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.

Active Solutions Health + Sport

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.


Kinesiology / Exercise Physiology

Kinesiologists + Exercise Physiologist are highly skilled and educated health professionals that provide safe, effective, quality client-centred treatment. Kinesiologist + Exercise Physiologist staff have a strong knowledge base of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience and psychology that they can draw on to assess and treat patients. This wide scope of practice and expertise in human... Read More

Kinesiologists + Exercise Physiologist are highly skilled and educated health professionals that provide safe, effective, quality client-centred treatment. Kinesiologist + Exercise Physiologist staff have a strong knowledge base of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience and psychology that they can draw on to assess and treat patients. This wide scope of practice and expertise in human movement makes Kinesiology + Exercise Physiology a great option for athletic/sport performance, injury rehabilitation/prevention, and occupational rehabilitation/fitness.


Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is the assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor, with the aim to improve or optimize its function, which is very similar to any other physiotherapy. - An assessment typically includes a detailed subjective history with special attention to gynecological history, prostate/penile health, bladder symptoms, and digestion and bowel function; - An external exam to... Read More

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is the assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor, with the aim to improve or optimize its function, which is very similar to any other physiotherapy.

- An assessment typically includes a detailed subjective history with special attention to gynecological history, prostate/penile health, bladder symptoms, and digestion and bowel function;
- An external exam to assess muscle length, strength, and function of the hips, back, pelvis, and abdomen;
- An internal vaginal and/or rectal exam to assess muscle length, strength, endurance, reflexes, and function of the pelvic floor.

Once the assessment has determined the root cause of your problems, a treatment plan can be put in action to address the contributing factors. Treatment may include:

- Education
- Exercises specific to you (such as stretching, strengthening, breathing)
- Lifestyle modifications
- Mindfulness practice
- Self-treatment techniques
- Manual therapy

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.

Dr. Sara Burtinsky graduated as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic Coll... Read More

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.

Richard Huggins graduated from University of Alberta with his Masters of Science in Physical Ther... Read More

Jane graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics in 2017. She then completed her Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, where she learned from the world renowned exercise physiologists in helping all populations (healthy or clinical) on how to advance their quality of life using exercise as medicine.

Following the completion of her Master’s in 2019, Jane travelled back to Canada, and has worked as a kinesiologist and exercise physiologist in multiple private practices around the Okanagan before making the move to Vancouver Island. She also lectures in the Human Kinetics undergraduate program at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Her specialty is working with clinical populations such as those with cardiopulmonary, neurological, cancer, and metabolic conditions. Jane also has a passion for musculoskeletal injuries, women’s health and healthy aging clients to help increase overall health using exercise prescription and finding enjoyable activities to keep moving. Jane also uses her kinesiology experience to help those injured at work or in motor vehicle accidents to return to work and continue to increase movement and strength.

As a Kinesiologist and Exercise Physiologist, Jane has a strong knowledge of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience and psychology that she can draw on to assess and treat patients. Her wide scope of practice and expertise in human movement makes Jane a great option for athletic/sport performance, injury rehabilitation/prevention, and occupational rehabilitation/fitness. Let Jane help you reach your peak performance, function and personal goals now!

Jane graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan with a Bachelor of Human Ki... Read More

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.

Dr. Kaylee Peters graduated from the Doctor of Chiropractic program at University of Western Stat... 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!

Natalie has spent the five years before moving to Ladysmith working as a private practice Physiot... Read More

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!

Jennifer Schroeder graduated with her Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Manitoba... Read More

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