Welcome to Island Optimal Health & Performance

If you are looking to book an appointment related to a WSBC (Worksafe BC) or ICBC claim, please call the clinic. New online bookings are not available for ICBC or WSBC appointments.

Our updated Cancellation Policy will come into effect on June 15, 2023. Appointments cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will result in a charge of 50% of the treatment fee. In the case of illness, we offer a 4-hour grace period, after which the cancellation fee applies.

If you have any symptoms of a cold, flu, or COVID-19 or have had direct contact with someone who has COVID-19, please cancel your appointment.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!

Free Meet & Greet

Curious about a treatment and not sure where to start? Book a free 15-minute Meet & Greet to determine if the treatment and approach are a good fit for you. Please note that this is a quick conversation to determine fit only and not an initial assessment, which is required to begin treatment.


Chiropractic

If aching joints and muscle pain are keeping you from doing what you love, chiropractic treatment could be the remedy. At Island Optimal, our chiropractors work with you to diagnose the problem and develop an individualized treatment and management plan to help your body be at its best. Chiropractors are regulated, primary health care practitioners who have undergone over 4,500 hours of acad... Read More

If aching joints and muscle pain are keeping you from doing what you love, chiropractic treatment could be the remedy. At Island Optimal, our chiropractors work with you to diagnose the problem and develop an individualized treatment and management plan to help your body be at its best.

Chiropractors are regulated, primary health care practitioners who have undergone over 4,500 hours of academic and clinical education at a nationally accredited chiropractic college, after having completed a minimum of a bachelors degree of undergraduate university education. Chiropractic takes a drug-free, manual approach to health care through the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and subsequent prevention of conditions relating to the neurological, muscular and skeletal systems of the body.

We offer chiropractic care at both our Central and North clinic locations.


Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a primary care, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to improving quality of life by: Promoting optimal mobility, physical activity and overall health and wellness. Preventing disease, injury, and disability. Managing acute and chronic conditions, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. Improving and maintaining optimal functional independe... Read More

Physiotherapy is a primary care, autonomous, client-focused health profession dedicated to improving quality of life by:

Promoting optimal mobility, physical activity and overall health and wellness.
Preventing disease, injury, and disability.
Managing acute and chronic conditions, activity limitations, and participation restrictions.
Improving and maintaining optimal functional independence and physical performance.
Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability with therapeutic exercise programs and other interventions.
Educating and planning maintenance and support programs to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury or functional decline.
Physiotherapy is anchored in movement sciences and aims to enhance or restore function of multiple body systems. The profession is committed to health, lifestyle and quality of life. This holistic approach incorporates a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions and aids.

Physiotherapy services are those that are performed by physiotherapists or any other trained individuals working under a physiotherapist’s direction and supervision.

A Doctor’s referral is NOT required to directly access physiotherapy services.
We offer physiotherapy services at our Central (Dufferin) Clinic.


Registered Massage Therapy

Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) in British Columbia are health care professionals committed to restoring and maintaining optimal health and pain-free function of the body. They are educated and trained to accurately assess and treat with techniques that include massage and manual therapy, joint mobilization, hydrotherapy, and rehabilitative exercise such as stretching, strengthening, po... Read More

Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) in British Columbia are health care professionals committed to restoring and maintaining optimal health and pain-free function of the body.

They are educated and trained to accurately assess and treat with techniques that include massage and manual therapy, joint mobilization, hydrotherapy, and rehabilitative exercise such as stretching, strengthening, postural exercise and patient education.

Massage Therapy is an effective approach to pain management and rehabilitation. RMTs are effective in treating and providing relief for a wide range of conditions such as migraine headaches, tendonitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, as well as many other common conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction.

We offer massage therapy at both our Central and North clinic locations.


Active Massage

Active Massage is a combination of massage and functional movement. Active massage techniques and more patient engagement are key during this type of massage treatment. In addition, be prepared to participate in home exercises such as breathing techniques, stretching or strengthening as they are crucial to progress between treatments. The approach of this treatment is to move through your physi... Read More

Active Massage is a combination of massage and functional movement. Active massage techniques and more patient engagement are key during this type of massage treatment. In addition, be prepared to participate in home exercises such as breathing techniques, stretching or strengthening as they are crucial to progress between treatments. The approach of this treatment is to move through your physical limitations and help you meet your specific goals.

Why Book an Active Massage?
-You have physical restrictions that might feel better after a massage but return shortly after.
-You have chronic physical pain that limits certain ranges of motion.
-You seek an in-depth, active, and personalized approach to manual therapy.
-You are interested in maximizing your potential for strength and mobility.
-You want to be involved in your treatment and engage in home excercises.

What to expect in an Active Massage appointment?
Active massage will be on the treatment table for the massage portion of the appointment. Followed by 10-15mins in the physiotherapy room to review home exercises.
Please bring or wear comfortable clothing.

Initial Active Massage appointments involve: a conversation around your history and personal goals, a physical assessment, active massage, and a review of home exercises and hydrotherapy.
Returning Active Massage appointments involve: Check-in conversation, re-assessment, active massage, review or new home exercises.

What happens after an Active Massage appointment?
Patients are given home exercises at the end of each visit to continue their progress between appointments.
Appointments can be directly billed to insurance as Registered Massage Therapy.


Acupuncture

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), energy, or "Qi" (pronounced "chee") flows along specific pathways, or meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture therapy can releas... Read More

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), energy, or "Qi" (pronounced "chee") flows along specific pathways, or meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked Qi in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological processes.

Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune function, the cardiovascular system, and digestive health. It can release endorphins (the body’s natural pain-killers), manage inflammation by increasing local circulation, and modulate the immune system by increasing natural killer cells. By stimulating the body’s various internal healing mechanisms, acupuncture can help resolve pain, improve sleep, support digestive function, and improve overall health and well-being.

TCM involves acupuncture and herbal therapies to encourage natural healing. Acupuncture treatment involves insertion of very fine, sterile needles into the skin at specific points on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. Needles are inserted on points located on a network of pathways connected to the function of internal organ systems, with the goal of restoring and maintaining balance. It is a safe and effective drug-free treatment, often used as an alternative to drugs or surgery. Relief may be obtained where conventional treatments have failed. Most people feel no or minimal discomfort as the fine needles are gently placed, and during and after treatments, patients usually report feeling very relaxed.


Kinesiology

Kinesiologists are human movement specialists who help you feel better, move better and live better. Kinesiologists provide exercise and movement programs tailored to your specific needs and goals, including injury prevention and rehabilitation, personal training services, and work with people with various needs and conditions. Injury Assessment and Rehabilitation Kinesiologists provid... Read More

Kinesiologists are human movement specialists who help you feel better, move better and live better. Kinesiologists provide exercise and movement programs tailored to your specific needs and goals, including injury prevention and rehabilitation, personal training services, and work with people with various needs and conditions.

Injury Assessment and Rehabilitation
Kinesiologists provide assessment and treatment services for the rehabilitation of people suffering from physical injuries sustained at work, in automobile collisions, in sports and other life activities. The primary service is active rehabilitation, which consists of the assessment of physical function followed by the implementation and progression of a specifically structured and individually tailored exercise program to enhance and promote the safe and dependable return to an individual’s regular life activities.

Exercise Therapy
Kinesiologists provide exercise and lifestyle-based services to enhance the lives of those suffering from chronic diseases or physical and neurological injuries, including chronic pain.


Athletic Therapy

The Scope of Practice of a Certified Athletic Therapist, CAT(C), includes the assessment, prevention, immediate care, and reconditioning of musculoskeletal injuries. Prevention includes musculoskeletal and postural evaluation, equipment selection, fitting and repair, warm-up, conditioning programs, prophylactic or supportive taping, and adapting to the activity environment and facilities. ... Read More

The Scope of Practice of a Certified Athletic Therapist, CAT(C), includes the assessment, prevention, immediate care, and reconditioning of musculoskeletal injuries. Prevention includes musculoskeletal and postural evaluation, equipment selection, fitting and repair, warm-up, conditioning programs, prophylactic or supportive taping, and adapting to the activity environment and facilities.

The provision of on-field immediate care of athletic injuries by a Certified Athletic Therapist includes: injury assessment, basic emergency life support, recognition and management of acute traumatic neurological dysfunction, provision of first aid, preparation for entrance into appropriate health care delivery systems, or, where appropriate, utilization of techniques facilitating a safe return to participation.

A Certified Athletic Therapist assesses injuries and conditions, utilizes contemporary rehabilitative techniques, therapeutic modalities, soft tissue mobilization, physical reconditioning, and supportive strapping procedures to promote an environment conducive to optimal healing in preparing the individual for safe reintegration into an active lifestyle.

The Athletic Therapist, in co-operation with all performance enhancement personnel, and members of the health care delivery team, is an integral part of a total service to maximize the performance and welfare of the individual. Concomitant with the execution of this role, the Athletic Therapist nurtures an attitude of positive health. .
A Doctor’s referral is NOT required to directly access Athletic Therapy services.


Fascial Stretch Therapist/Pain Care Yoga Therapist

Fascial Stretch Therapy is a gentle, pain-free table-based assisted stretch. FST focuses on the fascia and joint capsule and creating new neural pathways to achieve optimal range of motion, strength and pain relief. Those who participate in FST treatments notice a difference in restoring function, feel like they’re able to move better, and notice an improvement in their fitness, sports, everyda... Read More

Fascial Stretch Therapy is a gentle, pain-free table-based assisted stretch. FST focuses on the fascia and joint capsule and creating new neural pathways to achieve optimal range of motion, strength and pain relief. Those who participate in FST treatments notice a difference in restoring function, feel like they’re able to move better, and notice an improvement in their fitness, sports, everyday activities and overall well-being.

What is fascia?

Fascia is a network of layered connective tissue surrounding your muscles, nerves, bones, organs, and joints. Fascia provides internal structure, surrounding the joint capsule, optimizes the mechanical function and gives it nutrients.

When fascia and joint capsules are restricted, it can cause:
-Decreased joint space, leading to degenerative joint diseases and osteoarthritis
-Increased muscle tone, leading to trigger points, strains, tendonitis, and tears
-Increased nervous tissue tone, leading to headaches, trigger points, and muscle tightness
-Increased scar tissue formation
-Decreased blood flow and energy levels
-And more!

Who Should Book an FST Appointment?
-Folks of all ages, fitness enthusiasts, and athletes of all levels!
-If you’re dealing with acute or persistent low back, hip, shoulder, or neck pain, those wanting to reduce stress, increase range of motion, and improve circulation and joint health.
-It may help to relieve pain if you have an inflammatory illness.
-We recommend getting cleared by a health care practitioner if you’re unsure about stretching or active movement or are working with injuries or conditions.

What to expect in an FST appointment?
-Your first session will include a conversation about your history, goals questions, an assessment, and a Fascial Stretch Therapy treatment.
-Each session is individualized to your needs.
-Lower body treatments often use two straps. The strap holds one leg in place while the other leg gets moved and stretched to enhance stability and true range of motion.
-Wear stretchy, loose clothes, and bring water

What happens after a Fascial Stretch Therapy appointment?
-The after-experience is like you just had a massage or deep relaxing stretch.
-You may notice that mobility is improved after your first treatment. At least 3 sessions are recommended to see lasting change, with maintenance as a long-term option.
-Your FST Therapist will provide home exercises to continue the work between treatments.


ICBC Claims

For all new and current ICBC claims appointments.


WSBC Claims

For current WSBC claims appointments only. Not accepting new WSBC claims.

Dr. Abe Avender is a Chiropractor and co-owner of Island Optimal Health & Performance. He graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2007.

Dr. Avender has continued his education by completing extensive seminars,training, and certifications in manual soft tissue therapies, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), injury rehabilitation & prevention, golf swing biomechanics, video golf swing analysis, and golf-specific fitness & conditioning programs. He diverges from the “cookie cutter” approach to treatment and uses thorough assessment skills to provide individualized treatment plans.

Dr. Avender has been heavily involved and passionate about athletics throughout his career. He is currently the Head Coach for the Men’s volleyball team at Vancouver Island University and has had the honour to be invited to be the Team Doctor for 2022 Canada’s Men’s Volleyball Nations League.

His vision for Island Optimal and approach to his practice is one that is multidisciplinary, patient-focused, movement-centred, and evidence-based. He aspires to provide the tools to help strengthen his patients and become more resilient so they can live, function and perform optimally. Dr. Avender is proud to share his skills and passion for health and athletics to Nanaimo at Island Optimal Health & Performance.

Dr. Abe Avender is a Chiropractor and co-owner of Island Optimal Health & Performance. He gra... Read More

Natalie is a Chiropractor with a strong passion for helping others do better and feel better. Nat was introduced to the restorative benefits of chiropractic in her early teens after a sports injury. The speed of her recovery and the level of care she received sparked an interest in exercise and healthcare as a career path.

Natalie graduated from Western University in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Kinesiology – Specialization in Fitness & Exercise Prescription. She then moved to New Zealand in 2017 to pursue her chiropractic degree. Natalie began work as a sports chiropractor in Queenstown, NZ, including team chiropractor for the NZIHL SkyCity Stampede hockey team.

She has an interest in both training and treating athletes and teams of all dimensions. Her special interest lies in Olympic weightlifting, sports injuries and exercise, and hockey. Natalie also has a special interest in women’s health and performance.

When she’s not at the clinic, Natalie can be found outdoors or involved in anything active, from hiking to weightlifting. Natalie looks forward to sharing her love of functional wellness and movement with her patients in Nanaimo!

Natalie is a Chiropractor with a strong passion for helping others do better and feel better. Nat... Read More

Ben grew up in Ladysmith before completing his Bachelor of Kinesiology and Master of Physical Therapy degrees at the University of British Columbia. Throughout his education, he gained experience working in many different settings including university athletics, neurological rehab, post-surgical, and multi-disciplinary clinics. Ben believes everyone has an athlete in them, whether they are walking their dog, scoring a goal, or playing with their kids. He uses targeted exercise and manual therapy to help you get back to your activity as quickly as possible. Ben loves to stay active and explore what beautiful BC has to offer. He is looking forward to seeing you in the clinic or out on the trails!

Ben treats out of our Dufferin clinic location.

Ben grew up in Ladysmith before completing his Bachelor of Kinesiology and Master of Physical The... Read More

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Monika’s passion for activity and sport began at a young age. During these years she experienced both individual and team sport environments while competing as a provincial gymnast and training on the soccer field. These experiences led her to obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy and becoming a Certified Athletic Therapist. In addition to her studies, Monika dedicated over 1600 volunteer hours working with individuals at every level of activity. While she focused on emergency care and injury management at various sporting events, Monika also concentrated her time in the clinic where she focused on assessment, rehabilitation, and prevention of musculoskeletal and concussion related injuries. Monika believes everyone is an athlete in their own way and is deserving of individualized care and plan of action when it comes to treating their injuries.

The past four years Monika has worked on the sidelines and in the clinic with the Shawnigan Lake School athletics program. This experience has granted her the opportunity to work full circle with individuals from the moment they are injured to the time they get back to doing what they love. Whether that be sport, work, or everyday life activities, Monika is there every step of the way providing a patient centered approach.

When not in the clinic or on the sidelines of the field, rink, or gym, Monika enjoys spending time outdoors running, hiking and exploring the beautiful island trails and parks with her husband, baby and dog. She also plays female recreational hockey and has stayed involved in the gymnastics community as a judge for the Junior Olympic athletes around Vancouver Island. She is excited to join the Island Optimal Health and Performance team and provide her athletic therapy services in Nanaimo.

Past Teams:

  • 2016-19 Shawnigan Lake School - Canadian Sports School Hockey League
  • 2015-16 University of Victoria *- Women’s Rowing Program
  • 2015-16 Victoria Cougars - VIJHL
  • 2014-15 South Island Royals - MML
  • 2014-15 University of Victoria - Men’s Rugby Program
  • 2013-14 Brentwood College School

Past Events Covered:

  • 2017-19 Canadian Sports School Rowing Championships - St. Catharines, ON.
  • 2017-18 Women’s Rugby 7s World Series - Langford
  • 2017 Provincial Regional Championships - Rugby - Burnaby
  • 2016 University of Victoria - San Diego Crew Classic - San Diego, CA.
  • 2016 Junior ‘B’ BC Championships Cyclone Taylor Cup - Victoria
  • 2016 BC Hockey U15 Cup - Richmond Olympic Oval8
  • 2015 International Track Classic - Team USA - Victoria
  • 2015 BC Hockey U16 Cup - Salmon Arm
  • 2014 BC Summer Games - Nanaimo

Education and Credentials:

  • Certified Athletic Therapist CAT(C) Bachelors in Athletic and Exercise Therapy - Camosun College
  • First Responder and CPR-BLS
  • Fascia and Lymphatic Therapy for Performance and Recovery
  • Various Manual Therapy Courses: Muscle Energy Technique, Soft Tissue Release, Cupping, Functional Movement Screening

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Doreen Hill is a Registered Acupuncturist at our Dufferin location with over 17 years of experience. She approaches acupuncture from a Traditional Chinese Medicine lens and from a whole person approach.

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Dr. Darcy James is a Chiropractor who graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 2018. His approach to assessing, diagnosing, and treating his patients is functional and movement-based. He provides hands-on therapies, education, and prevention strategies in his customized treatment and rehab plans to help each patient meet their individual goals.

Darcy has an interest in treating neurodynamic dysfunctions, i.e. assessing and treating nerve pain, numbness, tingling, loss of strength, concussion and post-concussion syndrome, spinal stenosis, TMJ dysfunctions, and biomechanical assessment of foot/ankle/movement dysfunctions.

Dr. James is certified in ART®, which is a movement-based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves, often caused by overused muscles. Prior to working with Island Optimal, Darcy competed in mixed martial arts, which led him to the clinic first as a patient and then motivated him to become a Chiropractor. Darcy’s goal in working with his patients is to get them out of pain and stay out of pain so they can get back to doing the things they love.

Dr. Darcy James is a Chiropractor who graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in To... Read More

Alenna Langhorst is a Fascial Stretch Therapist with a background in sports and yoga therapeutics. She uses a holistic approach to assess and treat the whole person through Fascial Stretch Therapy, a table-based assisted manual stretch that uses traction, oscillation, and circumduction. Alenna’s pain goal of intention of her practice is to improve mobility through stretching the deep connective tissue, aka fascia.

Alenna Langhorst is a Fascial Stretch Therapist with a background in sports and yoga therapeutics... Read More

** Accepting New Patients **

Sarah has completed her B.A. Degree in Sport, Health, & Physical Education and has her diploma from West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Sarah is a Registered Massage Therapist in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia and is a member of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of B.C.

Sarah’s treatments aim to focus on decreasing tension in the body’s tissues by calming the nervous system and modulating pain. Sarah incorporates a variety of techniques, of which include: myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilizations, isolytic release, and swedish massage. Her passion for the therapeutic process of orthopaedic assessment, treatment, and homecare drives the intent for each patients appointment. Sarah recommends homecare stretching, exercises, or lifestyle changes post treatment that may enhance your healing process to influence pain or dysfunction.

Sarah aims to work with your goals to help you recover, increase functionality, and thrive post injury.

Outside of the clinic Sarah can be found outdoors, at hot yoga, or listening to hours of nutrition podcasts and research.

** Accepting New Patients ** Sarah has completed her B.A. Degree in Sport, Health, & Physica... Read More

Jenny is a graduate of Mohawk College Massage Therapy Diploma in Hamilton, Ontario. While initially a Registered Massage Therapist in Ontario, Jenny has moved back to Vancouver Island to call it home again and is now an active registrant with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia. In addition, Jenny holds a BA with Sport, Health, and Physical Education from Vancouver Island University, and is a 200-hour trained yoga instructor. Through her education, Jenny has had experience working with diverse groups, including the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Mississauga Marathon and other races, hospices and chronic pain clinics, all of which have instilled within her a passion for helping people improve their quality of life. Through techniques such as myofascial release and trigger point therapy, in addition to relaxation techniques and homecare exercise recommendations, Jenny aims to help her clients get back to healthy living - whatever that looks like for them! Trained to relieve pain, restore health, and maintain and rehab physical function, Jenny has a special interest in treatment of headaches, muscular issues of the neck and back, improvement in functional mobility throughout the body, as well as repetitive stress injuries. No matter her clients’ treatment goals, Jenny listens and works with her clients to find the best treatment plan. Together, she hopes her passion will be felt by clients and encourage them to pursue their health and wellness goals. Away from the clinic, Jenny loves to enjoy everything the island has to offer. Whether it’s having beach fires and exploring backroads with her sister, hiking and camping with friends, playing tennis, beach volleyball or skiing, if it’s active, it’s awesome!

Jenny is a graduate of Mohawk College Massage Therapy Diploma in Hamilton, Ontario. While initial... Read More

Randy is a graduate of the 3000 hour Registered Massage Therapy program at West Coast College of Massage therapy in Victoria, British Columbia. He is also an active registrant with the College of Massage Therapists of BC as well as a member of the Massage Therapists Association of BC.

Born and raised in Nanaimo, Randy took full advantage of the athletic opportunities offered in his community. To this day he takes great interest in sport and brings his experiences as an athlete and coach to his practice as a massage therapist. Randy enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions and excels at addressing each patients unique therapeutic needs. He has a special interest in treating headaches, sports injuries, TMJ disfunction, and post concussion syndrome. Trigger point release, myofascial release, and muscle energy techniques are commonly used in his treatments as well as an extensive list of other modalities.

In his spare time, Randy enjoys maintaining an active life style by hiking, kayaking, skiing, yoga, and competing in sports such as soccer, hockey, curling and baseball. He also exercises his artistic side by playing music, sketching, and whittling.

His enthusiastic approach toward massage therapy and healthy lifestyles in general makes him a positive asset to the Island Optimal Health team.

Randy offers massage therapy at our Central clinic.

Randy is a graduate of the 3000 hour Registered Massage Therapy program at West Coast College of ... Read More

Lindsay is a graduate of the 3000-hour Registered Massage Therapy Program at the West Coast College Of Massage Therapy in Victoria, BC. She also completed her B.A. in Sports, Health, & Physical Education at Vancouver Island University. Lindsay is an active registrant with the College Of Massage Therapists of B.C., and a member of the Massage Therapists Association of BC.

Lindsay’s particular interest in the study of human anatomy, nutrition, and various sports and forms of fitness has expanded her knowledge to which she applies in her own practice and massage therapy treatments. Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy Techniques and Trigger Point Therapy are just a few of many modalities that she incorporates into her treatments. While she loves working with the general public she has an added interest in treating sports injuries.

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Casey is accepting ICBC patients with accidents after May 1st, 2021, if his case load allows.

Originally from the Prairies, Casey fell in love with the coast when attending Simon Fraser University, where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Honours degree. It was a given that he would return to the ocean after then finishing his Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at the University of Alberta.

Physical therapy is Casey’s 3rd career, with his others spanning being a cowboy and professional level athlete and as a nationally licensed tradesman.

Treating injuries, concussions, vertigo, and neurological conditions; whether it is work, lifestyle, sport or accident, surgical or chronic, Casey helps people build back their strengths and gain the skills to get back to what they love to do.

Casey also spends his time providing volunteer-based physical therapy consultations to children and their families through pediatric outreach clinics in Nanaimo.

His sport and health resume include sports therapy and performance training for the Vancouver Whitecaps Pre-residency program, the Canadian Professional Rodeo Sports Medicine Team, the World Police and Fire Games, BC Ride to Conquer Cancer, multiple BC Games, multiple marathons, and most recently the Nanaimo Hornets Rugby Club.

In his off time, Casey is frequently adventuring with his family, mountain biking, fishing, tinkering in his shop, and keeping up with healthcare science.

Casey is accepting ICBC patients with accidents after May 1st, 2021, if his case load allows. Or... Read More

Sean Sheehan is a Registered Massage Therapist. He completed his training at First College in Kelowna and has recently moved to Nanaimo.

He has over 5 years of Personal Training experience and is certified in FRC, FRA, Kinstretch, FRS Summit 1 & 2. His approach is to team up with patients to collaborate on a path of getting back to doing what they love and mitigating re-injury. A big part of Sean’s approach is providing patients with education, which helps them become more invested in the process of doing the work and taking an active role in the rehabilitation process.

When he’s not learning or working with clients, Sean loves spending time outdoors with his fiancé and dogs, cycling, hiking, camping and skiing.

While Sean is awaiting being added to insurance portals for direct billing, we may not be able to direct bill to all plans until this is completed. Thank you for your understanding.

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Fitness has always been a part of Lesley’s life. Her passion for sport led her to a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. She began personal training in 1998 and since then has coached, trained, and educated her clients in established studios, at schools and as a part of medical teams.

Lesley specializes in functional and rehabilitative training with her focus on chronic conditions and long-term injuries. She works closely with our chiropractors, physiotherapists and massage therapists as well as doctors to develop a therapy plan for each individual that can help you with rehabilitation and prevention, chronic disease treatment, and preventative maintenance of your health and well-being.

Living and training on Bowen Island, Gabriola and now on the “big island” in Lantzville, she is no stranger to island living. Lesley, her husband and three children love the community that comes with living on an island and are excited to have found themselves in such a beautiful part of the world. The ocean and mountains provide the perfect playground.

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