Physical Therapy and Consultation Services
in the Lower Mainland
Steve will provide you with direction and hands-on therapy to ensure you are safely progressing your rehabilitation following joint replacements, fractures, strokes, spinal injuries, balance and vestibular disorders. Frequently, people feel afraid to move after an injury and are unsure as to what they are permitted to do without causing further harm. Steve wants to ensure that you fully understand the nature of your condition or injury and how you can best recover. Depending on your needs, you may be shown how to learn to walk with crutches, a walker or climb stairs safely, or transfer from a wheelchair to a bed.
Falls risk assessment and balance training are frequently needed and can be conducted in your home. Treatment for some vestibular disorders can be addressed under supervision and you will be taught techniques that you can perform independently to assist your recovery.
You can expect to be challenged when doing strengthening exercises. Of course, the intensity at the beginning of any program will be adjusted to accommodate your current condition.
Falls risk assessment and balance training are frequently needed and can be conducted in your home.
Safety is a key aspect of rehabilitating at home. Simple changes to your home may be recommended. Referral to an occupational therapist might also be appropriate to assess the need for medical equipment or mobility/safety aids.
We will communicate with your other healthcare providers as necessary with your permission to ensure all your rehabilitation needs are addressed.
The physical therapy sessions will be conducted in your home, office, or any other place you may be living such as an assisted living or extended care facility. It is also possible to provide services in hospitals with the consent of the institution.
Monday to Friday 7:00AM to 6:00PM
Appointments outside these hours may be arranged.
Invoices will be generated at months-end and will be sent via mail or email.
You may pay by:
Prior authorization and a claim number are required for direct billing to: Worksafe BC, The Department of Veterans Affairs, Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC), and some other third party providers.
The British Columbia Medical Services Plan provides some coverage for physical therapy services for those who qualify for premium assistance. Typically, if your family yearly income is less than $30,000 you will qualify for premium assistance. MSP will reimburse $23.00 per visit for 10 visits per year. The 10 visits covered are shared among chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, podiatry and naturopathy.
Steve began his physiotherapy career working in Vancouver hospitals for the first eight years gaining a wide variety of assessment and treatment skills for spinal and head injuries, strokes, orthopedic surgeries, acute orthopedic injuries, and respiratory conditions. As a member of an integrated health care team on the Acute Spinal Cord Injury Unit for six years he was also privileged to mentor physiotherapy students. Throughout his career he has pursued continuing education that leads to the application of evidence based therapies. He graduated in physical therapy from UBC and also holds a bachelors degree in zoology and a masters in human nutrition. For over a decade while attending university, he also worked with a diabetic research team at Childrens’ Hospital headed by the late Dr. John Tze.
He supervised a large multifaceted work conditioning program for three years before embarking on his current private practice in home-based services. Seeing his clients achieve their goals and maximizing independence within the home setting and their life’s ambitions brings him great satisfaction.
Steve believes that the success of any rehabilitation program begins with attention to a detailed and comprehensive assessment and by listening carefully to “the person in front of you.”
He spends his leisure time playing piano, engaged in sports, and in the company of his most amazing family and friends.
In Februrary 2015 I sustained a bad fracture of my right hip and I was unable to bear any weight on that leg. I was fortunate enough to be assigned Steve as my Physiotherapist for the initial stages of recuperation. Not only did he diagnose my problems but he helped me to implement an exercise regime to prevent my leg muscles from diminishing too much during this 6 week stretch. Moreover, he assessed and rearranged the furniture in my house to ensure that I had a very safe living environment, and convinced the insurer to provide me with all the equipment necessary to maximize my ability to be independent and self-sufficient. Finally he trained me to utiilze my crutches in a very safe and efficient fashion.
For anyone in my situation who had never before been so disabled, I can't imagine anyone who could possibily furnish so much support and guidance to transition them back to health, and I would strongly recommend him to anyone else in a similar situation.
Steve made me feel comfortable right from the start and confident that he was going to get me going on the road to recovery. With multiple injuries we both knew we were looking at an uphill battle. Steve challenged my abilities all the while giving me the encouragement to carry on. Steve also helped get any equipment I needed to aid me in day to day mobility.
It was a sad day when our time came to an end and I had to move on. That was not the end - Steve continued to check on my progress and researched more aides to speed up my recovery. Thank you for caring.