Our Team

Sally Stelling

Physiotherapist

Sally is working as a Physiotherapist for the Brain Wellness Program at UBC and the UBC Physical Therapy and Research Clinic.

Sally graduated with a degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Pretoria in 2000 and has since worked in South Africa, Scotland and Canada. She has worked in public health and private practice and has experience working in acute care, long-term rehabilitation and outpatient settings. She has worked in neurological rehabilitation, orthopaedics, paediatrics, women’s health, sports injuries and geriatrics. Sally has completed several post-graduate courses and certifications including Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT), Anatomical Acupuncture (AFCI), a certificate in Orthpaedic Medicine (OMI), Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, Myofascial release, Allied Team Training in Parkinson’s (ATTP) and evidence-based Breast Cancer Rehabilitation.

Sally is passionate about helping people function to the best of their ability, facilitating and improving functional movement and assisting people in reaching their goals. The role of exercise in brain wellness, neuroplasticity and cancer recovery is of particular interest to Sally.

Gavin Tonkin

Physiotherapist

Gavin is a practicing physiotherapist, having recently graduated from the UBC Masters of Physical Therapy (MPT) Program. Before the MPT program, Gavin graduated with his bachelor’s and a postgraduate degree in exercise science from the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. This original degree allowed Gavin to work as an exercise physiologist for several years. During this time, Gavin gained experience working in sub-acute care at a hospital in Melbourne and with high-level sports teams. Gavin has been in Vancouver for over 8 years during which time he worked as a kinesiologist at several private physiotherapy clinics predominantly seeing patients with orthopedic and neurological conditions.

During his time in the MPT program, Gavin developed an interest in how psychological and social factors contribute to an individual’s injury or illness. Gavin enjoys working with individuals to find out how we can best mitigate those factors to help clients reach their goals.

In his spare time, Gavin enjoys discovering what BC has to offer on pedal, foot, or rope and harness.  He also enjoys spending time with his growing family and going on walks with his dog.

Charlie Chua

Physiotherapist

Charlie is a fully licenced physiotherapist who we are lucky to have returned to the PTRC! Before embarking on his Physical Therapy degree, Charlie completed his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology at UBC. During his undergraduate program, Charlie gained experience working with various clinical populations both as a fitness instructor at the UBC Bodyworks gym and as a volunteer at the Rocksteady Boxing program. He is also a certified Krav Maga Global self-defence instructor and currently teaches during his spare time.

Charlie is a lifelong athlete and enjoys playing a variety of different sports including rugby, hockey, soccer and combat sports. He also served 2-years in the Singapore Armed Forces as an officer in the military as part of his conscription duties.  Throughout his journey in sports and in the military, Charlie has experienced many injuries and saw the importance of exceptional Physical Therapy and the impact it had on improving overall function and outlook.  As a physical therapist, Charlie aims to empower his clients through exercise and movement to help them achieve their goals.

Natalie Marshall

Physiotherapist

Natalie Marshall is a licensed physiotherapist. Before entering her Master’s program, Natalie completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario and then worked as a kinesiologist at two outpatient physiotherapy clinics.

Natalie grew up on the North Shore playing soccer and volleyball competitively and was first introduced to the physiotherapy profession in high school when she experienced a series of ankle and knee injuries and sought out a physio to return to sport. Nowadays, she enjoys cycling, skiing, running and hiking – anything to be outside!

Natalie’s experience as a kinesiologist in an outpatient orthopedic and neuro setting has given her a unique ability to cater exercises to the patient in front of her. Her previous placements have been a mix of inpatient acute and outpatient settings, working with a variety of populations including acquired brain injury, critical care, acute orthopedic, and outpatient musculoskeletal injuries.

She is passionate about delivering patient-centred care and making her assessment and treatment meaningful to the patient. She is keen to help patients get back to doing what they love.

Gursevak Powar

Physiotherapist

Gursevak graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, with a concentration in Active Health and Rehabilitation. During his undergraduate studies, he developed a passion for strength training and exercise, which led him to pursue further education in the field. He then completed the Master of Physical Therapy program at the University of British Columbia, where he honed his skills in rehabilitation.

In addition to his foundational education, Gursevak has obtained his Orthopaedic Division Level 2 and Lower Limb Running Injuries certifications. Furthermore, he is certified in Vestibular rehabilitation, which enables him to address issues related to balance and dizziness.

Gursevak is dedicated to providing personalized and comprehensive care to each of his clients. He believes in the importance of active and empathic listening and taking the time to understand his clients’ specific goals. Building strong connections and effective communication are at the core of his approach as a physical therapist.

In his free time, Gursevak prioritizes maintaining an active lifestyle. You can often find him weight training, hiking, or swimming, embodying the principles of health and wellness that he advocates for in his practice.

Claire Chappel

Physiotherapist

Claire grew up outside of Calgary, Alberta, then travelled to Australia to begin her undergrad in Entrepreneurial Management, which she completed at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. She went on to help open and manage a climbing gym before pursuing her career in Physical Therapy. Claire has experience volunteering in both a private physical therapy setting and in neurological rehab and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge and experience during her time at the Physical Therapy Research Clinic.

When she is not in the clinic, you can find her rock climbing with friends, going on runs with her dog Luna, or cooking delicious food! Having grown up as a competitive dancer and later shifted her focus to rock climbing, her personal experiences with injury rehabilitation and injury prevention are what led her to pursue a career in physical therapy. Claire is excited to share her passion for movement and exercise-based rehabilitation with her clients and is looking forward to helping them achieve their goals.

Current Students

Priya Brar

Physiotherapist

Priya is a second-year physiotherapy student at the University of Brighton in England. She completed her bachelors of kinesiology here in BC and worked as a kinesiologist for a year before moving to the UK to complete her master’s degree in physiotherapy. Her passion for hiking, yoga, and creating awareness about the benefits of exercise led her to pursue a career in physiotherapy. During Priya’s master’s degree, she had the opportunity to complete her dissertation for one of the councils in the UK where she conducted a study which involved looking at healthcare workers’ perspectives of manual handling training.

Sophie Anderson

Physiotherapist

Sophie is currently a third year Master of Physiotherapy student at Robert Gordon University in Scotland and will be completing her elective placement here at the PTRC. Sophie is a keen gymnast and enjoys the gym and running. Sophie has been able to share her passion for health and movement through coaching gymnastics and various clinical placements which have given her a wide base of knowledge in physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Sophie is looking forward to her time at the PTRC to experience physiotherapy delivery in a different country and to work with new clients to help them to achieve their goals in rehabilitation.