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Shirley received her Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia. Since graduation she continued her professional development with taking courses in Orhopaedic manual therapy, Chronic pain, Lumbopelvic dysfunction, Whiplash, and Cervicogenic Headaches. Through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association she has completed her Level 3 Manual Therapy Orhopaedic course. In addition, to her strong manual therapy skills she is certified in UBC Gunn's Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) & Acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canda. Shirley uses her treatment techniques to develop an individualized treatment plan that incorporates manual therapy,exercise prescription or needling to provide an individualized treatment plan that suites each client that she treats. She has been working at Kitsilano Physiotherapy Clinic for the past 10 years, which has allowed her to become a well known physiotherapist in the community. As a former competitive track & field athlete she enjoys working with the running community. Unfortunately due to previous injuries of her own she is quite accustomed to the care and attention required to treat neck and back injuries from day to day work and recreational activities. When not at work she is busy being a mom to her two kids and supporting them in their sporting activities; as well as training for half-marathons with the hope to complete a full marathon in the near future.
Gail has worked at Kitsilano Physiotherapy Clinic since 1998. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba where she obtained her Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy) in 1984. She has a background in treating sports injuries, having worked as a trainer for the St. Vital Mustangs Football Club in Winnipeg for four years. Additionally, Gail was the senior therapist on the WCB service at the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg. Gail has an interest in postural re-education and extensive experience in treating post-MVA spinal injuries. She is an avid runner and enjoys cycling and hiking. Gail is married with four children.
Paul Yan Tzi Chang
Paul received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Wheeling Jesuit University, U.S.A. He has clinical experience in the U.S. working in an outpatient orthopaedic setting treating a wide variety of conditions. Paul’s treatment approach is to incorporate manual therapy techniques, exercise, and education in the treatment of his clients. He strives to identify underlying pain causing factors such as muscle imbalance, postural fault, and movement dysfunction and subsequently create an individualized treatment plan to restore each client to their normal activity and function. Paul treats clients for a wide range of injuries and pain with particular interest in the treatment of neck pain, repetitive stress injuries, shoulder rehab, and back problems. He has received post-graduate training in manual therapy through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. He has also taken courses for Kinesio Taping, knee pain, and Sahrmann’s exercise for the lower back and hip. Outside of the clinic, Paul enjoys staying active by playing hockey, tennis, and skiing.
Sarah completed her Bachelor of Science specializing in Biology and Chemistry at Acadia University in 2009. She went on to complete her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University in 2011. She is currently registered with the BC College of Physical Therapists and a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopedic Division. Sarah has spent her years years since graduating focusing on continuing her education in manual therapy, completing Level 1-3 Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy, courses in Mulligan theory and Shacklock neurodynamics. She has also studied Anatomical Acupuncture and more recently IMS (Dry needling). These courses have fit Sarah’s perspective on physiotherapy, that time should be spent finding the root cause of someone’s issue to fix a problem long term. Time is spent performing one on one hands on therapy to decrease pain, improve function and quickly return to your normal activities. Sarah has worked in Halifax, Nova Scotia, since graduating and has worked with a variety of clients from young athletes, post operative patients, acute and chronic pain issues. Years of experience in busy private orthopaedic clinics have given her experience in a wide variety of orthopaedic issues. Outside of work Sarah enjoys running, golfing, yoga and going on hikes with her 140 lbs Newfoundland dog Mack.
Mary holds a Master’s of Physiotherapy from UBC. Her clinical interests include postural alignment, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, post-surgical rehabilitation, as well as pre and post-natal care (women’s health). She draws from her extensive background in yoga therapy and shiatsu massage to support clients recovering from injury, repetitive strain and dysfunction, using manual therapy, dry needling (IMS), core stabilization, and motor retraining with injury specific exercises. Mary was a competitive athlete in her youth and though she still plays basketball and soccer with her two little monkeys, her other true loves are yoga, running, meditation and salsa dancing. (Fun fact: she speaks fluent Spanish and once worked in Peru in the field of international development). Mary believes that manual therapy as well as awareness and empowerment through knowledge and active rehabilitation, lead to optimal recovery and performance. She is excited about meeting you where you’re at in recovering function, relieving pain, and discovering new potential.
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