Erin Bird (Robinson)
Erin is originally from Cortes Island, BC, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University followed by receiving her Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Over the years she has worked throughout the lower mainland in clinics and hospitals.
Erin’s interest in physiotherapy developed during her formal training in ballet, where she began to explore the movement and function of the human body. She developed an appreciation for health and wellness through her dance injuries and rehabilitation and now she strives to help people reach their physical potential.
She has further training in manual therapy techniques and intramuscular stimulation (IMS). She has developed a special interest in Women’s Health, particularly pre and post-natal care. She is certified in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, Rost Therapy, and Hypopressives, allowing her to treat conditions such as incontinence, pelvic pain, organ prolapse, coccydynia, and diastasis rectus.
Erin is a firm believer in providing an individualized, one-on-one approach to treatment, as each client and their conditions are unique. She believes in a holistic, client-centered approach, where the client is offered the appropriate hands-on therapy, exercises, and education to manage their condition and achieve their physical goals.
In her spare time, Erin can be found chasing after her toddler, hiking on the North Shore Mountains, riding her bike, or in the yoga studio.
Dr. Ryan Gannon
Dr. Gannon, originally from Alberta, Canada, pursued his chiropractic studies after his own success as a patient. He graduated from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and has since practiced in multiple clinics in Vancouver and Scotland as well as Australia.
Always striving to find new ways to help patients recover from their injuries, Dr. Gannon utilizes multiple treatment therapies and assessment modalities including: Active Release Technique (ART), Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy, Joint Manipulative Therapy, Kinesiology Taping, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and the Functional Movement Screen (FMS).
Furthermore, he places great emphasis on the neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation of both acute and chronic issues, addressing the underlying functional insufficiencies prevalent in many cases. These skill sets have allowed for great success working in general practice as well as in his area of special interest which focuses on athletes. He considers himself very fortunate to have been associated with several great sports clubs and numerous individual athletes, allowing him to manage the cases of athletes ranging from national champions (Tae Kwon Do; Bodybuilding) and Olympians (Basketball), to up-and-coming development squad participants (Swimming; Cricket; Australian Rules Football) as well as the die-hard weekend warriors.
In his spare time, Dr. Gannon enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and assists sporting organizations with injury prevention and management. These days, however, most of his activity comes from keeping up with his daughter.
Kristel is originally from North Vancouver, BC she is a graduate from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. Her background includes working in the high-tech field of human resources and a BA in Psychology. She discovered her interest in health care and massage therapy after realizing how much massage had helped her with a repetitive strain injury.
Kristel enjoys treating a wide variety of people and conditions and is experienced in pregnancy massage, geriatrics, neurological conditions, postural dysfunction, repetitive strain injuries, and other Orthopedic conditions. She employs a variety of techniques in her treatment plan based on individual needs which include Swedish, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, and lymphatic drainage.
In her spare time, Kristel enjoys reading, cooking, climbing, swimming, and spending time with her family.
Collin is originally from Quesnel, BC, he completed his Bachelor of Science majoring in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria then received his Master’s in Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Collin found his passion for rehabilitation while working as a Kinesiologist in Victoria and immediately knew physiotherapy was the career for him.
Collin is dedicated to continuing his education to provide the best possible care for his patients. He has completed certification in Soft Tissue Release, Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy, Level 1, and IMS: Intramuscular Stimulation.
Collin uses many different methods to help his clients reach their goals. These include manual therapy, soft tissue release, taping, education, intramuscular stimulation (IMS), functional, and personalized exercise prescription. His goal is to provide a safe and effective return to daily activities, sport, and ultimately a pain-free lifestyle. Collin’s experience and interests also include treating postural dysfunction, post-operative rehabilitation, post motor vehicle accident rehabilitation, orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation, neck pain, back pain, and chronic pain. Collin looks forward to meeting and treating new clients of all ages and backgrounds.
In his spare time, Collin enjoys staying active by playing many sports, including; downhill skiing, football, cricket, softball, and cycling.
Dr. Rachel Rottger
Dr. Rachel Rottger is originally from Alberta and obtained a Bachelor of Physical Education with a concentration in sport performance from the University of Alberta. After working for several years as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, and a registered kinesiologist in rehabilitation, she continued her education at Palmer West Chiropractic College in San Jose, California. She most recently worked in a multidisciplinary clinic in Western Washington and is excited to return to Canada to practice in North Vancouver at Avita Health & Massage Therapy Center.
Dr. Rottger uses movement pattern analysis to improve function and ultimately keep patients active and doing what they love. Dr. Rottger combines various technique systems including Graston, muscle release techniques, chiropractic manipulative therapy, and rehabilitation exercises. A key component of her treatment includes teaching and refining movement fundamentals including, but not limited to squatting, hip hinging, humeroscapular glide, and core bracing.
In her spare time, Dr. Rottger enjoys hiking and weightlifting with her fiancé, and is looking forward to exploring the North Vancouver area.
Andrew graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of British Columbia and loves being a physiotherapist.
His treatment style empowers people to take charge of their health. Treating primarily through education, manual therapy techniques, and exercise prescription, Andrew is also trained in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). He sees people with a wide variety of conditions and injuries and has a special interest in shoulders and arthritis having personal experience with both shoulder dislocations and inflammatory arthritis management.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys golfing, traveling, and playing games in the company of friends and family.
Brittany was a competitive dancer in her youth and has spent the last decade expanding her knowledge of kinesthetics as a yoga practitioner. Although she is a recent graduate of the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy, she has maintained a keen interest in the human body throughout her professional career. In 2014 she began teaching Ashtanga yoga with the aim of helping her students cultivate balance within their bodies and their minds. She is excited to continue this work through massage therapy and to support patients on their health and rehabilitation journeys.
Developing a relationship to one’s body, through manual therapy or otherwise, is something Brittany believes has immense therapeutic value. It is her aspiration to help others to experience this for themselves. To achieve this, she strives to meet each person where they’re at by means of collaborative treatment planning. Of special interest to her is supporting women with their health goals and also patients that are managing neurological conditions.
When she’s not in the clinic she is most likely climbing rocks, surfing, flying on aerial silks, skiing, or swimming in an alpine lake.
Derek is originally from North Vancouver, BC where he graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. Before following his passion to become an RMT he played varsity level soccer. He has worked in Pilates studios, gyms and clinics. Through all his experiences he has gained respect for working on the mind and body as a whole.
He has had experience treating sport and lifestyle-related injuries. He uses a variety of techniques including trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and deep tissue massage therapy. He puts a strong emphasis on teaching his patients exercises and self-care so that they have the tools to continue along their wellness journey.
He enjoys working with the other practitioners in the clinic allowing for his patients to get cross-modality care. When a patient gets treated by a physiotherapist or chiropractor, he works with the other therapist to develop a well-rounded treatment plan best suited to the patients’ needs.
In his spare time, Derek likes to work out, play soccer, hike, camp and always be active
Thomas is originally from Surrey, BC, he graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. Post-graduation he released a case study on eye-strain related headaches and the benefits of Massage Therapy. Through this research, he gained tremendous experience in how to best deal with the different types of eye strain and headaches.
He is an extremely well-versed RMT who knows how to accommodate the pressure and intensity of his massage to best suit an individual’s needs. Working with patients who seek relaxation, deep tissue, sports massage, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release. He has had great success in treating and reducing muscle pain, limited range of motion, headaches, stress, strains, and sprains. He is a caring and genuine massage therapist, who is passionate about what he does and wants to see his clients follow their road to recovery.
In his spare time, Thomas has done extensive traveling, living in countries like Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and visiting many others experiencing other cultures and the natural beauty of other countries. He also enjoys gaming and spending time with his beautiful god dog daughters. Even when he is extremely busy he always finds time to bake with mom and grandma learning from the best.
Adrian is originally from Vancouver, BC, where he completed his Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia, and his Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology at the University of Victoria.
He has recently completed his Level 1 of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy and plans to continue his education in this area to provide the best care possible to his patients. He is also a certified provider of custom orthotics providing foot and gait analysis.
He has experience working in a wide range of areas including athletic injuries, chronic pain conditions, neurological conditions, and geriatric health. He uses the most up to date evidence-based approach that includes a combination of manual therapy, patient education, Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) and individualized exercise prescription.
In his spare time, Adrian enjoys playing soccer, snowboarding, weightlifting, and anything outdoors. He also has an appreciation for cooking and nutrition. Adrian welcomes and looks forward to working with new clients from all backgrounds with various conditions.
Peter is a Clinic Director and co-owner of Avita Health and Massage Therapy Center, along with his wife Tanya. Peter started Avita in 2001 and was a practicing RMT for many years until he gave up seeing clients in order to focus full-time on the clinic. He has a university degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he focused on Psychology and Business. He is also a certified Life Coach.
The vision behind Avita was to create a unique rehabilitation clinic that would make a real positive difference in the community and in people’s individual lives. The goal remains to combine excellent “one on one health care” with the best in customer service. Peter believes that clinic culture is everything. All Avita teammates are chosen for their passion for caring for others. Having a positive dynamic begins within the clinic team and then extends outward to our valued clients.
When Peter is not involved in the clinic, he has a passion for outside activities including traveling, tennis, boating, working out, personal development, and being a soccer/field hockey/swimming Dad. Above all, he loves spending time with his wife Tanya and their two amazing daughters.
Tanya is a Clinic Director and co-owner of Avita Health and Massage Therapy Center, along with her husband Peter. Tanya graduated from the Canadian College of Massage Therapy and practiced as a very successful and effective RMT for over 20 years. Although she has been forced to cut back on her hands-on work, she still has a passion for clients and for making a positive difference in people’s lives. She now spends much of her time at the clinic, working with the clinic Practitioners and Admin team, trying to create the very best clinic experience possible, for residents of the North Shore, and beyond.
Tanya is an integral part of the Avita story. She is the “people person” at Avita. Her incredible energy and her love of interacting with both clients and staff, when combined with her organizational ability have been, and continue to be so much of the reason behind Avita’s success.
When Tanya is not in the clinic, she has a full schedule running her daughters to their many sporting and extracurricular events. She is passionate about her family and loves being outdoors, hiking, playing tennis, biking, traveling, watching her girls play their sports, and spending time with friends.
I have been with Avita for about 13 years, and love my job as the Office Manager. I am married with 4 kids and 6 grandbabies. I love spending time with our family camping and we love to travel, we also have two cats.
I have done many jobs in my time before Avita, trained as a dental assistant, worked in a car dealership, ran my own manufacturing business Strawberry Patch for over 20 years. My coming to Avita is like having another family, from the owner’s Peter & Tanya to all the staff I work with makes coming to work a joy.
Customer Care Specialist
Customer Care Specialist
Richard Zhang was originally born in Vietnam but moved to Canada at the age of 14. His parents were both medical doctors when they previously lived in China. Richard graduated from Simon Fraser University and BCIT, with a Chemical Science Diploma. His background in Chemistry combined with the influence of his parents, motivated him to pursue a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a TCM Practitioner. He graduated from the Traditional Chinese Medicine College of Vancouver in 2007, and obtained Diplomas in both Acupuncture and Herbology. Richard furthered his studies by getting additional hands-on experience at PengShang Hospital in GaungXi.
Richard’s blended cultural upbringing, family influence, and educational background have given him a broad set of skills and a unique mindset. He draws from these in order to help clients to achieve and to sustain harmony, longevity, and vitality.
- Traditional Acupuncture. Fine stainless steel needles are inserted into specific points of the body, in order to assist in the correcting a variety of ailments
- Cupping: this technique utilizes round suction cups which are applied to large muscle areas (such as muscles of the back), in order to increase blood circulation to a desired area
- Massage: some light massage is used to help in loosening up tight muscles, increase blood flow and help with relaxation
- Acupressure: this technique utilizes various devices, elbows, and hands, in order to apply pressure to targeted TCM acupuncture points of the body
Richard is originally from North Vancouver, BC where he studied for his RMT accreditation at the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. He has always had a special interest in health and wellness with a passion for helping his clients get back to a healthy and full life.
After graduation he went on to study Craniosacral Therapy, Management of TMJ (Jaw) Dysfunction, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, and Soft Tissue Release Technique. Through continuing his education, he gained and explored new knowledge about the underlying anatomy and physiology of the human body.
In his spare time, Richard likes to paddleboard, mountain bike, and motorcycle.
Jenna is originally from Ontario where she obtained her Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University. Prior to this, she earned an Honours degree from Laurentian University in Bachelor of Physical Health and Education in Health Promotion. Before moving to Vancouver to pursue the west coast lifestyle and her love of the outdoors, Jenna was practicing as a Physiotherapist in Toronto.
Jenna has a special interest in pelvic health Physiotherapy. Her training includes the assessment and rehabilitation of incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunctions, chronic pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse and more. Jenna is especially skilled and passionate about working with women through their pre- and post-natal rehabilitation. She has also obtained training and certifications in acupuncture and dry needling, as well as soft tissue release where she utilizes a variety of techniques that manage pain, repair injuries, and prevent recurrences. Jenna’s holistic assessment and treatment style helps her patients understand their condition and feel empowered to achieve their personal goals.
Jenna enjoys working with people of all ages and has a keen interest in sports rehabilitation. Her elite basketball background provided many opportunities to experience physiotherapy firsthand and she brings that empathetic approach to Avita Health.
Jenna enjoys traveling and staying active through biking, hiking, golf, and beach volleyball.
Nathan was born and raised in France, he graduated from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2015. He enjoys working with a variety of people and conditions from tension headaches, postural restoration, Motor Vehicle Accidents, and chronic conditions.
His first experience with massage therapy began when he was dealing with numerous injuries while playing division 1 basketball in France during his teenage years. From this, he learned how important therapy and home care was to return to full playing capacity, but also how crucial regular treatment is for injury prevention and improved performance. He is a big believer in regular exercise, nutrition, and mind-body connection when dealing with and treating pain.
Nathan uses a combination of deep Swedish massage, myofascial release, trigger point release, and individualized home care exercises during his treatments.
When not at work, he enjoys the outdoors and being in nature, as well as playing sports or exercising. Traveling and discovering new cultures also are his passions.
Originally from Nelson, BC, Dimitri left the Kootenays to pursue his goal of becoming a Physiotherapist by attaining a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy at UBC.
Since completing his formal education, Dimitri has been dedicated to helping people recover from injuries from head to toe. In addition to more common conditions, Dimitri also has significant experience in concussion management and vestibular disorders. Having worked in specialized concussion clinics Dimitri is uniquely positioned to help individuals recover from concussions and all of the associated symptoms.
No matter the condition, Dimitri brings a laid back, empathetic, and honest approach to his practice, where he believes strongly in patient centered, evidence based care, continually working with patients to identify the actions they can take for their personal well-being.
Dimitri is certified in IMS, and has also completed the following continuing education courses:
– Concussion Management Workshop levels 1 & 2 with Shannon McGuire
– National Academy of Neuropsychology Symposium on Concussion Management
– Vestibular Therapy Training with Bernard Tonks
– Chronic Pain Management Certification with Bahram Jam
– Lynn Watson Shoulder Course level 1 & 2
– Adam Meakins Shoulder Rehab
– Jill Cook course on Tendinopathy Management
– Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Level 1
– Mulligan Technique
– Active Release Techniques
In his spare time, Dimitri is an avid soccer player and outdoor enthusiast (isn’t everyone in North Vancouver!?), spending time camping, hiking and snowboarding.
Customer Care Specialist
Carmen is a graduate of the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. She believes that manual therapy is a powerful tool in preventative mental and physical health care, and is honoured to support her patients where they are at on their health journey. Her yoga background has taught her the value of holding space and creating a supportive environment for all individuals.
She has a special interest in women’s health and has taken continuing education in chronic pain, pregnancy and female pelvic health. Carmen uses a variety of techniques to work with clients tissue, depending on their comfort and treatment goals, including myofascial release, deep tissue, Swedish massage and joint mobilizations.
Carmen is no stranger to overuse injuries having been an endurance athlete most of her life, competing in ultra trail running and marathon paddling events. Her true love is rock climbing and her favorite places on earth are remote alpine ridges.
Joanne is a proud graduate of West Coast College of Massage Therapy.
She would love to help alleviate stress, tension, pain, or help restore function, and make a difference to a person’s quality of life.
When she is not at work, you will find her hiking to waterfalls and viewpoints, taking pictures, traveling on a new adventure, or spending time with family.
After over a decade of working with non-profits, Rob graduated from VCMT’s Massage Therapy program with honors, receiving the school’s Heart Award for compassionate care.
He is passionate about reducing the physiological effects of stress, anxiety, postural imbalances, and physical exertion. His clinical experience includes working with herniations, muscle strains, delayed onset muscle soreness, chronic dislocations, neurological conditions, and much more. Rob takes pride in meeting each client’s individual treatment goals through careful assessment and clear, approachable communication.
When not in the clinic, Rob is likely running, swimming, reading, or playing tennis.
Riley is a proud graduate of Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. He is passionate about pain-free living and works with the client to achieve their unique treatment goals. This is done through careful assessment and tailored delivery of therapeutic techniques. He strongly believes in empowering his clients with practical home-care strategies, while nurturing genuine interest and appreciation for the human body.
Being quite active from a young age and having many years of experience in the Trades industry, Riley has always appreciated the beauty of physical work. Also, working within the Floating industry gave him a keen insight into the human nervous system and the mind-body connection. These experiences drew Riley to a rewarding career in massage therapy and now inform his practice.
Aly has extensive experience treating a variety of orthopaedic conditions. She's also passionate in helping patients with pelvic floor conditions such as prolapse, incontinence and peri-natal care. Aly has obtained the highest diploma in Advanced Orthopaedic Manual & Manipulative Therapy as well as post graduate training in Women's Health. She has international experience in treating & conditioning dancers from the Swedish Royal Ballet. Aly is also certified in Acupuncture, Graston & is a certified Orthotic provider. She enjoys treating people of all ages and activity levels, her treatment involves determining precipitating factors leading to dysfunction/injury. Aly helps patients reach their goals with manual therapy, needling, corrective exercise and education.
Outside of work she's busy running after her twin toddlers and enjoying the beautiful outdoors on the north shore.
Jeff graduated from the physiotherapy program at McMaster University in 2012. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the team at Avita, having worked with a wide variety of patients from professional athletes to weekend enthusiasts and heavy-duty mechanics to yoga instructors. These experiences have helped him develop a collaborative and results-oriented approach to care that tailors to the specific needs of each patient.
Jeff is a Certified Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation Practitioner (CGMIS), and has obtained additional certifications in advanced manual therapy, soft tissue release, and chronic pain management. Rather than just treating your symptoms, he works to identify the root cause of the issue and create a lasting change in the way your body functions. This process often includes the prescription of specific exercises to help optimize your recovery and maintain your results.
Jeff developed the Posture Recovery Program at Avita for those looking to make meaningful changes to their posture. The program combines manual therapies, dry needling, and supervised exercise to help restore mobility of the spine and strength of postural muscles.
Jeff is a former university football player. During his time with the team he sustained two significant injuries that both required surgery. He understands the patient’s perspective in the rehabilitative process and knows the impact that a caring and diligent therapist can have on their recovery. He strives to provide the same level of care that he received to his patients at Avita.
Outside the clinic you may find Jeff scaling a mountain, strolling the shoreline, shopping for coffee beans, or sampling a craft beer.
Originally from South Africa, Susan pursued a career in finance for several years, until her desire to help others live their best life and her own experiences in recovering from sporting injuries led to her interest in therapeutic massage. She graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2020.
Susan is passionate about partnering with her patients in their journey back to a healthy, active life. She’s a firm believer in treating the whole person, not only their condition, and takes time to hear her patients’ story in order to better understand what treatment will best suit them.
Starting with a comprehensive assessment and employing a variety of modalities including neuromuscular and Swedish techniques, fascial and trigger point release, PNF stretching and joint mobilization, Susan enjoys the challenge of treating different types of pain and injury and helping patients achieve their goals.
Outside of the clinic Susan thrives on long-distance running, loves spending time in the mountains hiking and camping, and carries a book with her wherever she goes.
Tania Hamidnejad was born in Iran, and has been living in North Vancouver since she was five. She graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. Before massage therapy, she was studying Psychology and volunteering in the field, following her passion for helping people.
She grew up playing many sports, and was competitive in swimming, wrestling, and bodybuilding. Being a competitive athlete her whole life, massage therapy always played a big role in her recovery, injury prevention, and performance.
Tania believes in the importance of patient education. Her goal during a treatment is to get a full picture of the injury and its’ root cause in order to empower patients by educating them on the matter, and giving them the homecare adjustments and exercises necessary to help with their recovery, as well as preventing future injuries.
She has experience in treating sport, and lifestyle injuries through a variety of techniques such as deep tissue massage, joint mobilizations, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy. Whether your goal is to reduce your day-to-day pain, or optimize your performance in your sport, she would like to work with you to help you achieve your goals.
When she is not at work, you can find her in a gym bodybuilding/ powerlifting, walking her dogs in the beautiful North Vancouver trails, or spending quality time with friends and family.
Julien Anderson Nadeau
Julien completed his Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec. Since then, he has accumulated over 8 years of experience treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions in the private sector.
His approach combines manual therapy, soft tissue release, patient education and specific exercise programs. He is a firm believer that these exercises not only help achieve his patients goals, but also help maintain long term benefits from his treatments.
In addition to dealing with the typical conditions seen by most physio, he also provides advanced treatments of the TMJ (jaw) joint and of multiple types of headaches linked to that area. He is also very familiar with injuries related to rock climbing, which is one of his passions.
His other passions include playing music and exploring the backcountry, whether it's in hiking boots, on a splitboard or on a mountain bike.
Monica graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2010. She specializes in deep tissue massage, Swedish and myofascial massage, neuromuscular therapy, sports massage and migraine management. She also has extensive experience in prenatal massage therapy. Her goal as a therapist is to create a session specific to each client’s individual needs. She believes massage therapy is an integral treatment in the preventative care, maintenance and rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal system.
Massage therapy enhances health through pain control, improved circulation, stress reduction and an overall feeling of well-being. Monica is passionate about helping clients find themselves and their ability to heal from within, which in turn make her treatments as effective as possible.