CLINICIAN BIOS

jenn2Jennifer Flaman M.Sc.P.T., B.Sc.HK.,C.A.F.C.I.

Registered Physiotherapist – Certified in Acupuncture

Jenn graduated from the University of Toronto in 2007 with her Master of Science in Physical Therapy.

While in Toronto, she participated in a variety of sports leagues and was the treasurer for the Physical Therapy Graduate Student’s Association.
Before Toronto, Jenn spent four years at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

At St. FX, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics, while playing four seasons of varsity volleyball with the X-Women Volleyball team. A middle blocker, she also served as the team’s captain during her final two seasons.

Jenn has continued to play volleyball in Kelowna as often as she can, including women’s league, co-ed, grass volleyball and beach. She also enjoys downhill skiing and hiking. Jenn is certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada’s certification process and also does Vestibular Rehabilitation.

She sits on the BC College of Physical Therapists Inquiry Committee.

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Marie Nyland Dick B.Sc.P.T.,C.A.F.C.I.

Registered Physiotherapist – Certified in Acupuncture

Marie was born and raised in the beautiful small town Breim in Norway, and decided to pursue a carrier in Physiotherapy after graduating High School. She started her Physiotherapy degree at the University of Sydney, Australia. Being bit by the travel bug, she took a little break from her studies to do some travelling though Asia, Australia and Europe before finishing her degree in Sweden in 2005. She then made the big move to Canada and the beautiful Okanagan, and has enjoyed working in private practise in West Kelowna ever since.

Since graduating, Marie has become certified in Acupuncture, Gunn IMS (intramuscular stimulation) and completed multiple Manual Therapy courses. During the course of her carrier Marie has worked as a clinical instructor for UBC School of Rehabilitation, team Physiotherapist for the Westside Warriors BCHL Hockey team, and volunteered in multiple sports events and for teams in the valley, including the Okanagan Sun Football team, the Center of Gravity Pro-Beach Volleyball tournament, BC Summer Games and Volleyball Provincials.

Marie enjoys treating a multitude of injuries and conditions and has a strong interest in sports rehabilitation. From her early teens she has had a passion for sports participating and competing on a high level in track and field and volleyball in Europe (and paying many visits to her local phsyiotherapist!). When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and staying active through outdoors and indoors sports and recreation.

Marie and Jenn invite you to come visit ProActive Physiotherapy for the exceptional care their patients have come to expect.

Nicola Holmes MPT, B.Sc.Kin

Registered Physiotherapist

Nicola graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2012. Prior to completing her physiotherapy degree, she graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science Honours Kinesiology in 2009.

Nicola worked as a Physiotherapist for 5 years in Waterloo, Ontario during which time she completed courses in Manual Therapy and acupuncture. She also completed her certification in Integrated Dry NeedlingTM, and has completed coursework in pelvic floor physiotherapy for treating female and male incontinence and pelvic pain. In 2014, Nicola completed The Discover Physio Series (ISM for Disability & Pain), and in 2015 completed the Part 4 of the Connect Therapy SeriesTM. Nicola is passionate about helping people restore optimal physical function by integrating all of her skill and treating the whole person.

During her four years at the University of Waterloo she was a member of the Women’s Varsity Rugby team. Since she no longer plays rugby, Nicola has taken up ultimate frisbee, rock climbing, snow boarding, cross country skiing, and cycling. She is excited about continuing many of these activities here in Kelowna and exploring what the mountains have to offer.

RiettaRietta Brisco

Registered Massage Therapist

Rietta graduated from the Okanagan Valley Collage of Massage Therapy in 2014. She works with people from all different backgrounds, whether you’re a competitive athlete training for your next event, trying to recover from an injury, or just want to get back on your feet. Rietta uses many different techniques in her treatments, including neuromuscular therapy, myofascial therapy, myofascial postural correction, therapeutic exercise, muscle energy and she also has experience in visceral release, craniosacral work, as well as manual lymphatic drainage.

She enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions, such as postural imbalance, pelvic misalignment, hip/ low back pain, degenerative disc disease, herniated/bulged disc, whiplash, neck and shoulder tension, headaches, tendinitis, TMJ, depression, anxiety, PTSD, loss of balance, fibromyalgia, scar rehabilitation, arthritis, organ/digestive dysfunction and nerve pain.

Rietta can relate to many sports injuries, having had many herself. She has participated and competed in several sports including biathlon, triathlons, canoe and outrigger racing, cross country skiing, equestrian eventing and running to name a few.

In her spare time she enjoys going trail running, backpacking, snowshoeing, learning more about health and enjoying all that our beautiful province has to offer.

Tesia Wilson

Registered Massage Therapist

Tesia graduated from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2014. She helps a wide range of clients; whether they’re recovering from a car accident or simply looking to get some stress relief. Tesia has a special interest in woman’s health and scar tissue rehabilitation. Chronic hip, back, shoulder and neck pain are some of the most common reasons clients come to see her. Tesia also enjoys treating postural imbalances, degenerative disc disease, TMJ dysfunction, headaches and whiplash.

When she’s not working you will find her out hiking, backcountry camping or paddleboarding in the Okanagan.

annesaAnnesa Thompson

Registered Massage Therapist

Annesa graduated from Okanagan Valley Of Massage Therapy in 2014. Having lived throughout BC and most recently the East Kootenays she is elated to call the Okanagan home once again.

Annesa uses a multitude of techniques and a thorough assessment to target the problems that may be contributing to a decrease in functionality. She believes in the benefits of a well-rounded, whole body approach to wellness. She has a true passion for her work and enjoys treating everyone from children to seniors.

Whether you have specific conditions to be treated or simply need an hour of solitude she looks truly forward to assisting each person to meet the goals they have for a happier, healthier, and more functional quality of life.

elaineElaine Sauvé MOst, BAppSci, BHSc

Osteopathic Practitioner

Elaine is a New Zealand trained Osteopathic Practitioner. She is a West Kelowna local and very excited to have moved back to the Okanagan to practice osteopathy after living overseas in NZ for the past 7 years.

She has completed 5 years of full time osteopathic training, earning a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Human Biology) and a Masters degree in Osteopathy at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to studying osteopathy, she completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON.

After completing her studies, Elaine practiced as an Osteopathic Practitioner for two years in Auckland at an osteopathic clinic. During this time she completed additional postgraduate training in Pediatrics, and Osteopathy in the Cranial Field.

Elaine enjoys working with a wide array of clients and believes in personalized treatments and advice for each client. She passionately believes that osteopathy provides a unique way of looking at chronic issues by treating the root of the problem, not simply the symptoms.

Elaine has an interest in how other body systems can play a role in creating or maintaining musculoskeletal conditions. Such as, breathing mechanics and how dysfunctional breathing patterns can have a widespread effect on the body. She also has a special interest in women’s health, including pre and postnatal care, as well as babies and children.

Personally, Elaine enjoys traveling and experiencing other cultures, as well as, hiking, snowboarding and yoga. Her yoga practice has allowed her to gain a better understanding of breathing, posture and how the body moves in a functional way.

jeffJeff Kouwenhoven

Kinesiologist

Jeff loves getting outside and being active. He’s also fascinated by science. Graduating from the University of British Columbia with his Bachelor of Human Kinetics has allowed Jeff to bring these two passions together as an exercise specialist.

Jeff is dedicated to aiding in recovery through muscle strengthening and movement pattern correction and has experience working with people who have: acquired brain injuries, chronic illness, been in a motor vehicle accident, general health concerns and performance ambitions.

A member of the BCAK, Jeff is also a CFES Certified Personal Trainer. Passionate about learning, he is continually brushing up on his research and regularly attends workshops and seminars to keep up-to-date on the latest exercise assessments, prescription, and modifications to suit individual abilities and needs.

Jeff believes that movement is medicine. Through creating a client-clinician partnership and educating clients on the science behind their injury, Jeff’s goal is to equip his clients with the skills and understanding necessary to allow them to manage pain and prevent future injuries.

Some of Jeff’s other passions include playing guitar, woodworking, cooking, hiking and camping with his wife, family and friends.