Our Prince George Physiotherapists: A Caring, Devoted Staff

Physionorth Sports & Wellness Centre was started in November of 2008 in the Barton Building, but our staff has decades of combined experience in the industry. After three years of continual growth thanks to word-of-mouth referrals from our patients, we have moved to our newly-renovated facility in Prince George’s Commonwealth Health Centre building in the fall of 2011. At Physionorth, our Prince George physiotherapists and physio assistants are dedicated to making you feel welcome and comfortable in the clinic and providing you with personal, comprehensive treatment. To encourage our clients to live healthier lives, our staff members are devoted to maintaining a clean and active lifestyle themselves, including cycling, hiking, alpine and cross country skiing, soccer and gym programs.

Vickie Laverdure

Vickie Laverdure

Vickie grew up in Prince George. After graduating from UBC in Rehabilitation Medicine (Physio/Occupational Therapy) in 1980, she returned to work while raising her own family. Since then, she has worked in the Arthritis Centre in Vancouver and Prince George Regional Hospital. She also spent 28 years in private practice in Prince George. In 2006, she opened up a private clinic with two partners before venturing out on her own with Physionorth. She is an avid supporter and the chief physiotherapist of the Prince George Cougars WHL hockey team. Vickie has taken extensive post-graduate courses including manual therapy, TMD, vertigo/dizziness and traditional Chinese medical acupuncture from U of A in 2002. She has a special interest in lower back and hip injuries, traditional acupuncture, vertigo and TMD/TMJ. She strives to follow the philosophy of her acupuncture teacher, Dr. Aung: “Always treat with loving kindness.”


When not working, Vickie enjoys spending time with her 3 grown children and her extended family and friends. She loves living in Northern British Columbia and enjoys biking and hiking, fitness classes and skiing.

Mark Issacs

Mark Issacs

Originally from England, Mark Isaacs has been with Physionorth since moving to Canada in 2008. He graduated from the UK with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Science followed by a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy. He has post-graduate qualifications in manual therapy and also acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. After working in the UK, Mark moved to British Columbia to pursue his love of the outdoors and especially to be closer to the Rockies. His clinical interests are in the treatment of movement impairment syndromes of the shoulder, lower extremity and lower back.


When not at work, Mark participates in many sports and activities to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. He enjoys cross country skiing, and regularly participates in the annual Prince George Iceman and the Caledonia Loppet. In summer, Mark enjoys mountain biking and takes part in enduro races. He is also an active member of the Alpine Club of Canada where he enjoys winter and summer mountaineering in the Rockies and ice climbing.

Brenda O’Connor

Brenda O’Connor

Originally from Galway, Ireland, Brenda completed her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at the University of East London. Brenda has worked for a variety of Physiotherapy clinics both within the National Health Service (UK) and in private practice. Brenda is a registered member of the British Columbia School of Physical Therapists and is accredited by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. Brenda joined the team at Physionorth in 2009. She has completed multiple post-graduate courses including acupuncture, manual therapy and rehabilitation pilates. Her clinical interests are in the treatment of shoulder, back and neck dysfunctions with an emphasis on improvement of function and core stability. She also assists in community physiotherapy through prenatal physiotherapy classes and she offers home visits to individuals who are unable to attend the clinic.


When not at work Brenda likes to lead a quiet and healthy lifestyle with her husband. She is passionate about travelling and learning about other cultures and languages. In her spare time, Brenda enjoys hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. During those cold winter months, Brenda likes to practice pilates to maintain strength, flexibility and overall wellness. Brenda’s favourite motto in life is “your health is your wealth,” and she uses her work in physiotherapy to promote this motto in her day-to-day practice.

sandy

Sandy VanKleeck

Sandy's passion is in empowering people to be their best, and helping people return to their life and activities after an injury. Sandy uses a combination of education, manual therapy, and exercise prescription to develop a well-rounded treatment program for her patients of all ages and activity backgrounds. Sandy hopes to develop a Knee Injury Prevention Program and continue to expand her knowledge and in acupuncture, and Pilates therapy.


Sandy's passion is in empowering people to be their best, and helping people return to their life and activities after an injury. Sandy uses a combination of education, manual therapy, and exercise prescription to develop a well-rounded treatment program for her patients of all ages and activity backgrounds. Sandy hopes to develop a Knee Injury Prevention Program and continue to expand her knowledge in Pilates therapy.


Sandy grew up in British Columbia, and was pleased to return to B.C. when she moved to Prince George in 2015. Outside of work, Sandy leads an active lifestyle. Her main passion is being outside in the mountains, backcountry skiing in the winter and hiking/ mountain biking in the summer. She loves spending time at Otway both in the winter and summer, and doing yoga and embroidery. She has had the opportunity to take part in the Prince George Iceman, and local mountain bike and trail running races.

Mitchell

Mitchell Bourne

Originally from Nelson, B.C., Mitchell Bourne lived in Vancouver whilst completing both a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Master of Physical Therapy degree. He moved to Prince George to work in a variety of fields as a physiotherapist: acute care at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. and privately at Physionorth. His scope ranges from respiratory care and safe mobilization to exercise prescription and management of sport or work related injuries. His special areas of practice include joint replacements, concussion management, hydrotherapy and preventative functional movement screening.


When not at work, Mitchell enjoys supporting local sports teams, seasonal adventures, or participating in recreation such as soccer, dance or volleyball. He is also an avid gym-goer and an advocate for strength training as an ideal way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Sharon

Sharon
Physio Assistant/Receptionist

Laura

Laura
Physio Assistant/Receptionist

No doctor referral is required!

Physio North Sports & Wellness Centre

104-1302 7th Ave

Prince George, BC V2L 3P1


Phone
250-563-0050

Hours

Monday - Friday: 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Service Area

Prince George and Area

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