Clinical Physiotherapy - In Person Sessions
WHAT IS MANUAL THERAPY?
Manual therapy is one of the safest and most non-invasive ways to effectively treat pain. Manual therapy is a specialized physiotherapy technique that can help you avoid surgery or manage post-surgery conditions. It is also beneficial for improving balance, mobility, and overall physical health. Whether you are recovering from a recent injury or have a chronic condition that causes pain, our team of expert physiotherapists can get you on the road to recovery.
IS MANUAL THERAPY RIGHT FOR YOU?
Manual therapy is great for patients who are recovering from injury or seeking relief from chronic pain, such as headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, and back pain. It can also be useful as a preparation technique before surgery. Manual therapy is intended to treat soft tissue, joint, and inflammation pain, as well as increase range of motion and overall function.
Benefits of manual therapy include:
• Pain management
• Increased range of motion
• Reduced swelling and inflammation
• Improved muscle function
• Improved mobility
• Stabilize joints
I saw Ranko for my first physio visit. I am a dentist and experience tightness in my neck and shoulders a lot. Ranko did a thorough assessment and recommended the proper treatment best suited for my needs.
My body felt so relaxed and relieved after my visit with Ranko. He gave me suggestions on how I can best prevent further injuries due to my work. Since them I have noticed huge improvements in my range of motion and less discomfort in my head and shoulders.— Dr. Neda R.
Ranko has taught me many things about my recovery and has encouraged me every step of the way. His smile and attitude helps to keep me involved and optimistic. I can ask for honesty with him and get it … qualities that reflect more than one healing process.— Wendy M.
I recently suffered an injury from playing sports. I had a lot of trouble walking without pain but working with Vancity Physio helped me quickly return to what I love doing most. Injuries don't just affect a person physically, but can take an emotional toll. Having a physiotherapist who is knowledgeable in their practice, patient with explaining my condition and being personable to work made all the difference in my full recovery.— Fiona Chiu
Vancity Physio has played a pivotal role in my journey to healing my back after a car accident in 2017. Their positive attitude and ability to build instant rapport with each of his clients constantly amazes me.
Their dedication to solving the mystery behind my injury and constant support in advocating for my health has been a necessary component to the success I've had treating this injury.
I trust Vancity Physio fully with this injury and I will undoubtedly be visiting any time I need to see a physiotherapist in the future. Do yourself a favour and book in now!— Gabrielle D.
Tim completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Physiotherapy Degree from the University of Sydney.
Tim has extensive experience working with a wide range of individuals including youth, working professionals, recreational/semi-professional athletes and weekend warriors.
Tim has additional training and specialization in the following skills: sports injury management, running injuries/running and treadmill assessments, office/workplace injury management, repetitive overuse injuries, injury prevention technique, functional reconditioning, and personalized, tailored exercise prescription.
Ella has been practicing physiotherapy for over 10 years in the United Kingdom in various hospitals around London after graduating from University of Brighton in 2011.
Ella has an interim license as a Physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapists of British Columbia and is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, due to be fully licensed by 2022. She is a member of the Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the United Kingdom. She has spent the last 6 years at the Whittington Hospital London as a Senior Physiotherapist, and has worked with physiotherapists in the leading spinal cord injury rehab centre in London.
She has clinical experience with clients of all ages, in intensive care rehabilitation, oncology, acute stroke and spinal cord injury rehabilitation and cardiorespiratory physiotherapy. Ella also has extensive experience in orthopaedic rehabilitation, including post trauma rehab, hip and knee replacement, shoulder surgery and ACL rehabilitation.
Jennifer Chew is a Registered Physiotherapist who graduated from UBC with a Masters of Physical Therapy. Along with her physiotherapy degree, Jennifer also has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from McGill as well as a Masters of Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to her clinical experience as a physiotherapist, Jennifer has more than a decades-worth of personal training experience and it was personal training that initially got her started into developing a passion for pursuing further education in rehabilitation.
Jennifer uses evidence-based practice and uses her expertise in exercise, strength and conditioning in combination with manual therapy and other treatment modalities to empower her clients to return to their healthy and injury-free life.
Jennifer is also fluent in Cantonese and is proficient in Mandarin.
Meet Gemma, the newest addition to our Vancity physiotherapy team all the way from Scotland!
Graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2018, Gemma brings a wealth of experience to our clinic. Her background includes working in various settings, such as NHS Scotland in outpatient musculoskeletal/orthopedics, sports clinics, and private physiotherapy practices. Since arriving in Vancouver three years ago, Gemma has expanded her expertise by working in acute care within the Fraser Health Authority and in private practice.
Gemma’s lifelong dream of living in Canada has become a reality, and she has found her passion in helping people in the beautiful city of Vancouver. Known for her ability to effortlessly create a safe and comfortable environment, Gemma’s clients consistently praise her dedication and professionalism.
Continual growth and development are essential to Gemma, both personally and professionally. She recently completed training in “Dive into the Coach Approach” and is on her way to becoming a certified coach within the field of physiotherapy. This additional expertise allows her to combine her interest in counselling with her role as a healthcare professional. Gemma is also certified in advanced vestibular rehabilitation and treatment, enabling her to effectively address conditions such as vertigo, cervicogenic dizziness, and concussion. She is enthusiastic about mentoring future physiotherapy students and sharing her knowledge.
Gemma’s experience on the Covid and general medical wards at Surrey Memorial Hospital has sparked her interest in respiratory physiotherapy services. She is excited to offer her expertise in this area and assist clients in improving their respiratory function. In addition to her specialization in respiratory physiotherapy, Gemma has a strong background in advanced vestibular rehabilitation and treatment.
Outside of work, Gemma loves exploring the breathtaking landscapes of British Columbia. Whether it’s indulging in an ice cream treat at Granville Island or cycling along the seawall, she embraces an active and creative lifestyle. Gemma is known for her forward-thinking mindset and attentive listening skills. And if you’re up for a game of golf, she also possesses a mean swing!
Whether you’re looking to improve your mobility, enhance your respiratory health, or elevate your golf game, Gemma is here to guide you on your journey. She is passionate about helping you achieve your goals and looks forward to assisting you with her expertise and enthusiasm.
Physiotherapist | GUNN IMS Practitioner
Ranko is a Registered Physiotherapist (RPT) licensed with the College of Physiotherapists of British Columbia and a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
He graduated from UBC in 2015 with a Masters of Physical Therapy. A passion for sport saw Ranko work as a BCRPA Certified Personal Trainer and Kinesiologist, creating tailored training programs for a diverse group of clients, educating and motivating them to reach their personal fitness goals.
Ranko has post-graduate training in treating jaw pain, otherwise known as TMJ and Orofacial pain. He’s also a Certified CGIMS Practitioner, and has completed his training at UBC. In addition, Ranko finished his Functional Dry Needling (FDN) certification in University of Navada Las Vegas. Ranko's training also includes ShockWave Therapy, Mobilization with Movement and Kinetic Link Training. He was featured in the Top 100 Canadians Magazine for 2020.