Dr. JEFF ALMON - A unique approach.
Dr. Jeff has had the opportunity to work closely with high level performers in a variety of sports and has learned how to identify breaks, or weak-links in the kinetic chain of athletes. Ultimately, the brain needs to be disarmed of it’s protective mechanisms to reveal the performance engine underlying it. Once patterns are identified, treatment is applied to muscle, ligament, fascia, joints and connective tissue to provide an update of sensory input. The brain can then, with the new information, fill in the sensory gaps that is missing and allow proper movement to arise. Our reprogramming classes, Ground Control and Bazooka arm the patient with pre-movement strategies to solidify ideal movement patterns.
Over the last 15 years I’ve visited countless chiropractors - many good - but many did not have as deep of a functional understanding of human anatomy and how to manipulate it for our physiological benefits. Dr. Jeff Almon and his crew are simply the best I’ve been to, hands down.
- D.J. *****
Dr. CLAIRE KASSIAN
Dr. Claire specializes in spinal decompression to help better our athletes and urban warriors of downtown Vancouver.
What is spinal decompression?
It uses a computerized system with various attachments to decompress the spine inregards to the low back or the neck.It is a non-invasive way to treat disc herniations, chronic low back pain, sciatica,tingling/numbness, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease.
To find out more, check out our blog post
Dr. KATIE GASKIN
Dr. Katie Gaskin is a Chiropractor, a strength & conditioning coach and a former professional hockey player. Having reached the pinnacle of her sport, she understands that physical preparation, maintenance and recovery are paramount for top athletic performance. Dr. Katie is a Board-Certified Chiropractor and has certifications in Functional Movement Screening (FMS), SmartTools Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy (IASTT), and RockTape.
Go see Dr. Katie Gaskin as soon as possible if you have a concussion! I am so glad I found her for my concussion recovery program. I had a concussion about three years ago where I had symptoms for over a year. Recently, I had another concussion, and stumbled upon Katie’s profile showing her specialized training with concussions. I am now making a speedy recovery in just 3 or so weeks with her support, it’s quite remarkable really. She has me on a program that looks at not just rehab and treatment, but also exercise, nutrition and more. She is also incredibly kind and understanding. I’m SO grateful for Katie’s support and would highly recommend seeing her for a concussion recovery program that works.
Chris Krammer is a Registered Physiotherapist and a NSCA-CPT (Certified Personal Trainer).
Chris treats with a combination of manual therapy and strategic therapeutic exercise. His treatments are designed to help his clients discover flow and reconnect to their bodies, removing pain barriers and opening the door to new levels of performance and a deeper enjoyment of life.
After 3 months of injury, I was finally able to get better thanks to Chris' assessment of my case and his holistic approach to healing.
I just had my first race of the year yesterday and had a big PR, so I seem to be back to full, if not better fitness than ever.
Thanks to Chris & all the wonderful staff at MVMT. I would highly recommend this lab; especially for athletes!
- T.H. *****
What is Radial Shockwave Therapy?
Radial Shockwave Therapy uses high-intensity sound waves to stimulate the body’s repair mechanisms, allowing it to heal itself at a more accelerated rate. It is particularly helpful in the case of chronic, longstanding conditions. It is also used to help breakdown calcium deposits and scar tissue—both of which are often responsible for limited function and mobility. The breaking down of calcium deposits allows their building blocks to be reabsorbed by the body. Radial Shockwave Therapy stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the target area, therefore making re-injury (or recurrence of the condition being treated) rare.
To find out more, check out our blog post
DANA SMITH & LAURA BESTOW
Repair and rewire your tissues and system with one of our two Registered Massage Therapists.
A massage with Dana or Laura, can reduce pain, improve overall function and help with injury prevention. Our RMT team use a variety of hands on techniques to move joints in specific directions and at different speeds to return to a full range-of-motion and restore pain-free movement to joints and ligaments.
Each RMT use an individual style:
* Laura offers active stretching massages which is a sports/performance oriented massage as well as your traditional/Swedish massage.
* Laura also offers deep tissue sport massage.
Adrian Wallace, DOMP
Adrian Wallace holds a Doctorate of Osteopathy, a Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice, is an EXOS Performance Specialist and an FRC Mobility Specialist.
He attended the University of British Columbia and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, consisting of an extensive curriculum in functional anatomy, biomechanics, neurology and sports injuries. In his first year, Adrian rowed on the UBC Developmental Rowing Team and earned a first place medal at the Head of the Fraser Fours Regatta.
Upon being promoted to the Junior Varsity team, Adrian made the switch from being an athlete to becoming an Athletic Trainer. He was selected by the UBC Therapy Staff, and worked with the UBC Women’s Soccer Team for 3 years. In his final year with team, he assisted the Thunderbirds in winning the 2015 CIS National Championship, their first championship since 2006. Additionally, Adrian spent 2 years as a student Strength & Conditioning Coach, under Joe McCullum the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Thunderbirds. During this time, Adrian worked with multiple UBC Varsity teams including Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Field Hockey, Soccer, Rowing, Swimming, Volleyball,Track & Field, Football, Men’s Rugby and Men’s Hockey.
Adrian also works as a private personal trainer, with experience working with Tennis BC & Tennis Canada Developmental Athletes, BCPBL athletes, an NHL athlete, a Paralympian athlete, and actors from Once Upon a Time, iZombie, Live Like Line, Ice and Imposters.
Adrian wants your treatment to be efficient and effective, helping you on your way to triumph over injury and return to living an awesome life.
In his spare time, Adrian enjoys the great outdoors, music and dabbling in various contact & action sports.
I’d recommend this place to anyone in need of physio or interested in improving the physical performance. I haven’t tried all the services but Adrian rules (and the rest of the staff) so go fix your squat!
Colin is originally trained in Melbourne, Australia, and graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Osteopathy. After studying in Melbourne, Colin has undertaken further courses in rock-tape, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization and at the Teitlist Performance Institute.
From 2015-2019 Colin was a private Osteopathic Practitioner on the Ladies Professional Golf Tour, working for some of the top female golfers in the world. He has worked with hall of famers and several world number 1 players during his time. He was the Osteopathic practitioner for New Zealand golf team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where the player won Silver. He was also the therapist for team Australia at the Queens Cup in 2016.
Colin uses a variety of biomechanical assessments and physical examination to determine the site of pain and any underlying issues that will need to be resolved to achieve the best outcome. After the assessment Colin uses a range of techniques such as; joint articulation, soft tissue techniques, muscle energy techniques and Counter strain techniques to achieve the best results. Along with manual therapy, Colin also provides strategic exercises to target the affected area, and any other area which may be affecting the natural healing process of he body.
In his spare time Colin will be exploring the great outdoors hiking or snowboarding, playing golf or baseball.
I met with Colin regarding a recurring knee injury. He was very knowledgeable, and helped me through both on site therapy and setting me up with a set of great exercises to continue my recovery throughout the week.
- M.F. *****
Dr. DWAIN DOUGAN
Dwain’s interest and studies of traditional/natural medicine started 30 years ago while in Australia . First with diet and western herbology and massage therapies , then spending numerous winters in south India studying and receiving treatments according to the ideas of Ayurvedic medicine, and since graduating from the ICTCM of Vancouver in 2000 he has been working closely with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
His time spent abroad, both living and traveling in numerous countries and cultures, has given him opportunities to study and apply different facets of this vast storehouse of Natural medicine.
For the past 18 years he has been living in Italy and Spain. While working in the spa sector, various Thermal centres in Tuscany, co-owning an Organic shop and treatment centre in Ibiza, Spain Dwain has developed an understanding of how to utilize various techniques from different healing traditions to provide an effective treatment plan for his clients condition.
His treatments will thus vary and can include dietary, lifestyle adjustments, exercise and medical Qi Gong classes, both western and Chinese herbal recommendations, and acupuncture and body work.
Dr. Dwain Dougan did an excellent job of treating acupuncture on my wife. She had incredible improvements after treatment. Dr. Dwain has a lot of knowledge and experience, besides being a caring person and really cares about his patients. Thank you Dr. Dwain.
Dr. MARIETA BUSE BSc, ND CISSN
Dr. Marieta's passion is sports medicine, with her background in naturopathic medicine. Her unique approach allows her to integrate modern medicine with the foundations of health and performance. She sees each case with a panoramic perspective of the whole body, but also has the ability to hone into the details of each system of the body. In this way, she addresses performance, injuries, and health concerns with an evidence-based treatment plan that is specific to each patient.
ACCELERATE RECOVERY & ACHIEVE OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE
In the realm of sports, people struggle to integrate the various options for performance and recovery. They end up seeing several different practitioners who mainly focus on the musculoskeletal system and aren’t working together. In some cases, they can actually work against each other!
Naturopathic doctors view each patient with a panoramic perspective of the whole body and the honed-in details specific to each system of the body. In this way, all systems of the body are brought into balance to optimize performance and recovery. Naturopathic doctors can help you coordinate and streamline your treatments to get you back in action faster, and take you to the next level!
I dropped by to see Dr. Marieta Buse (ND) for some issues. One of them being a recurring fungal infection on my skin that i've had for a number of years. I've seen many doctors about it before, but was not able to get anything helpful. After taking the supplements that she prescribed, I noticed my fungal infection fading away within 2 weeks! She took the approach of "let's strengthen your immune system so your body can fight off the fungal infection." Her approach worked! I'm very impressed with her thorough approach and ability to diagnose and correct the problems. She isn't the first ND I've saw, but definitely the best ND that I've ever seen! I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Buse for your naturopathic needs!
- A.C. *****
SPENCER HOEHN, RMT, B.Kin
Spencer is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy.
Growing up immersed in sport, he eventually narrowed his focus on volleyball and competed with the University of Manitoba Bisons Men’s Team. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, Spencer went on to become assistant coach of the University of Manitoba Women’s Volleyball Team.
After struggling through years of injuries, Spencer backed away from his opportunity to play volleyball in Europe and made the move to Vancouver to follow a different path. Through these experiences, he gathered an understanding of the mental and physical aspects of rehabilitation, injury prevention, and performance, as well as how it applies to each person differently. Supporting people as they learn about their own bodies, he emphasizes patient education, movement, and long-term goals in his treatment plans.
Myofascial release therapy, deep tissue and swedish massage, joint mobilizations, and active and passive release techniques are integrated into each therapeutic session. Spencer’s goal is to customize patient care to meet the specific needs of the individual.
Spencer loves his free time! When he not at the lab, he loves to hike, bike, exercise, do yoga, play sports and board games, sit around fires, hot tub, bathe, camp, road trip, stretch, and get a full night’s sleep.
STEPHANIE YIP, MSc PAM, CAT(C)
Stephanie Yip is a specialist in Performing Arts Medicine and Sports Medicine, combining advanced Athletic Therapy services with a keen interest in knowledge sharing. She is a Certified Athletic Therapist with a BSc in Kinesiology from York University and has formerly worked for Ryerson University, York University and Humber College.
She has dedicated her efforts towards providing high quality services for the performing arts community and obtained her masters degree in Performing Arts Medicine from University College London; a collaborative program between University College London, The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, Royal College of Music & Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. While in England, Stephanie went on to work for The English National Ballet School, NoFit Circus and became the Head Therapist for the National Centre for Circus Arts and the London Youth Circus. She also provided services for a variety of professional performers from Les 7 Doigts de la Main, The Lion King, Pippin, Royal Caribbean, Circa, and more.
She has extensive pitch-side experience with Canadian National Sports Events and as an Athletic Therapist for multiple varsity athletic programs.
Stephanie works with a wide variety of clients, both in clinical settings and on-site. She treats all musculoskeletal and sports related injuries, with a focus on circus, dance and performing arts related injuries. She has a holistic approach combining manual therapy, mindfulness, and corrective movement strategies to facilitate her client’s performance potential.
Stephanie commonly attends international conferences, continuing education courses and workshops to expand the conversation healthcare needs for performers and to provide the most up to date information and skills for her clients. As an education advocate, she has presented lectures for educational institutions, teachers, students and the medical community; and has hosted workshops internationally focusing on technique and safe practice for performing artists.
Stephanie also has personal experience navigating chronic pain and post-concussion syndrome. She currently volunteers as a chronic pain coach for PainBC and can be found dancing, sport climbing, flying and paddling in her spare time.
“The Vancouver Circus School was thrilled to have Stephanie Yip attend our company’s Annual In Service this past summer. Stephanie was well spoken, knowledgeable, friendly and professional. She conducted two workshops for our staff to expand upon our their knowledge and approach to coaching groups of all ages. The first workshop was on Active Warm Ups, how to properly warm up the body before physical activity such as circus. This included creative games, an open discussion and additional information about proper stretching. The second workshops was an Aerial Fundamentals Workshop that elaborated on the anatomy of hanging. Stephanie’s workshops were hands on, included games, group interaction and exercises to apply the information she had brought to us. We had nothing but positive feedback from staff and our entire group found the content to be extremely valuable and were eager to participate and ask questions to further their knowledge as coaches. Thank you again Stephanie and we hope to have you back in the future!”