Let’s chat with Shaana!

Meet Shaana Burgess, BScPT…

Shaana Burgess is a CSPC veteran, sharing the last thirteen years of her physiotherapy practice with the CSPC team and our clients. She has been an invaluable member of the team, dedicated to helping people achieve their maximum potential. Shaana holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiotherapy from Queen’s University, as well as certification in acupuncture with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI) and a Certificate of Intermediate Manual and Manipulative Therapy.

Her training and experience has given her the wonderful ability to treat a variety of patients and work with varying ailments, from sore backs to knee pains to accident rehabilitation. Over the years she has treated cyclists, runners, swimmers and golfers, which has led to a special interest in treating knee and shoulder injuries.

Learn more about Shaana in this month’s Q & A…

  1. What is your primary area of interest within the field of physiotherapy or massage therapy?

In general terms, the majority of my practice consists of musculoskeletal conditions (e.g. joint sprains, muscle strains, arthritis, post-surgical or post-fracture/dislocation injuries, etc.). More specifically, I have a special interest in treating repetitive strain or overuse injuries related to sport or just everyday life activities, such as postural issues from prolonged computer use or recreational activities like gardening.

 One of my favourite athlete populations to treat is the triathlete. Balancing the cross-training demands of running, cycling and swimming is both challenging, rewarding and fun!

  1. Why did you choose this profession? 

At an early age I discovered that I had an interest in human anatomy and physiology. But I also once had grand aspirations to be a detective like Sherlock Holmes. However, I also recognized that whatever career path I chose to follow needed to have me working directly with people. The best part of my job is getting to interact with so many different individuals with a variety of injuries, health conditions and ailments. I love being given a problem and working through various solutions that are the best fit for my clients. I take pride in not only addressing the immediate symptoms at hand, but also to make sure I uncover the true source of the problem, and identify the underlying contributing factors to injury. Patient education is one of my favourite parts of the “treatment” plan. So considering all of the above, physiotherapy was the perfect fit for me. And working with a supportive team of colleagues and other health care professionals makes the collaborative, investigative process even more enjoyable.

  1. What do you do to keep fit and stay injury-free? 

To be perfectly honest, my current form of fitness often revolves around trying to keep up with my nearly four-year-old, always-on-the-go son. The term “Buggy Bootcamp” has taken on a whole new meaning for me since stepping into the realm of parenthood.

I never really appreciated how challenging it can be to meet the physical demands of raising an active young person, but also taking time to carve out personal time for self-care and exercise. On any given weekend you can find my family and I enjoying the outdoors: hiking, cycling, swimming, camping, running, skiing, etc.

My goals for the coming months are to try out some new “Mommy” activities, such as Pilates, and take some swimming lessons so I can entertain the idea of one-day participating in a Sprint Triathlon (and surviving in one piece!)

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  1. What is your favourite food/cuisine/dish?

Living on the Coast for most of my life (with the exception of a 4-year university stint in Kingston, ON) may be influencing my answer here, but anything seafood is hands down my favourite dish. Traveling is a major passion of mine so whether it’s eating fish and chips in an English seaside town or fresh maguro tuna from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market, you’d be hard pressed to find a seafood dish that I won’t try.

  1. Bag lunch or take-out lunch? 

Given that the location of our clinic is in the heart of Vancouver’s foodie scene, it’s often hard to resist the temptation to do take-out every lunch hour, but somehow I manage to (mostly) resist. I often get my son to help pack my bag lunch – he picks which fresh fruit or vegetable ends up in our lunch kit, except for Fridays. That’s my day to treat myself to a day off from cooking!

  1. Tell us one of your favourite memories or a highlight of working in the physiotherapy or massage therapy industry.

My favourite physiotherapy memory dates back to many moons ago when I was a physiotherapy student. I was treating a young child with cerebral palsy and our therapeutic “play” involved facilitating better trunk control, mobility and stability. Seeing him walk for his first time without the aid of crutches brought tears to my eyes. He was so proud of himself and we really celebrated all the hard work he put in to achieve this milestone accomplishment!

So fast forward 16 years and I often find myself reflecting on this memory whenever an adult client meets their rehabilitation goals, whether it be walk/running their first Sun Run, participating in a Gran Fondo or completing their first Ironman Triathlon.

Celebrating the journey as well as the destination is always memorable.

  1. What is the most rewarding thing about what you do? What motivates or inspires you to be a great physio or massage therapist? 

I rarely consider my career choice as a physiotherapist to be a “job.” I’m thankful to be doing something that I love and to be able to interact with amazing people every day. In so many ways, my clients teach me and inspire me to want to learn new things, try new sports, visit new places, and to always strive to grow as an individual, both professionally and personally. It’s a privilege to play a part in helping people achieve their goals and it’s the collaborative process that makes physiotherapy a rewarding and meaningful profession.

  1. What makes City Sports & Physiotherapy Clinic a unique place to work for you?

City Sports & Physiotherapy Clinic is a dynamic place to call home. We have a full complement of therapists at various stages in their careers, yet we all bring a unique set of skills and interests to the table; we can all learn from each other. Our clinic has grown (both literally and figuratively) over the 13 years that I’ve been a part of the CSPC team that is always striving to meet the needs of our community.

  1. What’s your favourite thing about living in greater Vancouver?

Vancouver is diverse in every sense of the definition. Working and living in Greater Vancouver gives me the opportunity to meet people of various cultural backgrounds who are involved in a huge spectrum of physical activities, ranging from bocce ball to ballet to Aussie rules football. A beautiful city bordered by mountains, beaches and oceans – I can’t imagine living anywhere else but a place where you can ski, play beach volleyball and kayak all in the same day, if you find yourself with a free day to enjoy the diversity of our wonderful city!


To book an appointment with Shaana, contact info[at]citysportsphysio.com.

Read the rest of Shaana’s biography!

Credit to Little Goblins Press for this blog post.

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