ScoliClinic Schroth and SEAS Physiotherapist Andrea Mendoza

Andrea
Mendoza

owner, physiotherapist
B.Sc., MPT
not taking new clients at this time

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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!

Madison Williams

Madison
Williams

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

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I am thrilled to be part of 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:

  • Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling – Level 2 – November 2018
  • 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 worked at Kids Physio Group after 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’m 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 Therapy School – C2 – January 2018
  • Thoracic Ring Approach – September 2017
  • 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’ve 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:

  • Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling – Level 1 – October 2018
  • International Schroth 3D Scoliosis Therapy, Part 2 – January 2018
  • International Schroth 3D Scoliosis Therapy, Part 1 – October 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!

Judit Orban

Judit
Orban

physiotherapist
B.Sc PT
accepting teens and adults

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After graduating as a Physiotherapist in 2010, I worked for four years as a Physiotherapist at the Hungarian Schroth Scoliosis Physiotherapy Centre. During my time there, I participated in several international conferences on spinal deformities and scoliosis rehabilitation treatment.

I moved to Canada in 2015, and worked with teens and adults with scoliosis in Ottawa, Ontario. I was able to use my passion for research and wrote scientific case studies on adolescents with scoliosis and Scheuermann’s kyphosis.

I enjoy combining my scoliosis knowledge to help people who also have other conditions such as acute and chronic low back pain, sport injuries, musician and dancer injuries, and pre and postpartum conditions.

Certifications:

  1. Schroth 3-D Scoliosis-Therapie® according to Katharina Schroth
  2. Maitland Concept of Manipulative Physiotherapy
  3. Mckenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy
  4. Kinematic Taping®
  5. Mulligan Manual Therapy
  6. Fit-Ball Concept during pregnancy and after childbirth
  7. Physiotherapist Semmelweis University Faculty of Health Sciences, Hungary
  8. Contemporary Jazz Dance Teacher, Hungarian Dance Teachers’ Association, Hungary
ScoliClinic Physiotherapist Andrea Passmore

Andrea
Passmore

physiotherapist
M.Sc.PT
not taking new clients at this time

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I have always been interested in health and wellness and was previously a Nutritionist before studying physiotherapy at the University of Toronto. 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 developed an interest in scoliosis-specific Physiotherapy and pursued Schroth BSPTS C1 training in February 2018.

My focus is now specifically on spinal X-ray analysis and communicating X-ray results with our team. I love analyzing clients’ scoliosis and Scheuermann’s Kyphosis X-rays in detail and collaborating with our team of physiotherapists to improve client care. I’m so happy for this specialized and unique opportunity and to be part of the ScoliClinic team!

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
ScoliClinic Physiotherapist Christiane Junod

Christiane
Junod

physiotherapist
BSc, MSc PT
accepting kids, teens, and adults

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Becoming a physiotherapist has been a dream of mine since I was 8 years old, but it was not until I went to a presentation by The ScoliClinic team that I realized how important the role of Physio is in the management of scoliosis.

I received a diagnosis of scoliosis at the age of 13 and my family and I were given next to no information about conservative management options. It didn’t take much to convince me to undergo the Schroth training, especially after having the opportunity to join this incredible team! I’m so excited to pass on the knowledge and skills I would’ve liked to receive as a teen.

Scoliosis can be a scary diagnosis to receive but I’m passionate about empowering individuals with scoliosis of all ages to live their best life because scoliosis shouldn’t keep anyone from doing what they love.

Fun fact, I grew up in France so I’m happy to serve anyone en Français!

A few of my relevant certifications:

  • Schroth-Barcelona Institute – C1 – Sept 2018
  • Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science – 2018
  • Aquatic Therapy for Pain Management Workshop – 2018
  • The Canadian Bobath Instructors Association – Intro to Human Movement – 2018
  • Soft Tissue Release Workshop – 2018
  • University of Toronto Master of Physical Therapy – 2018
  • Non-internal Introductory Pelvic Floor Course – 2017
Ally Van Tassel - Operations Coordinator

Ally
Van Tassel

Operations
Coordinator

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I’m completing my final courses of the Bachelor of Kinesiology program at UBC with aspirations of becoming a physiotherapist in a few short years.

I started at The ScoliClinic in August of 2017 and have loved growing from a Client Coordinator to Operations Coordinator for the whole company. By listening to clients at the front desk, and being tasked with streamlining processes behind-the-scenes, I’m able to contribute to evolving the company’s systems to create the best experience possible for each and every client.

With a thorough fitness and dance background, I’m dedicated to fostering services that enable clients to live active and pain-free lifestyles. The ScoliClinic has been a fun place for me to grow and develop my skill-set as an eager student. I’m so thankful to work with such an inspiring team who remind me everyday how important it is to be present and detail-oriented. Feel free to chat with me while you wait for your appointment – I love to talk about travelling, cooking, hiking, and of course, scoliosis!

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.

ScoliClinic Physiotherapist Jillian Johnstone

Jillian
Johnstone

Client Coordinator
North Vancouver

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After working as a Registered Nurse for four years, I’ve returned to school at Simon Fraser University where I am in the Masters of Public Health program, specializing in Population Health. I’m passionate about health promotion and believe in the importance of viewing health in a holistic manner. In my free time, I enjoy staying active through yoga and taking in the beautiful views that BC has to offer!

I couldn’t be happier to be part of such a passionate team. It’s rewarding to work in an environment that takes such a holistic approach to health and scoliosis. I’m thrilled to be able to continue working in a health care setting, supporting clients throughout their health journey. Working as a Client Coordinator, I understand that everyone’s scoliosis journey is unique. I want to create a positive experience for each and every client as well as their families, so I’m happy to provide support at the front desk in any way that I can!

Ally Van Tassel - Operations Coordinator

Ally
Van Tassel

Operations
Coordinator

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I’m completing my final courses of the Bachelor of Kinesiology program at UBC with aspirations of becoming a physiotherapist in a few short years.

I started at The ScoliClinic in August of 2017 and have loved growing from a Client Coordinator to Operations Coordinator for the whole company. By listening to clients at the front desk, and being tasked with streamlining processes behind-the-scenes, I’m able to contribute to evolving the company’s systems to create the best experience possible for each and every client.

With a thorough fitness and dance background, I’m dedicated to fostering services that enable clients to live active and pain-free lifestyles. The ScoliClinic has been a fun place for me to grow and develop my skill-set as an eager student. I’m so thankful to work with such an inspiring team who remind me everyday how important it is to be present and detail-oriented. Feel free to chat with me while you wait for your appointment – I love to talk about travelling, cooking, hiking, and of course, scoliosis!

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.