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 coordinated a 5-month project in rural South India just prior to opening The ScoliClinic.

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

Madison Williams

Madison
Williams

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

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I was diagnosed with scoliosis at age nine, and wore a brace for the following 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.

I work at The ScoliClinic because I want to provide reassurance to my clients by providing education, and by being an example of how my scoliosis significantly affected my life for the better. After all, my personal experience with scoliosis is what drove me to pursue a career in Physiotherapy.

I do this work to positively impact teens with scoliosis who are experiencing unique, but similar challenges to those I faced. For my adult clients, I love sharing education about their spines, and connecting adults with each other for emotional support.

My Scoliosis-focused 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

Each day, I look forward to the new challenges that encourage me to grow. From unique client circumstances, to mind-bending questions from fellow therapists, I appreciate all aspects of my work and am thankful for the many opportunities for personal and professional development.

ScoliClinic Schroth Physiotherapist Sharaya Friesen

Sharaya
Friesen

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

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WHY do I love my work?

That’s easy! The nature of scoliosis treatment allows me to build quality, long term relationships with clients. I love learning about the complex nature of scoliosis and using this knowledge to provide holistic care. I have the opportunity to support teenagers and adults in their journey, assisting them as they discover their confidence and develop their self-awareness. I love my role in helping clients understand their scoliosis and showing them that their curve does not define who they truly are. Becoming a Schroth Physiotherapist allows me to share my passion for movement and exercise while developing strong therapeutic relationships.

At The ScoliClinic I feel challenged yet supported, continuously being afforded opportunities to develop a deeper awareness of myself.

As a teenager in competitive Irish Dance. I remember looking up to my troop’s physiotherapist as a career role model. My exposure to physiotherapy as a teenager inspired my career path. Along my journey as a physiotherapist, I was exposed to scoliosis-specific treatment and was inspired to learn more.

To best support my clients, I’ve completed the following courses:

  • 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

I’m grateful that my journey has led me to this career & team. I feel constantly inspired to continuing to develop my skillset and self.

ScoliClinic Schroth Physiotherapist Ariane Bourdages

Ariane
Bourdages

physiotherapist
BKin, MPT
accepting kids, teens, and adults

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WHY do I work at The ScoliClinic?

 

Initially, I was drawn to The ScoliClinic because of the opportunity to work with teens AND adults who have spinal conditions. Throughout my life, I’ve enjoyed participating in sports and going on outdoor adventures. Inevitably, my active lifestyle has led me to experience several injuries along the way, all of which have taught me to deeply value physical independence and mobility.

Over the past two years with The ScoliClinic, I’ve developed a passion for helping those with lifelong conditions by utilizing conservative treatment approaches. The long-term therapeutic relationships that I’ve developed with my clients have been rewarding in countless ways. I believe that knowledge really is power, so I love that our Physiotherapy sessions allow the time and space to focus on scoliosis education, which helps clients address their symptoms and prevent their spinal curves from progressing with age.

Teamwork and collaboration are high on my values list, and our team’s Wisdom Wednesday meetings and weekly mentoring sessions allow me to exchange ideas and gain support from others on our team.

The following courses have expanded my skill set for working with people with scoliosis and other spinal conditions:

  • 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

My time with The ScoliClinic has been rewarding thus far, and I look forward to what the future brings.

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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Why do I love my work? Because of the opportunities.

Receiving a diagnosis of scoliosis at age 13 spurred many unanswered questions for my family and I. Many years later, while on a Physiotherapy practicum, I attended a presentation by The ScoliClinic team which sparked a realization that Physiotherapy plays an important role in the management of scoliosis. It was an easy decision to undergo Scoliosis-specific training.

At The ScoliClinic, I love the opportunity I have to create connections with people of all ages who have scoliosis. I witness empowering moments, where clients transform anxiety into confidence, which allows them to participate in meaningful activities and live their best lives. It’s a privilege to be a part of someone’s long-term journey with scoliosis.

I love the opportunity for endless learning. Our team encourages each other to grow, and I’m expanding my understanding of scoliosis as a condition, and of myself as a person. By deepening my self-awareness, I’m able to provide a higher level of holistic care of my clients.

Lastly, being part of The ScoliClinic team allows me to be a part of a bigger cause, as I feel that my work is contributing to the improved management of scoliosis in our corner of the world.

My practice is supported by a growing list of courses, to better help my clients:

  • ISM 3-Day Course: The Thorax and Pelvis – 2019
  • Schroth-Barcelona Institute – C1 – Sept 2018
  • Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science – 2018
  • Aquatic Therapy for Pain Management Workshop – 2018
  • Soft Tissue Release Workshop – 2018
  • University of Toronto Master of Physical Therapy – 2018
  • Non-internal Introductory Pelvic Floor Course – 2017
Sandeep Mehat, RMT

Sandeep
Mehat

registered massage therapist
RMT
accepting kids, teens, and adults

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I believe in the use of natural methods to facilitate the body’s intelligence to heal itself so I’m happy to be a part of a team who does just that! Using my human anatomy & physiology knowledge and massage skills to help community members live naturally active and pain-free lifestyles is my passion.

I use active listening, empowerment and strategic application of massage techniques to achieve treatment goals and build strong therapeutic relationships. I use a combination of massage modalities to cater to the specific concerns, bodies, and preferences of each individual, such as:

  • myofascial release
  • joint mobilizations
  • swedish massage
  • deep tissue
  • hydrotherapy

I have experience forming treatment plans addressing various concerns to do with the spine, including: scoliosis, arthritis, spinal cord injuries, postural dysfunction and more.

I’m a Registered Massage Therapist, hold a Diploma in Marketing Management, and am currently completing a Bachelor of Health Science.

Alexane
Escot

physiotherapist
BEXSc, DPT

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My journey into physiotherapy began in my teens when I was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 12. That year I decided I wanted to be a physio and never looked back!!

I went to Bond University on the Gold Coast and graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Doctor of Physiotherapy degree in 2014. At that stage my scoliosis curvature had increased significantly so I had fusion surgery when I was 18 years old. My personal experience with scoliosis is what ignited my passion for physiotherapy and the field of scoliosis. I wanted to know more about conservative management so I travelled to Barcelona to complete my Schroth qualification with Dr Manuel Rigo.

Since then, I have been working on the sunny Gold Coast over the past 6 years as physio and clinical pilates instructor. I am only here in Vancouver for a short period of time- I have loved working with the ScoliClinic team and learning more about scoliosis whilst experiencing everything Vancouver has to offer!

My certifications are:

  • WHTA Women’s Health Physiotherapy Intensive Course (2018)
  • APPI Pilates Equipment Level 1,2,3,4 (2018)
  • BSPTS- Schroth based method certification course C1 (2017)
  • APA Sports Physiotherapy Level 1 course (2016)
  • Pilates Equipment 1,2 &3 for Physiotherapists, Pilates Institute of Queensland (2016)
  • Musculoskeletal Segmental Layering and Dry Needling Course, Combined Health (2015)
  • Rocktape Kinesiology and Power Taping course (2014)
  • Studio Pilates International Matwork Instructor Course (2014)
  • Doctor of Physiotherapy, Bond University (2014)
  • Level 1 Sports Trainer course (2012)
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science, Bond University (2012)
Ally Van Tassel - Operations Coordinator

Ally
Van Tassel

lead client coordinator
vancouver & north vancouver

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I started at The ScoliClinic in August of 2017 and have loved growing in my various roles within the company. My favourite aspect of my job is interacting with every client that visits The ScoliClinic, and getting to hear each of their unique stories! 

I recently completed my Bachelors of Kinesiology at UBC while working flexible hours at TSC. I am beyond grateful for the experience and relationships I have built while working with such a dedicated team of healthcare professionals. 

With a thorough fitness and dance background, I am passionate about fostering services that enable clients to live active and pain-free lifestyles. 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

operations coordinator

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After completing a 4 month business development co-op internship at The ScoliClinic back in April 2018, I quickly realized the endless opportunities from working here. During that period I got to see our Surrey location grow while gaining a better understanding on how to enable people looking for our services to find us. I hope to increase the visibility of The ScoliClinic to enable people living with scoliosis to fulfill their daily lifestyles.

I recently completed my Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and minor in Business Administration at Simon Fraser University. I am very grateful to be able to continue working at The ScoliClinic after my co-op position, as well as settle into the operations coordinator position!

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!