We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.
BSc Kinesiology, Master of Physical Therapy, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists, Certified in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation
Orthopaedics, Sports Injuries, Active Release Techniques (ART), Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation, Owner
With his background as a professional hockey player, and over ten years of clinical practice in both Canada and Australia, Bob brings a wealth of experience and knowledge into the profession of Physiotherapy. He graduated with a Bachelors of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 2005 and a Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of British Columbia in 2007.
Bob is owner of Fernie Physiotherapy and takes pride in the ongoing development of his clinical skill set for the benefit of his patients. Of note, in 2014 Bob became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT), thus giving him the highest recognized level of manual therapy training in Canada. He has also trained in custom orthotics production and most recently in 2016 become a Gunn IMS Certified practitioner.
His treatment style focuses on correcting biomechanical faults through manual therapy, dry needling (Gunn IMS) and soft tissue techniques in order to address the cause of the injury. He believes strongly in empowering his patients through education and exercise. In addition to his clinical practice, Bob is a mentor for UBC Physiotherapy students. When not at work, he enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and climbing in the mountains around Fernie with his family.
Women’s Health Therapist, Physiotherapist, Orthopaedics, Sports Injuries
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Originally from Edmonton, Stephanie graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2009. She then went on to complete her Master in Physiotherapy Studies in 2011 at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
Since completing her physiotherapy studies she has worked in various private practices, which has lead to developing a special interest in treating low back and pelvic conditions, along with treating headaches and migraines. She has completed post-graduate courses in Acupuncture & Dry Needling, Spinal Manipulation, Watson Headache Technique, Chronic Pain Management, and Clinical Pilates. Stephanie is big fan of combining patient education, with exercise, manual therapy and needling to help her patients return back to their happy active selves.
In 2014 she expanded her practice into Women’s Health, completing her training in Canada, the U.S. and Australia. As a Women’s Health therapist she can treat symptoms of incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain, sexual pain and anorectal disorders, but she has a particular passion for prenatal and postpartum care. She feels that as a Women’s Health therapist you need to be holistic in your practice, and this is what drives her to continue to expand her knowledge.
In her spare time you’ll find Stephanie keeping a keen eye on the weather report waiting for the next snow storm, but in the off season she will be happy to hear your recommendations on hikes in the area.
Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Sports Injuries
Laurel is a physiotherapist who graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta in 1991. For the past 16 years she has worked in the area of private practice with a special focus on paediatrics. For 14 years, Laurel was a co-owner of Calgary Youth Physiotherapy, a community based clinic that focuses in addressing the physiotherapy needs of children and adolescents, but also met the rehabilitation needs, for patients of all ages. Laurel is dedicated to the profession of physiotherapy and has been awarded the National Clinical Award of Excellence by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Women’s Health, Orthopaedics, Sports Injuries, Occupational Rehabilitation
Lynn has over 20 years experience as a physiotherapist and has been a dedicated associate of the clinic since 2005. After graduating in 1994 from Queen’s University she expanded her experiences down the Bayou in Louisiana and New Orleans. She worked in a variety of healthcare settings including acute, short and long term care hospitals, rehabilitation centres, nursing homes, home health, outpatient and private clinics. Finally settling down to start a family here in Fernie, Lynn has been focusing her work on orthopaedics, sports injuries, Occupational Rehabilitation and Women’s Health.
Orthopaedics, Ergonomics, Women’s Health
With a background in musculoskeletal, Rachel has a particular interest in working with the senior population. Combining her physiotherapy skills with her doula training and experience, Rachel also has an interest in women’s health, pregnancy and post partum care. Rachel’s post graduate training in ergonomics has given her an opportunity to work with industry in the fields of occupational health and injury prevention. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys biking, and time with her family, she is also attempting her second triathlon. She also has a passion for reading, cooking, and getting involved in community projects.
Nicole graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2001 and began work in an orthopaedic/sports clinic in Abbotsford. Four years later she moved to Quesnel where she worked in a variety of settings including home and community care, pediatrics and private practice.
In 2013, she moved to Elkford with her family. She is currently our physiotherapist at our Elkford clinic, but you may also see her in Fernie periodically when she is providing holiday coverage.
Nicole is loving life in the Rockies and can be found enjoying the mountains from sledding to snowshoeing to hiking and quad biking with her family.
Physiotherapist, Orthopaedics, Sports Injuries
Jordan graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport & Exercise Science. Following this, he completed his Masters in Physiotherapy Studies at the University of Queensland in 2012. He has worked extensively in private practice and sports physiotherapy over the past 7 years in both Australia and Canada.
He has undertaken postgraduate training in dry needling (IMS) / western acupuncture and further training in management of shoulder conditions, as well as headache and migraine. He has worked extensively with athletes who have undergone ACL reconstructive surgery and has developed significant experience with this patient group. Jordan has also completed further training on physiotherapy management for power lifting and other lifting athletes. Jordan likes to combine patient education with exercise prescription, manual therapy and needling to help his patients get back to doing what they love.
Being from the Sunshine Coast, he spent the majority of his youth in or around the ocean. He played competitive soccer throughout his life and competed at a state and national level in sprinting and triple jump. Since arriving in Canada, snowboarding has provided an excellent substitution for the lack of surfing. Jordan also has a passion for photography, hiking and watching Liverpool Football Club play.
Registered Massage Therapist
Nikki Baker is a skilled RMT and Yoga Instructor who is an integral part of our team at Fernie Physio. Her love of movement and good health inspired her to take her yoga teacher training in 2012 and she quickly realized her desire for a more in-depth understanding of how the body works. Enrolling in the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy quickly proved to be the perfect fit for her personal and professional interests. Graduating with an award of practical excellence in 2016, she has gone on to complete her training in Vodder Lymphatic Drainage including Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT). (Please see our website for more info). A continued interest in working systems of the body has now led Nikki to continue her studies as a first year student at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Vancouver.
Nikki enjoys a multidisciplinary approach when helping people to reach their therapeutic goals, finding through assessment and succinct treatment planning great results are readily achievable. Her style of treatment is diverse using a variety of modalities for preventative and maintenance purposes as well as rehabilitation. Believing that relaxation is an integral part of massage holding powerful therapeutic benefit, increasing our parasympathetic nervous system to provide a wealth of healing within the body. Wellness in the body goes far beyond the treatment room and Nikki thrives on helping people come up with creative and practical ways to bring postural awareness and balance into their daily lives.
Laura graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor Degree in Human Kinetics. She then went on to pursue her physiotherapy career at the University of Toronto where she obtained her Master of Science in Physical Therapy Degree. Laura has extensive knowledge in the assessment and treatment of orthopedic injuries and diseases and believes strongly in collaborating with her clients to ensure they reach their therapeutic goals. She takes a multimodal approach to her practice, utilizing a variety of different treatment techniques, including: manual therapy, acupuncture, exercise prescription, electrophysical modalities and pain management.
Laura likes staying active by staying outdoors. As an avid mountain biker, runner, snowboarder, and hiker she understands the toll an injury can take on one’s well being. Therefore, Laura enjoys working with her clients to help them return to whatever it is they love doing as quickly and safely as possible.
Kinesiologist & Certified Pedorthist
Deanna graduated with a bachelor of Kinesiology degree from The University of Western Ontario in 2003 as an Academic All-Canadian in varsity track and rowing. Deanna has over 13 years experience in a spectrum of Kinesiology facets; from a physical therapy assistant working with the elderly and a sports performance training center NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist back in her hometown of London On, to 5 years as the senior Kinesiologist at the Kamloops Physiotherapy clinic, Deanna is passionate about helping people recover from injury and perform at their best.
Deanna is pleased to join the Fernie Physiotherapy clinic team to provide hands on active rehabilitation training to patients, either in conjunction with their physiotherapy treatment or separately as one-to-one sessions following a full functional assessment. Deanna specializes in gait mechanics and biofeedback techniques which focus on the correction asymmetries through exercise by re-booting injured motor pathways at a level the injured individual can tolerate, along with appropriate loading and stretching protocols.
Registered Massage Therapist
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Stephanie has been practicing massage for eight years. She has worked in many different environments from clinics to spas to backcountry lodges. She has studied kinesiology and psychology in University and also has an extensive background in first aid, including volunteering on ski patrol for six years.
Traci has more than 18 years experience in the health care field and has managed multiple physiotherapy/multidisciplinary clinics for the past 13 years. She has been instrumental in the planning and opening of three bricks and mortar clinics. Traci is always dedicated, knowledgeable and unrelenting in getting the job done. She runs a tight ship so that our patients are well taken care of in a friendly and professional environment.
Registered Massage Therapist
Madi graduated from Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2016. She recently moved from Vernon, BC. In her free time Madi loves to ski, mountain-sled, and mountain-bike. As someone who loves the outdoors, Madi understands the wear and tear can do to your body as well as the stresses of everyday life. Her goal is to facilitate pain free healing and optimize function in the body. The main areas of focus that are addressed during treatment are biomechanical dysfunction, injury rehabilitation, and headaches. Madi uses neuromuscular therapy, fascial release, muscle energy technique, and joint mobilizations during treatment in conjunction with therapeutic exercise to treat a variety of conditions. She values the importance of each patient’s health journey.