News & Announcements

Annual Research Report | 2020 – 2021

In 2020-2021, research activities were disrupted by the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our researchers were able to successfully pivot current research activities, including developing innovative ways to safely deliver virtual exercise programming to individuals with a variety of health conditions, as well as develop new lines of research.

Invite for partners on TJAOM Toolkit Update

PT Knowledge Brokers Alison Hoens and Paul Blazey are welcoming BC PTs to join a new project updating the popular Total Joint Arthroplasty and Outcome Measures (TJAOM) Toolkit. Join the project by clicking here. Questions can be directed to

Statement on the Clinical Component of the PCE – UBC Department of Physical Therapy

The Department of Physical Therapy at UBC is very aware of the recent and ongoing issues related to the administration of the Clinical Component of the PCE, and the consequent stress and frustration that this has caused our recent graduates, as well as many others waiting to take the exam. Although CAPR (the Canadian Alliance […]

Congratulations to the 2021 Top Doctoral Student and Rising Star Award recipients!

It’s been a great week in the Department this week due to our trainees’ outstanding success in the VCHRI (Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute) “Rising Star” and Doctoral student Awards! 4 of the 7 rising star awards were won by trainees from our department. These awards recognize research excellence, service as role models, and other […]

Hyman Gee – Student Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic – Fraser Health

Name and Title(s): Hyman Gee Student Rehabilitation Outpatient Clinic, Queen’s Park Care Centre, Fraser Health Clinical Instructor Clinical Associate Professor,  Department of Physical Therapy Where do you work? I work at Queen’s Park Care Centre in New Westminster, specifically the outpatient rehabilitation services which includes the student-led clinic where I do my work.  The student-led […]

Teresa Liu-Ambrose inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

UBC faculty of medicine’s Drs. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Gina Ogilvie and Anita Palepu are among 74 new Fellows elected into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) for 2021.

Kim Hall – CEO of Physio2U – In-Home Physiotherapy

Name and Title(s):  Kim Hall – Registered Physiotherapist Where do you work?  I am the CEO of Physio2U – in-home physiotherapy services  What is the most rewarding part of your job?   Being able to see people regain independence and restore their quality of life. Working in home care, I do one-hour one-on-one sessions, I can see people […]

Amy Ellis – Clinical Supervisor Physiotherapy in Fraser Health

Name and Title(s):  Mrs Amy Ellis  Clinical Supervisor Physiotherapy, Critical Care and Medical Nephrology Where do you work?  Surrey Memorial Hospital – Fraser Health Amy Ellis on LinkedIn What is the most rewarding part of your job?   Seeing patients return to their life and enjoying the quality of life with their families post-admission. I have the […]

Kendra Zadravec – MPT/PhD (Rehabilitation Sciences)

My lab does research to understand how exercise, physical activity, and physical therapy can improve cancer survivors’ quality of life and wellbeing. Growing up, several of my family and friends had cancer. Seeing how much their lives were affected made me want to pursue a career path to help those living with and beyond cancer. […]

Aman Bassi – Master of Physical Therapy Program

I wanted a career that I felt gave me a reason to get up in the morning. I wanted a career that would challenge me to keep learning for life and keep up with the body of scientific knowledge that only grows every day. At its core, physiotherapy is all about helping people interact with […]

Year in Review 2020 – UBC Department of Physical Therapy

  It gives me great pleasure to write the introduction for this last weekly update of the year! I think many of us will be glad to see the end of 2020 and look forward to much better things in 2021; the vaccine is certainly a very nice Christmas present. As I look back on […]

Coronavirus: How COVID-19 could damage the brain (Global News)

When Erica Taylor got COVID-19, her brain seemed to shut off completely. “I couldn’t think. Suddenly I couldn’t hold onto any thoughts,” she said, adding “I didn’t know who I was, where I was. I don’t know how long I was like that.” At the time, she was 31 years old and showing the usual first signs […]

Meet Natalie Grant – GCOMPT Graduate

Name and Title(s): Natalie Grant MScPT, BScKin, FCAMPT, CGIMS, CAFCI Where do you work?: I work clinically at Woodland Physiotherapy Clinic in Vancouver – this is a private clinic where I see primarily orthopaedic clients. I am also the Musculoskeletal Curriculum Coordinator and an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Physical Therapy at […]

Alumni Spotlight: Meet Ranko Vukovic – MPT Class of 2015

As the Founder and CEO of VanCity Physio, Ranko Vukovic has long been a proponent of TeleHealth as a vehicle for making healthcare and professional services more accessible in our communities. This year, his strategy gained widespread acceptance, with healthcare professionals scrambling to put in place their variations on his TelePhysio strategy in response to […]

Fall Graduation 2020

Congratulations to the UBC Department of Physical Therapy Class of 2020. This week was an important one for the Department with the graduation of the MPT class of 2020. Following a virtual UBC convocation on Wednesday, the Department held its reception for the graduates on Thursday. This year’s ceremonies were unique in that they were […]

Karissa Polsom – Fall Graduation 2020

Original article published by the Faculty of Medicine. Karissa Polsom Hometown: Prince George, B.C. Program: Master of Physical Therapy What attracted you to your field? I have always been an active person, and with that have struggled with varying pains and injuries over the years. It wasn’t until I spent some time with a physiotherapist […]

VCH News Release: New research from Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose shows a home-based exercise program for seniors can help prevent falls & reduce injury:

A home-based exercise program reduces injury and falls by improving cognitive abilities, according to new research published in the Journal Gerontology: Medical Science in November 2020. “There is a strong brain-body connection when it comes to falls, such that reduced cognitive function puts one at greater risk for falls. Evidence also suggests exercise reduces falls and […]

An Interview with David Anekwe – MPT-North Academic Site Lead

David Anekwe – MPT-N Academic Site Lead Q: Tell us about your PT background and how you came to practice in the North? A: I graduated from a five-year entry-level PT program at the University of Nigeria Nsukka as the best graduating student of the department and faculty for the 2000 graduating sect. After I […]

Cancer rehabilitation researchers awarded $2.37M through inaugural cancer survivorship grants

UBC’s Dr. Kristin Campbell is part of a team that has been awarded a $2.37 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Cancer Society as part of the largest cancer survivorship research initiative in Canada. The project, entitled CanRehab and funded over five years, is focused on research that will […]

Scholar Strike

In alignment with the University, the Physical Therapy department encourages diversity of our community, including staff, faculty and students. While we haven’t cancelled classes as part of the Scholar Strike for Black Lives in Canada this week, we support anti-racism, inclusion, social accountability and integrity. For more information please click here to visit the UBC […]