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Erin joined the Coast Therapy team/family in order to help coordinate operations amongst our growing company and our various locations. She brings a background in retail operations management and her current position involves everything from managing HR and payroll, scheduling, supply and equipment vendors, corporate accounts and the overall day to day operations.
Erin enjoys the flexibility this position offers her and her family, and in her spare time, spends most of her time with her 2 kids, husband and rescue dog.Back to top
Paul, who has degree in Kinesiology is our Active Rehabilitation (AR) Coordinator. He has worked in the fitness, health and wellness industry for nearly 13 years, mostly in municipal recreation, and recently joined the Coast Therapy team to help coordinate the AR program for all our clinics.
Paul’s focus is on bringing together a team of kinesiologists to assist people of all ages and abilities achieve their rehabilitation goals; preferring simple, practical and engaging fitness programs that are tailored to the individual. He also believes that sharing knowledge and increasing a person’s independence is the best way to facilitate a sustainable recovery. Having experienced a long history of sports injuries and car accidents himself Paul knows the ups and downs of rehabilitation very well, and uses his own experience to support his entire team of kinesiologists, and more importantly, each person who is trained & supported through our clinics.Back to top
Rosa has been the Clinic Manager for Coast Therapy since 2015 and is based mainly out of the Coquitlam location. She brings with her a background of school administration and education.
What Rosa enjoys most about the job is working with a great team of therapists and front desk staff, and assisting patients as best as she can… something that she excels at and always goes the extra distance to achieve.
In her spare time, Rosa enjoys walks along the beach, seeking adventures with her daughter and spending time with family.Back to top
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.
Dr. Sabbaghan graduated from Simon Fraser University Biomedical physiology program with honors with distinction and continued to pursue her education in Portland, Oregon where she completed her doctorate of chiropractic degree summa cum laude (highest degree of honor) from the University of Western States.
Dr. Sabbaghan moved to Vancouver at the age of 13 and immediately fell in love with the city. She believes that everyone is “an athlete in their own way”, meaning they have the capability to pursue an active lifestyle in whatever capacity that resonates with them. Her desire to provide patients with the opportunity and tools to achieve their goals involves using a detailed, patient-centered approach in her assessment and treatment. Through her education she developed a passion for prenatal and postpartum care, treatment of TMD (temporomandibular disorder) and the complexities of low back pain and disc herniation. She advocates for team-based multidisciplinary care to facilitate the best possible outcome for her patients. Dr. Sabbaghan is a firm believer of movement as the key to a healthier body, healthier mind and healthier lifestyle, and will make it her goal to support her patients in reaching their daily goals.
She takes joy in spending time with family, being out in nature and exploring the hikes around the area.Back to top
Alvaro completed his Bachelor in Kinesiology and Health Science at the University of British Columbia in 2018. He comes from a diverse background of sports including soccer, basketball, volleyball and golf and continues to expand his athletic experiences. His passion to rehabilitate clients comes from years of treating his own injuries and understanding the importance of rest with the combination of active movement and strength building. Alvaro’s hope is to educate his clients well enough to the point where they can carry out their rehabilitation program independently and continue to improve their strength and mobility.Back to top
Cole graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2018 with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and an extended minor in Psychology.
Growing up as a competitive athlete in baseball and hockey, Cole found a great interest in athletics from a young age and decided to put that passion into a career. While studying Kinesiology, he developed a want to help others grow and develop beyond their own injuries through active rehabilitation.
Cole is excited to be a part of the multidisciplinary team at Coast Therapy, as he continues to gain knowledge and grow as a kinesiologist.Back to top
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.Back to top
Being a high-performance athlete in White Rock, playing volleyball and soccer, her passion for sports and exercise are what drove her to pursue the field of kinesiology. She is excited to apply exercise and movement science to encourage well being, improve performance, rehabilitate injuries and restore optimal function to patients through therapeutic exercise, function fitness, and active rehabilitation.Nicole completed her Bachelor of Human Kinetics with a focus in Clinical Exercise Physiology from University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2018. She is also certified in Athletic Taping with SportMed BC, as well as Functional Movement Systems (FMS).
Being a high-performance athlete in White Rock, playing volleyball and soccer, her passion for sports and exercise are what drove her to pursue the field of kinesiology. She is excited to apply exercise and movement science to encourage well being, improve performance, rehabilitate injuries and restore optimal function to patients through therapeutic exercise, functional fitness, and active rehabilitation.
Outside of the clinic Nicole can be found playing volleyball, skiing, hiking, or paddle boarding at the beach.Back to top
Paul obtained his Bachelors of Kinesiology (Minor in Arts-Psychology) from UBC in 2015. He has worked in the fitness, health and wellness industry for nearly 13 years, mostly in municipal recreation, and recently joined the Coast Therapy team as the Active Rehabilitation Coordinator. Paul uses a simple approach to helping people of all ages and abilities achieve their rehabilitation goals; preferring simple, practical and engaging fitness programs that are tailored to the individual. He also believes that sharing knowledge and increasing a person’s independence is the best way to facilitate a sustainable recovery. Having experienced a long history of sports injuries and car accidents himself Paul knows the ups and downs of rehabilitation very well, and uses his own experience to support each person he trains.Back to top
Rhiannon obtained her Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from the University of Alberta in 2017. Her competitive athletic experience is rooted in soccer but she she has a passion for anything active. After rehabilitating a wakeboarding injury of her own, Rhiannon understands the effect injuries can have on daily life and how small improvements can make a world of a difference. Rhiannon will work with you to achieve those accomplishments by improving your strength, posture, endurance and mobility and in turn, help you return to what you are used to.
On her days off, you might see Rhiannon on the trails around Vancouver or scuba diving.Back to top
“My desire for each of my patients is to understand their own body and the strength it possesses. Empowering them to take control of their health allows each patient to focus on their specific goals, maximize their capabilities, and realize their potential in sport, work, or everyday life”
Dr. Galuska (Raeann) is a licensed Naturopathic Physician in B.C. who received her education at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, in New Westminster B.C., after completing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology through Simon Fraser University. rowing up immersed in sports, it was a natural progression for her to pursue Kinesiology, but as time went on, she found a passion to learn more about the “whole”istic functions of the human body. Around this time she was also dealing with her own digestive issues and was amazed at the level of care she received from her own Naturopathic Doctor. She realized that Naturopathic Medicine was a combination of all things she loved most; science and nature, as well as physical, mental and spiritual health.
Patients enjoy her light-hearted, laid back approach to medicine, keeping in mind that it’s important to laugh! She has a special interest in Sports Medicine, Pain Management, Digestion, Fatigue, Autoimmune Disease and Weight Management. Dr. Galuska aims to help empower her patients to optimize their health and performance. Working together as a team, by educating them on their options and on the root cause of each individual illness, she can choose unique treatments to help her patients on their path to success.
When not at the clinic, “Raeann” loves to be outdoors doing almost anything, especially camping, hiking, or fishing with her partner and two dogs, or playing rugby or soccer on the weekends.
Naturopathic Cardiac Life Support
Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors
British Columbia Naturopathic Association
College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia
B.Sc. (Kinesiology) Simon Fraser University 2012
Active Health and Rehabilitation concentration
Applied Human Nutrition Certificate
Certificate in Health and Fitness Studies
Co-operative Education Program
Diploma of Naturopathic Medicine: Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine 2016
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.Back to top
Bridgette graduated from the University of British Columbia with Masters of Physical Therapy, following the completion of her undergraduate degree in physical education and coaching. She has also completed additional certifications in Mulligans concept manual therapy (mobilizations with movement), and is looking forward to pursuing post graduate education in other areas including pelvic floor and women’s health starting in 2020.
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. Having grown up throughout the greater Vancouver area, Bridgette has a special appreciation for running, hiking, and any activities that involve getting outdoors and exploring our beautiful province. When it comes to treatment, Bridgette believes in combining hands on techniques with personalized exercise prescription and thorough patient education to help clients reach their therapeutic goals.
During her down time, Bridgette enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, getting out for runs, and exploring new and exciting ways to stay active.Back to top
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.Back to top
Corrie is originally from Vancouver Island, where she first developed an interest in human movement and anatomy through her background as a competitive dancer and dance instructor. She completed her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia, having previously completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Alberta.
Corrie has completed extensive post-graduate training in pelvic floor rehabilitation and real time ultrasound imaging, and is passionate about women’s health. She believes all women should have a chance to regain their function and quality of life. Incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain, or an inefficient core shouldn’t hold anyone back from being active or living the way they want to.
Corrie has also completed training in vestibular rehabilitation for dizziness and balance disorders.
Corrie uses individualized treatment plans of education, manual therapy, and exercise to help patients optimize the functioning of their bodies and achieve their goals. Corrie enjoys helping patients find hope through recovery.
Outside of work: Corrie enjoys climbing, hiking, weight lifting, and finding new ways to stay active.Back to top
Giancarlo graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2015 with a Masters of Physical Therapy after completing his Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2009. He has completed graduate courses in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and Mulligan concept training, as well as Kinesio-Taping and Soft Tissue Release. Since graduating he has also worked in settings such as critical care, orthopaedics and neurological rehabilitation.
Giancarlo believes that movement is key to your overall well-being. That is why he is passionate about helping clients return to their activities whether it be sports, work or your daily routine. He uses a combination of manual therapy, soft tissue release, taping and exercise prescription to treat clients. He is keen to continue his education in manual therapy, needling and neuromuscular retraining.
When not working, Giancarlo enjoys playing soccer and Australian Rules Football competitively; biking, hiking, travelling with his wife or simply relaxing with a good book.Back to top
Igor graduated as a physiotherapist in 2007 with distinction. He has since worked in a variety of private practices specializing in treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and rehabilitation of elite and recreational athletes, and now is permanently moved to and proud co-owner of Coast Therapy. In addition to extensive postgraduate training in manual therapy, Igor has special interest in Kinesio Taping and vestibular rehabilitation. He also completed certification in Acupuncture through Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute, and in IMS (Intra Muscular Stimulation) through University of British Columbia.
In May 2018, Igor finished his post-graduate Clinical Doctorate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy(US). Igor’s current clinical interests include TMJ disorders (jaw and facial pain) and Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound.
In his spare time Igor enjoys traveling, hiking, working out and just about any kind of water related activity.Back to top
Leo has several years experience working with clients with a wide variety of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. He has spent nearly 3 years as the sole physiotherapist at a public health arthritis clinic where he treats multi-joint osteoarthritis and a wide variety of inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, and inflammatory spondyloarthropathies (spinal conditions). He believes strongly in client learning and active participation in the rehabilitation process.
Leo has completed continuing education courses in soft tissue release, Mulligan joint mobilizations-with-movement, cardiorespiratory conditions as they relate to neurological and musculoseletal conditions, as well as the Mary Pack Arthritis Continuing Education program.Back to top
Michelle completed her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia here in Vancouver.
Michelle is motivated by a great curiosity about the complex ways in which the human body works and about the interplay of the many factors which contribute to our health and wellbeing. She believes that empowering individuals to understand their bodies, to use them more confidently and to be able to develop their movement possibilities and strength is the best way to help her clients become their healthiest and most resilient selves. Michelle has experience with people experiencing a range of different types of injuries, surgeries, persistent pain, and neurological conditions, and she uses evidence-based practice to help her clients achieve their rehabilitation goals.
Michelle enjoys keeping fit through strength and aerobic training, and has a passion for the outdoors, exploring the mountains and oceans of the Pacific Northwest by hiking, scuba diving, and surfing.Back to top
Natalie has been passionate about exercise and movement since childhood. This passion led her to study at the University of British Columbia where she obtained her Bachelor of Kinesiology. After graduating, Natalie worked in both clinical and recreational settings as a kinesiologist, yoga instructor, and personal trainer. Natalie also worked at a medical clinic where she helped develop and manage wellness programs for patients, which focused on sleep hygiene, stress reduction and physical fitness.
Natalie graduated from the Masters of Physical Therapy at UBC and continues to treat patients with a broad outlook on wellness and health. Her 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 and self-management strategies to optimize patient function.
Natalie enjoys seeing a wide variety of patients; however, she has a special interest in treating those with persistent pain. She continues to research and further develop her understanding of the positive influence that physiotherapy and exercise can have on a person’s functional wellbeing.
In her leisure time Natalie enjoys spending time with friends and family. Or she can be found out and about cycling, bouldering, hiking, practicing yoga or playing with her puppy.Back to top
Natalie graduated from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh Scotland, in 2016 with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy . Prior to this, she received a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from University of New Brunswick while also a member of the Varsity Track and Field team.
Natalie was first introduced to physiotherapy as a patient herself, having been a track and field athlete for over 10 years. During this time she experience her share of injuries which compelled her to become dedicated to prevention and optimizing the bodies function.
Since graduating she has worked with many different populations including post operative rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, chronic pain, general rehabilitation and many other complex medical clinical cases. Natalie loves to empower her patients towards better function and a healthier lifestyle.
Natalie is a strong believer in the benefit of movement and its numerous benefits on the body. She uses a combination of individualized exercise prescription, education, manual therapy and taping techniques to help patients improve function and decrease pain.
In her leisure time you can find her enjoying the outdoors with hiking, yoga, surfing, biking and loves spending time with friends and family.Back to top
After completing his degree in music performance, Noel realized he needed somewhere to focus all the energy previously dedicated to his studies. Intrigued by a story he heard on the radio about trail-ultramarathons, he impulsively decided that this was the sport for him. However, with no major previous running experience, he made the common mistake of training too much, too soon, leading to a series of injuries. Through working with a physiotherapist he was able to overcome these setbacks and has since been able to finish dozens of races and run for many years injury-free. This experience led to an interest in understanding injury prevention and rehabilitation, which ultimately led him to pursue a Master’s in Physiotherapy at the University of British Columbia.
Noel has a passion for helping people recover function, whether that is getting them back to work or helping them finish their first race. His treatment focuses on empowering patients through helping them understand their injury, how to manage their pain, and teaching them exercises they can use to become more robust and resilient so they can return to their normal life without fear of reinjury. As a strong proponent of evidence-based care, Noel stays current with the latest research in physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, and sports medicine.
On his days off, Noel likes to keep busy playing tennis, kayaking, and most of all, trail running with his wife and doggo.Back to top
Nozar has passionate about rehabilitative medicine, and he has been a clinician for almost 15 years. His journey to becoming a physiotherapist began in high school when he was involved in competitive Tennis. His own injuries led him to seek treatment from a physiotherapist where he became instantly interested in the profession. Physiotherapy is an extremely rewarding career for Nozar. He considers himself extremely fortune for his unique experience abroad and was inspired by some of the most influential physiotherapists.
He has completed numerous courses including:
He is very interested in motor vehicle injuries, post-operative rehabilitation, chronic pain conditions, TMJ, peripheral nerve injury, and complex clinical cases. Nozar absolutely loves the challenges of diagnosing musculoskeletal dysfunction. In addition, he has a special interest in sport injuries and loves working with athletes anywhere on the spectrum from injury prevention to rehabilitation to sport performance.Back to top
Priyanka obtained her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) degree from The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India in 2013. While working as a physiotherapist in India, she developed a keen interest in musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy. She also holds a Masters degree in Management Studies from Mumbai University, India.
After practicing adult and pediatric physiotherapy in India, Priyanka moved to Vancouver in July 2017.
Priyanka is passionate about physiotherapy and treats patients to get back to their activities utilizing soft tissue release, manual therapy, therapeutic modalities and exercise prescription.
In her spare time, Priyanka enjoys travelling, listening to music, dancing and spending time with her familyBack to top
Rachael Hutchinson graduated from the University of East Anglia in England with a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy. Previously, Rachael worked as a Registered Kinesiologist who graduated from SFU with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and certificates in Health and Fitness Studies and Occupational Ergonomics. As a kinesiologist, Rachael has worked in return to work rehabilitation programs, community settings, and private clinics, but also has experience with hydrotherapy and youth sports.
Rachael treats clients holistically in order to get them back to doing what’s important to them, whether it be work, sports, or spending time outdoors. Her treatment philosophy/style aims to empower the client through education and activity-based training, allowing them to play an active role in the rehabilitation process.
In her spare time Rachael enjoys hiking, camping, live music, and travelling.Back to top
Shawn received his Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2016. Prior to this as a member of Washington State University’s NCAA Track and Field team Shawn also earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2013.
Shawn born and raised in the Tri-Cities area grew up in the world of sports, playing almost every sport throughout his life with all the injuries to prove it. From a very young age was obsessed with the process of rehabilitation from both injuries and illnesses. As a former international-caliber track and field athlete and cancer survivor, Shawn has always had a special passion for promoting health and wellness in others.
He enjoys working with patients of all ages and function, although he has special interest in treating patients in the sport community and people suffering with persistent pain.
Shawn’s philosophy and approach to physiotherapy is to empower his patients through education, safe and functional exercises progressions and manual techniques. Equipping them with the tools they need to better maximize their health and function. He places a emphasis on spending time with his patients and helping them better understand their pain.
In his spare time Shawn loves spending time with friends and family, reading, playing basketball, working out, going on outdoor adventures, and has recently developed a love for surfing.Back to top
Zhuo Wei has completed his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at McGill University in 2016 and has since acquired experiences in assessing and treating musculoskeletal conditions working in private and community-based settings. Zhuo Wei used to own a Physical Therapy clinic back in Montreal and now looking to enjoy BC!
At the core of his rehabilitation approach, Zhuo Wei believes in a combination of manual therapy and exercises prescription to guide his clients back to their previous level of function and introduce pain management strategies. He has taken advanced physical therapy courses for the assessment, management, and rehabilitation of shoulder and neck pain. He is also familiar with the Mulligan concept and the McKenzie approach to manual therapy. In the future, Zhuo Wei intends to further his manual therapy and delve into IMS and acupuncture.Back to top
Annabel is a former junior British national sprinting champion. She completed a Sport Massage diploma (UK) in 1995 . She graduated from the 3000hr, Registered Massage Therapy program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2011, with Post-graduate training in pre and post natal massage. Annabel also has 9 years experience, working with persons with intellectual disabilities.
She is an avid singer, (karaoke and musical theatre) and has a warm, funny and empathic nature.
PLEASE NOTE:, Due to a very busy practice, Annabel is not taking any new patients at this time, unless she has treated you at a previous clinic. Please call the clinic to discuss this.Back to top
Anita is the founder/co-owner of Coast Therapy. She has been practicing in Port Coquitlam since 1997, served on the Board of Directors for her professional Association (RMTBC) for over 12 years, and now serves on the Board of Directors for SportMed BC. With extensive training in numerous manual therapy techniques, she tailors her treatment for individual need. Anita is known for being extremely thorough in her assessment, utilizing research and patient education, and for helping patients with chronic conditions who may have had limited success with other treatment.
Anita has vast experience in sports therapy and has worked with athletes from the amateur to pro level. She was a therapist for the Host Medical Team during the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games, is the Chair of the Sport Advanced Practice Group, and is trained in athletic taping and kinesiotaping, and various approaches to functional rehabilitation.
Prenatal care, postpartum recovery and infant massage hold a special interest for Anita. She is the mother of two young boys and has a passion for helping women and babies through all stages of pregnancy and development. She has taken numerous professional development courses regarding various complications of pregnancy including C-section recovery and diastasis recti.
Anita is the recipient of many business awards including the 2019 Extraordinary Leader Women Influencer Award, and has dedicated herself toward leadership and mentorship, especially within her profession. 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 level softball, weight training, fitness, snow sports, yoga and kickboxing.
*** Anita is currently on leave from a regular practice schedule but is available for clinic management enquiries, community involvement opportunities, sports taping, and professional consultations by request.Back to top
Annabel grew up in the outskirts of London, England and moved to Vancouver in 2001. She is a former British national sprinting champion and an international coach. As an athlete herself, Annabel developed her passion for massage. Receiving weekly massage not only helped her to continue with a 6 day a week training schedule but also detected possible injury risks. Annabel completed a Sports Massage Diploma in 1995 to further her knowledge and skill to help her fellow athletes; and in 2011 she graduated from the 3000 hour Registered Massage Therapy program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy .
Annabel has a particular interest in working with athletes and enjoys learning about the biomechanics and mechanism of injury in all different sports. She understands not only the training demands on the body, but also an athlete’s mind; her goal to is to return the athlete to full function, with minimal interruption to training. Annabel also has additional training and knowledge in prenatal and post partum massage, an area she enjoys working in and in which she has provided teaching and mentorship to RMT students.
Annabel uses a variety of techniques to assist her patients reach their goals, such as deep tissue massage , muscle energy, myofascial release and joint mobilization techniques
A very outgoing and caring individual, she enjoys weight/circuit training, sprinting, dancing and movies and she completed her first Spartan race in June 2013.Back to top
Danielle is a graduate from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She completed the intensive 2500 hour program. Danielle focuses on assessing the body as a whole and resolving the underlying cause of discomfort. She takes great interest in furthering her skills and knowledge by reviewing empirical research and educating patients on ways to improve their daily life activities. Some of the techniques she uses are Swedish massage, myofascial release, trigger point release, deep tissue techniques, stretching and movement through therapeutic exercise and homecare. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys weight training, hiking, swimming and reading. She demonstrated the importance of physical health and injury prevention.Back to top
Gillian has returned to the RMT profession after a long hiatus working in the business/corporate world. Her passion for health and active lifestyles has brought her full circle back to a profession where she feels she can really connect with her community and the people in it.
She is inspired by the new pain research and the developments in massage therapy over the years, while also being influenced by her interest in the mind- body connection and natural health options. Gillian has a holistic view of health care and believes true healing and pain management must consider all aspects of a patient’s life.
Gillian’s treatment approach includes Soft Tissue and Myofascial applications, Neuromuscular Techniques, and Pain and Stress Management. She is trained as a Traditional Hatha Yoga and Kriya Meditation teacher and she enjoys showing her patients how to use the breath to help to calm the mind and bring about deep states of relaxation.Back to top
Harold is a graduate of the 3265 hour Registered Massage Therapist program at Langara College where he graduated with excellence. He is a former student athlete from Kwantlen college with a passion for sports (basketball and football personally) which fueled his aspirations to provide education to young athletes with a focus on injury prevention. Harold’s experiences at a gross anatomy lab has given him a great passion for human anatomy, and he has started teaching in Anatomy and Physiology as he enters his first term with VSBM.
While his general practice covers treatment for many aspects of wellness, orthopedics, posture & ergonomics, injury and prevention, Harold holds a special interest in sport-related conditions and active rehabilitation. Helping his patients understand the contributing factors to their symptoms and giving them tools and information to help them manage it outside the clinic are one of his approaches that his patients appreciate most. An avid BC Lions fan, in his spare time Harold might be found hiking and running the local trails or preparing for his second run as a Tough MudderBack to top
Holly graduated in 2008 from the 3000 hour program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She has a special interest and a focused practice in Women’s Health, Paediatrics, and High Risk Prenatal Care. She is a certified Paediatric Massage Therapist with the Liddlekidz Foundation, a trained birth Doula, and has experience treating everything from pregnancy & pediatrics, pain and musculoskeletal conditions, to wellness care.
Holly previously held the position of Chair for the RMTBC Professional Practice Group for Women’s Health, a group dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and treatment for injuries and other conditions related to women’s health. Her clinical experiences include outreach programs at BC Women’s Hospital in their High Risk Anti-Partum/Prenatal ward. She has completed multiple certificate courses in treatment of pre & post natal care, and paediatric treatment.
Holly continues to broaden her knowledge of best practices in the industry by keeping apprised of current research in prenatal care, paediatrics, and women’s health.
Her future plans include courses that promote evidence informed therapy in women’s health, paediatric pain management, importance of touch in infant development, working with high risk pregnancies, and pelvic pain syndrome. Holly has volunteered her time at local events teaching Infant Massage to new parents.
Holly grew up just outside of Victoria, met her husband in Banff and now calls Mission home. When she’s not busy with her clinical practice, Holly enjoys spending time with her husband and two beautiful young children, reading, and dancing.Back to top
Ian graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3000 hour program, from which he gained much experience working with posture-related symptoms, sports injuries, and chronic conditions such as Fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis. Ian joined the Coast Therapy team in September 2014 to begin his new practice in the Tri-Cities region.
Ian’s approach to treatment involves the usage of light to deep tissue massage, myofascial trigger point release, joint mobilization, passive and active stretching, postural education and self treatment to effectively achieve patient goals.
As an active individual who enjoys biking, golf, bowling, tennis, and martial arts, Ian is intentional in helping with multiple movement-based injuries. Ian also enjoys played video games every once in awhile allowing him to empathize and enjoy assisting with neck pain and headache recovery as well.Back to top
Jacob graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2017 with a diploma in Massage Therapy. He enjoys a general practice treating all musculoskeletal conditions, with a special interest in motor vehicle injury rehabilitation and sports therapy.
He has worked with the Toronto Argonauts, Team Canada Rugby, and the Rugby 7’s International Open. Jacob has coached U15/16 boys fastpitch and has been an umpire for Fleetwood Fastpitch in Surrey, BC.Back to top
Jannelle graduated with honors from full time program at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2015. She participated in the BMO marathon outreach and enjoyed the Kalev outreach for sports as well as the many outreaches at senior care homes. Jannelle has experience tutoring orthopedics at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and enjoys a practice that involves all aspects of health & wellness care, including sports, prenatal care, headache management and common musculoskeletal aches & pains.
Jannelle was a national level cheerleader with SFU while studying kinesiology and a former athletic trainer with Langley lacrosse team. She is a new mom, an avid hiker, soccer player and enjoys spending time with her family and 2 dogs.Back to top
Jason Scott graduated from the massage therapy program in 2005, and after a wide range of clinical experiences, he now joins the team at Coast Therapy.
His experience and vast treatment techniques allow him to modify his approach to accommodate deep tissue needs, or by utilizing more gentle techniques when needed. His interest in sports and whiplash injury are very relevant with the most up-to-date research.
Jason regularly enjoys a variety of outdoor sports including running, swimming, mountain biking, hiking, and snowboarding. He loves the nature & mystery of the underwater world, and currently holds the scuba rankings of Dive Master and Open Water Scuba Instructor rating (with six specialties), Rescue Diver, Emergency First Response (EFR) instructor, and holds a hyperbaric chamber operator license.
Jason has been an official provider of Registered Massage Therapy with the BC Lions Football Club, Team Canada Tennis, and was on the Ironman Canada medical team. He has also volunteered his time as a Clinic Instructor at WCCMT leading the Rugby In-reach program, and mentoring future RMT’s in the student clinic.
He looks forward to meeting the local community and working with them towards achieving their optimal health goals.Back to top
Jeff graduated from the 3000 hour, 3 year program at WCCMT. His practice takes a versatile approach to overall health & wellness – this includes a balanced and personalized plan of assessment, therapeutic massage and self-care. He has been involved in a number of outreach placements including GF Strong (spinal cord injury & muscular dystrophy), the Multiple Sclerosis in-reach program at WCCMT, Parkinson’s outreach, BC Women’s Hospital pre & post natal clinic, as well as UBC varsity sports clinic. Jeff is also a massage therapist for the Coquitlam Express BCHL hockey team. With extensive training in manual therapy techniques, Jeff uses a combination of deep tissue massage, joint mobilization, pelvic alignment, remedial exercise, postural education, and myofascial trigger point release as individually required in his treatments.
Jeff was attracted to rehabilitation therapy as a result of a fascination with the neuromuscular system and has a deep interest in athletics, kinesiology, physiology and neurology. Helping patients to navigate through the recovery process and assisting them with self-care methods is an essential part of Jeff’s treatment approach.Back to top
Jena has been a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and Strength and Conditioning Coach since 2010. Integrating movement education with manual therapy, Jena enjoys creatively problem solving injuries/compensations which limit performance in sport and activity, using an osteopathic approach.
While attending university, Jena worked for 3 years as the Athletic Trainer for the UBC Women’s Ice Hockey team, where she realized her passion for manual therapy and high level sports conditioning. Since then, Jena has worked with NCAA level collegiate sports athletes, National level Figure Skaters, National Women’s Soccer team, NHL players, and Senior PGA golfers. Jena places high value in continuing education and learning the subtleties of the human body and its mechanics. She has industriously attended courses for manual therapy, anatomy/physiology and strength conditioning. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Human Kinetics (Exercise Science stream) from the University of British Columbia in 2008 prior to becoming an RMT, and currently is attending a 5 year program studying Osteopathy at the Canadian School of Osteopathy Manual Practice in Vancouver, and is set to graduate in 2021.
When not in the clinic, or studying for school, Jena enjoys boating, golfing, yoga, painting, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.Back to top
Jenny brings her experience as the founder of the former Maple Ridge Massage Therapy Clinic and proudly joins Coast Therapy as both a practicing therapist and a Mentor to new RMT graduates.
She graduated from the 3000-hour program at WCCMT in April 2006 and is a leader in Maple Ridge in evidence-informed manual therapy care. She has a special interest and focused practice in sports and orthopedic manual therapy, active rehabilitation, and complex pain problems. She has worked with various athletes including martial arts, running, triathlon, cycling, soccer, and equestrian sports.
Jenny has been on the executive of the RMTBC Professional Practice Group for Sports, is an active member of SportMed BC- A group dedicated to the advancement of knowledge & treatment for sports injury & sports health, and a former board member of the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia.
She is actively involved in community events and volunteers for local charitable organizations and sporting events. Jenny is a recreational endurance athlete who enjoys competing in local road and trail races, marathons, and triathlons. She completed her first Ironman Triathlon in Whistler, in August 2013, and continues to enjoy training and racing in BC.Back to top
Juneko graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3000 hour program. She has worked with a variety of conditions including spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, pregnancy, postural, and sports related injuries. Juneko utilizes many treatment techniques including myofascial release, joint mobilizations, trigger point release, and muscle energy technique just to name a few. She believes that no two patients are the same and strives to assess and treat people individually and to the best of her ability. Prior to becoming an RMT, Juneko was a software engineer in the video game industry. She is physically active and when not driving her kids around she can be found at CrossFit or practicing kendo, and has also been an avid volleyball and ultimate player.Back to top
Kaitlin graduated from The West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3000 hour/ 3 year program in 2013. During the program Kaitlin gained experience working with many different conditions and injuries. She also enjoyed providing massage therapy at outreach programs such as GF strong and the VGH Burn & Trauma Unit, as well as a number of inreach programs including Pre & Postnatal, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and Fibromyalgia programs. She has also volunteered her professional time at the North Vancouver Knee Knacker Trail Run.
Kaitlin believes a thorough assessment of each individual is an important step to providing individualized and effective treatment. In her practice Kaitlin uses a variety of treatment modalities including joint mobilizations, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, muscle energy technique and remedial exercise.
In her spare time Kaitlin enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as, hiking, biking, swimming, skiing and traveling.Back to top
Kelly graduated from West Coast College of Massage therapy in 2012. She worked at many outreaches through the school including Canuck place, VGH, GF Strong, George Pearson.
In treatment, Kelly implements many techniques including Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Joint Mobilizations, Active Therapies including stretching and strengthening exercises. Kelly believes that home care modified to each individual needs is essential part of recovery process.
Kelly is experienced with a variety of conditions including pre and postnatal treatments, sports injuries, postural concerns, headaches, migraines and Whiplash Associated Disorders.
Kelly’s hobbies include knitting, golfing, kayaking, hiking, pretty much anything that’s outdoors as she enjoys staying active.Back to top
Kristen Burrows has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2003 and an Instructor at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy since 2006. At the college, she supervises practicums treating patients with Multiple Sclerosis as well brain and spinal cord injuries. She is also teaching a course on Neurological Assessment for the Central Nervous System and a course on Clinical Assessment. As a result, her treatments are very clinically oriented, including a detailed history taking, physical examination and special orthopedic testing.
Kristen has been at the Austin Location since it’s opening in 2015 treating a variety of patients from pre-natal to babies to senior years and everything in between. She has taken mostly orthopedic and fascial post graduation courses but is also capable of doing kinesiology taping. Her practice style is variable depending on the patients needs, ranging from deep, assertive treatment to light and conservative treatment.Back to top
Lindsay Cole is an experienced RMT who recently moved to Maple Ridge, after practicing in Ontario for the past 8 years in two leading Sport/Wellness and Recovery Centers . She has knowledge of a wide range of therapeutic massage methods and techniques, including sport massage, deep tissue massage, swedish massage, and fascial techniques. She is dedicated to providing quality patient focused treatments for injuries, accidents, regular maintenance or simply to soothe sore muscles and relax.
She competed in her first Ironman 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 and has been on a journey for understanding the true importance of body care to avoid injury, maintain optimal health and accelerate performance. She developed a focus of using techniques that support recovery and balancing the body. This focus branched into many areas of workplace injury and accident recovery that utilize the same treatment methods.
She believes that by pursuing her own health and wellness goals she creates a passion to assist others to do the same.Back to top
Mike graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) in 1999. He has a special interest in practice treating sports-related conditions and working with First Responders. Mike earned an NSCA Personal Trainers Certification in (2008) and has three (3) certifications in athletic training from Twist Conditioning: Sports Movement (level 2), Sports Conditioning, and Sports Strength (level 2).
Mike’s treatment approach includes Soft Tissue Therapy, 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 the 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 coloring, napping, or playing cars and trucks with his grandkids.Back to top
Nari graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Her clinical internship allowed her to help people meet their wellness goals, as well as treat different orthopedic injuries, postural dysfunctions, and neurological conditions.
While she enjoys treating patients with a wide variety of health concerns and needs, she has a deep interest in women’s health and perinatal care. She is an advocate for patients to be actively involved in their own rehabilitation, and utilizes an evidence-based approach to treatment. It is her belief that both skillful clinical practice and empathetic communication are key to providing the best individualized care for her patients to return to their lives pain-free.
Outside of work Nari enjoys practicing yoga, cooking for loved ones, reading, and exploring the outdoors.Back to top
Nick graduate from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2016. His education included extensive clinical training where he worked with a variety of patients ranging from UBC varsity athletes to patients living with life-threatening illnesses at the Vancouver Friends for Life Society. Nick believes that the best treatment always starts with a thorough orthopedic assessment. He utilizes treatment techniques that involve myofascial trigger points release, neuromuscular techniques, joint mobilization and remedial exercises.
Nick, always eager to learn more and offer more to his patients, is currently overseas pursuing his Physiotherapy degree. Outside of his professional achievements, Nick enjoys living an active lifestyle spending his time dancing, snowboarding, and camping.Back to top
Nicole graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2014. She has been practicing full time in multidisciplinary clinics for over 4 years. Her education and experience has given her the knowledge and confidence to treat soft tissue injuries, motor vehicle accidents, neurological conditions, headaches, depression and stress management, as well as a myriad of other medical and health care concerns.
She has taken numerous post-graduate courses and uses a variety of techniques and approaches to work with each individual patient’s needs. She is passionate about giving a well-balanced treatment that incorporates both therapeutic and wellness-based outcomes, as well as educating patients with useful homecare, information or advice to assist them in continuing their path to wellness.
On her spare time she is either found outside hiking, playing sports, cooking dinner or warming up in a yoga studio.Back to top
Owen graduated from WCCMT in 2016, where he gained extensive clinical training and experience in treating a variety of conditions. His practice involves a combination of both active and passive techniques tailored to each patient’s individual needs. As a lifelong athlete he has first-hand experience in what it takes to rehabilitate from both minor and major injuries. Owen’s treatment approach includes deep tissue massage, myofascial trigger point release, neuromuscular techniques, joint mobilizations, postural education and remedial exercise. He believes in providing patients with the take-home education necessary to progress through the healing process and to prevent further injury.
Owen has been involved in a number of outreach placements including UBC Varsity Sports, Multiple Sclerosis in-reach, and SPEC in-reach where he treated a variety of neurological conditions. With a deep interest in athletics and treating conditions of the musculoskeletal system, Owen’s true passion lies in helping his patient’s get back to living pain-free lifestyles.
In his spare time Owen enjoys weight lifting, as well as training and coaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.Back to top
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.Back to top
Sara graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy’s 3000 hour/ 3 year program. She joined Coast Therapy to pursue her interest in providing sport-specific massage, is certified in athletic taping, as is proud to be part of their team of massage therapists for the Coquitlam Express BCHL hockey team.
Sara also pursues a general practice which sees everything from common medical conditions and injuries, to pre/post natal care, chronic pain and stress management. She utilizes her extensive training and knowledge in manual therapy to provide an individualized treatment plan for each patient.
She is an avid softball player and her love for sports and an active lifestyle provide her the first-hand experience to encourage and support her patients in living their healthiest life possible.Back to top
Tara McNeill graduated from Vancouver Collage of Massage Therapy. She has experience working with the elderly, pregnancy, headaches, motor vehicles accidents, and many other soft tissue and myofascial injuries and conditions. Tara believes that educating patients about their conditions, providing useful homecare, and collaborating with other practitioners is a cornerstone for patients to succeed in their health care goals.
She is always eager to learn and is interested in furthering her knowledge by continuing her
education in the field of massage therapy.
On her spare time she is found doing numerous different outdoor activities, hiking with her dog, yoga, & dance.Back to top
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