Who We Are

Steve Witvoet

steveSteve received a degree in physical education in 1995 from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and his physiotherapy degree from the University of British Columbia in 2005. Since then, he has focused his practice in the areas of orthopaedics and sports injury rehabilitation. In addition to his physiotherapy degree, he has earned his Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy as well as Level 1 certification in Neurokinetic Therapy. Neurokinetic therapy is a corrective movement pattern technique which helps alleviate chronic pain.

Steve is currently the only certified practitioner in Vernon. He is also working on completing the Manual Therapy Levels within the Canadian Association of Manipulative Therapist’s. Steve is also a Clinical Faculty member at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon where he teaches anatomy and physiology to 1st and 2nd year students.

Steve has worked with athletes from many levels in numerous sports including hockey, basketball, soccer, football, rugby, athletics, fencing,wrestling, and lacrosse. He has also worked with Athletics Canada in the past and now works with Alpine Canada specifically with the Para-alpine ski team. In 2010, Steve also volunteered at the Vancouver Olympics covering the long track speed skating events. He now travels with the Para-Alpine Ski team occasionally, but prefers not to stray too far from his young family.

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    Lindsay Millan

    Although Lindsay was born in the Okanagan, she was raised in Central Newfoundland, a place where both communities and families grow strong. During her early career, she spent 13 years working with individuals having varying levels of spinal cord injury, and truly learned a lot about the human body. She then took her education and worked in Corporate, Real Estate, and Commercial Law for 5 years in Vancouver, before returning to her roots in manual therapy as a Registered Massage Therapist. She maintains a strong hand in local arts development and presentation, and is a folk musician that tours music festivals in the summer.

    Lindsay feels lucky to have built her home in the Okanagan, and has been pleased to treat not only our community, but has had the honor of treating some of North America’s top athletes!

    As a graduate of the 3000 hour program, Lindsay has built her practice by focusing on thorough orthopaedic assessment of both common and lesser common conditions, and uses evidence-based therapeutic massage, a more medical approach to musculoskeletal care, in conjunction with educating the client in self-applied care, to alleviate both chronic and acute pain in the body.

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      Leanne Yarrow

      Leanne is a recent Masters of Physiotherapy graduate from Queen’s University, who is well versed with the latest in evidence-based clinical practice techniques and assessment methodologies. She completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology degree and earned a distinction at the University of Calgary with a major in Exercise Physiology. After her Bachelor’s Degree, Leanne worked as an outdoor guide and instructor for rock climbing, hiking, backcountry skiing and sea kayaking. During university Leanne enjoyed playing soccer and squash as well as participating in jujitsu and judo where she earned her brown belt. Leanne’s interest include snowboarding, rock climbing, white water kayaking, camping and walking her dog. Although both her work and school have taken Leanne all over Canada she is looking forward to rediscovering the Okanagan lifestyle not far from where she grew up. Through her sport and academic career she has created a passion to pursue physiotherapy as a career.

      Leanne is a member of the Sports Medicine BC and the BC section of Sports Physiotherapy Canada. She offers a comprehensive treatment involving manual and exercise therapy for all musculoskeletal disorders whether they are cause by work, trauma or sport. Leanne believes that taking time to listen to her clients, as well as explaining the clinical reasoning behind the injury and treatments, are essential to successful outcomes. Leanne has a special interest in pursuing further post-graduate qualifications in manual therapy and sports physiotherapy.

        Nicola Gildersleeve

        Born and raised in North Vancouver, Nicola is excited to be relocated to Vernon.
        She comes to us as a graduate from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon, BC. She holds a Bachelor in Human Kinetics (UBC- 2008), with a focus on Health and Fitness.
        Prior to going back to school for Massage Therapy Nicola worked as a Personal Trainer and running coach. Not limiting herself to just one sport, Nicola played varsity basketball for Capilano College and received All-American accolades running track and field and cross country for UBC. It was early on in her running career that Nicola discovered Massage Therapy and it helped her recover from common overuse running injuries and later in prevention.
        Nicola is passionate about helping other people reach their health and wellness goals and through continuing education is dedicated to advancing her knowledge to help serve her patients. Through proper assessments, Nicola takes it upon herself to figure out WHY her patients are experiencing dysfunction/pain and seeks to correct muscle imbalances by prescribing therapeutic exercises.
        To help her clients achieve pain free-functional movement, Nicola leans towards deep tissue modalities, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release and muscle energy techniques. Nicola is especially interested in furthering her knowledge in craniosacral therapy and osteopathic techniques.
        Outside the clinic Nicola is a competitive trail and road ultramarathon runner. Her biggest athletic accomplishments include wins at: Fat Dog 120mi, Tarawera 100k, Stormy 50mi, Knee Knacker 50k, Yakima 50k, Dirty Duo 50k and Sun Mountain 50k. She also holds the female Fastest Known Time on the 180k Sunshine Coast Trail. When she isn’t running, Nicola enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking and ski touring.

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