ABOUT

InReach is a way of providing high quality Physiotherapy services to people in rural/remote areas, people who prefer not to leave the comfort of their home or people with busy lives that can't waste the time travelling to in-person appointments.

Physiotherapy is a key contributor to the health and mobility of Canadians and with recent improvements in internet and video-conferencing technology, telehealth, telephysio and telerehab have become very viable means of treatment.

Physiotherapists and co-owners, Aaron Dobie and Chris Kennedy, are university classmates and long time friends who share many of the same passions. Both of their practices are centered around health promotion and it only made sense for them to expand their practice into the telephysio and online physiotherapy space.

Aaron Dobie

Co-Owner
MSK Physio - Sport

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC. Aaron stayed close to home throughout his bachelor's and master's degrees because he couldn't find a better place to fulfill his passion for the outdoors, specifically in mountain bike racing.

Aaron's commitment to fitness and health promotion began during his undergraduate degree, particularly when he started personal training. Not satisfied with his ability to rehabilitate client's injuries, he entered the Physical Therapy program at UBC in 2014. His goal was to be able to treat client's injuries and increase their fitness at the same time, thus combining his Physiotherapy and Kinesiology skills. Aaron's practice focuses mainly on exercise prescription and patient education. He is currently completing his Sports Physiotherapy diploma. 

Aaron has experience working with the UBC Men's Varsity Rugby team and various cycling teams. For the 2020 season, Aaron will be travelling on the UCI World Cup downhill mountain bike circuit as the Physiotherapist for the Giant Factory Off-Road Cycling Team.

  • M.P.T. (Master of Physical Therapy) - University of British Columbia   

  • B.KIN (Bachelor of Kinesiology) - University of British Columbia. 

 

Chris

Kennedy

Co-Owner
MSK Physio + Vestibular Rehabilitation

Chris completed his Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia after a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick. He also has several years of experience working as a personal trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. This passion for helping his clients achieve greater health and reach their goals was the driving force that led Chris to pursue a career in physiotherapy. His practice is guided by current research, clinical experiences, and patient preference. He views exercise and education as essential components of all treatment plans. Chris believes that people experiencing pain and decreased function should not just be rehabilitated back to their baseline but that their journey should continue to progress to greater health and performance.

Chris enjoys working with people who have a wide range of conditions from acute sports injuries to more chronic issues. He also enjoys helping those who have goals related to injury prevention or improving performance. Chris has undergone advanced training in the assessment and treatment of lower back and shoulder conditions as well as the most common bone and joint issues - osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. In addition to his broad musculoskeletal experience and interests, Chris has also received training in vestibular rehabilitation and concussion treatment which enables him to work with people experiencing a range of symptoms related to dizziness and vertigo. 

 

Since moving to British Columbia from Nova Scotia in 2006, Chris has embraced a wide range of outdoor activities that the Sea-to-Sky region has to offer, including skiing, hiking, mountain biking, trail running, and more recently, climbing and paddle boarding. He believes that a strong, healthy body allows for optimal engagement in sport and life and aims to put his knowledge into practice in his own pursuits. 

  • M.P.T. (Master of Physical Therapy) - University of British Columbia   

  • BScKin (Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology) - University of New Brunswick 

Susan Herdman

MSK Physio w/ upper extremity specialization

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Having gone through several injuries herself, Susan knows firsthand the powers of physiotherapy.  She dedicated herself to 7 years of university learning how we can best support our body’s natural healing process, strengthen tissues, re-wire the nervous system, and prevent injuries in the future.  She also completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program, and loves to incorporate yoga principles (such as breathing techniques and yoga poses) into personalized exercise programs for patients.  Susan is currently working towards specializing in the upper extremity (from finger-tip to shoulder joint) and her long-term goal is eventually becoming a Certified Hand Therapist.

 

However, the most important part of physiotherapy is working towards your goals. Susan loves to work with patients, giving them the knowledge, tools, and tips to help them best manage/relieve pain and maximize function.

 

Susan lives in the small town of Crofton on Vancouver Island.  In her spare time, she loves to explore the Gulf Islands on her 35ft sailboat, in addition to hiking, cycling, and practicing yoga.  She also has a musical background playing a variety of woodwind, brass, and string instruments (but mostly focusing on the euphonium/baritone).

  • MScPT (Master of Science in Physical Therapy) - University of Alberta

  • BScKin (Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology) - Simon Fraser University

 
 

Nadine Stunzi

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MSK Physio + Cancer Rehab

Nadine believes that being a Physiotherapist is an honour - it is an opportunity to empower patients to understand their resilience and work towards their goals using education and exercise. This personalized approach is coupled with up to date best practices. Nadine’s B.Sc and Master’s of Physical Therapy built the foundation of her practice and she is committed to being a life long learner.

In addition to a musculoskeletal foundation, Nadine has developed her expertise in the field of Cancer Rehabilitation and advocates for cancer rehab patients across BC. Inspired by personal connections and the growing need in this area of care, Nadine has completed various courses with leading breast cancer rehab researchers and PINC&STEEL International. She is now a certified PINC&STEEL physiotherapist and continues to stay connected to the evolving research. Her clinical knowledge is paired with a passion for exercise as seen in her experience as a personal trainer, STOTT Pilates coursework and Bell Sound kettle-bell certification.

Nadine is living on Vancouver Island and when she is not connecting with patients and the cancer community, you can find her strength training, cycling, playing with fermentation and attempting to kite-surf.

  • M.P.T. (Master of Physical Therapy) - University of British Columbia   

  • B.Sc (Bachelor of Science) - University of British Columbia. 

Lisette Cheng

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Originally from Victoria, Lisette graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy from UBC in 2015, building on her Kinesiology degree from UVic. She has since developed a special interest in upper body conditions and obtained her Certified Hand Therapy designation in 2019.

 

Lisette provides care for a variety of upper and lower extremity injuries including acute orthopaedic trauma, post-operative and acquired conditions (osteo- and inflammatory arthritis). Lisette primarily works out of Vancouver General Hospital, where the outpatients team treats patients who have sustained orthopaedic or hand trauma. Her hand therapy skills include wound care, fabrication of custom thermoplastic splinting, manual therapy and exercise prescription.She believes patients should be an active participant throughout their rehabilitation and recovery. 

 

Outside of work, Lisette enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, weight training and improving her pottery skills.

  • M.PT (Master of Physical Therapy) - University of British Columbia

  • BKin (Bachelor of Kinesiology) - University of Victoria 

Certified Hand Therapist (Physio)

 
 

Shannon
Lim

Shannon is a life-long learner! Starting and continuing her post-secondary education at UBC, she managed to collect multiple degrees including a Bachelor of Kinesiology, Master of Science, Master of Physical Therapy and most recently, a PhD in neurorehabilitation in 2021. For Shannon, it’s about continuing to expand knowledge, developing a better understanding of the human body, and determining how to optimally recover from an injury.

 

As a clinician, Shannon has always had a passion for helping individuals with neurological conditions, especially those in rural and remote areas. Shannon has spent time working and visiting family in regions of Northern BC such as Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Fort St. John. Observing the barriers to health care access in these regions has furthered her passion for providing her physiotherapy services in an accessible and effective manner. Shannon has worked at Neuromotion Physiotherapy and GF Strong Rehab Centre and currently sees clients in their own homes along the Sea to Sky corridor.

 

Currently living in Squamish, Shannon can typically be found on a rock or mountain. Her ideal day-off always involves backcountry skiing, trail running, hiking, mountaineering, and/or rock climbing.  

  • PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in Rehabilitation Science 2021 - University of British Columbia   

    • investigating​ functional brain activation during simple and complex walking in older adults and those who have experienced a stroke

  • M.P.T. (Master of Physical Therapy) - University of British Columbia   

  • MSc (Master of Science) - University of British Colombia

    • Investigated the influence of emotional state (fear of falling, anxiety, arousal) on the vestibular system and balance 

  • BKin (Bachelor of Kinesiology) - University of British Colombia 

MSK Physio + Neuro

 

Patrick
Chiu

Patrick is most passionate about getting to know each client and their personal needs and goals. He is committed to deliver quality care through education on injury prevention and individualized rehabilitation exercises. Patrick completed his studies at UBC - a Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2014 and a Master of Physical Therapy in 2016. His experience includes working in a pain management clinic and private practice physiotherapy clinics. Additionally, he has instructed Anatomy and Physiology at Langara College and worked as a personal trainer at UBC BodyWorks with clients with various chronic health conditions and injuries. 

 

Patrick has a particular interest in working with patients dealing with persistent pain. He often reads research about pain science and the multiple factors which influence the pain experience instead of looking at individual body parts. He enjoys collaborating with patients to create realistic and achievable treatment plans.

 

Patrick lives in Vancouver, BC, and can be found coaching high school basketball, playing basketball and tennis, running, weight lifting, and hiking to explore BC’s beautiful mountains.

  • M.PT (Master of Physical Therapy) - University of British Columbia

  • BKin (Bachelor of Kinesiology) - University of British Columbia 

MSK Physio + Chronic Pain

 

Natasha

Prokop

Natasha graduated with a Master’s of Physiotherapy Studies from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia in 2016, after receiving a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Tash has been active in sports throughout her life and values a strong, healthy body and lifestyle to maintain her outdoor activities. 

 

She enjoys helping clients maintain or return to the activities that they enjoy. She has experience working in orthopaedic private practice treating musculoskeletal injuries, work and accident related injuries, pre and postoperative rehabilitation and sports conditioning.

 

She has also worked extensively in acute care in a hospital settings. She specifically has experience and passion in cardiorespiratory conditions. She is able to offer treatments online for a number of respiratory conditions across all ages, such as COPD, asthma, post pneumonia or flu; to improve breathing capacity, patterns and teach clearance techniques. These treatments help you maintain your lung function and health, while improving strength and recovery from the safety of your home. 

  • MScPT (Master of Physical Therapy) - University of Queensland

  • BHKin (Bachelor of Human Kinetics) - University of British Columbia

MSK Physio + CardioResp

 

Melina

Mirzaei

Melina is a physiotherapist living in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. She attended the University of British Columbia for both her Bachelor of Kinesiology and Master’s of Physical therapy degrees. 
 

Melina has worked in a variety of settings over the last few years, including the hospital with elderly and post-operative patients, on the field with a men’s premier rugby team, and in private practice. She also has extensive experience teaching clinical pilates in a rehab setting. 

With the high number of pregnant and post-partum women coming in for clinical pilates, Melina was prompted to seek a greater understanding of topics specific to women’s health, such as pregnancy, pelvic floor dysfunction (including incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and painful intercourse), and returning to exercise post-partum. She has found working in the world of pelvic health to be extremely rewarding, as it has such an important impact on quality of life, and uses a virtual health platform to improve access to care for as many women as possible.

  • MPT (Master of Physical Therapy) - University of British Columbia

  • BKin (Bachelor of Kinesiology) - University of British Columbia

Pelvic Health Physio

 

Carley

Townsend

Pediatric Physio

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Carley lives, works, and plays on Vancouver Island. Carley went to the University of Victoria and completed two undergraduate degrees before realizing that physiotherapy was the perfect career to marry her goals of connecting with pediatric clients and providing high quality healthcare to families in a fun and impactful way. Since graduating from the University of British Columbia with her Master’s of Physical Therapy degree, Carley has worked at British Columbia Children’s Hospital in Vancouver and at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health in Victoria. 

 

Carley is passionate about providing therapeutic intervention for children with a variety of different injuries and diagnoses. She has worked with a diverse population of infants, children, and youth under age 18; from babies with delayed gross motor milestones to older children with complex chronic medical conditions. Carley has taken a variety of post-graduate courses all geared towards treating primarily pediatric conditions and optimizing care when working with children, including courses specific to pediatric oncological rehabilitation, play therapy, Brachial Plexus injuries, and many more. Carley works with children with diagnosis or awaiting diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as is listed on the Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP-list) which assist families with ministry funding.

 

Carley uses her extensive experience working with children to provide engaging physiotherapy sessions for all age groups. Carley believes that the most important part of pediatric physiotherapy is ensuring that it’s fun and functional, and works closely to coach parents and family members to participate in physiotherapy sessions.

  • MPT (Master of Physical Therapy) - University of British Columbia

  • BScKin (Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology) - University of Victoria

  • BSc (Bachelor of Science - Micro Biology) - University of Victoria

 

Sean Conner

Kinesiologist

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Sean enjoys working with clients and helping them reach their individual goals. He is passionate about empowering his clients through education to help them better understand their own personal health and wellbeing. Sean is most importantly inspired in his work in helping people, get back doing what they love to do most.

 

A kinesiologist by trade, Sean also has a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Sciences which focuses on evidence-based practice. This education was an excellent addition to his extensive experience in rehabilitation and sport specific training. Sean has worked in neurological, pediatric, stroke, chronic pain, cancer, and sports injury rehabilitation. Sean also teaches Kinesiology (biomechanics, exercise physiology, anatomy and physiology) at Douglas College and the University of the Fraser Valley. 

 

For fun, Sean loves triathlon and multi-sport. He competes at an international level in Duathlon and Long Distance Triathlon. But ultimately he enjoys anything that involves getting outside in Vancouver, Squamish, or Whistler, and moving whether it’s swimming, running, cycling, rock climbing, bouldering, cross-country skiing, hiking, and snowboarding. 

  • MRSc (Masters of Rehabilitative Sciences) - University of British Columbia

  • BKin (Bachelor of Kinesiology) - University of the Fraser Valley

  • BGS (Bachelor of General Studies) - University of the Fraser Valley