(778) 215-3148 [email protected]

My Story, Mission,
and Vision

My goal 100% of the time is to EMPOWER you

Physiotherapy Services

My Story

A lifetime of sports injuries has led me to dedicate myself to helping others with their goals in rehabilitation and performance. 

Prior to becoming a Physiotherapist, I spent my life in pursuit of a career in elite distance running and professional road cycling. From 2003-2012, as I completed high school, and my undergraduate degree, I got my foot in the door in the fitness and rehabilitation field working at a women’s gym, and an outpatient physiotherapy facility. 

My goals took me to the University of Utah on a full scholarship for Track and Field and Cross Country running. I experienced a lot of foot and ankle pain and sought the help of many specialists, trainers, physiotherapists, and osteopaths, to no avail. Demoralized and feeling broken, I gave up running and switched sports to road cycling. 

I was several years into my career in cycling when I developed back pain and sciatica that eventually became quite debilitating. It was during that time that I began to question a lot of what I previously believed. I went back to school for Physiotherapy in 2013, in search of answers. At the end of my education, I still had back pain, occasional sciatica, and troubles with my foot and ankle. 

It wasn’t until I delved into pain science education and began a different type of training and rehabilitation that I was able to get out of pain and do all of my activities as I wish. This type of training and mindset—resilience training and the growth mindset has formed my practice today. 

I do not practice traditional physiotherapy, as you will learn—which is why I practice out of a gym. I believe in teaching people they are not broken, to understand their pain, and empower them to train and do the work, rather than offering quick fixes or dependence on a therapist. 

My Mission and Vision

My goal 100% of the time is to EMPOWER you, to help you move better, and without pain. I will meet YOU where you are at with YOUR wellness and performance goals.

It is my foremost belief that one should not give up what they love to do because of an injury or a condition. Given willful persistence, the right coaching, treatment, and support, you can heal and come back from anything. Over the past 12-years working in rehabilitation, this has been proven to me time and time again.

I refuse to tell or let my clients believe their bodies are faulty or broken, no matter what condition they come to me with. I believe the human body and spirit is incredibly resilient, and I want to help YOU prove YOUR resilience and strength. Read here this incredible example of human resilience.

What We Do

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use my Extended Health Coverage for Physiotherapy-Training sessions?

Yes—Once you pay for your session (E-transfer, Cash, Credit Card, or Paypal), you will get a receipt with the Physiotherapist’s license number and a description of the services. You will then submit your receipt. Most insurance companies no longer require a doctor’s referral, however, it is best to check with your provider.

How soon should I come in after an injury or motor vehicle accident?

Generally, the sooner the better. No matter what stage of injury, there is always something you can and should be doing to ensure you recover as quickly and as well as possible.

What will we do in my session?

The session will be tailored to your specific injuries and needs. Most sessions are 55-minutes and consist of about 20-30 minutes of training or exercise—cardio, strength and conditioning, mobility work, and 20-30 minutes of hands-on therapy. It is always 1-on-1 and I do not use any machines such as interferential current or ultrasound.

I have been told I have x,y,z,...

I have been told I have x,y,z, (i.e.: “degenerative disc disease,” spondylolisthesis, arthritis, bone spurs, rotator cuff tear) based on MRI, XRAY, or other imaging findings and that there is nothing I can do, that I should “live with it.” Can you help me?

Contrary to public belief, and what most doctors tell their patients, imaging findings have high false-positive rates (showing things that aren’t actually there, artifacts), and many people have imaging findings in a particular body area, and no symptoms. For example, most people have “degenerative changes” in their spine, and many have no symptoms at all. Knee osteoarthritis is exceptionally common in asymptomatic people. Rotator cuff tears are found in many people without shoulder pain as well. 

 

If you have had an accident or injury in the past, you may very well have pain in that joint that a doctor would attribute to arthritis, however, my experience is that pain and dysfunction are, more than anything a reflection of how well you have prepared that previously injured area for the given activity. 

 

All that being said, with creative collaboration, patience, and hard work in training, between a  Physiotherapist and yourself, you certainly don’t have to “live with it!”

Exercise Plans

We will tailor the exercises I recommend to YOU. If you are into stretching/yoga type exercises, I will work with that. If you gravitate to higher intensity or strength exercises, or if you’re an athlete looking to improve performance or return safely from an injury, the program we create will reflect those goals.

During every visit, we will video your exercises using an App. By the end of the visit you will have received personalized video, verbal, and written instructions in your email, to assist you with your home or gym based program, and any simple exercises I recommend for throughout your day.

"Tissue Work"

“Tissue work”—refers to soft tissue massage, mobilization, or manipulation I may do with my hands (applying pressure or traction through the skin), instrument assisted—using various objects, scraping stones, metal edges, or suction cups. Tissue work I perform often involves me or you moving your joints through different ranges of motion, as done with the “Active Release Technique,” but not under the patent. The goal of this type of treatment is what I think of as a reset for the muscle group(s), with the goal of restoring a full, pain-free range of motion.

"Joint Mobilizations"

“Joint mobilizations” are pumping or sustained gliding motions or traction across joints which aim to restore mobility, fluid movement, and decrease pain and stiffness.

Mary G.
22:26 10 Nov 18
My daughter had pulled her medial ligament while skating. We had been seeing Stephanie for some previous body concerns and felt very grateful to have her. Stephanie was able to work with my daughter during what was the most traumatic injury she had ever experienced. The injury had her on crutches and wearing a knee brace. Through all this, Stephanie monitored and prescribed recovery exercises that had her eventually pain free, fully recovered and back to dance. Stephanie's approach to physiotherapy was one that encouraged empowerment for my daughter, along with more awareness of her breath, posture and early education on biomechanics, all of which I believe are amazing lessons and information for young people to learn early in life! We found that the emails with photos of my daughter doing all the prescribed exercises were a huge help for a reminder as well as being encouraging and supportive through out her recovery! Since then, myself and my son have also benefited from Stephanie's skills and approach! I recommend her regularly to family and friends and have total confidence in her!
Chris M
22:59 26 Feb 19
Active Care Health has been my go-to for several paramedical services in Kelowna. After testing out several others, I have found the care I was looking for. Michael & Stephanie have helped me out immensely with chiropractic and physio respectively. Stephanie is my current Physiotherapist, and is incredible at what she does. She provides a very holistic approach to her practice, which I greatly appreciate. She has not only helped with my recovery from injury, but provided tools for a strong foundation to help me improve in strength and avoid future issues. She always seems passionate about her work and helps answer all of my concerns. I would not hesitate to recommend Michael or Stephanie to anyone seeking these services and others.
Jeremy P.
16:20 06 Dec 19
Stephanie is a phenomenal physiotherapist. She has helped me recover from everything from shin splints to a fractured ankle. Stephanie is very knowledgeable and is always up to date with new techniques and procedures to help with recovery of all sorts. Alongside her knowledge, she is very motivating, which is very important when it comes to getting healthy and recovering from an injury/soreness. I highly recommend Stephanie for anyone needing physiotherapy!

Get in Touch

(778) 215-3148

EMAIL

Open Hours

Fluidpower:
Monday: 8-2:30
Wednesday: 8-2:30
Every other Saturday: 9-2:30

Active Care Health:
Tuesday: 10am-7:30pm
Thursday: 10am-7:30pm
Friday 8-2pm

Fluid Power Health & Performance Unit 7

368 Industrial Ave Unit 7
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Z4, Canada

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