Elisse is excited to be back with the team at City Sports & Physiotherapy after a long hiatus and a slight adjustment in her career path. Previously at CSPC as a Rehabilitation Therapist working on exercise therapy programs for people recovering from motor vehicle accidents, Elisse went back to school to complete her registered massage therapy training. A scholar, Elisse is a graduate of the West Coast School of Massage Therapy, holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology from UBC and a diploma from Langara’s Physical Education program. Elisse is also an experienced personal trainer and spin instructor. Throughout all of her roles, Elisse has treated individuals suffering from motor vehicle accidents, workplace and sports related injuries, and general muscular imbalances. She’s very excited to be back at City Sports & Physiotherapy to work alongside the physiotherapists and other massage therapists yet again.
Jenine is a graduate from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and enjoys building positive therapeutic relationships with a wide variety of patients. With an interest in sports and health from a young age, massage therapy was a natural fit for Jenine. Through her life, she has had personal experience and witnessed the benefits of massage therapy in treating injuries and maintaining general health and wellbeing. Jenine utilizes multiple techniques including myofascial release, trigger point release, PNF stretching, petrissage, and joint mobilizations. She also understands that therapeutic exercise and home care is of great importance and strives to use it in every treatment. She believes that a healthy lifestyle is achieved on a daily basis through setting personal and professional goals. In her spare time, Jenine enjoys running, snowboarding, practicing yoga, and spending time with family and friends. She completed her first half marathon in 2015. Professional, competent, and enthusiastic, Jenine looks forward to her future with the team at City Sports & Physiotherapy.
Ryan uses massage therapy to promote an efficient and unrestricted human body. This prepares the body for optimal movement and performance at all levels of sport, as well as everyday life. He accomplishes this by encouraging tissue movement through myofascial release, subtle joint mobilizations, and various techniques that involve lifting and moving of body’s tissues. Ryan has a particular interest in therapeutic exercise and it’s implications for preventing injury as well as rehabbing and returning to play or work after an injury. With a rugby background, Ryan likes to keep active through weight lifting and martial arts. He has also competed in both weightlifting and martial arts making him no stranger to the rigors of preparing for competition and the strain that can be placed on the body during this time. Ryan has also had experience working with elite level athletes as an RMT at the infamous, 7 day long, BC Bike Race. Ryan’s interest in the human body, and its ability to obtain optimal performance, are what led him to pursue massage therapy as a career. In 2016, he obtained his Massage Therapy Diploma from Langara College. Ryan looks forward to expanding his skill set and becoming an active member of the team at City Sports and Physiotherapy.
Gareth joined CSPC immediately after receiving his Master of Physiotherapy from the Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia in 2008. He brings a wealth of exercise-based experience to his physiotherapy practice. For six years prior to attending physiotherapy school, Gareth worked as a Kinesiologist and Strength and Conditioning coach designing exercise rehab programs for clients and elite level hockey players. His time in Australia solidified his interests in manual therapy and sports injury and he has since completed the Intermediate Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Practical Exam. An avid hockey player and golfer, Gareth also provides his clients with injury screening as well as specific hockey and golf exercise prescription. After a long career playing rugby, which included selection to the National Senior Men’s Sevens Team, Gareth continues to be involved in the rugby community as Physiotherapist for the BC Elite Youth Sevens Program. Gareth is also certified in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS).
Shaana is dedicated to helping people achieve their maximum potential, whether it is related to sports, occupation, lifestyle or functional performance. Although she loves the challenge of treating both acute and chronic conditions, her clinical practice remains focused on educating her clients and injury prevention. In 1998, Shaana graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiotherapy. She completed a certification in acupuncture in 2003 with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI) and obtained her Certificate of Intermediate Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2006. Her training and experience has given her the ability to treat a variety of clients including the gardener with a sore back, the teenager with a sprained ankle, the office worker suffering from neck and back pain from a motor-vehicle accident, and the marathon runner struggling with knee pain. Over the years she has treated cyclists, runners, swimmers and golfers, which has led to a special interest in treating knee and shoulder injuries Outside the professional realm, Shaana enjoys family life and activities in the outdoors. More recently she has embraced the “sport” of parenting and is excited to introduce her little one to all the recreational activities that Vancouver has to offer. What other city can you ski a local mountain, ocean kayak, run a sea wall and golf all in the same day?
Timberly has been with CSPC since 2004 and became a partner in 2013. As a Sport Physiotherapist, she is passionate about working with active individuals to help them achieve their goals. She is fascinated with human movement and injury prevention. Her treatment philosophy is to find the root cause of injury beginning with a comprehensive assessment of the whole body and takes a hands-on and exercise based approach to treatment. Her primary clinical areas of interest are in sport related injuries, pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation particularly for shoulders, knees, and the foot and ankle. Timberly keeps up to date with the most recent advances in clinical sports medicine by regularly attending conferences and educational courses. An alumna of the UBC Department of Physical Therapy, Timberly has also taken on a teaching role in the school and enjoys educating the physiotherapists of the future. Timberly is very active in the sport physiotherapy community at the regional, national and international levels. She was the Venue Medical Manager at the Richmond Olympic Oval during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and has travelled the world as a team therapist for both Rugby Canada and Field Hockey Canada. As an avid runner and cyclist, Timberly has developed strong ties to both the running and cycling communities in Vancouver. She is a Vancouver Sun newspaper “Ask an Expert” panel member – providing injury prevention advice to runners and cyclists via the newspaper, as well as to local running and cycling clubs throughout the city. Timberly obtained her Diploma from Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC) in 2007 and in 2012 was awarded the prestigious David Magee award for her outstanding contribution to Sport Physiotherapy in Canada. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for SPC. Timberly holds a BSc in Kinesiology from SFU and obtained her Physical Therapy degree from UBC in 2004.
Daniel graduated from UBC in 2003 with joint degrees in Physiotherapy and Human Kinetics. His primary areas of expertise are manual therapy and sports injuries. He enjoys helping patients develop sport-specific exercise and training routines to prevent re-injury and to improve performance. Dan is an intermediate level manipulative therapist, having completed his Part A certificate in Manual Therapy in 2008, and is a Gunn certified IMS (intramuscular stimulation) practitioner. He has also completed courses in Mulligan’s mobilization with movement, Diane Lee’s Thoracic spine and Shirley Sarhmann’s lower back and hip retraining. Dan is passionate about soccer. He has worked with the BC Soccer Association and spent two years as the physiotherapist for Capilano College/University Athletics. In the past five years, Dan has been working with the Canadian Soccer Association as a team physiotherapist for the U15, U16 and U17 programs. In 2008 he worked with the Sr. National Men’s team in their attempts to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics he was a member of the Host Medical Team. While at UBC, Dan captained the varsity soccer team and today continues to compete in the Over 30 category. He also enjoys basketball, running, outdoor sports as well as his young family.
Meredith’s love of physiotherapy began at a young age after she sustained a rare leg fracture exposing her to the world of physical rehabilitation. This led to the pursuit of her Masters degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto after completing her Bachelors degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. Other sports related injuries allowed Meredith to personally benefit from Acupuncture being incorporated into the rehab process – with excellent results. This prompted her to pursue her certification from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI). Always striving to provide the best outcome for her clients, Meredith is committed to constant development of her skills through continuing education. In 2013 she successfully completed the Intermediate Practical Exam through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Meredith has a keen interest in sports injuries, including pre- and post-surgical rehab, and has treated a full spectrum of orthopaedic injuries from sports, motor-vehicle and work place related accidents. She likes to incorporate a hands-on approach with specific exercise therapy to help her clients achieve their goals. Meredith’s love of the outdoors and the West Coast lifestyle prompted her to move to BC in 2009; she has been enjoying sea to sky recreational pursuits since then, as well as an avid beginners interest in golf.
Charlotte’s interest in sport injuries began in her early teens when she sprained her ankle in gymnastics and went through physiotherapy to get back to sport. This injury determined Charlotte’s career goal to become a physiotherapist. Charlotte has completed a Bachelor in Kinesiology and Master in Physical Therapy at UBC. During her time as a student, Charlotte gained experience in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and bootcamp instructor. Charlotte’s treatment approach is client-centered and includes manual therapy, exercise prescription, and client education to form appropriate physiotherapy goals. Charlotte has additional training in Mulligan’s Mobility with Movement, and is currently working towards her certification in acupuncture with CAFCI (Certified by Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute). She also plans to continue her studies in manual therapy with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Division. Outside of the clinic, Charlotte spends most of her time being active. As a fitness enthusiast, she is very passionate about Crossfit and Olympic weightlifting. She also enjoys yoga, hiking, cooking, and reading mystery novels.
From a young age, Joanne knew that she wanted to be a physiotherapist. While competing in field hockey, basketball and swimming in high school, and in varsity-level basketball at Trinity Western University (TWU), she gained first-hand knowledge of the benefits of physiotherapy. After completing a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree at TWU, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a physiotherapist and graduated from UBC in 2004 with her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (BScPT). Since obtaining her degree, Joanne has gained significant experience treating a wide range of orthopaedic injuries for all ages and fitness levels, including sport-related sprains and strains, workplace injuries, motor vehicle accidents, postural issues and general aches and pains. Joanne also has a keen interest in pre- and post-natal care, especially as a mother of two herself. She is a certified Fit to Deliver instructor and qualified to treat pelvic girdle pain or dysfunction during and after pregnancy through the Rost Therapy program. She can help resolve your pregnancy-related aches and pains, and develop a home based exercise program that meets your current needs and allows you to enjoy pregnancy. Joanne is a Level 3 trained Manual Therapist with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is regularly expanding her knowledge through continuing education courses. When away from the office, Joanne can be found running after her two active and fun-loving young girls, while sneaking in time to read a good book and dream about her family’s next travel adventure.
Justin’s exposure to sports injuries and physiotherapy began in his early years growing up and being active in Nelson BC. His passion for rehabilitation and active living led him to the career of physiotherapy. Justin began his training in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria and shortly after pursued his Master of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Justin’s focus is to help people reach their goals by integrating the latest physiotherapy research with individualized treatment programs. Justin has completed his certification in acupuncture and uses this to decrease pain and restore normal movement patterns of the body. Justin enjoys working with a wide range of individuals from the competitive athlete returning from injury to the office worker training for their next marathon. His personal interest in yoga has helped gain an appreciation of body awareness, balance and breathing into his treatment programs. Outside the clinic, Justin enjoys cycling, yoga and exploring the outdoors while camping and hiking.
Rachel graduated from UBC with her Master of Physical Therapy after completing a Bachelor of Biology, also at UBC. Rachel enjoys working with clientele of all fitness levels and has experience working with a wide variety of injuries. Using a combination of manual therapy and exercise, she treats all issues from sports based injuries to motor vehicle accident or work related injuries. Rachel is dedicated to continuing her postgraduate education and is currently completing her manual therapy levels with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Rachel herself enjoys running, skiing and is avid hockey fan.
Cathy joined City Sports and Physiotherapy Clinic in 2001, after graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Kinesiology focusing on athletic therapy. Cathy continued to pursue her passion for treating musculoskeletal injuries at the University of Toronto and graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy in 2001. Following graduation, she completed postgraduate courses, achieving her intermediate level in manual and manipulative physiotherapy. Cathy also completed specialized training in vestibular assessment and treatment, enabling her to assess and treat vertigo, dizziness and other vestibular disorders. Cathy enjoys an active lifestyle of running, hiking and skiing.
Carl is a partner and our international travel consultant at City Sports and Physiotherapy clinic. An avid tennis player, he can often be found on the courts in and around Vancouver. He has treated and trained athletes and weekend warriors from a variety of sports, keeping them Fit to Play™ & Perform for over 30 years, in all parts of the world. Carl is an internationally recognized and sought after speaker, especially in the ski and tennis communities. He is regularly found educating physicians, physiotherapists, coaches and athletes around the world on the principles of keeping Fit to Play™ and has written a number of books and other resources. In 2007, Carl was the recipient of the Physiotherapy Association of BC “Award of Excellence for Clinical Contribution.” Carl views each patient as an athlete. His goal is to rehabilitate and motivate them, enabling return to leisure activities, high-level sport or the workplace. Carl’s treatment philosophy includes using a combination of manual and modality therapy, as well as dynamic exercise techniques to help restore normal joint and tissue mobility. Carl assesses his patients as a whole, identifying abnormal movement patterns along the kinetic chain and intrinsic and extrinsic factors that may be contributing to an injury. He directs and applies specific, focused exercises to restore function and improve strength and stability. By educating patients and athletes on the rules of recovery he helps them to protect against injury.
Jamie’s desire to pursue physiotherapy as a career stemmed from her lifetime involvement in competitive sports. She keeps active with squash, soccer, running and down hill skiing. Jamie is also a fitness instructor and helps people move toward their fitness goals and potential. Over the years Jamie has sustained several sporting injuries requiring the expertise of a physiotherapist and understands the importance of rehabilitation and injury prevention. Jamie completed her Master of Science in Physical Therapy and her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Upon graduating, Jamie worked in private practice in Edmonton and has recently moved to Vancouver to continue practicing and to see what the West coast has to offer! She has completed her Level 1 Manual Therapy and her Medical Acupuncture certification through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (CAFCI). Jamie plans to continue to further her education in manual therapy, dry needling and a number of other courses. She enjoys treating people of all ages, including children, and is excited to be joining the City Sports Physio team of professionals.