If you are new to our clinic and are unsure about the right service or practitioner to choose, please feel free to contact us at (250) 890-9142 or coastal.admin@coastalphysio.ca and we’ll be happy to assist you.

We accept insurance claims including WorkSafeBC and ICBC, and can bill directly for MSP Premium Assistance, DVA, DND, RCMP and most extended medical insurance plans.

If you are NEW to the clinic or booking for a NEW ASSESSMENT, please fill out THE REASON FOR VISIT, with some details of what you are coming in for.

PLEASE NOTE: RATES FOR MASSAGE THERAPY WILL BE CHANGING AS OF JANUARY 1, 2022. NEW RATES WILL BE $115 for 60 min, $100 for 45 min, $80 for 30 min.

Physiotherapy

One of the Comox Valley’s most respected physiotherapy clinics, Coastal Physiotherapy is a modern, multi-disciplinary practice specializing in evidence-based treatment of injuries, chronic pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction. Our physiotherapists have extensive post-graduate training in manual therapy through the orthopaedic division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.


Physiotherapy - ICBC & WorkSafeBC Insurance

Please use this appointment if you have an active WorkSafeBC or ICBC Claim. WorkSafeBC - For all work-related injuries, WorkSafeBC will pay for your initial visit as long as your claim is registered with WorkSafeBC and you have a claim number, and the visit is within 60 days of the injury date. Further physiotherapy treatment may be covered after your claim is approved. A referral from your... Read More

Please use this appointment if you have an active WorkSafeBC or ICBC Claim.

WorkSafeBC - For all work-related injuries, WorkSafeBC will pay for your initial visit as long as your claim is registered with WorkSafeBC and you have a claim number, and the visit is within 60 days of the injury date. Further physiotherapy treatment may be covered after your claim is approved. A referral from your doctor is not necessary. Please visit https://www.worksafebc.com/en/claims/report-workplace-injury-illness/how-workers-report-workplace-injury-illness if you require further information, or give us a call at (250)890-9142.

ICBC - No matter who is responsible, if you’ve been injured in a car accident, you have access to pre-authorized (core) treatments, including Physiotherapy and Registered Massage Therapy. There is no need for an initial doctor’s referral if the accident is recent (within 12 weeks of the accident) and/or you have not had any previous treatment. Please visit https://www.icbc.com/claims/injury/Pages/medical-care-treatment.aspx if you require further information, or give us a call at (250)890-9142.


Vestibular Physiotherapy

Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialized physiotherapy treatment program directed towards relieving the symptoms and discomfort of vestibular disorders. Dizziness, vertigo, unsteadiness and balance problems can all be treated through a hands-on intervention and/or guidance on exercises tailored to meet the specific needs of the patient.


Clinical Pilates

Clinical Pilates is a type of active rehabilitation that uses the principles of traditional pilates, but allows customization of all exercises to allow for a range of difficulty and specificity to an individual clients goals and limitations. It is taught one-on-one by a physiotherapist to help with the rehabilitation and prevention of muscular injuries. One of the major focuses of this type of... Read More

Clinical Pilates is a type of active rehabilitation that uses the principles of traditional pilates, but allows customization of all exercises to allow for a range of difficulty and specificity to an individual clients goals and limitations. It is taught one-on-one by a physiotherapist to help with the rehabilitation and prevention of muscular injuries. One of the major focuses of this type of therapy is the development of strength in the core muscles - the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Along with this, Clinical Pilates focuses on postural education and allowing optimal movement in the body.


Massage Therapy

**Please note, the rate for Massage Therapy will be increasing as of January 1, 2022. Private rates will now be $115 for 60 min, $100 for 45min and $80 for 30 min.**. The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain and physical disorders of the soft t... Read More

**Please note, the rate for Massage Therapy will be increasing as of January 1, 2022. Private rates will now be $115 for 60 min, $100 for 45min and $80 for 30 min.**.

The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain and physical disorders of the soft tissues and joints by manual and physical methods to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function to relieve pain and promote health.

Registered Massage Therapists are trained in:
The assessment and diagnosis of soft tissue and joints of the body
The treatment and prevention of injury, pain and physical disorders

RMTs are dedicated to treating your symptoms of pain and dysfunction, including the underlying causes. It is widely understood that massage therapy decreases stress and helps control pain. Perhaps less known is the effectiveness of massage therapy in treating deeper structures of the body such as ligaments, bones and joints, fascia, blood vessels, organs and other soft tissues of the body. Massage therapy can provide relief for many common conditions such as:
Migraine headaches
Whiplash
Pregnancy
Cancer
Low Back Pain
Stress Release
Tendonitis
Arthritis
Osteoporosis
Fibromyalgia
Sports injuries
And many other common conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction
Current research suggests that there is a direct link between our physical well-being and our mental or emotional state, which can be positively affected by massage therapy. Research also supports the use of massage therapy as an effective approach in injury management and rehabilitation, as well as part of a preventive care program.

Sean Douglas, MSc(PT), BSc(Kin)

####Registered Physiotherapist

Sean graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology in 2005, and from the University of Alberta with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2008. He has a special interest in manual and manipulative therapy and completed a Fellowship from the Canadian Association of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT) in 2015. He is also a certified practitioner of Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (Gunn IMS). Additionally he has training in treatment of certain vestibular disorders. Sean believes that good treatment outcomes start with a thorough assessment and accurate diagnosis. From there, he offers a combination of manual therapy, IMS / dry needling and exercise prescription tailored to meet his patients’ treatment goals. Away from the clinic, Sean enjoys mountain biking, running, skiing and playing hockey. After working in both private and public practices in Victoria for over 10 years, he and his family relocated to the Comox Valley in 2018.

Sean Douglas, MSc(PT), BSc(Kin) ####Registered Physiotherapist Sean graduated from the Universit... Read More

Jaime McDowell, MSc. PT, BSc. Kin, FCAMPT, CGIMS

####Registered Physiotherapist

Jaime holds a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. Jaime co-founded Coastal Physiotherapy in 2007. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT). This is the highest qualification recognized internationally for orthopaedic physiotherapists. He is also a certified practitioner of Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and has advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation. Jaime uses a combination of manual therapy, exercise and IMS to correct orthopaedic issues of the spine and extremities, and to help alleviate chronic pain.

Jaime McDowell, MSc. PT, BSc. Kin, FCAMPT, CGIMS ####Registered Physiotherapist Jaime holds a Ma... Read More

Jennifer Olson, RMT

####Registered Massage Therapist

Jennifer is one of Coastal Physiotherapy’s in-house Registered Massage Therapists. Jennifer uses a variety of techniques such as trigger point therapy, myofascial release, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, Swedish and deep tissue massage to treat injuries related to repetitive strain, trauma and postural anomalies. Jennifer is a graduate of the prestigious West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster, BC and has been practicing since 2004.

Jennifer Olson, RMT ####Registered Massage Therapist Jennifer is one of Coastal Physiotherapy’s ... Read More

Thomas Roundhill, BSc (PT), CGIMS

####Registered Physiotherapist

Thomas graduated from UBC’s Physiotherapy program in 1999 and has since pursued extensive professional education in the areas of biomechanics and manual therapy orthopedics through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. He has additionally worked alongside international leaders and researchers in the areas of lumbar-pelvic-hip pain, neuropathic pain, postural and movement dysfunction, thoracic mechanics, shoulder girdle dysfunction and core stability.

Thomas has a special interest in neuropathic dysfunction and the Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) concept which was developed by international clinician and researcher, Dr. Chan Gunn. Thomas spent a mentorship year at Dr. Gunn’s Institute before becoming a recognized GunnIMS instructor in 2007. For the past 15 years, Thomas has been instructing physicians and physiotherapists in the GunnIMS model for neuropathic dysfunction, teaching nationally as a senior instructor through the Sports Medicine department at UBC. In his professional life, Thomas has consulted with patients aged 5 – 95, and has rehabilitated regional, national, professional and Olympic level athletes in rugby, hockey, soccer, rowing, tennis and field hockey on 3 continents. He uses his knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and the principles of tissue healing to assist clients with the recovery of acute and chronic pain and dysfunction. His assessment approach is detailed and methodical, and his treatment plans align with client goals and expectations. To facilitate a return to activity, treatments often focus on a combination of specific therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and GunnIMS dry needling. As part of his physiotherapy practice, Thomas also uses his knowledge of cycling and biomechanics to run a bicycle fitting service (VanIsle BikeFiT) for athletes and recreational cyclists.

Thomas Roundhill, BSc (PT), CGIMS ####Registered Physiotherapist Thomas graduated from UBC’s Phy... Read More

Colleen Schmidt, MSc (PT), BSc. (Ex.Sci)

####Registered Physiotherapist

Colleen holds a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University and a Bachelor degree in Exercise Science from Ball State University.

Colleen has completed her STOTT Pilates Rehabilitation training for the Reformer and Matwork (including Spinal, Pelvis and Scapular Stabilization and Peripheral Joint Stabilization). She incorporates her Physiotherapy training with the principles of Pilates to teach core stability, address muscular imbalances and improve posture for clients of all different needs.

She is also certified to perform acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. Colleen has completed various post-graduate courses in the areas of orthopaedics, vestibular rehabilitation and Kinesio Taping, the gold standard for therapeutic and rehabilitative muscle taping.

Colleen Schmidt, MSc (PT), BSc. (Ex.Sci) ####Registered Physiotherapist Colleen holds a Master o... Read More

Steve Schmidt, MSc(PT), BSc (Kin), FCAMPT, CGIMS

####Registered Physiotherapist

Steve holds a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. Steve co-founded Coastal Physiotherapy in 2007. He has earned a fellowship in manual and manipulative therapy, the FCAMPT certification. This is the highest qualification recognized internationally for orthopaedic physiotherapists. Steve is also a Certified Practitioner of Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (Gunn IMS). Steve’s clinical focus includes the use of manual therapy and IMS for the treatment of spinal/peripheral dysfunction, sports injuries and chronic pain. Steve also has advanced training in treating vestibular disorders.

Steve Schmidt, MSc(PT), BSc (Kin), FCAMPT, CGIMS ####Registered Physiotherapist Steve holds a Ma... Read More

Shawn Trimble, RMT

####Registered Massage Therapist

Shawn Trimble, RMT, has been registered with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia since 2001. He was practicing and running a clinic in Vancouver up to the point he and his family relocated to the Comox Valley in 2013.

Aside from his regular practice in his clinic at the University of British Columbia, he was very involved in the sporting community there. He has a special interest in working with an athletic clientele and has amassed a significant amount of experience with athletes of all sports and levels of competition. He has also spent many years as an instructor at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. After an injury forced him to stop practicing in 2012, he is now starting to rebuild his career here at Coastal Physiotherapy.

Shawn looks forward to working with the many active people living and playing here in the Valley.

Shawn Trimble, RMT ####Registered Massage Therapist Shawn Trimble, RMT, has been registered with... Read More

Andrew Willis, MSc(PT), BSc,

Registered Physiotherapist

Andrew graduated from the University of Alberta in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science Degree with distinction, and went on to complete a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy in 2007. He is certified in both manipulative therapy and acupuncture. Andrew has experience in treating sport injuries, work related injuries, and motor vehicle injuries. He has a particular interest in athletic rehabilitation.

Andrew Willis, MSc(PT), BSc, Registered Physiotherapist Andrew graduated from the University of ... Read More

Trevor Wilson, BSc. PT, FCAMPT, CAFCI, IMS Registered Physiotherapist

Trevor obtained his degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta. He joined the team at Coastal Physiotherapy in 2009, and in 2016, he became a proud co-owner of the clinic. Trevor has earned a fellowship in manual and manipulative therapy, the FCAMPT certification. This is the highest qualification recognized internationally for orthopaedic physiotherapists, and allows the option to use spinal manipulation as part of his treatment. He is certified to practice traditional acupuncture by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (CAFCI) and is also a certified practitioner of Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). The two different dry needling techniques provides the option of choice for patients, depending on their comfort and pain levels. As well, Trevor has a special interest and training in treating Temporal Mandibular Disorders (TMD) or more commonly referred to TMJ issues. When working with patients, Trevor uses a methodical approach to diagnose the injury and develops a treatment plan that is tailored to their needs.

Trevor Wilson, BSc. PT, FCAMPT, CAFCI, IMS Registered Physiotherapist Trevor obtained his degree... Read More

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