching their goals. Annissa has a vast, patient experience, including long-term care, Canuck Place, and athletes at UBC.

    When she is not at work Annissa enjoys exploring her own city, the outdoors and traveling around the world.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy
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  • Blake Bird, RMT

    Blake is excited to start his career as a graduate massage therapist.  During his clinical practice at WCCMT, he was part of many outreach programs including George Pearson Centre and GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, gaining experience working on patients with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and a variety of central nervous system pathologies. He was also part of the University of British Columbia and Douglas College athletic outreach programs, working on muscle strains, plantar fasciitis, and other orthopedic conditions with varsity athletes.

    With a background in personal training, Blake is enthusiastic about proper posture and biomechanics for homecare. He is passionate about fitness and martial arts, and in his free time he enjoys building computers and exploring the world of technology and computer hardware.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy
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  • Brandon Nguyen, RMT

    Brandon was a student athlete in high school and university, playing football and rugby, and would get injured frequently. Brandon quickly wanted to become a physiotherapist after working with them, so he enrolled at SFU and majored in Kinesiology. After a bit of time he had a career changed but still knew he wanted to work manually with human anatomy and movement, so he enrolled at VCMT to become an RMT. Brandon really enjoys helping people with his manual techniques.

    Brandon is a recent graduate from VCMT, he likes to focus on problem solving chronic pain or tension with deep specific techniques and encouraging movement in treatment.

    Currently, Brandon is very active and enjoys hiking, running, swimming, biking, climbing, and occasionally sleeping on his couch. Brandon is also interested in trying dance classes, (hot) yoga, and spin class

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, Vancouver College of Massage Therapy
    • BSc, Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology Major, University of Simon Fraser
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  • Chris Bond, RMT

    With 9 years’ experience as a Registered Massage Therapist, Chris focuses mainly on individual areas of compromised muscle tissue resulting in effective, specific improvement in muscle function.  Chris has 3 years’ of experience working alongside the BC Lions Practitioner team treating sports injuries and aiding in muscle recovery.

    Chris graduated from WCCMT Victoria in 2013 and his main treatment area of interest is trigger point therapy, sedating overactive nerve endings and increasing oxygenated blood flow to restricted tissue.

    Fitness and music are his passions and he will say yes to anything outdoors.

     

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma in Registered Massage Therapy WCCMT
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  • Cianna Wittur, RMT

    Cianna became a WCCMT graduate in 2018, her interest in science and the human body lead her into this career to help merge the two interests in a way to help people in their daily life. She believes that massage is beneficial for everyone; ranging from office workers to high-level athletes.

    Following her enrollment in WCCMT, she has treated multiple different conditions; from overuse injuries, sports injuries, as well as nerve related issues. Her treatment style is a more focused and deeper style; general relaxation is not something she prefers to do. With Cianna, she decides personalized treatment plans for each patient to help them reach their own personal goals as well as goals she believes the patients can achieve.

    She loves to chat with her clients and get to know them! For a head start on knowing her, some of her interests are: weightlifting, tattoos, cats, and learning new languages (currently Japanese)!

    EDUCATION

    • Massage Therapy Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy
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  • Connor Dunne, RMT, B.Kin

    Connor is a graduate from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. Having previously worked as a registered kinesiologist, he was drawn to massage therapy because he recognized its strength as a pain and stress management tool, as well as its ability to enhance recovery after exercise. He enjoys working with a wide range of patients and believes everyone can benefit from incorporating massage therapy into their lives. He understands that each patient is unique and deserves a unique approach to help them best achieve their goals. He is passionate about health science and education, having spent several years working within the Faculty of Medicine at UBC to help create learning resources for students.

    Connor is especially interested in helping people manage sports injuries, chronic pain, and anxiety. He is a big believer in meeting people where they’re at, and he will work to support you along your health journey as best as he can.

    Connor is a big fan of all action sports, and enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, and mountain biking the most.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma of Massage Therapy, Vancouver College of Massage Therapy
    • Bachelors of Kinesiology, Health Science Stream, University of British Columbia
    • Diploma of Human Kinetics, Capilano University
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  • Erin Reid, RMT

    Clinical Director

    Erin Reid is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and has 15+ years’ of experience helping athletes optimize their performance, injury prevention and recovery. Her passion for sport massage therapy has taken her around the world, from the Paralympic games in Beijing 2008, to the 2014 Commonwealth games in England. She also played a part in the Medical Services offering during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

    Erin has worked with a range of athletes and sports, from amateur to Olympic, Paralympic and professional levels. Some of her career highlights include being a Torch barrier for the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Games, traveling to Brazil in 2009 for IPC Swimming World Championships, providing therapy for the performers of Vancouver Cirque du Soleil shows and was also the lead Massage Therapist for the MLS Vancouver Whitecaps (2014 to 2019).

    In Addition, Erin has a special interest in Pre and postnatal Care (Including Infant Massage). Erin is Mother of two girls and is happy to help through all stages of development. Erin has taken a variety of courses to support this work, including visceral massage and sports related injury and recovery.

    Erin has held previous Director roles, recently coming to us from Fortius Sport & Health, she will be overseeing the clinical aspect here at Coast Therapy. Erin has also served on the CSMTA Board, volunteered for many events and organized/hosted symposiums and host Medical Tents for sporting events. Erin is passionate about serving the community and brings that excitement to each of her treatment sessions.

    *Limited appointments available

    EDUCATION

    • Massage Therapy Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy (3000 hour program)
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  • Evan Johnson, RMT

    Evan is new to the profession but has already gained extensive experience with various groups throughout the medical field via school through the practical components of their various programs from Pre and post-natal to Acute brain & spinal injuries.

    Evan graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy (New Westminster), focusing on relaxation, depression, and anxiety.

    Evan is an avid chess player, hiker extraordinaire and music enthusiast.

     

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, College of West Coast Massage Therapy
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  • Herman Chu

    Herman is a recent graduate from The Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and is awaiting to write his board exams. Prior to massage therapy, he completed his degree in Nutritional Sciences at The University of British Columbia and obtained his personal trainer certification from NSCA.

    Herman enjoys weightlifting and playing basketball to stay active. Through his experiences and past injuries, Herman aims to help patients through their journey of returning to a pain-free lifestyle, without the fear of getting injured.

    EDUCATION 

    • Diploma, Vancouver College of Massage Therapy
    • BSc, Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences, University of British Columbia

    Languages spoken: 

    • English and conversational Cantonese 
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  • Holly Henry, RMT

    Holly is not currently accepting new patients for general care; new perinatal (currently pregnant or within one year post-partum) and pediatric (under age 18) patients are always welcome to book in.

    Holly has been in practice as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2009, graduating from the 3000-hour curriculum. She prides herself on providing safe and effective care to each of her patients.

    Holly has a special interest in prenatal and pediatric care and has focused her continuing education endeavours on those demographics.

    When she isn’t treating patients or driving her kids around, Holly enjoys reading, hiking, and dancing.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma in Massage Therapy, West Coast College of Massage Therapy
    • Birth Doula training, Wise Woman Way of Birth
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  • Ian Ng, RMT

    Ian has been practicing massage therapy at Coast Therapy in Port Coquitlam for 7 years. He graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2012. His methods in practice emphasize focus on the “whole person”, since our day-to-day aches and pains usually stem from a multitude of life factors. He enjoys working with prolonged postural discomforts, as well as muscle pains from sports injuries or any other accidental cause.

    Ian is interested in almost anything. But to just name a few: video games, philosophy, psychology, martial arts, any sports that requires the repetition of accuracy.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy
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  • Jannelle Smithson, RMT

    Jannelle was a national level cheerleader with SFU while studying kinesiology before she found her passion in massage therapy. She graduated with honors from the full-time program at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2015. After graduating she spent a few years as an assistant coach and team massage therapist for SFU cheerleading. As life shifted Jannelle became more interested in massage therapy surrounding prenatal care and pediatrics. She has participated in several post graduate courses focusing on pre-natal and post-partum care as well as a short workshop on infant massage. While focusing her education on the aches and pains of the childbearing years, Jannelle enjoys a practice that involves all aspects of health & wellness care, including sports, prenatal and postpartum care, headache management, chronic fatigue and common musculoskeletal aches & pains.

    When not at the clinic, Jannelle is a mom of two active children, an avid hiker, soccer player and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and dog.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, Vancouver College of Massage Therapy
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  • Jeff Kraus, RMT

    Jeffrey is a Registered Massage Therapist and has 9+ years of helping general public return to activity and manage tension and stress from the workplace and otherwise. He has worked with patient populations ranging from chronic illness and pain to weekend warriors and part-time athletes looking to free themselves of soreness and rid themselves of nagging tension. Jeffery has also worked with Coquitlam Express BCHL Hockey Club, RMT Supervisor at Simon Fraser University Varsity Programs and was a Primary Instructor at West Coast College of Massage Therapy.

    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.

    EDUCATION

    • Massage Therapy Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy (3000 hour program)

     

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  • Kaitlin Fisher, RMT

    Kaitlin has been working as a Registered Massage Therapist for 8 years, all of which she has worked at Coast Therapy. Kaitlin went into this profession with a desire to help others, and she has found it to be a rewarding career. She graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3000-hour program in 2013, where she gained experience working with a variety of conditions and injuries. During this time, Kaitlin enjoyed providing massage therapy at outreach programs such as, GF Strong, the VGH Burns & Trauma Unit, as well as several in reach programs including, Pre & Postnatal, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Fibromyalgia programs.

    In her treatments, Kaitlin uses a variety of therapeutic modalities including joint mobilizations, myofascial release, muscle energy technique and remedial exercise. Kaitlin will provide treatment based on an individual’s needs, and she is able to provide deep, moderate, or light pressure. She is comfortable working with any number of conditions including headaches, migraines, sports injuries, whiplash injuries, as well as maintenance and pre/postnatal massage.

    In Kaitlin’s spare time, she enjoys, spending time with family and friends, hiking, camping, travelling and watching movies.

    EDUCATION

    • Massage Therapy Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy (3000-hour program)
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  • Kelly Macinnes, RMT

    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.

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  • Kevan La Guardia, RMT, B.Kin

    Kevan graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2019 and holds a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia. Through his practice and massage program, he has been able to work with a variety of individuals from university athletes to desk workers and everything in between. He has treated patients with specific conditions such as headaches, frozen shoulder, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, chronic pain and many other conditions. Coming from an athletic background in sports such as competitive gymnastics, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee, Kevan understands the importance of treatments and what massage therapy can do to provide a healthy recovery and maintain balance in the body.

    Kevan combines the use of general Swedish massage with other techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilizations, neuromuscular techniques, and dynamic and passive stretching. He is also certified in Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization. Kevan uses these techniques in a relaxing but orthopedic approach to help his patients achieve their goals.

    Outside of the clinic you can find Kevan playing volleyball and ultimate frisbee, snowboarding, or on the North Shore trails with his puppy, Harvey.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, Vancouver College of Massage Therapy (2019)
    • Bachelors of Kinesiology – Health Science Stream, UBC (2016)
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  • Kristen Burrows, RMT

    Kristen Burrows has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2003, graduating from the West Coast college of Massage Therapy. She was a Clinical practicum supervisor and Instructor at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy from 2006 to 2020. At the college, she supervised practicums treating patients with Multiple Sclerosis as well brain and spinal cord injuries. She also taught 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.

    In 2019, she was elected to the board of the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia. Her work there consists of helping to make regulations for the profession to serve the best interests of the public.

    Kristen has been with Coast Therapy since 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.

    EDUCATION

    • Massage Therapy Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy (3000 hour program)
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  • Kristi Rexhepi RMT, Bkin

    Kristi started her career path by gaining a Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley and worked as a kinesiologist/trainer for 2 years. She completed her massage therapy training at WCCMT in August 2021. Kristi is also certified in Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM).

    Kristi believes in a team-based approach to therapy, with client and therapist working together towards the same goal of optimal health. She is excited to continually grow and expand her knowledge as a therapist to provide you with the most individualized and effective session possible.

    In her spare time, she loves anything that involves exploring our beautiful province: hiking, camping, climbing, and skiing.

    EDUCATION

    • Massage Therapy Diploma, West Coast Massage Therapy
    • Bachelors of Kinesiology with an Extended Minor in Psychology, University of Fraser Valley
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  • Lindsay Cole, RMT

    Lindsay Cole is an experienced RMT practicing at Coast Therapy Maple Ridge after moving from Ontario in 2019. She has practiced in Ontario since 2011 in both of the leading Sport/Wellness and Recovery Centers in Essex County. She has knowledge of a wide range of therapeutic massage methods and techniques, including sport massage, deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, and myofascial techniques. She is dedicated to providing quality patient focused treatments for sport recovery, sport performance, injuries, as well as lifestyle and wellness maintenance.

    Lindsay’s education journey began at The University of Windsor, Ontario, with BA in Sociology with a minor in Psychology before branching into Registered Massage Therapy. As a life long competitive athlete herself, Lindsay competed in her first Ironman triathlon in 2013 and since has continue to align her passion of competing in triathlons with her passion for the massage therapy profession. She has a special interest in helping athletes reach their full potential which has become a journey to understanding the true importance of body care to avoid injury, maintain optimal health and accelerate performance. Using evidence based science she has developed a system of techniques to support recovery and balance the body.

    She believes that by pursuing her own health and wellness goals she creates a passion to assist others to do the same.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, College of Health Science and Technology Ontario
    • BA, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Windsor
    • BSc, Arts Minor in Psychology, University of Windsor
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  • Mark Porter, RMT

    Mark Porter has over 20 years’ experience helping clients in Whistler, Yaletown, Squamish and the Tri-Cities recover from chronic pain and sports injuries.

    Mark has worked with elite athletes—including Canada’s national ski team and the Canadian women’s swim team. He takes a proactive approach with athletes, weekend warriors and clients experiencing sudden or chronic issues.

    His broad clientele helped Mark hone a deep understanding of the physical demands and implications of intense sports, as well as day-to-day physical demands, and office careers.

    Mark is passionate about helping his clients achieve or maintain their personal best performance, whether race times, busy careers or other goals. He can often be found out on his road bike or studying the latest research on nutrition, fitness, recovery, and peak performance.  His clients often seek his counsel on training and nutrition as well as safe and effective stretching and self-care techniques.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy
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  • Martin Pan, RMT

    Martin is a graduate of the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and has a strong athletic background in various sports, including competitive swimming, golf, and badminton. His personal experience with injuries and the relief he found through RMT treatments fueled his passion for helping others in their healing journeys. Martin has helped patients with a wide range of conditions, including TMJ pain, frozen shoulder, chronic headaches, low back pain, and many others.

    Martin combines his prior knowledge of Personal Training and his experience serving in the Canadian Armed Forces to provide a holistic and proactive approach to his patients. He focuses on tailoring treatments using techniques such as relaxing Swedish massages, deep tissue, neuromuscular, fascial, and trigger point release to help patients achieve their personal health and functional goals.

    Outside of his practice, you can often find Martin at the local golf course in the summer or snowboarding in the winter.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, Vancouver College of Massage Therapy

    Languages Spoken:
    English, Mandarin (fluent)

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  • Matthew Johnston, RMT

    After enduring a significant vision loss, Matthew was inspired to pursue a new career in Massage Therapy. Matthew graduated with honors from Georgian College’s 3-year Massage Therapy program in 2018 with training in therapeutic and wellness massage, incorporating myofascial release, deep tissue, hydrotherapy, low-grade joint mobilizations, Swedish massage techniques, and remedial exercise.

    Matthew believes in a patient-centered approach with customized tailored treatments informed through clinical assessment, current knowledge, patient input, and his heightened sense of touch to achieve each patient’s goals.

    Matthew is dedicated to furthering his education to better inform his practice.

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  • Mike Wilson, RMT

    Mike graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) in 1999. He has a focused practice in injury rehab for athletics and a growing interest in tactical strength and fitness(TSAC) for all of his first responders as well as a continued growth in knowledge for the associated mental health issues.

    Mike has previously earned an NSCA Personal Trainers Certification in (2008) and has three (3) certifications in athletic training from Twist Conditioning: Sports Movement, Conditioning and Strength (level 2).

    Mike has 22+ years experience as a healthcare professional. Mike’s treatment approach includes Soft Tissue Release, Arthrokinetic Therapy, Neuromuscular Techniques, and Pain Management.
    He incorporates athletic conditioning techniques to speed recovery, assist in pain mitigation, and enhance athletic performance. He is familiar with both chronic and acute injuries and conditions and provides individualized assessments & solutions for a wide variety of health issues related to the workplace, athletics, and lifestyle.

    Recent courses include Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Resilience from CTRI, Understanding the Complexities of Concussions for massage therapy, Fortius Centre’s Assessment Treatment & Rehabilitation; Orthopaedic Assessment of the Lumbar Vertebrae, Pelvis, and Hip; and Orthopaedic Assessment of the Cervical Spine & Shoulder. Mike is a huge fan of auto racing, strength training, spending quality time with his family, and practical jokes. When he isn’t busy in the clinic, Mike can be found spending time with his grandkids, in the gym or at the range. #allinallthetime

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  • Mitchell Bruneski, RMT

    Mitchell completed the Registered Massage Therapy program in Spring of 2022 and is studying for the final board examinations this September and October.

    What started Mitchell on the road to becoming a RMT all revolves around a loved one and her condition. She was afflicted with a severe level of Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) that was enough to send her home from work for over a year. Mitchell’s goal was to learn the skills that would best treat her condition, to improve and maintain her health and those in a similar place as she was. Through this, he has gained a particular interest in treating those with conditions that affect the head, neck, and jaw that include; TMJ Dysfunction, concussions, headaches, migraines and whiplash.

    The style of treatment he provides is informative and educational. Mitchell believes knowledge is the first step in the recovery process and to improving one’s quality of life. His treatments are based on deep tissue, myofascial, trigger point release, intra-oral massage, IASTM, joint mobilization, stretching, Swedish massage, and building a treatment plan paired with a home care routine that meets the patient where they are at.

    Mitchell enjoys spending time with his wife, toddler son, newborn baby girl, and his corgi pup. Recreational activities of interest include skiing, longboarding, diving, frisbee, volleyball, walking and hiking.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, Registered Massage Therapy, CDI College
    • Certificate, IASTM Upper & Lower Body, Professional Health Systems
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  • Nari Carriere, RMT

    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.

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  • Paige Bassett, RMT

    Paige’s passion to help people prompted her to pursue a career in massage therapy right after high school. She graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy 3000 hour program in New Westminster. Through her clinic internship she was able to experience treating a wide variety of conditions: from soft tissue injury, neurological conditions, postural dysfunction, to basic wellness and preventive care. She thoroughly enjoyed the UBC outreach and being able to treat athletes, as well as high risk pregnancies at BC Women’s Hospital.

    Paige is knowledgeable in many different modalities and approaches that massage therapy has to offer, and is passionate about improving the lives of her patients through therapy and treatment plans that are individual for them.

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  • Panagiotis (Panos) Apostolopoulos, RMT

    Panos has been working as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2016. Before pursuing a career in Massage Therapy, Panos was working as a physiotherapy assistant in multi-disciplinary clinics.

    In his treatments, he implements a variety of techniques according to individual needs, such as: joint mobilizations, muscle energy techniques, Trigger Point Therapy, deep tissue, remedial exercises.

    Panos practice involves sport injuries, headache management, overuse injuries, common musculoskeletal aches and pains, Whiplash Associated Disorders.

    In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, photography, watching movies.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, Alberta College of Massage Therapy
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  • Polina Poberezhnyk

    Polina is a recent graduate from the West Coast College, awaiting to write her RMT board exams. Her passion for anatomy and physiology sparked from gymnastics and a neurobiology degree. Throughout clinical practicums, she’s worked with varying ranges of patients from professional athletes to pre- and post-natal women to long-term care. She enjoys tailoring treatments to reach every patient’s needs and aiding in their recovery.

    Besides massage therapy, Polina loves spending time at the gym, rock climbing, exploring new locations, and especially new cafés.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy
    • BSc, Biology Major with focus in Neurobiology, University of Victoria

    Languages Spoken:

    Fluent in English, Ukrainian, Russian

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  • Randi Saville, RMT, BSc

    Randi is really excited to join the team at Coast Therapy.   She’s been working as an RMT since 2003 and has enjoyed working with Team BC athletes at the Canada summer games, the Vancouver Whitecaps and various other amateur sports teams and individual athletes.  Randi has devoted much of the past 11 years as an educator, she is an experienced instructor and is currently the Program Coordinator at the Vancouver Career College RMT Program in Burnaby.

    Randi earned a Bachelor of Science degree at UBC majoring in Biology, then moved onto the 3000-hour massage therapy program at West Coast College of Massage therapy. She has a keen interest in orthopedics, rehabilitation, and athletics.

    Outside of work, Randi manages to keep on her toes with 3 teen-aged children who compete in hockey and box lacrosse.  She loves camping, hiking, riding dirt bikes and her motorcycle including playing hockey herself – she can’t let the kids have all the fun!

    EDUCATION

    • BSc, Bachelor of Science in Biology, minor in psychology, UBC
    • Diploma, RMT, West Coast College of Massage Therapy
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  • Rebecca Baskovic, BKin

    Rebecca graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in April 2023 and is awaiting to write her board exams to become an RMT in September.

    Rebecca became interested in physical rehabilitation after she tore her ACL and meniscus from playing volleyball as a teenager. Rebecca enrolled in the Kinesiology program where she developed a passion for anatomy and physiology. After working alongside RMT’s and getting her own massage treatments she realized that this was what she was meant to do. Rebecca wants to be able to help people recover and feel restored just like how massage therapy has helped her.

    During her time at WCCMT she had the privilege of working with a variety of people such as athletes, office workers, pre- and post-natal women, people with neurological conditions and geriatric clients. Rebecca has treated people with many different injuries/conditions such as scoliosis, ligament and tendon tears, labral tears, frozen shoulder, plantar fasciitis, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and many more. Rebecca provided patient-centered care to help patients achieve their goals and alleviate their pain/tension so that they can get back to feeling their best.

    Rebecca enjoys spending her time outdoors, especially on the water where you can find her paddle boarding or kayaking.

    EDUCATION

    • BKin, University of the Fraser Valley
    • Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy
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  • Sandie Wa Mumba

    Massage Therapy has shown Sandie how her patients can take back control of bodily pain & discomforts that they are feeling. Through her experience at Vancouver Career College, she has grown and is confident in knowing how to help those around me by offering treatments that are centered for you and your pain tolerance.

    Physical activity and health have incorporated itself naturally into Sandie’s life through understanding of functional and mechanical anatomy. With that, Patient progression has brought a fulfillment to her day-to-day life that has directly impacted her unlimited desire to continue acquiring new information and implementing it to her patients. 

    Sandie’s treatments are relaxation centered while also using direct techniques like PNF, stretching, and assisted movements to reduce pain or imbalances in the body. Stress is a large factor in most of our lives so she believes in educating her patients on ways they can reduce their stress at home while also targeting areas of the body that need to be worked on in order for her patients to gain optimal function.

    EDUCATION

    • RMT Diploma, Vancouver Career College
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  • Sara Hoskin, RMT

    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.

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  • Sarah Blomme, RMT

    Sarah is a graduate of West Coast College of Massage Therapy where she was trained in multiple modalities.  During her clinic time, she worked with substance abuse patients and college athletes.  She treated pregnant mothers during the clinic in reaches and at the outreach program in New Westminster Hospital, where some women had given birth only hours before.  She has helped the public with all manner of conditions.

    Sarah recently completed Manual Lymph Drainage Level 1. She is now trained to treat many conditions with this technique, including, but not limited to: sinus congestion, migraines, insomnia, hangovers, varicose veins, pregnancy swelling pre/post-natal, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Frozen Shoulder, seat belt bruises/burns, concussions, bursitis, joint inflammation, mastitis/breast congestion (breast feeding), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, PMS, endometriosis, and pre-surgically to reduce swelling, bruising, and pain post-surgery.

    In her free time, she likes to crochet, read novels, and binge-watch TV and film series, her preferences are historical fiction and science fiction. She does all this with her adorable American Cocker Spaniel at her side trying to eat her yarn.

    EDUCATION

    • Massage Therapy Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy
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  • Steffanie Gelies, RMT

    Steffanie has been an RMT since November 2021. Since being an RMT Steffanie has treated a variety of conditions and pathologies such as but not limited to pregnancy, diabetes, arthritis, headaches, chronic pain, acute injuries such as sprains/strains, disc conditions, post immobilization/surgery, etc.

    Steffanie completed her RMT program at the Vancouver Career College. Steffanie’s treatments focus on deep tissue, passive stretching and strengthening, joint mobilization, hydrotherapy, myofascial, Swedish massage. She believes that educating her patients and providing them with a thorough treatment plan are key factors in their overall outcome from massage therapy.

    In her spare time Steffanie has a passion for the outdoors such as hiking with her two miniature schnauzer dogs or doing adventurous trail walks.

    EDUCATION

    • Diploma, Registered Massage Therapy, Vancouver Career College
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  • Steven Lee, RMT

    Steven has recently completed the Registered Massage Therapy program in December of 2022 and is currently preparing for the upcoming board examination. He gains experiences treating various orthopedic conditions, MS, and postural dysfunctions in his clinical internship.

    During school time, Steven found interest in relieving pain caused by occupational and recreational activities. He uses the techniques learnt combine with his previous career experiences to help people improve the quality of life.

    Steven enjoys bike riding when weather permitting and various indoor sport like ice skating, racket sports in his spare time. Music, movies and reading are also his favourites after work.

    Education:

    • Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy
    • Diploma, Ming Shin Engineering College

    Languages Spoken:

    • English, fluent
    • Mandarin, fluent
    • Hokkien/Taiwanese, fluent
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  • Steven Lovett, RMT, BKin

    Steven received his massage therapy diploma from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2021 after graduating from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelor of Kinesiology: Exercise Science option in 2016. Steven is a local Taekwon-Do instructor teaching in Pitt Meadows since 2018 and training since 1999. Steven’s previous experiences include working as a practicing kinesiologist, personal trainer, aqua fitness instructor, swim instructor and lifeguard.

    Steven has a keen eye when performing physical assessments to determine the correct strategy during massage treatments. As an experienced kinesiologist, Steven can quickly identify any barriers during exercise prescription and help patients become active participants in their recovery. Steven is still an active competitor in Taekwon-Do, performing in local provincial and national level tournaments. He also enjoys weightlifting and fitness in general. On the weekends, Steven enjoys cooking at home and choosing an appropriate wine pairing.

    EDUCATION

    • RMT Diploma, West Coast College of Massage Therapy
    • BKin, University of the Fraser Valley
    • Sport Science Diploma, Douglas College
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Coast Therapy is an award-winning provider of Massage Therapy & Physiotherapy services to Port Coquitlam, East Vancouver, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge 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.

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