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BScKin, MScPT, CAFCI
Natalie graduated from McMaster University in 2004 and has worked in many areas including private practice, community care and hospital-based rehabilitation. She has taken post-graduate courses in acupuncture, orthopaedics and women’s health and is currently completing certification with the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT).
In addition to being a clinician, Natalie is also an educator – instructing in the Master’s of Physical Therapy program at UBC as well as the Internationally Educated Physiotherapist Exam Preparation Program.
Natalie’s sessions typically focus on biomechanical analysis, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and acupuncture.
Outside of work Natalie can be found riding her bike, kayak touring and cooking with friends.
BScKin, MPT, CAFCI, FDN
Nathanial (Nate) completed a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology from SFU before going on to obtain a Masters of Physical Therapy from UBC. He has also completed advanced training in anatomical acupuncture, functional dry needling (FDN), and orthopaedic techniques. Growing up in the lower mainland, Nate played a number of sports with soccer being his favourite. Intensive physiotherapy following a broken ankle while playing initially sparked his interest to become a physiotherapist.
He now works diligently with each of his clients, using a combined approach of manual therapy, dry needling techniques, myofascial release, and exercise to help his clients achieve their distinct performance goals.
Outside of the clinic he keeps as active as possible and enjoys soccer, judo, cross-country and downhill skiing, and weight training.
BHK, BScPT, MClSc, FCAMPT, Gunn IMS
Katrina (Kat) has been working in private practice since graduating with a Bachelors in Science(Physiotherapy) from UBC in 2003. She went on to complete a Masters of Clinical Science in Advanced Physiotherapy at Western University, earning standing as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists (FCAMPT). She is certified in Chan Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (Gunn IMS)/dry needling. She brings her years as an Ironman triathlete and marathon runner and her training as a registered yoga teacher (RYT500) to her practice.
Katrina’s sessions involve the integration of clinical reasoning, hands-on/manual therapy, joint manipulation, dry needling (IMS) and specific therapeutic exercise. She believes in the power of mind-body connection and its consideration to be an important element of comprehensive care.
Always living life to the fullest, her passions include running, cross-country skiing, road cycling, vipassana meditation, and finding new cultures to explore and waves to surf.
BSc, MPT, CAFCI, FDN
*Please note Coral does not currently live in Vancouver and is only doing occasional shifts at the clinic. If you are interested in seeing her, please call the clinic for her next availability.
Coral holds a degree in Kinesiology from UVic and a masters in Physiotherapy from UBC. Since completing her masters in 2012, she has been working full time in private practice while pursuing advanced training in orthopaedics and needling techniques. She has obtained qualifications in acupuncture, functional dry needling and has completed her level three intermediate orthopaedic exam.
An integral component of Coral’s practice is assisting clients to regain and optimize mobility and function. With a strong background in the assessment and treatment of orthopaedic injuries and movement dysfunction, she focuses on addressing the root cause of the injury. Coral takes a holistic, full-body approach combining manual therapy, soft tissue release, dry needling and therapeutic exercise.
With a passion for running, rowing, and pilates, Coral understands the importance of optimizing physical function in order to achieve a well balanced and healthy lifestyle. Outside of the clinic you will find her running the sea wall, hiking with her family and enjoying the adventures of being a new mom.
Arissa holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary and is currently in her second year of study to become an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner at the Canadian School of Osteopathy Manual Practice in Vancouver. She is excited to add to her knowledge and apply it to her current practice.
Arissa’s area of study is a result of rehabilitation of a knee and ankle injury during her time as a college athlete. Working with a Kinesiologist and Osteopath sparked her interest in the rehabilitation process and the desire to help other individuals the same way that she was helped. She has sees the impact of proper rehabilitation and preventative training on all facets of an individual’s life and has experience with ICBC rehabilitation, sports injuries, and preventative care.
Arissa believes in a holistic, full body approach to determine the true cause of dysfunction in the body. Through biomechanical analysis and specific exercise prescription she works to enable clients to return to activities that keep their minds and bodies happy and healthy, and moving with confidence.
Outside of work, you can find her snowshoeing, trail running, hiking and weightlifting.
Registered Massage Therapists
Registered Massage Therapist
Dave graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2004. Prior to moving to Vancouver in 2009 to work at Spruce Body Lab, he worked as a registered massage therapist in one of the leading physiotherapy clinics in Whistler. Working closely with physiotherapists, he gained experience in the rehabilitation of many sports related injuries, as well as motor vehicle accidents and overuse conditions.
The modalities of treatment that Dave incorporates into his massage therapy sessions are deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point release, Swedish massage, and joint mobilizations. His goals are to relieve pain, restore normal range of motion, improve tissue quality and circulation, and educate his clients on how to best care for their bodies.
Dave loves the outdoors and nature. When he isn’t at the clinic, you can find him x-country mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, working out, and travelling.
Registered Massage Therapist
Alexis graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2002 and has been practicing as a registered massage therapist in Vancouver since, with most of her last 10 years of practice being at Spruce Body Lab in Yaletown. She brings her experience in both the multidisciplinary clinical setting as well as the spa to her massage therapy practice.
Alexis’ practice style combines deep tissue massage, fascial release and Swedish massage techniques. Her goal is to work with her clients to help them find the root cause of their musculoskeletal issues and assist them in finding ways to reduce stress and live healthy. She enjoys working with athletes, office workers and anyone looking to take an active role in feeling better.
Outside of the clinic, Alexis enjoys practicing yoga and Lagree, running and snowboarding, and loves to travel.
Registered Massage Therapist
Ryan studied at West Coast College of Massage Therapy, graduating in April 2002 and began practicing as a registered massage therapist in September of the same year. Since graduating, Ryan has continued his education to further enhance his skills and understanding of human anatomy. He has studied myofascial release techniques and trigger point release, as well as attended the Facial Congress and Pain Management conference where research on soft tissue pain and dysfunction was presented and discussed.
Ryan’s careful assessment and active listening are key to tailoring his treatment to each client he works. He values building a relationship of trust and open communication. Ryan’s massage style is a blend of traditional Swedish relaxation techniques with other modalities such as myofascial release, deep tissue, joint mobilizations, and trigger point release.
When Ryan is not at the clinic, you can usually find him hiking the mountains in the summer and skiing down them in the winter. He also fills his down time with cooking, movies, music and spending time with good friends.
The Alaia Client Experience Team
Sara, Emily, Rebecca and Claudia. Our client experience team is integral to the excellent service that we aim to provide here at Alaia. They are committed making every aspect of your visit to our clinic as seamless as possible.