About Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a profession in which the Practitioners help patients to recover from a wide range of injuries and conditions and restore their bodies to proper function. They use a broad range of techniques, including hands on skills, tools, and specialized machines in their scope of treatment. These may include: ART (Active Release Technique), mobilizations, massage, stretching, Shockwave Therapy, Cold Laser Therapy, IMS (Intramuscular stimulation)/Dry needling, taping, TENS, Ultrasound, and more.

Physiotherapists help to restore patients in areas such as range of motion, function, strength, balance, mobility, and movement. They also help patients to develop better lifestyle habits and to learn to better self manage their own bodies.

Avita does Physiotherapy differently…..and we think better.

Avita Physiotherapists treat only one patient at a time for 100% undivided focus and attention, and they tailor the treatment plans uniquely to each patient’s needs. While many clinics today have Physiotherapists treating two to four patients at the same time, we believe that the best outcomes for our patients come from one on one quality attention. Our Physiotherapists treat in private treatment rooms (no curtains in a gym setting), and their time is devoted solely to you.

Early treatment and proper intervention are critical to a successful rapid recovery. Research has shown that the key to shorter recovery periods after an injury is how soon the individual has physiotherapy afterwards. If they take advantage immediately, they are 8 times less likely to develop chronic pain!

Whether you are looking to recover from a sports or acute injury, accident, surgery, repetitive strain injury, or a chronic condition, visit one of our skilled Physiotherapists to help realize your journey back to recovery and a better quality of life.

Our Physiotherapy Team

Collin Kirby
Registered Physiotherapist

Collin Kirby

Collin is originally from Quesnel, BC, he completed his Bachelor of Science majoring in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria then received his Master’s in Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Collin found his passion for rehabilitation while working as a Kinesiologist in Victoria and immediately knew physiotherapy was the career for him.

Collin is dedicated to continuing his education to provide the best possible care for his patients. He has completed certification in Soft Tissue Release, Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy, Level 1, and IMS: Intramuscular Stimulation.

Collin uses many different methods to help his clients reach their goals. These include manual therapy, soft tissue release, taping, education, intramuscular stimulation (IMS), functional, and personalized exercise prescription. His goal is to provide a safe and effective return to daily activities, sport, and ultimately a pain-free lifestyle. Collin’s experience and interests also include treating postural dysfunction, post-operative rehabilitation, post motor vehicle accident rehabilitation, orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation, neck pain, back pain, and chronic pain. Collin looks forward to meeting and treating new clients of all ages and backgrounds.

In his spare time, Collin enjoys staying active by playing many sports, including; downhill skiing, football, cricket, softball, and cycling.

Andrew Flynn
Registered Physiotherapist

Andrew Flynn

Andrew graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of British Columbia and loves being a physiotherapist.

His treatment style empowers people to take charge of their health. Treating primarily through education, manual therapy techniques, and exercise prescription, Andrew is also trained in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). He sees people with a wide variety of conditions and injuries and has a special interest in shoulders and arthritis having personal experience with both shoulder dislocations and inflammatory arthritis management.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys golfing, traveling, and playing games in the company of friends and family.

Adrian Perez
Registered Physiotherapist

Adrian Perez

Adrian is originally from Vancouver, BC, where he completed his Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia, and his Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology at the University of Victoria.

He has recently completed his Level 1 of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy and plans to continue his education in this area to provide the best care possible to his patients. He is also a certified provider of custom orthotics providing foot and gait analysis.

He has experience working in a wide range of areas including athletic injuries, chronic pain conditions, neurological conditions, and geriatric health. He uses the most up to date evidence-based approach that includes a combination of manual therapy, patient education, Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) and individualized exercise prescription.

In his spare time, Adrian enjoys playing soccer, snowboarding, weightlifting, and anything outdoors. He also has an appreciation for cooking and nutrition. Adrian welcomes and looks forward to working with new clients from all backgrounds with various conditions.

Dimitri Naef
Registered Physiotherapist

Dimitri Naef

Originally from Nelson, BC, Dimitri left the Kootenays to pursue his goal of becoming a Physiotherapist by attaining a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy at UBC.

Since completing his formal education, Dimitri has been dedicated to helping people recover from injuries from head to toe. In addition to more common conditions, Dimitri also has significant experience in concussion management and vestibular disorders. Having worked in specialized concussion clinics Dimitri is uniquely positioned to help individuals recover from concussions and all of the associated symptoms.

No matter the condition, Dimitri brings a laid back, empathetic, and honest approach to his practice, where he believes strongly in patient centered, evidence based care, continually working with patients to identify the actions they can take for their personal well-being.

Dimitri is certified in IMS, and has also completed the following continuing education courses:

– Concussion Management Workshop levels 1 & 2 with Shannon McGuire

– National Academy of Neuropsychology Symposium on Concussion Management

– Vestibular Therapy Training with Bernard Tonks

– Chronic Pain Management Certification with Bahram Jam

– Lynn Watson Shoulder Course level 1 & 2

– Adam Meakins Shoulder Rehab

– Jill Cook course on Tendinopathy Management

– Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Level 1

– Mulligan Technique

– Active Release Techniques

In his spare time, Dimitri is an avid soccer player and outdoor enthusiast (isn’t everyone in North Vancouver!?), spending time camping, hiking and snowboarding.

Aly Huang
Registered Physiotherapist

Aly Huang

Aly has extensive experience treating a variety of orthopaedic conditions, she has obtained fellowship in Advanced Orthopaedic Manual & Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT), as well as post graduate training in Women's Health, peri-natal and Pediatric care. Aly is certified in CGIMS, Acupuncture, Graston and certified orthotic provider. She enjoys treating patients of all ages and activities levels, her treatment involves determining precipitating factors leading to dysfunction/injury.

Aly helps her patients reach their goals through manual therapy, needling, corrective exercise and education. Aly has international experience through Karolinska Institute in Stockholm Sweden, while working with international ballet dancers and professional sports teams.

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Jeff Boudreau
Registered Physiotherapist

Jeff Boudreau

PT, CGIMS

Jeff graduated from the physiotherapy program at McMaster University in 2012. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the team at Avita, having worked with a wide variety of patients from professional athletes to weekend enthusiasts and heavy-duty mechanics to yoga instructors. These experiences have helped him develop a collaborative and results-oriented approach to care that tailors to the specific needs of each patient.

Jeff is a Certified Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation Practitioner (CGMIS), and has obtained certifications in advanced manual therapy, soft tissue release, and chronic pain management. Rather than treating your symptoms, he works to identify the root cause of the issue and create a lasting change in the way your body functions.

Jeff developed the Posture Recovery Program at Avita for those looking to make meaningful changes to their posture. The program combines manual therapies, dry needling, and supervised exercise to help restore mobility of the spine and strength of postural muscles.

Jeff is a former university football player. During his time with the team, he sustained two significant injuries that required surgery. He understands the patient’s perspective in the rehabilitative process and knows the impact that a caring and diligent therapist can have on their recovery. He strives to provide the same level of care that he received to his patients at Avita.

Outside the clinic you may find Jeff scaling a mountain, strolling the shoreline, shopping for coffee beans, or sampling a craft beer.

Julien Anderson Nadeau
Registered Physiotherapist

Julien Anderson Nadeau

Julien completed his Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec. Since then, he has accumulated over 8 years of experience treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions in the private sector.

His approach combines manual therapy, soft tissue release, patient education and specific exercise programs. He is a firm believer that these exercises not only help achieve his patients goals, but also help maintain long term benefits from his treatments.

In addition to dealing with the typical conditions seen by most physio, he also provides advanced treatments of the TMJ (jaw) joint and of multiple types of headaches linked to that area. He is also very familiar with injuries related to rock climbing, which is one of his passions.

His other passions include playing music and exploring the backcountry, whether it's in hiking boots, on a splitboard or on a mountain bike.

Peter Kosheluk
Registered Physiotherapist

Peter Kosheluk

Peter Kosheluk holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Saskatchewan, which he completed in 2006. Since that time he has focused on musculoskeletal physiotherapy, working with individuals across the age spectrum who are experiencing pain or dysfunction, whether it be acute or chronic in nature. He has experience with injuries affecting all areas of the body and stemming from a variety of causes. His post-graduate training has involved a variety of fields including manual therapy (certifications from Canadian and Australian programs), movement analysis & training, dry needling (certifications from South African, British, and Canadian institutions), and male pelvic health.

His treatment philosophy is one of collaboration with a focus on helping individuals determine the source(s) of their complaint, so that they can actively work to eliminate or alleviate it, in order to function at their greatest potential. He is a firm believer that prevention of re-injury and active management are vital components of any rehabilitation program. As such, he incorporates a thorough assessment of the problem at hand (including movement analysis globally & locally at the area of complaint) and education regarding such with advice on relevant lifestyle and activity modifications. Exercise prescription (complaint-specific regional & pertinent global exercises), manual therapy (joint mobilizations & manipulations, soft tissue mobilization, nerve mobilization) and dry needling are also integrated into care as dictated by the individual’s situation at hand and their goals for recovery.

Peter believes that a holistic approach to recovery is the most beneficial and effective strategy and also appreciates opportunities to work in collaboration with other care providers. A team approach works best!

Nicole Slade
Registered Physiotherapist

Nicole Slade

Nicole Slade graduated from the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom, in 2020. Prior to this she completed a degree in Archaeology in 2011 at Simon Fraser University. After injuring her back while working as a consulting archaeologist, she because interest in physical rehabilitation.

Nicole has experience treating pelvic floor dysfunction, urinary incontinence, low back pain, fibromyalgia, persistent pain, orthopedics, and work ergonomics.

She has completed training in trauma sensitive approaches, as well as Pelvic Health Solutions Level 1 and 2 focussing on assessment and treatment of all genders experiencing urinary incontinence and pelvic pain.

Nicole practices patient-centered care and believes in educating her clients, while working with them collaboratively to help them achieve their rehabilitation goals.

She is a lifelong learner and has lots of plans for continued education to offer her clients the most up to date and best possible care.

Nicole was born and raised in North Vancouver. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, who came to Canada with her from England, hiking, yoga, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, and anything involving the outdoors. She loves animals, and enjoys various artistic hobbies.

Helping You Live and Feel Better with Physiotherapy Services Delivered by Professionals

The following rates apply to the services provided from physiotherapists in our North Vancouver clinic. Avita Physiotherapy sessions are one-on-one. Prices subject to change.

Service Duration Cost
Physiotherapy – Initial45 Minutes$120
Physiotherapy – Subsequent30 Minutes$95
Physiotherapy – Extended Subsequent45 Minutes$142.50
Physiotherapy – ICBC Initial Assessment45 MinutesFully covered by ICBC
Physiotherapy – ICBC Follow up30 MinutesPatient pays $2.00
Pelvic Floor – Initial60 Minutes$165
Pelvic Floor – Subsequent45 Minutes$135
Pelvic Floor – Subsequent30 Minutes$115

* there may be slight price variations by practitioner based on additional experience or certification levels. Please check your Physiotherapist’s pricing in our on-line booking page. Click on the Book Now icon and then select your practitioner.

Hear from our clients

  • The physio I worked with here, was hands down the best I have worked with, in over 20 years of seeing physios for hypermobile knee issues. He really took the time to assess my situation, and really watch my form through movements. As suspected, the issues were a lot broader than the initial consult showed, and every week, he dug deeper, reviewed progress and made useful, reachable suggestions. Highly recommended! The place itself is clean and well maintained (individual treatment rooms rather than an open gym style), the staff are friendly and helpful and above all the expertise was phenomenal!

    - Sarah R
  • Collin is the Sensei for physio, he does IMS and laser therapy, I travel all the way from Metrotown to North Vancouver for the quality of service. The staff and Management are the greatest. It is hard to find great and quality therapy lately.

    - Tyson B
  • Absolutely fantastic business. Safety and cleaning protocols have been top-notch, making me feel safe frequenting my physio appointments. It is a testament to the professionalism of this clinic that has risen above all others during a pandemic. Practitioners are top-notch; the TMJ expertise from Colin is beyond superior than others I tried.

    - Suzanne S
  • Very happy to have found this clinic and Andrew Flynn as my physiotherapist! He was able to provide much relief to my chronic elbow pain with a wide variety of treatments (e.g., shockwave, needling), recommendations for exercises, and really great insights on the healing process. Andrew is also polite, kind, and funny! The clinic has warm decor, great receptionists, and extremely comfortable seating in the waiting area. Street parking is generally easy to find. Five stars all around!

    - Justina Y

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It’s Time to Take Charge of Your Health

Living in pain and discomfort doesn’t have to be a reality. The Physiotherapy team at Avita is here to help improve your life everyday.