Who are we?
After working together for 10 years as associates in a private Vancouver clinic, Steacy Alexander, Grace Cheung and Susan Deslippe joined forces in 2008 to fulfill their dreams of providing Vancouverites with top-notch orthopaedic physiotherapy. Read on to find out more about our physiotherapists!
Steacy Alexander B.Sc.(P.T.), B.Sc.(Biol.)
Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy, Certified practitioner of Gunn IMS
Steacy incorporates joint mobilization and myofascial release to improve movement. She frequently gives talks on the aging athlete – how to keep fit, without injury, throughout life. She has certificates in manual therapy and sports physiotherapy.
She works with athletes of all ages, from recreational to elite. She leads injury prevention and speed training workshops.
She has extensive experience with national and provincial field hockey, rugby, lacrosse, and figure skating. She worked with the medical team during the 2010 Paralympics.
Steacy was the senior physiotherapist in Arthritis at G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, and has a special interest in osteoarthritis and post-surgical rehabilitation.
As the mother of athletic adolescent boys and a former field hockey coach, she treats many injuries specific to athletes age 10 to 18.
Grace Cheung M.Sc.(P.T.), B.Sc.(Kin.), Dip.Manip.P.T.
Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT), Spinal Manipulations, K-Taping Certified Therapist
Grace graduated with a Masters in Physiotherapy (McMaster) and a Bachelors in Kinesiology (SFU). She recently completed a post-graduate Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy with internationally recognized IFOMPT accredited post-graduate courses and continues to pursue ongoing education.
Her approach to physiotherapy is to get people going to achieve their goals – largely through education about body awareness and mechanics, manual therapy (including manipulations), and motor retraining via prescription of injury-specific exercises.
She has had the privilege of working with athletes of all ranges: Olympians, professional athletes, octogenarians and adolescents. Her work has taken her to China and Africa. Being a musician herself, she takes a special interest in musician injuries, as well as pre/post-natal conditions and pre/post-operative rehabilitation.
Grace is bilingual (English and Chinese) and is a typical 'Vancouverite' with inclinations to coffee, being outdoors and travel.
Susan Deslippe B.Sc.(P.T.)
Certified practitioner of Gunn IMS
Susan incorporates manual therapy, Intra-Muscular Stimulation (IMS), education, specific exercise, posture and movement analysis into her wide scope of practice.
She is particularly interested in pelvic and low back instability and re-alignment and uses manual therapy and pressure bio-feedback to recruit and re-train specific muscles.
She works extensively with women's health issues related to pregnancy, both pre- and post-partum. It is very common for post-partum and middle-aged women to have mild urinary incontinence which can be helped by doing pelvic floor exercises. She has extensive experience with post-mastectomy care. In addition, Susan has been involved in teaching UBC under-graduate students as a sessional lecturer, a role which was both challenging and rewarding.
Susan graduated from The Queen's College, Glasgow in Scotland in 1987 with a B.Sc. degree in Physiotherapy. She most enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons and her yellow Labrador, 'Bagel'. Like all moms, her free time is busy taking her boys to their various sporting activities and music lessons.
Janet Sprague BHSc(P.T.)
Certified Lymphedema Therapist CDT(LANA); Level III Manual Therapy; YTT200 hours (Kushala Yoga)
Janet has a strong focus on providing cancer rehab and lymphedema therapy to patients recovering from breast cancer and other cancers that involve the lymphnodes.
Janet has a wide range of experience treating cancer patients and the various problems that may occur during and after cancer treatment such as loss of mobility, axillary webbing, lymphedema and return to work issues. Janet is passionate about providing the best care possible to her patients and uses education, exercise programs, manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy, manual therapy, yoga and postural correction.
In her free time Janet enjoys, running, hiking the local trails, yoga and watching her two boys' various sporting events.
Shenise Born MPT(C), BHK
Shenise earned her Master of Physical Therapy from the University of British
Columbia in Vancouver after completing a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the
University of British Columbia Okanagan. She grew up in the Okanagan-Shuswap
area where she developed a love for sports, lake activities, and all things outdoors.
Her passion for living an active lifestyle, along with rehabilitating through various
injuries of her own, has inspired her to provide effective physiotherapy care to all
She is passionate about helping others achieve their activity goals by providing
manual therapy, education, and exercise therapy. Having a strong belief that the
body works as a whole, Shenise emphasizes a thorough and ongoing assessment to
get to the root causes of injury. She strives to empower her patients by encouraging
them to be active participants in their rehabilitation and injury prevention.
Shenise is an avid runner, enjoys participating in recreational sport, and recently
took up triathlon training. She also enjoys spending time painting with
watercolours, practicing yoga, and finding new coffee shops or places to eat!
Pauline Tay M.Sc. Pharm; B.Sc. Pharm
Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner R.TCM.P, Registered Acupuncturist
With a background in Pharmacy, Pauline undertook the challenge to bridge the gap between modern Western and traditional Chinese medical practices. She brings together her understanding of both philosophies to treat various neurological & pain syndromes with acupuncture. She incorporates Spinal Acupuncture techniques in treating back pain and other syndromes.
As a mother of 3 young adults, Pauline understands the stress of everyday life and practices Tai Chi and Pilates to maintain core strength and flexibility. She hopes that her acupuncture treatments will be an oasis of peace and comfort to her patients. As patient counselling and education is an important part of her practice, her patients often have "homework" to do.