- Sarah Paterson, MPT, BScKin
- Mark McNeill, MPT, BScKin
- Ranko Vukovic MPT, BHKin
- Jamie Sonego MScPT, BScKin
- Rachel Worsley, MPT, BSc
- Meredith Murdoch, MScPT, BScHK
- Justin Wilson, MPT, BScKin
- Gareth Adams, MPT, BHKin
- Shaana Burgess, BScPT
- Joanne Tishenko, BScPT, BHKin
- Dan Haggart, BScPT, BHKin
- Timberly George Ambler, BScPT, BScKin
- Carl Petersen, BPE, BScPT
- Cathy Yackness, BScPT, BAKin
- Erica Mahon, BScPT, BScBio
Sarah’s physiotherapy philosophy recognizes the importance of individualized treatment plans which incorporate evidence-based practices to achieve each client’s personal goals. She uses a multifaceted approach, with a focus on strengthening and active recovery.
Sarah grew up in the small town of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast of BC. During this time, Sarah’s activity of choice was dance, practicing in both recreational and competitive settings. After 15 years of practice, Sarah received her Dance Teacher certification and taught a variety of classes for children.
Sarah completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria. During this time she began working in the field of sports therapy, volunteering as an athletic trainer at the Velox Valhalians Rugby Football Club for over 2 years. After graduating, Sarah worked as a Registered Kinesiologist for a multidisciplinary clinic in Victoria, independently running an occupational rehabilitation program.
Sarah received her Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Upon graduating, she began working at City Sports and Physiotherapy Clinic. Sarah has completed additional training for the management of lumbopelvic disorders, post-concussion syndrome, and first aid in sport. Additionally, Sarah has received her certification through GLA:D Canada, which focuses on education and exercises for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis. Outside of the clinic, Sarah provides physiotherapy coverage for a number of sporting events, including the World Rugby Sevens tournament at BC Place.
Sarah’s background in dance, occupational rehabilitation, and sports therapy allows her to effectively address a wide variety of client presentations. With these assets, Sarah is confident that she can meet your physiotherapy needs.
Hours: View Sarah’s availability on the online booking portal.
Mark completed his Masters in Physiotherapy from the University of British Columbia. Mark’s focus and passion is to work with the client to achieve their goals and allow them to return to sport, work, or daily life.
Sports have always played an important part in Mark’s life. He grew up in Victoria with an active lifestyle, playing a variety of sports. Mark worked as a tennis coach for 6 years teaching junior development camps and adult lessons. He also played volleyball at a high level and competed at a national level with track and field. Through athletics and coaching, Mark developed a passion for human movement.
A bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria was Mark’s entrance into the musculoskeletal rehab world. During his bachelor’s degree Mark worked with the Velox Rugby Club where he was responsible for the on-field management and rehabilitation of injuries. He also developed experience working with individuals with disabilities as he worked as a support worker for children with disabilities at summer camps. With these experiences, Mark discovered his interest in the rehabilitation healthcare field. This passion and a motivation for continuous learning inspired his pursuit to complete his Master’s in Physical Therapy. Throughout the Master’s program, Mark has enjoyed a variety of clinical experiences with exposure to the full spectrum of health care.
Mark utilizes an active approach to rehabilitation with focus on exercise, hands-on manual therapy, and education. Mark enjoys working with a variety of ages and injuries. From athletes looking to return to sport, to individuals with chronic pain from a motor vehicle accident, to seniors looking to increase their function, Mark has the skills to help you towards your rehabilitation goals.
Hours: View Mark’s availability on the online booking portal.
Ranko’s interests lie in sports medicine with the primary focus being on orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries. His study of human movement and manual therapy has led him to persue a greater understanding of how the body works. Particularly with respect to incorporating dynamic strength into the physiotherapy rehabilitation process, while at the same time working to decreasing pain and educating the client along the way.
Ranko attained his Masters of Physical Therapy degree from the University of British Columbia in 2015.
Prior to starting his Physiotherapy career, Ranko graduated from the UBC in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics. During his undergrad, Ranko worked as a research assistant for Terry Fox Labs at BC Cancer Research Centre and also for the Centre for Hip Health & Musculoskeletal Research at VGH.
As a personal trainer and Kinesiologist, Ranko customized training programs and provided his diverse group of clients with education and motivation to achieve their personal health fitness goals. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Ranko volunteered with the Serbian 2010 Olympic Committee as a NOC Assistant. Ranko previously was a practicing member of the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK), a member of BCRPA Certified Personal Trainer and is certified in FMS.
Ranko is fluent in the Serbian language and has post-graduate training in treating jaw pain, otherwise known as Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) and Orofacial Pain.
Ranko enjoys playing basketball, swimming, and bike riding during the summer months while in winter, he skis the slopes of beautiful British Columbia.
Hours: View Ranko’s availability on the online booking portal.
Jamie’s desire to pursue physiotherapy as a career stemmed from her lifetime involvement in competitive sports. She keeps active with squash, soccer, running and down hill skiing. Jamie is also a fitness instructor and helps people move toward their fitness goals and potential. Over the years Jamie has sustained several sporting injuries requiring the expertise of a physiotherapist and understands the importance of rehabilitation and injury prevention.
Jamie completed her Master of Science in Physical Therapy and her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Upon graduating, Jamie worked in private practice in Edmonton and has recently moved to Vancouver to continue practicing and to see what the West coast has to offer! She has completed her Level 1 Manual Therapy and her Medical Acupuncture certification through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (CAFCI). Jamie plans to continue to further her education in manual therapy, dry needling and a number of other courses. She enjoys treating people of all ages, including children, and is excited to be joining the City Sports Physio team of professionals.
Hours: View Jamie’s availability on the online booking portal.
Rachel first began to think about a career in physiotherapy after growing up in an athletic family that was often in and out of physiotherapy. She herself rowed through high school and saw the value of physiotherapy first hand after dealing with a persistent shoulder injury. As a physiotherapist, Rachel employs a variety of treatment techniques to help her patients recover, understand their injuries, address the underlying causes, and prevent future injuries.
Rachel graduated from UBC with a Bachelors degree in Biology, where she found a passion for anatomy and exercise that motivated her to pursue a career in physiotherapy. She graduated with her Masters of Physical Therapy from UBC in 2011. Rachel is dedicated to continuing her postgraduate education. She is certified in acupuncture from CAFCI, and is working towards completing a Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy.
Rachel enjoys working with clientele of all ages and fitness levels and has experience working with a wide variety of injuries. Since joining the CSPC team in 2012, she has worked with both elite and recreational athletes in nearly every sport Vancouver has to offer. Rachel treats all issues from sports based injuries to postural problems to issues arising from simply sitting at a desk all day, as well as postsurgical, motor vehicle accident and work related injuries. Rachel herself is a runner and an avid hiker and likes nothing better than getting outdoors and enjoying everything beautiful Vancouver has to offer.
Hours: View Rachel’s availability on the online booking portal.
Meredith’s love of physiotherapy began at a young age after she sustained a rare leg fracture exposing her to the world of physical rehabilitation. This led to the pursuit of her Masters degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto after completing her Bachelors degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa.
Other sports related injuries allowed Meredith to personally benefit from Acupuncture being incorporated into the rehab process – with excellent results. This prompted her to pursue her certification from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI).
Always striving to provide the best outcome for her clients, Meredith is committed to constant development of her skills through continuing education. In 2013 she successfully completed the Intermediate Practical Exam through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Meredith has a keen interest in sports injuries, including pre- and post-surgical rehab, and has treated a full spectrum of orthopaedic injuries from sports, motor-vehicle and work place related accidents. She likes to incorporate a hands-on approach with specific exercise therapy to help her clients achieve their goals.
Meredith’s love of the outdoors and the West Coast lifestyle prompted her to move to BC in 2009; she has been enjoying sea to sky recreational pursuits since then, as well as an avid beginners interest in golf.
Hours: View Meredith’s availability on the online booking portal.
Justin’s exposure to sports injuries and physiotherapy began in his early years growing up and being active in Nelson BC. His passion for rehabilitation and active living led him to the career of physiotherapy. Justin began his training in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria and shortly after pursued his Master of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia.
Justin’s focus is to help people reach their goals by integrating the latest physiotherapy research with individualized treatment programs. Justin has completed his certification in acupuncture and uses this to decrease pain and restore normal movement patterns of the body. Justin enjoys working with a wide range of individuals from the competitive athlete returning from injury to the office worker training for their next marathon. His personal interest in yoga has helped gain an appreciation of body awareness, balance and breathing into his treatment programs.
Outside the clinic, Justin enjoys cycling, yoga and exploring the outdoors while camping and hiking.
Hours: View Justin’s availability on the online booking portal.
Gareth joined CSPC immediately after receiving his Master of Physiotherapy from the Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia in 2008. He brings a wealth of exercise-based experience to his physiotherapy practice. For six years prior to attending physiotherapy school, Gareth worked as a Kinesiologist and Strength and Conditioning coach designing exercise rehab programs for clients and elite level hockey players.
His time in Australia solidified his interests in manual therapy and sports injury and he has since completed the Intermediate Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Practical Exam. An avid hockey player and golfer, Gareth also provides his clients with injury screening as well as specific hockey and golf exercise prescription. After a long career playing rugby, which included selection to the National Senior Men’s Sevens Team, Gareth continues to be involved in the rugby community as Physiotherapist for the BC Elite Youth Sevens Program. Gareth is also certified in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS).
Hours: View Gareth’s availability on the online booking portal.
Shaana is dedicated to helping people achieve their maximum potential, whether it is related to sports, occupation, lifestyle or functional performance. Although she loves the challenge of treating both acute and chronic conditions, her clinical practice remains focused on educating her clients and injury prevention, with a special interest in knee and shoulder injuries.
In 1998, Shaana graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiotherapy. She completed a certification in acupuncture in 2003 with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI) and obtained her Certificate of Intermediate Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2006. In her pursuit to be a life-long student, she has expanded her training to include Concussion Management (in 2016 with Shift Concussion Management Program) and Clinical Pilates (in 2018/19) with Calibrate Clinical Pilates Education program.
Shaana is committed to evidence-based management strategies that she applies to all patients. Be it the gardener with a sore back, the teenager with a sprained ankle, the office worker suffering from neck and back pain from a motor-vehicle accident, or the marathon runner struggling with knee pain. She sees physiotherapy and pilates as a natural and perfect fit. Clinical Pilates incorporates the detailed physiotherapy assessment and the foundational knowledge of a Pilates experience program towards the ultimate goal of achieving efficient movement and stability of our bodies, while simultaneously improving overall body awareness, quality of movement and strength. As a physiotherapist, this blended approach allows for active rehabilitation strategies to be tailored to meet the needs of each client, their specific injury and particular stage of healing. Her recent training has led her to expand her practical definition of physiotherapy. Movement is central to our lives and if she can help people move more mindfully and efficiently then life can be “lived” and enjoyed to its fullest potential. This realization has influenced her therapeutic approach and she remains committed to doing “more than physiotherapy”, including collaboration with a client’s other trusted health care professionals to assist them on their journey towards wellness.
Outside the professional realm, Shaana enjoys family life and activities in the outdoors. Travelling and exploring the natural playgrounds (and kitchens) of the world will always be her passion. She has embraced the “sport” of parenting and is excited to introduce her little one to all the recreational activities that Vancouver has to offer. What other city can you ski a local mountain, ocean kayak, run a sea wall and golf all in the same day?
Hours: View Shaana’s availability on the online booking portal.
From a young age, Joanne knew that she wanted to be a physiotherapist. While competing in field hockey, basketball and swimming in high school, and in varsity-level basketball at Trinity Western University (TWU), she gained first-hand knowledge of the benefits of physiotherapy.
After completing a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree at TWU, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a physiotherapist and graduated from UBC in 2004 with her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (BScPT).
Since obtaining her physiotherapy degree in 2004, Joanne has gained significant experience treating a wide range of orthopaedic injuries for all ages and fitness levels, including sport-related sprains and strains, workplace injuries, motor vehicle accidents, postural issues and general aches and pains. She is a Level 3 trained Manual Therapist with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and a Gunn certified IMS (intramuscular stimulation) practitioner.
Joanne also has a keen interest in pre- and post-natal care, especially as a mother of two herself. Through her years of treating pelvic girdle pain/dysfunction during and after pregnancy, she has also pursued further education in pelvic health physiotherapy. This knowledge enables her to assess and treat pelvic health issues such as pelvic pain and urinary incontinence. Additionally, she is a certified Fit to Deliver instructor and certified in the Rost Therapy program. She can help resolve your pregnancy-related aches and pains, and work with you to get your body back into shape after delivery.
When away from the office, Joanne can be found running after her two active and fun-loving young girls, while sneaking in time to read a good book and dream about her family’s next travel adventure.
Hours: View Joanne’s availability on the online booking portal.
Daniel graduated from UBC in 2003 with joint degrees in Physiotherapy and Human Kinetics. His primary areas of expertise are manual therapy and sports injuries. He enjoys helping patients develop sport-specific exercise and training routines to help them heal, prevent re-injury and to improve performance.
Dan is an intermediate level manipulative therapist, having completed his Part A certificate in Manual Therapy in 2008, and is a Gunn certified IMS (intramuscular stimulation) practitioner. He has also completed courses in Mulligan’s mobilization with movement, Diane Lee’s Thoracic spine, Shirley Sarhmann’s lower back and hip retraining and both LJ Lee’s “Sports thorax” and “Sports Pelvis”.
Dan is passionate about soccer. He has worked with the BC Soccer Association, UBC Soccer program and spent two years as the physiotherapist for Capilano College/University Athletics. In the past 10 years, Dan has been working with the Canadian Soccer Association as a team physiotherapist and most recently with the Men’s National Beach soccer team in the Bahamas. In 2008 he worked with the National Men’s team in their attempts to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics he was a member of the Host Medical Team.
While at UBC, Dan captained the varsity soccer team and today continues to compete in the Over 30 category. He also enjoys running, skiing, tennis, basketball, outdoor sports as well as his young family.
Dan became a partner at CSPC in 2013.
Hours: View Dan’s availability on the online booking portal.
Timberly has been with CSPC since 2004. She is passionate about working with active individuals to help them achieve their goals. Timberly is fascinated with human movement and injury prevention. Her treatment philosophy is to find the root cause of injury beginning with a comprehensive assessment of the whole body and takes a hands-on and exercise based approach to treatment.
Her primary clinical areas of interest are in sport related injuries, pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation particularly for shoulders, knees, and the foot and ankle. Timberly keeps up to date with the most recent advances in clinical sports medicine by regularly attending conferences and educational courses. An alumna of the UBC Department of Physical Therapy, Timberly has also taken on a teaching role in the school and enjoys educating the physiotherapists of the future.
Timberly is very active in the sport physiotherapy community at the regional, national and international levels. Most recently, she is the Therapy Lead for the ever exciting Canada 7s World Rugby tournament in Vancouver. She was the Venue Medical Manager at the Richmond Olympic Oval during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and has travelled the world as a team therapist for both Rugby Canada and Field Hockey Canada. As an avid runner and cyclist, Timberly has developed strong ties to both the running and cycling communities in Vancouver.
Timberly obtained her Diploma from Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC) in 2007 and in 2012 was awarded the prestigious David Magee award for her outstanding contribution to Sport Physiotherapy in Canada. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for SPC. Timberly became a partner at CSPC in 2013.
Hours: View Timberly’s availability on the online booking portal.
Carl is an internationally recognized and sought after physiotherapist, fitness coach and speaker, especially in the ski and tennis communities. He is regularly found educating physicians, physiotherapists, coaches and athletes around the world on the principles of keeping Fit to Play ™. He has written a number of critically acclaimed books and produced other resources including DVDs. Over his career Carl has treated, trained and designed programs for numerous athletes including Olympic and National level athletes that have included gold-medalists. In 2007 Carl was the recipient of the Physiotherapy Association of BC “Award of Excellence for Clinical Contribution.”
Carl views each patient as an athlete and follows the current best practices in physiotherapy while treating and training them. His goal is to rehabilitate and motivate them, enabling return to leisure activities, high-level sport or the workplace. Carl’s treatment philosophy goes above and beyond normal treatment parameters and includes using a combination of manual therapy and modality therapy as
well as dynamic exercise techniques to help restore and improve normal joint and tissue mobility. Carl assesses his patients as a whole, identifies abnormal movement patterns along the kinetic chain and keys in on intrinsic and extrinsic factors that may be contributing to an injury. He directs and applies specific, focused exercises to restore function and improve strength and stability. As well, by educating
patients and athletes on the “Rules of Recovery” he helps them to protect against injury.
Hours: Please contact the clinic for availability.
Cathy joined City Sports and Physiotherapy Clinic in 2001, after graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Kinesiology focusing on athletic therapy. Cathy continued to pursue her passion for treating musculoskeletal injuries at the University of Toronto and graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy in 2001.
Following graduation, she completed postgraduate courses, achieving her intermediate level in manual and manipulative physiotherapy. Cathy also completed specialized training in vestibular assessment and treatment, enabling her to assess and treat vertigo, dizziness and other vestibular disorders.
Cathy enjoys an active lifestyle of running, hiking and skiing.
Hours: View Cathy’s availability on the online booking portal.
Erica is the Managing Partner of City Sports and Physiotherapy Clinic. She has been involved in orthopaedic and sports injury rehabilitation since graduating from Dalhousie University in 1984.
Her areas of interest are keeping Fit to Play, integrating exercise into a busy lifestyle, workplace ergonomics and breast health. She also prescribes custom orthotics and shoes. Erica was a member of the 2010 Olympic Host Medical Team.
In addition to rehabilitating athletes, Erica has competed as an athlete at the provincial, national and international level in tennis, badminton and squash. Her goal for 2014 is to return to skiing after a fractured leg that has required way too much physio!