Cheryl Witter
Physical Therapist

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Cheryl is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Physical Therapy program. With an extensive background in athletic competition she made a seamless transition into the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries as a Physical Therapist. Cheryl co-founded Spine and Sports in 1995 and opened the North End office in 2005. 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 dog on Okanagan trails.

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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.

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Corinne Hanan
Physical Therapist

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 and Dry Neeling 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!

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Kayla Comstock
Physical Therapist

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 Dry Needling, 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 Physical Therapy goals!

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Maggie Suranko
Physical Therapist

Maggie is a Physiotherapist with an extensive background in health and fitness and rehabilitation medicine. Born and raised in Kamloops, she completed her Master of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta and her Bachelor of Human Kinetics (Kinesiology) from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Athletics and fitness have always been a part of her life, participating in competitive soccer and trail running as a young athlete and CrossFit (both as an athlete and coach), snowboarding, and many other outdoor activities as an adult. Injuries and frustration with rehabilitation as a young athlete led her down the path of becoming a physiotherapist and she has a keen interest in helping individuals build strength, mobility and return to their desired activities. Maggie has experience treating a wide variety of injuries and areas such as the neck, back, hips, knees, shoulders, elbow, wrist/hand, ankle/foot, and more using a variety of techniques such as manual therapy, soft tissue release, movement therapy and active rehabilitation. She loves being a part of the Spine and Sports team and treating a wide variety of people here in Vernon!

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Mara Boaru
Physical Therapist

Mara completed her Physical Therapy 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 mental 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 Physical Therapy, 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.

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Jessica Sehn
Physical Therapist

Jessica Sehn, MScPT, is a 2019 graduate of the University of Alberta, from the Master of Science in Physical Therapy program. Prior to this, Jessica graduated from the University of Calgary in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She has since worked in both private and public healthcare settings and has gained experience in treating a wide range of orthopedic, neurologic and cardiorespiratory conditions. Focusing more now on orthopedics, Jessica is a manual therapist and has taken a number of courses on soft tissue mobilization, including Dry Needling. She is currently licensed through the College of Physiotherapists of BC to perform dry needling on patients.

With a passion for activity, strength and health, Jessica has spent much of her time in the line of fitness as a personal trainer, group fitness coach, and has also trained as a competitive power-lifter herself. She hopes to share this passion, along with that of pre and rehabilitation, with her clients.
Born and raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Jessica moved to the beautiful city of Vernon in 2021 and looks forward to working alongside a great team, as well as continually getting to know the members of the community!

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Adam Pitney
Registered Massage Therapist

Adam was born and raised in Cranbrook B.C.. He completed his BSc. In Kinesiology at UBCO before enrolling in Massage Therapy schooling in Vernon. He grew up as competitive athlete his whole life with a focus on archery where he competed at the international level. His interest sports drew him into the therapy world and gave him a passion for rehab and sports performance. Adam's practice includes myofascial release, deep tissue, and sports massage. He has also completed IASTM training and kinesotaping certifications. Away from the clinic he enjoys many sports like lacrosse and archery, working out, and spending lots of time outdoors.

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Hannah Stanley
RMT

Hannah has always been fascinated about what the human body is capable of. Her passion was influenced from being involved in high level training, competing nationally in rhythmic gymnastics for almost a decade. This eventually led her into choosing a career in massage therapy, completing her certification at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2023. She understands the frustration that injuries and pain can bring, and hopes to help you feel your best through massage. Hannah uses a variety of techniques, some of which include myofascial release, neuromuscular techniques, joint mobilizations, and trigger point release. Her main priority is to help you get back to what you love to do.  Hannah is looking forward to further deepening her knowledge in this career, to better serve you. When not at the clinic, Hannah enjoys going on trail runs, paddle boarding, yoga, reading and snuggling her dogs with a hot cup of tea!

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Cassie Poch
Registered Massage Therapist

Cassie is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated from Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon in 2022, with a former degree in Sociology at the University of Lethbridge. She is passionate about using her knowledge in anatomy to create personalized treatment plans to address muscle soreness due to exercise, postural dysfunctions, and a variety of musculoskeletal disorders at any stage in a person’s healing journey. In her spare time Cassie enjoys hiking, hot yoga, gardening and spending time at the beach. Cassie has experienced headache reduction, reduced muscle soreness, and stress relief through Massage Therapy and believes massage can positively impact an individual’s overall wellbeing. Cassie is enthusiastic about creating the best treatment for everyone who books in and looks forward to meeting you. 

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Lexie Gourdine
Registered Kinesiologist

Lexie was born and raised in Vernon, and recently graduated with her Bachelors of Human Kinetics with a minor in Psychology from UBC Okanagan. Growing up in the Okanagan, Lexie played various sports including soccer, volleyball, basketball and skiing, but her main passion was dance. She competed in dance for over a decade, where she grew interested in learning about how the body moves. This led her to pursue a degree in kinesiology, where she learned about various topics within the realm of health and fitness, including injury prevention & rehabilitation, nutrition, and exercise prescription & recovery. Lexie enjoys resistance training and hiking, and is always looking to try new ways to stay active.

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Dawn Doyle & Shawna Bader
Office Managers

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 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 Gourdine
Bookkeeper

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!

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