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Occupational Therapist and founder of Archipelago Rehab, Stephanie initially became interested in Occupational Therapy volunteering with children with complex disabilities and concurrent mental health disorders. She fell in love with the focus on function and enabling individuals, and continues to use this in her practice today, supporting clients to reach their goals and maximize function in their recovery from illness, injury, or disability.
Stephanie completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria (Honours BSc in Psychology with a minor in Hispanic Studies) and her Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia. She has conducted research and worked as a teaching assistant, and holds a Clinical Instructor position in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. She worked in physical and psychosocial rehabilitation in the public sector before transitioning to community based private practice.
Stephanie has been accepted as an expert in Functional Capacity Evaluations and Cognitive Functional Capacity Evaluations by the Supreme Court of British Columbia. She is a member in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, as well as several local special interest groups and online rehabilitation communities.
Stephanie grew up on northern Vancouver Island within the traditional Kwagu’ł First Nation territory, and after living and working in the Lower Mainland for seven years, moved back to the island to the traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation. She is a mom of two busy little boys, and when not working with clients she can be found watching cooking shows, or spending time outdoors with her family - hiking, kayaking, skiing, or losing at tennis.
An Occupational Therapist on the Archipelago Rehab team, Adam has always been keenly interested in working in the service of others. He was drawn to occupational therapy and the melding of both art and science during his undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts and Physical Education and minor in English) at the University of Alberta.
Adam continued his education at the University of Alberta and completed a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. He began his career at the University of Alberta Hospital practicing on the transplant, burns and cardiac inpatient units.
Since moving back to Vancouver Island in 2020, Adam has worked at the Campbell River General Hospital, working with a variety of populations to meet their functional goals. Within Occupational Therapy, Adam’s special interests lie in burns rehab, splinting, positioning and pressure injury prevention, wound care, treatment of chronic pain, and return to work.
Adam is privileged to have grown up in Victoria, B.C. on the traditional territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples, the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. He is happy to be back on the Island living in Campbell River on the traditional territory of the the Ligwiłda'xw peoples, and the We Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah First Nations enjoying mountain biking, snowboarding, soccer and hiking.
Casandra is privileged to have grown up living an active lifestyle in Victoria, B.C., on the traditional territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən, Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. Casandra's active lifestyle sparked a fascination for the human body that remains present today.
Casandra graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with honours. Throughout her undergraduate degree, Casandra witnessed the positive impact of occupational engagement on one's quality of life during her experiences working in long-term care. Occupational therapy's scientific foundation and holistic approach incorporating all aspects of the human body and experience appealed to Casandra. Accordingly, Casandra pursued a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta.
Casandra is thrilled to be back on Vancouver Island, living in Campbell River, B.C., on the traditional territories of the Ligwiłda'xw peoples and the We Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah First Nations. Casandra is grateful to work as an acute care occupational therapist at the Campbell River hospital and in the community with Archipelago Rehab. In Casandra's free time, you can find her coaching group fitness, weight training and exploring all the west coast has to offer.
Jean-Francois is a ‘Franco-Ontarian’ (French speaking from Ontario) new to British Columbia and fortunate to discover this beautiful province while utilizing his skills to serve as an occupational therapist. He has done the same in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in recent years and has been awed by the diversity of this country's landscapes, its cultures and its people.
Jean-Francois obtained his education at the University of Ottawa, graduating in 2017. Since then, he has acquired experience in a wide range of areas, particularely thanks to his roles as a generalist in northern Canada. He has worked with people of all ages and backgrounds with a variety of challenges.
He has enjoyed partnering with people and their families in finding ways to overcome functional barriers and access more meaning and a higher quality of life. He is grateful for his role as an OT and for the opportunities to continue to serve with Archipelago.
Outside of his clinical occupations, Jean-Francois enjoys traveling, camping, and hiking with his partner and two youngs dogs. He loves to stay active by playing a number of sports and strength training. His health and relationships are what hold the most value to him.
Pamela discovered the field of Occupational Therapy shortly after discovering the concept - that remains a fascination to her - of the complex mind-body connection while she was working as a Support Worker with residents with developmental disabilities.
She completed a Bachelors of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience (Psychology, Physiology, & Kinesiology) at Simon Fraser University and a Masters of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy at McGill University.
Her professional experiences have consisted of inpatient neuro rehab, pediatrics (age 1-12) in summer rehab camp setting and an autism development centre, 3 clinical research projects, community practice in remote Indigenous communities (northern Quebec and northern Vancouver Island) involving a mix of home-safety and facilitating hospital-discharge / outpatient rehab/ and long-term care, and most recently community based mental health & substance use.
Her clinical practice pursuits include family wellness (particularly the perinatal and early childhood years); neurological and psychological recovery, wellness, and resiliency including trauma healing.Pamela believes a collaborative approach with her clients, where clients bring the expertise of their own lives to the therapeutic process, is most effectual in the facilitative work an OT does in re-engaging the client in a meaningful and purposeful life.
Grateful to have returned to her homeland of the Island, Pamela can be found spending her free time snipping cut flowers for bouquets, hobbying in a garden, foraging along west coast trails on a hike, seeking out the sun rays, exploring the Island in her little car, learning or practicing French, reading something to learn, or engaging in various ways of wellness for herself.
Growing up, Sarah always knew she wanted to help others and to do so, she knew she needed to work in Healthcare. However, Therapy Services was not where she originally pictured herself working and it was snap decision that sent her to school to become a Rehabilitation Assistant back in 2008. Little did she know, that one snap decision many years ago would become the perfect line of work for her.
Sarah completed her Physiotherapy Assistant diploma through Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, followed by her Occupational Therapy Assistant diploma through Medicine Hat College. Sarah worked for eight years in long term care before making the jump into acute care in 2018.
Sarah also has 13+ years experience working with children and young adults with disabilities.
Sarah has grown up in the Comox Valley. She spends her free time with her nose in a book, snuggled up with her two big dogs, out in the woods on adventures with her spouse or behind her camera taking photos of all the beauty the Island has to offer.
Jason graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Education, with teaching specialties in Physical Education and Biology. He then completed a Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of British Columbia. He has worked in a variety of health care settings, including private practices where he gained experience with athletic, motor vehicle and work-related injuries among many other conditions. Jason has also worked in both Senior’s and Children's Health; his experience includes working in home and community care facilitating successful hospital to home transitions and supporting children with disabilities in private practice as well as at the Queen Alexandra Center for Children’s Health in Victoria.
Jason is committed to evidence-based health care and has done medical research ranging from the repetitive stress injuries of the baby boomer generation to the effects of power training in older adults. His most recent publication was an article about the effectiveness of stretching for children with disabilities. Jason has post-graduate training in acupuncture, manual therapy and vestibular rehabilitation. Jason’s passion for physiotherapy started when he was first introduced to the profession as a competitive track and athlete in his teenage years. With the help of physiotherapy, he went on to compete for the University of Victoria track team.
Jason continues to 'practice what he preaches' by utilizing physiotherapy to support his active lifestyle. He enjoys all that the Comox Valley has to offer, including participating in triathlons, biking, cross-country skiing, hiking, paddling, running, surfing and open-water swimming.
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