Our Updated Clinic Policies - March 10, 2022

In accordance with the recommendations from the Public Health Officer, because we work in close proximity with all of our clients, we will continue to require the following in order to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort while in the clinic:

  • Please bring and wear a face mask when entering the clinic (face masks with valves are not accepted).
  • Continue to self-monitor for illness using the BC Self-Assessment Tool.
  • Reschedule your appointment if you feel ill, telehealth physiotherapy sessions are still available if you are not able to visit us in person.

All staff will continue to practice regular and frequent hand hygiene, disinfect rooms and surfaces between each client visit, ensure appropriate ventilation in our space and self-monitor for illness.

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Physiotherapy


Pre- and Post-Natal & Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

For people who are pre- or post-natal requiring assessment, as well as those who may require vaginal or rectal examination for pain, continence or other issues related to pelvic health. These treatments are most suited to people who idenfity as female, gender non-conforming, or transgender who are most comfortable seeking care with a therapist who is best informed to provde treatment and educat... Read More

For people who are pre- or post-natal requiring assessment, as well as those who may require vaginal or rectal examination for pain, continence or other issues related to pelvic health. These treatments are most suited to people who idenfity as female, gender non-conforming, or transgender who are most comfortable seeking care with a therapist who is best informed to provde treatment and education related to the vulva, vagina and related pelvic organs and pelvic floor muscles.


Pre- and Post-Prostatectomy, Pelvic, Penile & Testicular Pain, and Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

For people who are pre- or post-prostatectomy requiring assessment, as well as those who may require rectal, or urogenital examination for pain, continence or other issues related to pelvic health. These treatments are most suited to people who idenfity as male, gender non-conforming, or transgender who are most comfortable seeking care with a therapist who is best informed to provde treatment ... Read More

For people who are pre- or post-prostatectomy requiring assessment, as well as those who may require rectal, or urogenital examination for pain, continence or other issues related to pelvic health. These treatments are most suited to people who idenfity as male, gender non-conforming, or transgender who are most comfortable seeking care with a therapist who is best informed to provde treatment and education related to the penis, testicles and related pelvic organs and pelvic floor muscles.


Clinical Pilates

Clinical Pilates session involving strengthening and release work, focusing on stability and alignment with a Rehabilitation Assistant Physiotherapy Support Worker, under supervision of a Registered Physiotherapist (note- you must have had an initial session with a Physiotherapist first)


Yoga Therapy

Trauma informed; Integrated Systems Model (ISM) Yoga Therapy focuses on determining the root cause of your concern. A wholistic approach to healing, merging Western understandings of anatomy, physiology and mind-body psychology with ancient Eastern Yogic practices, such as breath work, postures, and meditation, recognizes the interconnectedness of your emotions, thoughts and body. Programs are ... Read More

Trauma informed; Integrated Systems Model (ISM) Yoga Therapy focuses on determining the root cause of your concern. A wholistic approach to healing, merging Western understandings of anatomy, physiology and mind-body psychology with ancient Eastern Yogic practices, such as breath work, postures, and meditation, recognizes the interconnectedness of your emotions, thoughts and body. Programs are personally curated to empower you with body-based tools necessary to start and continue your healing journey at home. Your unique healing journey is based on your readiness and commitment to the practice. These sessions are supervised by a Physiotherapist- an appointment with a Physiotherapist at Woodland Physiotherapy for as assessment is required prior to sessions of Yoga Therapy.


Physiotherapy Support Worker

A Physiotherapy Support Worker (PTSW) is any individual with any formal training (including pilates, yoga and personal training) who is providing physical therapy services under the supervision of a physiotherapist. Your PTSW may work idependently with you or in conjunction with your physiotherapist toward your rehabilitation or health and fitness goals. Please note, please check with your insu... Read More

A Physiotherapy Support Worker (PTSW) is any individual with any formal training (including pilates, yoga and personal training) who is providing physical therapy services under the supervision of a physiotherapist. Your PTSW may work idependently with you or in conjunction with your physiotherapist toward your rehabilitation or health and fitness goals. Please note, please check with your insurance provider for coverage for PTSW services.

Larissa Costa

Physiotherapy, Acupuncture BPT, MScRSc, CAFCI

Practitioner Certification, Education, and Background

● Bachelors in Physical Therapy, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (2007)

● Masters in Science in Rehabilitation Science, University of Alberta, Canada (2011)

● Certification in Acupuncture under the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (CAFCI) (2012)

● Manual Therapy Mulligan Course (2012)

● Pelvic Floor Courses (2019/20)

● Languages: Portuguese & English

Areas of Practice and Expertise

● Pelvic Health (incontinence/pelvic pain/perinatal)

● Manual Therapy/Orthopaedics

● Acupuncture

● Joint Replacement Rehabilitation(pre & post surgical)

● Sports Related Injuries

● Chronic Muscle and Joint Pains

● Spinal Degeneration & Arthritis related pains

● ICBC & Worksafe BC related injuries

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The daughter of two energetic Physical Health Educators, Stephanie learned from a young age the importance of healthy movement in creating a vibrant life and has since woven this belief into both her work and personal life.

Stephanie graduated from l’universite d’Ottawa in 2000 with a Bachelors in Physiotherapy, following a degree in Biology and Education from Queen’s University. She has worked in acute care, occupational rehabilitation and injury prevention. Stephanie is an instructor at Vancouver Community College where she teaches in the Occupational and Physiotherapy Assistant Program. She has completed the Discover Physio Series with Diane Lee and LJ Lee, which focuses on a whole-body integrated model.

Stephanie recently completed her clinical pilates instructor training with Calibrate Pilates and is passionate about actively helping her clients find even greater joy from the things they love – sport, caring for family or just moving with greater ease and grace each day.

Outside of work, you will find Stephanie hanging out with her three kids, playing tennis, near the water or plotting out her next home renovation or vacation.

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Natalie graduated from McMaster University in 2004 and has worked in many areas including private practice, community care and hospital-based rehabilitation. She has taken post-graduate courses in IMS, acupuncture, orthopaedics and women’s health and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT).

In addition to being a clinician, Natalie is also an educator - instructing in the Master of Physical Therapy program at UBC as well as the Internationally Educated Physiotherapist Exam Preparation Program.

Natalie’s sessions typically focus on biomechanical analysis, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and may include IMS (dry needling) or acupuncture.

Outside of work Natalie can be found playing outside, cycling, kayak touring and cooking with friends and family.

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Tina’s passion for rehabilitation sparked early in her athletic career, where she experienced first-hand the impact of injury, along with the value of having a caring and knowledgeable physiotherapist by your side. Her academic journey began at the University of British Columbia, where Tina graduated with her Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and Masters of Physical Therapy. Throughout her clinical experience she has worked with clients recovering from sports-related injuries, motor vehicle accidents, neurological injury, post-surgical recovery, and individuals living with persistent pain.

Tina utilizes collaborative and personalized treatment plans that encompass manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and education to support her clients in achieving their goals. She strives to empower her clients by giving them the knowledge and tools to be active participants in their rehabilitation journey both inside and outside of the clinic.

Tina has completed her Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Level 1 Diploma through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and continues to engage with coursework to be up to date on how to best support her clients.

When she is not in the clinic, you can find Tina up on the mountains skiing or hiking, or down on the mainland running, rollerblading or playing volleyball. If she’s not outdoors, you can find her reading, drawing, or trying out a new vegetarian recipe!

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Taylor is a Physical Therapy Assistant with a diploma from Vancouver Community College.

Born and raised in the prairies, Taylor’s desire for helping others improve quality of life through functional movement patterns, comes from her 20 years of meticulous training as a competitive dancer. Prior to moving to the west coast, she graduated from the University of Manitoba with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and completed her Canfitpro certification in Personal Training. She is passionate about promoting both strength and control in order to prevent injuries, manage pain and achieve goals with the use of Clinical Pilates.

Outside the clinic, you can find Taylor riding her bike, enjoying the beach, or searching for the best brunch spot in the city!

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Amanda has been fascinated by the way people move for most of her life, starting from when she was a young athlete in modern pentathlon. After years of competing nationally and internationally in fencing and shooting, she decided to turn her interest in the human body into a career. She completed her undergraduate degree in Science (Biology) and Psychology at the University of British Columbia, then went on to attain a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto.

She has completed extensive post-graduate training in needling techniques and manual therapy. She has completed her Upper and Lower Quadrant Manual Therapy level 3 in pursuit of the Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy Course as well as being both UBC Chan Gunn IMS certified and Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute certified. She is also trained in the Integrated Systems Model (Lee & Lee), Neural and Visceral manipulation and is a certified K-taping and Pelvic Floor therapist.

She has a keen interest in helping people manage their injuries and symptoms, returning them to their regular activities while minimizing risk of re-injury. Amanda enjoys treating people of all abilities and has experience treating a wide range of conditions such as repetitive overuse, arthritis, whiplash and sports injuries. In her free time she enjoys running, rock climbing, skiing, and cycling.

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Junichi graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Masters of Physical Therapy, after receiving a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the same university. While completing his studies, he worked as a student Athletic Trainer for varsity athletes, treating sport-specific musculoskeletal injuries. Junichi also has prior experience as a Kinesiologist in private practice, assessing and treating clients with ICBC and WCB related injury claims. His treatment style focuses on manual therapy, exercise, and client education with the aim of empowering the client with the appropriate knowledge to take control of their pain and rehabilitation. Outside the clinic, you can find Junichi riding his bike around Vancouver, working on his golf swing, or learning a new piece on the piano.

Junichi graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Masters of Physical Therapy, aft... Read More

Nicole obtained a Bachelor of Kinesiology and a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia. She completed her Level 1 Manual Therapy Certification from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopedic Division and has recently completed her Clinical Pilates training through Calibrate Pilates. As a physiotherapist, Nicole believes in taking a holistic approach to her practice. Her treatment approach uses a combination of manual therapy, exercise prescription, therapeutic modalities and education tailored to meet each client’s unique needs. Nicole’s clinical interests include musculoskeletal injuries, women’s health, clinical Pilates and post-operative joint replacement rehabilitation. In her spare time, Nicole loves to explore the outdoors in beautiful B.C. whether that be hiking, biking, kayaking or skiing. She also enjoys spin and Pilates classes, and spending time with her rescue dog.

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Calvin has completed his Master degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, and holds a Bachelors in Kinesiology from McMaster University. Calvin enjoys using the Integrated Systems Model (Lee & Lee), an approach that empowers clients by optimizing the performance of movement. As part of this client specific approach, Calvin often utilizes his extensive post-graduate training in spine and joint manual therapy, active release techniques (ART), Craniosacral therapy (CS1 + CS2), Intra-muscular stimulation (IMS), and anatomical acupuncture. Calvin often utilizes these manual techniques in combination with corrective therapeutic exercises to allow his clients to find optimal movement strategies to enhance function and performance. Calvin has helped numerous clients recovering for motor vehicle accidents, recreational and competitive sports injuries and repetitive overuse injuries.

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Nikki is a certified Yoga Therapist who graduated in 2020 from Vancouver School of Healing Arts. She is trained in trauma informed Integrated Systems Model (ISM), La Lupavia’s Held in Grief, Rainbow kids’ yoga, SoulWork trauma sensitive kids’ yoga and is certified for Health and Nutrition Coaching from The Health Coach Institute.

Nikki’s yoga therapy offerings are a blend of Western knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and mind-body psychology with ancient Eastern Yogic practices, such as breath work, postures (asana) and meditation. Nikki was drawn to yoga therapy as the offerings are curated with a wholistic, human-centered approach that focus on determining the root cause while recognizing the interconnectedness of your emotions, thoughts, and body. No previous experience is needed to enjoy the offerings of Yoga Therapy.

Nikki also teaches public yoga classes for adults at Oxygen Yaletown, and for kids through The Yoga Buggy Association, offering kids across the lower mainland an opportunity to experience yoga.

Outside of work, you can find Nikki playing in the forest with her beloved dog, attending local workshops on creative art projects, and exploring all the wonderful sea to sky offerings of Vancouver.

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