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Physiotherapy

Erika Massong

BSc Kin, MPT, CAFCI, FCAMPT RPT

Erika Massong 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  

Massage Therapy

Julia Sage

RMT, Postural Alignment Therapist)

Julia graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in 1990. Over the years she has studied many different assessments and hands-on techniques which she has integrated into her practice; most recently she completed the Postural Alignment Specialist course through the Egoscue Institute.

Julia’s massage is largely informed by her postural findings – an effective combination of therapy which she enjoys very much. So many people are living in pain because their bodies are misaligned and working against gravity. Dysfunctions can occur over a period of time and they typically lead to further compensations – the body’s way of adjusting to the underlying dysfunction. Through a series of exercises and stretches tailored to your unique needs and designed to make certain demands on your body, normal muscle function and interaction can be restored. Since the body works as a unit, and bones do what muscles tell them to do, your weight-bearing joints can come back into alignment, thereby resolving the dysfunction and the compensations which are no longer needed. 

The results are dramatically reduced pain, increased function and mobility, and improved balance, gait, performance, and endurance. This work will reduce the wear and tear on your joints and potentially spare you from more invasive measures down the road. You will learn a great deal about your body along the way and each session will build on the progress made from the last visit. The key to this work is compliance with your routine.

Julia will work with you to integrate your therapeutic needs with your need to unwind and recalibrate. She loves to work with all ages and all kinds of people and she’s very grateful to have learned so much from a widely diverse clientele over many years of practice. She is excited and delighted to be joining the outstanding team of Practitioners at Vancouver Island Physiotherapy.

Chiropractic

Ashley Wicikaby

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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