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 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 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 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 graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, and a concentration in Active Health and Rehabilitation. While completing his undergraduate studies, he gained a passion for strength training and exercise, which eventually led him to complete the Master of Physical Therapy program at the University of British Columbia. Gursevak has obtained his Functional Movement Screen and Orthopaedic Division Level 1 certifications and is excited to bring his experience and expertise to the UBC Physical Therapy and Research Clinic.
Gursevak understands the importance of active and empathic listening and always takes the time to learn about a client’s specific injuries, preferences, and goals in order to support them through the rehabilitation process. He believes communicating effectively and building connections with clients is a fundamental part of being a physical therapist. Gursevak enjoys volunteering in his community and works with the New Westminster Hyacks football team where he assists with various on-field injuries. Gursevak is committed to pursuing an active lifestyle and can be found in weight training, hiking, or swimming in his spare time.
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.
Alyssa is a student physiotherapist in her final year in UBC’s Master of Physical Therapy program. Before entering her master’s, Alyssa completed an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with Honors and a neuropsychology minor from the University of Victoria. During this degree, Alyssa competed for the VIKES on their track and field varsity team, as well as volunteered at “Neuromotion” – a private outpatient clinic where she learned about her passion for physiotherapy in neurological populations.
Evan is in his second year at UBC in the Master of Physio Therapy program. His hometown of Banff, Alberta had given him great appreciation for the mountains growing up as he was an avid skier and mountain biker. While endeavouring these hobbies, over the years, he completed his Bsc in Kinesiology at the University of Lethbridge.
He considers his path toward physiotherapy unconventional. Finding his career path, post-secondary, was a challenge therefore spending five years doing a variety of jobs; his favourite landscaping. Though he had always found fulfilment in helping others he did not know how to utilize the skill towards a future career. It wasn’t until he injured his back. Following the subsequent months of physiotherapy, he then discovered his passion for rehabilitation. Evan employs a client-centred approach; taking the time to know his clients and tailoring treatment to their individual needs and preferences. While monitoring their progress throughout treatment, his objective is to utilize his previous clinical experience and techniques to help his clients reach their goals. He is very excited for his placement at the UBC Physical Therapy Clinic and looks forward to continuing his development as a physiotherapist.
Haven is nearing completion of her Master of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia (UBC), having previously achieved a Bachelor of Kinesiology with a focus on health sciences. Her journey began when she worked as a Student Athletic Therapist for UBC Varsity Athletics, gaining hands-on experience in injury assessment, emergency first aid, strength & conditioning, and rehabilitation. Driven by a passion for medicine, physical activity, and rehabilitation sciences, Haven found physiotherapy the perfect blend of her interests.
Ryan is currently a second-year Physical Therapy student at the University of British Columbia. He previously completed his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at UBC in 2022.
Having participated in competitive tae kwon do, ice hockey and ultimate frisbee during his upbringing, Ryan encountered a range of sports-related injuries. His firsthand familiarity with the triumphs and challenges inherent in the rehabilitation process fueled his decision to pursue a career as a physiotherapist. During his past clinical placements, Ryan has assisted patients in their recovery from total knee and total hip replacements, enabling them to resume activities that hold significant importance for them. He also worked with individuals with neurological conditions by providing gait re-training and effectively managing their specific conditions.