Therapists

Cheryl Megalos    BScPT, RCAMP, CGIMS, MCPA

Registered Physiotherapist

UBC, 1994
 22 years experience in orthopedics

Cheryl’s experience includes vocational rehabilitation, pain management and work hardening programs. She has completed postgraduate studies in manipulative therapy (she has been a resident of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists since 2002). She received her Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) certification through iSTOP (The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain) in 2007. In 2010, Cheryl studied Fascial Manipulation™ in Italy with physiotherapist, Luigi Stecco. This has been an important addition to the management of chronic conditions not responsive to more conventional approaches. She uses a combination of the above-mentioned techniques for spinal and peripheral disorders to improve movement, reduce pain and restore individuals to their previous functional activities. Cheryl also provides treatment for individuals post-mastectomy, including lymphaedema care, scarring and regaining movement and strength.

Outside of physiotherapy, Cheryl enjoys hiking with her dog and gardening. She has a love of animals, and has been educated in canine physiotherapy, an area in which she occasionally practices. She also enjoys the world of gastronomy, with wine as a complimentary hobby.

Clinical Hours: Wed: 10am-7pm, Thurs: 10am-7pm, Sat: 8am-4pm


Jane Hicks    BSR (OT/PT), CHT, MCPA

Certified Hand Therapist
Registered Physiotherapist

UBC, 1977
31 years experience in hand therapy,
39 years in orthopedics

Jane has focused on hand and upper extremity rehabilitation for 26 years. This has included acute upper limb trauma, repetitive strain injuries, acquired conditions (such as arthritis) and burn injuries. Her work experience includes both hospital settings and private practice. Volunteer roles have included: president of the West Coast Hand Therapy Association (2008) and hand therapist liaison with the BC Hand Society (2007–2011). She continues to teach hand assessment workshops to students in the UBC master’s of physiotherapy program and has lectured to colleagues on aspects of hand therapy.

Outside of work, Jane keeps active with running, swimming, gardening, cycling and skiing.

Clinical Hours: Tues: 7:30am-2pm, Wed: 8am-3pm, Fri: 9am-4pm


Clare Palmer    BSc(H)PT, CHT, MCPA

Certified Hand Therapist
Registered Physiotherapist


East London University, 1992
22 years experience in hand therapy,
24 years in general orthopedics

Clare works as a physiotherapist/hand therapist, treating upper extremity injuries including the neck, shoulder, arm and hand. Conditions treated include repetitive strain, acute trauma and acquired conditions (such as arthritis). Her hand therapy skills include custom splinting, wound care, and scar management, burn care and early management of hand trauma. Other professional commitments include teaching hand therapy for the UBC physiotherapy master’s program. She is also a writer for the College of Physiotherapists of BC (CPTBC) registrant competency assessment team. Clare is a member of the BC Musician's injury group and has recently stepped into the position of Vice President for the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists (CSHT).

Clare maintains an active lifestyle, running half marathons, and skiing and hiking with her energetic teenagers. As an amateur violinist, she enjoys making music with a local orchestra.

Clinical Hours: Mon: 10am-4pm, Wed: 12pm-7pm, Thurs: 7:30am-2:30pm


Sid Raddalgoda    BSc(H), BScPT, CHT, MCPA

Registered Physiotherapist
Certified Hand Therapist


University of Western Ontario, 1996
 20 years experience in sports physiotherapy
and general orthopedics

Sid’s clinical interests include sports physiotherapy management of athletes, with emphasis on core stability programs as related to upper and lower extremity injuries, and manual therapy in combination with customized exercise programs to rehabilitate patients. Movement re-education through corrective exercise is an important element of this rehabilitation process. Sid has extensive experience in working with athletes from the BC Lions, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the Commonwealth Games, World Cup Speed Skating, World Ultimate Championships and the Canadian Women’s Hockey Championships. Sid was on the Canadian medical team for short track speed skating and figure skating at Vancouver 2010. He is currently also working with triathletes of all levels—from beginners to Ironman competitors. Other professional affiliations include involvement in the Vancouver sports medicine community, SportMed BC and the Sports Physio BC Executive.

Sid’s athletic interests include cycling, running, hiking, ultimate Frisbee and skiing, while his musical skills include playing guitar and piano.

Clinical Hours: Mon: 1pm-7pm, Tues: 12pm-6pm, Wed: 7am-1pm, Thurs: 7am-1pm,  Fri: 8am-12pm


Maria Zerjav    BSc(H)Psych, BScPT, CCTT, MCPA

Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist
Registered Physiotherapist


Dalhousie University, 1987 Physiotherapy, 1984 Psychology
21 years experience with TMJ disorders
29 years as a physiotherapist

Maria’s main clinical area of interest is in the treatment of patients with temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders. This encompasses the jaw, the masticatory (chewing) muscles and the cervical spine and associated musculature. In April, 2010, she successfully completed the examination to become a Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT). She is a member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and attends annual conferences on the subject of TMJ disorders. Maria has taught UBC physiotherapy master’s program students assessment and treatment of the TMJ and has presented lectures to practicing physiotherapists, dentists and dental hygienists on the topic of TMJ disorders.  In 2016 Maria completed advanced training for the treatment of Facial Palsy/Bell’s Palsy.  Maria has worked in private practice in Vancouver since 1990 and has owned and operated Westside Physiotherapy and Hand Clinic since 1998.

Outside of work, Maria enjoys distance cycling, hiking, skiing, yoga, windsurfing and long walks with her dogs. She is also a director of a charitable organization dedicated to rehabilitating and finding homes for neglected or abandoned collies.

Clinical Hours: Mon: 9:30am-2pm, Tues: 9:30am-2pm, Thurs: 2pm-6pm


 

 

 


Sarah Kennedy    BSc(H) PT, CCTT, MCPA

Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist

Certified Vestibular Therapist
Registered Physiotherapist


Auckland University, New Zealand, 2004
12 years experience as a physiotherapist,
 6 years with TMJ disorders

Sarah obtained her physiotherapy training at Auckland University of Technology in 2004.  She has since completed postgraduate work in sports physiotherapy, women's health and completed level III orthopaedic manual therapy certification.  Sarah has also developed particular expertise in the treatement of vestibular disorders (vertigo/dizziness) and temporomandibular (TMD/jaw) dysfunction.  She is a Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist via the Physiotherapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics (US) and has completed Advanced Vestibular Therapy training.  She is a member of the Balance and Dizziness Disorders Society in Vancouver.  In 2016 Sarah completed training for the treatment of Facial Palsy/Bell’s Palsy.  Sarah's primary goal with treatment is to facilitate independence.  Although some complex conditions take time, Sarah aims to help her patients achieve recovery with an emphasis on tools for long-term prevention and self-management.  She uses manual therapy (massage, mobilizations, stretching), specific exercise prescription and education to help her patients regain control of their pain and physical function.

Sarah has studied vocal jazz at Vancouver Community College and Capilano University.  She has been performing in Vancouver since 2008 and has also performed abroad.  This pursuit has highlighted some similarities between development as a musician, athletic training, and recovery from injury; in order to reach your goals one needs discipline, inspiration and great coaching.  Sarah keeps active with yoga, ultimate frisbee, cycling and long contemplative walks.

Clinical Hours: Tues: 1pm-7pm, Wed: 1pm-7pm, Thurs: 1pm-7pm, Fri: 8am-2:30pm, Sat: 8am-2:30pm

 


Maritess Tolentino    BScOT, CHT, OTR

Certified Hand Therapist
Occupational Therapist


Dalhousie University, 1996
13 years experience in hand therapy,
20 years as an occupational therapist

Maritess worked for a number of years in multidisciplinary vocational rehabilitation programs and as an occupational therapy consultant. Her work experience includes worksite visits, creating and monitoring gradual return-to-work programs and functional capacity assessments. For the past eight years her work has been focused on hand therapy, including custom-made hand splints, the treatment of repetitive strain injuries, acute trauma, functional hand rehabilitation assessments and pain education.

Outside of work, Maritess is kept busy with three young children, while still maintaining her own activity level with cycling, running, swimming and skiing.

Clinical Hours: Tues: 11am-5pm, Thurs: 7am-1pm


Harsharn Gill    BSc(H)Kin, MScPT, CAFCI, CGIMS

Registered Physiotherapist

Harsharn Gill

University of Western Ontario, Physiotherapy, 2011
McMaster University,
Kinesiology, 2009

 

Harsharn Gill graduated from McMaster University in 2009 with an Honours Bachelor of Science. She then went on to the University of Western Ontario where she completed her Master of Physiotherapy in 2011.

Since graduation, Harsharn has worked in private clinics in Ontario, Vancouver and Burnaby. She is certified in acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. She also continued her training in orthopaedic conditions through a variety of courses including her Level 2 of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy as well she is currently working toward her certification in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation ( IMS). In her spare time, she likes to hike, jog, read and explore beautiful British Columbia!

Clinical Hours: Tues: 10am-6pm, Thurs: 10am-6pm


Melanie Ailey    MScPT, CHT, HBkin

Registered Physiotherapist

Melanie Ailey

McMaster University, 2003
14 years experience in general orthopedics,
5 years in hand therapy

 

Melanie graduated as a physiotherapist from McMaster University in 2003, and has worked in various outpatient orthopedic departments including the Lakehead University Sports Medicine Clinic, The Arthritis Society and The Hand & Upper Limb Clinic in Thunder Bay, ON.  Moving to the West Coast in 2013, she worked in the Hand Clinic at Richmond Hospital, focusing on post-operative and acute traumatic hand, wrist and elbow injuries, as well as wound care, and custom splinting.  She has been a Certified Hand Therapist for 5 years and continues to focus on neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand injuries and orthopedic conditions.

Melanie spends her free time exploring the great outdoors on her paddleboard and road bike in the summer and her snowboard in the winter.  She stays strong by doing cross-fit year round.

Clinical Hours: Mon: 12pm-7pm, Wed: 7am-5pm, Fri: 8am-3pm