Elaho Medical ClinicChieftain Centre, 1337 Pemberton Ave,
Squamish, BC V8B 0R1

About Derek

Derek is a Physiotherapist who lives, works, recreates and raises his energetic daughters in
Squamish. He has a strong professional interest in simple, effective treatments which can
often be tested and prove their merit within each assessment or treatment session.

Having personally undergone rehabilitation from a half-dozen personal orthopaedic surgeries (knee, shoulder, ankle, and hand surgeries) and many other sprains and strains, Derek has experienced physiotherapy from both the client’s and professional’s perspectives – and has had the opportunity to recognize the value of receiving treatments from a wide breadth of healthcare professionals as well as co-treating clients with a multidisciplinary team approach. Derek has a strong desire to facilitate a multi-disciplinary approach to orthopedic injury management – and is Squamish’s first full-time Physiotherapist working in a multidisciplinary medical clinic!

Derek is trained in, and continually seeks additional education in assessment and treatments for musculoskeletal injuries, dizziness and concussions. Derek has completed extensive post-graduate education and has his Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy through the internationally recognized Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Treatments with Derek can utilize spinal mobilization and manipulation, GunnIMS, spinal ‘Core’ muscle retraining which can include hypopressive, low pressure core exercise strategies, physiotherapeutic scoliosis specific exercises as well as rehabilitative ultrasound imaging biofeedback or referrals for musculoskeletal imaging. When assessments suggest excessive joint motions or degeneration requiring additional support, Derek utilizes orthotic prescription and casting and custom knee bracing options.  Derek is also trained in Vestibular therapy as well as concussion rehabilitation and baseline testing.

Derek’s local community involvement has included: participating as a physiotherapist in orthopedic surgery assessment and post-op clinics, rink-side trainer with a Junior B hockey team, developing pre-season assessments and cross training programs for both the local junior mountain bike team and BC junior downhill mountain bike teams, as well as working with the junior and adult climbing teams as a coach and sport specific injury consultant.

For best client results and attention, Derek’s physiotherapy sessions are one-on-one.