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.
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 / DipManip / CGIMS / MCPA
Derek's professional commitment is to help clients find the most efficient and effective path back to their activities that bring them their Joie De Vivre. Derek's interest in Physiotherapy began when receiving treatment following injuries in the 90's and early 2000's mountain biking and rock climbing which required a handful of surgeries and physiotherapy treatment plans. He graduated his physiotherapy program in 2005 and extensively pursued continuing education to progress his knowledge and capabilities to help his clients through a Diploma in Manipulative Therapy, Chan Gunn IMS needling, Masters of Science level academic coursework in Diagnostic Imaging for physiotherapists, biomechanics and pain science, numerous movement assessment and retraining courses for spine, joints, tendons, shoulders, osteoarthritis and scoliosis. Outside of the physiotherapy clinic Derek has worked as a trainer for sports teams and consulted on injury prevention and rehabilitation of rock climbers, mountain bikers and runners. Derek loves being outdoors and enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, trail running and spending time with his wife and twin daughters. He has a daily yoga and mindfulness meditation practice.
Derek specializes in the assessment and treatment of conditions involving joints, ligaments, muscles tendons and neurological tissue of the neuromuscular system. He is attentive to postural and biomechanical imbalances in the body which may contribute to pain and dysfunction. A treatment with Derek may include a combination of "hands-on" Manual Therapy, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), Mechanical Traction, Electrotherapy, evidence based and mindful exercise prescription and educational insights as to why we are approaching a particular pain in a particular way.
Chelsea’s primary passion is people. With this came a passion for learning about the brain, behaviour, and movement. This is what led her to the Human Kinetics program at Capilano University, University of The Fraser Valley (Psychology program) and finally Douglas College (Physical Education and Coaching with a Kinesiology specialization). Movement has always been important to Chelsea and she believes it is integral for a happy and healthy life. She realized this importance at a young age, which led her into dance and sports, and eventually Pilates. When a fellow instructor invited her to attend a Pilates mat class, it was no surprise that she became instantly hooked! Another passion of Chelsea’s is Freestyle Snowboarding, both as a participant and a coach. Chelsea coaches with the North Shore Snowboard Team, a competitive Slopestyle and Boardercross team that practices on the North Shore and in Whistler. The team competes all around Canada.
Chelsea received her mat and reformer certifications with Balanced Body University at Meridian Pilates Studio in Vancouver. Chelsea has received training from Angela Stevenson at Diane Lee & Associates Physiotherapy. Through this training, Chelsea has been given the tools to take her teaching to the next level. In addition to Angela’s extensive knowledge in the mind-body field, Chelsea’s own instruction has benefitted from continued studies in related disciplines such as Experiential Anatomy with Jane Ellison (Body-Mind Centering). Chelsea continues to be inspired daily by the personal growth of the minds and bodies that attend her Pilates sessions. She has observed how Pilates allows her clients to become more ‘functional’ movers and more skilled at managing stress and pain in their everyday activities by being mindful of their breath and posture.
For absolute beginners who would like to establish a solid foundation of awareness and stability, or experienced clients who would like to take their Pilates practice to an even deeper level, Chelsea invites you to join her for one-on-one Pilates training.
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.