UPDATED July 1/2021: WE ARE OPEN FOR BOTH ONLINE AND IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS

We are OPEN regular hours Monday to Friday. We are closely following protocols from the BC Health Officer and the College of Physical Therapists of BC and based on their recommendations we are continuing to offer both in-person and tele-health sessions with special protocols to keep everyone safe. Masks are required for in-person appointments and tele-health continues to be available for those unable to wear masks.

No available appointments this week? We’ve been extra busy and are doing our best to manage our current waitlists. We often get cancellations though so we encourage you to put yourself on the waitlist or give our admin team a call to help!

Need help right now? FREE 10 minute Online Consultations and full tele-health assessments and treatments with our physiotherapists are available for online booking. Sign-in to book or start your online appointment at the top of the page. We look forward to connecting with you!

Tele-Rehab - Online Physiotherapy & Hand Therapy

Tele-Rehab is an online secure physiotherapy video chat from the comfort of your home or office. Click the button and connect to conveniently see your physiotherapist from your computer or mobile device. All you need is your device, a good internet connection, and an enabled microphone and webcam. Log in to your Jane account and click "Begin". Your physiotherapist can discuss your injury, recov... Read More

Tele-Rehab is an online secure physiotherapy video chat from the comfort of your home or office. Click the button and connect to conveniently see your physiotherapist from your computer or mobile device. All you need is your device, a good internet connection, and an enabled microphone and webcam. Log in to your Jane account and click "Begin". Your physiotherapist can discuss your injury, recovery, educate you on anatomy, sleep position, office ergonomics, return to activity or activity modification, and provide exercises remotely. Connecting by secure video chat is an effective way of providing care remotely.


Hand Therapy

Hand Therapy is specialized physiotherapy care for the treatment of injuries from the shoulder to the fingertips. Certified Hand Therapists are experienced Physiotherapists or Occupational Therapists who have at least three years and greater than 4000 hours of experience mentoring with a Certified Hand Therapist in providing care for injuries and conditions of the shoulder girdle, elbow, wrist,... Read More

Hand Therapy is specialized physiotherapy care for the treatment of injuries from the shoulder to the fingertips. Certified Hand Therapists are experienced Physiotherapists or Occupational Therapists who have at least three years and greater than 4000 hours of experience mentoring with a Certified Hand Therapist in providing care for injuries and conditions of the shoulder girdle, elbow, wrist, hand and fingers and who have also passed a rigorous certification examination in advanced clinical skills and theory. Hand Therapy involves using advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills to provide care for these injuries. Hand Therapists work closely with Hand Surgeons to provide care for their patients after hand surgeries. Using special skills in custom splinting, wound care, edema management, scar care and specific exercise protocols, hand therapists help guide surgical patients from the day of surgery all the way through rehabilitation and back to all activities of daily life and recreation or sport.


Physiotherapy

Our Physiotherapy practice is primarily therapeutic exercise and manual therapy based although we also use modalities such as heat, ice, ultrasound, TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) and NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Nerve Stimulation), and intramuscular stimulation (IMS) depending on our client's assessed needs and their goals of treatment. We develop a customized treatment p... Read More

Our Physiotherapy practice is primarily therapeutic exercise and manual therapy based although we also use modalities such as heat, ice, ultrasound, TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) and NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Nerve Stimulation), and intramuscular stimulation (IMS) depending on our client's assessed needs and their goals of treatment. We develop a customized treatment plan for each client including a detailed home exercise program so you know what your problem is, how to best manage it and how long it's going to take to get it better.

Emily grew up in Sooke and is happy to have recently returned to the South Island after years of pursuing her interests & furthering her education in the science of human movement and rehabilitation.

Emily graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in Human Kinetics. While at UBC she played for the UBC Thunderbirds Varsity Ice Hockey team, winning a Canada West Championship in her final year. She then went on to complete a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta, graduating in 2015.

Over the past 5 years Emily has worked in the private practice setting assessing and treating all ages and stages of injuries. Highlights include time spent in Beijing, China working as a physio for the Chinese Women’s Ice Hockey Team, and as a travel physio for Canadian volleyball and rugby teams. Her love of sports and working with athletes inspired her to complete a Sports Physiotherapy Fellowship at UBC in 2017. More recently, Emily’s interest in the complexities and intricacies of hand injuries led her to challenge the Certified Hand Therapist examination successfully in 2020.

Emily is a physiotherapist who prides herself in taking the time to really listen to each patient’s unique story to help establish meaningful goals & outcomes. She aspires to empower her patients through detailed diagnosis, evidence-based education, individualized treatment planning, manual therapy, and progressive home exercise programming.

Emily grew up in Sooke and is happy to have recently returned to the South Island after years of ... Read More

Nicole Hart (she/her) Registered Physiotherapist and Certified Hand Therapist

Nicole is a Certified Hand Therapist with over 15 years of physiotherapy experience. She obtained her Bachelor of Human Kinetics in Exercise Science from the University of British Columbia in 2001, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia in 2005. Since 2006, Nicole has worked in private practice in Victoria, specializing in upper extremity rehabilitation. Nicole is a member of the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists, American Society of Hand Therapists and attends the annual BC Hand Society meeting.

Nicole founded Active Recovery in 2017 with the goal of providing exemplary care to all her clients with Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand injuries. Since then, the clinic has expanded to include three more physiotherapists with specialization in hand therapy that share her philosophy of providing excellent clinical care with an active approach to rehabilitation. Nicole continues to mentor the entire team at Active Recovery to provide excellence in care and the latest in hand therapy techniques and splinting. She enjoys teaching and mentoring and regularly invites students and physiotherapists keen to learn about hand therapy to shadow and learn at the clinic.

Nicole loves building strong therapeutic relationships with her clients, providing them the education, splints, treatment and home exercises they need after an injury or surgery to return to what they love doing. She believes her clients deserve to be well-informed about their injuries and empowered with treatments they can use to help themselves heal and strengthen. Nicole’s clients appreciate the detailed assessment and treatment planning, informative education, attention to detail in their custom splints, and personalized home exercise programs she provides.

When she’s not in the clinic, Nicole is often reading, weight training, or spending time outdoors with her husband and two children.

Nicole Hart (she/her) Registered Physiotherapist and Certified Hand Therapist Nicole is a Certi... Read More

Brianna McGarvey graduated with her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia. Prior to her Masters program she completed a Bachelors of Science (Honours) degree in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria. She has completed various post-graduate continuing education courses, including Soft Tissue Release, Management of Lumbo-Pelvic Disorders, Management of Cervico-Thoracic Disorders, Rehabilitation of cervicogenic dysfunction/headaches and whiplash and two comprehensive courses on Functional Dry Needling/IMS.

By taking a holistic perspective and incorporating her knowledge of physiological, mechanical and psychological mechanisms associated with human movement and pain, she is able to treat a wide range of individuals, independent of age, skill level and ability. She is passionate about helping people of all ages achieve their goals and reach their optimal health, fitness and well-being by using a combination of education, manual therapy, dry needling/IMS, active rehabilitation and progressive exercise programs.

Brianna has been both a player and coach for soccer and has a lifelong love for fitness, nutrition and the outdoors. In her spare time, she can be found exploring the trails and beaches with her husband and two energetic golden retrievers, camping, strength training, running, or cycling. She looks forward to meeting you!

Brianna McGarvey graduated with her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of British Co... Read More

Lauren (she/her) attained a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia in 2018, and has also completed a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from UBC Okanagan. She is a member of the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists and is working under the mentorship of her colleague, Nicole Hart, to become a certified hand therapist.

Lauren utilizes an education and exercise focused approach to recovery for both her hand therapy and general physiotherapy clients. Providing you the information and exercises you need to manage your injury effectively is Lauren’s priority. She hopes you leave each session feeling empowered, and aims to make you laugh along the way.

Outside of the clinic, Lauren lives on the unceded territory of the Lekwungen people. In her spare time, Lauren loves cycling and surfing, as well as playing the drums. She also enjoys spending time outside with her partner and their dog, Vesper.

Lauren (she/her) attained a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia in... Read More

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