Thrive Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic is located in The Mustard Seed Clinic in Vernon, British Columbia.
We have highly skilled university trained physiotherapists specialized in orthopedic and sports therapy rehabilitation.
We also have registered massage therapists who have a competitive sporting background along with a keen interest in sports-related injuries.
Our massage therapists are dedicated to helping you overcome injury and find the path to optimal health. Pain stops here!
Meet the Team
I totally ruptured my Achilles Tendon in November 2014. I received non-surgical treatment in an air boot/cast for ten weeks. I started Physiotherapy Treatment with Steve Witvoet in January 2015. I was very happy with Steve’s approach to assessing my injury and designing a weekly progressive exercise program to achieve my recovery goal. I have just completed my tenth session with Steve and am totally satisfied with my progress. I recommend Steve for any of your Physiotherapy needs.Doug Harrington Retired
I contacted Steve Witvoet for help with a nagging shoulder injury that was hampering my efforts to train for an upcoming surf trip. I was impressed with Steve’s approach to treatment and knowledge of surfing as he quickly focused on my sport-specific goals and designed a specialized set of exercises to deal with my injury. I found it especially helpful that Steve was able to design unique exercises that strengthened not only my shoulder but also developed other important muscle groups that I use when paddling and surfing; he helped me build my shoulder strength and my core simultaneously. The proof, however, is in the outcome. I surfed for 2 weeks straight with no pain and felt stronger than ever in the water. Thank you Steve!Gary Wessels Dentist
After at least 15 years of low back and SI joint pain and stiffness, I am finally free of the constant ‘tooth ache in the hip’, thanks to Steve’s physiotherapy treatments. I had been going to chiropractors and massage therapists, which seemed to help in the short-term, but it was Steve’s assessment and treatment that brought immediate and lasting relief. Steve honed in on areas that I had no idea were an issue, and with the neurokinetic approach and exercises, he discovered why I’d been suffering for so long. I also highly appreciate that Steve stays with his patient for the entire appointment time, working intently on the issue, rather than shuttling around the physiotherapy room, compartmentalizing his time between several other patients on beds behind curtains, as has been my experience with other physiotherapists. I have been able to return to my cycling, long distance walking and my passion, gardening, knowing that I’m not going to be all kinked-up afterward. Thank you as well, Steve, for giving me back pain-free sleep, the best thing of all!Wendy Lane Teacher
After suffering an extensive knee injury that prevented me from bearing any weight on my injured leg, I was left unable to perform the duties of my physically demanding job and my preferred activities. I was receiving physiotherapy, but not seeing any results. I was well aware that my expedient and full recovery would require much hard work. What I needed was a progressive sport physiotherapist who would push me to my rehabilitation limits. I discussed this with my specialist and he subsequently referred me to Steve Witvoet. Steve not only treated my injury, he challenged my entire body, focussing on strengthening my core. Within a couple of weeks I noticed a remarkable improvement in the strength and stability of my knee that continued in the months that followed. Four months later I am very pleased to say that I run up to 5 miles, four times a week, and am regularly weight training. I can say for certain that Steve’s approach to rehabilitation has been the reason for my returning to the activities and work that I was partaking in prior to the injury. I cannot thank Steve enough.Matt Rattee Injury Treatment
I first met Steve Witvoet while in rehab following a traumatic spinal cord injury in 2004. Even though he was a student at the time, he very quickly became the most trusted member of my medical team. Steve’s unique ability to identify his clients’ needs, both immediate and future, allow clients to deal with their most pressing issues while at the same time working towards future fitness goals. Steve saw and respected the athlete in me at a time when most medical professionals didn’t, and his support and positive energy greatly accelerated my return to independent living and international sport. Vernon is privileged to have such a fantastic physio available!Jessica Vliegenthart Team Canada Wheelchair Basketball 2010 World Bronze Medalists
I was amazed and delighted with Steve Witvoet’s approach in helping me solve my health issues. In a totally non-judgmental manner, he determined the nature of my injuries, both chronic and catastrophic, and with determined kindness and skill, he worked to relieve the problems. Steve was very creative and showed great competency in helping me. Thank you so much.Mark Reynolds BSc(Pharm)
I work doing a job that is physically demanding, and at the beginning of my season I could hardly walk up-right from my back pain. After just one session with Steve I felt tremendously better. He taught me stretches that I now do regularly and I have been able to maintain the pace that my job demands. I have also been able to ride my dirtbike like a 20 year old again!! Thanks Steve…Herb Wiebe Injury Treatment
Over the years I have had shoulder and knee issues, and now with a second ACL repair, I needed to return to physiotherapy in Vernon. Not only did Steve Witvoet teach me to treat the injury and manage recovery, but he also went deeper with his extensive knowledge and experience of the body to investigate the root causes of my injury. This was helpful in predicting and preparing me for future areas of concern. In his personal life he is also physically active and understands the athlete’s mind and body. In short, he knows his stuff. I feel completely confident in his expertise and recommend him for all of your Vernon physiotherapy or sports injury rehab.Jon Buller Sports Injury Treatment
Steve’s energy and strong physiotherapy knowledge helped me both through some tough times as well as some tough rehabilitation. He is a great guy and I would strongly recommend his services.Corey McCallum Injury Rehabilitation
Leanne Yarrow at Thrive Physiotherapy was absolutely excellent. Her extensive knowledge of human anatomy and biomechanics cured my chronic shoulder aggrievances and is one of the many reasons I refer all my PT patients to her. HIGHLY recommend Leanne!Via Google