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Physiotherapy

Erika Harder

BSc Kin, MPT, CAFCI, FCAMPT RPT

Erika Harder has been working in the physiotherapy world for over a decade! No stranger to receiving treatment, she decided at her own physiotherapy appointment at age 13 to pursue physiotherapy as a career. Erika completed her Bachelor of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University with Distinction and continued into her Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia.

A self professed ‘nerd’, Erika has continued to do postgraduate courses in acupuncture, trigger point needling, vestibular rehabilitation, myofascial release and most recently has become a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists. Erika loves a dynamic case load ranging from paediatric to geriatric patients, weekend warrior exercisers to sponsored athletes, stroke patients to post oncology. Her passion is to see you return to the type of life you want to live whether that is completing your ultramarathon or being able to finally walk around the block with your grandkids!

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University with Distinction
  • Masters of Physical Therapy from University of British Columbia
  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists
  • Extensive post-graduate work (acupuncture, trigger point needling, tempomandibular (Jaw) joint management, oncology, fascial release)

Carole Gagne

BScPT FDN

Carole enjoys assisting patients in improving their functional abilities whether it be for a return to sports, hobbies or activities of daily living. She strives to focus on the source of issues, muscle imbalances and assisting patients to change/improve habits that leads to pain relief and ease of mobility. She combines manual therapy, IMS, exercise prescription and modalities in her treatments.

Carole graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1990 and worked at the University of Ottawa Sports Medicine Clinic before moving to BC in 2001. She worked in Nanaimo until 2011 and then started to explore the province of BC by becoming a full-time locum(mostly for the lower mainland and Vancouver Island), covering for physiotherapists who needed time off to go on holidays, maternity leaves, medical issues or clinic transitions. This has allowed her to gain experience through various clinical perspectives and fine-tuned her adaptation skills.

Carole enjoys hiking, sailing, swimming, cycling, adventure traveling, walking and/or pulling her dog with her bike chariot.

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from University of Ottawa
  • Level 3 Orthopedic Division Manual Therapy
  • Extensive post graduate experience in dry needling, sports injuries, post surgical rehabilitation (hip and knee replacements, ACL and meniscus repair), MVA whiplash and soft tissue injuries  

Carole Gagne

BScPT FDN

Carole enjoys assisting patients in improving their functional abilities whether it be for a return to sports, hobbies or activities of daily living. She strives to focus on the source of issues, muscle imbalances and assisting patients to change/improve habits that leads to pain relief and ease of mobility. She combines manual therapy, IMS, exercise prescription and modalities in her treatments.

Carole graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1990 and worked at the University of Ottawa Sports Medicine Clinic before moving to BC in 2001. She worked in Nanaimo until 2011 and then started to explore the province of BC by becoming a full-time locum(mostly for the lower mainland and Vancouver Island), covering for physiotherapists who needed time off to go on holidays, maternity leaves, medical issues or clinic transitions. This has allowed her to gain experience through various clinical perspectives and fine-tuned her adaptation skills.

Carole enjoys hiking, sailing, swimming, cycling, adventure traveling, walking and/or pulling her dog with her bike chariot.

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from University of Ottawa
  • Level 3 Orthopedic Division Manual Therapy
  • Extensive post graduate experience in dry needling, sports injuries, post surgical rehabilitation (hip and knee replacements, ACL and meniscus repair), MVA whiplash and soft tissue injuries  

Shayne White

BSc, MPT

Shayne was a long-time student volunteer at Vancouver Island Physiotherapy and is excited to be returning as the newest physiotherapist at VI Physio! Shayne started his learning here back in 2015 and developed a passion for the profession and helping others. Originally pursuing a degree in environmental science, Shayne became more fascinated by human biology and movement and switched his focus towards physiotherapy. Shayne recently graduated from UBC with a Masters of Physical Therapy and is beyond excited to be back on the Island and officially joining the VI Physio team!

Shayne has 10 years of experience working in the service industry and believes that building strong relationships with clients is fundamental to providing quality care. Shayne understands that every person is unique, therefore he likes to work together with clients to develop a specific treatment plan that works for each individual. Shayne’s ultimate goal is to help his clients get back to their favourite activities and empower their confidence in their own abilities and recovery.
When not in the clinic, you can find Shayne out exploring our local trails, down at the beach, or searching for his awful tee shot on the golf course. Stop by for an appointment so we can work together and get you feeling your best!

Credentials

  • Masters of Physical Therapy (2021)
  • Orthopaedic Division AIM Level 1 (2021)
  • Vancouver Island University, Bachelor of Science in Biology (2016)

Shayne White

BSc, MPT

Shayne was a long-time student volunteer at Vancouver Island Physiotherapy and is excited to be returning as the newest physiotherapist at VI Physio! Shayne started his learning here back in 2015 and developed a passion for the profession and helping others. Originally pursuing a degree in environmental science, Shayne became more fascinated by human biology and movement and switched his focus towards physiotherapy. Shayne recently graduated from UBC with a Masters of Physical Therapy and is beyond excited to be back on the Island and officially joining the VI Physio team!

Shayne has 10 years of experience working in the service industry and believes that building strong relationships with clients is fundamental to providing quality care. Shayne understands that every person is unique, therefore he likes to work together with clients to develop a specific treatment plan that works for each individual. Shayne’s ultimate goal is to help his clients get back to their favourite activities and empower their confidence in their own abilities and recovery.
When not in the clinic, you can find Shayne out exploring our local trails, down at the beach, or searching for his awful tee shot on the golf course. Stop by for an appointment so we can work together and get you feeling your best!

Credentials

  • University of British Columbia, Masters of Physical Therapy (2021)
  • Orthopaedic Division AIM Level 1 (2021)
  • Vancouver Island University, Bachelor of Science in Biology (2016)

Sarah MacKay

BSc, MPT

Sarah has been working as a physiotherapist for over 10 years and has focused her career on “solving the problem.” Her goal is always to get to the root of the issue and develop a long-term plan. Sarah completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Regina and her Master’s of Physical Therapy at the University of Western Ontario.

In order to best help her patients, Sarah has continued her education by taking courses in various areas to expand her skillset. She is certified in dry needling, acupuncture, and manipulation therapy and has taken multiple courses on various other manual therapy techniques. Sarah loves to work with people of all age ranges, activity levels, and all injuries from head to toe. She believes that a combination of manual therapy and education is the key to success and you can expect a hands-on approach in treatment sessions with her.

Outside of work, you will find Sarah spending time outdoors with her family. She loves to camp, hike, ski, paddleboard, play hockey, softball, or basically any sport she can get involved in.

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Regina
  • Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario
  • Post-graduate work including dry needling/IMS, traditional Chinese acupuncture, spinal manipulation, myofascial release, Mulligan technique

Sarah MacKay

BSc, MPT

Sarah has been working as a physiotherapist for over 10 years and has focused her career on “solving the problem.” Her goal is always to get to the root of the issue and develop a long-term plan. Sarah completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Regina and her Master’s of Physical Therapy at the University of Western Ontario.

In order to best help her patients, Sarah has continued her education by taking courses in various areas to expand her skillset. She is certified in dry needling, acupuncture, and manipulation therapy and has taken multiple courses on various other manual therapy techniques. Sarah loves to work with people of all age ranges, activity levels, and all injuries from head to toe. She believes that a combination of manual therapy and education is the key to success and you can expect a hands-on approach in treatment sessions with her.

Outside of work, you will find Sarah spending time outdoors with her family. She loves to camp, hike, ski, paddleboard, play hockey, softball, or basically any sport she can get involved in.

Credentials

  • Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Regina
  • Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario
  • Post-graduate work including dry needling/IMS, traditional Chinese acupuncture, spinal manipulation, myofascial release, Mulligan technique

Chiropractic

Ashley Wincikaby

BSc DC

Dr. Ashley Wincikaby is a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ashley’s main focus is on female care (pregnancy & postpartum), adolescent athletic rehabilitation (concussion), and the promotion of functional ability in older ages for independent living (fall prevention & neurological disorder management). Her treatment styles include chiropractic adjustments/mobilizations, both manual and tool-assisted soft tissue therapy, and performance-focused rehabilitation. With an evidence-based, holistic approach to practice, Ashley understands that diagnosing an issue starts with recognizing the mind-body connection. Her approach to care focuses on acknowledging the core aspects of each person’s well being; emotionally, mentally & physically. This structure of care allows patients to seek treatment while bettering their overall health through education and awareness. 

Outside of the office, Ashley’s passions include health & nutrition, cooking, hiking and trail running, Dragon Boat paddling, kickboxing, and overall health and fitness. Her dedication to her education is evident in her past and future accolades as she is currently enrolled in Nanaimo’s Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, for Holistic Nutrition. 

Credentials

  • Doctor of Chiropractic Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) from the University of Guelph; majoring in Biomedical Sciences (Honors) 
  • Graston Technique – M1
  • Athletic Movement Assessment (Upper & Lower Limb) 
  • Concussion Prevention, Detection, & Management (MOOC, University of Calgary) 
  • Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (Exercise I and II) 
  • Functional Biomechanics Certification (Murray Chiropractic Group)

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