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Braeden earned his degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia while competing for the Thunderbirds varsity Baseball team from 2014-18.During his time at UBC, Braeden realized the growing need for coaches that effectively bridge the communication gap between athletes, performance coaches, and rehab professionals. He decided to try to fill that niche. Braeden has a life-long passion for Baseball, and a more recently discovered passion for teaching people how to use movement of their bodies as medicine. His end goal is not to have athletes/patients become reliant upon him, but rather to promote curiosity, and help each individual to become their own best coach by teaching them long term exercise strategies, and principles of human movement. Braeden is also currently in his 2nd year as the Pitching Coach of the Douglas College Baseball team (NJCAA)... Let’s Go Royals.
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Areas of Interest – Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD), Active mobility, Strength/Power/Speed development, Team sports, Mental training, Rotational sports, Overhead sports, Motor vehicle accident recovery, Return to Sport.
Braeden earned his degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia while competing ... Read More
Dylan has experience and enjoys working with athletes of many different sports. He has a interest in sport-related injuries such as ligament sprains and muscle strains. His active approach to treatments is designed to help patients return back to a functional and pain-free lifestyle.
Dylan played sports all his life which includes basketball, volleyball, track and field, golf and baseball. He played baseball in British Columbia’s Premier Baseball League for 4 years and then played with the Douglas College Royals.
He has his Diploma of Massage Therapy as well as Certified Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IATSM)
Dylan has experience and enjoys working with athletes of many different sports. He has a interest... Read More
Kevin graduated from the massage therapy program at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and holds a Bachelors of Sciences degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University.
Kevin grew up playing a variety of sports, but mainly focused on playing football. Playing sports inspired him to obtain a kinesiology degree at Simon Fraser University. While doing his undergraduate studies, he spent time as an apprentice strength and conditioning coach, where he worked with NCAA level athletes across various sports. Having this experience working with dedicated student-athletes fostered his love for educating and rehabilitation across all walks of life. This led him to pursuing further education to become an RMT.
His treatment style includes a variety of modalities such as Swedish massage, trigger point release, myofascial release, dynamic release, PNF stretching and joint mobilizations, in conjunction with movement.
Outside the clinic, you can expect Kevin trying to run fast, jump high, and lift heavy, all while fantastically failing to do so. He enjoys sampling new craft beers from local breweries and trying wines from different regions. Don’t be afraid to send him some recommendations to try!
Kevin graduated from the massage therapy program at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and hold... Read More
MIKE FOSTER Physiotherapist Mike Foster has been a physiotherapist in our community for the past 20 years, working with athletes at all levels of competition. Mike was a physiotherapist with the Canadian Senior Women’s Soccer Team for four years. He has worked extensively with professional athletes from a number of different sports, particularly soccer, hockey, football and tennis. He has a particular focus on the return-to-play of injured players. Mike has extensive experience with on-field rehabilitation, assisting athletes in their transition from the clinic setting onto the field of play. Mike has received his Fellowship in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy. He is also a Clinical Skills Assistant within the University Of British Columbia’s Department Of Physiotherapy.
MIKE FOSTER Physiotherapist Mike Foster has been a physiotherapist in our community for the past ... Read More
Damian has been a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Kinesiologist for 2 years since graduating from Simon Fraser University with his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology concentrating on Active Health and Rehabilitation. During his time at SFU he spent 2 years gaining practical experience at Fortius Sport and Health, with various SFU Sports Teams and at Twist Performance and Wellness. He has experience working with athletes of many sport backgrounds and of all age groups.
Some career highlights for Damian include working with NBA and NHL players during off-season training, watching his athletes winning provincial competitions, and being surrounded by high-level practitioners throughout his time as a student and currently as a young practitioner.
Damian believes that all fitness journeys are a collaborative effort with a client and a practitioner (or multiple) together. As a client, gaining an understanding of the “why” is just as important of all other aspects of this journey. Building a strong foundation and mastering the basics are essential to progression and are focuses of sessions with Damian.
Outside of the clinic you could find Damian on the basketball court, spikeball arena, golf course or on the cricket field! If he’s not there you’ll likely find him drinking a beer somewhere sunny.
Damian has been a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Kinesiologist for 2 years since graduating ... Read More
Matt grew up on the West Coast of BC, Canada, having enjoyed everything the mountains, sea, lakes, and trails have to offer. Athletically, he participated, competed and excelled in baseball and basketball at the high school and independent level, and transitioned to collegiate basketball and then rowing! Academically, he graduated from UFV in 2005 having earned distinctions in Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, and Sociology.
Professionally, Matt started his career in clinical kinesiology in 2002, working as a complement to a number of Physiotherapists and Doctors that he still considers friends and mentors. Thereafter in 2005, he began his career as a Kinesiologist and a Sport Performance Coach. In 2009, he transitioned fully into the world of High-Performance Sport Coaching and Education by accepting a Directorship position with TWIST Performance + Wellness. Given the opportunity, Matt’s abilities as an educator, public speaker and professional coach for sports, return to play, and general population exploded. Career highlights with TWIST included collaborating with UA and IMG for education, Summer High-Performance Hockey Camps with grassroots and pro players, opening TWIST Vancouver in Olympic Village, and in 2016, accepting a position with the Chinese Olympic Committee to become part of their administrative, education, and coaching team as a Director for High Performance and Rehabilitation for the Rio-Summer 2016, and PyeongChang-Winter 2018 Olympic Games. Having the ability to collaborate with some of the brightest and best coaching, rehabilitation, and performance minds in the world was truly a game-changer. Fast forward to 2019, and after his Olympic experiences, Matt decided to return to his roots back in Vancouver and create East Vancouver Sports & Rehabilitation Clinic, with the goal in mind to bring the professional sport experience and accessibility back to grass-root sports and athletes.
Personally, Matt’s better half Erin is the glue for the family, and she supports every one of Matt’s crazy ideas. Blessed with two young daughters and a well-loved golden retriever, they are a crazy, functional family that’s always ready to enjoy life, compete hard, and learn life lessons along the way. Matt enjoys finding mountainous terrain for sports and outdoor play, perusing Vancouver’s excellent craft beer scene, and hitting the gym for all things performance-based.
Interests: Sports Performance, Sport Rehabilitation, Return to play, Kinesiology, Baseball, Basketball, Multi-Directional Sports, Strength, Power, Speed development.
Performance Coach Matt grew up on the West Coast of BC, Canada, having enjoyed everything the mo... Read More
Steph Jamieson B.Kin, Registered Kinesiologist Performance & Health Coach
Certifications: Pelvic Health Solutions-Non-internal Level 1, Pelvic Health Solutions-Pregnancy, DRA & Pelvic Floor, Pelvic Health Solutions-The Running Athlete, FMS, ROCKTAPE FMT Basic & Advanced
A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Steph holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology with a focus in sports psychology. Over the past year she has been continuing her education specifically in the Women’s Health sector to provide the most up to date research and knowledge to her clients.
As a former professional dancer (ballet & contemporary), Steph trained pre-professionally throughout her entire youth (School, train, sleep & repeat) her life revolved around her sport. She has been injured numerous times and now lives with chronic discomforts. What helped her perform at peak performance was when she started participating in sport-specific strength training and by working with a coach who understood what the demands of her sport did her body and mind.
Steph is currently an avid trail racer, after her dance days it took her time to find a sport that gave her the same dopamine rush. Now she is learning how to best prepare the body physically and mentally to tackle an ultra.
Steph believes that physical strength flourishes when individuals nourish themselves mentally. When they allow themselves time to heal and work on their psychological health through medians such as movement. Therefore, mental training is a large component of Steph’s work.
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Dr. Félix Lascelles-Palys received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree concurrently with his Masters in Sports Medicine from University of Western States in Portland, Oregon. Certified in methods including Active Release Techniques (ART) and Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab (FAKTR), he takes pride in enhancing his skillset whenever possible. Dr. Lascelles-Palys is now a resident of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences continuing his post-doctoral education in sports sciences in Canada.
Having been an athlete himself throughout his life in several sports, including baseball, ice hockey, ultimate frisbee, and boxing, a long list of his own injuries drew Dr. Lascelles-Palys towards the field of rehabilitation and Sports Sciences. He has worked as a trainer for professional lacrosse, completed multiple sports medicine placements with various high school teams, college sports, and international tournaments for various sports, and interned for 6 months in Washington under the supervision of the Seattle Seahawks team chiropractor.
Through his research over the past few years, some topics that Dr. Lascelles-Palys has developed a focus in include: injury and subsequent rehabilitation involving shoulders and elbows of throwing athletes; building “strong mobility” in various sports movements, especially those that include lateral explosive movements, and; the unique anatomical variance of patients and its effect on their movements and everyday life.
Dr. Lascelles-Palys is a very strong advocate for evidence-informed practice, and ensures that his treatment style is constantly evolving to reflect the newest research in patient- centred care.
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Steve spent 12 months from 2016 to 2017 as the lead physiotherapist for the Chinese Olympic Team. He supported the team through training and performance at the RIO Olympics in 2016 and brings back a wealth of knowledge. Educationally, he has a Masters in Rehabilitation Science from McGill University and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Saskatchewan. As former Head Physiotherapist at Simon Fraser University for all varsity athletes coupled with his 31 years of experience has allowed him the opportunity to become the medical coordinator for the Women’s Canada Cup Fastpitch tournament and team therapist for the New Westminster Salmonbellies Sr. Men’s Lacrosse team. Steve’s areas of interests include functional capacity evaluation, injuries related to track and field, football and lacrosse. His areas of practice include osteopathic manual therapy and acupuncture.
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Justin grew up in the Tri-cities of British Columbia and enjoyed an upbringing that revolved around community and sport. He realized from a young age he wanted to turn the things he loves most into a career and that is exactly what he set out to do. He went on to study Kinesiology - Exercise Science at the University of the Fraser Valley and from there traveled to Australia to complete a Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland. Before returning home he stayed and worked across Australia and continued his education from experts in his field.
Justin believes in Long Term Athlete Development, Health Promotion and that Exercise is Medicine. Providing education to the public, reducing the risk of injury and bridging the gap between injury management + pain and Return to Sport + Play is what he does best. He says “ the recipe for success in rehabilitation is a strong therapist-patient relationship that thrives on communication + education, pain management via manual therapy and activity modification as well as providing individualized exercise prescription through a proper assessment.
Justin enjoys working with people of all walks of life as long as they are committed to reaching their goals. Particularly his heart lies with soccer and still identifies with the sport. With age though he is expanding out and enjoying participation in a variety of activities to keep fit and keep life interesting. He has done extensive research and continuing education around the hip and the shoulder and enjoys working with people that are struggling to move well and or have pain in these important joints. So if you are an overhead athlete (swimmer, olympic weight lifter, volley ball player, baseball player etc) or in a running and kicking sport come see him to understand how you can be performing at your best and reduce your risk of the most common injuries in your sport.
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Ella is a practicing Kinesiologist, certified under the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK) with a passion for transforming lives through the power of movement. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise and Sports Studies from the University of Saskatchewan. This educational foundation, coupled with her international competitive sport background, has enabled her to provide well-rounded and evidence-based training suited to her clients’ goals.
As a lifelong athlete, Ella has over 20 years of combined experience competing in gymnastics, cheerleading, climbing and most recently calisthenics. Her enthusiasm for coaching was sparked by her own experiences, driving her to help others achieve their physical potential. She believes that exercise should be fun, and aspires to make sure her clients enjoy it as much as she does.
With experience ranging from coaching gymnastics to helping individuals recover from car accidents and work injuries, she’s had the privilege of working with a diverse range of individuals. Whether they’re aiming for the podium or simply seeking a healthier, more agile lifestyle, Ella is passionate about giving her clients the tools they need to foster independence and confidence in their personal exercise and rehabilitation journeys.
Fun fact: Ella can walk on her hands and likes to challenge herself with mini obstacle courses!
Ella is a practicing Kinesiologist, certified under the British Columbia Association of Kinesiolo... Read More
Katie joins EVSRC from Sydney, Australia; with a breadth of experience both as a Strength and Rehab Coach and Clinical Exercise Physiologist. Her passion lies in bridging the gap between acute injury rehab and return to sport: aiming to fix and manage dysfunction before building more capacity than before.
Since completing her Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology in Sydney, Katie has run several strength and rehab programs for NSW Netball, GWS Giants AFL Academy and local rowing clubs. After moving to Vancouver in 2018, Katie worked at Fortius Sport & Health and then independently as a strength coach, as well as Strength and Conditioning Coach for Netball Canada. Katie has also worked in private Exercise Physiology with clinical populations, including cardiac, musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation.
Katie’s areas of interest include ACLr return to sport pathways, lower back pain and training the female athlete. As a high level netballer, Katie understands the importance of strength and movement for girls in high-impact sports such as volleyball, soccer and basketball. Building strength in basic movement skills is inherent to Katie’s sessions. She also strongly believes in the power of working in an integrated support team for the client, and is constantly learning from talented practitioners around her.
When she’s not working, Katie loves being next to and in the water: open water (and cold water!) swimming, paddle-boarding and windsurfing. She’s an avid hiker and will usually be scrambling up mountains on a sunny weekend!
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Ryan Murray has been a Physiotherapist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist for over 15 years. Ryan enjoys working with all levels of athletes to develop sport specific exercises to mitigate injury and maximize performance. Growing up playing high-contact sports like hockey, football and basketball, he quickly became introduced to physiotherapy through his own personal injuries. The love of sports and competitive play has continued throughout his career, working with Olympic and National level athletes from a variety of sports. Ryan has also worked closely with professional athletes from the NBA, NHL, WHL, NLL and CFL. Ryan is currently a physiotherapist for the Vancouver Warriors Lacrosse team in the NLL. He also plays a key role as a performance therapist with Hockey players during their off-season training programs.
He continues to explore new physical therapy techniques and has a specific interest in end stage rehabilitation and return to sport training. He has recently developed post-operative knee and hip rehabilitation pathways specific for Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and Labral/Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) reconstruction.
Ryan believes in establishing a strong sense of community. He enjoys an active lifestyle and has volunteered with many local teams and community events throughout the years. An avid cyclist and triathlete, Ryan has participated in the Whistler GranFondo and multiple Triathlons.
Ryan Murray has been a Physiotherapist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist for ove... Read More
Being a Registered Physiotherapist with over 25 years of clinical experience in different countries, such as Canada, China, Serbia, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, allowed me to see the world and expend my knowledge in complete different way. I am able to understand and apply multi-culturalism in it’s true meaning. Working in multinational, multidisciplinary teams of professionals is something I am very comfortable with. While previously residing in Canada I worked mostly in private clinical practice and I have done multiple post graduate courses in myofascial, craniosacral therapy, acupuncture, osteopathy, sports med, industrial rehabilitation, functional evaluation, case management and variety of other and I strongly believe that education never stops if you want to give your best to the people you treat. Upon returning to Europe, over past the few years I have had the chance to work in the field of international elite sports, which I enjoy immensely. I have been the Head PT for the Chinese National speed skating teams, both short and long track. I am also the Head PT for the Serbian National short track speed skating and inline skating teams. I was a Member (Head PT) of the official Swedish medical team at the 2019 European Athletics U20 Championship. Being able to utilize my knowledge and skills as a physiotherapist, apply it to the sport- specific needs of athletes, and watch them excel and achieve great results gives me professional satisfaction and also the desire to work harder and learn more so that we can achieve even greater results. Some of my athletes are: Wu Dajing (2018 Olympic gold medalist and world record holder on 500m), Li Jinyu (2018 Olympic silver medal 1500m at the age of 16), Dr. Darko Sarovic (European and Balkan Track and Field champion 60 and 100m sprint and Swedish National dodge ball team member), just to name the few. I am bilingual (English and Serbian but I can also include Croatian, Bosnian and other former Yugoslav languages. With my present return to Canada it is my pleasure to offer you my knowledge, experience and multicultural understanding and to serve your medical needs to the best of my abilities.
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Mr. Chris Spring
Chris completed his physiotherapy degree, while concurrently completing his Masters in Exercise and Sports Science, from the University of Sydney in Australia. During this time, Chris also obtained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) designation. Following his graduation, Chris stayed in Australia for six years, working in private practice (including 3 years in a hip and pelvis specialty clinic) and in semi-professional rugby.
In 2012, Chris was recruited by Athletes’ Performance (now called EXOS, the largest sports performance company in the world) to be part of the first group of foreign physiotherapists and strength coaches ever to work full time with the Chinese Olympic Committee, to help them prepare for the London Olympics. Following the London Olympics, Chris remained in China until the beginning of 2018, working in various positions with the Chinese Olympic Committee and the Shanghai provincial sports program, including being made the head physiotherapist of Team China from 2013-2015. During this time, he worked with a variety of athletes but spent most of his time with athletes from the national gymnastics, diving, weightlifting, and table tennis teams. Since returning to Canada, Chris has been helping the members and athletes at Crossfit Overdrive and their Olympic Lifting Team to prevent and recover from injuries through manual therapy, and Crossfit and Olympic Lifting screening and corrective exercise programs.
Chris has a passion to help athletes in all sports, from amateur to professional, rehab from their injuries, to help prevent further injuries, and to excel at their sport through general and sports-specific screening and assessments and prescribing corrective exercises and performance programming. Chris has a great relationship with the coaches (both strength and conditioning and technical) of the athletes that he works with and encourages their involvement in the rehab process.
Chris has a special interest in combat and contact sports. He is a level 2 Immediate Care in Rugby medic as well as a Medical Educator in the IRB (Rugby Asia division) and has worked with many professional players while in Australia. He has also worked with a variety of combat sports, including the Chinese national judo and wrestling teams, Shanghai sanda team, as well as boxing and kickboxing academy athletes. He is also a muay thai practitioner himself and still trains regularly.
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Evan graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours degree in Kinesiology. He is a practicing Kinesiologist in good standing with the BC Association of Kinesiologists, and a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Evan has worked with a diverse range of individuals in his rehabilitation and performance training experience. He has had the opportunity to work alongside national sport organizations, recreational athletes, general population, and youth in clinical and performance settings.
Evan prescribes exercise with a client-centered approach to help individuals surpass their baseline strength and movement capacities. He believes in empowering his clients by helping them reframe their beliefs about their pain experience; allowing them to recognize that their body is robust and adaptable to change when given the appropriate levels of progressive exercise stimulus. His goal as a kinesiologist is to help his clients take an active role in their rehabilitation to develop a sense of autonomy during injury management and in the pursuit of their strength and movement goals.
In his free time, Evan enjoys playing hockey, hiking, mountain biking, and strength training.
Evan graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours degree in Kinesiology. He i... Read More
Erik Torchia PT
Let’s get you back in the game - starting today!
I have the fortune of having worked in sport and performance medicine for the past decade. I am currently a consultant and therapist for a variety of pro and amateur level athletes and sporting organizations including: NHL, AHL, ECHL, NCAA, NLL, CFL, Skate Canada, Vancouver Ice Dance Academy, Whitecaps Residency Boys, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, Canada Soccer, Sport Climbing BC, and many more.
My education is highlighted by some of the highest levels of post-secondary education; a Diploma of Sport Physiotherapy and a Fellowship and Master of Clinical Sciences from the distinguished program at Western University. I have also recently completed my exams to become one of the few Certified DNS Practitioner’s in Canada.
The last 9 years of my practice has been focused on the care of the athlete/team – developing programs focused on return to play, creation and execution of athlete screening (sport-specific) and speaking to numerous practitioners and colleagues on the management of athlete rehab. This experience combined with my work in professional and elite sporting cultures help me to provide exceptional holistic care for my clients.
I continue to set my bar high – and strive toward my next stage of enlightenment. I will be a forever student and pride myself in providing appropriate knowledge translation to my clients.
Not sure if we are a fit? Email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: CURRENTLY ERIK’S SCHEDULE IS OPERATING AT A HIGH CAPACITY. HE IS PRIORITIZING DIRECT REFERRALS FROM SPECIALISTS AND THOSE WHO ARE RECENTLY POST-OPERATIVE. IF YOU ARE STILL WISHING TO WORK WITH ERIK, PLEASE CONTACT HIM VIA EMAIL AT ERIK@TORCHIAREHAB.COM
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EVSRC – Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)
Veronica graduated from the competency-based, mastery-level program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy and holds her Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. She has completed her level 3 Fascial Stretch Therapy training, through The Stretch to Win Institute in Tempe, Arizona and is continuously upgrading her courses and expanding her knowledge in the field.
Growing up as a competitive gymnast, Veronica is very familiar with the importance of strength, flexibility and maintaining a healthy body. From a young age, she learned to incorporate conditioning, stretching and massage into sports and daily activities.
Her hope and mission is to provide the knowledge she has gained through experience and formal education to help facilitate people to feel empowered to be healthy and active. She enjoys treating patients not only to help them through the strains of their day but also to help them recover and excel in their sport performance.
Outside of the clinic, you can find Veronica at the gym enjoying her new-found sport of powerlifting or being creative by redecorating her living space or trying to make her own soap! She enjoys all seasons that Vancouver has to offer but also likes to travel and experience different cultures whenever possible.
Treatment style: Deep tissue massage, trigger point release, fascial stretch therapy, restorative range of motion, muscle activation, collaborative treatment with other health care practitioners.
EVSRC – Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) Veronica graduated from the competency-based, mastery... Read More
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