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About Derek the Physio

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Derek has been in private practice musculoskeletal Physiotherapist since 2005 and has been casting for and designing custom orthotic footbeds since 2007.  Derek is certified in GunnIMS dry needling since 2014, has completed post graduate Masters coursework in diagnostic imaging for physical therapists in 2014, and has completed his Advanced Diploma in Manipulative Therapy in 2016. Derek has pursued extensive post graduate training in various niches within musculoskeletal physiotherapy such as integrating diagnotic imaging in physiotherapy management of anatomical variations of the spine, core muscles and peripheral joints such as the shoulders, hips, knees, ankles and feet.  Derek has earned certificates in various exercise paradigms for mobility, strengthening, pain science and biomechanics as well as concussion and vestibular assessment and rehabilitation.

Derek’s community involvement has included researching, compiling and presenting on appropriate topics where physiotherapist can expand their scope of practice to the college of physical therapists of BC, participating in co-assessing surgical candidacy along side orthopaedic surgeons, rink-side trainer with a Junior B hockey team, and developing cross training programs for mountain biking and climbing teams.

Having personally undergone rehabilitation from a half-dozen personal orthopaedic surgeries (knee, shoulder, ankle, and hand surgeries) and many other sprains and strains, Derek has ample experience of physiotherapy from both the client’s and professional’s perspectives and looks forward to helping you through your journey of getting back out there.

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Who is Derek?

When Derek is out of the clinic, he is enjoying family life outside and moving through all the activities the Sea to Sky has to offer; climbing, biking, running, skate skiing and more. 

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Derek has been an avid climber since 94; before the 2000's.  Growing up on the North Shore, he was one of the local climbing team kids traveling to comps on summer weekends and taking whips in Squamish, Skaha and the states every chance he could.   The passion hasn't diminished, just the time available for the projects. 

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Before there was climbing, there was biking.  Wheelie drops off log rides to flat on mount fromme preceded full suspension bikes and transitions on landings.  The early days of mountain biking were a great introduction to injury management and the benefits of knowing a great physiotherapist.  We are so fortunate for the trail network in Squamish; ride for hours without having to put a foot down. 

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Life is better with wonderful people in our lives.  I am so grateful for all the support my wife Amber's extends me which empowers me to provide the best possible care to my clients and their families.    

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Our Next Generation.  They are our motivation in life and are the absolute best biking and hiking partners.    

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