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Sports Injury Treatment
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Sports Injury Treatment
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 6 Physiotherapists and 2 Registered Massage Therapists who will provide individualized treatments for all ages in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Team of Physiotherapists and Registered Massage Therapists
Cheryl Witter, Physiotherapist
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) and Dry Needling (FDN). She has also completed her Concussion Rehab Course. A longtime runner she has completed marathons and road races and now enjoys outrunning her dogs on Okanagan trails. She is also a regular contributor to the Vernon Morning Star with a lifestyles column.

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!

Shannon Sakakibara, Registered Massage Therapist
Shannon Sakakibara
Registered Massage Therapist

Shannon is our "Island Girl"! She grew up on Northern Vancouver Island and moved to Vernon in 2008 to pursue her career in Massage Therapy. She attended the Okanagan Valley School of Massage Therapy, graduating in 2011. Shannon has additional training in Myofascial Release, Thai Sports Massage and Manual Lymph Drainage. Special areas of interests include prenatal care, therapeutic and sports massage. Shannon has been a welcome addition and integral part of the North End Spine and Sports team. She keeps the staff and patients constantly entertained with her fun and vibrant lifestyle ranging from rock climbing, snowboarding, cooking (she has her own blog!), painting, surfing, skiing and running with her dog, Gracie.

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 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 achieved accreditation in Acupuncture and is pursuing graduated education in Manual Therapy. She is currently completing an Advanced Health Care Clinical Master in Manipulative Therapy through the University of Western Ontario at the end of which she will be eligible to become a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (CAMPT).

Kayla Comstock, Physiotherapist
Kayla Comstock (Forsyth)

Kayla is a local, who was born and raised in Vernon, B.C. She completed her BSc at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, and also played on 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. Recently, Kayla has moved back to Vernon! She has a passion for rehabilitation and active living, having been an avid athlete through high school sports, varsity basketball, and long distance running. Kayla has post-graduate training specializing in soft tissue release and manual therapy. She is also certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion Rehab. She is planning on pursuing further training in manual therapy and acupuncture. 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, Physiotherapist
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!

Judy Ostrass
Office Manager North End Spine and Sports

Judy is amazing. She is the glue to North End. She makes it all work, for the patients and the therapists. Cheryl and Judy joined forces in 2005 and have built North End up to where it is today. They started with 2 Physiotherapists working part time and grew to 5 Physiotherapists , 2 Registered Massage Therapists and Insight Rehab. North End is a passionate and intense place and Judy can manage it ... and more. She keeps us informed, organized and happy. We couldn't ask for anything more. Den mother extraordinaire.

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.