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 worked in a variety of private physiotherapy clinics in Saskatchewan and Alberta before relocating to Cranbrook in 2005 and joining the team at Kootenay Therapy Center. Niki’s post graduate education includes a Certificate of Intermediate Manual and Manipulative Therapy, Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation Certification from the University of British Columbia, acupuncture certification through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and courses in Vestibular Rehabilitation. When she is not at work, Niki enjoys running in the Cranbrook Community Forest, traveling to Central America, cross country skiing, and exploring the Kootenay backcountry.
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.
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.
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 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, 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.
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 another year at Parkland Middle School for a year as their counsellor, worked at Axis Family Services, Pinewood Elementary School, and in 2014 opened up her private practice, Cranbrook Counselling. Jody was also selected to work as a Chaplain at East Kootenay Regional Hospital and served in this role for two years. Jody joined Kootenay Therapy Center in 2016 and loves being part of this team of professionals. She is a gifted counsellor with a heart to see people healed, not just coping. Her professional emphasis includes working with people experiencing trauma, grief and loss counselling, and she also has experience in mental health counselling and marriage counselling. She also loves working with others in a coaching role and 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, kayaking, biking, camping, and time with family are all things she enjoys!
Annie graduated with a B.Sc. in kinesiology in 2008 from the Université de Moncton in New Brunswick. Shortly after graduation, she relocated to the mountains for a change in scenery and never looked back. Annie has a variety of work experience, from working with seniors, to mental health education, to wildlife education. In 2016, she made the move to the East Kootenays to later join the team at Kootenay Therapy Center. Annie teaches a variety of exercise classes in our movement studio. She is a certified WaterART instructor and is a Level 1 in Hypopressives-Low Pressure Fitness as an instructor. In her down time, she enjoys the outdoors, hiking, snowshoeing, and practicing yoga.