The health and safety of you, our community and our staff is our number one priority. We continue to update our clinic procedures and information page to comply with the Public Health Officer’s directive due to COVID-19. As of November 9, 2020 ALL staff, patients and visitors must be wearing a mask while in our office, unless medically exempt. A medical mask is not required, but encouraged. This is a new order from the Provincial Health Office.

We continue to offer TELEHEALTH SERVICES for any patients that would prefer to receive their therapy sessions at a distance. We understand that in person visits are essential in select cases, but we know that Telehealth can provide the same standard of care in most circumstances.

We thank you for your sacrifice and understanding.

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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are highly skilled and educated health professionals who provide safe, effective client-centred treatment using various hands on techniques, exercise prescription and education. Physiotherapists improve clients’ quality of life by promoting optimal mobility, preventing injury, managing acute and chronic conditions, rehabilitating injury and educating and planning maintenance an... Read More

Physiotherapists are highly skilled and educated health professionals who provide safe, effective client-centred treatment using various hands on techniques, exercise prescription and education. Physiotherapists improve clients’ quality of life by promoting optimal mobility, preventing injury, managing acute and chronic conditions, rehabilitating injury and educating and planning maintenance and support programs to prevent re-occurrence. Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) can also be used by your physiotherapist as supplement treatment.


Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a health care profession that is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of neuromusculoskeletal disorders and the effects of these disorders on general health. It is a safe, natural, and effective health care discipline that relies on the hands as treatment to restore movement of the body. Hands on treatment techniques that are emphasized in chiropractic care inc... Read More

Chiropractic is a health care profession that is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of neuromusculoskeletal disorders and the effects of these disorders on general health. It is a safe, natural, and effective health care discipline that relies on the hands as treatment to restore movement of the body. Hands on treatment techniques that are emphasized in chiropractic care include soft tissue therapy (ART®, Graston®), joint manipulation, joint mobilization and rehabilitative exercise.


Registered Massage Therapy

Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) are extensively trained to assess the structure and movement of your body. They specialize in using various treatment techniques that include soft tissue massage, mobilizations, hydrotherapy, myofascial release and education to alleviate pain and restriction. In addition, RMTs can provide suggestions for stretching and exercises for postural strengthening an... Read More

Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) are extensively trained to assess the structure and movement of your body. They specialize in using various treatment techniques that include soft tissue massage, mobilizations, hydrotherapy, myofascial release and education to alleviate pain and restriction. In addition, RMTs can provide suggestions for stretching and exercises for postural strengthening and awareness.


Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system that combines both core scientific knowledge and evidence based medicine with traditional and natural forms of medicine. It incorporates the best of both eastern and western medicine. The core of the naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the innate healing power of the body and treat the underlying causes of disease. Symptoms of d... Read More

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system that combines both core scientific knowledge and evidence based medicine with traditional and natural forms of medicine. It incorporates the best of both eastern and western medicine. The core of the naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the innate healing power of the body and treat the underlying causes of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as signals of dysfunction in the body and naturopathic medicine emphasizes the disease as a process rather than as an entity.

Dr. Chad Arsenault received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in June 2010. He graduated with Magna Cum Laude distinction and clinical honours. Dr. Arsenault majored in biology and minored in chemistry during his Bachelor of Science at the University of Prince Edward Island. He has an interest in research, which led Dr. Arsenault to submit an original research abstract to the World Federation of Chiropractic biennial conference. Dr. Arsenault has furthered his education with certifications in soft tissue treatments such as Active Release Technique® and Graston®. Dr. Arsenault is active in the sports community, both locally and nationally. He has worked with the Vancouver Island University (VIU) soccer program and the 2015 Canadian Deaflympics Team in Russia. He was also part of the medical team for the 2014 BC Summer Games in Nanaimo.

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Dr. Courtenay Boer is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and member in good standing of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia.

Dr. Courtenay grew up in Edmonton and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from The King’s University. After living abroad in Japan for several years, she returned to complete her naturopathic training and graduated with academic distinction from the The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster. Dr. Courtenay is certified in acupuncture and intravenous therapy, and holds pharmaceutical prescribing authority in the province of British Columbia.

Dr. Courtenay is passionate about working with patients to educate, empower and create sustainable health goals. She uses a wide variety of testing to identify the root causes of health issues and takes a patient-centered, holistic approach to creating individualized treatment plans. She uses a wide variety of treatment modalities including lifestyle and nutritional counselling, herbal medicine, acupuncture, targeted supplementation, IV therapy, and pharmaceuticals when appropriate. Dr. Courtenay has a special interest in women’s health and hormone balance (including thyroid conditions), menstrual concerns (such as PMS, heavy periods, PCOS, endometriosis and fibroids), fertility, menopause, cardiovascular health (including blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and weight management), and stress management.

When not in the clinic, she can be found exploring Cowichan’s hiking trails, cycling, playing music, and planning her next travel adventure!

For more information about Dr. Courtenay Boer and naturopathic medicine, visit http://drcourtenayboer.com

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Dr. Sara Burtinsky graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in June 2010 with a clinic honours distinction. Prior to her schooling at chiropractic college she graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor of science degree in health fitness in preventative and rehabilitative programs where she was on a full scholarship for gymnastics. Dr. Burtinsky has furthered her education with certifications in soft tissue treatments such as Active Release Technique® and Graston®. Athletics was a vital part of Sara’s motivation in becoming a chiropractor, as she experienced many injuries and hardships in her 18 year gymnastics career. She has experience in high level athletics as well as involvement with Division I and National level team therapists.

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Gina graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy from the Victoria campus completing her 3000 required hours. Gina moved to Canada in 2005 from the Island of Dominica. She has always been very physically active and explored many activities which eventually turned to a keen interest in biology and the human body. Gina plans on completing a Bachelor of Health Science degree and is interested in exploring Sports Rehabilitation and Craniosacral Techniques. Gina understands that everyone is unique and tailors her treatments to the needs and concerns of each person.

Treatment modalities commonly incorporated into her practice include a range of passive and active techniques including: Swedish massage, trigger point release and pin and stretch. Treatments conclude with self-management strategies including exercise therapy and hydrotherapy recommendations.

Having lived in Ladysmith before moving to Victoria for school, Gina is happy to come home and make a positive difference in her community.

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Dr. Alex Del Duca is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and and member of the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC), British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA) …

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Richard Huggins graduated from University of Alberta with his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2009. Prior to that Rich completed his Bachelor of Human Kinetics from University of British Columbia in 2004. Post graduate courses help Rich stay professionally current so he can provide the most effective combination of physiotherapy services for each individual patient. His goal is to assist patients back to active daily living in a pain-free state, no matter what age or ability.

Post graduate certificates include: - Complete Concussion Management Certified Practitioner - Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) - Sports Physiotherapy Certificate - Manual Therapy Level 3 Upper and Lower - Kinesiotape Levels 1 and 2 - Vestibular Rehabilitation - First Aid Sports Responder - Mulligan Mobilizations - Lyn Watson Shoulder Course

Since graduating as a Physiotherapist, he has worked in private practice settings on Vancouver Island and in Australia. Rich provides outstanding rehabilitation to orthopedic and sports medicine patients of all ages. Rich is very active in the sports community and has worked with the Cowichan Valley Capitals Junior A Hockey Club, Nanaimo Senior Pirates Baseball Club, UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Ice Hockey Club, Cowichan Wrestling Club and Cowichan Piggies Rugby Club. While he was a student he volunteered with Dr. Magee’s Student Physiotherapy Clinic at U of A that treated many professional hockey players. Rich was also part of the medical teams for the BC Summer Games in 2010, 2014 and 2018 and BC Summer Disability Games in 2004. Currently he does coverage work for the Men’s and Women’s Canadian Alpine Ski Team.

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Chelsy Low is a graduate from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria, BC where she completed the 3,000 hour Registered Massage Therapy program in 2007.

It was during her time at West Coast College that she received specialized training in anatomy, physiology, hydrotherapy, pain and stress management. In the past 10 years Chelsy has worked in many settings, both clinical and relaxation. She has worked with a wide variety of patients from Olympic athletes to young children. Most recently Chelsy has completed continuing education in prenatal massage and is finding it very rewarding to treat women in this remarkable stage of life, especially since Chelsy recently had a baby herself.

She uses a variety of techniques including Swedish massage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy. She is a strong believer that an important part of any therapeutic treatment is relaxation.

Chelsy was raised in Ladysmith and after a brief hiatus is happy to be back home and providing therapy services in her town. She has always been involved in sports in some way and loves the outdoors – her main interests are hiking, swimming, soccer and horse back riding!

Chelsy Low is a graduate from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria, BC where she... Read More

Katie Marks is a born and raised islander who loves spending her spare time outdoors with her pups, like many islanders do. She thoroughly enjoys hiking, yoga, kayaking and trail running. Working with her community is something Katie has always been passionate about and she believes in giving back. Katie has spent 5 years working at a local social enterprise empowering adults with developmental disabilities through meaningful workplace duties. This is where her love for health and well-being began.

During her time at West Coast College, she learned anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, general orthopaedic testing and mastery level massage training. During school Katie worked in palliative care facilities as well as the in-reach clinic completing 550 hours of massage training. She treated patients living with Parkinson’s, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndromes. Many of her patients experienced deep relief and this has become one of Katie’s favourite schooling experiences. Katie has volunteered and performed sports based treatments on various athletes at Comox half marathon, Cowichan women’s flag football tournament and rowing regattas. Katie is experienced in working with varying abilities and fitness levels. She strives to build adaptable treatment plans with realistic home care recommendations for optimal health and recovery. Katie is excited to apply her skills in developing the mind-body connection as well as functional movement for all walks of life in her Ladysmith community.

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Dr. Kaylee Peters graduated from the Doctor of Chiropractic program at University of Western States in Portland, Oregon with Cum Laude distinction. Prior to studying chiropractic, she received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Alberta. Kaylee practices diversified chiropractic and utilizes tools such as joint manipulation, pin and stretch, cupping, and exercise therapy to help you achieve your wellness goals. Before attending chiropractic school, she worked as a Kinesiologist in several different areas including sports rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, and chronic pain management. She also has experience coaching youth soccer. Kaylee’s athletic history is what pushed her towards chiropractic – she was a competitive swimmer and division 1 soccer player and dabbled in dance and aerial arts as an adult. As an avid outdoor adventurer, you can find her running, hiking, camping, and combing the beaches of beautiful Vancouver Island when she out of the office.

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Wendy is a graduate from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria, BC where she completed the 3,000 hour Registered Massage Therapy program. It was here that she received in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, hydrotherapy, pain and stress management. During Wendy’s time in school she worked with patients in the schools main clinic and arthritis clinic, as well as participated in outreach programs that focused on people with disabilities. Wendy has volunteered her time to provided massage therapy to athletes, particularly triathletes, marathon runners, rock climbers and Canada’s National Women’s Rugby Team. Born and raised in Ladysmith, Wendy is thrilled to be back in the community and providing massage therapy services. As a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), she uses modalities such as Swedish Massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, joint mobilization and muscle energy techniques. Wendy is driven to help others with her work and strongly believes in educating her patients.

Wendy is a graduate from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria, BC where she comp... Read More

Mandy Ryan graduated from the 3000 hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2008 with a special interest in women’s health and pre and post natal health. She has further training as a Doula and as an on-call massage therapist for people during their birthing time. In the last 5 years she has continued her development by learning more about pain science and volunteers her time as a health coach for Pain BC.

Mandy truly loves being a massage therapist. She has a warm, relaxed, professional, and supportive personality that is pleasant to be around. Her treatments are often described as being slow and deeply relaxing. She has experience working with people of different ages, genders, abilities, body types and cultures. Mandy is committed to continuous learning, inclusion and a trauma-informed practice. During a treatment, Mandy will listen to you, discuss your goals and concerns, and work with you to create and implement a treatment that suits you. We are beyond excited to have Mandy Ryan’s personality and skill set joining our team.

Mandy is excited to return to Ladysmith, the beautiful community that she grew up in. Having spent the last 17 years living in Vancouver, she is looking forward to rediscovering the island with her family. Mandy cannot wait to start exploring the many hiking trails, and tasting the delicious local food and drink options. When not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, singing, dancing (and sometimes cooking) in the kitchen, taking long walks, and listening to or playing music. Last but not least, Mandy can play a mean Bad, Bad Leroy Brown on the ukulele if you ask her! We might the makings of a clinic band coming together.

Mandy Ryan graduated from the 3000 hour program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2... Read More

Natalie has spent the five years before moving to Ladysmith working as a private practice Physiotherapist in the South Okanagan. She is passionate about healing and continued development. She has taken many post-graduate courses focusing on current researched assessment and treatment techniques such as:

 The Tempomandibular (Jaw) Joint: Physical Therapy Approach to Evaluation and Effective Management

 The Cervical Spine: Neural Tissue Mechanosensitivity

 The Shoulder Complex

 The Elbow, Wrist and Hand Complex

 The Lumbar Spine: Neural Tissue Mechanosensitivity

 The Hip Complex

 The Knee Complex: Persistent Patello-femoral Syndromes and Knee OA

 The Foot and Ankle Complex

 First Aid and CPR

She has a keen interest in encouraging active lifestyles in the aging population. She researched and developed “Aging with Balance”: a program to improve independence in the home and community by targeting balance, strengthening and coordination. Prior to completing her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia in 2013, Natalie completed a 4 year Honours degree in Health Psychology. She is certified as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a Yoga Instructor. She also trained in and practiced various forms of bodywork such as Deep Tissue, Thai, and Relaxation massage; developing her aptitude for hands on healing.

Given her background, Natalie integrates numerous healing approaches in order to address the root of the problem. She strives not only to provide relief from painful symptoms, yet to prevent reoccurrence. She strongly believes that in educating her patients, they may find greater independence in symptom management and develop strategies to create powerful improvements in their mobility and quality of life. Natalie and her family have recently re-located to Vancouver Island. She looks forward to meeting you and providing assistance in your journey to recovery and active wellness!

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Jennifer Schroeder graduated with her Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Manitoba in 2015. Prior to that, Jenn completed her Bachelor of Science with distinction from the University of Manitoba in 2013. With experience in both hospital and private practice settings, Jenn has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients. Her experience with pediatrics and neurological patients are a very welcome addition to the Ladysmith area. Jenn is dedicated to working with you to develop goals that you can achieve through an individualized treatment plan.

Jenn recognizes the importance in continuing her education to provide evidence-based treatment. Since graduating, Jenn has completed the following courses:

 Red Cross Sport First Responder  McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy Part A: Lumbar Spine  Bobath Concept: Study of Human Movement, Balance, and Functional Movement  Level 1 in The Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy  Level 1 in Dry Needling for Myofascial Pain

Further education will be completed in Jenn’s areas of special interest, which include acupuncture, manual therapy, sport therapy, and women’s health.

Jenn is an active outdoor enthusiast with a passion for mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, trail running, and recently, snowboarding. In addition, she enjoys her time at CrossFit, practicing yoga, playing volleyball and softball, and traveling. Jenn is dedicated to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.

Jenn has recently relocated from the prairies to Vancouver Island. She is excited to facilitate your safe and timely recovery so you can return to the activities that you enjoy most!

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