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Physiotherapy | Rehabilitation Assistant | Medical Office Assistant

 

Physiotherapy


Anne Whittaker BSc (PT)

Anne graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario. She worked in a variety of orthopaedic settings which provided her with experience in inpatient and outpatient post-surgical orthopaedics, sports medicine and private practice.   After working in Toronto for four years she opted for more active lifestyle on the West Coast.

Anne moved to Vancouver in 1998 and worked at the North Shore Sports Medicine Clinic at Capilano University for three years where she was the trainer for the varsity women's soccer and basketball teams.  She has been practicing at Oakridge Physiotherapy Centre since 2001.

Anne has her level three orthopaedic certification and has done a number of post graduate level courses in manual therapy.  She has special interest in treating the shoulder and foot and ankle injuries.  In the past few years she has had the opportunity to treat some individuals with spinal cord injury, which introduced her to Cathy Eustace.  She is excited to join the team at Neuro-Ability and apply some of her manual therapy experience to a more neurological population.  Anne recently completed her acupuncture certification through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and is looking forward to adding this tool to her practice.  Anne is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

When Anne is not working she is busy spending time with her family and enjoys skiing and snowboarding, biking, running, playing tennis and practicing yoga when she gets the chance.

Callie Camp: MPT

Callie travelled a unique path to physiotherapy, previously working as an engineer in Vancouver’s high-tech sector and moonlighting as a BCRPA-certified fitness professional for over a decade. Callie decided that physiotherapy was the perfect partnership of human movement and the scientific process, and returned to school as a mature student. She received her Master of Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia, and now enjoys balancing her time as a clinician between the private and public sectors with Neuro-Ability and Providence Health Care.

Callie’s main interests are in neurological rehabilitation and pelvic floor health, with a special focus on the optimization of function, independence, and participation for her clients. She enjoys working with all ages, but has a keen interest in the frail elderly and those at risk of falls and decreased mobility. She's gained experience in this population doing inpatient neurological rehabilitation, as well as working in acute geriatric medicine and mental health through Providence Health Care. In her practice, she focuses on opportunities to practice postural correction and balance through deep core activation and segmental mobility, with cueing and hands-on facilitation of the pelvis, shoulder girdle, and spine. Working in mental health has given her a solid appreciation for the prevalence of mental health issues following injury, and how important proper management is alongside physical rehabilitation. Callie’s found that a common thread exists in her interests – be it neurological rehabilitation, pelvic floor health, or mental health, she’s deeply interested in treating each client as a whole person.

In her spare time, Callie enjoys swimming, biking and running, spending lazy days with her family at their cabin, and getting muddy in her garden.

Catherine Eustace: BAppSc (PT), IBITA Advanced Instructor

Cathy graduated in 1985 from Lincoln Institute of Applied Science, Melbourne, Australia. In 1991 Catherine emigrated to Vancouver, initially taking a position at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre.  In 1996 she opened one of the first private physiotherapy practices in Vancouver specializing in the assessment and treatment of individuals with neurological injuries. Her practice evolved into Neuro-Ability in 2005 when Libby Swain joined forces with Cathy.

Catherine is currently a member of the physiotherapy team at Neuro-Ability where she maintains a clinical caseload, and provides one-on-one clinical mentorship on a consult basis to physiotherapists and occupational therapists. She brings considerable knowledge and skill to this role having worked in all aspects of the care continuum (acute, rehabilitation and community) in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

An IBITA Bobath Instructor since 2002, Catherine qualified as an Advanced Instructor in 2010, one of only three in Canada.  She is a co-founding member of the Canadian Bobath Instructors Association and instructs post-graduate clinical Bobath courses for physiotherapists and occupational therapists across Canada and internationally. She is also a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Cathy is married with two pre-teen children. Her family are all very keen cyclists; together they have done some extensive travel by bike. In her spare time Cathy coaches her daughter’s soccer team.

Charla Gaudet MPT, BKin

Charla graduated in 2015 with a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario. This was after completing her Bachelors of Kinesiology in 2013 at Acadia University in her home province of Nova Scotia.

Charla began her Physiotherapy career in Northern BC in the rainy but beautiful town of Prince Rupert where at the hospital she was exposed to all types of orthopaedic and neurological conditions. From there Charla moved on to Victoria, BC to work in community care, where her focus was helping clients make a safe and functional transition back home. Throughout this all she has been interested and eager to focus more on neurological diagnosis and begin a career down that path and is excited to be a member of the Neuro Abiltiy team.

In her spare time Charla enjoys all of the outdoor wonders of BC, including hiking, skiing, trail running, biking and spending as much time as possible on the water!

Elizabeth (Libby) Swain: (see below under Libby Swain)

 

Kuldeep Hills: BSc (PT)

Kuldeep graduated with a Bachelors in Physical Therapy from UBC in 2004. She started her career at Vancouver General Hospital in the area of NeuroSciences and spinal cord injuries which essentially inspired her to continue working with the neurological population. Kuldeep elected to move to England in 2005 for a chance to travel and work abroad and after a few years, she returned back to the lower mainland.

In 2007, Kuldeep started working at Surrey Memorial Hospital where she became an integral part of a team dedicated to developing protocols and best care practice for patients who had suffered from strokes. She worked closely with an interdisciplinary team to establish Surrey Hospital's first stroke unit. In 2009, Kuldeep joined the Neuro Ability team.

Currently, Kuldeep’s time is split between Neuro-Ability and Surrey Memorial Hospital. She continues to advance her knowledge and skill set by taking post graduate courses as well as attending stroke conferences. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time being active by playing squash, running and hiking.

Levana Luu: MPT, BSc (Global Health)

Levana graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Resource Systems with a focus in Global Health from the University of British Columbia. Shortly after graduation, she volunteered with a post-stroke exercise research study which helped her gain an appreciation for the power of exercise and its potential for maximizing function.  She then went on to complete her Masters of Physical Therapy in 2013 from the University of British Columbia with an interest in neurological rehabilitation.

Since graduation, Levana has worked in a variety of acute and sub-acute settings in Fraser Health and Vancouver Costal Health to help rehabilitate patients that have had medical conditions such as strokes, traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors, total hip replacements, and address decreased mobility/exercise endurance from prolonged hospital stays. This has provided her with valuable insight on the continuum of care for the neurological population and a better understanding of the challenges that these clients and their caregivers face.  Levana is also working for the University Of British Columbia Department Of Physical Therapy as a clinical assessor in a research study looking at upper extremity function post-stroke. 

To further her professional development, Levana has taken several post-graduate courses in basic vestibular rehabilitation, Bobath Concept, manual therapy for the upper extremity in neurological populations, and dynamic taping.

Levana speaks English, Cantonese, basic French and Mandarin. In her free time she enjoys exploring hiking and snowshoeing trails in the local mountains, going on gastronomic quests to find the ultimate hole in the wall restaurants around the world, and trying to overcome her fear of heights in the climbing gym.

Elizabeth (Libby) Swain: MA (Motor Learning),  BAppSc (PT), IBITA Advanced Instructor, Clinical Assistant Professor (UBC Department of Physical Therapy)

Libby has over 25 years clinical physiotherapy experience in acute, rehabilitation and private settings spanning three different countries, working predominantly in neurological rehabilitation in all phases of the care continuum. Libby trained as a physical therapist in Melbourne, Australia, qualifying in 1985.  She studied at Columbia University, New York to complete her masters in Motor Learning and Motor Control, 1989. After working in London, England for 2 years, Libby settled in Vancouver in 1991.

Between 1991 and 2005, Libby worked in the Acute Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Acute Spinal Cord Injury Programs at Vancouver General Hospital in addition to her responsibilities of co-ordination and mentorship as the Physiotherapy Neurosciences Clinical Practice Leader. In 2005, Libby left VGH and began working in private practice, starting Neuro-Ability with Cathy Eustace. 

Passionate about education involving neurological rehabilitation, Libby has over 18 years consistent involvement with UBC Physical Therapy Program in various capacities, and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor. She is also active in training experienced physios in neurological rehabilitation and provides one-on-one clinical mentorship on a consult basis to physiotherapists and occupational therapists. She also continues to take courses herself and recently completed the certification process to teach Parkinson's Wellness Recovery (PWR!Moves) courses.

Libby is a co-founding member of the Canadian Bobath Instructors Association and instructs clinical education courses nationally and internationally. An IBITA Bobath Instructor since 2002, Libby qualified as an Advanced Instructor in 2015, one of only three in Canada. She is currently the Chair of the International Bobath Instructors Training Association.

Libby has also been involved in several international and national inter-disciplinary and physiotherapy-specific committees and initiatives pertinent to neurological rehabilitation (e.g., National Stroke Strategy Practices and Standards) and the education of healthcare professionals (e.g., CPA Specialization Committee). She is currently the treasurer of the Neurosciences Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. In 2018, she was honoured to be the first ever recipient of the Professional Service Award from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Outside of her work in neuro-rehab, Libby loves getting into the wilderness (hiking, backcountry skiing, seakayaking), and swims whenever she can.

Monique Law: BPT

Monique graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from Curtin University, Perth, Australia. Between 2011 and 2015 Monique worked in both acute and rehabilitation settings in the areas of Neurology, Stroke & Neurosurgery, Spinal Cord Injury, Trauma and Orthopedics, Intensive Care and Critical Care and Emergency Department.

In 2015, Monique’s love for travelling brought her over to Vancouver. Since moving, she has worked with the neurological population in the Acute Neurosciences unit at Vancouver General Hospital and the Intensive Rehabilitation Day Program at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre. Currently Monique splits her time between Neuro-Ability and the Acute Neurosciences unit at Vancouver General Hospital.

With a keen interest in the neurological population and the neuromusculoskeletal system, Monique has taken postgraduate courses in Australia and Canada to continue to expand her knowledge and skill set. In addition to completing courses focused on the Bobath concept, Monique has completed her Pilates Instructor Course, Introductory Dry Needling Course, Rocktape Taping, Vestibular and Pain workshops.

Outside of work, you’ll likely see Monique, hiking and camping on a mountain, snowboarding, biking or breaking a sweat in yoga, fitness and Muay Thai classes.

Sara Fabian (Buckley): MSc (PT), BKin

Sara graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University. She then went on to complete her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 2008. That same year, Sara moved to Vancouver to begin her Physiotherapy career with Vancouver Coastal Health, working with orthopedic and acquired brain injury populations.  She now splits her time between the Acute Neurosciences unit at Vancouver General Hospital and Neuro-Ability Rehabilitation Services. Sara’s work in acute care gives her unique perspective with respect to the clients she treats at Neuro-Ability and she enjoys supporting clients across the continuum of the rehabilitation spectrum.

To expand her knowledge and expertise in the field of Neurological Rehabilitation, Sara has taken several postgraduate courses, many focused on the Bobath Concept. She also has an interest in Vestibular Rehabilitation and treats clients with a variety of dizziness, vertigo and balance issues. She has completed her Vestibular Competency Certification through Duke University and the American Physical Therapy Association.

Outside of work, Sara spends as much time as possible on the ski hill and otherwise enjoys the beautiful outdoors of BC while hiking, biking and on the beach!

Steph Graetz: MPT, BSc

Steph graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2007 with a Masters in Physical Therapy and in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology.

Working at Surrey Memorial Hospital since graduation, Steph gained a broad range of acute care experience and specialized her practice on the Acute Stroke and Neurology unit. Steph enjoys working in a Clinical Educator capacity, sharing her love of Physiotherapy with students. Steph has taken post graduate courses in the Bobath Concept, orthopedics, and is a certified PWR! therapist.

Outside of work, Steph enjoys time with her family, beachcombing, Shakespeare and travelling. Among her great life mentors is her yoga-practicing, 90-year old grandma!

Stephanie Wong: MSc (PT), BKin

Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 2015 and then proceeded to complete a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy degree at the University of Alberta in 2018. Since graduating, Stephanie worked in Calgary in acute, rehabilitation, and outpatient settings in the areas of neurology & neurosurgery, stroke, spine, and general medicine. She enjoys treating patients along the whole continuum of care to gain a variety of experience and work in conjunction with clients to reach their rehabilitation goals. In 2020, Stephanie moved to Vancouver and currently splits her time between Neuro-Ability and working in a variety of clinical settings with Vancouver Coastal Health.

Stephanie is passionate about neurological rehabilitation and has taken post graduate courses focusing on the Bobath concept, Neuro-developmental Treatment (NDT), and has completed the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Division Level 1.

Outside of work, Stephanie loves to travel, spend time outdoors hiking, playing volleyball, and climbing.


Rehabilitation Assistant


Milan Palinic: MSc (PT)

Milan graduated and became a physiotherapist in Belgrade, Serbia in 1991. He worked from 1992 to 1995 at University Clinic Centre in Belgrade. In 1995 he moved to Vancouver, Canada.

After several years working out of the health care industry, in 2010, he came back and graduated from Vancouver Community College`s Rehabilitation Assistant Program. In 2012, he went back to Serbia and upgraded his diploma in Health Care Science for Professional Physiotherapist.

In addition to working with Neuro-Ability Rehabilitation Services, Milan works for Vancouver Coastal Health as a Rehabilitation Assistant.

Milan enjoys basketball, soccer, table tennis and skiing as well as playing chess and poker. He enjoys spending time with family and friends and is an avid traveler.


Medical Office Assistant


Catalina Quitama, MOA

Originally from Colombia, Catalina has been in Vancouver for over 10 years. She graduated from Vancouver Community College as a Medical Office Assistant. Catalina has worked as a Pharmacy Assistant, and as a Medical Office Assistant with a Vancouver Medical Center and a Neurologist office before joining the Neuro-Ability Team.

When she is not working, Catalina enjoys camping, hiking, playing sports, and going to the gym.

 

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