Our Chiropractic Team
At Avita Health in North Vancouver, our Chiropractors will treat your lower, mid or upper back pain, neck pain, whiplash headache, or other aches and pains. You'll feel safe and secure knowing how thorough and engaged our Chiropractors are at Avita Health. They will find and then effectively treat your injuries and help you to prevent any reoccurrence.
Once diagnosed they will inform you of the chiropractic adjustments and care you need to regain your health and lifestyle. Click the links to learn more about each Avita Chiropractor.
What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractors are health experts trained in the neuro-muscular-skeletal system. Chiropractors diagnose and treat disorders of the spine and other body joints by adjusting the spinal column or through other corrective manipulation. Chiropractors provide conservative management of disorders including, but not limited to, back, neck and head pain. Chiropractors also advise patients on corrective exercises, lifestyle and nutrition.
About Dr. Gannon
Originally from Alberta, Canada, Dr Gannon pursued his chiropractic studies after his own success as a patient, graduating from Macquarie University in 2005, being selected “Student’s Student of the Year”. In addition to his more than 6 years in Western Australia, Ryan has practiced in Sydney, Australia as well as Glasgow, Scotland.
Always striving to find new ways to help patients recover from their injuries, Dr Gannon utilizes multiple treatment therapies and assessment modalities including:
- Active Release Technique™
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy/Manipulation
- Kinesiology Taping (Rock Tape™/Kinesiotape™)
- Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
- Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
Furthermore, he places great emphasis on the neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation of both acute and chronic issues, addressing the underlying functional insufficiencies prevalent in many cases. These skill sets have allowed for great success working in general practice as well as in his area of special interest which focuses on athletes. He considers himself very fortunate to have been associated with several great sports clubs and numerous individual athletes, allowing him to manage the cases of athletes ranging from national champions (Tae Kwon Do; Bodybuilding) and Olympians (Basketball), to up-and-coming development squad participants (Swimming; Cricket; Australian Rules Football) as well as the die-hard weekend warriors.
In his spare time, Dr Gannon enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and assists sporting organizations with injury prevention and management.
About Dr. Birch
Dr. Daniel Birch is a fully licensed Doctor of Chiropractic and is highly passionate about improving the health of his community. Dr. Birch obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. Following work as a Kinesiologist he attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario, and graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic with both magna cum laude and clinic honors.
Dr. Birch strongly believes that collaborative multi-disciplinary care is vital to a patient focused plan of management. He has a diverse clinical approach combining chiropractic care, exercise therapy, as well as, Active Release Techniques® and instrumented assisted techniques. Chiropractic has inspired Dr. Birch to work with people of all ages to reach their optimal health, function and performance. Dr. Birch honed his skills at clinics in Toronto and Dominican Republic, and has now returned to North Vancouver to practice. He has had the opportunity to work with cyclists, runners and other athletes while attending numerous outreach programs. Dr. Birch has a variety of interests including treatment of sport, work, and overuse injuries. His experience has included headaches, back pain, neck pain, TMJ disorders and many other musculoskeletal conditions.
When he is not in the clinic, you will find him taking part in one of many extracurricular activities including hockey, snowboarding, hiking, yoga, running, cycling, or training for his next triathlon.
Dr. Ryan Gannon
|8 – 8pm||2 – 8pm||8 - 11:20am||2 – 8pm||N/A||8 – 1:20pm|
Dr. Daniel Birch
|N/A||7:40 - 1:20pm||12 – 8pm||7:40 - 1:20pm||2 – 8pm||9 – 5pm|
What You Can Expect at Your First Appointment
An initial visit is 40 minutes and a follow up visit is 20 minutes.
On your first visit to Avita Health in North Vancouver, your chiropractor may ask about the following:
- Personal and perhaps family medical history
- Major illnesses
- Any surgeries or operations
- Medications you are taking
- Your description of your present condition
- What you have done to manage your condition
- Your diet and exercise
- Your sleeping habits, daily activities, work routine, stress level, and home life
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for your visit to the chiropractor! Your chiropractor may ask you to change into a gown to perform some of these tests:
- A check of your blood pressure, pulse and breathing
- Tests of your reflexes, strength and sensations
- Analysis of your posture
- An analysis of your movement — he/she will observe how you walk, turn, bend or lift things, as well as how your body moves in the affected area
- Hands-on evaluation of how well your spine moves, identifying restrictions and areas of improper motion
If you have an approved claim, you will be charged a user fee (ICBC will cover the remainder). Prior to your initial appointment, you MUST provide your claim number, adjuster’s information (name and phone number), BC Carecard, and your doctor’s referral. Failure to provide this information will result in the patient paying the standard private rate for the appointment.