We are a team of highly trained health care professionals who are passionate about educating, equipping, and engaging our community through our one on one treatments and practitioner lead wellness classes.
Adrienne Mak is a graduate of the 3,000 hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster, BC. Prior to massage she attended the University of Alberta and Douglas College where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport and Tourism and Diploma of Sport Science. Being educated in Sport Science and playing Varsity basketball for 2 years she is familiar with many sports injuries. Recently Adrienne has traveled to Africa on multiple missions and is passionate about helping people. Adrienne is committed to assisting her clients to achieve and maintain optimal physical function, recover from injury, relieve pain and improve their overall wellbeing. Adrienne has experience working with young and old, and everyone in between. Whether you’re an office worker, elite athlete, nurse, weekend warrior, or stay at home parent, Adrienne has an amazing ability to meet the needs of a wide variety of patients. Adrienne focuses on Myofascial Release Treatment and customized remedial strengthening to attain specific goals set for each of her clients.
Nobuo graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) in 2010. Passionate about lifelong learning, Nobuo has continued his education by completing additional courses on stretching and fascia (the connective tissue located just below the skin). By using effective techniques specific to individual conditions, Nobuo has helped numerous patients overcome lower back pain, shoulder pain, headaches, neck pain, numbness, and tingling in the arms. His many specialties include trigger point release, joint mobilization, fascia, and passive stretching. Education plays an integral role in his care philosophy as he teaches patients how to become independent and take control of their physical function. He also believes proper posture is key to preventing and relieving painful conditions.
Diane graduated from the University of British Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in human kinetics. During her academic years, she was surrounded by athletes and saw how vigorous their training was. She became interested in rehabilitation for sports injuries, which exposed her to massage therapy. To further her studies, she enrolled at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and completed its 3000-hour program in 2012. She is experienced in treating motor vehicle-related injuries, TMJ dysfunction, headaches, pregnancy, and musculoskeletal dysfunctions. She is known for using active therapy in her treatments such as stretching, contract-relax, contractile myofascial release, and other methods like joint mobilization and trigger point release. Whether you’re an office worker or athlete, Diane believes massage therapy is essential for a healthy lifestyle as it can prevent injury, maintain optimal physical function, and improve overall wellbeing. Her main goal is to relieve pain and educate patients on long term solutions so they can get back to living the life they love.
Rebecca Hsu graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2016. Prior to becoming a registered massage therapist, Rebecca studied kinesiology and health sciences at Simon Fraser University. During her time there, she worked with athletes as a student athletic trainer. She has treated a variety of sports injuries from the moment it happens to months down the road. With massage therapy, she strives to help her patients recover from injury, relieve pain, restore optimal physical function and improve overall well-being. Rebecca is focused on providing patients with individual care by utilizing a wide range of techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point release, joint mobilization and active stretching techniques. She believes that the road to recovery is different for every patient and she will work with each patient to find the best course of treatment. Away from the clinic, Rebecca practices kendo regularly and is training hard to one day represent Canada in the world championships. She can also be found hiking and exploring the high seas with her kayak.
Lene is a 2011 graduate of the West Coast College of Massage 3000 hour RMT Program. She is passionate about learning and have since completed continuing education courses in myofascial release of the shoulder and pelvis, as well as craniosacral and muscle energy techniques. Her approach to treatment is to get to know her client’s lifestyle, health, interests, injuries and their expected outcome of treatment. The reason for treatment is generally not because of dysfunction in one specific area, the body is like a web of connections and when injury/trauma/overuse occur compensatory symptoms present. It is important to her that patients understand her intent for treatment and providing them insight to what may be happening. The primary goal for treatment is to relieve pain, promote optimal physical function and to provide preventative education for long term solutions. Whether you are an athlete, a health practitioner, work in an office, an outdoor adventurer, stay home parent or a retiree, she believes massage therapy is essential for healthy living. Daily life creates a variety of stresses on our body and it manifests as aches and pain. While you don’t have to “just live with it”, massage therapy can help support quality of living and emotional wellness. Being a massage therapist allows her to connect with such a wonderful variety of people, from babies to silver foxes and everyone in between. It brings her much joy to connect with people and to create a comfortable, accepting space on their journey to good health and well being. Outside of the clinic she enjoys spending time adventuring with her daughter, whether it’s walking in the rain, hiking through the trails or climbing their way through mountain rope adventure parks. She also finds joy in watching cooking and baking shows, reading books or watching movies. Some down time is also good for the soul!
Stephen shares a passion for personal health and fitness as well as practicing as a healthcare professional. He started his journey in post-secondary education in majoring in a psychology degree as he was fascinated by the inner workings of the human anatomy. However, after several semesters, his mom encouraged him to begin his career in Bachelor of Science in the Nursing program (as his mom is a practicing R.N. for over 30 years). Stephen acquired valuable experience working as a student nurse at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, such as in the Seniors' Residential care and the Acute Medicine ward. Stephen decided to further his education and graduated in 2019 from the Langara Registered Massage Therapy program where he gained experience treating clients using a variety of massage modalities. Growing up, Stephen enjoyed activities like badminton, swimming, camping, hiking and anaerobic exercises at the gym. As time passed, Stephen experienced a few motor vehicle accidents and a number of sports-related injuries. Stephen uses his personal experience to better empathize and relate to his clients. Stephen believes that communication and building trust between a therapist-client are paramount to an effective treatment plan. He works hard to ensure he is attentive and listens to the client's needs as well as concerns during each treatment session.
Sally's interest in health, movement, and the human body led her to complete a Bachelor's of Human Kinetics. Years later, still with an undying interest in health and a growing curiosity for alternatives to achieving well-being, she completed a Diploma of Registered Massage Therapy at Langara College. Her passion lies with aiding patients in their restoration of health and improving their quality of life. She has worked with pregnant women, patients with spinal cord injuries, athletes, dancers, hospice patients, and everyone in between. The common techniques she uses include Swedish massage, myofascial release, joint mobilizations, and stretching techniques. In her spare time, Sally likes hiking and spending time in nature, cycling, trying new recipes, and discovering new music.
Kevin shares a passion for personal wellness, preventative healthcare and rehabilitation. He started his career as a Behavior Interventionist teaching families and children with autism methods to cope with daily life activities. Following this, Kevin graduated with a Rehabilitation Assistant Diploma. He then began working at Surrey Memorial Hospital along side Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists to rehabilitate patients suffering from cognitive and motor incapabilities. While working as a Rehabilitation Assistant, Kevin gained a vast range of experiences working with patients in the ICU, emergency, surgical and acute care units. Kevin further continued his education and graduated from the Langara Registered Massage Therapy program where he gained experience treating clients using a variety of massage modalities. Growing up, Kevin enjoyed playing volleyball and had an opportunity to compete at both the provincial and national level. These days, he continues to play recreationally in outdoor grass leagues. Kevin is also an avid dodgeball player. He can be found on the dodgeball court three to four nights of the week. Through his career in athletics, Kevin has personally experienced sports related injuries ranging from ankle sprains to rotator cuff tears and even a clavicle fracture. He draws on a combination of his work and personal experience to better relate to clients. Kevin believes that communication and client rapport are key to an effective treatment plan. He works hard to establish a client-therapist relationship built on trust and genuine mutual respect. Ensuring a client’s needs and concerns are acknowledged is his top priority.
MScPT, BScKin, CGIMS, CAFCI
Tracy completed her Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Alberta after obtaining her Bachelor in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. She is a Connect Therapy Series graduate and is certified in both acupuncture and Gunn IMS (intra-muscular stimulation). Tracy incorporates her clinical expertise in combination with education and exercise prescription to assist clients in achieving their goals. Tracy is certified to teach the GLAD exercise program (Good Living with Arthritis Denmark). She offers group based exercise programs for client's living with Parkinson's and for the geriatric population. Tracy loves to be miked up and has a great time both teaching as an adjunct professor at UBC for the Masters of Physiotherapy program and MC'ing events of all sorts. She is fluent in Cantonese, enjoys a tasty meal, and will travel almost anywhere to find one. Recommendations are always welcome!
DPT, BSc, CAFCI, CGIMS
Initially found her love for human physiology and anatomy at Simon Fraser University where she received her Bachelor's of Science (Kinesiology). She then gained four years of experience in rehabilitation, before returning to school in 2010 to complete her Doctor of Physiotherapy degree in Australia. As an avid sports fan, studying in Australia allowed her to develop and practice her manual skills on various sporting teams including premier men's soccer. In addition to her background in exercise prescription and manual therapy, Amanda is a certified UBC Gunns IMS practitioner and is also certified to perform acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. Since returning to Canada and working in private practice, Amanda has been the primary physiotherapist for the BC Women's and Canadian netball teams since 2013. This gives her a unique opportunity to travel nationally and internationally treating high level amateur athletes. Her travels have taken her to events in Bermuda, Switzerland, Singapore, and most recently the Caymans. Although she loves working at competitive sporting events, Amanda has a special interest in serving undervalued members of our community, including seniors, and hopes to advocate for their health through her practice.
MPT, MPH, BHK
Jennifer holds a Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Public Health from Simon Fraser University. Her training has inspired her to collaborate with her clients to find solutions that fit their interests, lifestyles, and goals. In previous roles working in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, pediatrics, and community care for older adults, Jennifer has found success in using a combination of individualized exercise prescription, manual therapy, soft tissue techniques, and education to help her clients regain healthy movement to return to the activities they love. Jennifer is often recognized for her distinct laugh, positive demeanor, and her desire to connect with her clients to guide their participation towards self-management and prevention of injury. While she enjoys treating a variety of conditions, Jennifer has a keen interest in the upper extremity, and plans to pursue a certification in hand therapy. She speaks Cantonese, and has enjoyed learning through volunteerism, including working with children and adults with disabilities, and participating in a mentored program to better understand the impact of dementia. Jennifer also enjoys yoga, hiking, swimming, and most importantly, eating desserts and cuddling with her cat and dog.
MScPT, BHK, CAFCI
Carolyn completed her Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree in 2010 and Master of Physical Therapy degree in 2012 at the University of British Columbia. Prior to becoming a physiotherapist, she worked as a Kinesiologist and group fitness instructor in an outreach program for children and older adults. Carolyn believes in providing a holistic approach to treatment for her clients. She is certified in acupuncture through Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) through KinetaCore Functional Drying Needling. She is dedicated to continuing education and has taken post-graduate courses for treatment of acute/chronic neck and low back injuries, acute/chronic shoulder injuries, and dizziness/vertigo/vestibular dysfunction. In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys participating in recreational sports such as soccer, ultimate frisbee, and cleaning up after her children.
MScPT, BScPHPY, C IMS
Erin completed a Bachelors degree in Physiology and Pharmacology and a Masters degree in Physiotherapy in her hometown at the University of Saskatchewan. She holds further certification in IMS dry needling and concussion rehabilitation. Erin has worked as a physiotherapist with various sports teams, including football and soccer, and is currently the physiotherapist for the Canadian National Snowboard team. Erin is passionate about getting people back to doing the things they love. She has a special interest in ACL rehabilitation and working with the adolescent population. When not treating patients, you can find Erin outdoors biking, running, hiking, snowboarding, surfing or travelling.
Derek completed his physiotherapy degree in 2015 at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. He’s a big believer in benefits of challenging the body through movement and exercise. In conjunction with manual therapy and dry needling, Derek believes in providing evidence-based education in order to help clients understand their bodies and guide them on their journey back to optimal health and performance. In his spare time, Derek enjoys trekking mountains, trail running, reading and repeated doses of caffeine. He is a passionate traveler who is always planning his next adventure locally and abroad.
MScPT, CGIMS, CAFCI
Alison achieved both her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Physical Therapy from UBC. She has experience working with a wide variety of clients including pre-and post-natal women, neurological disorders, sports injuries and seniors with mobility issues. Prior to pursuing her physical therapy degree, Alison worked extensively on falls prevention research as well as studies on how physical exercises can improve memory in older adults. Her approach to treatment involves working one-on-one with clients to educate them about the root cause of their injury so as to prevent reoccurrences in the future. Alison is certified in Gunn-IMS (Intramuscular stimulation) and acupuncture (CAFCI). She has also completed post-graduate training in vestibular rehabilitation, manual therapy and soft tissue techniques. Outside of the clinic, Alison can be found chasing her two kids around the playground, cycling around this beautiful city in search of her next favourite restaurant or planning her next big adventure near and far.
STOTT Reformer and Mat Pilates Instructor
Jenny is a trained Stott Pilates instructor, which is a contemporary approach to the original Pilates method based on modern principles of exercise science and rehabilitation. As athletics has always been a big part of Jenny’s life from a young age, she is no stranger to the multitude of injuries and corresponding therapies needed to restore her health. However, It wasn't until she incorporated Pilates did she feel an instant and significant change in her body. Not only did Pilates elevate her performance in competitive sports, but it also decreased her chronic pain and helped her correct her less than optimal posture from being at a desk job. She has now embarked on a new journey to help people like her who suffer from pain, injuries and poor posture through the movement of Pilates. She finds great satisfaction in seeing her clients’ progress through the mat and reformer program and cannot wait to include the application of the cadillac to her repertoire this fall.
Anastasiia graduated from University of British Columbia in 2019 where she received her Bachelor’s of Kinesiology. During her studies at UBC, in order to have a better understanding of her profession, she volunteered at ICORD Centre as a treadmill assistant for patients with spinal cord injuries and at St. Vincent’s Hospital Langara as an elderly balance class assistant. After her graduation from UBC, she got certifications in ‘Myofascial Network Approach to Assessment and Treatment of Postural Malalignment and its Associated Pain’ and ‘Concussion Works Management’. Anastasiia was born in Ukraine, and moved to China when she was 10. Therefore, she can happily assist you in Russian and Chinese. In her free time, she loves dancing, skiing, exploring nature and of course eating lots of delicious Asian food.
Alli completed her Bachelor’s of Kinesiology at The University of British Columbia. Now as a BCAK Registered Kinesiologist, Alli strives to intertwine her passions of healthy living and rehabilitation, all while helping clients get back to doing what they love. Growing up as a gymnast and coach, Alli appreciates the foundations of movement and form that her own training in gymnastics and coaching experience has taught her. Alli uses her experience as an athlete and knowledge of the human body to empower her clients to better connect with their movement, optimize function and alignment, and lastly, gain confidence and strength. With special interests in both post-concussion care and senior’s preventative health, Alli has additional training in concussion rehabilitation and neuromuscular training for osteoarthritis. When she’s not in the clinic, you can find her on a yoga mat or spin bike, exploring the west coast with friends, or on the search for the next best flat white. She is a lover of the outdoors and will often spend her winters on the mountain, and summers on the ocean!
Practicing Kinesiologist, STOTT Pilates
Alfred is a Kinesiologist, Fascial Stretch Therapist and STOTT trained Pilates Instructor with over 20 years of experience empowering people to move with more strength, confidence, and ease. As a human movement specialist, Alfred’s strengths are working with clients with chronic health conditions and musculoskeletal injuries. Clients appreciate his compassion, his humour, his focus on their well-being, and his approach to movement coaching. He believes that daily movement is integral to a high quality of life. He was one of the first four Practicing Kinesiologists in British Columbia to be certified in Stretch to Win's Fascial Stretch Therapy™ in 2007. In 2008 he completed a Diploma in Rehabilitation Management from Simon Fraser University to help people on disabilities successfully return to work.