Our Team - Thrive Now Physiotherapy

Our Team at THRIVE NOW Physiotherapy

Trained Physiotherapists ~ accurate diagnosis ~ best treatment possible

South Cowichan Physiotherapy & Sports Rehabilitation was established in 1998 when Vince Avery originally opened his clinic in the Shawnigan Lake Village. In 2004, he moved his clinic to a new location in Cobble Hill where it continued to thrive in the growing surrounding communities. In 2010, the clinic was relocated to the Valleyview Center at #59-1400 Cowichan Bay Road. This move has doubled our space and allowed the clinic to expand to meet the needs of our clientele.


Co-Owner

Registered Physiotherapist
Certified in Spinal Manipulation
Certified Gunn IMS

I enjoy treating injuries of every variety through the entire body; this allows me to utilize my entire skill set and years of experience to accurately diagnose and treat many conditions... Read more


Co-Owner

Registered Physiotherapist
Certified Gunn IMS
Certified in Medical Acupuncture
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Do you have chronic back and neck pain that just won’t go away? Well, I love treating people like you because I use an approach that works well, even for those cases who have not had success with other forms of therapy... Read more


Registered Physiotherapist
Certified Gunn IMS
Certified in Medical Acupuncture Certified Schroth Therapist

Do you suffer from chronic pain? Do you often get headaches? Well, the focus of my treatment is to restore balance and function, and to provide relief from pain... Read more

Jessica Goodwin, Physio | Thrive Now Physio

Registered Physiotherapist
Pelvic Health

My approach to treatment is to get you on the right track by the time you leave your first visit.  This may be done by manual therapy techniques, exercises, or simply education that the way you are doing something every day is contributing to the problem.  I want you to be confident when you walk out the door that we can fix this problem together.  
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Registered Physiotherapist
Functional Dry Needling
Certified Yoga Teacher

I like to think of physiotherapy as climbing a mountain together. It’s a team effort – I go with you on your journey... Read more


Registered Physiotherapist
IMS / Dry Needling
Visionary Craniosacral Work®

Just had major surgery? Be it repair of a torn muscle or ligament or replacement of a joint or feeling stiff after an abdominal surgery. Read more

Cecil Newman | Thrive Now Physio

Registered Physiotherapist
Manual Therapy
Dry Needling
Concussion Management

I enjoy working with my clients to discover the root cause of their concern. Throughout my career I have worked with patients of all ages with a vast multitude of conditions and injuries. I believe that each person is unique and I tailor my treatment to meet their individual needs. I believe in treating the person as a whole, not just an injury, in order to achieve the greatest success.
   
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Registered Physiotherapist
Manual Therapy
Chronic Pain
Paediatrics

In my practice, I utilize techniques like mobilisation and soft tissue stretching. I treat the problem like a puzzle and put the problem in context for you.   I will explain my finding in easy terms that will help you to understand it and how it can be fixed... Read more


Registered Physiotherapist
Functional Dry Needling
Manual Therapy

With 40 years of experience, I will work with you to develop a treatment plan.  My mission is always to help you to achieve your ultimate goal of full recovery from your injury or long-term problem...  
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Lauren Kellar | Thrive Now Physio

Registered Physiotherapist
Manual Therapy

As a tinkerer of the human body, a physiotherapist has two responsibilities: Help to fix the current problem and help to prevent any future damage from occurring. When assessing you, I will be looking at how your body functions together as a whole, along with your presenting complaint, to discover any and all underlying causes of the problem. 

The Cowichan Valley has been home to me since I was 7 years old, and I believe it is the most beautiful place in the world!
   
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Registered Massage Therapist

I am a 2012 graduate from West Coast College of Massage Therapy and particularly enjoy working with women and families during the childbearing years. I have taken additional training in pregnancy, postpartum, and infant massage.  Work place related tension, chronic injuries, and tension headaches are also common things I see in my practice. However, I welcome all people into my practice and I am always up for a new challenge!
   
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Registered Kinesiologist
Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Whether you are currently injured, or just want to live a healthier life, my goal as an exercise professional is to give you the tools you need to lead your best life. I believe these tools don’t have to be fancy equipment but rather a better understanding of how YOUR body moves.  Every person has a slightly different anatomy, different previous experiences with exercise, and different pre-existing injuries and health conditions. All of these variables combine to influence how you ultimately move.
   
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Yuta Yamato | Thrive Now Physio

Registered Interim Physiotherapist
Manual Therapy
STOTT Pilates mat instructor certificate

If you have stiff joints in your lower back, neck, or even other areas like your hip or SI joint, then I can help you with my training in manual therapy. I will stretch out the connective tissues around the joints that might be limiting your movement. Then, using very specific amounts and directions of forces to help create better alignment in the planes of the joints.
My STOTT PILATES® Matwork, Level 1 Certification allows me to incorporate Pilates exercises in my exercise prescriptions for my clients. As an avid runner myself, I am interested in treating running injuries and would like to help runners who suffer from them with the latest evidence and my own experience.
   
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Martin Wardowicz | Thrive Now Physio

Registered Kinesiologist

My passion is movement! I believe that mastering fundamental movements will significantly decrease the chances of injury and will allow you to continue with your favorite activities for years to come.

Are you someone that is seeking to improve in sports? Do you want your knee to stop bugging you each time you squat? Do you have a goal of lifting heavy weights? Having experience in all of these areas, I can help you. I have a diverse background in health and wellness from volunteering at G.F. Strong rehabilitation centre, to personal training for over 8 years, and specializing in athletic performance with well-known clubs - Burnaby Winter Club ice hockey, Coquitlam Reds baseball team, Fraserview Golf Club.

The body is an instrument that allows us to function with daily activities, and if taken for granted, these activities can be difficult to execute. With my programs, even the most basic workouts can be fun and challenging. I will also ensure that each program is tailored to your specific goals.
   
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Alora Warren | Thrive Now Physio

Registered Interim Physiotherapist

I love working with people who are passionate about their journey towards rehabilitation. Not only do I address your immediate problem, but I also focus on the body as a whole, in order to improve your overall well being.

Have you had an injury related to horseback riding? I can help optimize your recovery and get you back in the saddle as soon as possible. Want to optimize your running mechanics? Or get back into the gym and weight lifting after an injury? I am the therapist for you! .

If you want strategies to not only reduce your pain, but also to optimize your overall health, I am the therapist for you!
   
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Ryan Robson | Thrive Now Physio

Registered Interim Physiotherapist

Do you suffer from chronic pain or perhaps a nagging pinching feeling or ache  that just won’t go away? I strive to perform detailed, personalized, assessments in order to dig deep and identify the fundamental cause of your pain so that we can work together to optimize mind, body and movement.

I offer the most up to date evidence based treatment focused on corrective exercise, education, and manual therapy so that we can work together to fix your pain at its source.

My goal is to teach you to understand your body and why pain is occurring in order to empower you and get you back to doing the activities that are most meaningful to you.
   
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Nick Buitelaar | Thrive Now Physio

Registered Interim Physiotherapist

With everyone I work with, I aim to incorporate a collaborative approach so that you feel comfortable with your treatment plan and confident that it is right for you. I ask a lot of questions and am thorough in my assessments to ensure that we are addressing the root cause of your issues.

I will employ a variety of physiotherapy techniques to best meet your needs including manual therapy, modalities, and exercise prescription.

I feel confident that through collaboration, we can create a treatment plan that works best for you and gets you back to what you love.
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Pamela Boechler | Thrive Now Physio

Registered Physiotherapist

I’m a firm believer in the mindbody connection. My approach to treatment is to view each person holistically and provide as much individualized care as possible within each session. Using a multi-faceted treatment approach we can address the root problem(s), rather than simply managing pain.

I am a dedicated yogi and follower of the Iyengar yoga tradition. I am passionate about the emerging field of yoga therapy and its integration into therapeutic settings. I am certified in medical therapeutic yoga, integrative lifestyle medicine, and therapeutic yoga for pelvic health conditions.
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Dean Brenner RMT | Thrive Now Physio

Registered Massage Therapist

Depending on your needs. I'll start by listening to why you're here. Assessing the functions you have against those that you would like to improve. What kind of soft tissue damage if any may be associated with pain or limited movement. Is it recent, acute or chronic with history?

I'll do my utmost to meet you with respect and the interest of someone who genuinely wants to assist you improve your quality of life.

I enjoy matching the best techniques from my suite of training tools to achieve results. I strive to create a safe and therapeutic space for you to profoundly tap into your own healing messages.
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Michaela Bennett | Thrive Now Physio

Registered Interim Physiotherapist

As a physiotherapist, I believe my role is to act as a coach and provide education such that you feel confident and empowered to play an active role in your rehabilitation.

My treatment plans consist of a combination of hands-on manual therapy techniques, individualized exercise prescription, and education.

Not only will we address your immediate problem, we will also take a look at how your body is functioning as a whole to get you feeling your best.
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Richard Hudspith | Thrive Now Physio

Clinical Somatic Therapist

With Clinical Somatics, I bring an innovative approach to aging and we’ll work together to re-condition a new normal for you.

As a teacher, I know how challenging it can be to learn a new ways to move your muscles.  That’s why I bring a sense of humour and levity to our work.  To show you small, concrete steps so that you can create new muscle habits that bring you comfort and ease to your body.

Clinical Somatics will help you discover a what it means to feel comfortable and relaxed.  In this process, you’ll learn tips to keep you mobile and put some FUNC back into your life!
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