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.
Tyson Bell MPT, BHSc Honours
Tyson is a recent graduate from the UBC Master’s of Physiotherapy program here in Vancouver. Prior to Physiotherapy, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with Honours from UNBC in Prince George.
Tyson believes in holistic treatment and recognizes that any problem may have multiple components that need to be addressed. He is highly motivated to work cooperatively with his patients so that they may achieve their goals and return to sport, work or whatever activity they enjoy.
In order to facilitate fast and effective healing, Tyson utilizes hands on therapy techniques such as soft tissue release and joint mobilizations (among others!). He is also sure to teach therapeutic exercises with the goal of strengthening and optimizing movement patterns so that future injuries can be avoided.
Outside the clinic, Tyson enjoys hiking and scrambling up mountains, skiing, mountain biking, and playing baseball and hockey.
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.