The Kerrisdale Team

Steve Wong

Physiotherapist, IMS, Acupuncture, GTT, Sport Conditioning
BHK, BScPT, Dip.Manip.PT, FCAMPT, CAFCI, CGIMS, CGTTP, TPI-MP3, TSCC-S

Steve completed his Bachelor of Human Kinetics at UBC in 1998, followed by his post-graduate physiotherapy degree at the University of Toronto in 2001. Prior to returning to Vancouver in 2007, he worked in a busy multi-disciplinary sport medicine clinic in Toronto, Ontario. In 2005, Steve successfully completed the Canadian Physiotherapy Association's post-graduate Advanced Diploma in Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy while becoming a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists. Steve is also certified in Acupuncture, Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), Gokavi Transverse Technique (GTT) and is a Level 2 TWIST Sport Conditioning Coach. 

Steve's treatment philosophy includes using a combination of manual and dry-needling techniques to restore normal joint and tissue mobility and then applying specific & focused exercise techniques to restore function and minimize injury reoccurrence.

Steve's area of interest includes treating complex shoulder problems and spinal instabilities. He has had success treating a wide variety of clients including national level athletes, rowers, gymnasts, trampolinists, musicians & 'weekend warriors'.

As a certified Titleist Performance Institute Level 3 Medical Professional (TPI - MP3), Steve also works with golfers of all ages and abilities, assessing and treating any physical and bio-mechanical restrictions that may be contributing to faulty, injury inducing swing mechanics.  He also uses to the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) as a fundamental movement pattern screening tool.

Outside of work: In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, golfing, basketball, ultimate, snowboarding and researching his next flight of travel plans. 

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Stacy Benmore

Physiotherapist, Vestibular & Concussion Rehabilitation
BSc, MSc (PT), Dip.Manip.PT, FCAMPT, CAFCI

Stacy completed her Master of Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University in 2004. For the last six years she has been working in private orthopaedic practise. She has successfully completed the Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Therapy. Stacy has a special interest in teaching - she spends time working as a teaching assistant in the UBC Physical Therapy Masters program, and also teaches educational workshops on osteoarthritis to the public through the Arthritis Society. She treats various musculoskeletal injuries, balance and dizziness disorders with a combined approach of manual therapy, education and specific exercise.

Outside of work: To keep active Stacy runs, hikes, plays softball and works on her golf game.

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Jonathan Tom-Yew

Physiotherapist
BSc, MPT, Dip.Manip.PT, FCAMPT, CAFCI

Jonathan graduated from The University of British Columbia with a Master's degree in Physical Therapy in 2011. He also completed his Bachelor of Science majoring in Cell Biology/Genetics and minoring in Human Kinetics in 2008. Since completing his Master of Physical Therapy, Jonathan has continued to develop professionally through continuing education and mentorship. Most recently, Jonathan completed his Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association's Orthopaedic division. Jonathan is also certified in Acupuncture through Acupuncture Canada and has incorporated dry needling into his practice since 2013. Jonathan believes in an individualized treatment program that is comprised of manual therapy, dry needling (Acupuncture), and therapeutic exercise in order to restore balance and function to the human body. 

Jonathan enjoys all aspects of physiotherapy, including sports and orthopaedic rehabilitation, geriatric rehabilitation, and the rehabilitation of those following neurological injury. Jonathan is also an ambassador for the Thera-Band Academy.

Outside of work: Jonathan keeps active through playing soccer in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League,  rock climbing, hiking, kayaking and Crossfit.

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Christina Eng

Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor
BScKin, MScPT, Dip.Manip.PT, FCAMPT, CAFCI, CGTTP

*returning from maternity-leave September 4th, 2018*

Christina completed her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta in 2007.  Upon graduation, she returned home to Vancouver and has since worked in private practice orthopedic physiotherapy.  She has successfully completed the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopedic Division's Advanced Examination in Manual and Manipulative Therapy and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists.  

In addition to her practice of physiotherapy, Christina is also a Clinical Pilates Instructor having  completed the rehabiltation stream (Mat and Reformer) in STOTT pilates.  As well, she brings extensive experience as a kinesiologist, exercise therapist and personal trainer.  She enjoys treating all types of patients and firmly believes in an individualized, multi-modal treatment philosophy combining manual therapy, dry-needling/acupuncture, pilates  and other specific exercise techniques to improve mobility, restore function and prevent injury.

As a new mom, Christina has developed a keen-interest in treating pre- and post-natal women and helping them restore balance in their new bodies.  

Christina can speak Cantonese and some Mandarin

Outside of work: In her free time, Christina enjoys spending time with her family, staying active by playing field hockey and getting outside or hitting the gym for a good sweat!

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Chelsea Elvy

Physiotherapist
BSc, MPT

Chelsea completed her Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto in 2016.  Prior to that, Chelsea completed her Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from Simon Fraser University (SFU) where she was also Captain and an Academic All-Canadian as a member of the Women's Varsity Volleyball team.   Drawing from her experience as a competitive athlete as well as recovering from sport-related injuries, Chelsea has a passion for sports injury rehabilitation and has developed a clinical interest in working with athletes of all ages.  Along with the use of manual therapy, soft-tissue release and specific individualized exercises, she also incorporates mindfulness and meditation strategies to treat a variety of conditions.

Chelsea is orignally from Powell River, BC and after living in Toronto for school, felt the call to return back to the west coast where she worked at a private clinic in Vernon, BC.  After a year in the Okanagan, she moved back to Vancouver where she is now in the process of completing her Level 2 Manual Therapy certification with the Canadian Physiotherapy Associations's Orthopedic Division.

Outside of work: Chelsea enjoys spending time with friends, staying active through running, weight lifting, playing volleyball or soccer, and loves trying new exercise classes.

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Teryn Buna

Physiotherapist, Vestibular & Concussion/Occulomotor Rehab
BSc(Hons), MPT, MPthy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy), IDN

Teryn qualified as a Physiotherapist from UBC after developing a firm understanding of the body through a Bachelor of Science in Health & Exercise Physiology at the University of Calgary.  Her early years in the world of private practice physiotherapy left her with many questions which pushed her to pursue further studies.  In 2014, she completed a post-graduate Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland in Australia.  After completing her studies she incorporated research assistant and clinical education work around Australia along-side her clinical work.

During her studies, Teryn developed a passion for treating neck-related problems including headaches, neck-related dizziness and concussions.  She treats these injuries with a focussed hands-on approach and active rehabilitation.  Her aim is to help her patients overcome their injuries and get back to living their best life using a combination of manual therapy, dry-needling, oculomotor training, education and targeted exercise prescription.

In addition to working in the clinic, Teryn was able to combine her passion for physio and Ultimate Frisbee while working with Australian teams at the World Beach Ultimate Championships in France 2017.

Teryn can also speak French and Spanish.

Outside of work: Teryn is a keen Ultimate Frisbee player.  When not on the playing field, she loves all sorts of adventures including hiking, climbing, skiing, squash and latin dancing!

 

 

 

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Telma Hembruff

Physiotherapist, Pelvic Floor Therapist
BScKin, MPT

Telma graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a Master's degree in Physiotherapy.  With a desire to travel and an interest in Global Health, Telma gained physiotherapy experience in a  number of countries including Canada, the USA, Spain and the UK.  These valuable experiences have allowed her to build various techniques and approaches to help individuals meet their rehabilitative goals.  Since graduating, Telma has gained experienced in a number of fields including orthopaedics, neurology, senior's wellness and pelvic floor health.

As a physiotherapist, Telma aims to work towards your goals through providing evidence-based and individualized treatment, and hopes to empower her clients to take an active role in their recovery.  Telma enjoys working with various populations and conditions ranging from acute injuries to chronic orthopaedic conditions.

In particular, Telma has a special interest in Pelvic Floor Therapy.  She has completed both the Pelvic Health Rehabilitation course and Rost Therapy: Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy.  Telma has also gained research experience with prenatal, postnatal, gynaecological and urological conditions.  She strives to assist individuals improve control of their pelvic floor region and core through a combination of exercise, manual therapy, and lifestyle education.

In her spare time:  Telma keeps active through a variety of sports and is always keen on trying new activities.  When less energetic, she can be found mastering the state of relaxation while reading a good book.

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Jennifer Li

Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates & Pelvic Floor Therapist
BHK, MPT, CAFCI

Jennifer graduated from the University of British Columbia where she completed her Master of Physical Therapy in 2012 and Bachelor of Human Kinetics in 2009.

Jennifer has post-graduate training in Clinical Pilates (including ante- and post-natal pilates) through APPI, Pelvic Floor Health, Vestibular Rehabiliation and Acupuncture.  She also works part-time in public healthcare delivering 1:1 client care and education in group settings about pain science and persistent pain conditions.  By combining her skills and experience, Jennifer provides rehabilitative and preventative treatment by giving her clients the tools and knowledge to become independent in achieving their goals.

Jennifer's interest in physiotherapy grew when she was working as a receptionist at a physiotherapy and sports medicine clinic.  She quickly learned the value and impact that physiotherapy can have on a person's rehabilitative journey.  Having been in both the role of the patient as well as the physiotherapist, she has been able to approach each of her clients with compassion.  Jennifer believes that continued professional development is integral to growing and expanding her skillset as a physiotherapist.

When Jennifer isn't working, you can find her out for a trail run, hiking or planning her next travel adventure!

 

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Jonathan Poon

Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor
BSc(Kin), MPthy

Jonathan completed his Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in 2010 and has been working as a physiotherapist in Brisbane, Australia, until recently moving back to Vancouver in November 2016.  Prior to that he worked as a Registered Kinesiologist following the completion of this Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Certificates in Health and Fitness and Applied Human Nutrition from Simon Fraser University in 2006.

Jonathan has extensive training in Clinical Pilates and is a certified Pilates Instructor through Polestar Pilates.  He is also certified in Musculoskeletal Acupuncture and Dry Needling through Combined Health.  Jonathan has worked with patients of all ages and abilities which has included professional athletes and dancers.

Sport and physical activity have played a large role throughout his life.  Over the past 5 years, Jonathan has been drawn to the mind-body benefits of yoga, which he practices almost daily.  The combination of his work and personal practice experience has influenced the way he approaches his physiotherapy treatment.

Jonathan has a holistic movement-focussed approach to physiotherapy.  Whether for pain, rehabilitation or performance, he uses a combination of manual therapy, exercise and other modalities to achieve optimal movement quality.  Jonathan has a strong belief in an individualized approach to patient management and therefore emphasizes patient education and empowerment throughout his treatment.

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Cynthia Lau

Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor
BKin, MPT, CAFCI

Cynthia completed her Master of Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia.  Since graduating from UBC, Cynthia has received training in various professional development courses such as manual therapy, Acupuncture, Sports First-Responder and Rehab Reformer through the STOTT Pilates approach.

Cynthia's treatment philosophy includes a combination of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, dry-needling (acupuncture) and taping to promote recovery and improve function.  She has a special interest in incorporating clinical pilates into one's overall treatment plan. 

When not in the clinic, Cynthia also serves as team physiotherapist for the UBC Old Boys Ravens Rugby Club where she focusses on the rehabiliation of sports injuries.

Outside of work: In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys playing field hockey, basketball, hiking and snowboarding.  She has also recently begun running the occasional half-marathon, and is always looking to achieve a new personal best.

 

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Derek Lai

Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor
BScKin, MPthy

*starts November 20th, 2018*

Derek graduated from the University of Queensland in Australia where he completed his Master of Physiotherapy in 2015 after receiving his Bachelor of Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University in 2012. He has completed post-graduate training in Musculoskeletal Dry Needling, Hip and Groin Rehab, Spinal Manual Therapy and is looking at completing his certificate in Clinical Pilates in 2019. 

Derek has worked extensively in private practice, utilising manual therapy, exercise and Reformer-based Clinical Pilates to optimise movement and function.

In Melborne, he was a team physiotherapist for DC Blaze Netball Team and the Australian National Volleyball League. He has a keen interest in managing persistant neck and back pain, tendon pathologies, hip and groin injuries, ACL and hamstring rehabilitation and running-related injuries.

Derek is a strong advocate of movement and exercise alongside evidence-based education. This led him to start his own personal blog, talking all things physio. His philosophy can be summed up as "Move More, Get Stronger and Have Fun Doing It."

Outside of work: Derek enjoys multi-day treks, running, reading non-fictions and repeated doses of caffeine. Travel and adventure are huge components of Derek's life, with his favourite country being Nepal.

Derek can also speak Cantonese.

 

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Yvonne Sui

Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist
BSc, RAc

Yvonne graduated from Pacific Rim College's 3-year Diploma of Acupuncture program in 2016, and completed the national board exams to become a licensed member of the BC regulatory board, CTCMA.  She previously completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Victoria in 2010.

Using the theory and holistic approach of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yvonne is able to treat a wide variety of conditions.  She is passionate about using acupuncture to treat issues ranging from stress, anxiety/depression, insomnia, to digestive disorders and smoking cessation.  Yvonne also has a special interest in women's health issues such as menstruation regulation, infertility, pregnancy and labour.  Her approach includes the use of traditional acupuncture, cupping, Tui-Na massage, gua sha and moxibustion.

While at Pacific Rim College, Yvonne has also taken supplementary workshops in Traditional Acupuncture in Pregnancy, Labour and Postpartum,  Channel Examination and Diagnosis as well as Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture.

Outside of work: In her spare time, Yvonne enjoys hiking, swimming, road trips, dabbling with arts and crafts and photography.

 

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Christine Strang

Office Manager

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Eliza Chan

Receptionist

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Kimberly Szeto

Receptionist

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