Suzanne is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, graduating in 1988 with 2 degrees – a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. After graduation, Suzanne moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, gaining a wide variety of work experiences in treatment, education and research, working as a staff therapist at the Health Sciences Center. She moved into private physiotherapy practice, working in a variety of clinics. In addition, she has worked as a fitness instructor, developed and managed corporate fitness projects and presented at workshops, conferences and conventions. Working in Winnipeg also offered many opportunities for continuing education in manual therapy and acupuncture, as well as the opportunity to work at sporting events ranging from local 10k runs to World Cup events. In 2000, Suzanne and her family moved to beautiful British Columbia. Suzanne started her private practice in 2001. That practice has grown into Kootenay Therapy Center. Suzanne is thrilled that KTC has grown into a thriving multi-disciplinary clinic with so many talented and hardworking individuals – who not only love what they do, but also love working together. Suzanne’s professional areas of interest include chronic pain, group education, pelvic floor physiotherapy and incontinence. Time with family outdoors – especially skiing and golfing, are always something to look forward to. Down time is for music, reading and scrapbooking all those pictures (of skiing and golfing...).
Niki received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Saskatchewan in 1996. She has enjoyed working in private practice in a variety of clinics Saskatchewan and Alberta prior to moving to the Kootenays in 2005 to join the team at Kootenay Therapy Center. Her post graduate training includes an Intermediate Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, McKenzie Part A, Certification in acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute as well as a variety of orthopedic courses focusing on assessment and treatment of the musculoskeletal system. She continues to enjoy a varied caseload and working with an outstanding team of professionals at Kootenay Therapy Center.
Tania graduated from University of Alberta in 1991 where she received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Since then she has spent 15 years at various facilities in Alberta from a hospital to sports clinics and general private practice. She has worked in pediatrics with the school system, WCB return to work programs and with motor vehicle accident clients. She finished her medical acupuncture course through the U of A extension program in 1997 and enjoys using this expertise with many of her present clients. She has done many orthopedic related courses since graduating. Her special interests include sports therapy, general orthopaedics and acupuncture including work with WCB clients and MVA s. In the past she has enjoyed volunteering at sports events from the Winter Games to triathlon and hockey tournaments. As well as running around after her 2 active girls, Tania enjoys training for triathlon, skiing and golf.
Family, friends and recreation brought Christia back to Cranbrook. After 15 years of living in large cities completing two University degrees and working as a Kinesiologist/Physiotherapist, it was time to come home and raise her own family. Her work to date includes sports therapy for rugby and international soccer teams, rehabilitation programs for individuals and groups post car accident, and recovery programs post-orthopedic surgeries and work-related injuries. More recently, Christia has specialized in golf injuries completing her FitForeGolf certification. Each year Christia completes at least 2 current physiotherapy courses to update her skills (and catch up with physio buddies!). The 2 best "tools of the trade" for Christia are exercise and needles. As a Kinesiologist and Physiotherapist, Christia has specialized in exercise therapy for sport/orthopedics/motor vehicle accidents and WCB claims for 15 years. As a physiotherapist certified/registered in acupuncture, acupuncture and Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) with needles have proven to be her best course of action against pain and dysfunction. You can often find her on the bike paths, ski hills or, in the pool and she is always available for questions related to physiotherapy. So, stop and introduce yourself – you might both learn something interesting!
Laura Cain graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 2000. Upon graduating, Laura began work at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. During the 7 years she worked there she gained a vast knowledge of Pediatric Physiotherapy. Her areas of focus included orthopedics, development, and pain. She went on to take a number of education courses in these areas. In 2007, Laura and her family moved to the Kootenays and she began work at Kootenay Therapy Center. Here, she continues her work in pediatrics, but has added a new area of interest: women’s health. She completed her certificate in “Continence and Pelvic Floor Re-education in the Female Patient” at BC Women’s Health Centre in Vancouver in 2013. Laura is thankful and honoured to work with the Kootenay Therapy Center team. When not at work, Laura enjoys running, hiking, playing the violin, and spending time with her busy family.
Candice received her Bachelor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences in 2007, and then obtained her Masters of Physical Therapy in 2009, both from the University of British Columbia. Candice initially worked in orthopedics in Vancouver, BC. She then returned to the Kootenay's and has been working at Kootenay Therapy Center since 2012. Her post-graduate training includes McKenzie Part A/B/C/D, certification in acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute, and several other orthopedic courses focused on exercise prescription and manual therapy techniques.
Christian De Milleville
Christian was born and raised in Ontario, and made the move to B.C. several years ago to fulfill a passion for the outdoors. Being an active person, his treatment focusses on getting people back to doing what they want with less pain and more ease. Christian has taken many courses directed at assessing the whole body to determine where a problem stems from and how to best treat it. The hands on skills gained from these courses have been great for reducing pain and speeding up recovery. He also has expertise in neuro-rehabilitation (treating any condition affecting the brain, spinal cord, and nerves). He spent the last few years running an exercise group for people with Parkinson’s disease as well as working with individuals who have had strokes and brain injuries. When he’s not in the clinic you can find him exploring the mountains and forests on his bike, skis, or his own two feet.
Lyanne Vaughan, Occupational Therapist, graduated with her Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy in 1991. She has been employed in the field of work rehabilitation since this time. She has worked in a variety of rehabilitation settings including a multidisciplinary Pain Clinic, a WCB funded Early Intervention Program, worked as an onsite therapist for CN Rail, and provided Home Based services for Interior Health, Veterans Affairs, and the Yukon Government. She has been operating Vaughan Occupational Consulting in the East Kootenays since 1995 providing work conditioning, return to work programs, Functional Capacity Evaluations, ergonomic evaluations, disability management, and injury prevention education. She also provides assessment and rehabilitation services for Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health Dysfunction. She provides medical-legal reports such as Cost of Future Care Evaluations Functional Capacity Evaluation, and has been recognized by the Supreme Court of British Columbia as an expert witness. Lyanne follows and encourages the Occupational Therapy motto of maintaining a balanced lifestyle. She enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, golf, yoga, playing music, and spending time with her family.
Troy completed his education at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB, and is trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He completed his internship in China, and has been practicing as a Registered Acupuncturist for over 10 years. Troy has been operating Revolution Acupuncture in Kimberley, BC, for 10 years and shares his time with his clinic in Kimberley, and Kootenay Therapy Center here in Cranbrook.
Jodie graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree. She joined our team in 2007 and has practised exercise therapy and personal training for over 20 years. Jodie is certified in land and aquatic fitness, pre/post-natal fitness, kids’ fitness, and specializes in aquatic therapy. Jodie has a new area of interest in Yoga Therapy that she is currently developing. When she’s not enjoying the great Kootenay outdoors with her husband and kids, Jodie enjoys running, working out and travelling.
Janelle has enjoyed working at Kootenay Therapy Center for the last 10 years. She graduated from the College of the Rockies and brings to the table a combination of 15 years’ experience in office administration and management. Outside of work Janelle enjoys time with family, friends and a variety of outdoor pursuits.
Jody fulfilled her Bachelor of Arts requirements from the University of Lethbridge and in 2013 completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. While taking this program, she worked at Parkland Middle School and also completed a six-month practicum at Child and Youth Mental Health. Since then, she has worked at Parkland Middle School for a year as their counsellor, worked at Axis Family Services, and last year opened up her private practice, Cranbrook Counselling. Jody was also selected to work as a Chaplain at East Kootenay Regional Hospital and has been there for the past two years. Jody is excited to be joining the team at Kootenay Therapy Center. She is a gifted counsellor with a heart to see people healed, not just coping. Her professional emphasis includes trauma, grief and loss counselling, and she also has experience in mental health counselling, marriage counselling and family counselling. She enjoys helping people see how their past does not need to define them and empowering them to live a healthy, productive and joy-filled life. Walks with friends, reading, kayaking, golf and time with family are all things she enjoys!
Registered Massage Therapist
Wish a passion for helping the public, Keegan began her career as a Registered Massage Therapist in Kelowna BC. From there she graduated with honours and moved back home to Cranbrook to give birth to her baby boy and to be closer to family. She joined the ever growing and professional team at Kootenay Therapy Center and watched her career flourish. Whiplash, thoracic outlet syndrome, headaches, low back pain and postural dysfunctions are just a handful of conditions that Keegan works with on a daily basis being a therapist. Outside of her life as a therapist, Keegan enjoys going on walks and hikes with her family, riding bikes, singing and learning a love for cooking.