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Vancouver Physiotherapist Sports and Manual Therapy Rehab Clinics – Nancy Wang

Hi everyone. I'm Nancy. The reason why I got into physio is because when I was younger, my mom was in a car accident which left her at the hospital for about a month. And when she came home, she was unable to walk independently. So as a young child, being able to see my mom's rehab journey, was very inspiring for me.

And that's what sparked my initial interest in physiotherapy. Growing up had always been very active. So I love to rock climb and love a cycle and I love to do CrossFit. Those are my three favourite things to do. So as I was approaching going to university, I thought that physiotherapy would be the perfect profession for me because it involved bringing my active lifestyle and also my love for interacting with people into my job. So I find that I have such a great time, every time I go to work and it's basically like doing what I love for work. 

So the reason why I chose to work at Insync is because I feel that Insync is very involved in the community. We do a lot of events like going to a rock climbing or going to figure skating events. And I really like being able to engage with the community and engage with people that I am going to be treating in their natural environment. 

Another reason why I love Insync is because we have an awesome gym. Something that's really important to me as a therapist. Over the time that I've been a physio, I find is a squat rack and a pull up bar, and we have all of that here and I get to have a lot of fun in the gym, which I really appreciate.

And the third thing is that one of my best friends from physio school works here as well. So I get to see her in the clinic which is awesome, and I have this dream of high-fiving her every single time I pass by her at the clinic.

And I have a dog. He is my best friend. He's my furry best friend. I adopted him when I was in university and it kept me company ever since. He's three years old now. Our favourite things to do together are go to the beach, run in the trails, we often go to Pacific Spirit. I love to trail run with him and also hike, we go to Dog Mountain a lot. And snowshoeing a lot.

Vancouver Physiotherapist Sports and Manual Therapy Rehab Clinics – Adrienne Chan

Adrienne: Hi, my name is Adrienne and I'm a physiotherapist at Insync. So I guess today is getting to know you segment.

Wil: What do I love about being a physio? 

Adrienne: Oh, that's a tough one. I think I like a lot of aspects about physio. My favourite part, I think, is definitely connecting to a person. Get to talk with them. Get to know them. You get to witness their lives, essentially. They're coming in and you're learning about their story and then their goals, and then you get the whole privilege of just helping them achieve what they're coming in for. And even more. Just goal-setting and just blasting through it and just coming up with more and then achieving more, and it's just partnership and it's work and it's communication. It's just a whole lot of fun talking with people and just laughing. That's my favorite part really, connecting with people.

Wil: Nice. So what kind of things do you love to do outside of like helping people and treating people. And I want to know a little more about you. 

Adrienne: Oh, that's tough too. Well, I guess I like being off the grid. Anywhere that doesn't have reception, I love it there already. So into the mountains, hiking, backpacking, thru-trekking, kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, just kind of got into that and maybe last two years, but biking. So my next project would be bike touring. So I need a) a new bike and view some new routes. So just exploring the grid really. I would say travelling, but I guess that's a big no-no right now. So right now it's just like, a lot of nature stuff and just projecting things through different ways to get to different places in different means. 

And just being outside and just re-nourishing the soul through sky, rain, mountains, crafts, everything. That's how you want to rejuvenate. That's how you want to move. Exploring movement in the outside world unrestricted basically. So yeah. 

Wil: If you weren't a physio, then what do you think you'd be doing instead? 

Adrienne: If I wasn't a physio? Probably just trying to get into Physio  school then, really. But if you really had to shove me and I really can't go into physio school either, I would say, oh my goodness, and I would say this was a hundred percent of influence that Vancouver has on me, but it would definitely be a journalist. I would love to work for a journalist for Nat Geo, National Geographic and just going to different parts of the world and collecting stories and just witnessing the lives of different people in different settings and different environments.

And I guess that's kind of why I love physio because you got the privilege of doing all of that, but to a specific person, really. So I guess just, journalism for a specific magazine and you're getting to do all of that, but I guess in a very different way, I get to see a narrative and express a narrative in a completely different way as well.

Wil: Yeah, that's so cool. I totally love National Geographic. So if you look at, in your profession as a physio then, what would you say is your special area focus on your interest side? 

Adrienne: Special area of focus. I actually really enjoy motor sequencing. So I like treating a variety of things like knees, ankles, or jaws, neck, everything. But what I love about every single part is motor sequencing. Is how you're doing a movement, how you're finessing a certain movement and how your finessing like a certain way you're moving, expressing what you want to express. And with that, it's just a combination, a lot of manual therapy. I mean, it's fun touching people. Yes. Yes. I know. But this is a controlled setting and through clinical Pilates, where you get them to feel that sequence and get them to feel that flow, that natural free flow of movement, find that muscle, find that joint, find how you're expressing it and putting it together.

That was definitely what I say I really like and resonate with, because then that means you're achieving those goals.It's not about pain-free, it's achieving your goals and achieving everything you want to do in life and not being scared of doing those things, which I think is like so important. Sometimes overlooked in a lot of rehab. Yeah.

Wil: And what is the areas of physiotherapy that you specialize in that I guess. 

Adrienne: Oh, I do a lot of clinical bodies, manual therapy, dry needling, IMS, and exercise, prescription, a lot of exercise prescription because that's essentially what we all need to be doing irregardless of what you're coming in for, so yeah.

North Burnaby Physiotherapist Victor Cheung – Sport and Spinal Injuries Rehab

Victor: What inspired me to become a physio was mainly my dad. He unfortunately had some health complications earlier in his life and, you know, just seeing him go through the rehab process was just super important for me because I realized that if he didn't go through the rehab process, he wouldn't be able to walk and be as functional as he is today. And that's just kind of what really inspired me to become a physio.

Wil: What would you be doing if you weren't a physio? 

Victor: If it wasn't a physio, I think I'd be, a carpenter. A carpenter is kinda just what I always thought I wanted to do. Just kind of work with my hands and, you know, building things, building projects, and just getting my hands dirty,

Wil: Why carpentry?  

Victor: I just really like a lot of aspects of the carpentry, whether it's finished carpentry, just making the place look good, but, or also even just the structural aspect. I just like it and something about just working with your hands.

Wil: What do you do for fun other than, it sounds like you do carpentry. 

Victor: What else I do for fun is just kind of go out. I like to try a lot of food places, go to the gym a lot, go hiking, try to play some basketball whenever I can and yeah, just kind of enjoy even though like a night in. Just watching Netflix. 

Wil: What is your special area of interest or focus in treatments? 

Victor: My areas of interest is I would just say that a very general kind of musculoskeletal type of injury or rehab. I like to really just see anybody ranging from, you know, the average Joe to an athlete or even older person, older population. I guess, area of interest or focus is I really like to get my hands involved in the treatment, like really hands on approach to treatment. To really kind of, for one, for me to get to know your body, and really just try to give you that targeted approach to treatment. And with that, I really like to give really focused exercise that works well for you. In addition to the hands-on approach, cause I find that a lot of exercises that people might do a very generic exercises. That might be great exercise, but it might not work best for you. And so I really like to explore even that realm with you, when I'm treating.

Dahra Zamudio

So what inspired me to become a physio, I can think of sort of two instances.

So I grew up playing tennis all my life. I went to UC Davis in the states and played Division I college tennis over there (Go ags!) Basically that was kind of the start. I was thinking okay, I had sports as a background. I played tennis. So maybe I’ll go into a career that involves exercise. And that was kind of my thinking of going into physio in the first place. And I remember actually the exact moment that I decided, “Yes, I want to be a physio. I want to go full steam ahead into this career,” was when I was shadowing a physiotherapist and he was treating a baby with neck tightness. And so that moment, I was like wow, physiotherapy really helps such a wide variety of people, such a broad spectrum of reach that physio has whether it’s pediatrics, neurology, cardiology, sports… it’s kind of amazing the wide range that physio has and the ability that we have to be able to help people achieve their optimum potential. And I think it’s an amazing career.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a physiotherapist?
What would I be doing if I wasn’t a physio.. I’d probably.. I used to really enjoy writing a lot. When I was in college, all my friends thought I was crazy because I enjoyed writing essays and things like that. And I was relatively good at writing essays. So maybe I would’ve gone into journalism or some sort of career in writing. Who knows?

And what other things do you like outside of work and clinic?
Yeah, so as a new BC or Canadian resident, I’ve been really enjoying exploring the amazing scenery of Canada and BC in general. Well, during the summer I was hiking a lot, exploring new trails. I still enjoy playing tennis every once in a while. My goal is to one day maybe try and go back into competition and just play a tournament one of these weekends and see what happens. And then for the winter time, I did my first season of snowboarding last year. That’s definitely a work in progress. I’m trying to make that my new winter hobby. But I’m working on my toe edge and that’s a bit of a struggle. So we’ll see…

And what special interest and area of focus do you have when it comes to physiotherapy?
So I enjoy treating—I mean, that’s the thing about physio is that there’s so many different things to treat. In the hospital where I worked at in Australia, I saw a lot of neurological conditions. I find them really interesting to treat including conditions like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and stroke. And then apart from just neurology in general, sports, treating athletes, I think it’d be really cool to treat tennis players, just being on the other side of the court for once. I like treating necks a lot, mainly because I myself deal with a lot of neck issues and a lot of tension in my shoulders. So I feel like it’s the one sort of—I got lucky as a tennis player. I didn’t really have many injuries growing up as an athlete. But I think my one thing that I can actually really feel like I’m going through with the patient is neck issues. And I feel like I can help them out because I can relate a lot more with them.

Wil Seto

Mark: Hi, it's Mark from Top Local. I'm here with Wil Seto of Insync Physio in Vancouver and Burnaby. They have two award-winning offices to serve you in the lower mainland and they provide sterling physiotherapy services and massage therapy services. How are you doing today Wil? 

Wil: I’m doing great. Thanks for that shout out. That's great. 

Mark: So we're going to talk a little bit about your background. What got you into becoming a physiotherapist and opening clinics? 

Wil: Yeah, absolutely. Well, first of all you know, I guess you could go back to my background, like growing up, I always loved sports and just like staying fit and active. 

I used to compete in freestyle wrestling. And I did that for several years. I also played competitive volleyball. And that was in my high school years, and then moving into university, I went right into doing personal training stuff. And I was really excited working with people and helping with their health and fitness goals while I was actually completing my studies in kinesiology. And so during that time at university, I also discovered Ultimate Frisbee. So I'm always like, you know, doing something active and, and then I ended up playing competitive ultimate for a few years until I myself got it very badly injured. 

So I guess you could say, that was really one of the biggest things that led me into the path of going into kinesiology, which is the study of human movement. And then really getting into a physiotherapy, because physiotherapy studies is sort of the next level for me. And if you actually have to go back into like a little bit of like my background, you know, I've been practicing and working as a physio now since 2001.

And like I was saying previous to that, I did my degree in kinesiology and I worked as a kinesiologist. And as a trainer as well. But then like I said, you know, going into physiotherapy was just a whole new level of being able to help people. And I think that's where it ultimately is you know, in terms of why I really liked getting into this profession and healthcare because it was the way that I was able to help people.

So that was all in Ontario. I did all my studies there and when I completed my physiotherapy training at McMaster University, so that's back in 2001, I decided to move out here to Vancouver because it's just such an awesome place here in the West Coast. I took up rock climbing as well, and I played more, kind of recreational Ultimate Frisbee. And just love sports, love watching sports as well, big fan of hockey. And I also run as well. And those are my big sort of main go to things in terms of fitness for me.

So I guess you could say that when I actually became a registered physiotherapist and I started working in 2001, I realized that my learning and training in my career was it just beginning. And so I started my mentorship training. Mainly in two specialized areas, primarily in Orthopedics and pursued my diploma in Advanced Manual Therapy and then primarily in sports physiotherapy.

And so the main reasons behind that was because I really liked the aspects of what the manual therapy stuff offered. And it was a pretty intense, vigorous program of in class courses and self directed studies. And so they had these in class examinations that tested our abilities in clinical reasoning, hands-on manual therapy assessment and treatment skills. And then there were these like intense national exams that were written in the hands on practical exams that we had to fly to different places to go and write. And then you undergo these examinations to then complete your final training, which basically gives you the designation of becoming what's called a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapist or FCAMPT for short. 

And so this is where I really honed my clinical reasoning skills. And more importantly, my hands on manual therapy skills and assessment skills. Ranging from stuff like, you know, soft tissue treatment techniques to joint and manipulative adjustments. So that's like the advanced manual stuff.

And then I really felt that I'm doing something related to sports was important for me too, just because my background in athletics and doing things that was very athletic based. So at the same time, I ended up doing my training in sports physiotherapy, and it was also a very vigorous and intense training process while I was going through the manual therapy stuff. And here basically I worked with like numerous athletes, sports teams and obviously keeping up with working with people in the clinic as well at the same time. 

And so I ranged from working with people who were doing amateur sports and things like that, more on a local level in Vancouver. To more competitive stuff like some of the provincial teams, like the Team BC Rugby and then like some other hockey teams, like at UBC to working,  like more competitively at like the Olympic Games. And then with a lot of Ultimate Frisbee player athletes, where I ended up working with like Team Australia primarily and I did a bit of work with Team Canada. 

But primarily you know, I really believed in sort of that active lifestyle, obviously, and then looking at how to rehab your injuries. And combining I think that the manual hands-on therapy approach with that sports physiotherapy approach was something that I really felt was a really good path for me. And ultimately with my training completed in 2009, where I ended up getting a lot of that expertise and training under my belt, which really helped me solidify a lot of things that I believe than how I could help people.

And which led me to ultimately, I guess you could say create my core value system for opening up the clinics. And I first opened up Insync Physiotherapy at the Cambie location in Vancouver in 2011. And then four and a half years later in 2015 I ended up opening up my second location in North Burnaby. And really what it comes down to is the question of why did I end up doing that?

So, you know, I think exploring that, it was a really good process for me. And I think that having a deeper dive into I'm looking at the fact that I was really committed to wanting to better myself all the time. And I still do, even after doing so many, like hours, thousands of hours of continuous studies, all this training that I've done, you know, I'm still doing more to better myself.

And so this commitment to excellence that I really believe in and that commitment to excellence,  you know, is obviously reflected and in these courses and these things that I've done. And with the team that I've created, the physios that I have working with with me, alongside with me, I believe they also have the same values that I have as well, in terms of a commitment to excellence. And these courses and these designations that we've accumulated and you know, they're all not just nationally recognized, they're also internationally recognized, which is really cool as well. So that's been a big driving factor, is to always learn. So it's a lifelong learning thing for me and for our whole team. 

I guess the second thing goes along with our value system of our commitment to caring for people. And I think I mentioned it earlier, but how I just love helping people and working with people in this way. And it's actually kind of funny because before I actually went into studying kinesiology, you know, one of the things I also really liked to do, was that I actually was considering looking at becoming a firefighter.

And the reason why was because I just wanted to help people and it was very physical and I thought it was really cool. But then I realized that getting into kinesiology was definitely more specific in terms of what I really loved and was passionate about. Because it was about learning about the body and something that you know, it's just amazing for me to understand. 

And to be able to help other people to care for and understand their bodies and how they work. It is something that I think really, it drives me and our team to really be better. Right. Because I think that when we're able to get someone, it doesn't even have to be like, back to a sporting event. It could just, so they can actually even just, you know, put on their socks again for the first time with a pain or getting out of the house and walking down the block. 

But you know, we've taken it to the next level where we worked with athletes at many different levels and people who want to excel. And I think that that level of caring and commitment to caring for people is really what is a driving factor for us. So that's really important.

And I think the third thing is our commitment to really, I guess you could say it's a community thing. Our commitment to be integrated in community and to build a better, more caring community. And the ways that I've done that is I felt like with our team, that we've really gone out and reached out to different associations and partnered up with, like for example, Vancouver Ultimate League, Run Vancouver, or just, you know, a couple of partners that we currently have, where we're providing onsite physio, where we just volunteer our services and connect with the community. We provide these free services for them. We love getting out there and just connecting and just working with people.

We do sport injury prevention talks, and we do like a doctor lectures for allied healthcare professionals. And so we, we try and teach other people in the healthcare community, you know, how to take care of not just themselves, but the people that they're actually helping. And so we're building the network and that's the other important thing for us. Is that we have a community and that we're building a stronger and more caring community of people that are also in line with our values.

So essentially, you know, we have a team of people that also are feeling the same way about how we want to help people. And so that's primarily why I do what I do. I really strongly believe that those are the core things that drive myself and have our team aligned with what we do.

Mark: So if you're in pain, these are the guys to see, frankly. Check out their website. You can book online or give them a call for Vancouver. (604) 566-9716. Or in Burnaby (604)298-4878. You can call and talk to them. They're easy. They're approachable. They're really good at what they do. And you'll see. Check out the reviews, they're all five stars. Thanks Wil. 

Wil: Thanks Mark. I appreciate it.

Vancouver Physiotherapist Adam Mann – Sport and Spinal Injuries Rehab

What’s your background?
So, I’m a Physiotherapist from Calgary - I just moved to Vancouver this month. I’m very excited to be here. I love this city so far. In Calgary I was managing a clinic near the University in private practice. I’ve taken several advance orthopaedic division courses which teaches manual therapy techniques like active release and muscle energy techniques. I’ve also taken some functional dry needling and Mackenzie treatment for low backs, which basically just helps clients by teaching them how their spine moves and how you can basically teach clients to do a self mobilization on there lumbar spine. Besides that I really enjoy hiking. I also cross country ski a fair bit and I’m cycling everywhere in this city.
What inspired you to become a Physiotherapist?
So I have a background in social work and I’ve always felt this desire to help people, and as a pre-requisite to participating in a lot of social justice initiatives you have to be physically present or you have to move. And so the idea of being a Physical Therapist and just helping people move better really, really inspired me so I went back to school and became a Physio.
Why do you choose to work at INSYNC PHYSIOTHERAPY?
So I think if you look at our website we have a really strong team of therapists with advanced training, really great one-on-one patient care, and a lot of clinical in-services. So it’s a good interdisciplinary team and I get to learn a lot from my co-workers.
What are you passionate about?
So I’ve mentioned some of the sports that I’m really passionate about. I really enjoy cross country skiing, I love hiking. Travelling is really important to me and I just came back from Belize scuba diving where I’ve basically done eighty five dives in my life - I’ve done three out of the ten top dives in the world and I’m hoping to hit all of them from my bucket list.
Areas of Special Interest and Focus in Treatment?
I’m a big fan of treating knees. I really like addressing sort of the knee deficit in particular, teaching clients how to load the knee properly so they can perform the movement pain free or / and basically my treatments specialize on strength training. So there’s the idea that basically stretching while may feel really good does not necessarily address the mechanical problems that might be loading the joint. Now, in certain situations stretching is very much indicated but loading the structures so they can handle the capacity or the work you’re putting on it is pretty important as well.

Burnaby Physiotherapist David Herr – Sport and Spinal Injury Rehab

What do you like most about being a Physio?
The thing I love most about being a Physio is that it’s my job to help people get back to doing the things they love to do. So whether that’s sport, work, spending time with friends, family, what ever it may be, whatever’s most important to them. It’s my job to help them get from where they’re at now to where they want to be. And it’s just a really rewarding career to be a part of in that respect. Another thing I really like, and it’s sort of the flip side of what people come in with. It’s a very challenging career and it really motivates you to keep up to date with the latest research, learning different assessment techniques and treatment techniques so you have all the tools in your tool box to that you need to help anyone that comes through that door looking for help. 

Why did you become a Physiotherapist?
I had a bit of a different journey to becoming a Physio. I was working in business in marketing before and I remember when I was doing my business degree I got in to see a Physio for something or another, I cannot remember what it was for at the time, but they gave me a few tips on just improving my posture as I was probably sitting there slouched over in front of them. And it just sort of put me on this path of getting really interested in learning about the body, and different movement, posture, performance and all these things that were related to physio. So I’d spend my day in class learning about business and I’d go home at the end of the day and try to learn about how the body works. And so many years past of working in business and marketing and just not really getting that best sense of fulfillment that I was looking for. And so I eventually bit the bullet and went back to Physio School. I’ve met so many great Physiotherapists along the way that helped me get back to doing the sports that were most important to me and I just really want to be a part of that and help people get back to doing what they really want to do as well. 

Why did you want to work at INSYNC PHYSIO?
So a couple of reasons. One, is that INSYNC has a really great reputation though the community, they’ve won several awards at the clinic here, a sign that’s it’s already a great team to be a part of A very great culture in that not just a great front desk staff but all the clinicians as well. Everyone is really supportive. We get together on a regular basis to take about different cases or the latest research and just a great environment to get help each push each other to improve your skill set and just be a better clinician. Something that is also really important to me is that the way INSYNC is structured. Here, we have longer appointment times and to me that was something that I absolutely needed to have because I think it takes that time to get to know the client, to get to understand what’s important for them and to find the approach that is right for that person. So not just the one size fits all but something that takes into consideration what’s important for them, how much time that have to dedicate to their rehab plan and just find a way to be successful together. The clinic space is also excellent here. So having private treatment rooms is really important to me as well. Some of the conversations we have are quite challenging because people are coming to see you because they are struggling with what they’re doing with their day to day life or their activities. You have very challenging conversations, so I think having the privacy and the comfort of these individual rooms is really important. We also have a terrific gym space. So I believe in a very active approach whenever possible. And so having great space in the gym, great selection of equipment is really important as well so we have the tools to help people get back to whatever it is they want to do.

What are your outside interests and Hobbies?
So outside the clinic you’ll find me on my mountain bike, probably most of the time. That’s probably my biggest passion, so I’ll be out in the North Shore riding. I also do a bit of cycle cross, a bit of gravel riding as well. The little time that I spend when I’m not on the bike I do do a bit of trail running, Spend time hiking, I’m in the gym as well. I find strength training is a great way to keep my in shape for all the other activities I do. In the winter time when there’s too much snow on the trails I usually get out the snow shoes, cross country skis or downhill skis and spend my time that way. 

What’s your special interest and focus in Treatment?
Because of my background in cycling I spent about twenty years in competing in a few different disciplines. So that’s been my biggest passion and that’s where I have a lot experience. So treating cycling related injuries is really my specialty there. Aside from that, just really anything that comes across. There’s lots of really great work safe injuries that are very challenging to deal with and that’s an area I like to practice in as well, as well as ICBC for any motor vehicle accidents. And really anything sports and musculoskeletal related; so those soft tissue injuries that you’re looking from anything from an ankle sprain, knee injuries, hip, back, neck… it’s all really interesting to me. And the hip is probably another area that I’d like to specialize in I have dealt with several hip injuries in the past and that’s kind of kept me out of riding and out of competing for a few years. So that’s really something that’s an area that I’ve developed an interest in trying to treat those things that cross my way. 

Burnaby Physiotherapist Anna Daburger – Sport and Spinal Injury Rehab

There’s a lot of stuff I really love about being a physio, it’s hard to wrap it up into one nice statement. I think the thing that gets me the most excited is that physio is a helping profession that has its roots in the foundational principles of exercise and education.

What I love is I get to help people to help themselves - which I think is really cool. I get to help people utilize the capacities that they already have within their own bodies via exercise and movement, and I get to help them become more familiar and in tune with their bodies and their pain and help them to understand their injuries a little bit better.

And then from there, be able to give them the strategies and the resources that they need to be as independent and self-efficacious as they can in their recovery and rehab.

I think I have kind of the typical story of growing up, playing a lot of sports, and having a lot of injuries myself and being exposed to the profession in that way - so I’ve always been very drawn to it from a young age, I’ve always found it very interesting. I’ve also always been very passionate about the human body and its resiliency, it get’s me really excited. I’ve always loved anatomy and physiology, the sciences, biology, and I love sports; and I wanted to do something where I could help people. So I think a combination of all of those things wrapped up nicely as physiotherapy.

I chose to work at InSync for a variety of reasons; I wanted to find a clinic that gives me the time and the space for one on one time with clients. I think that everybody deserves to have really good one-on-one focused care with a therapist, and having the private treatment rooms and longer time frames to spend just one-on-one is really important to me. And then also I really wanted to work somewhere where I was encouraged to not be stagnant as a physio and encouraged to continue to grow, and InSync is really good for that - they have regular mentoring sessions where physios get together and they challenge one another and push one another to continue learning and to be better.

I am obviously very much a movement optimist, so I love to move myself - you can usually find me in the gym or running up and down the stairs to the beach in Kitsilano, or running the seawall. I also really love to play soccer. In the winter I love to ski - I spend a lot of time downhill, backcountry, cross-country skiing. If I’m not moving you can usually find me at the local beer scene or food scene with friends, or curled up with a good book or good research paper.

I think I’m a pretty open book - I really love treating a wide variety of people, from those with persistent pain, like chronic low back pain, to those with neurological conditions - I have experience working with Multiple Sclerosis and PD. I love working with athletes, people who have just had surgery, or have been in a motor vehicle accident. I have a really big interest in concussion and vestibular rehab so stay tuned for future Anna when she gets those credentials! 

Vancouver Physiotherapist Christina Wan – Sport & Spinal Injury Rehabilitation

What do you like most about being a Physiotherapist?
I like that I am able to do an assessment and pin point what might be causing someone's discomfort or pain and then from there, being able to decide with the client what solutions might be beneficial for them to make a long-lasting impact for their life.

Why did you become a Physiotherapist?
I became a physical therapist when I realized that most people, live with some sort of pain in their life. Whether that means they have some of neck pain from studying or pain from day to day activities, or just knee pain from running. I think that most people are aware of the traditional medical approach with dealing with pain but not everyone's aware of the benefits that physiotherapy has. I want to be a part of that change.

Why did you choose to work at INSYNC PHYSIO?
Well, first of all I really like that INSYNC wants to build this bond with the community and the commitment they have with their clients. One of the things that stood out to me was that INSYNC offers focused one on one treatments, which to me emphasizes that they really do care about their clients and they want them to get better. I also like that they are onsite and available at a lot of sports and community events. Aside from helping people who get injured during these events, they bring awareness to the community as to how physiotherapy can help.

What are your outside interests/ hobbies?
I love trying new things, I love eating, I love finding new places to eat, I love travelling… that’s kind of what I like to do.

What is your special interest / focus in treatment if any?
I really like treating necks and backs. The reason why is because I think that everyone at some point in their life will have some sort of neck and back pain. I think those are the two areas that piqued my interest and are things that I am passionate about.

Vancouver Physiotherapist Simon Kelly – Sport and Spinal Injury Rehab

The thing I like most about being a physiotherapist is just helping people walk through their goals and their rehab, their rehab stages, I really enjoy the fact that I get to talk to people on a daily basis.

I always knew from a young age when I was eighteen picking my profession that I didn't want to sit in front of a computer nine to five, just couldn't do it. I do have to use a computer still with this job but  I don't have to do it full time so that's great.  I also get to like, its like problem solving, I like to come in and be a bit of a detective and kind of figure out what's the root cause of somebody's problem.

I don't believe in like relying on analgesics for short term fixes so I believe in conservative management for many many different injuries is much more important, than just a quick fix in a doctors office.

And why did you become a physiotherapist?

I was involved in lots of sports from a young age. I played hurling which is an Irish sport.  One of the fastest field sports in the world actually.  Played rugby as well, played soccer, tennis every sport you could think of. Probably too much actually because I got injured on numerous occasions.  But the injury I remember the most is that dislocating and breaking my left elbow, my ulnar nerve which is the nerve that passes back here. Got impacted and I had a bit of tingling into my baby finger which I found out later on what that was all about. But I enjoyed going to the physiotherapist and I kind of thought to myself this would be a really nice way to actually make a living out of.

Biology was always my favourite subject in school. I went to the west of Ireland a place called Galway to do physiology. That's kind of what I majored in, that's kind of looking at the body at sort of a molecular level, ions in and out of cells. Kind of complex stuff but a little too micro. So I decided to do a masters in physiotherapy in Edinburgh in Scotland.  I brought it up to a macro level.  I enjoyed the whole anatomy and the fact that most of the language comes from latin which I kind of enjoy actually.

And why did you choose to work at Insync Physio?

I choose to work at Insync Physio because it's a small clinic which I quiet like, it's kind of personable, you can become much more friendly as opposed to being lost in a nationwide company. I worked in a nationwide company back in England and I felt like I was just a number. So here its a lot more personable there's Physios that get together. We get together once a month. We sort of bounce ideas off one another and we can sort of come up with the latest research, techniques, sort of investigate each others techniques. And that way we can become better practitioners actually. The other thing I like about here, is it's kind of patient centred it's one on one. You build a lot of rapport. It's not just like a factory setting where your getting clients, rush them through the door in and out, thanks for coming, it's more just like one on one, 30 minutes or 45 minutes. I like that the most to be honest, and I can build good rapport with my clients due to that.

What other outside hobbies and interests do you have?

My latest hobby is actually cycling. I picked up cycling at the start of the summer and I love it actually. I cycled the Gran Fondo, it's a race from Vancouver to Whistler, its 122 km, and didn't take too long. I was kind of happy with my progress. Trained a little bit, but could of trained a little bit harder. But I found a few little things that I might incorporate into my sessions with cyclists in the future, you know a lot of core. My core was kind of grumbling early on in the race, and a little bit of tingling into my left shoe as well. So have to address that but maybe that will be in another video.

And in the winter I like to ski in the mountains and there is not too many mountains in Ireland to be honest, so I only picked that up four years ago when I came over here. Started to do a few little jumps which is, I'm pretty impressed with after three years. A bit of an adrenaline junkie. I like the speed even though I know the injuries involved with that as well. So that's kind of a kind of funny as well.

I play hurling as well but I kind of gave that up two years ago, that's that fast sport I was telling you about earlier, kind of like a cross between lacrosse and field hockey. But lots of injuries in that too but I hope to get back into that in the Irish community as well so.

What’s your special interest or focus in treatment?

My special focus in treatment is mainly just educating the patients on the diagnosis, time lines, never keeping them in the dark but also mainly got to do with like pain modulation. You know people use medication like I spoke about earlier, I just don't think that, that's just a quick fix and the doctor is just getting you out of the office in a two minute consult. We deal a lot more with hands on. Mobility, nerve flossing, other techniques that kind of desensitize pain and different methods of pain modalities.

I heard a lot of bad stories about people just being put in a room and put on electrical machines and forgotten about. That's not how I work. I kind of do a bit of a combined method. Maybe some machine work, maybe some hands on, mobility and lots of strength and conditioning as well. Most of the research basically goes for strength and conditioning once the acute and sub acute stages have settled, that kind of where I'd be going, education on pain modulation is by far the most important thing and not relying on analgesics and surgeries if we can - avoid them.

Are there certain types of injuries that you’re more drawn to treating?

Yeah, particularly interested in the shoulder and the knee they are more so my specialty. I enjoy that. And there is lots of shoulder injuries in many many sports more because you're sacrificing mobility for stability, so that pretty enjoyable to me. And sometimes the neck as well we get a lot of sensation down into the fingers for different reasons. Anywhere sort of in the upper quadrant I kind of like.