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Sports Injury Treatment
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Sports Injury Treatment

Welcome to Spine & Sports Physical Therapy & Massage Clinic

We are proud to be one of Vernon’s largest and most diversified Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy Clinic. Trusted in the community since 1995, our skilled professionals offer patients a variety of treatment methods to help you recover. If you are suffering from joint pain, arthritis, tight muscles, neck or back strain, or have experienced an injury at work, in a car accident or playing sports we can help. We have a team of 7 Physiotherapists and  2 Registered Massage Therapists who will provide individualized treatments for all ages in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Cheryl Witter

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Cheryl is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Physiotherapy program. With an extensive background in athletic competition she made a seamless transition into the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries as a Physiotherapist. Cheryl co-founded Spine and Sports in 1995 and opened the North End office in 2007. She holds her Advanced Diploma in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy and is certified in Active Release Technique (ART), Vestibular Rehab and Dry Needling (FDN). She has also completed her Concussion Rehab Course and TMJ Care Course. A longtime runner she has completed marathons and road races and now enjoys outrunning her dogs on Okanagan trails.

Derek Geldrich, Physiotherapist
Derek Geldrich

Derek was raised in the Kootenays and involved in downhill ski racing and mountain biking gained an appreciation for exercise fitness and rehabilitation. After completing a degree in Kinesiology he worked with a wide range of athletes for fitness training to ICBC injuries for rehabilitation. A Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Alberta in 2009 led Derek to move to Vernon where he has continued to involve himself in various sports. He provides physiotherapy for the Vernon Tigers Junior lacrosse team and is member of the Vernon Rowing Club. In addition, Derek has achieved accreditation in Acupuncture and continues to pursue advanced training in Manual Therapy. He has also completed Concussion Rehab training to further help in treating athletes. His experience with personal training as a Kinesiologist and his own background in sports provides him with an extensive knowledge base to pass on to his clients.

Carla Buchanan, Registered Massage Therapist
Carla Buchanan
Registered Massage Therapist

Carla is one of our "locals." She is a Registered Massage Therapist born and raised in Vernon and pursued a career in Massage Therapy. Carla graduated in 1996 from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She has been with North End since 2006. Her presence was a first for "Spine and Sports." Amalgamating Physio and Massage. It was also a first in Vernon. What a perfect match we soon realized! Carla's practice includes deep tissue, trigger points, sports and prenatal massage. She also has completed her Dr. Vodders Manual Lymph Drainage. Away from work Carla is a fitness fanatic, doing "Tough Mudder" and crazy amounts of Burpees daily. She has trained in Shotokan Karate and is a 3rd degree Black Belt. But she is also good at relaxing! Loves her books... her "ranch".... and her Berners.

Virginie Pichard-Jolicoeur, Physiotherapist
Virginie Pichard-jolicoeur

Virginie is a Physiotherapy graduate from Université Laval and moved to the Okanagan from St-Ferréol-les-neiges, Québec. Formerly a nationally ranked cross country skier, Virginie loves the healthy balance between work and the incredible outdoors of the Okanagan Valley. She is an avid cross-country and backcountry skier. When the snow melts, she enjoys trail running, mountain biking and paddle boarding on Kalamalka Lake. Virginie has a passion for traveling and has roamed all 7 continents. Virginie also combines her passion for fitness and skiing as a coach for the cross-country skiing racing team at Sovereign Lake Nordic Center. Not surprisingly, she has a strong interest in sports and musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Virginie has received accreditation in Acupuncture and Virginie is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT), having completed post-graduate education and attained internationally-recognized qualifications in hands-on therapy. She has also completed an Advanced Health Care Clinical Master in Manipulative Therapy through the University of Western Ontario.

Kayla Comstock, Physiotherapist
Kayla Comstock (Forsyth)

Kayla is a local, who was born and raised in Vernon, BC. She completed her BSc at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, and also played on and captained the Women's Varsity Basketball team during her years there. She went on to complete her Master's in Physical Therapy at UBC in 2014. Kayla has a passion for rehabilitation and active living, having been an avid athlete through high school sports, varsity basketball, and long distance running. When not at the clinic you will often find her outside spending time being active with her family. Kayla has post-graduate training specializing in soft tissue release, manual therapy, and treating TMJ disorders. She is also certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion Rehabilitation. Kayla believes that her personal experience in sports and her focus on individualized treatment programs, integrating both manual therapy and active rehabilitation, will help you achieve your physiotherapy goals!

Cori Hanan

Cori was raised in the Victoria area, attended university in St. John's, NL and completed her Master's of Physical Therapy at UBC. After spending the last several years working on the North Shore in Vancouver, Cori recently made the move to Vernon to enjoy Okanagan living. In practice, Cori utilizes a combination of manual therapy and exercise prescription to tailor each treatment to individual goals and needs. She has also added Vestibular Rehabilitation to her skill set. When not at the clinic, Cori is currently coaching with the Vernon Kokanee swim Team. She also enjoys running, cycling, playing basketball and exploring the many parks and trails!

Courtney de Vries, Physiotherapist
Courtney de Vries

Courtney is an Okanagan local, who was raised in Kelowna and now calls Vernon her home. She completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology at UBC in 2013. She also played varsity volleyball at Capilano University where she completed her first two years of school. She then went on to complete her Master’s in Physical Therapy at UBC in 2016. She enjoys all that the Okanagan has to offer—snowboarding and snowshoeing in the winter and hiking and playing beach volleyball in the summers. In her spare time you can find Courtney outside enjoying the trails with her dog Guss. She has a passion for incorporating manual therapy and exercise with a focus on muscular imbalances. She believes that each person deserves attentive and individualized treatment sessions. Courtney has achieved accreditation in Acupuncture and has completed her Functional Dry Needling accreditation. She is planning on pursuing further training in Manual Therapy. She is committed to providing the best care and support to patients, allowing them to return quickly to the lifestyle and activities that they enjoy most.

Tanis Marquette, Registered Massage Therapist
Tanis Marquette
Registered Massage Therapist

Tanis came to Vernon from the East Kootenays but was born and raised in Prince George. Recovering from a biking incident in 2013 put Tanis on her path to becoming an RMT. She completed her training here at OVCMT in 2015. Since then she has completed her full certification in Dr. Vodder's Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Tanis also has special interest in treating postural dysfunction, musculoskeletal conditions and overuse injuries. She looks forward to pursuing future continuing education in areas such as whiplash recovery and TMJ dysfunction. During her time off Tanis loves to hike far and wide and loves getting out with her two shar pei's.

Mara Boaru

Mara completed her Physiotherapy degree in Romania before moving to Canada. She grew up knowing she will be a doctor but, inspired by her passion for the outdoors and staying active, she decided to find a career path that would also motivate others to participate in maintaining their physical and metal health through movement. While living in Calgary, she completed a Massage Therapy program where she developed a more refined sense of therapeutic touch and palpation. When she returned to practicing physiotherapy, Mara was able to blend her in-depth knowledge of the human body with hands-on skills. She has taken many additional courses since, from Manual Therapy to pain science, and developed a special interest for treating the TMJ (jaw) area through in-dept study, training with world leaders in the field and collaborating with specialists from the dental field. She loves treating people that want to get more in tune with their bodies and want to be still moving well regardless of age. Whether you are a weekend warrior, gardener, soccer mom or athlete, she will help you achieve your movement goals. Her passion is to spend time under the great big ski, either mountain biking, camping, hiking or snowboarding and she believes no medicine can beat a walk in the woods.

Dawn Doyle
Office Manager

Dawn calls Vernon her home 18 years after moving from Alberta. Dawn joined our team since retiring from her career as a Veterinary Technologist and obtaining an Accounting Bookkeeping Certificate from Okanagan College. She now brings those talents to us. We think she smiles so much because now our patients don’t bite her! Dawn is a huge foodie and has a great passion for adventuring around the Okanagan. In her spare time she hikes with her dog or is creating something in the kitchen. We feel extremely fortunate to have such a well rounded Office Manager. There is nothing Dawn can’t do!

Shawna Bader
Front Reception (& so much more)

Shawna arrived to Vernon with her husband 23 years ago from Grand Forks. Shawna joined our team after raising her 2 children while continuing to run her her own sewing business from her home. Her compassion, attention to detail and great sense of humor will leave you smiling. When Shawna is not working, she enjoys camping, hiking and spending time with family including the dog of course! We are enjoying the addition of Shawna to the team. Sometimes Shawna and Dawn get a twinkle in their eye. We get slightly worried as to what they are up to!

Terri - Bookkeeper - Team Photo
Terri Gourdine

Every office needs a “Terri!“ But we are not sharing her! Terri is our Bookkeeper and keeps us on our toes. She makes sure the numbers go in the right column, ensures we keep accurate and does a million other things for us! We are very fortunate to have Terri on staff. Thursday’s is her “pop in“ day to make sure we are all towing the line and we look forward to her visits which are filled with charm and wit. Well, as soon as she sees we are balancing and behaving!

Madison Powls

Maddie has been with us since she was in grade 9. She graduated from UBC Okanagan and received her Bachelor of Human Kinetics - Minor in Psychology. Maddie also received the UBCO Medal in Human Kinetics. This medal goes to the graduating student with the highest GPA. As a Kinesiologist, Maddie can create personalized exercise programs for you to fit your needs. Whether your goal is to improve your strength, mobility, cardiovascular fitness or balance, Maddie is here to help!