- Adam Chin, MPT, BScKin
- Adi Adalbayev
- Sarah Paterson, MPT, BScKin
- Meredith Murdoch, MScPT, BScHK
- Justin Wilson, MPT, BScKin
- 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
Originally from the UK, Adi spent his teenage years in Canada. He graduated from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan with a Bachelors in Human Kinetics. Here he took a keen interest in exercise physiology, nutrition and rehabilitation. After graduating, his yearn for the UK took him back to Leeds, England where he went on to complete his Masters of Physiotherapy at Leeds Beckett University. Adi is thrilled to be back in BC enjoying an active lifestyle – playing soccer at the local community centres, snowboarding in the winter and hiking in the gorgeous BC wilderness in the summer!
Adi helps patients achieve their best potential and gets them back to doing what they love. On top of his knowledge as a physiotherapist, Adi has years of experience working as a certified personal trainer with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) thus providing him a wealth of knowledge in the strength and conditioning realm of rehab. His treatment approach focuses on your specific goals, and tailors treatment, exercises, and education to best help you in your journey to recovery.
With several years’ experience working as a physiotherapist for Vancouver Coastal Health, in the acute trauma / rehabilitation and orthopaedic outpatient wards, Adi is well versed in diverse populations and medical conditions. During his time in the Orthopaedic Outpatient Ward, he treated and rehabilitated patients after total knee (TKA), total hip (THA), total shoulder (TSA), and reverse shoulder (RTSA) replacements, as well as other orthopaedic post-surgical patients. Adi is also familiar with a variety of neuro- and general surgery procedures and post operative care.
Outside of work, Adi has a strong interest in the research of the role of nutrition for both athletic performance, exercise recovery and rehabilitation. He has completed a Master’s degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University. Here he learnt about optimizing exercise performance and recovery through nutrition for a wide range of population groups, including youth sport teams, professional athletes, the elderly or clients with underlying health conditions.
Hours: View Adi’s availability on the online booking portal.
Adam is passionate about helping people reach their full potential and giving them the tools to live healthy, happy and active lives. His treatment approach focuses on the individual, using multifactorial approach focusing on exercise and education, tailoring a treatment plan specifically to help his patients reach their goals. He believes in looking at the bigger picture, helping his patients understand their injury and address the underlying cause in order to help them come back better than before.
Adam completed his Master of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Prior to this he completed his Bachelor of Science in Kinesology at Simon Fraser University, working as a kinesiologist and personal trainer for several years. His personal interest in Olympic Weightlifting led him to managing various injuries of his own as he competed at the national level. Through this process Adam has developed a commitment to lifelong improvement, completing his Level 1 Orthopedic Division and Functional Movement Screen level 1 & 2, with plans to continue furthering his education to better serve his patients.
Adam enjoys working with clients of all activity levels and has experience working with a variety of injuries, from office workers, workplace and motor vehicle accidents and high level athletes. Whether from sports, surgery, a car accident or sitting at a desk, Adam appreciates the challenges that an injury can impose on your life and strives to support you in your journey getting you back to whatever is it you love to do.
Outside of the clinic Adam lives an active lifestyle, spending time in the gym in order to take advantage of the beautiful playground Vancouver has to offer. Whether it’s hiking, camping, snowboarding in the mountains, golfing with friends or walking miles in a day on a worldwide adventure, Adam loves to find new ways to stay active.
Hours: View Adam’s availability on the online booking portal.
Sarah’s physiotherapy philosophy recognizes the importance of individualized treatment plans that 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 here at City Sports + Physio Clinic. Sarah has completed additional training for the management of concussion and vestibular disorders. Sarah helps her clients overcome issues including dizziness, vertigo, balance impairments, eye strain, and headaches resulting from head injury or other disorders. 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.
Meredith’s love of physiotherapy began at a young age after she sustained a rare leg fracture which exposed her to the world of physical rehabilitation. This led to the pursuit of her Masters in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto (2007) after completing her Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa (2005).
A childhood full of playing basketball and soccer led to other sports related injuries – allowing Meredith to develop an understanding of what it is like to be on both sides of the rehabilitation process.
Meredith is committed to constant development of her skills: she has completed the Intermediate Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Exam (2012); as well as completing her certification in acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI) (2011). She also completed The Integrated Systems Model series with Diane Lee (2017/18) – which teaches a framework for whole body assessment and integrated treatment. And most recently she fell in love with Pilates and pursued further training in Clinical Pilates with Calibrate Clinical Pilates Education program (2018/19).
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 all she has learned by treating the whole person with a combination of manual therapy and corrective exercises to help restore optimal movement patterns in order for her clients to achieve their goals.
Meredith’s love of the outdoors and the West Coast lifestyle prompted her to move from Ontario to BC in 2009. Since then, she has taken up many of the sea to sky recreational pursuits including golf, hiking, and skiing. A recent skiing injury had her on hiatus from the hills until the 2019 ski season and reminded her, once again, how valuable physiotherapy can be in building the skills, strength and confidence to return to the slopes again!
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.
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 joined the CSPC team in 2004. She is passionate about working with active individuals to help them achieve their goals. She is fascinated with human movement and her treatment philosophy is to find the root cause of injury beginning with a comprehensive assessment of the whole body. Timberly 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, and a UBC Clinical Faculty member, 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. A sucker for volunteerism and the outdoors, she recently joined the Lions Bay Search and Rescue team as a Member in Training.
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 and has is a past board member of 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!