Our Physiotherapy Team

Our Physiotherapy sessions are one on one.

Consumer Choice Award 2018 About Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy from the skilled Physiotherapists at Avita Health in North Vancouver helps you get back in the game at your full potential, quickly. You deserve the best possible rehabilitation for your specific injury or problem, and we offer one on one consultation's.

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

Physiotherapy clients come in many shapes, sizes; with differing histories and levels of activity; and with different degrees of injury. Avita Health Physiotherapists will ask you about your differences and then discuss a sensible physiotherapy program that will help you with your personal rehabilitation. You’ll be provided with advanced physical therapy options that might help you even better.

To learn more about what is offered through physiotherapy please click the Services tab.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy, or manipulative therapy, is a physical treatment primarily used by physiotherapists to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability. Avita physiotherapists use this technique in a private room with one on one care. It most commonly includes kneading and manipulation of muscles, joint mobilization and joint manipulation.

IMS

IMS is an effective treatment for chronic pain. IMS involves the insertion of fine acupuncture type needles into the body where muscles have shortened or contracted. This technique has few side effects. While a muscle is tight and contracted it can't heal properly-with IMS you are stimulating a healing process and helping the muscles to relax.

IMS treatment is best suited to treat soft tissue pain that shows no obvious sign of ongoing tissue damage or inflammation, such as many forms of: neck/back pain, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder and fibromyalgia, amongst others. It is often effective when other forms of therapy have failed.

Pelvic Floor Therapy

Pelvic Floor Therapy is beneficial for women and men of any age experiencing problems that could be related to pelvic floor issues. This could be difficulty with bladder or bowel control, sexual pain or dysfunction, constipation, pelvic organ prolapses, and pelvic, tailbone or lower back pain. It is also useful during and after pregnancy to optimize birthing and prevention of post partum issues.

Common Pelvic Floor related issues are:

  • incontinence
  • pelvic organ prolapses
  • sexual pain or dysfunction
  • abdominal separation
  • chronic pelvic pain
  • interstitial cystitis
  • prostate issues
  • constipation
  • tailbone pain
  • post partum healing

Athletic Taping

Taping and bracing injured joints and body parts protects those areas from further re-injury and allows for an earlier return to activity. It also can supply support to an area, which will allow muscles, which have tightened or sprained to relax for an early return of motion.

Electrotherapy

  • Ultrasound
  • Cold Laser
  • Interferential (IFC)
  • Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
About Collin (Registered Physiotherapist)

Collin completed his Master of Physical Therapy degree at the University of British Columbia, and previously, a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria. 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 in order to help clients return to their daily activities, sport, and a pain-free lifestyle. He has completed certification in Soft Tissue Release and Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy: Level 1, and looks forward to furthering his education throughout his career.

Collin enjoys helping clients reach their goals through the use of manual therapy, soft tissue release, taping, education, functional and personalized exercise prescription, as well as safe and effective return to sport programs. Collin enjoys staying active by playing many sports, including; downhill skiing, football, cricket, squash, hockey, soccer,, volleyball, softball, and cycling. In addition to treating sports injuries, 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.

About Andrew (MPT, Registered Physiotherapist)

Andrew Flynn PhysiotherapistAndrew 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.

For information on Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) please click here.

About Erin (Registered Physiotherapist)

Erin Robinson PhysioErin is a firm believer in providing an individualized, one-on-one approach to treatment, as each client and their conditions are unique. She believes in a holistic, client-centered approach, where the client is offered the appropriate hands-on therapy, exercises, and education to manage their condition and achieve their physical goals.

Erin completed her Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia in 2012, following her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. She has further training in manual therapy techniques and Functional Dry Needling/IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation). She has developed a special interest in Women’s Health, particularly pre and post natal care. She has completed her training in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, Rost Therapy, and Hypopressives, enabling her to treat conditions such as incontinence, pelvic pain, organ prolapse, coccydinia, and diastasis rectus.

Erin’s interest in physiotherapy developed during her formal training in ballet, where she began to explore the movement and function of the human body. She developed an appreciation for health and wellness through her own dance injuries and their rehabilitation, and now strives to help people reach their own physical potential. On her days off Erin can be found chasing after her toddler, hiking on the North Shore Mountains, riding her bike, or in the yoga studio.

Specialties: Orthopaedics, Functional Dry Needling (IMS), Women’s Health, Pelvic Floor, Pregnancy-related Pelvis and Back Pain

About Asifa (Registered Physiotherapist)

Asifa Mithani PhysioBSc., BSc.PT, CAFCI

Asifa graduated with a Bachelor degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Western Ontario (1998) after completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Simon Fraser University (1995).

Asifa is committed to pursuing the highest levels of post-graduate education; She has taken advanced training in Orthopedic and Manual Manipulative Therapy, is certified in FDN (Functional Dry Needling), and has completed her Certificate of Anatomical Acupuncture (CAFCI) from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada (2014). She has also taken advanced courses in the Rehabilitation Stream of STOTT Pilates (STOTT Pilates RMR1&2 Lumbar & Shoulder Stabilization on Mat & Reformer). Asifa is trained in foot and gait analysis and is a Certified Provider of Custom Orthotics. She has been a member of The Canadian Physiotherapy Association for 19 years and has also worked with the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators and an examiner for the National Physiotherapy Licensing Exam.

Over the past 19 years, Asifa has developed a broad base of assessment and treatment skills. She takes a hands-on approach, and prides herself on her ability to listen to each of her client’s goals and implement them in an individualized treatment program. Her treatment plans consist of a combination of joint mobilizations, soft tissue techniques, medical acupuncture, exercise prescription, taping, and various modalities (laser, ultrasound, electrical stimulation) as needed. She encourages her clients to take ownership of their recovery, empowering them with an understanding of their injury and promoting an active involvement in their return to activity and function.

Outside of work, Asifa practices what she preaches. She stays active by hiking the north shore trails, walking the sea wall, and practicing yoga and pilates. These days, however, most of her activity comes from keeping up with her three young children.

About Kate (Registered Physiotherapist)

Kate Von Schellwitz PhysioKate completed her Master of Physical Therapy degree at the University of British Columbia. She has since obtained additional training and certifications in intramuscular stimulation (IMS), women’s health, and pelvic floor. Kate has also obtained her Orthopaedic level 1 certification from the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapy (CAMPT), completed a personal training certification course, and the Mulligan Concept Lower Quadrant course focused on mobilization with movement.

As a clinician, Kate is focused on setting functional, client-centered goals and uses a combination of manual therapy, biofeedback, intramuscular stimulation (needling), and exercise-based therapy in her treatment. She has experience working in women’s health, specifically with pre and post natal clients and athletes for incontinence, coccydinia and prolapse. Kate is also experienced in treating musculoskeletal injuries, neurological conditions, and chronic pain.

Outside of work Kate loves to stay active with a balance of running, yoga, and weight training. She loves incorporating yoga and mindfulness techniques into her treatment sessions. Having rehabilitated from multiple running injuries and a back injury over the past decade, she has personal experience rehabilitating from orthopaedic injuries and finds this extremely valuable in understanding clients, function, and pain.

About Susan (Registered Physiotherapist)

Susan Shalanski PhysioSusan is an accomplished Physiotherapist with over 21 years of experience. She has an enormous range of techniques at her disposal, having completed many continuing education courses. Her hands-on approach to Physiotherapy utilizes such skills as Manual Therapy, IMS (dry needling), Biofeedback, Bradcliff Breathing Method, and more.

Susan subscribes to the idea that “Movement is Medicine”. Her patients often call her a detective as she searches for the “root” or “driver” of the pain, in her quest to resolve her patients’ issues, rather than simply managing pain.

When Susan is not in the clinic, she loves to spend her time swimming, doing cardio, trail running, mountain biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing. She has also recently added weight-lifting into her own health routine. She definitely “practices what she preaches” and helps to empower others to be strong, mobile, fit and resilient at any age!

About Leo (Registered Physiotherapist)

Leo PhysioLeo completed his Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia after obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the Faculty of Exercise Science from the University of Victoria. As a kinesiologist Leo learned an appreciation for the role appropriate exercise prescription can have for assisting people pursue whatever their goal may be. His treatment approach now includes personalized exercise prescription in combination with manual therapy techniques and patient education.

He has recently completed his Level 1 Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy.

About Adrian (Registered Physiotherapist)

Leo PhysioAdrian 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 Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy and plans to continue his education in this area.

Adrian has experience working in a wide range of areas in physiotherapy 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, and individualized exercise prescription.

Outside of the clinic 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.

Rates

The following rates apply to Avita Physiotherapists in North Vancouver:
Service Duration Cost
Physiotherapy - Initial 45 Minutes $105
Physiotherapy - Subsequent 30 Minutes $80
Physiotherapy - Extended Subsequent 45 Minutes $105
Physiotherapy - ICBC 30/45 Minutes $45
Pelvic Floor - Initial 60 Minutes $150
Pelvic Floor - Subsequent 45 Minutes $105

Hours

Avita Health Physiotherapists in North Vancouver book appointment within following hours:

Collin Kirby

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
2 – 8pm 8 – 2pm 8 – 2pm 8 – 2pm N/A 9 – 5pm*

Andrew Flynn

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
2- 8pm 8 -2pm 2- 8pm N/A N/A N/A

Erin Bird

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
N/A N/A 2 – 8pm N/A 8 – 2pm N/A

Asifa Mithani

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
N/A 8 - 2pm N/A 8 - 2pm N/A N/A

Kate Von Schellwitz

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
N/A 8 - 2pm 8 - 2pm 11 - 8pm N/A N/A

Leo Shaw

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8 - 2pm N / A 1 - 8pm N/A 12 - 8pm 9 - 5pm*

*every other Saturday

Avita Physiotherapy sessions are one-on-one

What You Can Expect from a Physiotherapist

With our attentive and professional service you will get the physical therapy treatment and education you need to build and maintain a strong and healthy lifestyle.

  • We go beyond the symptoms to find & treat the cause of your injury.
  • You will learn how to prevent pain from coming back – self recovery.
  • We will get you back to enjoying life as fast as possible!

How Long Will Recovery Take with Physiotherapy?

We want to correct your injury and pain as quickly as possible, and we adjust your physical therapy program to meet this goal. Often, just a few 20 – 30 minute physical therapy sessions is sufficient. Physiotherapists work efficiently to get you back to enjoying life as quickly as possible

Physiotherapist Qualifications

Canadian physiotherapists graduate with an entry-level Master’s degree from one of 14 accredited universities.

In order to practice, physiotherapists must meet national entry-level education and practice standards, and successfully pass a standardized physiotherapy competence examination to be registered with the college of physiotherapists in their province/territory.

Only registered physiotherapists may use the professional designations PT or pht in Canada.

One on One Consultations

Discover the benefits on a one on one consultation with our physiotherapists. Hands on treatment combined with their full attention for your entire visit allows us to better serve our patients.

With our attentive and professional service you will get the physical therapy treatment and education you need to build and maintain a strong and healthy lifestyle.

ICBC Patients

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.