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 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, to facilitate and improve functional movement and assist 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.
Peter Yi Li
Peter is a second-year physiotherapy student at UBC and is completing my final clinical placement at the PTRC. Prior to starting my physiotherapy journey, Peter obtained an Arts and Science diploma and a Human Kinetics diploma both at Langara before completing my bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at UBC in 2018.
During my previous placements, I’ve had the chance to work in the acute surgical unit working with people with hip and knee replacements as well as other various surgeries. In other placements, I had the opportunity to work in outpatients in a hospital, rehab centre and community home health settings which allowed me to work with various populations such as various orthopedic, neurological, vascular and geriatrics. I’ve also had the opportunity during my volunteer time to work as a gym attendant at the physical activity research centre in ICORD working with individuals with spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. Overall, I believe in empowering my patients/clients through knowledge and exercise to live a healthier life. During my time as a student, I worked for (and currently for) Vancouver Parks Board and Recreation as an ice skating instructor/on-ice first aid attendant/skate shop attendant. During my free time, I like to ride my motorcycle, play ice hockey, snowboarding in the winter and play my guitar.
Peter is fluent in English and Mandarin.