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Our Therapists and Staff

Suzanne Thompson

Physiotherapist/Clinic Owner

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 Doerksen


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 Archibald


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.



Irina was born and raised in Austria where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 2011. She briefly worked in a multidisciplinary team in school for children with special needs before setting off on a big adventure to explore Canada. She quickly fell in love with Kimberley (and a Canadian!) and decided to make the Kootenays her permanent home. Since moving to Kimberley, she has completed different orthopedic courses, among them a running analysis course (“System of a Run”) which has given her a better understanding of treating various running injuries. Irina has also started to develop an interest in weightlifting and nutrition and loves to work with people who share that interest. She encourages all of her clients to play an active role in their recovery and loves to see everyone reach the goals they have set for themselves. Being quite active herself, she wants to motivate all of her clients of all ages to engage in more physical activity. Outside of work Irina is quite busy with her young son and loves to bake, travel, bike, and spend time in the mountains with her family.



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.

Nikolina Nikolic



Nikolina graduated from the UBC Masters of Physical Therapy program in 2016 and has worked as a Physiotherapist in Prince George. She moved to Cranbrook in the summer of 2019 to explore the Kootenays and enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle. Nikolina has a strong interest in orthopaedic physiotherapy and pelvic floor physiotherapy. She has taken several post-graduate courses to advance her training in both of these areas, including Level 1-3 Pelvic Health training through Pelvic Health solutions, the Sports Thorax, and the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of the Lumbar Spine. Nikolina treats the prenatal and postpartum population, as well as individuals living with bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction. She provides a caring and compassionate environment and uses a variety of manual therapy techniques, education, and exercise prescription to help her clients achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. In her spare time, Nikolina enjoys hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, weightlifting, going to the farmer’s market, and experimenting with new cooking and baking recipes. Nikolina looks forward to meeting you and working with you!

Lyanne Vaughan

Occupational Therapist

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.

Janelle Traversano

Office Manager

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.

Angela Kemperman

Registered Clinical Counsellor
Canadian Certified 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 and in 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 non-judgmental and compassionate support. She has some additional training in Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, 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 Netflix, and spending time with her husband and three children.

Please contact us to book your appointment!

Kootenay Therapy Center

#260-1311 2nd St N

Cranbrook, BC V1C 3L1


Contact us for info about scheduling appointments.

Phone: 250-426-4629




Fax: 250-426-4611

Service Area

Serving Cranbrook and the Kootenays:
Kimberley, Fernie, Sparwood, Invermere, Fairmont, Creston, Nelson, Golden and Revelstoke

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