Our Team

Dan Sivertson

(Registered Physiotherapist)
BHK (exercise science), BSc PT, M. of Manual Therapy, Cert. Gunn IMS

Dan completed an exercise science degree prior to moving to Australia to complete his Physiotherapy (2001) and Master of Manual Therapy (2004) degrees. He later received his certification in IMS (intra muscular stimulation/dry needling). He wants to assist you in getting back up to speed as soon as possible, so you can get out and enjoy the outdoors. He enjoys working with elite and recreational athletes that like to push the boundaries of what they thought was possible and with non-athletes that want to improve their quality of life by moving and feeling better…

Dan completed an exercise science degree prior to moving to Australia to complete his Physiotherapy (2001) and Master of Manual Therapy (2004) degrees. He later received his certification in IMS (intra muscular stimulation/dry needling). He wants to assist you in getting back up to speed as soon as possible, so you can get out and enjoy the outdoors. He enjoys working with elite and recreational athletes that like to push the boundaries of what they thought was possible and with non-athletes that want to improve their quality of life by moving and feeling better.

  • Bachelor of Human Kinetics (exercise science) in 1997 (University of British Columbia)
  • Bachelor of science (Physiotherapy) in 2001 ( Curtin University, Perth Australia)
  • Master of Manual Therapy in 2004 ( University of Western Australia, Perth , Australia)
  • Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) in 2007
  • Wide range of certifications and courses such as:
    • Level 1 Neuro Kinetic Therapy
    • Kinesio taping Level 1
    • Certified Running Injury Specialist
    • New Advances in Hip Rehabilitation
    • An Integrated Approach to the Pelvis, Thorax and Shoulder Girdle (Diane Lee)
    • Concussion Management
  • He has worked with Olympic and Paralympic medalists
  • Works with the National Paralympic Swim team, assists a local cancer survivors’ Dragon Boat team, and supplied physiotherapy services at the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships.
  • Has worked on various hospital wards including Intensive Care, Orthopaedics (Joint replacement and repair), and Neurosurgery.
  • Away from the clinic, Dan is a competitive long distance runner (trail and marathon), cyclist and triathlete. He enjoys skiing and hiking with his friends and family. He spends a lot of time with his two small children and enjoys watching them develop a love for sports and the outdoors.

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Guido Wisotzki

(Registered Physiotherapist)
BScPT, FCAMPT, CAFCI

Guido has over 17 years of physiotherapy experience. He has a specialty certification in manual therapy, is certified in IMS (intra muscular stimulation/dry needling), balance/vertigo treatment and running injury management.  He treats people of all ages and abilities, in all aspects of sports injuries and pain. His special interest is rehabilitation before and after surgeries such as knee replacements and rotator cuff repairs.

Guido combines his in-depth knowledge of how the body works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to help you change the way you use your body by creating awareness of faulty movement patterns that may be overloading structures and creating pain. He can help you regain function and ignite your performance…

Guido has over 17 years of physiotherapy experience. He has a speciality certification in manual therapy, is certified in IMS (intra muscular stimulation/dry needling), balance/vertigo treatment and running injury management.  He treats people of all ages and abilities, in all aspects of sports injuries and pain. His special interest is rehabilitation before and after surgeries such as knee replacements and rotator cuff repairs.

Guido combines his in-depth knowledge of how the body works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to help you change the way you use your body by creating awareness of faulty movement patterns that may be overloading structures and creating pain. He can help you regain function and ignite your performance.

  • Graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Bachelor degree in Physical Therapy, 1997.
  • Specialty credentialing in Manual/Manipulative Therapy – Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT) – Orthopaedic Division.
  • Specialty credentialing in Acupuncture/Intramuscular stimulation -Certification from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (CAFCI).
  • Mentor for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Treats people of all ages and abilities.
  • Treats all aspects of sports injuries, orthopaedic injuries and myofascial pain.
  • Experience in treating athletes from a variety of sports at the provincial, national and international level.
  • Special interest in pre and post-surgical rehabilitation.
  • Personal sport interests in skiing, biking and strength training.
  • Spends time involved with his two daughters competitive level soccer, basketball and track & field events.
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Desiree Goddard

(Registered Physiotherapist)
BKin, MPT

Desiree received her physiotherapy training in sunny Perth, Australia. She was the team physio for an “Aussie Rules” football team and has worked as a kinesiologist and personal trainer. Desiree later received her Dry Needling (IMS) certification. Her broad fitness and recreation background in running, soccer, hiking, skiing, yoga and gardening help her to understand her patients’ desire to get back to their outdoor pursuits. Desiree’s clinical interests are in manual therapy, sports injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, exercise rehabilitation, vertigo/dizziness/balance disorders, and whiplash

Desiree received her physiotherapy training in sunny Perth, Australia. She was the team physio for an “Aussie Rules” football team and has worked as a kinesiologist and personal trainer. Desiree later received her Dry Needling (IMS) certification. Her broad fitness and recreation background in running, soccer, hiking, skiing, yoga and gardening help her to understand her patients’ desire to get back to their outdoor pursuits. Desiree’s clinical interests are in manual therapy, sports injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, exercise rehabilitation, vertigo/dizziness/balance disorders, and whiplash.

  • Bachelor of Kinesiology 2008 (University of the Fraser Valley)
  • Master of Physiotherapy 2013 (Curtin University, Perth Australia)
  • Kinetacore Level 1 Functional Dry Needling: Applications for Pain Management and Sports Injuries.
  • Kinetacore Function Therapeutics: Applications for the Clinical Setting.
  • Wide Range of Certifications and Courses:
    • Manual Therapy for the Fascial System
    • Certified Running injury specialist
    • Lyn Watson Level 1 Shoulder Course
    • Lyn Watson Level 2 Shoulder Course
  • Worked as the physiotherapist for an Australian Rules Football Club for 2 years.
  • While in University she completed a literature review on whiplash.
  • Desiree played competitive soccer through most of her childhood and into her early 20’s.
  • Outside the clinic Desiree enjoys running, hiking, skiing, and has recently started gardening and practicing yoga.
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Riley McQuillan

(Registered Physiotherapist)
BKin, MScPT

Riley has a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia, where he established a keen interest in functional anatomy and human motor control. He has always appreciated leading an active lifestyle but it wasn’t until his experience as a Kinesiologist for those with chronic disease he then gained a strong appreciation for utilizing exercise as medicine to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Fueled with a desire to help others realize their functional potential, Riley went on to receive his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto…

Riley has a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia, where he established a keen interest in functional anatomy and human motor control. He has always appreciated leading an active lifestyle but it wasn’t until his experience as a Kinesiologist for those with chronic disease he then gained a strong appreciation for utilizing exercise as medicine to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Fueled with a desire to help others realize their functional potential, Riley went on to receive his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. He has obtained a wide variety of experience treating people of all ages with an emphasis on sports injuries, pre/post-surgical rehabilitation and neurological disorders.

Riley is certified in Anatomical Neuropathic IMS. This is a type of acupuncture also referred to as “dry needling”. Like all forms of IMS, it is based on the concept of relaxing tight muscles that are limiting a person’s mobility and contributing to their pain. He has also received his certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation, allowing him to effectively treat a patient with vertigo (specifically BPPV).

Riley is passionate in helping you reach your goals, whether it be getting you back to your sport or simply empowering you to move well in order to pursue the activities you love. He delivers a personalized approach through current evidence-based care using a combination of manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and education. He is also committed to continually expanding his skill set through continuing education to ensure you receive the best outcome possible.

  • Bachelor of Kinesiology: Health Sciences Stream in 2016 (University of British Columbia)
    • Co-operative Education Program
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2018 (University of Toronto)

Certifications:

  • Orthopaedic Division Level 1 Diploma – Manual Therapy
  • Soft Tissue Release (Level 1)
  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS) – Level 1
  • Anatomical Neuropathic Intramuscular Stimulation 1 (AN-IMS 1)
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Introduction

Away from the clinic, Riley enjoys catching a session of drop-in sports, going to the gym, skiing the local mountains, running with his dog and simply enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.

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Andrea Burley

(Registered Physiotherapist)
BScHKin, MScPT

Andrea completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Queen’s University and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She has also completed the Acupuncture Canada Dry Needling Program Certificate (ACCDN) and is fully certified in dry needling. She currently competes as an elite level mountain biker, racing both provincially and nationally. She grew up in Ontario participating in a variety of competitive sports including hockey, soccer, cross country running, speed skating, and motocross. With a broad spectrum of sport knowledge and training background she will determine the best individual approach to get you back into the game or back to your usual daily activity…

Andrea completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Queen’s University and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She has also completed the Acupuncture Canada Dry Needling Program Certificate (ACCDN) and is fully certified in dry needling. She currently competes as an elite level mountain biker, racing both provincially and nationally. She grew up in Ontario participating in a variety of competitive sports including hockey, soccer, cross country running, speed skating, and motocross. With a broad spectrum of sport knowledge and training background she will determine the best individual approach to get you back into the game or back to your usual daily activity.

Andrea uses a hands-on approach utilizing manual therapy in conjunction with exercise prescription tailored to an individual’s needs. Whether it is a longstanding pain or a recent injury, Andrea will provide the help you need to regain your strength and mobility to meet or exceed your recovery or fitness goals.

  • Bachelor of Science Honours Kinesiology 2016 (Queen’s University)
  • Master of Science Physical Therapy 2018 (University of Toronto)
  • Diploma of Advanced Orthoapaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy: Level 1
  • Acupuncture Canada Dry Needling Program Certificate (ACCDN)

Away from the clinic, Andrea is a competitive cyclist and trail runner. She enjoys spending time in the mountains hiking, running, biking and skiing.

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Matt Redekopp

(Registered Physiotherapist)
BHK, MPT, IMS

Matt completed his Masters in Physical Therapy from UBC after receiving a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from UBC Okanagan. He has since received his certification in Dry Needling (IMS). He pursued a career in physiotherapy after broadening his experiences in Australia, where he developed his skills in strength and conditioning coaching and rehabilitation techniques…

Matt completed his Masters in Physical Therapy from UBC after receiving a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from UBC Okanagan. He has since received his certification in Dry Needling (IMS). He pursued a career in physiotherapy after broadening his experiences in Australia, where he developed his skills in strength and conditioning coaching and rehabilitation techniques. 

Matt has worked in private practice, critical care, neurological rehab, has taught spinal cord injury management in rural India, and presented at the sports medicine conference in Honduras. Matt is committed to providing the best care and support to patients, allowing them to return quickly to the lifestyle and activities that they enjoy most. Matt’s treatment approach is guided by current research and integrates hands-on manual therapy, exercise prescription, and client education to help his clients achieve their goals. 

Matt has a passion for the outdoors and loves to adventure with his family and friends while hiking, mountain biking, running, and skiing. Matt has grown up competing and coaching in high-level soccer and track & field, and has his sports first responder certification to care for athletes in these pursuits. Matt continues to enjoy working with local athletes & teams, as well as supporting community events here in the lower mainland. 

Matt believes that a strong, balanced body allows one to enjoy all aspects of sport and an active life!

Certifications:

  • Masters Degree in Physical Therapy, UBC
  • Functional Dry Needling – Level 1 – Kinetacore
  • CPA Orthopaedic Division Level 1 & 2 Lower
  • Lyn Watson Shoulder Course Level 1
  • Mulligans Upper & Lower Quadrant Certification
  • Sport Physiotherapy Canada – First Responder
  • Active Soft Tissue Release
  • EIM – Neurodynamics in the Lower Extremity
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Jaspreet Dhillon

(Registered Physiotherapist)
BKin, MScPT

Jaspreet Dhillon is a graduate of the Master of Science in Physical Therapy program at Queen’s University. Prior to completing her Master’s, she completed her Bachelors of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. Having worked as a Kinesiologist, Jaspreet has experience working one-on-one to help others achieve their fitness and rehabilitation goals. She has been a part of collaborative teams as a research assistant in both motor control and learning, and Pediatrics – particularly understanding how children’s environment can impact their ability to play.

Jaspreet Dhillon is a graduate of the Master of Science in Physical Therapy program at Queen’s University. Prior to completing her Master’s, she completed her Bachelors of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. Having worked as a Kinesiologist, Jaspreet has experience working one-on-one to help others achieve their fitness and rehabilitation goals. She has been a part of collaborative teams as a research assistant in both motor control and learning, and Pediatrics – particularly understanding how children’s environment can impact their ability to play.

From her clinical experience, Jaspreet has worked with numerous patients with musculoskeletal, cardiac, and neurological conditions and has gained valuable skills in manual therapy and exercise prescription. She believes in a holistic approach to rehabilitation and collaborating together to achieve patient goals.

Certifications and courses:

  • Bachelor of Kinesiology, 2017 (University of British Columbia)
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy, 2020 (Queen’s University)
  • Practicing Kinesiologist in 2018 (British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists
  • Pain Truth Certified (PTC) Provider (APTEI, 2021)

Growing up in the lower mainland, Jaspreet was a competitive soccer and basketball player, playing for most of her childhood. Away from the clinic, you can find Jas going to the gym, running, swimming, paddle boarding, and enjoying time with family and friends.

Jaspreet also speaks Punjabi and has experience performing assessments and treatment sessions in Punjabi.

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Simmy Kaler

(Interim Physiotherapst)
BKin, MPT

Simmy grew up in Osoyoos BC; fun fact…. it is in the only desert in Canada! Growing up in a small town meant limited social activities, that’s why she spent most of her time playing either soccer, volleyball or basketball. Being immersed in so many sports meant witnessing her fair share of injuries and the rehab it took to get back into the game. Those experiences lead to her pursuing a career in physiotherapy.

Simmy grew up in Osoyoos BC; fun fact…. it is in the only desert in Canada! Growing up in a small town meant limited social activities, that’s why she spent most of her time playing either soccer, volleyball or basketball. Being immersed in so many sports meant witnessing her fair share of injuries and the rehab it took to get back into the game. Those experiences lead to her pursuing a career in physiotherapy.

Simmy completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Fraser Valley and her Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. Before moving to Australia to do Physiotherapy she worked as a Kinesiologist which provided a foundation in exercise prescription which allows an active approach to rehab. Before moving back to Canada Simmy spent time working in a private practice where she treated patients with sport and joint injuries. She is now able to supplement her background in exercise rehab with clinical experience in manual techniques for soft tissue release aimed at acute and chronic injuries. Simmy particularly enjoys treating knee and ankle injuries.

She believes that a combination of manual therapy and active rehab (exercises!) provides patients with optimal recovery.

In her spare time you can find Simmy on long walks, going for runs or fitting in a quick workout at the gym.

Languages: English, Punjabi

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Christian Lacsamana

(Registered Massage Therapist)
BKin, RMT

Christian completed his Diploma in Registered Massage Therapy in 2021 at Langara College. Prior to studying massage therapy, Christian completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology at The University of British Columbia in 2016. He has been involved in instructing community fitness classes at the Langara Family YMCA early on during his undergraduate years. During his time at UBC Vancouver, Christian was the UBC BodyWorks Fitness Coordinator, helping Kinesiology students like himself gain practical experience in personal training and group fitness classes.

Christian completed his Diploma in Registered Massage Therapy in 2021 at Langara College. Prior to studying massage therapy, Christian completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology at The University of British Columbia in 2016. He has been involved in instructing community fitness classes at the Langara Family YMCA early on during his undergraduate years. During his time at UBC Vancouver, Christian was the UBC BodyWorks Fitness Coordinator, helping Kinesiology students like himself gain practical experience in personal training and group fitness classes. Christian also had the opportunity to become a volunteer staff at Physical Activity Research Centre (PARC) at ICORD, located in the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre (VGH). At PARC, Christian assisted patients with their adaptive training programs in a 1-on-1 setting. In 2015, Christian continued his involvement in community fitness classes through the Vancouver Parks Board and Recreation, teaching classes such as Happy Hearts (cardiac rehab), Post-Joint Replacement, and Seniors Weight Training. Christian also took on the role of teaching cardiac rehab classes in a clinical setting at VGH Centre for Cardiovascular Health, working alongside clinical exercise physiologists, social workers, dietitians, and cardiac rehab instructors alike.

Christian’s massage therapy treatments are based on patient-centered care, effective hands-on treatment, patient education, and movement-based intervention. Christian emphasizes the pillars of his massage therapy approach as a form of empowering his patients, as he firmly believes that massage therapy combined with other interventions such as physiotherapy and exercise therapy/strength training will help the people that he works with build self-efficacy for a healthier and more resilient life.

  • Diploma in Registered Massage Therapy in 2021 (Langara College)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology in 2016 (University of British Columbia)
  • Individualized Exercise Programming for Aging & Clinical Populations in 2014 (UBC Bodyworks)

In his downtime, Christian enjoys backcountry hiking, backcountry camping, and trail walking. He also enjoys strength training with Kettlebells and TRX suspension training system at his home-based gym. Moreover, Christian has a passion for the world of combat sports (i.e., MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing).

Christian is bilingual, fluently speaking Tagalog as his native language. Christian has experience performing assessments and treatment sessions in Tagalog.

 

 

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