Michael White: OwnerMichael has been a physiotherapist since 1976. He has a Bachelors degree from Dalhousie University and a practical Masters in Medical Acupuncture from the University of Alberta. He practices in the area of Orthopedics, Sports, and Pain management. Michael has been a guest lecturer for the clinical experts program at the Physiotherapy Faculty at the University of British Columbia since 1998.
Michael has also opened two other clinics on the North Shore: Kinetic Rehabilitation Centre (www.kineticrehab.ca)in 2009 and Canopy Integrated Health (www.canopyhealth.ca) in 2011.
Michael has a background in rugby, squash and golf. In his spare time, Michael writes music, and plays with his band, Five Easy Pieces, in various local venues.
Darryl Gjernes : Associate
Darryl received a BSc in Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of British Columbia in 1976. He has worked as a licensed, registered physiotherapist specializing in orthopedics since his graduation. He has been an examiner for the physiotherapy licensing board of British Columbia, a board member and the Fee Negotiation Chairperson of the British Columbia Association of Physiotherapists in Private Practice(BCSAPPP), as well as the head of the Liaison Committee between the BCAPPP and MSP and WCB.
Personally, Darryl is an avid basketball player and general sports enthusiast.
Yasha Rabbani: Associate
Yasha graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and the University of British Columbia with a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy. He has furthered his education with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute, and the Manipulation Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. In Yasha's free time he enjoys coaching the senior girls basketball team at Carson Graham Secondary, volunteering at Camp Goodtimes, and recreational activities such as basketball, football, and enjoying the beautiful North Shore trails with his dog Zeus.
Sarah Arscott: Associate
Congratulations to Sarah on her new beautiful baby boy! Sarah will be on maternity leave until the end of 2015.
Sarah graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Kinetics and a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy. Sarah has a special interest in orthopedics, pedeatrics and women's health. She is a certified prenatal fitness instructor and has experience teaching prenatal fitness classes as well as co-instructing the "Fit to Deliver" prenatal fitness certification course. Sarah has also furthered her education with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute, allowing her to integrate Acupuncture into her treatments. Sarah is an avid soccer player and mom to young Quinn.
Ruan Le Roux: Associate
Ruan is on temporary leave as he waits for his citizenship to be processed. We hope to have Ruan back to work this summer...
Ruan graduated from Brunel University in London England in2006. He then moved to Namibia where he worked in private clinics along with being the physio for the Olympic team at the All Africa Games in 2007.In 2008 he was recruited to work with the Under 19 Cricket team which included a trip to Malaysia for the Cricket World Cup. Following this he worked for the Scottish cricket team for a tour in Africa. Upon returning to the UK he worked in a large teaching hospital in London treating mainly chronic conditions. Ruan has continued his education with a certification in Acupuncture.
Searching for greener pastures, he moved to beautiful British Columbia where, in his spare time, he plays rugby at the Capilano Rugby club. Ruan also partakes in all the outdoor activities offered on the north shore including snowboarding,mountain biking and hiking.
Ryan Hill: AssociateRyan's passion for physio began as a patient here at Village Physiotherapy many years ago! He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics in 2008 and with a Master of Physical Therapy in 2010. He has a keen interest in working with athletes, and has since pursued qualifications as a certified Sport Physiotherapist. He is also certified as an Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer. Ryan is excited to have come back to Village as a staff member, and enjoys working with the people of the North Shore. Ryan to challenge himself physically and has recently completed his first Iron Man!
Michelle Cuthbert :: Associate
Michelle graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Health Education and from the University of Alberta with a Masters of Physical Therapy. In the fall of 2013, Michelle travelled to the Middle East where she volunteered as a Physiotherapist. Along with travelling, Michelle is passionate about health, wellness, and keeping active. She was lucky enough to grow up on the North Shore and was a competitive gymnast at Flicka Gymnastics Club for eight years. Michelle is very excited about pursuing her career in Physical Therapy and is looking forward to continuing her education in Acupuncture, Manipulative Therapy, and Women's Health.
Nicole Fitzpatrick :: Associate
Nicole graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2010. While in Victoria, Nicole volunteered at a physiotherapy clinic at a recreational center, assisting with the care of individuals with a wide range of medical conditions and injuries. In her summer semester, Nicole also volunteered at a camp for youth with physical and mental disabilities. Given her interest in travel, Nicole completed her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. Her final thesis, which looked at the motivations, barriers and strategies of increasing physical activity in the elderly population was published in the special edition of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. To further develop her practical experience, Nicole worked as an assistant physiotherapist at a private clinic. Along with Nicole's passion for helping others recover from injuries and improve wellness, she is also passionate about health and fitness. Nicole has always enjoyed leading a healthy and active lifestyle, including hiking, snowshoeing and snowboarding as well as other outdoor activities the North Shore has to offer.
Emily Evans-Galeski: Physio Assistant
Emily graduated from the Max Q-Schule fur Physiotherapie in Iserlohn,Germany with a degree in Physiotherapy and massage therapy in 2006. She is a "retired" dancer, and now enjoys filling her spare time with hot yoga. Emily also likes going on walks and exploring nature.
Alison Taylor: Business Manager
Ali started out managing Village Physio in 2004 and is passionate about working in the Health Care industry. In 2009, she managed to give up some control here at Village, and became the Business Manager for Village and sister clinic Kinetic Rehabilitation Centre. Ali developed and opened a third clinic in Lynn Valley, Canopy Integrated Health and is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful family of practices. Most recently she has partnered in the development of a clinic management software Jane Clinic Management Software. She holds her B.A. in English from the University of British Columbia, and is qualified as a Level Two Gymnastics coach with the B.C.G.A. (British Columbia Gymnastics Association).
When not at work, Alison is busy taking care of her 3 children and trying to sneak in a run or some yoga whenever there is a free moment!
Alex Nixon - Front Desk
Bio is in the works