Eric J. Vegt, RMT After spending three years pursuing a Criminology degree at SFU, Eric decided that a career in massage therapy would be more rewarding. He graduated in 1997 from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and has been working at Maple Ridge Physiotherapy & Pain Clinic since 2004. Eric enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions using techniques including traditional Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and deep tissue massage. Eric loves spending time watching movies and the occasional hike with his wife Nadine (and their cats), and also has interests in computers and reading.
Toshi Hasegawa, RMT Toshi immigrated from Japan in 1991. As he sought to become a health care practitioner, he decided to take a 3000-hour course from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Since becoming an RMT in the year 2000, he served many communities in the Lower Mainland, and instructed future massage therapists at a massage therapy college for 10 years. During his youth, he was trained in martial arts which taught him the basic principles of physical discipline. These experiences made a strong impact on his belief system of how physical health should be maintained. To him, the keyword is “balance”. It applies to any aspect of science and all elements in our daily life. It also reflects how he performs manual therapy. His main treatment approach is the restoration of the kinetic alignment system from the soft tissue standpoint. Throughout his practical experiences and ongoing education, he has developed his own unique assessment and treatment methods in order to address many symptomatic soft tissue conditions. During each session, he asks his patients to become involved in every aspect of their treatment process. He believes that providing a thorough explanation of the condition to the patient is an essential key to a successful outcome. In his free time, he likes going camping and travelling.
David Moffitt, B.ap.Sc(PT), M.C.P.A, Certified Acup. Foundation of Canada David Moffitt has over 20 years of experience in treating soft tissue syndrome and chronic pain conditions. He was raised in New Zealand and obtained his degree in Sydney, Australia in 1980. He studied acupuncture in Beijing, China and at Edmonton University with the world famous Dr. Aung. He has had the pleasure of working with Olympic and Commonwealth athletes. In accordance of knowledge and skills, he recently completed a course on the 'Assessment and Management of Whiplash Injuries' at the university of Calgary. Interests: Management of whiplash and motor vehicle injuries Chronic Pain syndromes such as Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Osteoarthritic syndromes (shoulder pain, hip pain, foot pain) Chondromalacia/ Tension headaches/ Neck Pain/ Low Back Pain Functional capacity evaluation and work conditioning programs
Edwin Chock, B.Sc.Hon. Biol., B.Sc.Hon. H.K., M.Sc. PT, Certified Acup. Foundation of Canada Edwin Chock received his Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto in 2003. Since graduation, he has taken a keen interest in the specialty of orthopedics and acupuncture within a private practice setting. Edwin continues to participate in numerous postgraduate courses in manual therapy, with plans to continue towards his Part A and Part B level accreditation. His clinical interests include treatment of dysfunction of the spine and its co-related problems, shoulder injuries, sports injuries, acupuncture, geriatric rehabilitation, core stabilization, and active rehabilitation. Prior to joining the dynamic team at Maple Ridge Physiotherapy and Pain Clinic, Edwin has worked in clinics both in Vancouver and Toronto, treating patients involved in motor vehicle accidents, worker’s compensation related injuries, sports injuries, and geriatric care. He also possesses experience in athletic therapy from volunteering with the Women’s Varsity Soccer and Men’s Varsity Football at the University of Ottawa, and is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopedics and Sport Divisions. Edwin’s personal interests include rowing, dragon boating, inline skating, hiking, cycling, martial arts, cooking, and traveling.
Hershal Shah, B.Sc. Biomedical Physiology, MPT Hershal grew up in Maple Ridge and was actively involved in volunteer work at Ridge Meadows Hospital starting in his teens and continuing into his twenties while he completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Simon Fraser University. He then went on to complete the Masters of Physical Therapy program at the University of British Columbia in 2015. He has recently completed his Level 1 exam in Manual and Manipulative Therapy and is pursuing certification in Acupuncture, Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion Management. Growing up in Maple Ridge, Hershal has been active in many competitive sports from a young age including baseball, basketball and track-and-field. His personal interests include weight-training, running, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, swimming and quality time with family and friends.
Gordon Seow, B.H.Kin. Kinesiology & Health Science, MPT, CSCS Gordon discovered his love for health & fitness in gr. 10 P.E. class and has pursued this passion ever since. After completing his Bachelor of Human Kinetics at UBC in 2010, he served for 2 years in the Singapore Armed Forces as a Lieutenant. During his time there, Gordon was responsible for the physical fitness and combat readiness of his platoon which inspired him to attain his qualification as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) upon returning to Vancouver. He completed his Masters of Physical Therapy from UBC in 2016, successfully challenged his level 1 CPA Orthopaedic Divison exam, completed the Mulligan Concept Lower Quadrant course, and became K-Taping (Kinesiotape) Pro certified. Gordon intends to pursue his Orthopaedic levels, acupuncture and dry needling qualifications. He also has interests in bodybuilding, high performance strength and conditioning, weight loss, kettlebells and TRX/suspension training.
Gunter Rebele, Dipl. PT, RPT, Certified Acup. Foundation of Canada Gunter is a semi-retired Physiotherapist with 33 years experience. He started his career in Germany as registered Massage Therapist and Hydrotherapist. After immigrating to South Africa, he trained in Physiotherapy in Cape Town and became a registered Physiotherapist in 1974. He worked in Private Practice in Cape Town, Kelowna, Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast. He has extensive post-graduate training in manual therapy and adult hemiplegia. After studying Acupuncture he qualified to practice Acupuncture as applied to Physiotherapy in 1996. His special interests are Manual Therapy, Orthopedics, Injury and Stroke rehabilitation. In his spare time he likes rock hounding, stone and driftwood carving, hiking and cycling.
Plesa, B.Sc.PT Luke completed his studies at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Victor Babes”, Romania. Working with a variety of populations has given Luke the experience and confidence in treating injuries of all types. He believes that preventative maintenance and treating the root cause of injury are critical to optimal health, and believes that directly involving the patient in treatment planning promotes patient confidence and excellent outcomes for recovery. Luke is fortunate to have had experience in a variety of rehabilitative settings including orthopaedic and neurological private practice, orthopaedic and neurological trauma rehab, and acute care hospital. With a keen interest in orthopaedics, Luke continues to expand his skills and trains in Movement Dysfunction and is pursuing his acupuncture certification. He creates an effective therapeutic experience by combining manual therapy including soft tissue release techniques and joint mobilizations, with other therapeutic modalities, exercise therapy, and education, and by ensuring that patients leave every session empowered to expand their physical limits.