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October 2, 2015

AGM and Training Day

Join your VRA BC colleagues for the VRA BC AGM, as well as a valuable day of training that will earn you CEUs.

There will be two half-day training sessions, both of which have been developed specifically for VRA members, with a delicious Italian buffet lunch in between. During the morning session, Gurwinder Gill will address cross-cultural issues in her session “Psychosocial Aspects of Returning to Work – How Culture Informs the RTW Journey”. After lunch, the afternoon sessions will be co-presented with PainBC. First, Connie Davis will present on “Brief Action Planning for the Management of Chronic Pain”, which has foundations in Motivational Interviewing. Then, this will be followed by Dr. Buch who will present “The Neuromatrix Model of Chronic Pain”. Please keep an eye on the VRA BC website for further updates about CEUs available for this event.

We are also pleased to say that the VRA National President, Addie Greco-Sanchez, RRP, RVP, will be in attendance at this event, making it a fantastic opportunity to catch up on Canada-wide developments in the profession.

Join us for our AGM at midday, when we will discuss the association’s plans for the year ahead. If you are not able to attend and would like to vote at the AGM, please complete the Proxy Form and present it at the door 30 minutes prior to the meeting.

Early registration is available until September 21. Register now before the price increases!

We look forward to seeing you there; it will be an informative and inspiring day!

Check out this link for more info – AGM and Training Day

Start: October 2, 2015 8:00 am
End: October 2, 2015 4:30 pm
Venue: Italian Cultural Centre
Phone: (604) 430-3337
3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver , British Columbia, Canada

March 27, 2015

TLABC Chronic Pain Conference

Check out these links for more info about JR’s At Home Physiotherapy Services which will be represented at the conference and conference brochure!

JR Physiotherapists at TLABC

Chronic Pain Conference Brochure

Start: March 27, 2015 8:30 am
End: March 28, 2015 1:00 pm
Venue: Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 0C3, Canada

September 15, 2014

Vocational Rehabilitation Conference: AGM

CommunityOn September 15, 2014, our Occupational Therapists, Tara Trethewey and Jill Olson, will be giving a presentation on Cognitive Symptoms and Return to Work. This educational session will focus on a practical approach to working with clients who present with cognitive symptoms as barriers to return to work. The learning objectives of this presentation will focus on

  • Increasing knowledge of cognitive domain and factors impacting cognition
  • Identifying roles and scope of Return to Work team members
  • Utilizing a workflow chart and resource package
Start: September 15, 2014 8:00 am
End: September 15, 2014 12:00 pm
Venue: Italian Cultural Centre
Phone: (604) 430-3337
3075 Slocan St, , Vancouver, British Columbia, V5M 3E4, Canada

October 25, 2013

Neuroplasticity and Education: Strengthening the Connection Conference

Educators, parents, psychologists, counsellors, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, Faculty of Education students and anyone interested in the connections between the fields of education and neuroscience are welcome to register for this amazing conference and lineup of speakers.

JR Rehab, in conjunction with Cogmed will be exhibiting!


Start: October 25, 2013 7:00 am
End: October 25, 2013 5:30 pm
Venue: Westin Bayshore
Phone: 604.682.3377
1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada

September 24, 2013

Cognitive Remediation for Traumatic Brain Injury: Cogmed Implementation Story

Meeting Description:


This webinar will share the experiences of Tara Trethway, MOT and Jill Olson, MOT at JR Rehabilitation Services Inc., BC in their journey of using the Cogmed program with brain injured adults. A discussion of the implementation model, client profile, coaching strategies and key findings will be included outliningboth the successes and challenges.

  • Date:Tue, Sep 24, 2013
  • Time:03:00 PM EDT
  • Duration:1 hour
  • Host(s):Ashima Rastogi

Register For Meeting Here

JR OT's Jill Olson and Tara Trethewey speak about CogMed during this 1 hour meeting.

JR OT’s Jill Olson and Tara Trethewey speak about CogMed during this 1 hour online meeting.

Start: September 24, 2013 12:00 pm
End: September 24, 2013 1:00 pm
Venue: Webinar - Online
British Columbia, Canada
Cost: n/a

June 22, 2013

Urban Poling Course for Rehabilitation and Wellness Professionals (Activator Poles)

Details: The Urban Poling Course for Rehabilitation & Wellness Professionals provides in-depth training for OT, PT, RT, RA, and Wellness coordinators at retirement to LTC homes.You’ll learn how to effectively use the Urban & Activator poles for rehabilitation, individual and group exercise programs. The Activator poles were co-developed by a therapist specifically for youth and adults with chronic conditions, post-surgery and older adults who require more stability and balance when walking.

This 3.5 hour course covers assessment tools and how to modify the technique based on the physical and cognitive limitations of clients. The practical portion includes an overview of assessments, techniques and exercises.

Includes the basic technique for urban poling (Nordic walking) for adults and active older adults recovering from injuries to elite athletes seeking core strengthening.

A must for therapists or rehab professionals who want to safely and effectively use poles as part of their treatment.

Our surgeons are excited about the upright posture that the Activator poles achieve. The Activator poles were co-developed by a therapist and they facilitate the biomechanics of a normal gait pattern and at the same time strengthen core muscles.” – says Hilary Jebson physiotherapist, quoted in CPA magazine, Physiotherapy Practice

The Activator Pole program bridges client integration into the community while supporting achievement of RTW goals specific to the cognitive, physical and social limitations of my ABI clients.”  – says Leah Munday, occupational therapist. 

Clinical Uses:

* clients recovering from total hip/knee surgery & those with Arthritis

* treating neurological conditions (Parkinson’s, ABI, MS, & CVA)

* cardiac rehab

* rehab centres specializing in RTW & Chronic pain programs (Activator funded by WSIB, auto accident)

* older adults in homecare, retirement and long-term care settings (Activator funded by VAC)



*Brief Research Review (over 60 research studies), Basic & Advanced Techniques (Activator & Urban Poling technique), Assessments, Modifications for Injuries & Chronic Conditions, Contraindications, Individual & Group Exercises for improving balance, core, ROM and pre gait

Registration includes: 1 pair of Activator or Urban Poles (reg. $99.99), 50 page manual, private website for resources & certificate)

Register Online:

Early bird pricing:  $179.99 use coupon code URBAN01  (expires May 31, 2013)

Contact Mandy at for details

Victoria, BC

 When: Saturday, June 22, 2013 (12:30 to 4pm)

Where: Victoria City Centre

Presenter: Sue Colbourne,  Occupational Therapist



Vancouver, BC

When: Saturday, June 22, 2013 (9 to 12:30)

Where: Vancouver (TBA)

Presenter: Leah Munday, occupational therapist


Early bird pricing:   $179.99 use coupon code URBAN01 (expires May 31, 2013)

Contact Mandy at for details


Start: June 22, 2013 12:30 pm
End: June 22, 2013 4:00 pm
Venue: Victoria Health Unit
1947 Cook St., Victoria, BC, Canada
Cost: $179.99 use coupon code URBAN01 (expires May 31, 2013)

May 4, 2013

Advanced Exercise Prescription: Consistency and Effectiveness in Rehab and General Exercise Technique


This course is designed to help Kinesiologists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, or anyone involved in active rehabilitation, improve their understanding of how to achieve clients’ rehabilitation (or general exercise) goals, to improve their observation skills to enhance the effectiveness of the exercise program, and to present an alternative exercise model of optimum muscular control and improved biomechanics. Our goal is to help the students recognize common pitfalls of exercises, including body compensation strategies, as they review common exercises used to rehabilitate common conditions.

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When Saturday, May 4, 2013 – Neck and Upper Limbs
Sunday, May 5, 2013 – Back and Lower Limbs
Time 9 am to 5 pm
Where LifeMark Health Centre
230 – 181 Keefer Place
Vancouver, BC
Course Credits 15 credits (7.5 credits per day)
Cost $250 per day
$450 for both daysStudent rate
$200 per day
$350 for both days
Prerequisites None
To register Please email: or
or phone Tim at 604-787-RHAB (7422)
Registration: Download the registration form


Tim Hunt, B.S.R.(PT), Registered Physiotherapist
Lanny Taschuk, B.Sc. (Kin), Practicing Kinesiologist

Tim Hunt is a registered Physiotherapist with over 28 years of experience, 14 years in private practice, and 14 years in active exercise rehab working with mainly WCB-injured clients. His exercise approach follows a biomechanical model, assessing and analyzing movement dysfunctions and using specific exercises to restore normal mechanics. He believes correct exercise technique is vital, and is keen on identifying and correcting compensatory movement patterns.

Lanny Taschuk is a Practicing Kinesiologist with over 15 years of experience in active exercise rehabilitation for clients ranging from private to WorkSafeBC, ICBC, and 3rd Party Insurers. Furthermore, he has been training and worked with athletes from amateur to professional skill levels. He has also owned a private rehabilitation business on Vancouver Island. His passion is to assist those with injuries gain control and function of their lives through evidence-based biomechanical treatment and exercise prescription.


“Since I took this course, my results with my clients have skyrocketed…why didn’t we learn this stuff in school?”

“I particularly enjoyed the functional uses (therefore applicable) of exercises.”

“Thank you, thank you, thank you—this was awesome.”

“Best course I have attended yet. Critical thinking involved, an active approach to learning.”

For further information, please phone Tim at 604-787-RHAB (7422).



Start: May 4, 2013 9:00 am
End: May 5, 2013 5:00 pm
Venue: Lifemark Health Centre
Phone: 604.787.7422
230 - 181 Keefer Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Cost: $250 for one day/$450 for both

April 5, 2013

Treating the Whole Person — The Integrated Systems Model for Pain & Disability

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Instructors:  Linda-Joy (LJ) Lee & Diane Lee

Dates:  Friday, April 5 – Saturday, April 6, 2013

Times:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm

To register:   Download Registration Form
This course is open to all health care professionals including physicians, physiotherapists, kinesiologists, RMTs, chiropractors, fitness professionals and occupational therapists.
The Integrated Systems Model (ISM) (Lee & Lee) and The Thoracic Ring Approach (LJ Lee) are used by physiotherapists worldwide who have been trained by Diane Lee and LJ Lee. These innovative models combine scientific evidence with innovative clinical expertise and provide a framework to assess and treat the whole person. The models are functionally driven, with the assessment process designed around what is called “Meaningful Task Analysis” rather than focused solely on pain generators. This way, the true underlying “primary driver” for the patient’s problem can be determined, resulting in more efficient treatment to facilitate lasting changes in the way patients live and move in their bodies.Course Description

This course is designed to introduce all health professionals to the ISM and the Thoracic Ring Approach, to foster inter-disciplinary communication in the multi-disciplinary care of patients. It is open to physicians, physiotherapists, kinesiologists, RMTs, fitness professionals, chiropractors, and occupational therapists.

In the evidence-based era of medicine, health care professionals are exhorted to consume an ever-growing amount of information and scientific studies. Rivett& Jones (2004) have noted there is a tendency in both courses and conferences to neglect an essential component of daily clinical practice – clinical reasoning. How does the clinician organize both old and new knowledge, clinical experiences and the emerging scientific findings?

The Integrated Systems Model (ISM) for Pain & Disability (Lee & Lee) is a framework to understand and interpret the unique picture of each patient to facilitate wise clinical decision-making and treatment planning. The model provides a context to organize all the different types of knowledge needed (scientific, theoretical, professional craft, experiential, procedural, and personal) and provides for the development and testing of multiple hypotheses as the multidimensional picture of the patient emerges.

This course provides the foundation to understand The Integrated Systems Model (Lee & Lee) and The Thoracic Ring Approach (LJ Lee) and will illustrate how these approaches help you Find the Primary Driver for the patient’s problem. Identifying the underlying driver allows targeted multimodal treatment that considers the whole person, their presenting problem and pain experience, and their goals. New developments in neuroplasticity are applied to facilitate use of optimal strategies for function and performance during meaningful tasks.

Course Format

The course will be presented as an interactive two-day lecture/discussion/demonstration format. Specific lectures will present the key scientific and clinical information necessary to understand The ISM and The Thoracic Ring Approach, which will then be applied and demonstrated through videos and clinical case examples. A live case study will be presented over the two days to illustrate the key learning points.

Key Learning Points

  1. Illustrate how The Integrated Systems Model (Lee& Lee) provides a framework to organize knowledge gained from scientific evidence, clinical expertise and personal experience to find the underlying driver for the patient’s problem – whether this is pain, loss of stability, loss of performance, or other disability.
  2. Illustrate “Meaningful Assessment” a key feature of the ISM approach, and why it is essential in creating an environment to enhance neuroplastic change – the route to changing the patient’s experience of their body.
  3. Introduce the anatomical, biomechanical, neurophysiological and clinical evidence behind the development of The Thoracic Ring Approach and how the thorax affects whole body function (LJ Lee), as well as how it relates to the ISM (Lee & Lee).
  4. Demonstrate key clinical tests and clinical reasoning to determine whether or not a patient is using an optimal strategy for function & performance for their meaningful task and how to determine the “primary driver” and underlying impairment to treat – for example, is this thoracic ring driven hip impingement, or hip driven pelvic girdle pain?
  5. Illustrate with video & live demo some of the innovative clinical techniques developed by Linda-Joy (LJ) Lee and Diane Lee used in the Thoracic Ring Approach and the ISM.
  6. Discuss how the new developments in the sciences of neuroplasticity, pain, motor control and manual therapy influence treatment decisions to develop prescriptive programs that Treat the Whole Person and facilitate optimal strategies for total-body function and performance that ultimately reduce pain and disability.
Start: April 5, 2013 8:30 am
End: April 6, 2013 4:30 pm
Venue: Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver , British Columbia, Canada
Cost: $280

January 19, 2013

Movement Pattern Assessment & Corrective Exercise Workshop Weekend

Movement Pattern Assessment & Corrective Exercise Workshop Weekend
2013 Movement Series Workshops

We welcome you to attend 1 day or both days and guarantee you will leave with integrated solutions you can implement Monday morning with your clients.

Please feel free to forward this to your colleagues to support their efforts with integrated assessment and training approaches.


January 19, 2013

Location: YWCA Hotel – 733 Beatty St., Vancouver, BC (accommodations discounted for participants)

8:45 am – 5 pm

Get ahead with this practical system for identifying dysfunctional movement patterns. Practice 30 movement assessment tests to identify recruitment and alignment deficiencies and establish whether your clients’ imbalances are based on mobility or stability restrictions. Learn to formulate your corrective exercise plan with measurable results.

CORRECTIVE EXERCISE TRAINING for Injury Management & Economy of Movement

January 20, 2013

Location: Essential Kinetics – Suite 201 – 3077 Granville St., Vancouver, BC

8:45 am – 5 pm

Find out how to apply advanced motor retraining strategies to address your clients’ instabilities. Progress them from a base of foundational motor control, learn how to establish corrective alignment and develop higher levels of neuro-motor precision in their training. Neuro-developmental progressions, concepts of joint-by-joint approaches to training and reflexive neuromuscular training applications will be discussed. This is a highly interactive workshop that allows participants the opportunity to expand their corrective exercise toolkit.

Visit for more details and Registration! Email to be added to our list for future Workshop early-bird notices.

Our 2012 Series SOLD OUT—don’t miss out on your opportunity to hear what the experts are saying about functional movement assessments and corrective training strategies! Here’s what some of our participants had to say:

“I think this has been the best and most eye-opening course I have ever taken!”—Kinesiologist

“Very practical and helpful—I wish I took this course years ago”—Strength & Conditioning Specialist

“Tara taught in a manner which allowed proper absorption of material…awesome instructor!”—Kinesiologist

“These skills are invaluable and applicable to every population”—Kinesiologist


Tara Keller Ng obtained her Kinesiology degree from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. She is a Practicing Member under the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists and is certified as a Medical Exercise Specialist through the American Academy of Health, Fitness & Rehab Professionals (AAHFRP).

Tara has also certified in Gray Cook’s Functional Movement System™, including the FMS and SFMA certifications.

Tara is the co-author of Building a Strong Foundation (BSF®). She has written articles for several publications and has provided education to Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Kinesiologists, Osteopaths, Massage Therapists, Coaches and Personal Trainers throughout Canada on functional anatomy, movement assessment and corrective exercises training.



Start: January 19, 2013 8:45 am
End: January 20, 2013 5:00 pm
Venue: YWCA Hotel - 733 Beatty St, Vancouver Jan 19th & Essential Kinetics - Suite 201 - 3077 Granville St., Vancouver Jan 20th
British Columbia, Canada

Trial Lawyers Association of BC Medical Legal Conference XI

Vancouver Dates: January 19 – 26, 2013

Calgary Dates: January 20 – 27th, 2013

The conference will include three mornings of sessions (worth 10 – 12 CPD credits), welcome reception, closing dinner, and lots of time to explore this beautiful part of the world.

Registration opens soon!

Start: January 19, 2013
End: January 26, 2013
Venue: Iberostar Paraiso Maya
Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Canada
Cost: TBD
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