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Suzanne is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (BAPsych) and the University of Western Ontario (BScPT). She began her physiotherapy career at a sports medicine clinic in Calgary, AB where she completed her Orthopedic Manual Therapy Levels. Suzanne also completed an Advanced Manual Therapy series of courses which included the craniovertebral and TMJ regions, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine regions as well as the treatment of muscle and neural tension. She completed her acupuncture training (AFCI) before returning to Vancouver in 2005. In 2006 she completed her Intramuscular Stimulation (GIMS) training and has since furthered her acupuncture training. She has taken courses in the prevention of running injuries and in 2010 became a certified Fit-For-Two Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist (PPFS). Most recently in 2014, Suzanne completed a series of practical and theoretical examinations in Spinal Manipulative Therapy. She continues to further her manual therapy and stay current with courses on back fitness and enhancing performance. Suzanne uses a broad range of physiotherapy techniques. They include running gait assessment and treatment, manual therapy including myofascial release, as well as core stability education and designing active exercise and rehabilitation programs. She frequently uses needling techniques—IMS and acupuncture—for the treatment of sport and running related injuries, chronic pain, MVA and occupational rehabilitation. Suzanne is an active mom of two young children. She enjoys skiing (LEVEL 1 CSIA) with her family and can be found running and hiking the Columbia Gorge, Canadian Rockies, and at home on the North Shore Mountains. She currently participates in trail running clinics and races. She knows what kind of training and discipline it takes to prepare for a race and stay injury free while enjoying all the many benefits of running. Her areas of special interests include the prevention of running injuries, core stability rehabilitation, pre and postnatal fitness, chronic neck and back pain and stiffness and TMJ dysfunction.
Peter completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Fraser Valley. After finishing his undergraduate studies, he moved to Vancouver where he continued his education and completed a Masters in Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Peter’s physiotherapy practice is based out of both Vancouver and North Vancouver, where he provides patient care as well as sports injury prevention and coach education seminars for many local sports organizations. You can read about Peter’s involvement in baseball at the Baseball BC Arm Safety Blog <http://blog.baseball.bc.ca/>. In addition to his experiences in rehabilitation, Peter has a significant background in competitive sport. He coached and aided in the development of several youth and minor sport programs. Peter also played hockey in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League, as well as played college baseball in the United States while completing a diploma in Sport Science. Peter offers physiotherapy services for individuals of all ages and activity levels. Due to his strong background in sport, he developed a special interest in working with overhead and throwing athletes. He provides consultation services for both the North Shore Twins and the Coquitlam Reds Premier Baseball organizations. Through involvement with the above clubs, he also provides direct patient care for selected players on the Canadian Junior National Baseball team. In addition to delivering rehabilitation and prevention programs, Peter understands the importance of providing patient education in order to improve sport performance and decrease the risk of injury throughout the competitive season. Therefore, he developed a number of sport specific, strength and conditioning programs for youth athletes to improve strength-training technique. Peter provides evidence-based physiotherapy interventions with a strong focus on exercise and manual therapy. He is constantly taking additional courses to further develop his education in order to provide optimal patient care. Peter enjoys working with a range of individuals, including those wishing to improve their ability to perform daily activities, to those wishing to return to competitive sport. *Peter Francis*, Registered Physiotherapist *MPT, BKin, CSCS, Dip. Sports Science* West 4th Physiotherapy Clinic <http://www.west4thphysio.com/> Main Street Physiotherapy Clinic <http://www.mainstreetphysio.ca/> *Follow me on social media!* <https://twitter.com/peter_m_francis> <https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-francis-b172206b> <https://peterfrancispt.wordpress.com/> <http://blog.baseball.bc.ca/>
Originally, Jennifer’s training was at the University of Toronto where she graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physiotherapy. Upon graduation, she spent three rewarding years providing neurological rehabilitation at the G. F. Strong Centre. She assisted clients with stroke and spinal cord impairments. Jennifer transferred her focus to orthopaedics in 1995 after completing the three month manual therapy course. She finished her Part B manual therapy training in 1998. She received her acupuncture certification in 2005 and IMS training in 2006. Most recently, she received her level one bike fitter certification. Jennifer enjoyed practicing orthopaedics and occupation rehabilitation in Surrey for the past 15 years. She has always involved herself in team and individual sports. She enjoys coaching her 2 wonderful children in their various sports. Jennifer has completed ironman twice and continues to be a recreational triathlete, runner and hockey player. These experiences have been invaluable in helping her appreciate reconditioning after sports injuries, subtleties of positional comfort on a bike, and return to functional activities post partum. Jennifer enjoyed the therapeutic relationships she made in Surrey and looks forward to establishing her clientele in Kitsilano when making connections within this community. Her goal is to share her expertise to assist her clients with their orthopaedic, sports, and post partum health needs. She is excited to join the West 4th team of therapists and staff.
I am a graduate of the Auckland School of Physiotherapy in New Zealand and have worked and studied in several countries since graduating in 1982. After 3 fascinating years working in the Middle East, I returned to New Zealand and completed my post graduate studies in manual and manipulative therapy (1988). I then spent 4 years working and cycle touring in the UK and Europe before coming to Canada in 1992. In 1994, I founded West 4th Physiotherapy and have taken care to develop a clinic that upholds the highest standards of professional expertise and offers precise, personal physiotherapy care. Since that time I have continued a commitment to post graduate orthopaedic education, taking courses and updating skills regularly. In addition to manual, exercise and manipulative skills I am a certified Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation practitioner and a qualified bike fitter. My professional strength is in the assessment and treatment of both orthopaedic and sporting injury, especially where more than one body area is involved. I enjoy unravelling complex musculo-skeletal issues, either traumatic or wear and tear related and in working out underlying causative factors. My treatment approach uses manual (hands on) and manipulative therapy, specific movement prescription, biomechanical analysis and where needed, needling techniques. I am a strong believer in educating the patient about underlying causation and believe in working with other members of the health team who may already be providing care. I have been an active sports participant my entire life. As I grew up in New Zealand it is not surprising that I spent 20 years cycling, playing rugby and cricket, sailing and suffering resulting injuries. Those early injuries have given me a great personal appreciation of injury care and what is required in the successful recovery process. They also provided the motivation to pursue a career which I find still find endlessly interesting, stimulating and challenging. These days I continue to enjoy outdoor activities, particularly cycling, swimming and running. In my free time, I love spending time with my family, gardening, playing sports, music, reading, and enjoying all that this great neighbourhood has to offer. I also love travelling the interior of BC for fly-fishing and hope to do more of the same in the future.
Most of us were drawn to our profession by one or a series of personal experiences. My first encounter with physiotherapy occurred while in high school. It was a relationship with my high school friend Fran’s little sister Betsy that drew me toward physio. Betsy was a bright, funny delightful girl who had the misfortune to be born with severe cerebral palsy. Through that contact I ended up working with a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist at a day camp for disabled children for the summer between grade 12 and 13. I first thought about pursuing a career in physio at that time but it wasn’t to be…yet. I didn’t even apply for physio school when I finished high school because (much to my parents dismay) I was afflicted with the theatre bug. I have always had the luxury and good fortune to be able follow my nose (and passions) so applied and was accepted to the theatre performing program at York University. It was there that I had my first experience with mime and dance and my nose began to drag me in a different direction. Upon graduation I did a cross Canada tour (my first time west of southern Ontario) with a classmate looking for theatre work. We took the train and met with theatre directors in most cities west of Toronto – ending up in Vancouver at the beginning of a glorious Vancouver summer. I knew in a millisecond that this was to become my home. Within weeks I stumbled into the dance studio of one of Vancouver wacky and wonderful dance legends – Paula Ross. As fate would have it this was the beginning of a 10 year career in modern dance. As is common for dancers, injuries prompted me to seek out personal body work – physio, chiro and massage. I was becoming increasingly interested in how the movement body functioned and was starting to think about what next career wise. Pain and poverty in my early thirties got me thinking once again about a career in physiotherapy. I started the ball rolling toward going to the physio school at UBC. Education: •Graduated with my BScPT from UBC in 1996 •Manual Therapy – I pursued the manual therapy course system – completing my Part A exam in 1998 and my Part B (spinal manipulation) exam in 1999 (with credit – top grade). •Muscle Balance and Function – Studied with Shirley Sahrmann and associates, Florence Kendall and the kinetic control group – Mark Comerford – on detailed examination, testing and rehabiliation using detailed exercise. •IMS – Took the Intramuscular Stimulation Course with Dr Chan Gunn and associates in 2006. Passions: •Yoga – I have studied and taught yoga since the mid eighties – trained in the Iyengar style but have done classes with many teachers of different styles over the years. (As an aside – I put myself through physio school teaching yoga.) I now teach workshops on muscle function, posture and pathology for yoga teachers and advanced practitioners. •Fitness – I became a group fitness instructor in the mid eighties as well and taught classes till 2001. Since then I have focused on continuing education seminars for fitness instructors and personal trainers – doing seminars on a wide variety of topics here in Vancouver as well as the US and abroad. •Personal Pursuits – apart from yoga and fitness I am involved in running, hiking, climbing, kite boarding, kayaking, and walking lovely dog Skai. •Animal rehabilitation – because of my love of our four legged furry friends I did the animal rehabiliation course in 2003 and spend part of my time working with dogs and cats. Areas of interest (professionally speaking): In my lecturing I often joke that my body is my “”laboratory of dysfunction”. Much of what I know I have learned by applying and practicing what I have learned to my own injuries and movement dysfunctions first. I think that the main reason I became a physio was to sort out my own mess (because I couldn’t imagine anyone taking the time to do it). I believe that many people’s bodies are a complex accumulated puzzle resulting from their habits, previous and current sports and activities, their injuries and their attitudes. Sorting out people’s puzzles is for me the fun of my work. I can’t say that there is one type on client or injury that I prefer working with. Broadly put I guess my favorite clients are those that are interested in being involved in the process of getting better. I find that it is a collaborative process that is ultimately most effective in physiotherapy. When I think about it, it is the variety of clients that keeps this my work constantly interesting. I love working with dancers, yogis, runners, and weekend warriors – people who have had traumatic injuries or nagging insidious onset wear and tear type problems. Is there a joint or region of the body that I prefer to work on? Not really – necks, back, knees or big toes – It is all part of our wonderful interconnected movement system.
Aside from a brief adventure, working in downtown Vancouver, I have enjoyed working at West 4th Physiotherapy Clinic since 2008. My Philosophy All people deserve the best physiotherapy care possible. My thirst for learning, my love of problem solving, my natural curiosity and enthusiasm for sharing my knowledge and skills with my clients all help me to empower you and guide you to success. I believe my greatest strength as a physiotherapist lays in the diversity of my training and experience. I believe that every client and every life experience provides a rich source of learning, which can be used to aid future clients on their healing path. I strongly believe, that as physiotherapists we must empower our clients to the best of our abilities and assist you in gaining the skills, knowledge and confidence to take charge of your recovery. My Experience I graduated in 1986, from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario with a Bachelor of Science degree in physiotherapy. I worked primarily in neurology from 1986-1992. I left GF Strong Center in 1992 and have continued to assist clients with neurological disorders, particularly, concussion and other vestibular disorders while building expertise in rehabilitation of orthopaedics and sports injuries, including post motor vehicle accident rehabilitation, TMJ, and chronic pain. I’ve participated in numerous and diverse post-graduate courses since 1986. My thirst for knowledge has motivated me to take advanced courses in manual and manipulative therapy, acupuncture, dry needling (IMS), concussion management, vestibular rehabilitation (treatment of balance and dizziness disorders), pain management, muscle imbalance and motor control. Special Interests: Clinical Neuroscience Manual Therapy Acupunture & Dry Needling (IMS) Running Injuries Whiplash Vestibular Disorders TMJ Outside of Work I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors while road and mountain biking, running, hiking, swimming, alpine skiing and snowshoeing. I have experience with a wide variety of other sports from a personal as well as physiotherapeutic perspective. I love to exercise and strive to keep my body in balance so I also try to find time for yoga and the gym. Links Shift Concussion Brainstreams Concussion ImPACT Test ™ SWAY Medical™
Vestibular, Neurological & Concussion Rehabilitation Manual Therapy, IMS firstname.lastname@example.org Suzanne obtained her Masters of Physical Therapy from UBC, after completing her Bachelor of Science (Honors) from Queen’s University. While completing her undergraduate degree she specialized in Neuroscience. Her interest in neurology grew through her continued education, while her interest in rehabilitation was a result of her love of sports and growing up playing competitive volleyball. Her continued passion in working with organized sport continues in her practice as a physiotherapist, working with BC Rugby and with local Rugby clubs. Suzanne is currently pursuing her Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy. She has an interest in vestibular rehabilitation and concussions and has continued her education in these areas through several continuing education courses. Suzanne enjoys working with clients of all ages and activity levels from athletes, to weekend warriors. Suzanne has worked in a neurological setting as well and has experience working with conditions including peripheral neuropathies, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injuries, strokes, and traumatic brain injuries. Suzanne’s approach to her treatment includes using both manual therapy techniques and active rehabilitation, including exercises to help patients reach their goals. In her spare time Suzanne continues to enjoy running, swimming, and biking. She can also be found outside enjoying the great hikes and outdoor adventures in the lower mainland and around BC.
email@example.com Lisa completed both her Master’s degree in Physiotherapy and her Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. She has experience working with a wide variety of clients, having worked in both sports and orthopedic private practice clinics. She enjoys helping people of all levels and abilities reach their goals. Her individualized treatment approach focuses on combining hands-on manual therapy with client education and therapeutic exercise. Lisa has completed Level 1 of Kinetacore’s Functional Dry Needling and is certified in intramuscular stimulation (IMS). She is committed to continuing education in order to remain up-to-date on the latest findings in physiotherapy practice On her days off, she can be found walking the seawall, playing ultimate frisbee or squash.
Registered Physiotherapist BSc in Microbiology and Immunology, Physical Rehabilitation MSc in Biochemistry, Physical therapy (MPT) Certified Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist Pain Truth Program Certified Health Care Provider (PTC HCP) Member of CPA Lu@w4pt.com Lu Yao is a Registered Physiotherapist who helps her clients get back to enjoying life. After obtaining a Master’s degree in physiotherapy from McGill University, Lu’s interests in outdoor activities have brought her to the city of Vancouver. She has worked on various musculoskeletal conditions, as well as male and female pelvic floor concerns such as bladder/bowel control, prolapse, prenatal/postpartum pelvic health and abdominal dysfunctions. After graduation, Lu completed further training in pelvic health training with Marcy Dayan at Dayan physiotherapy and pelvic floor clinic, McKenzie part A in lumbar spine, Mulligan concept of upper quadrant (cervical spine and upper limbs), acupuncture and dry needling of the upper body and cervical spine, advanced physical therapy management of upper limbs, and TMJ management. Prior to the physiotherapist life, Lu was a bioscience researcher. She has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and Immunology and a master’s degree in Biochemistry from McGill University. Lu has developed a strong enthusiasm and curiosity for science through her previous education and work in cancer research. In Lu’s spare time, you will find her reading scientific journals to stay update with the health science research. You might also find her running along the seawall, mountain biking in North Vancouver, or doing long distance bike touring anywhere in the world. Her bike trips have included 1600km from Amsterdam to Rome, crossing the Swiss Alps (2016), 1800km from San Francisco to Vancouver (2017), and 1200km off-road biking in Mongolia (2019). Lu strongly believes that getting out of the comfort zone and continuously pushing physical and mental boundaries are key to success and fulfillments in life. The sky is not the limit, only the imagination is. Lu is accepting new patients, and she speaks fluent Mandarin and functional French.
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