Locally owned and operated in Cranbrook, Kootenay Therapy Center opened its doors in January 2005. Starting with a sole physiotherapist, KTC has grown to now offer the services of numerous physiotherapists, an occupational therapist, kinesiologist, acupuncturist, clinical counsellor. Kootenay Therapy Center now calls the Baker Street Professional Centre home since December 2014. KTC also partners with several healthcare providers to ensure the highest in quality comprehensive care for each individual. Along with our very friendly and capable support staff, the KTC team welcomes clients from throughout the
Kooteany's for rehabilitation assessment and treatment. We are fully licensed and insured and provide personal, friendly service to all our patients.
Suzanne’s passion for health, fitness and exercise drew her to the profession of physiotherapy. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1988. She further completed her Masters of Rehabilitation Sciences from UBC in 2017. She has worked in public and private practice in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Lower Mainland of BC prior to her move with her family to the beautiful Kootenays in 2000.
Suzanne has completed many courses in manual therapy, acupuncture, exercise, chronic pain, nutrition, and pelvic health. A life-long learner, she has always been keen to explore and integrate the latest research into what she offers - “client centered care”.
After 32 years of practice, Suzanne’s passion is to assist others to achieve their goals, manage pain, and improve their quality of life. A comprehensive, whole health approach to treatment is what she believes is foundational to recovery. She offers in-clinic, home and community visits and telehealth visits to accommodate her client’s needs.
Outside of work, Suzanne enjoys the outdoors – cycling, running, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing – and spending time with her family and friends (and dogs!) in our great community!
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.
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.
Shannon graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1992. She worked in Vancouver for the next 7 years, primarily in pediatrics with a special interest in 0-12 month development, torticollis and brachial plexus injury. After the birth of her first son, and hoping to settle her family somewhere smaller, she took a chance on a temporary position in arthritis therapy in the Kootenays. Cranbrook became home, another son came along, and rheumatology/arthritis treatment became a permanent work passion and regular employment. She has participated in many rheumatology courses and workshops since. Shannon joined the team at Kootenay Therapy Center in 2017 to round out her work week. In addition to work and time with her favorite fellows, Shannon enjoys yoga, pilates, hiking, walking, kayaking and sometimes stays still with a good book or movie.
Janine graduated with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from theUniversity of Alberta in 2007 after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology. After graduation, Janine has completed many continuing education courses such as Manual Mobilization of Muscles, Dynamic Core for Kids, Falls risk management, New Advances in Hip Rehabilitation, as well as Therapeutic Exercise Prescription. Janine has spent the last few years working in pediatrics in the school and community settings with children who present with various neurological and orthopedic conditions as well as delayed gross motor development. Janine’s physiotherapy practice involves assessment of musculoskeletal and neurological impairments as well as utilizing techniques such as manual therapy, exercise prescription, and other modalities to treat the diagnosis. Her goal with each patient is to educate them on proper posture, injury prevention, and home exercise programs to ensure full recovery and return to function. Janine is continuing to further her education by taking post-graduate courses in acupuncture, intramuscular stimulation, manual therapy, exercises prescription, musculoskeletal rehabilitation to treat musculoskeletal injuries. In her spare time, Janine enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, staying active, hiking, going to the lake and enjoying everything that the beautiful Kootenays has to offer.
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Angela completed a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and has experience with a wide range of clients from working at Child and Youth Mental Health, Community services, and private practice. Her approach to therapy draws from several theories to help her clients grow and heal. In her practice, Angela aims to come alongside people in providing them with acceptance, support, and understanding in order to help them work toward better mental health and well-being. She has additional training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for adolescents, and Sandtray Therapy. Angela sees children, youth, and adults for individual, couples, or family counselling primarily focused on depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, abuse, self-esteem, grief, loss, stress, life transitions, communication, conflict management, and borderline personality disorder. She also designs and facilitates educational and therapeutic groups and workshops. Angela is thankful to be at Kootenay Therapy Center as a part of a team that offers multidisciplinary care. When she is not working, she enjoys cooking, hiking, watching shows, reading, and spending time with her partner and three children.
Jessica Grajczyk (Hewison)
Jessica graduated from the University of Regina in 2020 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology majoring in Human Kinetics with a focus on high performance training. Jessica also holds a personal training certification through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology.
For many years, Jessica was a competitive figure skater. Her passion now lies in youth training and athletics. In 2020, Jessica decided to pursue this passion in a bigger capacity and took her Level 1 coaching for figure skating. She is also a trained Special Olympics and Power Skating coach.
When Jessica is not at the clinic, you can find her in the skating rink, hanging out with her cats, or exploring the Kootenay’s with her husband.
I sustained my active lifestyle with playing 5 years college volleyball here at the College of the Rockies and developed my training skills with high performance athletes. From there I continued my education at the University of Regina which lead me to working 6 years with High intensity interval training.
After graduating I began working as an exercises therapist through the healthy weights program involving sedentary individuals.
Later I continued my journey to Victoria BC where I worked as a Kinesiologist coordinating an occupational rehabilitation program.
Now back to my roots in the Kootenays continuing with rehabilitation and training.
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.
Sara graduated from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy’s 2200 hour program in June 2022. She will be writing her board exams in August and will be an RMT by September. On top of her massage training, Sara is also a yoga teacher – she completed her YTT 200 through East Kootenay Yoga Academy in the fall of 2019 with an additional course in adjustment and modification. Sara is looking forward to studying restorative yoga this summer, and taking a course to incorporate hot stone massage into her practice in October. She is also interested in furthering her education in the areas of manual lymphatic drainage, and cranial sacral therapy. Sara is a lifelong learner. She is so excited to be serving the East Kootenay region as a massage therapist.
Sara and her family moved to Cranbrook in 2017 and quickly fell in love with the spirit of the Kootenays – the people and the land. In her free time she enjoys exploring the natural playground in her backyard with family and friends. As her kids grew up and started venturing down their own paths, Sara focused on building a career that she was genuinely passionate about – one that would continually challenge her to grow and that would utilize her natural gift of caring for people.
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.