Valerie Neifer

I was a Fisheries Biologist who got tired of the politics of resource management. I was doing volunteer work at Noble House and a Long Term Care facility and enjoying that far more than my day job. I was thinking of a career change but couldn’t decide. My mom and her mom were both RNs but I really didn’t think nursing was for me. A friend of mine who works at GF Strong said “you would be a great Physio” I said “what is a physio?“ He invited me come and see.

John Howick

I had some early experiences with physiotherapy as a teenager through sport injuries and was aware of the Rehabiltation program at UBC from my older sister who trained five years ealier than me and graduated to work as an Occupational Therapist. I was still not certain on my future until I began first year biology at college. Within a few months of studying anatomy and physiology I knew that I wanted to work in a health related field.

Lois Lochhead

When I was five, my mother underwent a radical mastectomy (removal of pec major and minor, excision of lymph nodes) for treatment of breast cancer. Improperly administered radiation treatments resulted in severe burns to her chest wall.

Susan Rankin

My inspiration to become a physiotherapist came when I was in Grade 10. Her name was Susie and she was a five year-old, bilateral lower extremity amputee. I was volunteering at what was then called the Crippled Children’s centre. I had no idea what I was doing when I agreed to take children swimming on Saturday mornings at the centre, but I loved children and swimming so I thought I’d give it a try. Susie taught me everything: how to take the hospital bed rail down, how to position her chair and transfer her. Most of all it was how she spoke about her physiotherapist that intrigued me.

Craig Sully

In grade 11 we were asked to figure out what we wanted to be when we grew up, so we could plan to get the appropriate pre-requisites for University. I chose physiotherapy. I was actively involved in sports, and knew wanted a job with variability and a career where I didn't have to sit at a desk all day. It seemed like a good choice. Unlike some of the other decisions made in grade 11, it turned out to be a great one.

Jordana Moxon

What made me pursue my career as a physio was being introduced a a young age to the profession. I was very active as a child and competed in figure skating at a high level and played provincial level girls softball. I first visited a physio clinic at the age of 14 with shoulder tendinitis. However, I was not introduced to the 'true' physio in my eyes until I went and trained at Burnaby Eight Rinks and sought treatment from physios in the rink’s clinic. Analyzing the Injury, hands-on physio, and specific rehab based protocols were the success to my recovery.

Aart van Gorkum

I grew up playing every sport imaginable. It was finally through competitive baseball that I ended up at the Physiotherapist hoping they could put my arm back together. They did all they could do and to extend my playing career, and I knew then that I wanted to become a Physiotherapist. I have been happily practicing now for the last 25 years.

Remmert Hinlopen

Many years ago, let's not be too specific (say about 40 years), I was your typical 14 year boy who could not sit still for a minute and loved all sports. It was during a field hockey match one day that I hit the turf hard and had difficulty breathing. For 4 days I had severe chest pain (as only 14 year old boys can demonstrate). A family friend, Bill Driesens, was a manual physiotherapist and my dear mother took me there to see if I was going to live another day. After his assessment, he concluded that one of my ribs was "out".

Scott Brolin

My first exposure to physio came after a skiing injury as a teenager. After I starting supporting the SFU Women's Soccer team in the 90's, I realized that physiotherapy was for me and started my efforts to applying to physiotherapy schools. Working with the SFU Women's Soccer team provided such insight into the role of physiotherapy (as I worked under direction of Laurie Freebairn, SFU Athletics) and how much I valued the ability to help others in achieving their goals.

Chiara Singh

I have always been an active person, in love with sports and physical activity. My mom was an X-ray tech and she always stressed to me that there was nothing more exciting and fulfilling then working in a hospital. When I was in Grade 9, my best friend was diagnosed with bone cancer. She spent a lot of time in hospital and actually had to have part of her humerus removed. I often visited her in hospital and this is what really inspired me to become a physiotherapist.