Welcome to Island Optimal Health & Performance

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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.


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.


Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a gentle and safe manual therapy that is centered around treating the whole person. This means that your osteopathic practitioner will listen attentively to your concerns while taking into account the various factors that can influence pain or discomfort. Your practitioner will ask you questions relating to your medical history and the details of your symptoms. This information wi... Read More

Osteopathy is a gentle and safe manual therapy that is centered around treating the whole person. This means that your osteopathic practitioner will listen attentively to your concerns while taking into account the various factors that can influence pain or discomfort. Your practitioner will ask you questions relating to your medical history and the details of your symptoms. This information will help your practitioner to develop a treatment plan with you that is tailored towards your individual needs and goals. Osteopathic practitioners understand that physical problems can be caused by emotional stress and strain, and work to help you find the source of your problem.

Osteopathy uses gentle manual techniques to help decrease or eliminate pain. These include soft-tissue techniques, which may involve light, sustained touch, or indirect techniques where the symptomatic joint is placed in a position of least discomfort to help with relaxation. Myofascial release, cranial sacral, and visceral manipulation are among the various tools that osteopathic practitioners are trained in. As well, gentle, rhythmic oscillatory joint mobilization and contract-relax type techniques may be used to try to increase the range of motion. Each treatment is tailored towards the individual’s specific needs and generally involves little to no discomfort. In other words, the hands-on treatment should feel good, and quite often has a relaxing effect.

In addition to manual techniques, osteopathy sessions often include an educational component where your osteopathic practitioner will provide you with information to help you to make sense of your pain and will provide you with movement strategies, modifications to daily activities, or exercises to give you control over your pain management.

We provide Osteopathy at our Central clinic on Dufferin.


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.


Dental Hygiene

Independent Dental Hygienists are highly-trained professionals who are licensed in BC to work independently of dentists. Your dental hygienist specializes in clinical care (prevention and treatment of gum disease, prevention of cavities and other oral health issues), oral health education, and health promotion. During a dental hygiene appointment all care will be tailored to your individual n... Read More

Independent Dental Hygienists are highly-trained professionals who are licensed in BC to work independently of dentists. Your dental hygienist specializes in clinical care (prevention and treatment of gum disease, prevention of cavities and other oral health issues), oral health education, and health promotion.
During a dental hygiene appointment all care will be tailored to your individual needs and wants. We make every effort to ensure you are comfortable with your care and we involve you in the decision making process. Collaboration with other health care professionals is very important as not all oral health issues can be addressed during a dental hygiene appointment.
If you have any questions about dental hygiene care, book a consultation and we would be happy to go over everything with you! Hope to see you soon.

DC, BSc Kin, CSCS, ART®, DNS Clinic Director

Dr. Abe Avender is a fully licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2007. His undergraduate education includes a Bachelor of Science majoring in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria in 2002.

Dr. Avender has furthered his education with certifications multiple 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.

Abe is an avid sport and outdoorsman, spending a lot of his free time competing in sport or enjoying Vancouver Islands many incredible outdoor experiences.

Dr. Avender is extremely proud to take his dedication and passion for health and athletics to Nanaimo at Island Optimal Health & Performance. His dedication to help people succeed in all aspects of life and athletics are reflected in his thorough assessment skills and unique treatment protocols. He looks forward to working with people of all ages to make a difference in their lives.

DC, BSc Kin, CSCS, ART®, DNS Clinic Director Dr. Abe Avender is a fully licensed Doctor of Chiro... Read More

DC, BHSc, CSCS, FR®Lower Limb Clinic Director

As Dr. Butler advanced her studies in human anatomy, physical functioning and health, she discovered the powerful relationship between yoga and Chiropractic, as they both center their main principles on the idea of balance. As a student of yoga herself, Dr. Butler is very passionate about helping her patients and yoga students alike find the balance they seek in their bodies by assessing and treating faulty movement patterns, postural imbalances, and tight or weak muscles to help treat injuries and prevent future occurrences. Once balance can be created in one aspect of life, often helping people work their way out of physical pain it will be easier to find balance in other aspects of life and Dr. Butler strongly believes yoga is a great start towards this.

Kristen’s enthusiasm for helping people and passion for yoga also show in the classes she teaches. She teaches her yoga classes through eyes of a health professional with focus on finding balance by strengthening weak muscles, stretching tight areas of the body, finding endurance in core muscles, and aligning movement with the breath for relaxation, injury prevention, and treatment.

DC, BHSc, CSCS, FR®Lower Limb Clinic Director As Dr. Butler advanced her studies in human anatom... 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.

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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 born and raised Vancouver Islander and the newest chiropractor to join the Optimal team. He obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, having previously completed his Bachelor of Science Degree at Vancouver Island University with a major in Microbiology. He attended elementary and high school here in Nanaimo, graduating from Dover Bay Secondary in 2005.

Darcy has always had a keen interest in working with others. Previous to his schooling in Toronto, Darcy spent over 10-years with the city of Nanaimo in their Parks and Recreation department, teaching skating lessons, leading summer camps and instructing introductory and advanced hockey and fitness classes for both adults and children. In addition to his work with the community, Darcy spent 5 years actively competing as a professional mixed martial artist. It was his time in this profession that he learned the value of healthy training habits, proper recovery and rehabilitation strategies and above all the management of injuries while maintaining a busy training and schooling schedule.

Dr. James loves to play sports and maintain an active lifestyle. His hobbies include hockey, mixed martial arts, general fitness and exploring the outdoors. You might spot him teaching fitness classes at the Optimal Performance Centre, and he is open and eager to discuss anything health and fitness related. His biggest interest is in human movement. His mission is to facilitate the recovery and rehabilitation of his patients so they too can overcome their obstacles and achieve their health goals. Dr. James uses a combination of soft tissue therapy, diversified chiropractic techniques, movement screening, rehabilitative exercise prescription and custom orthotics prescription to help his patients get over their aches and pains and back pursuing their hobbies and interests.

Dr. James provides chiropractic treatment at our Dufferin clinic location. He also instructs fitness classes and offers personal training sessions at our Performance Centre.

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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 in nature hiking, catching up on some reading, going to the gym, or enjoying delicious food with family and friends.

Sarah has completed her B.A. Degree in Sport, Health, & Physical Education and has her diploma fr... Read More

Dr. Maxwell’s message is a simple one; he cares about healing you, the patient, as soon as possible. As an Olympian and lifelong athlete, Gavin understands that an injury is a disruption in your daily life and sporting goals and incurs your time and money to seek treatment. His focus is to listen to you in order to diagnose your complaint, explain your condition/injury and design a treatment plan to help resolve and minimize recurrence of your injury in as little visits as possible so you can get back to your busy schedule and save your hard earned money for future services. As a professional athlete, Dr. Gavin competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, he combines his love of sports with a deep understanding of the intricate human body from his education in kinesiology and chiropractic to deliver personalize treatment solutions that include manual therapy, medical acupuncture and exercise protocols to treat the root of your condition. In some cases you may simply be referred to another health professional because that’s the best treatment he could recommend.

Gavin treats at our Dufferin location.

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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

Osteopathic Practitioner & Kinesiologist- B.Sc. Kin., D.O.M.P.

Anne-Marie graduated from the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto in 2015. Prior to studying osteopathy, Anne-Marie obtained a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2008 from the University of Saskatchewan. She brings over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry and in rehabilitative settings, including teaching yoga and various fitness classes, having moved towards more of a therapeutic movement approach over the years.

Anne-Marie has postgraduate training in the management of complex and chronic pain, and in women’s health, including pre-and postnatal support, and offers treatment to people of all ages, including newborns and elderly people. Anne-Marie fosters an inclusive and welcoming setting where people of all genders, cultures, racial and ethnic identifications.

Osteopathy offers a gentle and person-centred approach to providing pain relief and improving function based on individual needs and goals. Osteopathy looks at the whole person and works with the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Anne-Marie works with a biopsychosocial approach and includes her patients in the development of their treatment plan, which often includes education about their symptoms or condition while offering various resources and self-care strategies for better, long-lasting pain relief.

Anne-Marie has a wide range of clinical experience, having worked with people of all ages and with various health conditions.

Anne-Marie is continuously learning evidence-based approaches to help people to manage or overcome their pain and discomfort and is currently furthering her studies through McGill University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management.

Anne-Marie was brought up in a bilingual household and is happy to offer her services in both English and French and is currently the only Osteopathic Manual Practitioner in Nanaimo who is a member of Osteopathy BC.

Osteopathic Practitioner & Kinesiologist- B.Sc. Kin., D.O.M.P. Anne-Marie graduated from the Can... 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.

Lindsay is a graduate of the 3000-hour Registered Massage Therapy Program at the West Coast Colle... Read More

Anna is a Registered Independent Dental Hygienist and the owner of Wandering Pearl Dental Hygiene.

Anna and Wandering Pearl Dental Hygiene have come to Island Optimal’s Dufferin Clinic to provide you with dental cleanings and teeth whitening outside of the dental office!

As a 2 time VIU graduate (2002 BSc and 2010 Dip DH), Anna approaches her dental hygiene care and treatment planning with an evidence-informed and integrative approach. What does that mean for you as a client? You will receive comprehensive, individualized care in a comfortable, yet effective manner. Your care is based around your wants, needs and preferences.

In addition to independent practice, Anna teaches at VIU in the Dental Hygiene Clinic. When not teaching or cleaning teeth Anna can usually be found wrangling her 3 boys and her puppy. Anna and her family spend a lot of time outdoors- glamping in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Anna is a Registered Independent Dental Hygienist and the owner of Wandering Pearl Dental Hygiene... Read More

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 consultation 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.

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Dr. Pat Vellner is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic, graduating from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in the Class of 2019. He completed his undergraduate education at McGill University where he received an Honors degree in Kinesiology in 2015.

Dr. Vellner has a focus on rehabilitation science, injury prevention, functional movement and strength and conditioning.

Pat has a keen interest in all things fitness and sports performance related. He has competed nationally in Gymnastics and Lacrosse and continues to represent Canada on the global stage at the Crossfit Games.

Dr. Vellner is excited to bring his enthusiasm for health and wellness to the Island Optimal Team. He’s looking forward to working with all kinds of people and helping them reach whatever health goals they may have, big or small!

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