Two women wearing red and white uniforms rigorously rowing on calm water with tall grass in the background.

Shannon Kennedy talks rowing, Olympics, and not making sourdough

Shannon worked in Sports Medicine, and took shifts on an orthopaedic trauma floor before deciding to come to Arbutus Physio. We are very grateful that Shannon met up with us to talk shop. Shannon told us about rowing, training for the Olympics, and not making sourdough if you don’t want to. You’re still quite new

Brandon Warren poses with his SwimRun gear at the finish line of SwimRun Victoria.

Taking on, and recovering from, my first SwimRun

Whew! That was a long race (3km of swimming and 18.4km of running to be exact). As I sit here 36 hours post-race nursing my sore muscles, I figured I would share my recovery tips post-event that help us get back in the lake or on the trails sooner rather than later. Firstly, recovery from

A father and daughter stand posing against a van with a dry landscape behind them wearing sunglasses and backpacks.

Staying active on Vancouver Island during a pandemic

Exercising outdoors reduces stress and boosts your mood. What’s more, could we live in a place more suitable for outdoor exercise? It’s summer and often sunny right now, but, yeah, we do live on the wet coast.

Connor kneels in the grass and smiles at the camera with a puppy in his arms. The puppy looks like a brown and white aussie shepherd.

Sister pup

Mom’s new addition was worth the drive!

Two images: Left: Brandon stands on the left in a red jacket and sweat pants smiling against a receding mountain range of red soil. Right: Brandon stands again a wooden railing in a red flannel smiling. Behind him is a harbour with boats and a shop with tree-covered mountains to the right.

A digital meetup and interview with Brandon Warren

We met Brandon Warren for a chat over the interwebs to talk about moving East to West, physiotherapy, and getting outside. Thank you for your time, warmth, and generosity, Brandon!  You went from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia to Victoria, right? How was the East Coast? Yeah! I was born and raised in Plaster Rock,

Andrew smiles at the camera in a navy blue tshirt with brown, rectangular frame glasses. He is sitting in front of two diagrammatic images: one of the muscular composition of the body, and one of the human skeleton.

Welcome Andrew!

We are so excited to welcome Andrew Mills to our clinic family! ⁣⁣Andrew is certified in both acupuncture and vestibular rehabilitation. In addition to his advanced manual therapy and manipulation training, he has worked with cases of acute musculoskeletal injury, chronic pain, and dizziness, including post concussion syndrome.⁣⁣Andrew believes in a multifactorial approach to rehabilitation.

A person with shoulder length braids and a black mask covering their nose and mouth stands in front of Arbutus Physiotherapy clinic with their right first raised.

Mask up!

So awesome to see everyone coming in with their own masks! We have seen polkadots, tropical flowers, tennis racquets and everything in between. We have additional masks for patients who have left theirs at home and for our team but they’re admittedly not as cool as some we have seen! Thank you Sylvie Gordaneer for rocking this! Happy

A paddler stands on a paddle board in the late afternoon light of the Gorge in VicWest.

Vestibular (dizziness) assessment and treatment services

Dizziness is assessed using specialized equipment including eye examination by infrared camera. It is quantitative and correlates well with traditional medical measures of dizziness including vestibular function testing.

Two paddle boards like on the grass to the left with some green bushes and trees between them and the ocean which lies in the background. It is a sunny, clear day.

Out of the office and onto the paddle board

There’s nothing quite like a paddle on a beautiful west coast day! Our staff have been LOVING this nicer weather and take every opportunity to get outside. Zoë, whose smiling face you usually see as soon as you arrive at the clinic, snapped this shot when she took her stand-up paddle board out for a spin last

Rob stands to the left on a hill in an orange tshirt at the edge of a forest with a crowd of athletes in wetsuits behind him.

Coaching and fundraising with Rob Dibden

We connected with Rob Dibden to talk about adapting to COVID-19, the Triathlon of Compassion, and staying motivated. Rob has been involved in triathlon since 1997, coaching since 2002, and coaching with Human Powered Racing since 2012. There is still time to register for The Tri of Compassion. What has adapting to COVID-19 meant for

Connor and his partner stand in hiking clothes with trees and water behind them. Both are smiling widely.

Courtenay to Victoria with a few detours for physiotherapist Connor Willis

Connor did his undergrad here in Victoria, and his Master’s in Hamilton. And he grew up just a few hours North in Courtenay. We talked about rugby, the benefits of physiotherapy, and craft brewing.  How was Hamilton? Hamilton was great! People really say bad things about Hamilton, and the winters there, but I loved it.

Connor and his partner stand side by side outdoors and smiling with a tree behind them.

Togetherness celebration

Happy 10 years to us 🍻🎉 You’re my rock and I love you more everyday.

Great to see families out moving, laughing, and enjoying this beautiful weather

So happy to see families out moving, laughing, and enjoying this beautiful weather safely and kindly! And great to see folks in the Gorge Waterway. Also awesome to run into Sarah Karagianis and pack. Here Sarah is being a gracious dock host, proving that the water isn’t too cold to relish, and demonstrating the underwater

A giant cedar logs rests on a beach near Victoria, British Columbia.

Clinic opening for in-person appointments on Tuesday, May 19th

We are pleased to announce we will be opening our clinic again for in-person appointments beginning Tuesday, May 19th. In order to keep you and our staff safe, here are some of the new policies we have implemented at Arbutus.

Connor is in a green kayak and yellow life jacket paddling towards the camera on a sunny day with the city behind him.

Reopening, getting outside, and keeping each other safe

Keeping six feet from the seals on my kayak! I am very excited to announce that with Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan we are reopening to in-person visits at Arbutus Physiotherapy and Health Centre on Tuesday, May 19th. We are now accepting appointments over the phone and booking online through our website. There will

Zoe on top of Mount Finlayson on Vancouver Island.

Mental health #GetReal ⁣

Did you know we are right in the middle of CHMA Mental Health Week?⁣ It’s just the reminder that we needed to reconnect to ourselves and reconnect to others during a time that is keeping us isolated. Just because we are physically distanced, doesn’t mean we have to be emotionally, mentally, or relationally distanced. ⁣

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