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.
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.
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.
Katie has always known she wanted to pursue a career within health care, serving and helping others in need. Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Victoria. With this degree, Katie worked as a Behaviour Interventionist in Kelowna, BC, supporting families and children with developmental disabilities. Additionally, Katie has devoted her time to volunteering in various community organizations and programs to support people of all ages and abilities.
Katie’s passion to serve those in her community led her to pursue further education. Katie completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta. During Katie’s degree, she completed additional course offerings in the Stigma of Mental Health, Grief and Loss, and Chronic Pain. Katie has professional experience in Long-Term Care, Community Mental Health, and Acute Care (General Medicine, Cardiac Care, Intensive Care). Katie believes in supporting individuals where they are at, providing evidence-based and collaborative practice, and helping individuals to do what is meaningful to them.
Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Katie is excited to be back after traveling the world and completing her degree. When Katie is not at work, she can be found completing DIY projects around the house, camping, spending time outdoors with friends and family, and walking her dog.
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.
From age 10, Tianna`s personal experiences with weight struggles, diet plans and personal training sessions has led her into a career in the health and fitness industry. From a young age she knew she wanted to change the stigma around the health and fitness industry and create a well-balanced client centred approach. Tianna completed her diploma in Exercise Science in Lethbridge, AB before moving ahead and obtaining her degree in Kinesiology from Camosun college in Victoria.
Tianna comes with a background of working with the general population, seniors, teenagers and those with disabilities. During her time in Victoria she volunteered with Oak Bay and MOVE Rehabilitation to assist patients with physical disabilities and exercise. Tianna comes with a background in working in municipality recreation in Victoria where she ran fitness programs including 50+ fitness, Graduated Take Heart Program and circuit classes. Additionally, she comes with a background in seniors’ fitness from working at a long-term care facility. Tianna believes each client’s health and fitness should be tailored to their specific needs, wants and goals and supported by evidence supported practice.
Originally from Alberta, Tianna fell in love with the island and loves to take advantage of our mild weather all year round. When Tianna is not at work, you can find her camping, paddle boarding, mountain biking, spending time outdoors with family and friends and searching for the next big adventure she can tackle.
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