Chris graduated from Queen’s University with a B.Sc. (Honours) in 2000 and went on to obtain his Master of Physiotherapy degree in Perth, Australia, in 2003. Since becoming a physiotherapist, Chris has specialized his training with postgraduate studies in manual therapy and sport physiotherapy, achieving his Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy in 2007.
He has worked with a variety of athletes from high school to professional level, including the 2004 National Champion UBC Women’s Basketball team, the 2006 USL Champion Vancouver Whitecaps, and the Canadian Men’s and Women’s Field Hockey teams at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. He was the physiotherapist with the Canadian Alpine Ski team (2006-08) and the Canadian Ski Cross team (2008-10), and was part of the Canadian Medical team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Chris has also competed at the national level as a successful middle-distance runner, earning a silver medal at the Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships in 1996 and a bronze medal at the CIAU (CIS) Track & Field Championships in 1997. He is now the distance running coach at St. George’s School in Vancouver, and in his spare time is an avid skier, kayaker, and marathon runner. Chris is actively involved in several research projects with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UBC. His practice philosophy is focused on manual therapy with movement retraining.
David received his physiotherapy degree from the University of British Columbia in 2005. He has since built his practice in the areas of orthopaedics and sports injury rehabilitation. He has earned his Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy and his Acupuncture certification (CAFCI) in addition to ongoing training in Manual and Visceral Therapy. As a Discover Physio Series graduate, David utilizes the Integrated Systems Model, developed by Diane Lee and Linda Joy Lee, to locate and treat the root cause of pain – this method yields far more successful results when compared to common ‘band-aid’ solutions.
David has worked with athletes of all levels in numerous sports from the Pro Rodeo Circuit to community beach soccer. He has been team therapist for the Canadian men’s Alpine Ski team and Vancouver Whitecaps men’s soccer team. He was the Canada Ski Cross team therapist for two seasons which included working with the team through the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He now travels with the Ski Cross team occasionally, which allows him to spend more time at home with his young family.
David is a former collegiate and national-level track and field athlete and former track & field coach, both of which have fuelled his interest in working with running athletes. In his free time, David is an avid snowboarder, kite boarder and basketball player.
Francesca is committed to facilitating lasting, positive change in her clients’ lives.
She uses deep tissue, Swedish, myofascial trigger point release, frictions, yoga therapy, cranial sacral, breathwork, energy medicine and other therapeutic modalities in her massage treatments. Breath to movement, stretching and strengthening, progressive relaxation and other helpful techniques are taught in yoga therapy treatments.
Areas of experience and interest include: stress, pre and post natal massage, chronic postural stress, sports injuries, headaches, pre and post race massage, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, osteoarthritis, post hip and knee replacement, diabetes, post heart surgery clients, preventative wellness, low back pain, computer related conditions and therapeutic exercise in the form of yoga therapy.
While she was practicing massage therapy at a private sports and family oriented club in Vancouver, she also co-created and taught an award winning therapeutic yoga class for people with chronic pain and injuries, and Hatha yoga classes. She continues her yoga therapy practise, as well as introducing an 8-week winter walking group to her clients last year. This includes instruction on warm-up, stretching, strengthening and technique for cardio and core workout and postural therapy. She plans to run it again this winter.
Francesca attended the 3 year program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy, and became registered in 2004. She became a 200hr Yoga teacher with Semperviva, in conjunction with Sandra Sammartino, in 2005.
Shawn graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2001. As a Registered Massage Therapist, his clinical practice has been predominantly at the Massage Therapy Clinic at the UBC Aquatic Centre, but he has also spent some time in clinics in Richmond and Fernie. Shawn’s interest in Sport Therapy has taken him all over the world. He has worked with professional teams as well as amateur athletes, and has represented Team Canada on multiple occasions. Currently, he works closely with the UBC Cross Country and Track and Field teams and organizes Massage Therapy for events like the Harry Jerome International Track Classic.
Shawn has been both a clinical and classroom instructor at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy since 2003, and also designs and runs instructional courses for both sports and non-sport related massage situations. His particular interest in the realm of sports therapy is preventive care and recovery and this has a strong influences on his clinical practice. His philosophy is focused on movement and blood circulation to maintain a healthy body. His sessions include education about how your body works, why you feel the way you do and what you can do to change the way you use your body to help with your symptoms.
In addition to his Registered Massage therapy diploma, Shawn also has a diploma in Outdoor Recreation Management, and a background that includes geography, antrhopology and kinesiology, skills-based and interpretive teaching, small business management and recreation. Shawn enjoys an active lifestyle, playing sports weekend-warrior style, bike commuting, gardening, skiing, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking. Travel and exploration of new places is what he works for.