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.

Sharon

Sharon
Physio Assistant/Receptionist

Laura

Laura
Physio Assistant/Receptionist

Ryan

Ryan

Ryan grew up in Prince George, B.C. After finishing a Bachelor's of Biology at the University of Northern British Columbia, Ryan moved to Vancouver to pursue his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of British Columbia. Due to his love of the outdoors, and the more relaxed lifestyle of living in the North, Ryan returned to Prince George to start his career.

In practice, Ryan likes to use a variety of treatment methods. These range from hands-on (manual therapy) skills, to exercise prescription, and also patient education. Ultimately, he believes that physiotherapy is about setting the patient up with the tools that they need to succeed. Ryan has a particular interest in treating sports related injuries. While in school, he was able to spend some time with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC2/Residency program, and gain some valuable sports physiotherapy experience.

When not at work, Ryan lives an active lifestyle including playing hockey, and working out at the gym. He also enjoys living in the North as he can spend time hunting and fishing throughout the year.

Matthias

Matthias

Originally from Terrace, B.C, Matthias lived in Prince George while completing his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Studies. Prior to starting his career as a physiotherapist, Matthias worked for BC Ambulance as a Primary Care Paramedic and for the BC Forest Service as a forest firefighter. Matthias moved out to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for 3 years, where he worked as a medical trainer for the provincial wrestling team and completed his Masters in Physiotherapy. The unique outdoor opportunities and familiarity of Prince George brought him back to Northern B.C.

Matthias has completed post-degree courses including Complete Concussion Management, Orthopedic Level 1 and Professional K-Taping.

When not working, Matthias participates regularly in rock climbing, ballroom dancing, triathlons, downhill mountain biking and backcountry skiing.

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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