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.

 

Sally Stelling

Sally is working as a Physiotherapist for the Brain Wellness Program at UBC and the UBC Physical Therapy and Research clinic. She is primarily assessing people for group exercise classes. If space is available she will see clients for general assessments in conjunction with the physiotherapy students. Please call to book an appointment.

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

 

Current Students

Alex Geldman

Alex is a Master of Physical Therapy candidate at UBC and expected to graduate in the fall of 2020. Alex has experience in rehabilitation of joint replacement surgeries, leg and hip fractures, amputations, falls prevention, and of using personalized exercise programs to treat common low-back, shoulder and neck pain. His final practicums will offer an opportunity to conduct group classes, using remote education tools, and helping individuals with neurological or arthritic conditions to become more active. When not studying or working, Alex enjoys playing tennis, swimming, jogging and weight training. Motivated by his own experience with chronic pain, he maintains an interest in injury and pain management and the role of physical therapy in primary and preventative care. Having also recently become a father, Alex cherishes every moment he spends with his family.

Brendan Boyle

Brendan is a second-year Physiotherapy Student at UBC on his fifth clinical placement. As a former university ice hockey and baseball player, Brendan is no stranger to injuries and realizes the importance of exercise prescription to help clients achieve their goals. Outside of school, Brendan is an avid cyclist and dog dad.

 

 

Deanna Barnes

Deanna is a second-year Physical Therapy student at UBC. She is excited to be graduating soon and joining the profession. Growing up in a small town, she played multiple sports and incurred many injuries. These injuries and her experiences with the rehabilitation process created her desire to help others recover and return to their favourite activities. When Deanna isn’t at UBC studying, she can be found outside hiking, playing tennis, or exploring the beautiful city of Vancouver.

 

Lena Walther

Lena is a second-year student who is incredibly excited to be completing one of her last placements at the UBC PTRC. Lena’s passion lies in exercise therapy and developing functional programs that help clients achieve their goals while increasing their self-efficacy. In her spare time, you can find Lena running, strength and circuit training, reading and baking. She looks forward to meeting you at the UBC Student-Led Physical Therapy Clinic!