We empower our clients to be active participants in their recovery. We lead with kindness, knowledge, and encouragement every step of the way. We are passionate lifelong learners who continue to upgrade our knowledge, skills, and techniques to serve you best.
Steph is a passionate neurological physiotherapist with more than 10 years of cross-continuum experience. She established her clinical interest while working on the Acute Stroke and Neurology Ward at the Surrey Memorial Hospital. She then further developed her experience by supporting clients on their wellness journeys in community settings.
Steph founded Activate Neurological Physiotherapy to serve her community. By providing both in-home and in-clinic care, she believes she can best meet the needs of her clients. She provides skilled hands-on treatment and guided exercise, focused care that helps activate muscles to optimize movement patterns for better overall function.
She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master’s of Physical Therapy (2007) and a Bachelors of Science in Biology (2005). In pursuing expertise in Neurological Rehabilitation, Steph has taken many postgraduate courses including Advanced Bobath Concept courses, Explain Pain, and certification as a PWR! Parkinson's Wellness Recovery Therapist. She is committed to lifelong learning and continuously participates in professional development programs.
Outside of work, Steph enjoys time with her busy family, beachcombing, Shakespeare, and travelling. She looks forward to helping you reach your goals!
Eva is a Registered Physiotherapist in British Columbia and a member of the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and the Neuroscience Division.
She has a special interest in neurological and vestibular rehabilitation as well as post-concussion syndrome management. She has completed Vestibular Competency Certification at Emory University through the American Physical Therapy Association. She has also taken multiple postgraduate professional development courses on management of concussions and post-concussion syndrome and truly enjoys working with this clientele. Being neuro-minded, Eva also treats a variety of clients with neurological conditions applying principles of the Bobath Concept. She is very passionate about neuroscience and strives to keep up to date with the current research literature.
Eva is fluent in English, Russian and comprehends German. Outside of work, Eva enjoys raising her two boys, running, practising yoga and staying active in every possible way.
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Erica joins the Activate team with nearly two decades of experience as a Registered Physiotherapist. She completed her Master's in Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia in 2006 and has advanced training in the Bobath concept, chronic pain, Parkinson's, and more. Her recent work experience includes the Outpatient Multidisciplinary Rehab program at Surrey Memorial Hospital. She is passionate about deeply understanding patients' needs and meeting them where they're at in order to identify and achieve rehabilitation goals.
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Rachel is a registered Physical Therapist in British Columbia with a special interest in Brain Injury and Stroke rehabilitation. Rachel has more than 10 years of experience working in neurological rehabilitation from acute care to intensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. In addition to her role with Activate, Rachel works in the community supporting brain injury clients along their rehabilitation journeys.
She graduated with honors from The University of Pune, India with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2000. In pursuing her passion for neurological rehabilitation Rachel has taken many advanced certification courses and continues to apply herself to professional development.
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Alana is a registered Occupational Therapist and a member of the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia. Alana completed her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta in 2011. Gaining further education in her area of interest, Alana has completed the Introductory Neurodevelopment Course in the Treatment of Adult Hemiplegia and the Multi-contextual Approach to Cognitive Rehabilitation of Executive Dysfunction.
Alana spent the first three years of her career working in Saskatchewan gaining experience in acute care and inpatient neurological rehabilitation units. Alana moved back home to British Columbia in 2014 and began working for a local health authority gaining extensive experience in a variety of acute care settings including orthopaedics, acute stroke unit, oncology, ACE (acute care of elderly), ICU and outpatient rehabilitation units. Most recently, she has spent the past three years working out of Langley Memorial Hospital in a community role helping clients transition back home after extended or complex stays in the hospital.
Alana has special interest in upper extremity therapy and cognitive rehabilitation for clients with neurological deficits. She also has an interest in providing specialized equipment and providing home modification recommendations for clients in their home environment. She enjoys working holistically with clients and their family members in their home setting as a change in one’s health and functioning can greatly impact the whole family.
Outside of work, Alana is a busy mom to three young children. She enjoys staying active outdoors, travelling and drinking (warm) coffee.
Jessica is a registered Occupational Therapist and a member of the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.
Jessica completed her BA – Psychology and Masters of Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Jessica is passionate about neurological rehabilitation and opted to pursue Occupational Therapy largely due to the opportunity to help individuals with brain injuries live a more independent and fulfilling life.
As well as being a member of the Activate team, Jessica works with clients living in community based neurological rehabilitation homes that serve as a stepping stone between inpatient setting and higher levels of independence in the community. Jessica has had the opportunity to support individuals with a range of difficulties secondary to a stroke or other acquired brain injury improve their quality of life through increased independence.
Jessica’s practice is enhanced by three years of experience as an Occupational Therapist in inpatient and community based mental health settings and recognizes mental wellness is an integral part of neurological rehabilitation.
Jessica enjoys supporting client gain independence by addressing their diverse needs including cognition, mental wellness, visuospatial abilities, home modification, wheelchair needs and upper extremity rehabilitation. Jessica utilizes many different well evidenced modalities enabling her to provide individualized therapy for each client. These modalities aim to support individuals restore skills through remedial training while teaching compensatory strategies to help clients gain functional independence despite experiencing physical or cognitive difficulties. Finally, Jessica supports individuals struggling to cope with often profound changes to their independence and abilities using strategies derived from Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her side kick- Rosie: a goofy labradoodle, playing recreational soccer and playing board games with friends and family.
Jessica continues to improve her practice through continued education, she is currently completing 25 hours of training to be certified to use the Assessment of Motor and Processing Skills(AMPS) an internationally acclaimed and gold standard measure to guide therapeutic interventions.
Patty is an experienced Rehabilitation Assistant with nearly twenty years of experience in public health settings. She completed the Rehabilitation Assistant Program at the West Coast College of Healthcare in 2001 and worked as an RA part-time while working as a Community Mental Health Worker with Options Community Services. When Peace Arch Hospital opened its General Rehab unit in 2007, her part-time role merged into full-time work. Since then she has worked in diverse units such as Surgical-Ortho, Hip/Knee Outpatient and, now, the Stroke Cohort, where she has worked for the past two years. Patty is a self-described "sponge for learning" and "people person" who loves taking creative approaches to helping clients with their rehabilitation. Her positive attitude, empathetic nature, and good sense of humour make her a favourite among clients.
Marleen has worked as Rehabilitation Assistant in public health settings for over a decade. She has worked in diverse units such as Acute Stroke, Laurel Place Rehab, General Rehab, and the Alzheimer’s/Dementia ward at Surrey Memorial Hospital. She has a tri-discipline designation as an RA which allows her to combine Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Recreational Therapy principles in her approach. She is also passionate about working with children with special needs. Certified in Eden philosophy and de-escalation, Marleen likes working with the whole person, not just their condition. She is a growth-oriented person who loves a good challenge. When she's not working full-time, she can be found managing her own dog sitting business and finishing her Bachelor's degree.
Allison graduated from Okanagan College in Kelowna in 2005 and has been working as a Rehabilitation Assistant ever since! She has worked across the Lower Mainland at all stages of the recovery journey, including long-term care, acute care and, most recently, the multidisciplinary outpatient program at Surrey Memorial Hospital. She’s a creative problem-solver on the fly and is passionate about working collaboratively with her patients to help them achieve their goals.
Tanya has been working in the medical field for over a decade starting with the completion of a Nursing Assistant program in 2011 and then continued her education to become a Rehabilitation Assistant, following her passion of helping others. Her training focused on 3 disciplines which were Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology Assistant. Tanya has worked at the following facilities: Wentworth Manor Long-term Care and dementia unit for 5 years, Community Rehabilitation Neuro Clinic in Calgary, Queens Park General Rehab, Surrey Memorial Hospital Neurology unit as well as Oncology unit for 3 years, Langley Hospital Ortho unit and Peace Arch Hospital Outpatient Rehab. In her spare time, she enjoys art, reading, walking and yoga. Tanya completed her yoga instructor training with Red Door Yoga in 2018. She emphasizes the importance of mental health and how yoga creates a gateway for healing. She is motivated by her clients’ success, as well as her own personal commitment to training and health, encouraging and inspiring her clients to work hard and reach their fullest potential.
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