Alexandra completed her Phd and Masters of Physiotherapy at Western University. She has an extensive sporting background both professionally and personally. During her undergraduate degree she was captain of the varsity soccer team. In addition to physiotherapy, Alex is an instructor at Langara College.
Alex has extensive experience in sport-related concussion, with over ten peer reviewed publications. She also worked in collaboration with the Ontario Soccer Association to reduce injury in soccer, and has presented at numerous national and international conference proceedings for her work in sport-related concussion. She has completed her Level 1 and Level 2 (Lower) manual therapy courses through the Canadian Orthopedic Division. She has taken post graduate courses/training in concussion, vestibular rehabilitation, soft tissue work and prevention in running injuries and running assessment.
Alex is passionate about helping clients of all ages and abilities to achieve their goals. Her treatments combine a comprehensive approach to recovery through manual therapy, education and specific exercises. Alex is committed to her clients as well as understanding the underpinnings of their injury to help them regain function, and reduce chance of reinjury.
When she is not in the clinic, Alex is often exploring the back country with her dog Ashlu, training for another ultramarathon, or dabbling in mountain biking.
Dr. Kyla Drever has been studying holistic practices since 1995. She began with a certificate in Shiatsu Acupressure from Sourcepoint Shiatsu in Vancouver, BC. Her curiosity about the human body and its energetic influences led her to a certificate in Thai Massage (Chang Mai, Thailand), a diploma as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Vancouver, BC), and continuing education in CranioSacral Therapy (Upledger Institute) and Visceral Manipulation (Barral Institute). She has completed the highest level of registration exams in TCM entitling her to the Dr. TCM designation which allows her to practice both Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbology.
Her extensive educational background in various modalities allows Kyla to look at an individual from different perspectives and enables her to offer treatments specifically designed for the issues at hand, be it mechanical, organic, or energetic. By utilizing natural and holistic tools, Kyla facilitates the body’s ability to heal itself.
Jon Israelson is a graduate from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapists in December of 2014.
Growing up in Jasper AB, Jon started competing in freestyle skiing at an early age. This translated into Halfpipe and Big Mountain skiing, competing on the world tour and traveling all over North America. Doing so, Jon is no stranger to injury and has a great passion for resolving pain and dysfunction with a variety of modalities.
Taking a full body, systemic approach to his practice, while combining the efforts of both the patient and therapist, allows for an optimum environment to resolve musculoskeletal, circulatory, nervous tissue and joint pathologies.
His devotion and dedication to health and fitness go beyond the clinic, as he enjoys spending his free time weight training, mountain biking, golfing, climbing, hiking and fishing. He also enjoys reading and trying out new cooking recipes with friends.
Jon is excited to be a part of the Garibaldi Active Wellness team, where he is part of a well rounded group of like minded therapists focused on providing the best possible holistic care and experience for there clients.
Jon is registered with the College of Massage Therapy of British Columbia and is an active member in good standing with the Massage Therapy Association of British Columbia.
Natalie graduated from the 3000 hour program at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2013 after completing a four year bachelor’s degree in dance at the University of Calgary. In 2015 Natalie completed her 200 hour Vinyasa yoga teacher training. She is constantly furthering her knowledge through hands on practice and continuing education courses in both yoga and massage therapy.
Natalie is knowledgable in the treatment of whiplash, respiratory and thoracic imbalances, sports/dance injury, pre and post natal related pain, and post cesarean treatment. Her treatments include myofascial manipulation, muscle energy techniques, neuromuscular and trigger point therapy.
Natalie focus on the underlying problem to restore the body to its balanced functioning state. She is passionate about educating her patients on their bodies and providing at home exercises so they can continue the healing process outside of the treatment room, and prevent further injury.
Dance and yoga continue to be a passion of hers. She loves the exploration of the human body in motion, its relation to expression, art and science. This has influenced how she works, and continues to grow as a therapist.
When Natalie is not at the clinic she can be found at the yoga, pilates or dance studio, and backpacking, hiking, and snowshoeing the trails of Squamish and Whistler with her family.
Kelty graduated from the 3000 hour program at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and has over 15 years of experience practicing as an RMT. Her treatments are therapeutic and relaxing, utilizing slow and soothing techniques. She uses a multitude of massage techniques in her treatments including deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and Swedish massage. She has always expressed a special interest in the health profession and enjoys helping others achieve better health.
She is excited to be part of the Garibaldi Active Wellness Team and looks forward to applying her skills and knowledge in her massage therapy treatments. Kelty can be reached at email@example.com
Dr. Nathaniel Janzen is a life-long athlete and primary healthcare practitioner specializing in the body’s musculoskeletal system. He draws from a wealth of knowledge from university degrees obtained in Kinesiology, Sports Medicine, and Chiropractic. Nathaniel advocates for interdisciplinary healthcare and strives to be a role model through movement-based physical wellness. He is listed as a preferred provider with Pain BC, a local non-profit organization reducing the burden of pain in our province.
Nathaniel helps those with chronic pain, sports injuries, acute flare-ups, and maintenance wellness care. He believes the key to a successful treatment plan begins with a thoughtful assessment to find out what the root cause of a complaint is. His treatment style is a combination of modern chiropractic manual joint manipulation, soft tissue release, biomechanical postural strengthening, and functional movement coaching. He has a special interest in bringing sports injury rehabilitation and athletic performance techniques into everyday movements to equip patients with the means to get stronger, more resilient, and move well.
Outside of chiropractic, Dr. Janzen teaches anatomy, physiology, and pathology courses at Vancouver Career College’s RMT program. Always looking for a new challenge, he has competed for team Canada at the age group world triathlon championships in London, is an accomplished swimmer and coach, top-100 finisher in the Sun Run, and loves trail running, back-country hiking, and climbing.
– Doctor of Chiropractic, University of Western States
– Master of Science in Sports Medicine, University of Western States
– Bachelor of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia
Teri-Rose graduated from VCMT in 2018 and previously studied Health Sciences and Kinesiology in Nova Scotia.
Teri-Rose has a keen interest in learning about the human body and believes an integrated approach to injury prevention, rehabilitation and maintenance is the most effective way to help you perform and feel your best. She has experience working with youth to elite sport, chronic pain management, postural imbalances and more. She uses various massage techniques including deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and Swedish massage. Teri is excited to join the team at Garibaldi Active Wellness and help you achieve your health goals!
Teri-Rose is available Mondays and Wednesdays!
Kim has over 20 years of experience doing a variety of relaxation massage modalities in various spa’s around the world. She recently graduated with Honour’s from the 2,200 hour program at MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy and has recently obtained her RMT designation with the College of Massage Therapists of BC.
Kim is passionate about assessing each clients’ individual needs and treating them to assist in achieving greater mobility, decreased pain and to restore balance in their body to contribute to their quality of life and help get them back to doing the activities they love.
Some of the techniques she uses are Myofascial Release, Joint Mobilization, Trigger Point Therapy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Muscle Energy Technique and Passive Stretching. Each treatment is custom tailored to address the client’s short term & long term goals and at the end of each treatment home care exercises are given to help maximise the client’s ability to achieve their treatment goals.
When she’s not working she can be found exploring the Squamish trails with her dog, or in the alpine hiking or skiing or spending time on the ocean.
*Please note: As of August 1st 2022, Dr. Sophie Tran is on maternity leave, Dr. Nathaniel Janzen will be covering for her while she is away.*
Dr. Sophie Tran graduated from the University of British Columbia Kinesiology program and continued to pursue her education in Portland, Oregon where she completed both a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree summa cum laude and a Master’s of Science in Sports Medicine degree from the University of Western States.
Sophie grew up in Vancouver and has been a long-time track and field athlete, running with the UBC Thunderbirds as an All-Canadian student athlete. She has always been interested in the biomechanics and efficiency of human movement and has been fortunate to work in a variety of sport environments with athletes of all ages during her time in Portland and now in Vancouver. Sophie strives to provide patients with the opportunity and tools to achieve their goals. She believes that everyone is an athlete in their own right and uses a detailed, patient-centered approach to support patients in reaching their health goals. She advocates for team-based multidisciplinary care to facilitate the best possible outcome for her patients.
Sophie’s tools include functional movement-based assessments, manual adjustments and mobilizations, soft tissue manual therapy, shockwave, movement rehabilitation and exercise. She loves working through a variety of musculoskeletal issues, ranging from desk and postural related pain, to sports injuries, to prenatal and postpartum related pain and dysfunction.
Recent additional training include:
- Understanding Tendon Pain in Climbing
- BirthFit Professional Seminar
- Chronic Pain Management – Pain BC
- Stuart McGill 1 – Building the Ultimate Back
- Stuart McGill 2 – Converging on a Precise
- Active Release Techniques ® courses – 2014- 2017
- Performance Therapy Program, ALTIS, Phoenix,
- World Track and Field Medical Symposium 2016
Her current interests include running, rock climbing, yoga, hiking, camping, and other outdoor adventure activities. Dr. Tran is also fluent in Cantonese.
Di Adams is a registered massage therapist and the founder of Garibaldi Active Wellness. Prior to becoming a massage therapist she completed a diploma in Exercise Science and Sports Nutrition in Australia and spent 8 years working in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Her focus was sports related injuries and exercise prescription during pregnancy. In 2005 she completed a 700 hour massage and bodywork program at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage. After working for 3 years at a world class spa in Whistler BC she completed the 3000 hour RMT program at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in Vancouver BC and became a registered massage therapist. She has a passion for education and has previously taught massage therapy in both Whistler and Vancouver BC. She has experience and enjoys working with a wide variety of people with different conditions but takes a special interest in all levels of athletes and sports related injuries. Her goal is to provide her patients with immediate symptomatic relief while also treating the cause of the problem to help with future management of the condition. She called Squamish home from 2005 but has recently relocated to Kamloops BC and is currently practicing as an RMT out of Zenith Sport and Performance and managing Garibaldi Active Wellness remotely. When she's not in the clinic you will find her out on the trails mountain biking, trail running, snowboarding and spending time with her family.