Occupational Therapists

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Natalia Allende
MOT

Natalia obtained her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto in 2005 following a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. After graduating, she gained experience providing community based assessment and rehabilitation services for clients with physical and cognitive limitations including evaluation of home equipment and support service requirements. Subsequently, Natalia gained experience completing Functional Capacity Evaluations, worksite evaluations, ergonomic assessments and developing and implementing Return to Work Rehabilitation and Graduated Return to Work Plans in a multidisciplinary clinic setting. She also has experience working with clients with mental health conditions including depression, stress related disorders and anxiety by implementing restoration programs to increase participation in home, community and workplace settings. Drawing on this diverse previous professional experience, Natalia provided both medical-legal Functional Capacity Evaluations and Cost of Future Care Analyses for 5 years and has been accepted as an expert witness in the Supreme Court of BC. Natalia currently provides Home Health, Return to Work and Driver Rehabilitation services, in addition to medical legal assessments, for Community Therapists, in Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Coquitlam.

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Ellee Ancheim
B.Sc. OT

After graduating in 1997 from the Texas Woman’s University, Ellee gained experience in a number of settings including inpatient, acute care and homecare while working for a range of health care facilities. She gained experience with health populations including cardiac care, stroke, orthopedics, TBI, geriatrics and ICU. She has extensive experience completing home safety assessments, supervising rehabilitation assistant programs and has also worked as a manager in an interdisciplinary rehabilitation setting. She also has experience working with clients with mental health conditions including anxiety, mood disorders and stress related disorders by providing functional restoration programs to increase participation in home, community and workplace settings. Ellee joined Community Therapists in 2012 and provides Home Health, Return to Work and Community Living Skills (brain injury rehabilitation) programs to clients living in Abbotsford, Aldergrove, Langley and Cloverdale.

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Stacey Anutooshkin
M.Sc. OT

Stacey received her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2006 from McMaster University in Ontario. Stacy has worked extensively with clients who have experienced catastrophic injuries including spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multi-orthopedic trauma and complex medical surgical conditions. Her experience includes more than 4 years with GF Strong and work in a variety of settings and referral contexts including in-patient, discharge planning and home and community visits. She has implemented equipment solutions for a wide variety of clientele in both home and hospital settings. Stacey joined Community Therapists in 2018 and provides Home Health, Mental Health and Brain Injury Rehabilitation treatment for clients living Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Tri-Cities, Port Moody and Surrey.

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Naomi Baker
MOT, B.Sc. Psychology

Naomi completed her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy at UBC in 2008. Since graduating, Naomi has worked in the public health care system, providing services to clients with orthopaedic/soft tissue and neurological injuries (GF Strong, Health Units). After joining CTI in 2011 and through her various roles with the practice, Naomi has gained experience in hospital discharge planning, home assessment, physical activation and return to work planning. She has also worked as an instructor for CAOT and is a clinical instructor for the University of British Columbia's MOT program. At CTI, Naomi has served as a Clinical Practice Leader since 2013, providing leadership to the rehabilitation assistant team. Naomi provides Home Health, Brain Injury and Return to Work services in Langley, Surrey, Abbotsford, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Chilliwack and is fluent in French and German. Naomi also provides Driver Rehabilitation in Burnaby and Surrey.

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Charlotte Ballisager
B.Sc. OT

Charlotte completed her occupational therapy training at UBC in 1998. Since then she has worked in a variety of settings including residential care, acute care and community-based rehabilitation. She has extensive experience in home assessments to ensure safety and determine care requirements, as well as, adaptive equipment prescription including wheelchair seating systems. She specializes in brain injury rehabilitation: cognitive remediation, caregiver support and training, and community integration programs. She has worked with clients recovering from orthopedic trauma including recovery from hip and knee surgeries. Charlotte also has experience working with clients with mental health conditions including anxiety, mood and stress disorders by providing functional rehabilitation programs to increase participation in home, workplace and community settings. She joined CTI in 2009 and provides rehabilitation services in Surrey (North & South), White Rock, Langley, and Cloverdale and Cost of Future Care services throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Charlotte provides Community Integration, Home Health and Return to Work community-based rehabilitation. She is fluent in Danish.

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Lauren Bennewith
B.Sc. OT

Lauren completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia in 2001. Previously, she completed a Bachelor of Psychology and had worked in a number of complimentary settings and organizations including Community Mental Health, PLAN Lifetime Advocacy Network and in Community Integration for clients with developmental disability. Lauren's over 8 years of occupational therapy experience include in-patient neuro-rehabilitation, community-based neuro-rehabilitation in a heavily regulated setting (USA) and work for the FHA through Burnaby Home Health. She has extensive experience in home/adaptive equipment prescription including wheelchair/seating systems, home safety/functional treatment programs and community integration. In April 2012, Lauren was nominated and won the Community for Everyone Award that is presented by the Fraser Health - Acquired Brain Injury Services to someone that has made an exceptional contribution towards supporting people with an acquired brain injury in the community.

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Jasmin Caterer
B.Sc. OT

Jasmin completed her Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy in 2006 at James Cook University in Australia. After graduating, Jasmin went on to work in the private and public sectors where she gained experience in vocational rehabilitation (5 years) and community practice. Her vocational rehabilitation experience includes functional capacity evaluation, job demands analysis, graduated return to work programs and ergonomic assessments in addition to quality assurance activities such as mentorship of OTs in the vocational group and development of RTW tools and resources. Health populations served included individuals with soft tissue/orthopedic injuries and neurological disorders. Jasmin also has extensive experience providing home and community rehabilitation including assessments to determine home medical equipment, mobility and home adaptions, as well as, support services. Hospital discharge planning and linking her clients with resources and services formed an integral portion of her community rehab positions in Australia. She also has experience working with clients with mental health conditions including anxiety, stress and mood disorders by providing functional therapeutic programs to increase participation in home, community and workplace settings. Jasmin joined Community Therapists in 2015 and provides Home Health and Return to Work Rehabilitation to clients living in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster. She also conducts Functional Capacity Evaluations and Cost of Future Care Assessments throughout the Lower Mainland.

Shauna Connaughton

Shauna Connaughton
MOT

Shauna completed her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy in 2011 at Queen's University following a Bachelor's degree in Human Kinetics in 2009. Shauna has worked with a wide variety of clients including ABI, orthopedics and mental health. She has worked in settings ranging from community mental health, sub acute hospitals and community private practice. Her experience includes 3 years working with clients funded by auto and workplace insurers in BC prior to joining CTI. Shauna has expertise in RTW rehabilitation, mental health treatment, exposure therapy, hospital discharge planning, home safety equipment prescription, seating/positioning assessments, pressure management, dysphagia and rehabilitation management for clients with complex needs. Shauna joined Community Therapists in 2018 and provides Home Health, Return to Work and Mental Health Services to clients living in the North Shore, Squamish, Sea to Sky region and Sunshine Coast.

Denise Edwards

Denise Edwards
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Denise graduated from the West London School of Occupational Therapy, England in 1989. She has practiced occupational therapy for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience including neurological, psychological and sensory processing disorders as well as developmental delay. Since joining Community Therapists in 1994, she has provided services to people of all ages with neurological, musculo-skeletal, and psychological conditions. She has specialized in community brain injury services including assessment and provision of community integration/living skills programs, return-to-work or school, driver rehabilitation and equipment prescription and has gained expertise in working with young people with complex disabilities. Denise is currently providing community based assessment and therapy for children and adults with brain injury, psychiatric disorders and developmental delay.

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Fiona Fleming
B.Sc. OT, CWCE

Fiona completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2004 and has been providing medical legal assessments for clients with physical and cognitive limitations since 2011. In 2013, she earned the designation of Certified Work Capacity Evaluator through RMA. Fiona also has extensive experience in community-based occupational therapy including rehabilitation for clients with strokes and brain injuries and specialized expertise in Driver Rehabilitation and Vehicle Modifications. Prior to joining Community Therapists in 2009, Fiona practiced in a number of settings including in-patient hospitals where she was involved in discharge planning and acute rehab for clients who had experienced strokes, brain injuries, general trauma and other medical problems. In private practice, Fiona has worked extensively with clients with chronic pain, orthopedic and soft tissue injuries and brain injury in an outpatient Return to Work clinic setting. In this latter setting she honed her skills in Job Demands Analysis, Graduated Return to Work and Ergonomics. Fiona provides Cost of Future Care Evaluations in North Okanagan/Shuswap including Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Salmon Arm.

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Ana Flores
B.Sc. OT

Ana moved to the Greater Vancouver area from Ontario where she gained over 15 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist working in a range of clinical settings including community, in-patient and outpatient services. She has worked extensively with clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries including brain injury, spinal cord injury and complex orthopedic trauma. As a treating therapist, she has assisted her clients in the development of supported living environments, returning to paid work and community integration. With deep domain experience in rehabilitation case management, community assessment and intervention she brings a well informed and credible perspective to her role as a Cost of Future Care evaluator. Ana has also gained extensive experience providing CFC critiques in both Ontario and Greater Vancouver. She has also shared her experience as a mentor within the University of Toronto Occupational Therapy program (Neuro-rehabilitation Course) and as a preceptor for occupational therapy fieldwork placements. Her professional development activities have included presentations for the Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference and publications including co-authorship of Behavior & Interpersonal Relationships, a chapter in Introduction to Disability by McColl et al (1998). Ana can assess clients in English and Spanish and she provides Cost of Future Care evaluations throughout the Lower Mainland, Sea to Sky region and Garibaldi Highlands. She also provides Functional Capacity Evaluations at our Burnaby and Surrey offices.

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David Hall
B.Sc. OT

David completed his Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2015 at UBC. His fieldwork experience included working with a number of health populations including adults with mental health issues. Following graduation and prior to joining Community Therapists, David gained valuable experience working in an interdisciplinary occupational rehabilitation setting providing return to work and disability management for clients with a range of injuries including orthopedic, soft tissue, concussion and mental health conditions. He has gained experience in WorkSafeBC programs such as OR2 and RTWSS. In this role he has developed expertise in functional capacity testing, work simulation, GRTW planning and implementation, job coaching, functional ergonomics and liaising with an interdisciplinary team both internally and externally to develop a coordinated treatment program for his clients. David joined Community Therapists in 2018 and provides Home Health and Return to Work Rehabilitation to clients living in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, North Vancouver and Tri-Cities.

Kristen Hart

Kristen Hart
B.Sc. OT

Kristen completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1998. Since qualifying as an OT, she has focused her work in private practice in the areas of community living skills development, home health and return to work planning and implementation. She has extensive experience working with adults and children affected by neurological, physical and affective disorders including brain injury, orthopedic trauma and depression. At present, Kristen provides Home Health and Brain Injury assessment and rehabilitation services in the Vancouver West region.

Lindsay Henderson

Lindsay Henderson
M.Sc. OT, B.Sc. Micro.

Lindsay completed her Master of Occupational Therapy degree at UBC in 2007. Prior to her training in OT, she worked as a behavioural interventionist for children with Autism. After graduation, Lindsay gained extensive work experience assisting adults with chronic pain and musculoskeletal injuries in an interdisciplinary return to work clinic setting serving clients funded by WorkSafeBC. She also has experience working with clients with mental health conditions that range from anxiety and depression to stress related disorders by providing functional rehabilitation programs to increase participation throughout home, workplace and community settings. Since joining Community Therapists in 2008, Lindsay has maintained a varied practice including Home Health, Hospital Discharge Planning and Return to Work services. Lindsay has also leveraged her diverse clinical skills to provide Functional Capacity Evaluations and Cost of Future Care Assessments. Lindsay sees community rehab clients in Surrey, Delta and Langley and is approved under the Registry of Autism Service Providers (ACT, RASP). She completes medical legal assessments throughout Metro Vancouver.

Linda Hirsekorn

Linda Hirsekorn
BSR OT

Linda founded CTI in 1989 after over 13 years of experience in the public health sector in long term care and mental health services. Her areas of clinical expertise are life-care planning/cost of future care evaluations, brain injury rehabilitation and home health for clients with orthopedic and catastrophic injuries and limitations. Along with director Sue Reil, Linda developed CTI's Driver Assessment & Rehabilitation program in 1993. Linda has previously been accepted as an expert in the Supreme Court of British Columbia and in 2008, she was honored by the British Columbia Society of OTs (now CAOT-BC) with the Leadership Award for contributions to the occupational therapy profession in BC.

Meghan Hughes, Occupational Therapist

Meghan Hughes
B.Sc. OT

Meghan received a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2008 and is a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. Previously, she completed a Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in Sociology and Minoring in Psychology in 2006. Meghan joined Community Therapists in 2013 and maintains a diverse rural practice that includes Home Health, Hospital Discharge Planning, Return to Work and Community Integration for clients with brain injury. She works with clients affected by a wide variety of injuries and medical conditions including soft tissue/orthopedic injury, mental health diagnoses, stroke/brain injury, geriatrics and neuro-developmental conditions (paediatrics). Meghan provides assessment and rehabilitation services and Cost of Future Care Assessments in the Kootenay region and surrounding areas.

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Salim Janmohamed
MBA, B.Sc. OT, CWCE

Salim completed his B.Sc. in occupational therapy in 1998. In 2002, he earned the designation of Certified Work Capacity Evaluator through RMA. He also holds an MBA from the UBC Sauder School of Business (2006). Salim's clinical expertise includes Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), Return to Work Rehabilitation (RTW) and Ergonomics. He has been accepted as an expert in FCE and testified before the Supreme Court of BC. His contributions to the profession include service as a board member for the BC Society of OTs (now CAOT-BC) from 2008-2011. Salim has also served as the lead instructor of Vocational Rehabilitation for the UBC Master of OT program since 2010. This module provides foundation training in FCE, RTW and disability prevention. As the Managing Director for Community Therapists, he is responsible for strategic planning and operations

Adalia Ramji

Adalia Jetha
MOT

Adalia completed her Master of Occupational Therapy in 2006. Her expertise in Return-to-Work rehabilitation (RTW) spans numerous settings and client populations. She has provided RTW in clinic, community and employer based settings including provision of workplace accommodations and ergonomic interventions. Adalia has completed hundreds of successful RTW interventions for clients with chronic pain, mental health conditions (anxiety/depression/PTSD), MTBI/concussion and a wide variety of soft tissue and orthopedic injuries. In this process, she has gained expertise in graduated return to work planning, active rehabilitation programming, job demands analysis, rehabilitation case management and ergonomic risk factor analysis as well as graduated exposure programs for clients with anxiety/PTSD. Her workplace accommodations have required her to synthesize this range of skills and work closely with unions and employer counterparts. Her practice also includes Functional Capacity Evaluations. Adalia is an educator for the Master of OT program at UBC where she provides instruction in Functional Capacity Evaluation and Job Demands Analysis for the Vocational Rehabilitation module. She is a practice lead for Return to Work cases at Community Therapists and is fluent in French. Her current practice is focused in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and Richmond.

Kathy Jung

Kathy Jung
B.Sc. OT

Kathy completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at UBC in 1993. Her years of clinical practice have allowed her to develop expertise in neuro-rehabilitation, geriatrics, mental health, medical/surgical conditions and orthopedic rehabilitation. Kathy provides Home Health and Health Facility rehabilitation services and is fluent in conversational Cantonese.

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Laila Karmali
B.Sc. OT

Laila graduated from the University of British Columbia with Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1989. She also obtained a Diploma in Health Care Management, from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1994. Laila has 28 years of clinical experience in community-based rehabilitation in the areas of home health, brain injury and return to work. Her expertise includes working with adult and geriatric populations, providing adaptive equipment, seating and mobility, home safety assessments, cognitive assessments and cognitive remediation, as well as return to work assessments. She also has experience working with clients with mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression and stress related disorders, by implementing functional restoration to increase participation in home, workplace and community settings. Laila provides Cost of Future Care services throughout the Lower Mainland and rehabilitation services in Vancouver, the North Shore and the Sunshine Coast.

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Marina Khenson
MOT

Marina completed her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy in 2016 at UBC. Prior to joining Community Therapists, Marina worked in the private sector with clients that had sustained physical injuries and concussions by providing them with active rehab programs and graduated return to work plans based on their functional and cognitive assessments. She also coordinated services such as home supports and equipment prescription for hospital-discharge clientele. Marina also worked with adults that had intellectual disabilities and concurrent psychiatric illnesses. She assessed and developed treatment programs for their physical, cognitive, sensory, and life skills functioning and ran exercise and activity groups to facilitate community integration. Marina joined Community Therapists in 2018 and provides Home Health and Return to Work Services in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond and Surrey.

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Tiffany Kobbero
MOT

Tiffany obtained her Master of Occupational Therapy in 2015 from the University of British Columbia. After graduating, Tiffany went on to work in the paediatric field providing assessments to infants/toddlers to determine developmental levels and creating goal directed interventions. Her clinical internships included working in private practice conducting functional assessments and creating customized graduated return to work plans for clients funded by WorkSafeBC (OR2 and RTWSS) and general practice within an inpatient hospital setting (hospital discharge etc). Tiffany joined Community Therapists in 2018 and provides Home Health, Mental Health and Return to Work Rehabilitation treatment for clients living in Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey and Langley.

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Kiley Kwak
MOT, B.Sc. Kin

Since graduating from the Master of OT program at UBC in 2013, Kiley has worked in both clinic-based and community settings providing active return to work rehabilitation, job site visits and graduated return to work programs. Her previous professional experience includes work as a practicing kinesiologist for 5 years during which time she implemented a range of programs for clients with brain injury, mental health concerns and orthopedic injuries. Kiley is experienced in home and community activation programs, cognitive rehabilitation programs, job coaching and physical skills programs. Kiley has provided service in WorkSafeBC sponsored RTW programs including Occupational Rehabilitation-2 and Head Injury Assessment and Treatment Services. Kiley provides Functional Capacity Evaluations in Burnaby and Surrey and Cost of Future Care Assessments throughout BC. She also provides Home Health, Return to Work, Brain Injury and Driver Rehabilitation services throughout the Fraser Valley.

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Stephanie Lacasse
MOT

Stephanie obtained her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2009 from the University of Manitoba following a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. After graduating, Stephanie went on to work in the private sector providing brain injury rehabilitation, as well as, vocational rehabilitation which included graduated return to work plans, job demands analyses, job site visits and ergonomic assessments. Stephanie has treated MVA and workplace injured adults with physical, emotional and cognitive limitations arising from soft tissue, orthopedic and brain injury, including concussion. Stephanie’s treatment programs assisted clients in making the transition from home to community and ultimately return to work. In the course of her work, she has gained expertise in evaluating the need for and implementing a variety of aids and supports to assist her clients including home support, attendant care, medical equipment, mobility aids, home modifications and ergonomic aids. She has worked with clients in all phases of recovery including the hospital discharge phase, community activation and return to work. She also has experience working with clients with mental health conditions including depression, anxiety and PTSD by providing therapeutic programs to increase participation in home, community and workplace settings. Stephanie joined Community Therapists in 2016 and provides community-based rehabilitation for clients living in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Tri-Cities and Surrey, as well as, Cost of Future Care Assessments throughout Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Stephanie also provides Driver Rehabilitation in Burnaby and Surrey.

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Yenna Jung Mansfield
BSR (OT/PT)

Yenna completed her BSR (OT/PT combined) in 1979. Having practiced for over 25 years as an OT, she brings a breadth of both leadership and clinical experience to our team. From 1988 to 2009, Yenna held a number of progressively challenging roles in the Fraser Health Authority's Burnaby Hospital and held the post of Chief Occupational Therapist for several years. She has worked extensively with adult health populations providing cognitive, home safety, seating, orthoses and other assessments. With respect to intervention, she has provided ADL training, rehabilitation management, splinting, orthotics, wheelchair and equipment prescription and cognitive rehabilitation to clients with systemic neurological disorders, stroke, brain injury, complex orthopedic and other injuries. She also has experience working with clients with mental health conditions including anxiety, stress and mood disorders by providing functional therapeutic programs to increase participation in home, workplace and community settings. Yenna provides Home Health and Community Living Skills (brain injury/stroke) rehabilitation services in the Tri-Cities region, Maple Ridge, Burnaby and New Westminster.

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Rebecca McDonald
B.Sc, MOT

Rebecca McDonald graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010. Since graduating, she has gained expertise in a variety of settings, including interdisciplinary chronic pain & RTW programs, community based rehabilitation, including hospital discharge planning and home health, as well as, development and implementation of rehabilitation plans for clients with mental health conditions and concussion injuries. Clinically, she has completed numerous Job Demands Analyses, Ergonomic Assessments, as well as, Graduated Return to Work Programs. She has assisted numerous clients in their transition from hospital to home and home to work. Rebecca's passion for her work led to her appointment as the Practice Lead for her former employer's Pain Management Program. In this capacity, she functioned as the clinical expert in pain rehabilitation, mentored staff and participated in training of new staff. Rebecca has considerable experience facilitating Return to Work programs funded by WorkSafeBC and ICBC. She joined Community Therapists in 2014 and provides Home Health and Return to Work services for clients in Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland, South Campbell River and surrounding areas. Rebecca also provides Driver Rehabilitation services in Nanaimo.

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Lisa Minor
M.Sc.OT

Lisa completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2018 at UBC. Prior to joining Community Therapists, Lisa completed internships in community mental health where she facilitated life skills education for patients. Her vocational rehab experience comes from her internship in an OR2 program where she conducted job site visits and designed and monitored GRTW plans for workers recovering from physical and psychological injuries. Prior to her OT training, Lisa gained broad experience assisting clients with disability through her employment as a rehab assistant in Home and Community Care. Lisa joined Community Therapists in 2018 and provides Home Health and Return to Work Services in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Tri-Cities and Surrey.

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Jessica Mullins
B.Sc. OT

Jessica obtained her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2011 from Cardiff University in the UK. After graduating, Jessica went to work in the public sector providing physical and functional assessments, as well as, seating and mobility evaluations. She gained experience in complex hospital discharge planning for clients with physical, cognitive and psychological limitations arising from injury and illness. Jessica also worked closely with patients in the cardiac rehabilitation unit offering educational sessions on stress and anxiety, as well as, goal planning to assist them in returning to work and other ADLs. Jessica joined Community Therapists in 2017 and provides Home Health, Brain Injury and Return to Work Rehabilitation treatment for clients living in Burnaby, New Westminster, Tri-Cities, Vancouver and North/West Vancouver.

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Laurie Nelson
B.Sc. OT

Laurie completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1982. She has over 36 years of experience and has worked in the community setting for the last 26 years, with clinical expertise in brain injury, home health and vocational rehabilitation. Since joining Community Therapists in 1993 Laurie has worked full time developing clinical resources, evaluating and providing rehabilitation programs for clients with a variety of medical conditions including musculoskeletal, orthopedic, neurological and psychological disorders. She was recognized as an expert in occupational therapy by the Supreme Court of BC in 1998. Laurie provides Home Health, Community Living Skills and Vocational Rehabilitation services.

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Cecile Petra
B.Sc. OT

Cecile graduated from the University Of Alberta School Of Rehabilitation Medicine in 1985. Since then she has developed a depth and breadth of expertise providing occupational therapy programs in acute care, rehabilitation settings, long term care facilities, community settings and in the workplace. Her experience spans a variety of health populations including acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, acute neurological conditions, orthopedic injury, and geriatrics. In addition, she has specialized skills in visual-perceptual assessment, and cognitive assessment and remediation. Cecile provides Driver Rehabilitation programs & Cost of Future Care Assessments and litigation support throughout BC and has been accepted as an expert witness in the Supreme Court of British Columbia (2004). Cecile sees clients in the Lower Mainland (medical legal assessments), the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. She completes Functional Driving Evaluations in Victoria and Nanaimo.

Lorraine Phan

Lorraine Phan
B.Sc. OT

Lorraine graduated from the University of Alberta in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Since graduating, she has gained experience in return to work rehabilitation in clinic, community and employer settings. While Lorraine sees clients with physical, cognitive and mental health conditions she has developed considerable expertise in assisting clients with concussion and mental health conditions (anxiety, depression) in returning to pre-injury or alternate employment. Additionally, she works extensively with severely injured clients who require complex home medical equipment to facilitate their discharge from hospital and for home safety. Lorraine is skilled in evaluating and implementing equipment solutions including lifts, ramps, seating systems and other solutions to facilitate independent living including alternative transportation, meal management and homemaking. Using objective clinical assessment combined with a sound understanding of healthcare services available to her clients, Lorraine's programs assist her clients in transitioning from hospital to home, from home to active rehabilitation in the community and to return to work. Lorraine speaks Vietnamese fluently and her practice is focused in Vancouver, Richmond, and North and West Vancouver.

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Danae Rau
B.Sc. OT

Danae received her Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2014. After graduating, Danae moved to Canada and entered the private sector as a community based occupational therapist. In the past 2 years, she has gained experience in both Home Heath and Vocational Rehabilitation providing assessments and treatment to a variety of clients with soft tissue and orthopaedic injuries, as well as, mental health conditions. Danae is skilled in completion of hospital discharge planning, home assessments to determine equipment and support services, as well as, Functional Capacity Assessments to determine fitness for work and required job modifications, ergonomic evaluations and GRTW programming. Danae joined Community Therapists in 2017 and provides medical legal services, including Functional Capacity Evaluations and Cost of Future Care Assessments, and community based rehabilitation throughout Metro Vancouver.

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Sue Reil
B.Sc. OT

Sue has practiced for over 25 years and prior to joining CTI, she worked in both in-patient and out-patient settings in neurosurgery, psychiatry and orthopaedic services within the public sector. Since joining the practice in 1993, Sue has focused her clinical work in the areas of brain injury and driver rehabilitation. She was a co-developer of the Functional Driving Evaluation protocol with Linda Hirsekorn and leads the Driver Rehab practice at CTI. Sue has served as an Expert Witness in the Supreme Court of BC on driving-related human rights cases and since 2003 has been retained by ICBC to provide consultation to the ICBC Driver Training & Certification program and Regulated Driver Programs with respect to certification of disabled driving instructors. She has co-published 2 research articles on the use of VR technology in driving evaluation and regularly speaks on Driver Rehabilitation at conferences and fee payer education seminars. She has also served as the lead instructor for the Driver Rehabilitation module for the Master of Occupational Therapy program at UBC.

Jacquie Riske

Jacquie Riske
B.Sc. OT

Jacquie completed her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation in 1990 and received her Master's in Rehabilitation Sciences in 2017. Having practiced for over 25 years as an OT, she brings a breadth of both leadership and clinical experience to our team. Jacquie has worked extensively with a variety of health populations including adults with neurological injury (stroke, TBI), mental health conditions, cardiovascular diagnoses and general medical issues. Through her administrative work with the Ministry of Health's Services for Community Living (HSCL), she developed rehabilitation policies, procedures and clinical practice guidelines and standards. Clinically, through HSCL, she has completed numerous home visits to assess and prescribe equipment including wheelchairs, lifts and other home aides. Jacquie has extensive experience with anxiety treatment and exposure therapy and has assisted numerous clients in returning to both community life and work using education, job coaching and training in mood management strategies. She is also skilled in swallowing assessments for clients with dysphagia following neurological injury. Jacquie provides community based rehabilitation and RTW services for clients living in Delta, Surrey, Langley, Port Moody, Abbotsford and Chilliwack.

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Monita Khaira Sandhu
B.Sc. OT

Monita completed her university training in occupational therapy in 2003. Her clinical expertise is in brain injury and vocational rehabilitation, including cognitive capacity evaluation, driver rehabilitation, functional capacity evaluation and ergonomic analyses. She has evaluated and provided rehabilitation programs for clients with a variety of medical conditions including musculoskeletal, orthopedic, neurological and psychological disorders. In 2008, Monita earned the designation of Certified Work Capacity Evaluator, through Roy Matheson and Associates. She has previously been accepted as an expert in Worker's Compensation Appeal Tribunals and was a featured speaker at the Vocational Outcomes in Brain Injury Conference in 2009. Monita is fluent in Punjabi and conversational Hindi. Monita provides medical legal FCEs in our Burnaby and Surrey offices.

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Jennifer Turnbull
MOT

Jennifer received her Master of OT from UBC in 2016 following a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology in 2014. Her clinical internships included tertiary mental health, home health, neuro rehab and geriatrics thus positioning her strongly for a career in community based rehabilitation. Jennifer's clinical work experience includes community home health where she completed home assessments to determine equipment and support requirements and coordinated client access to healthcare services. Additionally, she has experience working within a skilled nursing facility with a range of clientele and has completed seating and positioning assessments as well as discharge planning and associated home visits within this practice setting. Jennifer joined Community Therapists in 2018 and provides Return to Work Rehabilitation and Home Health services in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Tri-Cities, Surrey and Delta.

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Helen Turner
B.Sc. OT

Helen graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1983. She has over 25 years of experience and has worked in a community setting in the areas of home health and brain injury. She provides Brain Injury rehabilitation services in Vancouver and the North Shore. Helen has served as Chair of the Standards Committee, and on the Inquiry Committee and Board for the College of Occupational Therapists of BC (COTBC). Helen has been contracted by COTBC to be part of the working group on the Development of Guidelines for Incapability Assessments for the Office of the Public Guardianship and Trustee. She has participated in the Association of Canadian OT Regulatory Organizations Tasks Force and the McMaster Mentoring pilot project regarding entry to practice of Internationally Educated OTs. In 2007, she was recognized as an expert in occupational therapy by the Supreme Court of BC. Helen participates in the leadership group for the CAOT-BC, and maintains memberships in CAOT, WFOT and is also a member of the COTBC Standards committee.

Sarah Vuong

Sarah Vuong
M.Sc.OT

Sarah completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2017 at the University of Alberta. Prior to joining Community Therapists, she worked with Royal Columbian Hospital in the Inpatient High Intensity Rehabilitation and Acute Care departments. She is skilled in equipment prescription, hospital discharge planning and ADL/IADL programs. Her clients experienced catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. Sarah is fluent in Cantonese and joined Community Therapists in 2018. She provides Home Health and Return to Work Services in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond and Tri-Cities.

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Haru Watanabe
M.Sc. OT

Haru received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2007. Previously she had graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Psychology. Her passion for occupational therapy led her to work as both a research assistant and teaching assistant in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine with the University of Alberta. As a practicing OT, Haru has extensive experience in Return to Work Rehabilitation including Functional Assessments and Job Site Visits with health populations including soft tissue/orthopedic injury, concussion, chronic pain, repetitive strain injury and mental health issues such as depression. She gained this experience working with funders including WorkSafe BC and long term disability insurers. Through her internships, she gained experience in home care with a variety of post surgical clientele including individuals recovering from severe orthopedic trauma. Haru provides Home Health and Return to Work services to clients living in Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster.

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Katie Yaschuk
M.Sc. OT

Katie completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2017 at Queen's University following a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. As a kinesiologist, Katie worked in the private sector performing job site visits, as well as creating and implementing graduated return to work plans. Prior to graduating from the OT program, Katie gained valuable Occupational Therapy field experience in the public sector working at the Royal Columbian Hospital Stroke Unit providing functional and cognitive assessments to assist with interventions and discharge planning including making equipment recommendations. Katie also organized and implemented behavioral care programs and small group therapy programs for residents of a mental health unit at a facility in Ontario. Katie joined Community Therapists in 2017 and provides Return to Work, Mental Health and Home Health programs for clients living in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission and Surrey.

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Bianca Yeung
M.Sc. OT

Bianca Yeung completed her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2011 from McGill University. Prior to joining Community Therapists in 2018, Bianca practiced with a large interdisciplinary rehabilitation company providing services within their Head Injury Assessment & Treatment program (WorkSafeBC), Return to Work Support Services (WorkSafeBC) and Customized Rehabilitation and RTW program for clients funded by employers and disability insurers. These experiences have assisted her in gaining expertise with a wide variety of clients recovering from head injuries (MTBI, concussion), orthopedic injury and mental health disorders. She has also gained experience working with clients funded by ICBC by providing home and community rehabilitation programs. Bianca’s previous experience in the public sector included functional assessments, rehab and discharge planning including equipment prescription for ambulation and home safety while working with patients affected by medical-surgical conditions and neurological disorders. Bianca has developed expertise in Job Demands Analysis, Graduated Return to Work, Rehabilitation Management, Ergonomic Assessments and stakeholder communications. She is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Driver Rehabilitation from McGill University. Bianca provides Home and Community rehabilitation as well as RTWSS and Driver Rehabilitation services in Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey.

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Sherry Yu
MOT

Sherry is fluent in Mandarin and completed her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2016 at UBC. After graduating, Sherry began working in the private sector providing community based rehabilitation for clients recovering from physical and mild traumatic brain injuries. Her work has included hospital discharge planning, home visits to determine needs related to equipment, homemaking and personal care as well as rehabilitation management. Additionally, she assists her clients in bridging the gap from home to workplace using active rehabilitation, job site visits, graduated return to work and education on symptom management and compensatory strategy. Prior to her formal work as an OT, Sherry completed internships in community mental health and home care. Sherry joined Community Therapists in 2018 and provides Home Health, Mental Health and Return to Work Services in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and Richmond.

 
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