Kyla was born and raised on skates in Saskatchewan, but is now firmly rooted on Vancouver Island. She obtained her physical therapy degree in 1996 from the University of Alberta and continued westward, working at many of the best clinics in Western Canada before settling in Nanaimo, BC. In 2001, she successfully completed the internationally recognized Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Therapy (FCAMT). In addition, Kyla is certified to practice IntraMuscular Stimulation (CGIMS), a dry needling technique used to treat chronic pain especially of spinal origin. Athletically, she has completed numerous international marathons, Ironman Canada, and competed at a National level in basketball and softball. She has worked extensively with national amateur and professional hockey and rugby players and loves the challenge of getting athletes performing their best as quickly as possible post injury. In addition, Kyla also has a strong interest in treating neurological conditions and occupational injuries.
Brandon studied at Simon Fraser University and obtained his BSc in Kinesiology in 2001. The next year he began his physical therapy education at the University of Toronto. In 2003 he graduated with his MSc in Physical Therapy and began work in private practice at the Nanaimo Physiotherapy Clinic. After completing the second level of manual training through the Orthopedic Division, he traveled to Australia to study in the Master of Manipulative Therapy at Curtin University. During this time he worked as both a teaching assistant at the University and as a clinical instructor for students on clinical placement. In 2006 he graduated with a Masters of Manipulative Therapy and returned home to continue practice in the Nanaimo Physiotherapy Clinic. He is currently a co-owner in this clinic.
Throughout his career he has been involved in sports physiotherapy working with a variety of sports such as rugby, WLA Lacrosse, Senior A baseball, Junior A hockey, soccer, and the Canadian World Cup Ski Team (Alpine Canada). He currently holds an intermediate sport physiotherapist qualification and is studying for the Diploma level qualification.
Brandon has also pursued training in vestibular rehabilitation, intramuscular stimulation (IMS) and exercise management of osteoporosis. He enjoys putting all these skills to work to help his clients achieve their goals. Brandon believes that manual therapy used in conjunction with a specific and thoughtful exercise program is a powerful way to help his clients reach their functional goals.
Graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1998. Also treats vestibular conditions and is certified in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). Competed internationally for Canada in track and field. Sprints coach for Nanaimo Track and Field Club.
Wendy is the owner of Start Line Health & Wellness Group in Duncan BC, which was started in 2008 and moved into it’s current location in April 2009. It is an orthopedic based clinic, with 4 physiotherapists, 3 massage therapists and1 athletic therapist. For more inforamtion visit http://www.startlinephysiotherapy.com
Micheal Wawrykow Dip.PT, BPT, FDN, FCAMPT Micheal Wawrykow graduated from the University of Manitoba (School of Medical Rehabilitation) in 1977 with a Diploma in Physiotherapy and received the Vesalius Award (Highest Standing in Anatomy). From there, he went to the University of Alberta where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy in 1978. In 1987 he received a Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists. He then went on to receive Certification in Functional Dry Needling / Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS ). In 1988, Micheal established a new clinic in Nanaimo, B.C. In 1997, he opened a second clinic at the Brickyard Medical clinic. Micheal has had the privilege of practicing in Nanaimo and being a clinic owner for 26 years. Approaching his 60th birthday, Micheal sold his clinic and now works as a sub-contracting Physiotherapist to Brickyard Physiotherapy. Over the years, Micheal has advanced his skills in orthopaedic physiotherapy and contributed to the development of the physiotherapy profession in Canada. His areas of special interest are: 1.Manual Therapy (Spinal/Joint manipulation); 2.Jaw (TMJ) Disorders; 3.Vertigo/Dizziness Rehabilitation; 4.IMS (Dry Needling); 5.Supervised Rehabilitation Exercise Programs; 6.Mentoring younger Physiotherapists.
-graduated from the University of Alberta in 1995
-moved to Vancouver Island and began private practice in 1995
-opened South Cowichan Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation in 1998
-attained Advanced Diploma of Manipulative Therapy (Part B’s) in 2001
-certified as GunnIMS practitioner in 2015
After graduating with a BSc from UBC in 1997, Andrea completed an Honours degree in Physiotherapy in Coventry England (2000). She returned to Canada to work in private and public practice, and in 2002 completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Western’s Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Center. This allowed her to work closely with athletes, orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians in clinical practice. She then completed a thesis-based Masters degree which resulted in two academic publications, and has also completed post graduate specializations in Orthopaedics (FCAMPT), Sports Physiotherapy (Dip. Sports PT), and Intramuscular Stimulation (Chan Gunn IMS). She is an Instructor in the musculoskeletal stream at the University of British Columbia and holds a sports medicine practice at UBC’s Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre.
Graduated as physiotherapist 1985 Melbourne, Australia. rnReceived Master of Manipulative Physiotherapy, 1999, Melbourne, Australia.rnIMS Therapy, GunnIMS, iSTOP 2009.rnAcupuncture, AFCI, 2009rnOwner and clinician at Dunbar Physio, Vancouver, BC.rnThe clinic is an 10 physio private practice established in 1984.rnTreatment techniques include manipulation, sports medicine, core stabilization, acupuncture and IMS therapy
Grace graduated with a Masters in Physiotherapy (McMaster) and a Bachelors in Kinesiology (SFU). She has completed a post-graduate Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy (November 2009) and continues to pursue ongoing education in treating the athletic and musician populations. Her approach to physiotherapy is to get people going to achieve their goals â€“ largely through education about body awareness and mechanics, manual therapy (including manipulations), and motor retraining via prescription of injury-specific exercises. She has had the privilege of working with athletes of all ranges: Olympians, professional athletes, octogenarians and adolescents. Being a musician herself, she takes a special interest in musicians’ injuries, and is a member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association. She also treats those undergoing pre/post-operative rehabilitation and pre/post-natal conditions. She takes affinity to cycling athletes as a daily commuter and weekend road cyclist. Grace is bilingual (English and Chinese) and is a typical ‘Vancouverite’ with inclinations to coffee, being outdoors and travel.
Stacy completed her Master of Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University in 2004. For the last six years she has been working in private orthopaedic practise. She has successfully completed the Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Stacy has a special interest in teaching – she spends time working as a teaching assistant in the UBC Physical Therapy Masters program, and also teaches educational workshops on osteoarthritis to the public through the Arthritis Society. She treats various musculoskeletal injuries, balance and dizziness disorders with a combined approach of manual therapy, education and specific exercise.
Christina completed her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta in 2007. Upon graduation, she returned home to Vancouver and started work in private practice orthopedic physiotherapy. In 2013, she successfully completed the Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. In addition to her practice of Physiotherapy, Christina also brings extensive experience as a kinesiologist, exercise therapist and personal trainer. Christina enjoys treating all types of patients and believes in an individualized, multi-modal treatment philosophy combining manual therapy, patient education, specific exercise therapy and/or acupuncture to improve mobility, restore function, and prevent injury.
Steve completed his Bachelor of Human Kinetics at UBC in 1998, followed by his post-graduate physiotherapy degree at the University of Toronto in 2001. Prior to returning to Vancouver in 2007, he worked in a busy multi-disciplinary sport medicine clinic in Toronto, Ontario. In 2005, Steve successfully completed the Canadian Physiotherapy Association\’s post-graduate Advanced Diploma in Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy while becoming a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists. Steve is also certified in Acupuncture, Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), Gokavi Transverse Technique (GTT) and is a Level 2 TWIST Sport Conditioning Coach.Steve\’s treatment philosophy includes using a combination of manual and dry-needling techniques to restore normal joint and tissue mobility and then applying specific & focused exercise techniques to restore function and minimize injury reoccurrence. Steve\’s area of interest includes treating complex shoulder problems and spinal instabilities. He has had success treating a wide variety of clients including national level athletes, gymnasts, trampolinists, musicians & weekend warrios\’. As a certified Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 3 Medical Professional, Steve also works with golfers of all ages and abilities, assessing and treating any physical and bio-mechanical restrictions that may be contributing to faulty, injury inducing swing mechanics. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, running, golfing, basketball, ultimate, snowboarding and researching his next flight of travels
I am a high achieving, caring individual with a diverse skill set and a variety of interests. In the year 2000, I entered the physiotherapy program at the University of Alberta directly from high school. As a dedicated student committed to excellence, I graduated from the program at the top of my class in 2004. Upon graduation, I immediately followed my interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and started working in private practice. Over the past 14 years, I have become known by patients and colleagues for my high level manual therapy skillset and effective treatment approaches. In 2008, I completed the Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, which enables me to utilize highly specialized treatment techniques for a variety of injuries.
In addition to the time I spend treating patients, I am a busy mother of two young boys. I find balance through artistic self expression, through writing, painting and photography. Living in Vancouver, my boys and I enjoy easy access to hiking trails, the beach, and Whistler.
Whether it is through physiotherapy or other activities, the most important thing to me is being of service to people and contributing to my community. This has fundamentally shaped my approach to treating patients and drives me to continue a journey of life-long-learning in all that I do.
Graduate of the full time New Zealand Manual Therapy program, Auckland School of Physiotherapy, 1987