Our Team

Mark Mandelstam, BPT, MCPA, CAFCI, CGIMS Practitioner

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Mark began his health care career in 1989 attending medical school in the former Soviet Union; four years later he moved to Israel and began attending the Ben Gurion University where he graduated with a degree in Physiotherapy.

He gained his clinical experience while working in a military hospital in the orthopaedic department, treating both acute and chronic conditions. In 2005 Mark also graduated from the Canadian Federation of Acupuncture. Since he has been working in private physiotherapy clinics in Kits, Point Grey and Greater Vancouver.

His areas of expertise are Knee injuries, Rotator cuff problems as well as Whiplash injuries associated with the tension headaches. He is one of only Vancouver Physiotherapists certified in hydrotherapy and aquatic rehab.


 

Shirley Estey, MPT, B.Sc, CAFCI, CGIMS Practitioner

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Shirley received her Master of Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia. Since graduation she has completed courses in the following; Level 3 Orthopaedic manual therapy, Mulligan mobilization, Sahrmann’s exercise movement, patellofemoral pain syndrome course and cervicogenic headaches.

She is UBC Gunn certified in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) as well as certified in Acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institue. She is currently working towards obtaining her Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy.

When treating clients, Shirley utilizes an integrated approach of manual therapy, sport- and activity-specific exercise prescription, and client education to provide a patient specific functional program.

As a former competitive track and field athlete herself, Shirley enjoys working with athletes from this population. Her clinical interests include IMS to treat chronic and neuropathic pain, lumbopelvic dysfunction and core stabilization.

When not at work, Shirley spends her time volunteering with local track and field clubs; her hobbies include running, cycling, snowboarding, weight training and yoga.


 

Ruth Norgaard, BScPT

Ruth Norgaard, BScPT graduated with her physiotherapy degree in 2004 from the University of British Columbia. Ms. Norgaard has since pursued post-graduate studies in manual therapy through the Canadian Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physical Therapy Association. Further studies that inform her practice are the Connect Therapy Series TM (LJLee), the Thoracic Ring Approach TM (LJ Lee), the Integrated Systems Model for Disability & Pain (Lee & Lee). She has also participated in numerous other professional development courses such as Neurodynamics, and the McKenzie and Mulligan Approaches. She is a current member of the Provincial and National Associations of Physical Therapy.

Her approach is to consider the whole body and the interrelationships and connections that may contribute to an injury or dysfunction. She has had experience with chronic injuries/pain, acute injury, sport, MVA, and enjoys treating people of all ages.

Prior to physical therapy she enjoyed a successful professional dance career, having performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Ouest, Santa Barbara Ballet Theatre, as well as touring internationally. Her extensive dance career demanded mastering ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, lyrical and tap techniques. Her versatility and joy of dancing continues to day with ongoing studies and competing in West Coast Swing, Ballroom and Latin styles.


 

Gail Mattuck, B.M.R. (P.T.)

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Gail has worked at Kitsilano Physiotherapy Clinic since 1998. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba where she obtained her Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy) in 1984.

She has a background in treating sports injuries, having worked as a trainer for the St. Vital Mustangs Football Club in Winnipeg for four years. Additionally, Gail was the senior therapist on the WCB service at the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg. Gail has an interest in postural re-education and extensive experience in treating post-MVA spinal injuries.

She is an avid runner and enjoys cycling and hiking. Gail is married with four children.


 

Paul Chang, DPT

Paul received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Wheeling Jesuit University, U.S.A. He has clinical experience in the U.S. working in an outpatient orthopaedic setting treating a wide variety of conditions.
Paul’s treatment approach is to incorporate manual therapy techniques, exercise, and education in the treatment of his clients. He strives to identify underlying pain causing factors such as muscle imbalance, postural fault, and movement dysfunction and subsequently create an individualized treatment plan to restore each client to their normal activity and function. Paul treats clients for a wide range of injuries and pain with particular interest in the treatment of neck pain, repetitive stress injuries, shoulder rehab, and back problems.
He has received post-graduate training in manual therapy through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. He has also taken courses for Kinesio Taping, knee pain, and Sahrmann’s exercise for the lower back and hip.
Outside of the clinic, Paul enjoys staying active by playing hockey, tennis, and skiing.


 

Angela Gray, RMT, BHSc, Registered Massage Therapist, Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist

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Angela Gray is a registered massage therapist who has been providing massage treatment for over seventeen years.

Angela’s specializes in massage therapy for the treatment and prevention of sports injuries, occupational related injuries, improvement of the lymphatic drainage system, and treatment of those who have been in motor vehicle accidents, pregnancy, and stress relief and for overall wellbeing.

Angela graduated from the West Coast College of Massage and obtained her Bachelor degree in Health Science from Thompson Rivers University. Angela also trained in Manual Lymphatic drainage treatment with the Dr. Vodder School. MLD is a gentle and repetitive manual technique that assists lymph flow and aids in drainage of tissues. This technique can greatly enhance recovery and facilitate drainage for patients who suffer from congenital conditions with reduced lymph vessels, post surgeries and post cancer patient with edema, sports injuries, and dermatological conditions.

More about Angela:

As a life-long recreational athlete, Angela understands the importance of maintaining a strong and healthy body and mind. Her interests include, traveling, squash, tennis and field hockey. She is an active member of the Jericho Tennis Club and plays field hockey with the Vancouver Rowing Club Jokers.

To book an appointment: Direct line 604-328-1713 or email angiegrayrmt@gmail.com


 

Mike Burnside, B.PHE (Kin), CSEP Certified Exercise Physiologist, Exercise is Medicine Canada – Level 2 Kinesiology service provider.

Mike studied Physical Education and Kinesiology at the University of Toronto program, and instructed exercise and gymnastics for that university faculty for 5 years. With over 15 years professional experience in active living, fitness/sport training, and both preventive and rehab fitness, he also completed hospital training at St. Paul’s hospital, Vancouver, focusing on listening skills, psycho-social support, and patient advocacy. Mike’s mission is ‘to provide you with the best consulting and training to achieve a healthy lifestyle, including optimal work and play’. He still practices Korean martial arts and gymnastics (being a 4th degree black belt, and having received two Canadian University gold medals in gymnastics).


 

Neshat Mehrnoosh, BSc (Hons). MA. BCST. RCST.

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Originally from London England, Neshat has warmly called Canada her home for more than 4 years. With an interest in people’s health and well-being, Neshat qualified with a BSc (Hons) Biology degree in 2002 from one of the best UK universities, specialising in Human Anatomy, Physiology and the Brain. She then excelled in Business School, completing postgraduate studies in Business Management and Marketing, leading to a colourful life journey in the corporate world, where Neshat became a globally sought-after Strategic Marketing Consultant for companies such as Nestle, Coca-Cola, British Airways, and Chrysler.

With an ever-increasing desire to help others, Neshat decided to completely re-direct her life path. Following completion of a 2-year intensive internationally-recognised training program, Neshat gained her third qualification and became a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. She passionately believes it’s not a coincidence that four of the six letters in Health are HEAL, and feels Craniosacral Therapy is incredibly effective in treating everything from physical and emotional pain – to migraines, asthma, sleep, fertility issues and much more – as it can really get to the root of a problem through healing from the inside out. This wonderful therapy can help you feel more centred so you can make that tricky decision, or help you focus amongst the chaos of everyday life. It is also found to be both re-energising and relaxing, as BCST is all about harmonising with your body’s own natural rhythm to calm the nervous system and facilitate the natural health of your own body, while remaining grounded in Science – particularly Embryology and Human Anatomy.

Neshat enjoys meeting people from all walks of life, has an adventurous spirit, and brings a creative flair to everything she does. She’s into hot yoga, winter snowboarding, summer river rafting, travelling (40 countries so far – and counting!), volunteering, live music, west coast swing dancing, and is always open to new experiences.

For more info or to book an appointment,  Call:  778-381-9971    

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