Roland Fletcher


About me

Roly is a Registered Physiotherapist in British Columbia, a member of the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.  Roly is also a Certified Vestibular Therapist & Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia.

Roly is interested in vestibular rehabilitation and concussion management, especially the vestibular, visual and exercise treatment approaches following concussion injury and is on the board of diretcors for the BC Balance and Dizziness Society.  Roly also has vast experience in the management of sports injuries and complex and chronic pain conditions including fibromyalgia, CRPS, myofascial pain and chronic fatigue.  He held a position in the Fraser Health Pain Management Clinic for almost a decade where he was instrumental in the development of chronic pain services for patients as well as the education of other health care staff. Currently, Roly is the hub team Physiotherapist for the Pain BC Echo Project.

As a Physiotherapist, Roly has worked in the public health care system in both the UK and Canada gaining experience in the Intensive Care Unit, the Emergency Room and in the field of: orthopaedics, neurology, rehabilitation, surgical, medical, oncology, pediatrics, outpatient care and home health.  Roly has also worked with top international athletes having been contracted by the English Institute of Sport and UK Athletics.  He was also one of the Physiotherapists for the 07/08 Mavericks (Champions of the Fiat Netball Super League 2008), and has also supported the English Badminton team in Paris, France.

Roly is a mentor for the Pain Science Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and he lectures annually for both medical and physiotherapy students at UBC.  Roly is regularly invited to present on a variety of topics including pain, concussion, and vestibular rehabilitation.  He has delivered several presentations to a variety of audiences including medical students, allied health, nursing and physicians as well as several conferences and workshops such as the UBC Physician Rural Rounds, Doctors of BC Practice Support Program, Pacific Sport, Pain BC, National Pedorthic Association of Canada Symposium, FHA & VC Practice Forum and the Kinesiology (BCAK) AGM.  Roly is actively involved in clinical research and his interests include how education, language, context and emotions affect the human pain experience.

University Education:

  • MSc (with Distinction) Clinical Management of Pain - University of Edinburgh, UK

  • Diploma Sports Therapy - University of Hertfordshire, UK

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy - University of Hertfordshire, UK

  • Higher National Certificate Sports Science - University of Coventry, UK

Professional Certifications:

  • Certified Vestibular Therapist (Emory University, Atlanta, USA)

  • Complete Concussion Management

  • Visual Vestibular Functional Integration (ongoing - Concussion Health)

  • Level 2 Canadian Orthopaedic level

  • Certified by the Acupuncture Foundation Canada

  • Certified BikeFit Fitter

  • Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (UK)

  • Diploma in Fitness Instruction & Personal Training (UK)


  • 2018 Clinical Education Award.  Awarded annually to one Physiotherapist in Canada who has made outstanding contributions to the clinical education of physiotherapy students (Canadian Physiotherapy Association, nominated by UBC).

  • 2017 Excellence Award; Clinical Contribution.  Awarded to a Physiotherapist who has consistently demonstrated excellence in clinical practice (Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia, nominated by UBC)

  • 2015 Favourite Physiotherapist (Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows The News 'A-List Awards')

  • 2015 Excellence Award; Public Practice.  Awarded to a public practice physiotherapist leading the way in patient care, development of the profession or research (Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia)

  • 2014 John F McCreary Prize for Interprofessional Teamwork in the Health Professions (UBC)

  • 2005 Capio-Pinehill Award for Highest Academic Achievement

Professional Memberships:

  • Physiotherapy Association of BC

  • Canadian Physiotherapy Association

  • Vestibular Disorders Association

  • BC Balance and Dizziness Disorders Society (BADD)


  • Board of Directors (Fraser Valley Director) Physiotherapy Association of BC

  • Board of Directors (Member at large) BC Balance and Dizziness Society

Continuing Development:

Roly is continually updating his skills and has attended courses such as: Tendon Symposium (Cook), Tendon Masterclass (Cook), Shoulder Rehab (Lewis), Explain Pain (Moseley), Shoulder Course (Lewis), Biomechanics & Pain (Lehman), Graded Motor Imagery (NOI), Mobilization of the Nervous System (NOI), Psoas Major (Commerford), Manual Care (Dorko), Visual Vestibular (Wallace), Chronic Achilles (EIS) as well as various mentorship, education and management courses.

Member type
Practising A
CPA Number
604 746 5633
Public email
Additional qualifications
Acupuncture and/or Dry Needling*
Advanced Training in Vestibular Rehabilitation
Certification Pain Management
Certified Vestibular Therapist
Concussion Management
Pain Management, Certificate
Soft Tissue Release
Vestibular Rehabilitation
Special areas of practice
Chronic pain
Ergonomics (functional capacity evaluations/workplace health)
Joint replacement rehabilitation
Manual therapy
Orthopaedics (muscles/joints)
Pool therapy
Sports therapy
Vestibular rehabilitation (dizziness/balance)

Fletcher, R., Braithwaite, F., Woodhouse, M., MacINNES, A. and Stanton, T. (2019). Does Readiness to Change Influence Pain-Related Outcomes After An Educational Intervention For People With Chronic Pain? A pragmatic, preliminary study.  Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.