Our experienced team includes only licensed and insured Registered Physiotherapists. Collectively, our team has a wide range of skills and areas of expertise. We believe that in order to provide you with the best value and best service possible for your rehabilitation, you will be seen only by a Registered Physiotherapist from our outstanding team.
Roy Oreta, Registered Physiotherapist
Roy was inspired at a young age by family members who worked in healthcare, ultimately choosing a health career for himself. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in the Philippines in 1999. His subsequent clinical practice led him through a breadth of clients at private clinics, hospitals, community care, and long term care homes. He has worked more recently in the Lower Mainland at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre and Richmond Hospital. In addition to manual therapy and exercise, Roy is able to provide ultrasound and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to assist with recovery and pain relief. Roy's experience treating a wide range of conditions including orthopedic injuries and neurological conditions gives him a sense of fulfillment- by helping his clients recover, be safer, feel better and improve their day to day lives.
Paolo Macapagal, Registered Physiotherapist
Paolo graduated from the University of British Columbia with his Masters of Physical Therapy in 2011 and Bachelors of Human Kinetics in 2007. He developed a broad skill set while working at Fraser Health and gained experience treating a variety of patients in different settings. Paolo has achieved Level 1 of the Advanced Orthopedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy Diploma and has completed post graduate neuro-rehab courses in Bobath and Neuro-Developmental Treatment. His interests include falls prevention and functional training with the geriatric population and stroke rehabilitation. He also has experience with breast cancer and lymphedema management including post op mastectomy rehabilitation and compression bandaging. Paolo is an avid volleyball player and has coached since 2007. Paolo believes that movement is the basis of a healthy and fulfilling life and is excited to bring his client-centered and evidence-based approach to help others reach their full functional potentials.
Theresa Schmidt, Registered Physiotherapist
Theresa has 21 years of extensive physiotherapy experience, starting with completing her physiotherapy degree at UBC, and later earning an Intermediate Manual and Manipulative Therapy Diploma. She has continued her education by completing various orthopaedic courses, and most recently studying Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy to focus on women's health. Theresa started her career at the Arthritis Society, and after four years began her own private practice in West Vancouver where she worked with the Capilano Rugby Club, gaining a broad experience treating sports injuries. Theresa has a keen interest in manual therapy and uses hands-on techniques combined with specific, targeted exercise programs to help her clients recover their full physical lifestyle and performance, while practising a non-hurried approach to client care. She enjoys the challenge of solving acute or chronic injuries, and is passionate about working with her clients to achieve their goals. Outside of her professional life, Theresa enjoys spending time with her two sons.
Twyla Pitman, Registered Physiotherapist
North Shore: West Vancouver and North Vancouver
With over 18 years of physiotherapy experience, Twyla has an ongoing desire to make positive and meaningful changes to the health, fitness and quality of life of her clients with practical advice, education and proven interventions. Twyla holds a degree in Physiotherapy from McMaster University, and a degree in Physical Education from the University of Alberta. Her post-graduate studies include a Certificate in Manual Therapy, a Certificate in Medical Acupuncture, as well as numerous courses in Myofascial Release Therapy. Over recent years Twyla has had a particular focus on supporting the senior population with their physiotherapy needs. Previous to this her career saw her treating elite athletes (and weekend warriors) in a large Calgary sports clinic before running away with Cirque du Soleil as a traveling physiotherapist. She toured for five years across Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Uniquely, Twyla’s career has also led her into writing patient-friendly articles that are used to educate clients in clinics across North America and Australia. Twyla is currently on maternity leave until January 2017 with her third child. Congratulations to the Pitman family!
Hussam Hakeem, Registered Physiotherapist
Hussam graduated in 2013 from the Master’s of Physical Therapy program at the University of British Columbia. He also completed his Bachelor’s of Science from UBC in 2010, majoring in Neurological Sciences and minoring in English Literature. His experience includes working with client’s in all fields of practice: neurological rehabilitation, orthopaedics, hand therapy, sports injuries, and geriatric medicine. Hussam is certified in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) /Functional Dry Needling and, when required, uses this technique to augment his current hands-on-approach to his therapy sessions. Hussam believes a client’s positive outlook is just as important as the therapy they receive - approaching a client’s therapy from a holistic perspective not only achieves balance, but also paves the way to a speedy recovery and return to function.
Arturo Pallares, Registered Physiotherapist
Arturo completed his physiotherapy degree at the University of Rosary in Bogota, Colombia in 1993 and has been working in the rehabilitation industry in Canada since 1999. With over 25 years of experience, he has developed a wide skill set including treatment of geriatrics, pediatrics, acquired brain injuries, orthopedics, cardio-pulmonary diseases and vertigo. He has worked in acute care, long-term care, private practice and community-based settings. Arturo has completed specialized training in vestibular rehabilitation through the Emory University School of Medicine. He gets great results helping people get rid of dizzy spells who suffer from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). His comprehensive assessment includes the use of Frenzel goggles. Arturo also evaluates Internationally Educated Physiotherapists through the University of British Columbia. He is fluent in English and Spanish and loves to empower lives.
Sam Deakin, Registered Physiotherapist
Growing up in the Lower Mainland, Sam has always had a passion for health care. Shortly after completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Victoria in 2001, while travelling, she suffered several ankle sprains and turned to a physiotherapist for help once she returned home.
During this experience, she realized she wanted to help people feel better as a physiotherapist and within a year she was attending the Masters of Physical Therapy program at the University of Western Ontario.
After graduating in 2004, she returned to BC to start work with the Fraser Health Authority where she was able to consolidate her learning and treat a wide variety of clients at different stages of recovery. Sam's extensive experience includes acute care, public home health, cancer rehabilitation and palliative care. Sam enjoys the unique challenge that working with clients in their homes brings, as she believes it is in the home that physiotherapists can have the most significant impact on a client's quality of life and function.
Using a holistic approach, Sam's goal is to empower clients to remain independent, safe and confident in their home setting. She enjoys taking courses to enhance her practice and most recently completed training to become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Sam is also a practicing yoga teacher and her goal is to make yoga accessible to anyone that is open to learning the amazing benefits that yoga has to offer.
In addition to Empowering Lives, you can find Sam on her yoga mat, walking her dog in the park, and traveling the world with her husband.
Grace Antonio, Registered Physiotherapist
Grace has over 20 years experience as a physiotherapist and has worked in hospitals and rehabilitation centres in multiple nations including the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. After completing her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at the Emilio Aguinaldo College in the Philippines in 1995, she developed a keen interest in neurodevelopmental techniques. She has a passion for helping seniors and children and shows great patience and care when helping empower lives. Grace is known for her infectious high energy and enthusiasm which inspires people during their recovery. She has resided in the Fraser Valley since 2008. In her spare time, Grace enjoys walking the Abbotsford Discovery Trail with her family.
Chris Petrus, Registered Physiotherapist
Chris obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 2001 and went on to graduate from the UBC Master of Physical Therapy program in 2006. He has since worked across the spectrum of public health, from hospital to subacute care, transitional care units, residential care, orthopedic outpatient, and community care. In the latter, he has been part of Vancouver Coastal Health's pilot program, Home ViVE (Visiting Vancouver's Elders) program since its inception in 2011. Chris has worked and locumed in private physiotherapy clinics in the Lower Mainland. He also had the opportunity to work in the geriatric inpatient/outpatient unit of Australia's largest private hospital in Brisbane, Queensland. Since 2012 he has been working in private community care with adults and seniors post-orthopedic injuries or surgeries in home, gym and pool settings.
Chris believes in a healthy mind-healthy body and endeavours to practice what he preaches in living an active and balanced lifestyle of work, play and leisure. His preferred place of worship is the mountains and outdoors, where he is an avid backpacker, mountaineer and backcountry skier. He loves travelling abroad with his wife (who he met while travelling!). He keeps busy at home with his golden retriever and baby daughter.
Ally Huguet, Registered Physiotherapist
North Shore: West Vancouver and North Vancouver
Ally graduated from the University of British Columbia with her Masters of Physical Therapy in 2015 and her Bachelors of Human Kinetics in 2011. To keep her clients active and mobile, she merges skills in manual therapy, exercise prescription and movement re-education with the most recent evidence-informed practices. Ally’s integrated approach is a reflection of her belief in leading an active and well-rounded lifestyle, which she pursues through her involvement in community engagement, recreational activities, and continuing education. In addition to her degrees, Ally has completed a post-graduate certificate in Soft Tissue Release and is pursuing her diploma in Advanced Orthopedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy. She has a passion for helping children learn the foundational skills for healthy movement, facilitating return from injury in the adult population, and assisting seniors in maintaining their mobility and independence.
Ally’s initial interest in physiotherapy developed at a very young age out of her experiences as an athlete and coach in swimming, ringette, and hockey. After dealing with the consequences of a severe car accident in 2012, Ally developed a whole new appreciation for the effects physiotherapy can have on returning to function and empowering lives. She spent extensive time undergoing treatment for not only her physical injuries, but also neurological impairments as a result of a traumatic brain injury. Through all of her experiences, she has learned firsthand the value of treating not just a specific injury, but the client as a whole. She relates well to clients dealing with their own recovery. Ally's holistic approach to treatment is directed at helping people of all ages live happy, active and adventurous lives.
Raechel John, Registered Physiotherapist
From a young age, Raechel has been fascinated and amazed by the human body which led her to complete her Bachelors of Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia in 2000 and a Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto in 2003. Throughout her career, Raechel has worked in a variety of clinical settings including acute care, rehabilitation hospitals, occupational rehabilitation programs and private physiotherapy clinics. Raechel has completed post-graduate training in cardiorespiratory interventions, neurological treatments (Bobath, Vestibular, Concussion), orthopaedics (hands-on manual therapy techniques, functional exercise, fascial manipulation), as well as visceral manipulation and pelvic floor rehabilitation to treat incontinence. She has a special interest in women’s health and peri-natal wellness.
Raechel is passionate about empowering people to achieve their personal health and wellness goals by providing a combination of education and evidence-based treatment interventions. Her goal is to provide you with care which will allow you to function as independently and successfully as possible in a way which is meaningful to you. She aims to empower lives and facilitate your ability to promote your own recovery on a daily basis through movement and exercise. When not at work, Raechel enjoys running, yoga and spending time outdoors with her husband and two young daughters.
Kristen Duncan, Registered Physiotherapist
After a few years back East, Kristen has rejoined the Physio2U Team! She was inspired to study physiotherapy after seeking rehabilitation for her own knee and back injuries while training for the Ironman Canada Triathlon in 1999. Since graduating from UBC in 2003, Kristen has completed advanced training in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, and is the only Canadian certified therapist of the Domancic Method. Kristen has worked in acute care at Powell River General Hospital, chronic pain management programs, private practice in Vancouver, and at Yaletown House, a care home for elders. Kristen offers a compassionate, client-centred, hands-on approach, combined with therapeutic exercise. She is able to draw from a wide range of experience and techniques to help her clients reach their physical goals and achieve a sense of well-being and personal fulfillment. Welcome back, Kristen!