Speakers and Presenters at the BC Physiotherapy Conference 2022

Keynote Speakers


Len Pierre: Decolonization/Reconciliation Within Your Practice 

Len Pierre is Coast Salish from Katzie (kate-zee) First Nation. Len is an educator, consultant, TEDx Speaker, social activist, traditional knowledge keeper, and cultural practitioner. He is in the final stages of his Master of Education degree from Simon Fraser University focusing on curriculum and instructional design. His experience includes Indigenous education and program leadership from various health organizations including the First Nations Health Authority, Fraser Health Authority, and the Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Addiction. As an agent for change, Len leads and advises for systemic transformation in universities across North America. He specializes in the development of educational programs and services with decolonization and reconciliation as its core values. He comes to us with an open heart and open mind and hopes to be received in the same way.

Time: Saturday, April 30th, 09:30 am – 10:15 am

Location: Plenary




Dr. Lara Boyd: Predicting Recovery After Stroke – The Role for Biomarkers

Dr. Lara Boyd is a Physical Therapist and Neuroscientist at the University of British Columbia where she is a professor and Wall Scholar. She is an expert in the neurobiology of learning and uses advanced brain imaging approaches to look into the brain. Dr. Boyd’s research is centred on understanding how behaviour shapes learning, unlearning and relearning.  She has published more than 180 scientific papers and her TEDx talk “After this your brain will not be the same” has over 30 million views.

Time: Saturday, April 30th, 2:45 pm – 3:35 pm

Location: Plenary

Breakout Session Presenters

Chiara Singh, Dr. Marie Westby, Dr. Kimberley Miller, Dr. Lynne Feehan, and Alison Hoens: Panel – Active for Health

Session Description:
Although there is consistent and compelling evidence about the benefits of physical activity for the management of chronic conditions, it is challenging for both patients and their health professionals to find credible resources to support safely and effectively increasing activity. This session will provide participants with a summary of how a team of over 160 patients, clinicians and researchers identified the best resources for patients and health care providers and share highlights of key messages for special patient populations.

This interactive panel session comprised of BC PTs and PABC members Chiara Singh, Dr. Marie Westby, Dr. Lynne Feehan and Dr. Kim Miller, will be moderated by Alison Hoens.

Saturday, April 30th, 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm, Cypress Room



Chiara Singh
Chiara is a clinical supervisor of physiotherapy at Surrey Memorial Hospital and supervises the adult surgical and pediatric areas.  She has a special interest in trying to minimize the effects of cancer treatment so people who have recovered from cancer can go back to what they love doing. Chiara is also part of the clinical faculty at the University of British Columbia in the Masters of Physical Therapy program and has done research about arm morbidity after breast cancer treatment.






Dr.Marie Westby
Marie is a Clinical Resource Therapist in the Mary Pack Arthritis Program, a Clinical Associate Professor in the UBC Dept of Physical Therapy and an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. She holds a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Health Professional Investigator award to support her research on rehabilitation and quality of care for individuals undergoing total hip and knee arthroplasty. Marie has authored textbook chapters and several scientific and consumer articles on physical activity and exercise prescription for people with arthritis.

You can follow Dr. Marie Westby on Twitter.






Dr. Kimberly Miller
Kim is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC, and a Senior Leader in Sunny Hill Health Centre at BC Children’s Hospital, where she supports and advances practice-based knowledge translation and research for child development and rehabilitation services. She has worked as a physiotherapist, academic educator and clinical researcher in Canada and Australia, and it’s through those experiences that she became passionate about bridging the gap between research and clinical practice.  She’s committed to patient and family-oriented practice-based research and co-design of knowledge products that support patients, families and clinicians in participating in preference-sensitive evidence-informed healthcare decision-making.




Dr. Lynne Feehan
Lynne Feehan is a physiotherapist and a clinician-scientist with over 40 years of clinical experience specializing in upper extremity rehabilitation. Lynne also has a Ph.D. and her applied clinical research focuses on Knowledge Translation, Physical Activity and Bone Health.







Alison Hoens
Alison is the Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker and a Clinical Professor within the UBC Department of Physical Therapy. She is also the Knowledge Translation Lead for the School of Population and Public Health Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation and KT/Communications Lead for the PostCOVID Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network. Additionally, she is an Affiliate Knowledge Broker for Arthritis Research Canada and a Research Associate at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences.



Amy Sangha, Heather Branscombe and Alison Hoens: Long COVID: The PT Perspective from Public and Private Practice

Session Description: 
Are you seeing patients with Long COVID in your PT practice? Interested in hearing about public and private practice physiotherapy support for this patient population? Join PT Knowledge Broker Alison Hoens in learning with and from (1) Amy Sangha who will focus on key clinical messages for assessment and treatment of the adult long COVID patient and (2) Heather Branscombe who will share key clinical messages for neurological clients – particularly for the paediatric population.

Saturday, April 30th, 10:45 am – 11:50 am, Room 1E



Amy Sangha
Amy Sangha is a Physiotherapist at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre and Abbotsford Regional Hospital Post COVID-19 Recovery Clinics. She also works at Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre in the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Program.








Heather Branscombe
Heather Branscombe PT, MBA is a physiotherapist, Clinical Director and CEO of Abilities Neurological Rehabilitation. She has been in clinical practice for 25 years and founded Abilities 15 years ago to provide multidisciplinary care for children and adults with neurodiversities and neurologically-based challenges. Her passion for creating outstanding staff and client experiences has led her team from a solo practice to five physical locations across the Fraser Valley with over 50 staff members today.






Alison Hoens
Alison is the Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker and a Clinical Professor within the UBC Department of Physical Therapy. She is also the Knowledge Translation Lead for the School of Population and Public Health Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation and KT/Communications Lead for the PostCOVID Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network. Additionally, she is an Affiliate Knowledge Broker for Arthritis Research Canada and a Research Associate at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences.

Reza Ghannadan: Get Out and Play – A North Shore Sports Day

Session Description:
There is currently a lack of physiotherapy initiatives to promote physical activity on a community level. As physiotherapists and health care providers, part of our responsibility is to promote health and empower our clients and communities to become more physically active.

This presentation will provide an overview of GOAP and some guidelines of how physiotherapists can create similar initiatives to promote healthier and more physically active communities.

Saturday, April 30th, 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm, Room 2D


Bio: Reza Ghannadan is an orthopaedic Physiotherapist with QubeCore Sports & Rehab in North Vancouver and the founder of Get Out and Play (GOAP). GOAP is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to promoting physical activity and social bonding for children and families. GOAP runs annually and is a free sports and activity day for families to attend. Through GOAP, Reza's vision is to promote physical activity on a community scale and bring people together to have an unforgettable fun day.

For more information, click here.

In his spare time, you can find Reza at the beach, paddle boarding, trying to paint and probably staying active.

Jean-Francois Esculier: Acute soft tissue injuries need PEACE and LOVE

Session Description: 
You may have learned that patients coming with an acute soft tissue injury (ankle sprain, muscle lesion) should quickly apply ice, as per the RICE protocol. Or perhaps you're more familiar with PRICE, or even POLICE? As rehabilitation professionals, we need to do better. Introducing PEACE and LOVE, the new (and slightly controversial) acronym published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. If you're treating people with acute soft tissue injuries, you won't want to miss this presentation!

Saturday, April 30th, 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm, Room 2E


Bio: Jean-Francois Esculier graduated in Physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa in 2009. He completed a Master's of research and a PhD at Université Laval on the topic of patellofemoral pain in runners (rehabilitation approaches, running biomechanics and footwear). He also did a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia, where he conducted studies related to running and knee osteoarthritis.

JF is a passionate clinician-researcher-educator, combining these different roles on a daily basis. He practices as a clinician, working mostly with runners and triathletes through his mobile clinic, MoveMed Physiotherapy, in beautiful Kelowna BC. JF acts as a Speaker at The Running Clinic since 2011. He also leads their Research & Development division which conducts research on orthopedic injuries with researchers from around the world. JF is a Clinical assistant professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of British Columbia, where he teaches in the physical therapy, medicine and kinesiology programs. He is currently the President of the BC Sport & Exercise Medicine Research Foundation.

Robin K Roots and Anne Worthington: Addressing Mal-distribution Through Admission and/or Curricular Changes: Predictors of Practice Outcomes of MPT Graduates

Session Description:
This research study looked at the practice locations of seven cohorts of MPT graduates to examine the effect of nature variables (e.g. demographic characteristics, education and geographic background and practice interest), and nurture variables (e.g. clinical placement location and type) that best predicted who chose rural, northern or public practice after graduation from the UBC MPT program.

Saturday, April 30th, 10:45 am – 11:50 am, Room 1F



Robin Roots
Robin is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the UBC Department of Physical Therapy. She is the Clinical Lead for the Master of Physical Therapy North – a distributed program at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. With twenty-plus years of experience as a physiotherapist in rural and remote communities, Robin’s teaching and research interests are in rural health service delivery and service-learning models that increase access to rehabilitation services for northern, rural, remote, and Indigenous communities.







Anne Worthington
Anne is an Evaluation Specialist with UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. Since 2012, she has led the evaluation for the MPT Program’s distributed clinical education model (NRC), designing the evaluation approach and data collection tools, conducting data collection and analysis, and reporting results. In her role at UBC, Anne has studied how implementing distributed models of medical education have had an impact in rural communities in BC.

David Locke and Melanie Gotell: Patient-centered Interdisciplinary Collaborative Approach to Functional Improvements In the Chronic Pain Patient

Session Description:
We present an 18-month collaborative care pilot project involving a workbook titled ‘Passport to Function’. It places the patient in a central role by encouraging SMART goal development and fostering an internal locus of control. It's a tool to encourage care provider input and collaboration. Central to the project is a 3 person team: the patient, the social worker/care coordinator, and the pain-informed physiotherapist. In particular, we would like to highlight some of the qualitative changes that have occurred in patients through their input from, and interaction with, the PTF team.

Saturday, April 30th, 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm, Room 2F



David Locke B.Sc.P.T.(Hons), Dip.RMT, RYT200
David graduated from Curtin University in Perth, Australia, completing a physiotherapy honours degree and publishing a research article on conditioned pain modulation. He has previously worked as a registered massage therapist and has completed a 200hr yoga teacher training. David has a special interest in persistent pain and pain sensitization, and currently actively works in this area. In terms of pain management, he takes a multimodal approach including movement, breathwork, pain education, mindfulness, and hands-on techniques. He is interested in patient-centered, collaborative care for the best management of persistent pain. David is a UBC clinical instructor and is a pain science division mentor. He is also an active member of Shuswap Volunteer Search and Rescue.




Melanie Gotell MSW, RSW
Melanie completed her Master of Social Work in clinical practice at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan). Melanie strongly believes in holistic health care which focuses on all aspects of health.  She believes that psychological health and well-being are as important as physical health. Melanie has a particular clinical interest in working with families or individuals who have been diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening medical conditions. Her previous work includes qualitative research, counseling survivors of interpersonal violence, child welfare, community counseling, and gerontological social work practice. She is registered with the BC College of Social Workers and a member of the BC Association of Social Workers.

Trystan Jones: Influencing Change: Advocacy and the Power of the Individual

Session Description: 
The past two years have seen a plethora of social movements taking shape around the world: Climate Change, BLM and Anti-Racism Solidarity Protests, Old-Growth Logging Blockades, Rail Blockades, COVID19 Lockdown/Vaccination Mandate Protests, and more. The Physiotherapy profession is no stranger to advocacy, with initiatives such as Training Seats Expansion, the PCE, and ICBC Enhanced Care/Vendor Reconciliation taking center stage at PABC in 2021-2022.

This breakout session will seek to provide attendees with the tools to become advocates for themselves, their community, and the profession at large. All advocacy movements are made stronger by the collective actions of each individual moving piece. Sometimes one email sent can make the absolute difference. We are stronger when we work together.

Saturday, April 30th, 1:25 pm – 2:15 pm, Room 2D


Bio: Trystan Jones is an Anti-Racism Advocate, Public Speaker, and Health Care Worker based out of Vancouver, BC. Trystan holds a degree in Political Science, with a focus on Development, Diplomacy and Defence from Simon Fraser University. A fierce and dedicated advocate, Trystan has experience advocating in his home community of Fort St John, BC. In 2020, Trystan was selected to speak at TEDxSFU's 10 Year Anniversary Conference, where he presented a TEDxTalk on his experiences with racism while growing up in rural Canada.

Trystan's primary advocacy strategies come in the form of education and dialogue; helping to bridge divides through conversations and storytelling. Trystan is incredibly excited to be taking part in this year's BC Physiotherapy Conference and looks forward to showcasing how easy it is for anyone to embark upon their advocacy journey.

Roy Gillespie: Use of Technology Into Orthopedic/Sports Medicine Practice

Session Description:
Physiotherapists strive to have better objective outcomes every year. Technology is playing an increasingly popular role in assisting kinesiologists’ and physiotherapists’ measurement and understanding of movement patterns, force generation, and muscular activity. This presentation will provide orthopaedic case studies of the integrated use of force plates (Hawkin Dynamics), a wireless EMG system (Delsys Trigno), wireless insoles (Moticon) and a 3-dimensional motion capture system (Noraxon), and a muscle oximetry device (MOXY).

Saturday, April 30th, 10:45 am – 11:50 am, Room 1D


Bio: Roy Gillespie is one of 8 physiotherapists at Three Sixty Physiotherapy in Kelowna. The clinic, situated adjacent to the office of 10 orthopaedic surgeons, is currently involved in research of achilles tendon ruptures. Roy has always been amazed at how this major tendon can be repaired without surgical intervention, and has a special interest in the results of younger, athletic populations.

Krista Clarke and Tom Carter: Alternate Delivery Approaches to Physiotherapy-based Treatment (ADAPT)

Session Description:
COVID-19 required a rapid expansion of telehealth service delivery for patients to continue their recoveries. This study examined physiotherapy-based rehabilitation outcomes for various delivery approaches: in-person, via telehealth or a hybrid of these two delivery approaches for patients with the main referral diagnosis of musculoskeletal, concussion and chronic pain conditions.

Saturday, April 30th, 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm, Room 2F

Krista Clarke

Krista has been a member of the CBI Health clinical and leadership team for the past 18 years.  She has taken numerous post graduate courses furthering her skills in Manual Therapy, Exercise Prescription and Pain education in addition to Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation.  She has a clinical passion for joining manual skills with exercise and coaching to produce a client centered outcome.  Krista is a true BC local, born and raise on Vancouver Island and an alumni of UBC.  She continues to hone her practice on Vancouver Island sharing her time between provision of clinical treatment and clinical leadership.




Tom is the National Director, Clinical Excellence at CBI Health. He is a Registered Physiotherapist and has completed his MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences, his research interests involve the interdisciplinary management of injuries and the field of health services. 

Tom has 28 years of experience in a variety of rehabilitation settings across Canada, New Zealand and the United States. For over 20 years, Tom has provided leadership expertise developing interdisciplinary healthcare teams, providing community-based services and outpatient rehabilitation clinic operations and training programs at clinic, provincial, national, and international levels. Tom delivers results with articulate presentation and training skills, and is known for his innovative approaches to strategy, problem solving, innovating systems and processes to improve operations.


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