Bryn R. Thompson

Bryn R. Thompson Physiotherapist

Bryn’s expertise of working with the body started in high school. Now almost 30 years later after an international rowing career, a physiotherapy degree, a diploma in advanced manipulative therapy, and many other specialized trainings, Bryn works intimately with people to help them unravel complex presentations and enhance the function of their bodies. He views the interaction between therapist and patient as a dance between scientific rigor, skillful artistic interaction, intuitive wisdom, and the wisdom of the unknown.

Tailoring his approach to match the needs of the patient, Bryn weaves myofascial release, manipulative therapy, movement retraining, tension/trauma release exercises, IMS/dry needling, and other tools to facilitate pathways to healing for the patient.

With extensive experience in many different populations – elite athletes, professional dancers, corporate executives, therapists and movement teachers, spiritual gurus, ranchers, loggers, forest fire fighters, dip netters, homesteaders, and weekend warriors – Bryn appreciates diversity and has the capacity to meet people where they are at.

Bryn returns to Victoria after years of travel and exploration from Colorado to the Tatalyoko Valley (in the heart of the Chilcotin) where he and his family built an off grid home in the wilderness. He, his wife Lisa, and his three boys are active skiers, cyclists, climbers, hikers, musicians, and lovers of life!

Meggan Oliver

Meggan Oliver Physiotherapist / Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

Meggan grew up in Victoria and went to UVic after graduating from SMUS. While earning her degree in Kinesiology, she played field hockey, won two CIS national gold medals, three silver medals, and was a three-time All-Canadian and a four-time Academic All-Canadian. She played for the Canadian women’s field hockey team and competed internationally at Junior World Cup 1997, Commonwealth Games 2001 and Pan American Games 2003.
In 2006, Meggan graduated from UBC’s Masters of Physical Therapy program. She has worked in various sports and orthopedic clinics around BC and in Colorado, and has a special interest in treating women’s health. Meggan can assess and treat the pelvic floor in women with pelvic girdle pain, incontinence, prolapse, and/or pelvic floor muscle weakness. She has completed the APTA Pelvic Health levels 1 and 2, as well as the beginner and advanced OB courses, earning a CAPP-OB certification. Meggan has a particular passion for helping women during pregnancy and their return to athletic activities after delivery.
Meggan is certified in acupuncture (CAFCI) and in dry needling (Kinetacore level 1 and 2), and earned her Certificate of Intermediate Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2010. She completed Dr. LJ Lee’s Connect Therapy series and is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (USA). Meggan uses all of these tools to treat patients with a hands-on focus, teaching them how to best manage their injury and return to the activities they love.
 
If Meggan is not taking a physiotherapy course, she is probably outside hiking, skiing, or camping with her husband and two young daughters, or training for her next trail run, triathlon, or adventure race.
Meggan looks forward to listening to your needs and using evidence-based, quality care to help you get ready for your next adventure. She loves treating any body part but particularly enjoys treating the neck, thoracic spine, low back/pelvis/hips and knees.
Priti N. Jadiya

Priti N. Jadiya Physiotherapist

Priti Jadiya graduated from Maharashtra University of Health science, India with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2009. She continued her education by specializing in Neurosciences with Masters of Physiotherapy in 2012.  She worked for 3 years in a Neuro-rehabilitation set up in Mumbai before moving to Canada. With the quest for new experience, she relocated to Canada in the year 2015 and started practising orthopaedics physiotherapy in a private clinic in Edmonton.

She is a Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA) certified therapist in the management of Adults with Stroke and Brain Injury. She has gained various skills in orthopaedics like Manual Therapy Level 1 from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Spinal Manipulation Series 1 from Jim Meadows, Upper and Lower Quadrant Mulligan concept, Biomedical Dry needling, Mckenzie Part A: the Lumbar spine. She also completed her Basic and Advance certificate in Vestibular rehabilitation by Bernard Tonks.

She has a special interest in balance and dizziness rehabilitation and would like to master the skill under the mentorship of Bernard. During her work in a neuro-rehab set up in India, she learnt the importance of multidisciplinary team approach for any condition may it be orthopaedic. Our body is a complex amalgamation of the diverse systems working in harmony with each other. This leads to a holistic approach to solving patient’s problems. She customizes her treatment plan by a thorough physical assessment, goal setting, manual therapy and soft tissue massage, dry needling and exercises prescription. She is proud to be a Physiotherapist as “We can make you live because just surviving is not enough”.

 

Morgan Watson

Morgan Watson Chiropractor

Dr. Morgan Watson spent time growing up in Saskatchewan before moving to Northern Vancouver Island. Both of these places encouraged her passion for sport and an active outdoor lifestyle. Morgan has competed and trained in many high level athletics like biathlon, speed skating, martial arts, and even ballroom dancing. She stays very active in the CrossFit community, salsa dancing, biking, skiing, hiking, and running with her dogs.

Morgan knew that she wanted to be a chiropractor from a very young age. Along the way, she worked a variety of jobs, including surveyor, heavy equipment operator, and commercial scuba diver. Morgan’s experience in a variety of work and athletics helps in her patient care.

Morgan went to the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon where she obtained both her bachelor of science in human biology and her Doctorate of chiropractic with honors. Morgan also chose to take additional education in pre/postnatal, paediatric care and concussion rehab in order to be able to effectively treat in those areas.

Dr. Watson utilizes a variety of techniques and modalities to her treatments. This includes and is certainly not limited to: Soft tissue therapy, instrument assisted soft tissue work (performed with tools), active release technique (ART), Webster: for expectant mothers, cupping, ultrasound, specific exercise rehab and manual adjustments.

Morgan loves open communication and having fun while being a part of your injury treatment, prevention, or improving your performance.

Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson Physiotherapist

Chris grew up in Bella Coola, BC. While playing every sport he could, he learned that he can be a bit injury-prone (though he thought himself to be robust, his wife has diagnosed him as “sprainy”) and this led to an interest in rehabilitation and prevention.

 

Chris graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2006. He worked as a Kinesiologist in Victoria prior to earning a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2010. Chris returned to Vancouver Island after graduating and has practiced in various private physiotherapy clinics in Victoria and Duncan. He also worked for one year in the Base Hospital at CFB Esquimalt. Chris has experience managing a wide spectrum of conditions including sport, gardening and even combat injuries as well as chronic pain and recovery post-stroke.

 

Chris utilizes a variety of techniques including specific exercise prescription, manual therapy, dry needling techniques and McKenzie directional preference exercises for neck and back pain. He is certified in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation through UBC and acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada. His next courses will be focussed on pain science and he plans on furthering his manual therapy training in 2018. Chris’ treatment approach emphasizes education and active recovery techniques aimed at empowering patients with strategies for acute injury recovery or chronic pain management.

Dr. Marie-Ève Gagné

Dr. Marie-Ève Gagné Holistic Nutrition

Dr. Marie-Ève Gagné graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Sciences from the University of Toronto in 2012. She then furthered her education towards the field of sports nutrition and earned the title Certified Sport Nutrition Consultant (CSNC), and later completed the Eat-To-Perform Certification that focuses on body re-composition. Her first practice was geared towards active individuals in high-intensity sports.

Realizing the importance that hormonal balance plays in body composition, she became a certified Poliquin® BioSignature Modulation Level practitioner, a method that assesses body composition, metabolism, and hormone linkage based on the correlation between body fat distribution and possible hormonal imbalances. Hormonal imbalances are often the culprit of stubborn body fat storage and other health concerns such as poor sleep, low energy, mood swings, impaired cognitive function, and more. She emphasizes the importance of addressing these imbalances to improve body composition and wellbeing.

She went further into understanding how to help people break through weight loss resistance and completed the Comprehensive Weight Loss for the Integrative Physician of the Medical Metabolic Institute. She combines a sensible nutritional approach that restores the body’s pH, insulin sensitivity, gut microbiome, and antioxidant defence, with an intelligent supplements protocol that targets neurotransmitters deficiencies, restores nutrient deficiencies, repairs the gut lining, and modulates hormonal responses.

Furthermore, she is a certified Precision Nutrition coach, a system that emphasizes behavioural changes and guided mentorship to optimize the chance of success of clients to achieve their desired body composition.

Jaritt Ptolemy

Jaritt Ptolemy Chiropractor

Dr. Jaritt Ptolemy DC, H.BKin,

Dr. Jaritt Ptolemy DC is designated as a chiropractor but likens himself to be more of a physical preparation therapist and coach. He received his Honours degree in kinesiology from McMaster University, followed by his doctor of chiropractic degree from Canadian memorial chiropractic college (CMCC). While at CMCC he became a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA and a certified Contemporary Medical Acupuncture provider through McMaster University. Dr. Ptolemy has previously been a lecturer at McGill University, a course instructor for Darby Training Systems and has worked and traveled with two national level teams in the Women’s National Soccer Team and the Men’s National Rugby League Team.

New to Victoria, Dr. Ptolemy spent the past seven years of practicing downtown Toronto within the financial district. With a keen interest in performance and a strength and conditioning background he built a practice and a niche for himself by helping people get back to an active pain free lifestyle. Dr. Ptolemy believes that when you only have a hammer, everything will look like a nail. This is why he has a plethora of treatment options in his tool belt to give patients the individualized treatment they need for an optimal recovery. He also believes that the keys to a successful treatment plan starts with a thorough assessment and patient education, as optimal recovery and sustained improvements come from a team approach between the patient and the therapists at RISE Health.

 

Caroline Farquhar

Caroline Farquhar Pilates Instructor

Caroline approaches Pilates as the ideal foundation for each individual to source their best physical condition: whether they are recovering from injury, dealing with chronic pain, or striving to put the pieces together for their best athletic performance.  The deep focus on body awareness and structural integration in Pilates can have profound effects on an individual’s physical health and performance, as well as their emotional wellbeing.  By peeling the layers of movement down to the fundamentals, patterns and imbalances that the individual was completely unaware of are uncovered – past fears/traumas can be released, and strong functional movement rebuilt….

Caroline first came to Pilates as a professional Contemporary Dance artist looking for support & rehab to allay the demands of training in everything from ballet to martial arts, 8 hour rehearsal days, and coming back from the injuries that are inevitable in elite level performance.  Chronic lower back pain due to an undiagnosed scoliosis & associated muscle imbalance finally culminated in the decision to pursue a full time career in Pilates.  Caroline attained her first instructor certification through the PhysicalMind Institute of Canada in 2010.

For the past seven years, Caroline has been teaching in studios and clinics across London, UK with a strong focus on physical rehabilitation, as well as working with clients of all ages, from all walks of life and athletic ability, and pre/post-natal exercise.  Having been through her own career changing injury and recovery process, Caroline brings a wealth of experience, understanding, and positivity – knowing that the human body is capable of greater change, recovery and performance than we sometimes believe is possible.

Certifications

~ Mat & Apparatus Instructor certification PhysicalMind Institute of Canada

~ Mat & Apparatus Instructor certification Alan Herdman Pilates  – London, UK

~ Nordic Walking UK Instructor Certification

Further Studies

~ Pilates for Breast Cancer/Breast Reconstruction Surgery Rehabilitation

~ Pilates for Amputees

~ Pilates for Hip Strengthening & Mobility – hip replacements & arthritis

Kaleigh Anstett

Kaleigh Anstett Naturopathic Physician

Dr. Kaleigh Anstett ND, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine joined the RISE Health team in February 2016. As a Naturopathic Doctor, Kaleigh Anstett aims to effectively diagnose, treat and support her patients as they progress towards a state of greater health. Dr. Anstett began her training at the University of Guelph, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics. Following a brief year teaching English in South Korea, Dr. Anstett completed her medical education at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, where she gained valuable experience treating patients on the sports medicine rotation during her clinical year. In private practice, Dr. Anstett has continued to hone her skills as an integrative sports medicine practitioner, largely focusing on the musculoskeletal and structural concerns of her patients.

In addition to sports medicine, Dr. Anstett employs botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, IV therapy and pharmaceutical medications where appropriate. As a primary care provider, Dr. Anstett accepts patients of all ages, with acute and chronic health concerns.

 

Grant Hutchings

Grant Hutchings Physiotherapist

Grant grew up in a family where sports were a big part of life and, as such, he has seen his fair share of injuries. Couple that with his enjoyment for helping people and a career in Physiotherapy was a natural fit. After completing his Bachelor of Science at the University of Victoria, he went on to complete his Masters in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta. His post-graduate training has focused on orthopaedic manual therapy and pain science. He has advanced training in manual and manipulative therapy, Mulligan Technique, and the McKenzie Method. He is certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and has completed his advanced training in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS).
Grant believes that correct diagnosis is key in developing an optimal treatment plan and uses Evidence-Based Practice to guide therapy. He incorporates patient education, manual therapy, IMS and personalized exercise prescription to facilitate tissue healing and to prevent the onset of future episodes. His clinical interests include knee, hip, and spinal pathology; especially with regards to persistent pain and sports injuries.
When not working at the clinic or being a total nerd with the latest rehabilitation science publications, Grant loves searching out adventures with his wife Courtney, daughters Emilia and Charlotte, and two Australian Shepherds, Baxter and Madilyn.

Julie Desramaux

Julie Desramaux Physiotherapist

Julie completed her honours degree in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University in 2000.  She continued her education by specializing in orthopaedics with her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2009 and a Certification in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (CGIMS).

Julie has worked in a variety of clinical settings in Victoria since 2000 and is dedicated to providing hands on physiotherapy treatment. She has pursued other post graduate courses focusing on movement control, muscle balancing, and sports rehabilitation.

In the past, Julie has competed in a variety of endurance sports including marathons, Ironman Triathlons, and Grand Fondos and now balances keeping fit and healthy with raising a young family.

Ange Vander Schilden

Ange Vander Schilden Physiotherapist

Ange Vander Schilden graduated from Queen’s University in 2007 with bachelor degrees in Science and Physical and Health Education. She went on to complete her Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2009, also at Queen’s University. During her time at Queen’s, Ange played two seasons of varsity ice hockey where she obtained OUA silver and bronze medals, and was a CIS Academic All-Canadian in 2003-2004. Since graduation, Ange has completed numerous professional development courses; in 2014 she completed her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy, thereby achieving Fellowship status with the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists.  Ange is also certified in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), and is a Graston® Technique provider. 

She has worked with premier and national level rugby players as a lead therapist with the Oak Bay Castaway Wanderers, and university level ice hockey players with the Royal Military College in Kingston. Ange is an avid CrossFitter and ice hockey player. Her treatment is highly manual therapy focused, combined with specific exercise and education. Ange has a special interest in teaching, and enjoys mentoring Physical Therapy students during their clinical practicum.

Todd Levins

Todd Levins Naturopathic Physician

Dr. Todd Levins ND received his Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Victoria. He later completed his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto).

Dr. Levins strongly believes that health is a balanced and dynamic expression of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy. Active body, active mind, active spirit.

Each individual’s unique path to greater health is best determined through the mutual work of the doctor and the patient. This process begins with understanding the body’s specific demands on health and identifying the obstacles to healing. Using the medicines that nature provided and the best of science, Dr. Levins’ guides the patient/ doctor relationship to create sustained changes in health.

Dr. Levins has clinical expertise in sports medicine and integrative pain management treatment. Having lived with a personal focus on sport and fitness Dr. Levins well knows the pitfalls associated with recreational, competitive and elite sport performance and training. Getting restored and back to doing what we love is what motivates us and keeps us in balanced health. The process of instilling, promoting and reinforcing this approach with each patient is a hallmark of Dr. Levins’ practice. Everyone deserves to experience a more fulfilling life by remaining vital and active.Guided by naturopathic principles Dr. Levins uncovers the mechanisms and contributions to the sources of pain and compromised health. Understanding pain in the context of structure, biomechanics, energetics, nutrition and hormonal health is critical to the alleviation of chronic pain and a necessary step to true progressive healing. Relieving pain and educating patients on avoidance of pain triggers (or inducers?) are some of the most profound contributions a physician can provide to a patient.While it is often necessary to direct treatment at pain generators, treating and understanding all the factors involved in the perception of pain are critical to long-term freedom from pain. Vibrant health is lived through movement and freedom from pain. Upon identification of sources of pain Dr. Levins incorporates nutrition, manual treatments, acupuncture, neural therapy, prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma as tools to address pain and healing.Clinical Interest and Areas of Specialized Training/CertificationProlotherapyAcupuncture

  • Chelation
  • Platelet Rich Plasma
  • IV Treatments
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Neural Therapy
  • Hormone Testing & Management
  • Lab Testing

Licensed to Prescribe Dr. Levins is a member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC, BC Naturopathic.

Kristine Salmon

Kristine Salmon Chiropractor

Dr. Kristine Salmon DC, is a Chiropractor and Strength and Conditioning Coach who graduated from McMaster University with a bachelor in science, then on to Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College during which time she obtained her CSCS. She is Graston certified and has completed her Active Release Techniques.

Her practice style includes a plethora of soft tissue work, as well as functional movement assessment and exercise rehabilitation. She loves working with all ages, activity levels and experience, providing people with the education they need to move and excel within their own body structure.

She is active in the community and volunteers often with the Crossfit community, assistant coached the U15 Girls Basketball and is now the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the UVic Women’s basketball team. Kristine is most passionate about working with her patients to reach their goals and providing them with the tools then need to live the active island lifestyle that the beauty of Victoria inspires.

 

Felicity Klimstra

Felicity Klimstra Physiotherapist

Helping clients regain optimal mobility, strength and control through a holistic “total body” approach is the ultimate goal of Felicity Klimstra’s practice of physiotherapy.

Throughout completion of her Masters in Physiotherapy from UBC and her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology (honours) from Uvic, Felicity developed a strong background in the assessment and treatment of orthopedic injuries and movement dysfunctions. She loves being a physiotherapist and purses the best possible outcome for patients.

Felicity firmly believes that addressing the primary cause of the injury/pathology is critical to long-term and permanent changes and leverages her assessment and treatment skills alongside her previous professional experiences as a personal trainer and ergonomist to get to the root of every orthopedic issue and develop a plan of action best suited to each client and condition.

Her manual therapy approach coupled with effective client education, including appropriate strengthening and stretching, has resulted in success for clients of all ages in achieving maximal pain relief and improved function.
While her specific area of passion is lower back pain and sacroiliac joint dysfunction, Felicity is trained to deal with many orthopedic conditions and is currently accepting new patients. She invites you to contact her so she can help you move past your injuries to renewed potential and maximum function.Education and Training:
• Masters of Physical Therapy MPT
• BSc. Kinesiology (Hon.)
• Certified in Acupuncture (CAFCI)
• Neurological Treatment for Orthopedic/Sport Injury Patients
• Mulligan Technique: Upper and Lower Quadrant
• Advanced Physical Therapy Educational Institute Cervical and Lumbar Spine Articular Dysfunction/Mobilization
• Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy Levels (in progress)

 

Krysta Wark

Krysta Wark Physiotherapist / Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

Krysta Wark is an outdoor enthusiast who loves getting people back to the meaningful activities in their lives. She uses a physiotherapy approach which focusses on determining the cause of dysfunction and selecting the appropriate treatment technique(s). The treatment techniques she may utilise include hands on joint and muscle mobilizations, exercise therapy, intramuscular stimulation (IMS), electrotherapy and education. She has specialized training in treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction which includes, but is not limited to; urinary and fecal incontinence, organ prolapse, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, and painful intercourse. Krysta enjoys treating various types of injuries and dysfunctions. She particularly appreciates the challenge of helping her clients through recovery from chronic pain and more chronic conditions.
In her spare time you can find Krysta gallivanting in the backcountry on skis or in hiking boots, attempting to surf the west coast waves, socializing, or exploring international destinations. Her travels have allowed her to pick up some French, Spanish and a small amount of Punjabi.

Bernard Tonks

Bernard Tonks Vestibular Rehabilitation Physiotherapist

Bernard is a Physiotherapist who graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986. He has extensive experience in neurological rehabilitation, orthopaedics, sports injuries, concussions and treating individuals with dizziness and imbalance dysfunctions. He has been assessing and treating persons injured in motor vehicle accidents for over 20 years.

Since 1993, he has worked in private physiotherapy clinics both in British Columbia and in Ontario.

In 1997, he became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists.

He has completed numerous courses in orthopaedics as well as vestibular rehabilitation and in 2001, completed a competency based, certification course in vestibular rehabilitation in Atlanta, Georgia.He has been assessing and treating clients with vestibular dysfunctions since 1995.

Since 2000, he has instructed courses in vestibular rehabilitation throughout Canada as well as internationally.

 

Sherri Daniar

Sherri Daniar Physiotherapist

Sherri completed her Honours Bachelour of Science degree at the University of Waterloo in 2003, and then completed the Masters of Physical Therapy program at the University of Western Ontario in 2005. Following graduation, Sherri completed post-graduate training to the intermediate levels in Manual and Manipulative Therapy through the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and then became Certified in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) in 2009. In 2011, she broadened her treatment perspective with training in Upledger Craniosacral Therapy, became Certified in the Upledger Techniques in 2014, and is motivated to continue through the advanced level courses.

 

Sherri is inspired by the endless opportunities to learn and grow as a practitioner, and person, to facilitate a client-centred treatment towards optimal body function.  She has worked in orthopedic-based clinics since graduation, and has treated a wide spectrum of ages and severity of conditions. Her treatments may consist of any of the following: manual therapy, craniosacral therapy, IMS, exercise prescription, and client education.

Kailie Woods

Kailie Woods Acupuncturist

Soon after moving to Vancouver Island,  Kailie discovered her passion for Holistic Healing and Health.  Post college, Kailie went on to study and receive her diploma in Acupuncture and TCM in the spring of 2008 from the College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Eager for more, Kailie ventured to China where she dived into a hands on internship at the Cheng Du Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital.

Kailie is registered/licensed through the CTCMA to provide Acupuncture, Tui na, Moxibustion, Cupping, Herbal patents and more. She takes pride in catering her treatments to client’s individual needs, working one on one to provide choices and plans, aimed at achieving overall optimal health and happiness. Kailie has a keen interest in Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Obstetrics.

Kailie is also a 600 hr trained and certified Yoga/Pilates Instructor, trained in a variety of different styles including: Vinyasa, Power Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin/Yang and more.  She teaches her passion at various studios in the city and loves connecting and learning from all her students. Combined knowledge of multiple ancient modalities has given her great awareness and diverse knowledge of the human body.

Kailie is passionate about life and happiness and takes pride in contributing her skills and knowledge the community of Victoria in any way she can.

Jen Shelest

Jen Shelest Registered Massage Therapy

Jen, a Registered Massage Therapist of 9 years, graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy 3000 hour program in 2007.

What are the activities you need or want to do better during the day? Each treatment is tailored to your unique abilities and goals. We’ll use massage to relieve your primary discomforts; slow and specific techniques will decrease tension, calm the nervous system and restore mobility. I’ll teach you self massage and movement patterns to reestablish functional mobility and provide long term relief. Whether it’s sleeping better, working without aggravation, managing stress, recovering from an injury, playing with your kids or training for an event, we’ll find the tools you need to feel your best.

Katrina Ross

Katrina Ross Registered Massage Therapist

Katrina graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy 3000 hour program in 2008. She believes strongly in the benefit of massage therapy and enjoys the challenge of working with a variety of healthcare professionals to help her patients live healthy and happy lives.

Katrina enjoys a diverse practice and is experienced in treating a wide spectrum of conditions including overuse injuries, sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, tension headaches, back and neck pain, stress related tension, systemic conditions, digestive problems and pregnancy massage. Katrina believes in educating patients and encouraging them to become active participants in their therapy.

Catrin Jones

Catrin Jones Registered Massage Therapy

Catrin graduated from Victoria’s West Coast College of MassageTherapy3000 hour program in 2008.
Within her practice she has worked with a variety of patients from elite athletes, to children. She uses a variety of massage therapy techniques to treat injuries and help patients avoid injury before they happen by addressing muscle imbalances and habitual postures one may have in their daily lives.
As a life long athlete, primarily in competitive swimming and marathon/ultra marathon running, she understands the benefits that manual therapies such as massage, physiotherapy, chiropractic, and acupuncture have for the treatment and prevention of injuries.
When not practicing massage, Catrin can be found on the roads and trails of Greater Victoria. She has been competing at a high level in marathons both locally and internationally for a number of years. In recent years she has run for Team Canada the World Mountain running championships, the Francophone Games, and the World Trophy 50k.
Over the years Catrin has also had experience as a swim and running coach. She has studied the Lydiard run coaching method (2014) and became a certified yoga instructor for children, families, and adults in 2010.
Genevieve Stonebridge

Genevieve Stonebridge Registered Clinical Counsellor

Genevieve Stonebridge, MA, RCC (#14011) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who holds a BA in psychology and an MA in counselling psychology from the University of Victoria.

Genevieve considers it a privilege to support people who want to explore the connection between their mental health and physical well-being. She is passionate about helping people learn how to hold curiosity and compassion for the signals their bodies, minds and emotions are giving them. She is also skilled at working with support people who are impacted and stressed by their loved one’s health issues.

Everyone seeks counselling for different reasons; Genevieve believes a desire for change is often at the core of what brings people to counselling.

If you are looking for support in facilitating or navigating change and growth in your life and you are interested in counselling with Genevieve please contact her directly at stonebridgecounselling@gmail.com to set up a free 15-20 minute intake telephone consultation.

The following are specific areas she can support you in:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotion regulation skills, particularly through mindfulness
  • Exploring the mental and emotional impact of chronic illness and degenerative diseases (eg., cancer)
  • Support for loved ones (parents, partners, siblings) of those living with an illness and difficulties
  • Disordered eating: emotional eating and binge eating
  • Grief and Loss
  • Death and Dying
  • Physical pain and the emotional and mental impact of it
  • Prioritizing self-care
  • Reconnection and trust building with your body
  • Stress reduction
  • Family dynamics
  • Romantic relationship support
  • Creativity blocks
  • Life satisfaction
  • Reconnecting to joy and spirit
Alex Sterling

Alex Sterling Registered Clinical Counsellor

Alex Sterling MA, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC #12325) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria. Alex works from a client-centered perspective – meaning she tailors her approach with your goals and your strengths in mind. Her counselling style recognizes that people are highly interconnected beings, both internally (body, mind, emotions and spirit) and externally (to our families, history, culture, and systems). Alex believes that a trusting client-counsellor relationship is at the heart of any success in this work, and she builds strong relationships with her clients based on compassion, confidentiality, and a non-judgemental approach.

People may seek counselling for a variety of reasons, and everyone can use support and guidance from a professional at some point in their life. Whether you want to navigate changes in your life, gain clarity or new perspectives, or pursue a deeper sense of happiness, Alex would be honoured to work with you to achieve your goals.

If you are interested in counselling with Alex and would like to learn more you can book a free 20 minute telephone consultation with her by emailing her at sterlingcounselling@gmail.com

The following are specific areas of practice Alex can support you in:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Pain
  • Life transitions (including career)
  • Identity and self-exploration
  • Stress Management
  • Mindfulness
  • Workplace wellness (e.g., compassion fatigue, burnout, vicarious trauma, organizational health)
  • Family dynamics
  • Relationship support
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Self-esteem
  • Deepening overall satisfaction and happiness
John Hunter

John Hunter Physiotherapist

John graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2000, and then completed his Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University in 2002. After graduation, he spent 4 years working at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine center where he worked with many athletes ranging from young community athletes to many Olympic gold medalists from a variety of summer and winter Olympic sports. During this time he also worked at the Advanced Spinal Care Center. Both centers have a strong research focus where John was involved in research pertaining to sport injury prevention, and whiplash.

John traveled internationally to many world cups and world championships with the Canadian Sprint Canoe and Kayak team. In 2007 he was selected to the Canadian Medical team for Rowing and Canoe Kayak for the Pan American Games, and in 2008 worked at the Bejing pre-Olympic training camp for the Canoe Kayak team.

A few months later John moved to Victoria to direct the Sport Medicine Center at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence in Victoria, and soon after the birth of his second child, he started doing more consultant work.John’s passion is problem solving and educating patients regarding their condition, especially with regards low back pain and hip pain. After determining the cause of the condition, he enjoys using an evidence based and active approach to rehabilitation.(see link below for more details)In the past ten years John has achieved the highest level of manual therapy, receiving fellowship status with the Canadian Academy of Manual and Manipulative Therapy and has mentored numerous advanced manual therapists and students. He is certified in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and Acupuncture. He also currently holds a position as an associate editor for the Journal of Physical Therapy.For more information on IMS, please visit: istop.org
For more information on John’s approach to low back assessment and treatment, please visit the following site for his recent publication titled “A treatment Based”
Lisa Munkley

Lisa Munkley Physiotherapist

Lisa Munkley graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 1998. She furthered her education by specializing in orthopaedics with her Certificate of Intermediate Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2000 and her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2001. In 2002, Lisa partnered in opening Broadmead Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Clinic.

In 2008, she continued her education with a Certification in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (CGIMS). From 2011 – 2013, Lisa had an incredible experience working at a multidisciplinary medical center, Fix Healthcare. Lisa has taught physiotherapists who are pursuing their specialization in manual therapy as well as fourth year medical students at the University of Victoria. Lisa is passionate about providing quality hands on physiotherapy treatment with a focus on manual and manipulative therapy, intramuscular stimulation and exercise prescription.