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Sam graduated with a MSc in physiotherapy from King’s College London, UK, after completing his BSc in Applied Sports Science at the University of Edinburgh. Having practiced extensively within the National Health Service as well as the private sectors in the UK, he has gained valuable experience in a wide range of clinical settings including musculoskeletal, major trauma, amputees, orthopedics and professional sport. He has worked with both amateur and elite athletes from several disciplines including rugby, soccer, triathlon, skiing, and CrossFit.
Sam loves to work with people from all backgrounds and abilities needing support with musculoskeletal and orthopedic injuries or conditions. He has a special interest in treating sports injuries as well as developing individualised injury prevention programmes. Sam’s sessions include a thorough physiotherapy assessment, where he looks beyond the injury site in order to identify any areas of weakness or imbalance that may be contributing to the issue or predisposing a client to further injury. He utilises a combination of hands-on/manual therapy, targeted rehabilitation exercises and advanced strength and conditioning programming, drawing upon his extensive knowledge of exercise science.
When not in clinic, Sam enjoys rugby, CrossFit and exploring the outdoors, ideally on his road bike or his skis. Having previously represented Great Britain at the World University Rugby 7’s Championships, he understands the demands of competing in sport at an elite level and the impact an injury can have both mentally and physically on an athlete. Supporting others to achieve their goals is Sam’s motivation and is what attracted him to become a physiotherapist in the first place. Having recently moved to Vancouver from the UK, he is excited at the prospect of exploring British Columbia and challenging himself with new activities.
Registered Physiotherapist / Assistant Clinic Director
Troy graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master of Physiotherapy, underpinned by a Bachelor of Kinesiology. Troy has worked with a wide range of acute and chronic injuries and conditions through his work with Providence Health Care. His passion for helping people get back to doing what they love pain-free is what drew him to physiotherapy. He is working towards obtaining his orthopaedic levels through the Canadian Orthopaedic Division as he believes proficient hands-on manual therapy skills are essential to helping his clients reach their rehab goals.
Troy’s sessions incorporate a comprehensive physiotherapy assessment with goal setting specific to his client’s needs. He combines manual therapy with functional retraining and specific therapeutic exercise to address weakness and inefficient movement patterns.
When Troy isn’t at the clinic he can be found pursuing his passion for martial arts, or taking advantage of all that the outdoors has to offer.
Growing up in a small coastal town on Vancouver Island, Troy is always up for a camping, fishing or hiking adventure.
BScPT, TPI Certified, APPI/Clinical Pilates
James McDermott completed his Physiotherapy degree in 2013 from St George’s University in London, United Kingdom. He has since gained a wealth of experience working within the public, private and the professional sports sectors. James has regularly attended various sporting events offering his skills in preventative and acute management both pitch-side and within sporting academies. He continuously strives to improve his clinical knowledge and has completed further training in clinical pilates, dry needling, shockwave therapy and gait scanning. With a passion for golf and understanding the frustrations behind the golf swing, he recently became a qualified Titleist Performance Institute practitioner and is trained in identifying how the body functions during the golf swing by recognizing certain characteristics and physical limitations. All this is with the goal of improving player performance.
James’ experience allows him to treat a wide range of clients, including those suffering from acute complaints to the more complex post-operative conditions, in addition to the amateur/high level athlete. He encompasses a client-focused approach to treatment, utilizes his skills in manual therapy, and promotes Pilates-based rehab and exercise prescription. He enjoys a focus on building strength and stability through dynamic and calisthenic movements, which assist in injury prevention and progression.
James commits his spare time to climbing and mountaineering training and has ascended a variety of mountains throughout the Alps. This has allowed him a full awareness of the dedication needed to achieve personal goals, the frustrations of injuries affecting such achievements and therefore the importance of preventative treatment and rehabilitation. As a recent father to an amazing daughter, he is looking forward to having a new hiking buddy by his side to experience the delights British Columbia has to offer.
Registered Physiotherapist / Clinic Director
BHK, BScPT, MClSc, FCAMPT, CGIMS
Katrina (Kat) graduated from UBC with her Bachelors of Science(Physiotherapy) in 2003. She went on to complete a Masters of Clinical Science in Advanced Manual Therapy at Western University, earning standing as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT). She is certified in Chan Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (CGIMS)/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 advanced clinical reasoning, hands-on/manual therapy, joint manipulation, dry needling (IMS) and specific therapeutic exercise, with focus on functional movement re-education. She believes in the power of mind-body connection and its consideration to be an important element of comprehensive care. She has a special interest in treating runners, yoga practitioners and injuries related to hyper-mobility of the spine.
Recently, she trained with Calibrate, a Pilates training program for Rehabilitation professionals, and has been enjoying integrating Pilates-based rehabilitative exercise into her practice.
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.
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
Graduating with Dean’s List honours, Michael completed the 3,000 hour Massage Therapy program at the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in early 2020. Prior to graduating from VCMT, Michael also obtained a Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Northern British Columbia. It was here that he cultivated his interest in anatomy and physiology, but most of all, his interest in rehabilitation of injuries sustained in daily activities, sport, and the gym.
Michael is at his best when using a combination of techniques including Swedish massage, deep tissue, trigger point release, joint mobilizations, dynamic release, and myofascial release. He also has certification with Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). When booking in to see Michael, a client can expect a keen eye for assessment and a flexible treatment approach as he understands that each individual will require their own unique blend of modalities.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys strength training. With over 10 years of weight room experience, he aims to compete in powerlifting competitions in the future. Other interests of his include basketball, volleyball, adorable dogs, and good food.
Our Administrative Team
Mika (top right) – Administrative Assistant
Lauren (bottom right) – Administrative AssistantOur administrative team is integral to the excellent service that we provide at Alaia. From greeting you with a smile when you first walk through our door, to direct billing to your insurance company, to making sure your visit is as seamless as possible: this team has it covered.
So, you can relax and focus on what matters…you.