Cheryl Megalos    BScPT, CGIMS, MCPA

Registered Physiotherapist

UBC, 1994
 25 years experience in orthopedics

Cheryl’s experience includes vocational rehabilitation, pain management and work hardening programs. 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


Clare Palmer    BSc(H)PT, CHT, MCPA

Certified Hand Therapist
Registered Physiotherapist

East London University, 1992
25 years experience in hand therapy,
27 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, Tues: 7:30am-2:30pm, 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
23 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
24 years experience with TMJ disorders
32 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-3pm, Tues: 9:30am-3pm, 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
15 years experience as a physiotherapist,
9 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: 11:30am-7pm, Thurs: 11:30am-7pm, Fri: 8am-2:30pm, Sat: 8am-2:30pm


Maritess Tolentino    BScOT, CHT, OTR

Certified Hand Therapist
Occupational Therapist

Dalhousie University, 1996
16 years experience in hand therapy,
23 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: Mon: 7am-1pm, Tues: 11am-5pm, Thurs: 7am-1pm


Melanie Ailey    MScPT, CHT, HBkin

Certified Hand Therapist
Registered Physiotherapist

Melanie Ailey

McMaster University, 2003
16 years experience in general orthopedics,
7 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: 8am-3pm, Fri: 8am-2pm



Victoria (Tori) Feige    BA, MPT, RCAMPT, CHT

Certified Hand Therapist
Registered Physiotherapist

Victoria Feige

UBC, Master’s Physiotherapy 2012
Certified Hand Therapist, 2018
7 years experience as a physiotherapist


Tori was inspired to become a hand therapist after sustaining a skier’s thumb many years ago. She understands the impact an injury can have on all facets of life, and is motivated to assist patients to restore movement and decrease pain. She is currently working toward FCAMPT status, which is the highest post graduate orthopedic status attainable. She will be challenging the final exams in the fall of 2019.

Tori is a clinical instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC. She is the first clinical physiotherapist in North America to also be a wheelchair user. In the clinic, she provides treatments specific to her clients and treats out of her chair using a rolling stool for manual therapy or standing up beside the treatment table. She has taken and continues to take extensive post-graduate training in orthopedic manual therapy, neurological physical therapy, clinical pilates, functional dry needling and hand therapy.

Outside the office Tori enjoys being active, getting time outside and playing guitar. She is a certified ski instructor and volunteers with Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports. She competes internationally in adaptive surfing for Team Canada and is the current women’s world adaptive surf champ.

Clinical Hours: Tues: 1pm-7pm, Fri: 10am-4pm


Kate Young    MScPT, BSc (Hons)

Certified Hand Therapist
Registered Physiotherapist

Kate Young

University of Toronto, 2009
10 years experience as a physiotherapist
3 years experience in hand therapy


Kate provides physiotherapy for upper extremity injuries, post-operatively and for acquired conditions (eg arthritis, repetitive strain). Specific areas include the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder and neck. She divides her clinical time between Westside Physiotherapy and Hand Clinic and the Richmond Hospital Hand Clinic. This has provided her with excellent exposure and the skills to treat a wide variety of hand and upper extremity conditions and injuries, from acute trauma to repetitive strain. Kate was inspired to work in hand therapy after fracturing her hand three years ago and then being treated by a hand therapist. Her hand therapy skills include manual therapy, exercise prescription, wound care and custom splinting. Kate has seven years of experience providing acupuncture and uses this as an adjunct to treatment when indicated. She also has five years of experience using Pilates-based exercises. Kate has published articles in the Journal of Pain (2006) and in Physiotherapy Canada (2012).

Outside of physiotherapy, Kate enjoys spending her time with her family and one-year-old daughter, playing beach volleyball, skiing, and drawing.

Clinical Hours: Mon: 8am-12pm, Wed: 8am-2pm, Thurs: 12pm-7pm