BSc PT / FCAMT / CGIMS
Colin graduated from the UBC Physiotherapy program in 1996 and began a clinical specialization in sports injury and orthopedic manual therapy. In 1999 Colin was awarded a diploma in Manipulative Therapy and became a fellow of the esteemed Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists. He is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and has acted as a clinical instructor at the School of Rehab Sciences at UBC. Colin further expanded his treatment techniques and completed his IMS training with Dr. Chan Gunn. He founded Sport + Spinal Physiotherapy clinic as a space for like minded health care professionals to promote healing, respect and support for our clients. With his free time Colin enjoys mountain biking, adventure travel and spending time with his family in Squamish.
Colin specializes in the assessment and treatment of conditions involving joints, muscles, soft tissue and the neural tissue of the spine and pelvis. This includes all neuromuscular disorders from lumbar disc herniation to simple ankle sprains. He typically uses a combination of “hands-on” Manual Therapy, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), Mechanical Traction, Electrotherapy, precise Exercise Prescription and Pilates when developing his treatment plans. Colin has also been profoundly impacted through his experiences with Vipassana meditation and always has a good book recommendation for those seeking complimentary approaches to healing.
We strongly recommend new and returning clients who are dealing with a new issue, to schedule three visits in consecutive weeks. This ensures proper attention and aids in recovery. Should additional appoints be unnecessary, they can be easily canceled at no cost.
BSc PT / FCAMT / CGIMS / MCPA
Tony graduated from the University of Alberta’s Physical Therapy Department in 1998. He has extensive training in spinal and orthopaedic injuries by completing his Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2007. Tony is certified in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), a dry needling technique for individuals with chronic pain and long standing musculoskeletal problems. He has also completed post-graduate training in Vestibular Rehabilitation for treating specific vertigo, dizziness and balance problems, along with courses for neck, shoulder, foot/ankle pathologies. Tony has a special interest in running, shoulder and neck injuries. He has been with Sport + Spinal Physical Therapy since 2006. Tony follows an active lifestyle, is an avid runner, enjoys mountain biking and the great outdoors.
Tony’s treatment philosophy involves addressing the cause of symptoms using a combination of Manual Therapy and IMS to restore normal joint and tissue mobility and then applying specific Exercise Prescription to restore function and minimize injury reoccurrence. Based on his experience, Tony believes that working together as a team with his clients is the best way to obtain optimal health and recovery.
BSc PT / GunnIMS / MCPA
Rick’s interest in the field began while receiving treatments for injuries resulting from an accident with a vehicle while cycling. The positive experience inspired him to change his career path from graduated studies in molecular virology to the UBC Physiotherapy program. He graduated in 2002 and has continued a commitment to lifelong learning, refinement and expansion of his skills. Rick’s diverse background in physiotherapeutic techniques blends traditional skills with complimentary care strategies. He is a certified Chan Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) practitioner, and has extensive postgraduate course work in Manipulative Therapy, neurological rehabilitation, and movement/postural re-education. Outside of the clinic Rick has worked as a trainer for sports teams and is a classifier for athletes participating in quadriplegic rugby. He is an exam writer and reviewer for the Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators, and he has been a clinical supervisor for physiotherapy students enrolled in the UBC program. Rick is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys backcountry skiing, mountaineering, and rock climbing. He has a daily yoga practice that involves pranayama and Vipassana meditation.
Rick specializes in the assessment and treatment of conditions involving the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons and neurological tissue of the neuromuscular system. He looks closely at postural and biomechanical imbalances in the body that may lead to pain and dysfunction. A treatment may include a combination of “hands-on” Manual Therapy, Massage, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), Mechanical Traction, Electrotherapy, and precise Exercise Prescription.
M Phty / BHK / CAFCI / COMT / CGIMS
Jason graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. Upon returning to Vancouver, he has gained extensive experience working in private practice orthopaedic physiotherapy clinics. Jason has completed numerous post-graduate courses which include a Certificate of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (COMT) through Manual Concepts at Curtin University in Perth, Australia and is certified to perform both medical acupuncture (CAFCI) and UBC Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (CGIMS). He has also completed the Intergrated Systems Model with Diane Lee and LJ Lee and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) which focuses on incorporating the whole body to identify non-optimal movements that may explain dysfunction and pain in other areas of the body. Jason is a certified Titleist Performance Institute Medical Professional (TPI) which specializes in golf specific assessments and treatments and has completed the Running Specialist course through The Running Clinic. He has a keen interest in sports and has worked with athletes ranging in various sports. During his undergraduate studies, he was a strength and conditioning coach for Vancouver minor hockey and was an athletic trainer for the UBC football team. He has also covered various high school and Canadian Inter-University Sport tournaments. In his spare time you can find Jason travelling and staying active by playing hockey, golfing, running, biking or in the gym.
Jason’s assessment/treatment approach is patient specific and focused around the patient’s goals. He utilizes manual therapy (joint mobilization/manipulation), acupuncture/CGIMS and movement retraining to help patients restore their function and confidence to return to sports or daily activities.
BSc. PT/ Certified Pilates Instructor
Nichola graduated from the University of Limerick, Ireland in 2012. She has worked primarily in private practice physiotherapy orthopedic clinics across Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. She has completed post graduate training and courses in clinical pilates, kinesiotaping and hip/shoulder pathologies. She has worked with many sports teams including AFL, soccer and rugby as well as spending a winter season in Queenstown, New Zealand treating a wide range of skiing related injuries. She currently also works in the public health sector treating acute orthopedic injuries and post operative surgeries. She has a keen interest in sports and likes to stay active by running, swimming, cycling and crossfit.
Nichola combines her interest in strength and conditioning with a hands-on approach to treatment. She uses a combination of manual therapy, dry needling and exercise to help people restore function. Nichola continues to stay up to date with current research by attending courses and conferences and also through a research position with UBC.
Nichola offers both Physiotherapy and Pilates services at Sport + Spinal.
Since starting dance at an early age, body movement has always been an integral part of Romney’s lifestyle, and becoming a Pilates instructor has proven to be a natural transition.
Dealing with chronic back pain herself, she was introduced to Pilates in 2007 and quickly achieved incredible results. It was this experience that inspired Romney to complete her first level of training with Peak Pilates in 2007, and that sparked her passion for working with injuries.
It is her belief that Pilates is one of the best avenues possible for correcting postural and movement dysfunction and sustaining results. Romney’s goal as an instructor is to help clients build the strength, flexibility and body awareness necessary to create lasting change.
“In my experience there is an amazing mental and physical healing that can cultivate with the practice of Pilates, and I strive to help my students experience that in their own way.”
Tara graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. It was from her passion for understanding movement, exercise, injury prevention and general health and well-being that lead her to Sport + Spinal Physical Therapy. Besides Tara’s friendly demeanor and big smile, she also brings an exceptional set of organizational and time management skills to the table. It is with those skills that she helps to maintain the clinics welcoming and professional atmosphere. Through Tara’s belief in the importance of outstanding customer service, she is driven to ensure that every client that steps through our doors has a warm and positive experience!
When Tara is not in the clinic you can find her in the gym working on her weightlifting, discovering new ways to be active around the city or spending time with her family.