Our Team of Therapists
Yvonne is a graduate of the Master of Physiotherapy program at the University of Sydney and she has recently moved back from Australia. Growing up in Vancouver, Yvonne attended Simon Fraser University and received a degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Active Health and Rehabilitation. Prior to relocating to Sydney, Yvonne had extensive experience working as a Kinesiologist in both occupational and rehabilitation settings.
Ever since suffering injuries from playing sports as a teenager, Yvonne has developed a passion in treating the knee and shoulder. She also possesses a strong interest in sports related and post-surgical cases. As a Vancouver physiotherapist, Yvonne utilizes a variety of manual techniques (ex. soft tissue release and joint mobilizations), modalities (ex. ultrasound), biomechanical analysis, education, and exercise prescription to assist clients in getting back to their pre-injury activities, whatever it may be. She is always ready to go the extra mile for her clients and her holistic approach to treatment will help identify and correct factors, leading to the reduced risk of re-injury.
In her spare time, Yvonne enjoys playing volleyball and tennis, traveling, and trying different cuisines. She is looking to re-cement her roots in Vancouver and plans to participate and work alongside athletes of various sporting levels.
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Siobhan was born in Ottawa, Ontario and completed her Bachelor of Science in the Honours Health Studies Co-op program at the University of Waterloo where she also received a Gerontology minor. While completing her undergrad degree, Siobhan lived a busy lifestyle as she captained the Varsity Women’s soccer team that she played on for 4 years. Throughout her Co-op program, Siobhan was fortunate to secure a position in Whistler, BC and fell in love with the West Coast outdoor lifestyle.
After completing Co-op placements in Whistler, Switzerland and living in New Zealand, Siobhan decided to continue the adventure and complete her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at Robert Gordon University in Scotland.
Siobhan brings an array of skills having a variety of acute and rehab physiotherapy experiences, an athletic background and a Gerontology minor. She believes that having a client-centered approach motivates her clients to take on an active role in their healing process. Siobhan combines evidence-based research, personalized exercise prescription, manual therapy, modalities and education to provide her clients with the most up to date treatment plans in order to get her clients back to living their healthiest lifestyle.
She aims to provide each client with the tools needed to self-manage and achieve their goals. Siobhan plans to further her education in manual therapy, concussion management and orthopedics.
Outside the clinic, Siobhan enjoys living a very active lifestyle whether this be running, playing soccer, hiking, kayaking or snowboarding. Regardless of the season, you will most likely find her outside exploring the West Coast in her free time.
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Michael is a graduate of the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at the University of Melbourne. He is excited to apply his toolbox of therapeutic techniques to help Vancouverites of all levels to improve their functioning. He believes in using methodologies supported by the most up-to-date evidence, and using a personalised approach to help his patients achieve their goals.
Having completed two 140.6 Ironman triathlons in Houston, Texas, and Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Michael has a passion for everything related to endurance sports, hockey, and snowboarding. He also formerly held the “under 20 years old” Grouse Grind record at 34 minutes and 2 seconds.
His dedication to sport is replicated in his dedication to physiotherapy and to improving the wellbeing of his patients. Michael uses individualised treatment methods such as manual therapy, exercise prescription, electrotherapeutic modalities, and kinetic chain analysis. He takes a whole body approach to treat the underlying cause of injury and prevent recurrence.
He believes that an effective physiotherapist works with patients to improve their quality of life, as well as to foster a sense of community, comfort, and connection. During his path to becoming a physiotherapist, Michael worked as a volunteer in many capacities including at BC Children’s Hospital, the Western Bulldogs Youth Leadership Program in Australia, and at a leprosy clinic in Nepal.
These days, Michael lives downtown with his dog Margot, and spends his free time looking for new running routes around the city, and hunting for good rainy day cycling gear.
Kim McArthur Yae
Kim has been working in the downtown core since 2009 after re-locating to B.C. from Ontario, and look forward to many more years working in the area. Kim got her book-smarts from University of Toronto and received a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2007, and Honours degrees in Kinesiology from McMaster University in 2005.
As a physiotherapist, her goal is to identify source of dysfunction with a thorough assessment and provide the best possible combination of treatment techniques to get you back playing as quickly & as physically prepared for the challenges of your chosen activity as possible.
Kim’s days are filled with treating weekend warriors, athletes, and regular Joe/Jane-blows; those pesky office repetitive strains, mistaking capabilities of our (aging) body without proper training, as well as those bumps, bruises, strains and sprains.
Rehabbing people back to hitting the slopes, back to the golf course, chasing down that huck, playing with your kids, or simply to be able to work… Whatever your goals, she believes an individualized treatment plan to your body’s specific needs will be the most successful. Her passion is helping people get back to the activities, both recreational and functional, that bring smiles inside and out.
Kim also enjoys working with various levels of sport. Working with the 2012 Olympic Canadian women’s soccer team in training camp, addressing the aches and pains of hours of training, providing preventative and rehabilitative treatment of the athletes. Kim was apart of the performing arts medical team for “A Chorus Line” at The Cannon Theatre and was a therapist for BC Rugby teams (U23 women’s, U18 men’s). Kim enjoys participating at local sporting events like Seek the Peak, beach soccer and giving educational sessions to local running groups.
Additional qualifications: Acupuncture and/or Dry Needling*, Certified Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation practitioner (CGMIS), Custom Orthotics, Intermediate certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, Clinical Pilates, Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
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Katia is a Registered and Board-Certified Acupuncturist in Vancouver. She graduated from Pacific Coast University – College of Holistic Medicine with a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. As a practitioner, she is known for her kind-hearted nature, holistic approach to diagnosis and particularly for her truly individualized care.
Her practice combines advanced techniques in Acupuncture, Cupping, Tui Na Massage Therapy, Dietary Guidance, and Patient Counseling to address unique health concerns comprehensively.
Inspired by her grandmother, Katia is deeply passionate about using natural medicine to help her patients in their path to well-being. She has found that musculoskeletal injuries, digestive disorders, migraine headaches, respiratory conditions, stress, anxiety, pain and many other body and mind imbalances respond exceptionally well to natural techniques practiced in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Born in Kiev, formerly part of USSR, Katia spent her early childhood speaking Russian. Then most of her elementary school years were spent in Beirut, Lebanon, where she naturally learned Arabic. Today, Katia’s travels are made easier with her knowledge of English, Russian and Arabic languages.
In her spare time, Katia enjoys staying active, solving riddles and hosting social gatherings of all sorts.
TCM Acupuncture Initial Consultation – As each person is unique, so is their treatment. Through observation and by asking detailed questions about your health concerns Katia looks for patterns that may highlight imbalances, which in Traditional Chinese Medicine are indications of body systems not working optimally. Katia’s individualized treatments focus on the root of the imbalance which naturally correct the symptoms, and more importantly – the issues that cause those symptoms to appear. The initial appointment combines the consultation and treatment components, which can include Acupuncture, Cupping, Massage and other techniques that are most effective for you.
TCM Acupuncture Follow-up – As a follow-up to your Initial Consultation, Katia adheres to an effective plan for optimizing your health. She looks for changes in patterns through careful observation and by soliciting feedback about your progress. With a focus on the root of the imbalance, she will continue to refine treatments as you improve with the age-old techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
TCM Cupping Therapy – As seen with Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps, Cupping is a form of intensely focused acupressure. It is used to recover after an illness and as prevention for stress, tension and even insomnia and headaches. Through TCM inquiry, observation and diagnosis, Katia provides relief for many disorders, from muscular to respiratory, by applying various cupping methods with mild suction to promote tissue and organ health.
TCM Tui Na Massage Therapy – Using TCM principles of examining the vertebrae, joints and muscles, Katia applies advanced classical techniques to relieve pain and to repair your natural range of motion, trigger points, and circulation. Her restorative methods treat many clinical disorders effectively, and especially so for traumatic injuries.
Regarding lesions, Andrew T. Still, the founder of Osteopathy, once said: “Find it, fix it, and leave it alone.” Fabio believes that the human body has the power to heal itself, and that the role of the osteopathic practitioner is just to adjust whatever is preventing this natural healing process. Once it is fixed, we must give the body the time it needs. He uses this concept to guide his therapeutic interventions.
As a Brazilian, Fabio has a great passion for soccer. He is a big fan and supporter of the Fluminense Football Club, from his hometown of Rio de Janeiro. Fabio loves to practice outdoor sports, such as hiking and jogging. He also practices Brazilian jiu-jitsu and tennis (which he is working really hard to get better at!). Furthermore, because of his rich Italian background, He loves sitting down with a plate of pasta and a glass of good wine. Since moving to Canada in March of 2016, what Fabio misses the most from Brazil and Italy is the coffee. The soothing familiarity of this tasty beverage takes Fabio back home. While in Canada, Fabio became extremely involved with jogging. He loves running through False Creek and exploring the different areas of Downtown Vancouver. He plans on maintaining this hobby as it brings him a sense of freedom and a connection to the beautiful nature in our city.