Meet our two new Instructors
I completed a BSc in Biology at UBC (1997) before moving overseas to complete an honours degree in Physiotherapy (2000) at Coventry University in England. I practiced in the UK and then in Vancouver before accepting a position at the sports medicine clinic at the University of Western Ontario. During my time at Western I worked with varsity athletes and completed a Masters degree in orthopaedic physiotherapy (2005). Research projects undertaken at Western led to publications in Physical Therapy (2007) and Physiotherapy Canada (2007), and I was the recent recipient of a Silver Quill Award (2008) from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
My true passion is clinical practice and since returning to Vancouver in 2005 I have completed my Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy as well as Diploma in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy (FCAMT) and I more recently became Chan Gunn IMS Certified. I practice at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre at UBC, where I treat clients with a wide variety of orthopaedic and sport related conditions. I was a part of the host medical team for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and represented Canada as part of the medical team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
I have been involved in the planning and coordination of physiotherapy continuing professional development for the past eight years and recently stepped down as the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia’s Education Manager. I have taught students in the MPT program at UBC and Western, as well as acted as a course facilitator in RHSC 583. I recently accepted a position as an Instructor in the Musculoskeletal stream and am excited about being more involved in the MPT program.
Outside of my physiotherapy life, I recently had a third son and used to enjoy skiing, cycling and other fun things before life went crazy with three boys at home.
I am thrilled to join the Department of Physical Therapy in the capacity of Instructor and Pediatric Stream Coordinator. Since graduating from Queen’s University, my career has been focused in pediatrics – ranging from community based rehabilitation, pediatric private practice, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient assessment/consultation, and a number of teams at BC Children’s Hospital.
In conjunction with my clinical work, I have had the great privilege to participate in various clinical research projects – initially through CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University and more recently with Dr. Veronica Schiariti on the development of the ICF Core Sets for Children and Youth with Cerebral Palsy.
Further, I have been involved with the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia since 2009 as an instructor, a clinical skills assistant, and a coordinator for various pediatric-focused courses/lectures.
Working and learning in the field of pediatric neurology never ceases to excite me; the need to be flexible, creative, inquisitive and current keeps me on my toes. My passion for our profession, for pediatrics, and for evidence-based practice is evident in all of my roles. These are attributes I strive to convey in the classroom and lab with the MPT students.
Outside of work, my family and I embrace life on the North Shore: trail running, mountain biking, climbing, snow sports. No doubt, it will not be long before my children surpass my skill in all of these activities!
Meet three new staff members
Kate joined the Department in May as our MPT Program Assistant. Kate has been with UBC for five years, with experience in several roles including Enrolment Services, the Faculty of Arts, and the UBC Pension office. Before moving to Vancouver, Kate was at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.
Eugene joined the PT department as a Classroom Support/Research Assistant/IT Tech in September 2016. Previously he was working in UBC IT AV and UBC Infrastructure Development departments. He came to the University from the mining and silver/steel industry where he worked as a document controller and IT specialist. Eugene is a graduate of the University of Northumbria, UK, with a degree in strategic/knowledge management.
Yan started work as the Assistant to Department Head in August. She completed her M.A. in Adult Education at UBC in 2003 and, prior to joining our department, worked for 12 years in the Office of Faculty Development, Faculty of Medicine. In her spare time, she likes reading and plays competitive badminton with a group of friends every week. She also tutors Chinese language and literature.