A diagnosis of scoliosis can be intimidating and scary for both you and your child. We understand. Many families feel the same way – and that’s why The ScoliClinic is here.

You inspired us to create a space committed to helping kids, teens, and adults with scoliosis.

A space… where detailed, innovative physio sessions are designed for this complex 3-D spine condition.

A space… where people facing the same challenges can come together.

A space… that cultivates confidence, positivity, and independence.

You inspired us to create a space to help growing and aging spines stand tall, from the inside out.

Schroth treatments for all ages

Scoliosis X-Ray

 

Scoliosis

– non-surgical curves (>10°)
– pre-operative care
– post-operative rehab (fusion or vertebral body tethering)

Scheuermann's Kyphosis X-ray

 

Scheuermann’s Kyphosis

– non-surgical
– pre-operative care
– post-operative care

If you are unsure, please contact us to see if
The ScoliClinic is the right fit for you or your child.

before your appointment

It is ideal if a physician has diagnosed you / your child with scoliosis or Scheuermann’s via X-Ray. We require these images to design custom treatment plans.

A referral to an orthopedic surgeon and/or bracing can be discussed at the initial assessment. If you / your child already has a brace, physiotherapeutic scoliosis-specific exercises (PSSE) are recommended to maintain postural muscle strength, and to retain as much correction as possible when brace wear ends.

Please bring:
• X-ray images either digitally or on disc if available (we can request them directly from the imaging facility; more info upon booking your initial appointment)
• Any relevant reports
• Sports bra / tank top, shorts or leggings

Please note: Payments can be made by VISA, Mastercard, cash, or cheque. We cannot accept debit or AMEX at this time.

ScoliClinic Schroth and SEAS Physiotherapist Andrea Mendoza
Andrea Mendoza

owner, physiotherapist
B.Sc., MPT
accepting ONLY kids and teens

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I worked at Kids Physio Group as a general pediatric physiotherapist for 4 years, and during that time I became fascinated with scoliosis. I identified a huge gap in conservative management in the lower mainland, sought further training, and have now dedicated my whole career to these kids and teens by opening The ScoliClinic.

I’m a Schroth-certified physiotherapist who believes in arming families with the knowledge and skills to support your child in the best way possible. As the owner, I split my time between clinical appointments and managing the business – I’m learning how to provide the highest quality service possible to families going through this challenging time.

I believe in lifelong learning, and am constantly thinking about how to integrate this information into our practice and bring the newest research to the families of British Columbia. Here are some of my relevant certifications:

  • ISICO’s S.E.A.S. Level 2 – February 2018
  • Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – C2 (Advanced) – June 2016
  • ISICO’s S.E.A.S. Level 1 – January 2016
  • Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – C1 (Basic) – February 2015
  • Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) Member
  • UBC Master of Physical Therapy, 2011

I also have a passion for global health work, and most recently completed a 5-month project in rural South India. Read more about it here.

If you have any questions about how The ScoliClinic can help your child, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

We can’t wait to meet you!

ScoliClinic Schroth Physiotherapist Madison Morrison
Madison Morrison

physiotherapist
B.H.K., MPT
accepting kids, teens, and adults

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I am thrilled to be joining The ScoliClinic team as a Physiotherapist!

I was diagnosed with scoliosis at 9 years old and wore a brace for seven years. Throughout this process, my family and I were consistently frustrated with the limited therapy options available and consequently the lack of control over the progression of my curve. After reflecting on the challenges we went through during that time, I feel that the overall experience still had a significant positive impact on my family and both my personal and professional growth. After all, my personal experience with scoliosis is what drove me to pursue a career in Physiotherapy.

I’m dedicated to using my knowledge and personal experience to support my clients and their families through each of their unique challenges, successes, and growth. My ultimate aim is to empower each person to gain a sense of control and confidence in his/her body.

Since meeting Andrea as a mentor for an international physiotherapy placement, my interest in the Schroth Method grew, leading to my decision to pursue the BSPTS C1 training in November of 2016.

My Schroth Method-based practice is strengthened by the following certifications:

  • Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – C1 – November 2016
  • Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling – Level 1 – August 2016
  • UBC Master of Physical Therapy, 2015

Looking forward to seeing you in the clinic!

ScoliClinic Schroth Physiotherapist Sharaya Friesen
Sharaya Friesen

physiotherapist
B.Kin., MPT
accepting teens, and adults

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I have always enjoyed being physically active and was a competitive Irish Dancer for almost a decade. It was while dancing I was exposed to physiotherapy and knew that this is what wanted to do for my career.

I’ve been working at Kids Physio Group since receiving my Master in Physical Therapy degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Upon graduating, I received the 2013 Pediatrics Award of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for Excellence in Academic and Clinical Pediatrics.

I am absolutely delighted to be a part of The ScoliClinic team. I’m passionate about working with teens and adults to aid them in reaching their physical goals and empowering them to manage their physical challenges.

I’ve received several certifications and have attended a variety of courses including, but not limited to:

  • Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Thearpy School – C2 – January 2018
  • Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – C1 – November 2016
  • Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) Level 1 course and certification
  • The Canadian Bobath Instructors Association Human Movement Course and certification
  • Level 1 in Advanced Orthopedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy Diploma
  • UBC Master of Physical Therapy, 2013

Let us know if you have any questions!

ScoliClinic Schroth Physiotherapist Ariane Bourdages
Ariane Bourdages

Physiotherapist
BKin, MPT
Accepting kids, teens, and adults

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I’m very excited to have joined this inspiring team of scoliosis experts here at the ScoliClinic. Throughout my entire life, I have always been active playing several sports, going on lots of adventures, and continually seeking new thrills and challenges. Inevitably my active lifestyle has led me to experience several set-backs and injuries along the way, all of which have taught me to deeply value my independence and mobility.

From these experiences, I decided to pursue a career in physiotherapy to help others create and maintain a healthy, functional, pain-free body that allows you to pursue your life passions. I love working with individuals of ranging function and abilities and I have experience working with all age groups from newborns, kids & teens to adults & elders.

My relevant certifications are:

  • International Schroth 3D Scoliosis Therapy, Part 1 (2017)
  • Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual & Manipulative Physiotherapy: Level 1 (2017)
  • UBC Master of Physical Therapy, 2017

I look forward to seeing you in the clinic!

ScoliClinic Physiotherapist Andrea Passmore
Andrea Passmore

physiotherapist

M.Sc.PT
accepting teens and adults

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I am very excited to join The ScoliClinic team as a Physiotherapist! I have always been interested in health and wellness and was previously a nutritionist. I pursued Physiotherapy because of my interest in helping people improve their physical health, function and mobility. I love getting to know my clients and have worked with people of wide-ranging abilities in hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation and private practice.

I was diagnosed with mild scoliosis when I was 25 years old and was frustrated by the lack of education and treatment I received to manage it. Consequently, I have always been interested in scoliosis-specific Physiotherapy, and I pursued Schroth BSPTS C1 training in February 2018.

My certifications are:

  • Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (C1), February 2018
  • University of Toronto Master of Physical Therapy, 2015
  • Level 1 Neuro-Proprioceptive Taping, 2016

Looking forward to meeting you in clinic!

ScoliClinic Physiotherapist Stephanie McCann
Stephanie McCann

physiotherapist

B.Sc.Kin, MPT
accepting teens and adults

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I was fortunate enough to represent Canada on the international stage in Track & Field for 7 years following completion of my Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Applied Health. While competing for Canada I suffered a number of injuries early on in my career that required me to seek continuous treatment to allow me to pursue my dreams of competing at the Olympics.

Thanks to an amazing team of physiotherapists, chiropractors and registered massage therapist, I was able to rehabilitate multiple back and shoulder injuries to accomplish my goals and compete at the highest level. When injuries finally pushed me out of sport in 2008, I was determined to give back and help others move better in order to prevent repetitive injuries similar to mine and allow them to live life to their fullest potential.

In 2009, I became a fully certified STOTT Pilates Instructor and worked throughout the Vancouver area for 5 years. My desire to continue learning and help my clients drove me back to school for my Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of British Columbia. Upon graduation I received the Certificate of Excellence in Clinical Placements.

I have been working for Restore Physiotherapy as a Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates instructor since graduating and I’m now thrilled to be Schroth-certified and joining the ScoliClinic Team where I plan to apply my current knowledge working with both teens and adults. I’m still very physically active with swimming, bike, running, yoga and Pilates and driven to educate and assist my patients and their families to better understand their physical challenges and how they can overcome any obstacles in front of them to accomplish their goals.

I am always looking for ways to educate my patients. Here is a list of a few of my certifications:

  • Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – C1 – January (2018)
  • 15 Day Bobath Course – Assessment and Treatment of Adults with Neurological Conditions (2017)
  • Orthopedic Manual therapy Level 2 Upper Extremity and Lower Extremity (2016)
  • Acupuncture Certification from CAFCI (2015)
  • K-Taping Pro (2014)
  • Mulligan Upper Level Course (2014)
  • UBC Masters of Physiotherapy (2014)
  • STOTT Certified Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels Level 1 & 2 (2010)

Read more at about my background here.

ScoliClinic Client Coordinator Yuan-Qin
Yuan-Qin Leong

Client Coordinator
Surrey

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I am so excited to be a part of the ScoliClinic team as a co-op student. I am currently a student at Simon Fraser University studying Health Sciences and Business Administration.

Aside from joining the ScoliClinic and studying at SFU, I also teach recreational and competitive figure skating to children and teens. I started learning how to skate at the age of 5, and my biggest accomplishment was making the Singapore Figure Skating National team. Throughout my figure skating career, I overcame various injuries and challenges. Now as a coach, I encounter different problems with my skaters everyday and try to approach them from a different perspective. At the end of the day, I love to see my skaters grow and achieve their goals. I hope that through my experiences, I can help make your scoliosis journey a little sweeter.

I am so thrilled and grateful for this opportunity to be a part of the ScoliClinic team.

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  • “My daughter has had many health professionals in her life but Andrea unequivocally stands apart. She is able to quickly establish rapport with a teenager while still maintaining her professionalism and strong lead during physiotherapy sessions. 

    Her practical approach combined with her fun yet calm demeanour, allows her to bring physical and emotional comfort to her patients and inspire them to continue working at home on the prescribed exercises. It is clear that Andrea is devoted to her profession and her patients very much.”

    Lisa C. | Vancouver
  • “Andrea has been a breath of fresh air for us.
    She has given us tremendous motivation and encouragement through her professional focus-on-fun approach.”

    Jennifer C. | North Vancouver
  • “After my daughters initial diagnosis of scoliosis we tried to find information that was non-biased; this was a frustrating and confusing time for us. Andrea immediately clarified many concerns and misconceptions we had regarding our daughter’s condition. I would hope that anyone struggling with this diagnosis will contact Andrea.”

    Linda B. | Penticton
the clinic

The ScoliClinic is a fully equipped space customized for classic Schroth Method exercises, but has the flex to play fun physio games. The clinic is designed to accommodate group sessions for teens or adults, allowing similar-aged clients to work together on scoliosis-specific exercises.

Main ScoliClinic physiotherapy treatment area
Main ScoliClinic physiotherapy treatment area 2
ScoliClinic private treatment room for Schroth physiotherapy for scoliosis
resources

Method & Studies

The role of conservative approaches such as Physiotherapeutic Scoliosis-Specific Exercises (PSSE) and bracing for treating scoliosis is gaining traction in the medical world. From minimizing curve progression, to improving posture and back pain, to increasing brace tolerance – the results are exciting!

Read more about treatment and methods:

What is the Schroth Method?

How can Schroth exercises help?

Why is active self-correction important?

What’s the evidence for conservative scoliosis treatment?

Does bracing work?

Orthotics Partnership

The ScoliClinic works closely with Hodgson Orthopedic Group to provide an interdisciplinary approach to bracing and physiotherapy.

Visit Hodgson Orthopedic Group to read more about their approach on bracing for scoliosis.

Hodgson Orthopedic Group

live outside of
Greater Vancouver?

We offer intensive multi-day ‘immersion’ sessions that build the foundation for you or your child to get started on PSSE in your home.

Please contact us at least 2 weeks prior to your planned dates.

can’t make it to
the ScoliClinic?

You can look up other Schroth-Certified therapists in the world here.

contact us

Vancouver Clinic
210-3369 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC V5V 4C2
Please enter through the shared reception with Kids Physio Group

T 604.336.0238 | F 604.558.3346
E admin@scoliclinic.ca

Surrey Clinic (satellite) – now open!
118-12414 82 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3W 3E9
Clinic is located in Hodgson Orthopedic Group
Enter off 124th Street, unit is
at south end of building

T 778.867.2532 | F 604.597.3902
E surrey@scoliclinic.ca

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