Our Team

Helen Honig

Helen completed her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at McMaster University, where she also played on the university ice hockey team. She followed this with a Masters in Clinical Human Anatomy at The University of Western Ontario, before deciding she wanted something a little more “hands-on” and completed her physiotherapy degree at The University of British Columbia.

Since finishing physiotherapy school, Helen has pursued post-graduate training in spinal, upper and lower extremity manual therapy, mobilization with movement, the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (to screen for injury risk) and anatomical neuropathic intramuscular stimulation (aka functional dry needling).

With an athletic but also injury-filled background, Helen understands the frustrations which accompany an injury. Helen emphasizes individualized treatment plans combining manual therapy and effective exercise prescription to help her patients return to doing what they love. This is then coupled with movement pattern analysis and re-training to help prevent further injury. Outside the clinic, Helen can be found exploring British Columbia on foot, bicycle or skis and volunteering with her local marine search and rescue group.

Helen is a supervising physical therapist in the Physical Therapy and Research Clinic. As this is a student-led clinic, physiotherapy assessments and treatments will be conducted by the students, under the supervision of Helen and Sally.

 

Sally Stelling

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.

When not at work, Sally is a busy Mom to 4 kids and can be found on the sidelines of many soccer or field hockey turfs. She enjoys hiking and exploring the great outdoors with her family. She also enjoys gardening and growing her own vegetables. Running keeps her fit, and she continues to enjoy training for and running marathons and half marathon

Sally is a supervising physical therapist in the Physical Therapy and Research Clinic. As this is a student-led clinic, physiotherapy assessments and treatments will be conducted by the students, under the supervision of Helen and Sally.

 

Gavin Tonkin

Gavin is a practicing interim 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. In 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

Charlie graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy and attained his Bachelor in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia. He currently holds a Level 1 Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Certification. Charlie has clinical experience working with clients who have neuromuscular conditions, as well as orthopaedic musculoskeletal issues.

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 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. Charlie believes in informing his practice around the latest evidence and research.  With a focus on client education, hands-on manual therapy, and exercise,  he aims to empower his clients to take control of their rehab journey.

Outside of the clinic, Charlie is a certified Krav Maga (self-defence) instructor and teaches at UBC during his spare time. You can also find him in the gym, golfing, hiking, or enjoying lazy mornings on the couch watching soccer.

 

Current Students


Otto Tam

Otto is a third-year Physical Therapy student who will be completing his last placement at the Physical Therapy Research Clinic at UBC.  He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2020.  Otto has worked as a Kinesiologist, Behavior Interventionist, and Special Olympics swimming coach before attending Physical Therapy school.  During his time as a PT student, he has worked with a variety of individuals with various musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiorespiratory conditions in a variety of settings such as hospitals, private clinics, and outpatient rehabilitation centers. Otto is passionate about helping others with their rehabilitation and functional goals.  He believes in a goal-oriented approach, focusing on hands-on techniques, education, and exercise as the pillars of his treatment.

In his spare time, you can also find Otto enjoying weightlifting, kickboxing, running, biking, soccer, and watching Formula 1.  Otto is also a blue belt in Jiu-jitsu and has participated in various tournaments in the lower mainland.


Jordan Widerman

Jordan is a second-year physical therapy student completing his final placement at the UBC Physical Therapy & Research Clinic. Prior to studying physical therapy, Jordan graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Kinesiology with an Active Health & Rehabilitation concentration. For the last several years, Jordan has worked as a kinesiologist in many rehabilitation settings, serving those with various musculoskeletal & neurological conditions to improve the quality of life for his clients. Here, he developed a passion for exercise therapy and an appreciation for its critical role in overall well-being & successful rehabilitation from injuries of all kinds. Jordan’s physical therapy sessions focus on empowering the client, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercise to achieve the client’s short- & long-term goals.

In his spare time, Jordan enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, kayaking, and finding the best places to eat in the city (recommendations are always welcome!).


Aiden Callow

Aidan is a second-year physiotherapy student doing his final placement at the Physical Therapy Research Clinic. Aidan previously attended the University of British Columbia and graduated in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Aidan’s numerous hours spent rehabbing multiple knee injuries, coupled with his Kinesiology degree lead him to the Masters of Physiotherapy program. In Aidan’s gap year between undergrad and master’s, he spent a year predominantly volunteering with Canucks Autism Network (CAN) delivering programs to children and youth with autism. When not working, he enjoys playing sports such as soccer, golf and basketball. Aidan is looking forward to the start of his physiotherapy career as he will be granted the opportunity to help others just as he was when he was a patient rehabbing!