Our Team

Each therapist at Westside Physiotherapy has an area of special interest, and is committed to ongoing study/training to stay current with the latest scientific research in that area. Several of our therapists have taught clinical courses to the UBC physiotherapy students, as well as provided lectures to allied health professionals in the community. Below is a summary of the certifications obtained and areas of special interest our therapists are involved in treating.

A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)

is an occupational therapist or physiotherapist who has successfully completed a comprehensive exam of advanced skills and theory in the area of rehabilitation of the upper limb. Five years of clinical experience, of which 4000 must be in direct hand therapy practice, is the minimum requirement before being permitted to challenge this exam. Recertification is required every five years to ensure therapists remain current with continued professional development. Further information regarding this certification can be obtained at http://www.htcc.org/about/index.cfm

There are four Certified Hand Therapists on staff: Jane Hicks (32 years as a CHT), Clare Palmer (23 years as a CHT), Maritess Tolentino (14 years as a CHT) and Melanie Ailey (5 years as a CHT). All CHTs at Westside Physiotherapy are members of the West Coast Hand Therapy Association.

A Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT)

is a physiotherapist who has successfully completed a certification examination in the areas of cervical spine disorders, cervicogenic headaches, orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders. Requirements to challenge this exam include a minimum of five years of clinical experience, of which 2000 hours must be in the areas of the cervical spine, temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain syndromes and 100 hours of continuing education credit (in related aeas) within the past 5 - 10 years. An additional 25 hours of continuing education credit must be obtained in each successive year in order to maintain certification. Further information regarding this certification can be obtained at http://www.aaop.org/index.asp

 Maria Zerjav successfully completed this exam in 2010. She has been a practicing physiotherapist for 30 years and has been working with patients with TMJ disorders for 22 years. She is a member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.

Intramuscular stimulation (IMS)

is a treatment technique provided by registered physiotherapists or physicians. Practitioners using IMS must have completed formal training through the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain (iSTOP). Instruction by the creator of the technique, Dr Chan Gunn, requires a week of instruction, both theory and hands-on treatment. Then completion of the practicum component under the supervision of qualified instructors and examinations for assessment, safe technique, and treatment planning before being able to apply the technique on clients. Cheryl Megalos successfully completed her exams in IMS in 2006 and uses this form of treatment as part of her practice. Cheryl has been practicing physiotherapy for 23 years.