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Back and neck pain. Joint manipulation and soft tissue therapy. Postural strain. Sports injuries. Car accident injuries.
Registered Massage Therapy
Soft tissue therapy to alleviate pain and tension. Sports injuries, postural strain, car accident injuries, and general tension.
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For IMS/Dry Needling treatment, please book with Jennifer Gonsalves, and Chloe Chapman
Assessment and treatment of a wide range of pain and injuries to the muscular or skeletal system. Sports injuries, car accident injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation.
Kenneth Gordon RMT
Kenneth Gordon is a kind and compassionate person, he sees the potential recovery, health and happiness in every person. Ken’s knowledge of massage techniques is extensive ranging from Swedish, Deep pressure massage to Hydro therapy, Neuromuscular-facilitation and Joint Mobilization. His passion and dedication for his work helps others better understand themselves; as each patient is taken on a journey to wellbeing.
Ken’s focus is on the facilitation of healing; he believes if you give a massage; give a massage with a purpose. This is why Ken is passionate about rehabilitation and bringing functionality back into people’s lives; and Ken believes MSK can help facilitate that vision.
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Lucas is a keen and excited physiotherapist graduating from Brunel University in London, England. Originally from Kamloops, Lucas has recently moved into the Kitsilano community to bring his fresh perspective to the physiotherapy team at MSK Health.
Lucas has an interest in holistic wellness that examines the deeper roots of each client’s specific problems. By exploring the biopsychosocial impacts of pain and injury, the use of alternative movement modalities (including yoga and thai bodywork principles) in addition to traditional exercise-based rehabilitation, he aims to not only help clients’ recover, but to thrive and embrace their best life.
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Roman completed the Registered Massage Therapy program at Langara College in addition to a diploma in Kinesiology. Roman has an amateur boxing background and has competed in Eastern Europe for almost 10 years. He has also worked as a personal trainer and fitness specialist, obtaining proficient knowledge in health, anatomy, physiology, and exercise concepts. Roman’s treatment focus is on acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries where he incorporates his manual skills including swedish massage, joint mobilization, myofascial techniques and stretching. He also enjoys developing exercise protocols to promote recovery and improve function. Roman treats patients of all ages and activity levels and looks forward to sharing his passion in health and wellness.
When he is not in the clinic, Roman enjoys spending time in the gym and with his family.
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Ali Walizada DC, BSc(kin), FRCCSS(C)
Dr. Ali is a director of MSK Clinics and sees patients at the Kitsilano location in Vancouver. He takes care of many professional athletes, weekend warriors and patients of all ages and activity levels.
Dr. Ali Walizada received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in Portland, Oregon, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (FRCCSS), Canada’s specialty college in sports chiropractic.
As Team Chiropractor for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants, Dr. Ali draws from his experience working with elite athletes to bring the same level of expertise to his patients in the clinic. He has extensive experience providing care for the Vancouver Canucks, IIHF World Juniors, LPGA tournaments, MMA athletes, endurance athletes and many others.
His treatment approach is a blend of manual therapy employing SFMA® (Selective functional movement assessment), FR® (Functional range release), ART® (Active release technique), Graston® and Shockwave therapy. He treats many spine conditions and sports injuries whether they are related to whiplash, tendonitis, postural issues or overuse injuries.
In his spare time Dr. Ali enjoys traveling, trying new cuisines, and spending time in the great outdoors with his family.
Dr. Ali is a director of MSK Clinics and sees patients at the Kitsilano location in Vancouver. He... Read More
Dr. Vincent Ng
Dr. Vincent Ng’s aim is to create a personalized treatment to address your concerns. He utilizes a combination of Chiropractic Adjustments, Functional Range Release® Techniques (FR® full spine), Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilizations (IASTM), shockwave therapy, dynamic cupping, exercise prescription, and more to help his patients achieve their health and fitness goals.
Dr. Vincent Ng’s experience as an International level gymnast introduced him to the benefits of Chiropractic care. This interest motivated him to pursue a Bachelors of Kinesiology Degree (high honors) from the University of Toronto, and a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree (Cum Laude) from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.
Dr. Ng has experience with a diverse range of patients. He spent time treating patients at the St. John’s Rehab Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. He also worked with the University of Toronto swim team and volleyball team, and as a trainer for Ontario Provincial Developmental Soccer Teams. Dr. Vincent Ng’s diverse background allows for high-quality care that enables patients to live the healthy lifestyle they desire.
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Peter graduated from The Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy after completing his Bachelor of Science in the same field.
Peter has experience working with all age groups. During his physiotherapy practice he has had the opportunity to work with recreational athletes, professional athletes and the general population treating a vast range of conditions including orthopedic, neurological and musculoskeletal. He emphasizes a holistic approach and the importance to identify and treat the root cause and not only the symptoms.
Specifically tailored to each clients individual needs, Peter uses a wide range of techniques such as manual therapy, muscle energy techniques, postural and movement retraining.
In his free time he enjoys trail running, mountaineering, ski touring, sailing and camping with his family.
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Jennifer Gonsalves MPT
Jennifer is a Registered Physiotherapist with a passion for helping people to live an active and healthy lifestyle. She was first exposed to Physiotherapy as a young athlete and an interest in injury prevention and helping people to return to their activities following an injury led to a rewarding career focus. Jennifer graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy degree from UBC in 2012. She also received a Bachelor of Science degree (with honours) in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. In addition, she has her Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Level 1 Certification from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Division, of which she is also a member. Eager to pursue further continuing education, she has also completed the AFCI Acupuncture Education Program.
In order to facilitate the achievement of each client’s specific goals, Jennifer uses a range of approaches including manual therapy, therapeutic modalities, muscle energy techniques, movement re-education, strengthening, conditioning and functional exercise.
In her spare time Jennifer enjoys playing soccer and spending time in our great outdoors.
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Katherine graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy (VCMT) in 2021. Prior to this, she completed a degree in kinesiology at the University of Toronto and practiced as a kinesiologist for 10 years. Her career began in Toronto where she developed physical rehab programs for stroke survivors and for those recovering from hip and knee replacements. After moving to Vancouver in 2013, she worked at a chronic pain clinic where she designed rehabilitation routines for individuals living with a wide range of injuries, pain syndromes, and psychological trauma.
Katherine’s eagerness to expand her skillset as a health care provider led her to massage school. She has treated neurological, orthopedic, and systemic conditions using a variety of techniques. In addition, she has provided relaxation massages for acute and chronic stress. Katherine considers the entire body when treating patients and values a multidisciplinary approach when addressing health goals. She looks forward to working with you to provide a treatment plan that reflects your goals and improves your quality of life.
Outside of the workplace her hobbies include skiing, hiking, cycling, camping and making art.
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Mariam Walizada RMT
During her undergraduate studies at UBC, Mariam discovered a deep fascination with anatomy, biomechanics, and the human body’s healing capabilities. After completing her Bachelor of Arts, Mariam enrolled in the 3000-hour program at VCMT and graduated with honours. She brings her extensive knowledge of anatomy as well as a background in sports into her treatment approach. Growing up playing competitive tennis and basketball, she has gained valuable knowledge relating to injuries, rehabilitation, and injury prevention.
She has personally experienced the benefits of massage therapy in the treatment of repetitive stress and sports injuries, and is passionate about helping her patients reach their specific goals for optimal health. Treatments are individual-based and include a thorough assessment as well as stretching and strengthening exercises. Mariam works from a primarily myofascial approach, incorporating deep and specific techniques to address not only the area of complaint, but also the root cause of symptoms. Techniques include: deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and active and passive movements to increase soft tissue mobility and promote pain-free, functional range of motion.
When Mariam is not working, her passions include keeping a healthy mind, body, and spirit. This involves hiking, meditation, and furthering her education through continuing education courses.
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Kirsten is a graduate of Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy 3,000 hour Registered Massage Program.
The modalities Kirsten uses in treatments include deep tissue therapy, myofascial technique, PNF, neuro-muscular therapy, Muscle Energy Technique and muscle trigger point release techniques. She believes in educating her clients so they can take an active role in their healing process. She is driven by a strong desire to help her clients achieve optimal health and function as quickly and efficiently as possible. She has a deep respect for life’s ups and downs, and for the innate ability for the body to self-heal.
Kirsten has experience treating a wide variety of soft-tissue injuries including:
acute and chronic soft-tissue complaints motor vehicle injuries (whiplash) overuse injuries (tendonitis, IT Band syndrome) mild neurological disorders (carpal tunnel, sciatica) muscle pain associated with postural problems sport related injuries Kirsten splits her professional life now as an RMT and a Registered Nurse. Her diverse background both personal and educational and the balance between clinical science and holistic healing is the platform in which she treats and is dedicated to improving over-all health and wellbeing of her patients.
When she is not working, you will find Kirsten exploring the world, playing in the mountains and in the ocean.
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Dr. Ryan Takagi DC, MSc, BKin
Dr. Ryan Takagi’s passion for physical well-being inspired him to pursue a Bachelor of Kinesiology and a Doctor of Chiropractic. He uses joint manipulation and mobilization, a variety of soft tissue techniques, rehabilitative exercises, shockwave, and lifestyle education to keep his patients functioning optimally.
While completing his Doctor of Chiropractic, he developed an interest in nutrition, which led him to a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.
He is interested in sports injuries (including extremities and concussions), and complex and chronic pain conditions (such as arthritis or fibromyalgia).
He loves that every day is different, and that he gets to interact with people on a personal level. For him, health has always been a resource for living and not the objective. He likes being a resource for others.
In addition to his Chiropractic practice, he is the Lead Faculty for the Tanzania Rehabilitation Project through the Global Peace Network, which is working to improve physical rehabilitation resources in Tanzania through education and capacity building.
He grew up in a small town in the BC interior. Like many Canadian kids, he grew up playing hockey. One of his first jobs was driving the zamboni at the rink. After many years playing hockey, he switched to varsity rowing in University — one of the most physically challenging sports he has done. Now, he runs, hikes, and bikes when he has time.
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Pushpa Chandra ND
About Dr. Pushpa: Dr. Pushpa Chandra is a Vancouver based Naturopathic Physician with an integrative approach to healthcare. Her background includes over 27 years of acute care hospital experience as a registered nurse and 22 years at BC Children”s Hospital in critical care, working with the province”s sickest children. She specializes in Pediatrics and Sports Medicine. A competitive sports enthusiast, Dr. Pushpa has completed multiple marathons and triathlons, including Ironman Canada in 2000. She is passionate about working with athletes to help them achieve their personal best. Her athletic background gives her a unique insight into Sports Medicine, having suffered through various injuries over many years of competition. Dr. Pushpa believes in providing the body with the tools it needs to heal itself. Her philosophy is based on prevention and maintaining optimal health through Naturopathic medicine. She believes that nutrition and exercise play a vital role in the maintenance of good health.
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Jessica Schnell RMT
Jessica is a registered massage therapist with several years experience. A graduate of West Coast College of Massage Therapy, she is also a certified Yoga instructor. Jessica believes in correcting both physical and energy imbalances in the human body. Using deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point release, muscle energy, reflexology, and Swedish massage, she adapts to treat a variety of client needs. Jessica also does specific massage techniques for TMJD. After learning a traditional style of yoga while living in India, Jessica incorporated guided breathing techniques to assist in continuing progress between therapy sessions. This technique is also effective for long term pain management. She believes in coaching clients in breathing, postural alignment, and remedial exercises to prolong the benefits of each therapeutic treatment. Working abroad, Jessica has honed her techniques through practice and exposure to a wide range of healing philosophies. She has a strong connection with nature, and is an avid snowboarder, cyclist, yogi, and traveler.
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Freddy Kanga RMT
Freddy graduated from The Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2018 and since then he has continued to develop his skillset. He utilizes a variety of techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, cranio-sacral therapy, joint mobilization, swedish massage techniques, and stretching. Freddy looks at the body holistically, this involves working on your troubled area along with distant contributing areas. He believes life is much more enjoyable when we take the actions to better ourselves & increase our quality of life.
Freddy graduated from The Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2018 and since then he has cont... Read More
Tara Bowland RMT
Massage therapy became an interest at an early age from massaging horses. I have been an RMT for over 10 years, graduating in 2010 from the New Westminster campus of The West Coast College of Massage Therapy from the three year program. This campus was the birth place of registered massage therapy in British Columbia, delivering competency-based Mastery Level Training in Massage Therapy. This training, combined with my massage experience that began in 2001 as a Shiatsu-Anma practitioner, lends a unique approach to the body. Although I no longer practice Shiatsu I still use the breathing technique to calm and prepare the nervous system, and some of the Anma techniques for added manipulation. My palpation skills are very finely tuned, and I am adept at locating issues in the body and facilitating healthy recovery and improved alignment and posture.
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