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Meet the Team

Physiotherapists:

Physiotherapist

Dip Sport PT, BScPT, BHKin(ExSc), Director of Physiotherapy, Registered Sport Physiotherapist, Certified in Acupuncture


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Joel has a true passion for trying to solve the source of the injury (rather than just treating the symptoms), which often requires looking at the patient's movement dysfunctions and compensation patterns, and then finding ways to undo them.

  • Graduated from the UBC School of physiotherapy in 2003
  • Obtained postgraduate diploma in sports physiotherapy
  • Became certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada
  • Is trained in treatment of vertigo and related disorders

As one of only two physiotherapists in the Okanagan to have this honour, Joel was selected to be a member of the medical staff working at the Vancouver Polyclinic, 2010 Winter Olympics. He has also worked with many professional and amateur level athletes including those from:

  • NHL
  • UFC
  • Pro Wakeboard Tour
  • National Snowboard Tour
  • National Ski-Cross team
  • National U19 Soccer
  • Okanagan Sun Football team
  • BC Figure Skating
  • BC Volleyball
  • AAA/AAAA Midget Hockey
  • UBCO Volleyball/Basketball teams

He has also worked with various competitive level marathoners, triathletes, climbers and dancers in the Okanagan. Joel particularly enjoys helping athletes that are injured from kickboxing or jiu jitsu, which are often complicated injuries to resolve when mixed with the rigors of training.

Joel is actively involved with Sport Med BC as the Okanagan representative for Sport Physiotherapy BC and is also a clinical Instructor for UBC School of Rehabilitation. In his spare time, Joel enjoys kickboxing, jiu jitsu, snowboarding, running, and spending time with his family.

E-mail me at: joel@primekelowna.ca

Registered Physiotherapist

BScPT, CPMA, CGunnIMS, Senior Registered Physiotherapist, Certified in Acupuncture and IMS


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Ingrid graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy. Prior to joining the PRIME Physiotherapy and Performance Team in December 2016, she worked at a private practice in Alberta (Leduc Physio) for 7 years, and at Millard Health (the Worker’s Compensation Board of Alberta Rehabilitation Centre) for 6.5 years. She was born and raised in Prince George, BC, so the decision to return to beautiful BC has been tugging at her heart for some time. What better place to settle than Kelowna!

She enjoys treating a variety of injuries and is always seeking to further her education/rehabilitation knowledge through various courses. She believes in a holistic approach to therapy, using a combination of skills to help you get back to your life as quickly as possible! Ingrid has completed her Certificate in Medical Acupuncture (CPMA) through Dr. Aung’s program at the University of Alberta Extension Centre, Dr. Chan Gunn Intramuscular Simulation (CGunnIMS), Peripheral Manipulation, Spinal Manipulation and Advanced Clinical Reasoning. She has also taken Vestibular Rehabilitation training for the treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).

Ingrid believes in promoting and living an active and healthy lifestyle. In her spare time she enjoys playing golf, tennis and keeping fit at the gym. You might also find her participating in fun runs around Kelowna. She also downhill skis and cross country skis when time allows. One of her passions is music, so you might hear her singing at the clinic :) She is also fluent in French and loves the chance to strike up a conversation for practice. If she’s not at the clinic for an extended time, she is likely travelling somewhere in the world!

E-mail me at: ingrid@primekelowna.ca

Physiotherapist

MPT, BHK, Registered Physiotherapist, Certified in Acupuncture


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Kailee is a graduate of the University of British Columbia. She grew up in North Vancouver and completed a Bachelor of Human Kinetics before graduating with a Master of Physical Therapy in 2012.

Kailee's love for physiotherapy began with a passion for sports and activity. Her clinical experience as a therapist combined with personal experience as an athlete has given her insight into the treatment and prevention of injuries. Kailee has experience treating a variety of injuries in all age groups. She is primarily interested in the treatment of orthopedic injuries and enjoys evaluating and assessing for compensation patterns in order to ensure a full recovery as well as prevention of future injuries or imbalances. Kailee also has experience helping individuals recover from orthopedic surgery and motor vehicle accidents. She is certified in acupuncture and has taken courses in neurokinetic therapy as well as several courses involving manual therapy in the assessment and treatment of injuries. Kailee believes in a holistic approach to treatment that will facilitate the achievement of personal goals, whether they be returning to athletics, work, or recreational activities.

Kailee grew up playing soccer, basketball, ringette and hockey. She continues to live an active lifestyle in the Okanagan and enjoys running, hiking and playing hockey and ultimate frisbee!

E-mail me at: kailee@primekelowna.ca

Registered Physiotherapist

BScPT


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Riley is a new graduate of the Physiotherapy BSc (hons) Program at the University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom. His interest in physiotherapy developed during his childhood as he played many sports including a competitive career in junior hockey and a year playing college soccer in BC. Riley grew up in the small town of Nakusp, BC, where he cultivated a passion for hiking, biking, snowmobiling, and community sports such as soccer, baseball, basketball, and hockey. Throughout his youth, he also had the privilege of winning two provincial titles in hockey and one in soccer. In his spare time he enjoys playing the guitar and shows a great passion for music.

His love for athletics and weightlifting motivates him to maintain a healthy lifestyle and guided him towards a treatment style that is sports focused and movement based. Before pursuing a career in physiotherapy, Riley worked as an electrician which has given him a great understanding for treatment and injury prevention within the trade force.

Riley is currently the medical trainer for the KSS JV football team and is motivated to be an active member within the community.

E-mail me at: riley@primekelowna.ca

Registered Physiotherapist

BSc, MPT Biography


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Gerome grew up in Prince Rupert, BC, where he developed a love for sport and an understanding of the importance of living an active lifestyle. He grew up playing hockey, soccer, volleyball, tae kwon do, boxing, and fishing, and has recently developed a love for skiing. His interest in sports and healthcare drew him to the physiotherapy profession. Gerome graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Masters of Physiotherapy following the completion of a Bachelor’s in animal biology at UBC. Prior to moving to Kelowna, Gerome was active in the sports community working with several different hockey and rugby teams.

In practice, Gerome utilizes an individualized approach to care for each patient including manual therapy, soft tissue techniques, therapeutic exercise, and patient education. He believes in treating the whole person to make you stronger than before your injury and adapting the treatments to fit your goals, lifestyle, and preventing re-injury. Gerome is passionate about continually expanding his knowledge base through post-graduate courses, continuing education, and mentorship. He has completed the Orthopaedic Division Level 1, the McKenzie Method: The Lumbar Spine, the Mulligan Concept: Lower Quadrant, First Responder for Sport, and is continually taking courses and engaging in mentorship to further expand his clinical skill set.

Outside of work, Gerome enjoys participating in a variety of sports and activities including hockey, skiing, climbing, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee.

Email me at: gerome@primekelowna.ca

Registered Physiotherapist

BHKin, MPT


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Lauren recently graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Masters of Physical Therapy. Her love for the mountains and outdoors brought her to B.C. where she practiced in the communities of Osoyoos and Oliver before making the move to Kelowna. Prior to completing her Master’s, Lauren graduated with distinction from the University of Regina with a degree in Kinesiology and Human Kinetics. She then spent three years working as an exercise physiologist in a multidisciplinary clinic, specializing in exercise therapy and injury prevention for clients with complex musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.

Lauren combines her past experience with strength and conditioning with her passion for manual therapy to provide a holistic approach to rehabilitation for her clients. Lauren also holds a unique interest in working with patients living with chronic pain and welcomes the opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary team to address its complexities.

Lauren has embraced the B.C. lifestyle and when not in the clinic, you can find her snowboarding on the ski hill, playing beach volleyball or dodging traffic on her road bike.

Email me at: lauren@primekelowna.ca

Massage therapist

Registered Massage Therapist


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Graduating from OVCMT in 2007 Sherysse has spent the last decade working with a variety of different injuries and patients. Over the past three years however she has directed her practice more so towards treating athletic based injuries. To greater understand how to aide in these athlete’s recoveries she has expanded her knowledge base by taking courses in strength and rehabilitation, as well as working side by side with certified Strength and Conditioning coaches, and Kinesiologists. This has given her a better understanding of how the body moves, and how to treat it’s dysfunctions and imbalances. Not always the student, Sherysse decided to step back into the classroom as a teacher for Vancouver Career College. Sharing her knowledge with future RMT’s she hopes that they too will bring a greater focus to functional movement and it’s role in a balanced body. She enjoys treating athletes of all competitive levels, and those that maintain healthy, and active lifestyles.

Growing up in Kelowna, Sherysse has played a variety of different sports and maintains a healthy lifestyle. She currently plays softball, volleyball, enjoys weight lifting, hiking, and being outdoors. A busy mother of two, she understands the importance of treating imbalances and maintaining strength so that she can keep up with them, and her sports.

E-mail me at: sherysse@primekelowna.ca

Kinesiologists:

Kinesiologist - Bachelor of Kinesiology

BHK, CSCS-N.C.P.T., BCRPA, Kinesiologist, Functional Capacity Evaluator, NKT Level 1


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Jessica was born and raised from Williams Lake BC. During her high school career, she excelled in rugby and was selected to represent Williams Lake on Team BC U-17 all star team. She was recognized by Douglas College for her athletics and was awarded a bursary to further her career with their club team while attending the college. Before beginning her career at Douglas, Jessica moved to Germany where she became fluent in German and travelled before starting post secondary school.

Jessica graduated from Douglas College in 2013 with her Bachelor degree in kinesiology where Jessica also minored in Biology. Her passion has always been directed towards athletics and rehabilitation. She has done work with Sport Med BC, completing their athletic taping course. After graduating from Douglas, Jessica has gone on to write her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam in 2014 where she received top marks, and 1 of 12 to write the exam in BC that year.

Jessica loves doing anything active and outdoors. She especially loves running, doing anything with her family and has a passion for cooking, understanding nutrients for a strong body. She believes in pushing her personal limits with weight lifting too! You will most likely see Jessica with a smile on her face and eager to help anyone around her the best she can!

Since starting day 1 at PRIME, Jessica has further upgraded her studies and has been certified in level 1 Neuro-Kinetic Therapy training. She has found a real passion for neuromuscular patterns of the body involving movement which connects the dots in her current area of Kinesiology and biomechanics that she applies working with the Physiotherapists of PRIME on a daily basis.

Jessica is a fully certified Functional Capacity Examiner and has been working closely with her peers in launching the newest division of PRIME Physiotherapy’s Disability Management. The additional courses that Jessica has taken allow her to be versatile in the people she is working with through active rehabilitation and education.

E-mail me at: jessica@primekelowna.ca

Kinesiologist

BHKin, BCAK, CSEP-CPT, Kinesiologist, Hydrotherapy, Functional Capacity Evaluator


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Antonia grew up in Vancouver and attended the University of British Columbia for her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology. Throughout university, Antonia worked as a trainer and as a health educator to young students to promote healthy eating and fitness. After graduating university, Antonia moved to Kelowna to pursue a career in Kinesiology and enjoy the great outdoors the Okanagan has to offer.

As a Kinesiologist, Antonia developed a niche for hydrotherapy and has developed a transitional program from water based exercises to land based exercises to facilitate a wide range of clients in reaching their optimal level of performance. The program has been extremely beneficial in helping individuals recover from a wide range of injuries from sports, motor vehicle accidents, work related and post surgical.

When Antonia is not in the pool or at the gym, you can find her enjoying the outdoors. She enjoys snowboarding, hiking, kiteboarding, mountain biking and surfing.

E-mail me at: antonia@primekelowna.ca

Kinesiologist

BHK, BCAK, CFES-CPT, TSCC-Level 1, Kinesiologist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Functional Capacity Evaluator


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Luke doubles as a strength and conditioning coach and kinesiologist. He is experienced in designing and implementing successful functional strength training and rehab programs for a wide variety of individuals, both athletes and non-athletes.

As a kinesiologist his focus is active rehabilitation, helping bridge the gap between injury and healthy functioning, and has plenty of experience with ICBC and WSBC cases. On the flip side, Luke spends a lot of his time doing private training as a strength and conditioning coach, whether it be working with youth athletes through to masters, or individuals looking to gain an inside edge on their health goals. No matter what stage of your fitness journey, Luke is driven to make strength and conditioning accessible and fun for all participants. He also provides small group training, which is great for friends, coworkers, or teammates interested in quality coaching at a lower individual cost. On field strength and conditioning sessions for teams of various sports (i.e. soccer, football, baseball, hockey, etc.) can also be arranged.

About Luke:

Born and raised in the Kootenays, where he spent the majority of his time during winters playing hockey, Luke left to attend the University of British Columbia-Okanagan to receive a bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics. After spending several years in Vancouver gaining world class experience at Twist Conditioning (founded by Peter Twist, former Vancouver Canucks S&C coach for 11 seasons), he has brought his craft back to Kelowna.

Luke’s passion for training stems from growing up playing sports such as hockey, soccer and baseball. Knowing he was never the most talented athlete on the team, he soon looked to training in the gym to excel his game. As he became more educated, Luke began understanding how flaws in his own training as a teenager may have hindered him from tapping into his full potential. These experiences are now what drive him as a coach to instill proper athletic development for the appropriate population.

Aside from various sports and weightlifting, Luke loves remaining active while enjoying the outdoors. Free time spent hiking, camping or fishing are ideal. He also volunteers as an athletic trainer for KSS football and plays a similar role for hockey and rugby teams. As well, family, live music and travel all rank high on his priority list.

Services offered:

  • Private 1 on 1 training/kinesiology
  • Partner/small group/team training

Email me at: luke@primekelowna.ca for price options

Support Staff:

PRIME Support Staff


marita

I have been involved in the health and fitness industry for over 17 years (my background is home economics). I started as an administrative assistant at a fitness club in Yellowknife and was later the office manager at a local fitness franchise in Saskatoon. Working in the fitness industry got me involved into the running programs and in 2006 I started the journey to become a yoga teacher and continue to stay on this journey.

After moving to Kelowna in 2014, I was introduced to Brandt Fralick through a mutual friend and was motivated by his energy and vision to join his team. I have been with Prime Physiotherapy since February of 2015.

I love working with the team at Prime and helping people. I truly enjoy learning all new aspects of working at this clinic. Interacting with the clientele on a daily basis keeps me motivated to continue with this rewarding work.

E-mail me at: reception@primekelowna.ca

PRIME Support Staff


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Tyler has recently obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, graduating from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) located in Prince George, BC. Tyler is currently enrolled at UBCO here in Kelowna where he is in the process of completing one year-long Anatomy and Physiology course. Upon completion of this course, he will begin the application process to become a Physiotherapist himself. Tyler is also a former Football, and Basketball player. It is his love for sports, and his painful recovery from a devastating career ending injury, that fuels his desire to become a Physiotherapist.

If you have any free time before your appointment and are interested in how Caspase-8 stimulates two parallel enzymatic cascades that ultimately leads to cell apoptosis, or if you just want to talk about the incredible Seahawks-Patriots re-match that occurred the night prior, Tyler is more than happy to answer all your questions! He is constantly learning, and hopes that when all is said and done, he can return to PRIME and begin his career here.

E-mail me at: reception@primekelowna.ca

PRIME Support Staff


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Raised in the Okanagan, Lindsey takes full advantage of everything Kelowna has to offer, loving the summer months on the lake and exploring the surrounding mountains full of endless hiking trails and beautiful places to camp.

Lindsey spent years in the cardiology department and a few years in the spa industry. She loves the health and medical field, despite feeling queasy at the site of blood and needles! She realized she was best suited at a front desk away from anything that might make her palms sweat. Her creative side is unleashed in her love of baking, and covering anything and everything in chocolate. She loves the holidays where she helps at Edible Arrangements and enjoys feeding her family and friends the treats she creates.

Loving her new home at PRIME and the family atmosphere it brings, you'll find her happily sitting behind the desk, probably with a coffee nearby :)

E-mail me at: reception@primekelowna.ca

Prime Financials


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Deidre and her husband moved to Kelowna in 1999 from Chilliwack with their two young sons and immediately fell in love with the Okanagan. She has worked in the accounting field for over fifteen years and has helped Brandt with his business since his early years as a trainer at the CNC. As Prime Physiotherapy and Performance grew so has her involvement with the company and her passion for its success. Deidre can often be seen in the clinic or the gym but spends most of her time in the background.

Deidre currently lives on an acreage in Coldstream where she enjoys the beautiful Okanagan outdoors. She spends any spare time in the mountains either hiking with her two dogs or riding one of her horses. She also enjoys kayaking, gardening and yoga as well as a family passion for football.

E-mail me at: reception@primekelowna.ca

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