Occupational Therapists

Amanda Richmond

JR Rehab Training and Quality Assurance Coordinator

Amanda grew up in Cambridge, UK and moved to BC in 2006.  She studied Occupational Therapy at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK, and specializes in acquired brain injuries and orthopaedics.  She keeps active in her spare time throughout the year by training for triathlons.

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Amanda Richmond

Andrew Wong

FCE & CBOT Coordinator

Andrew completed his undergraduate degree in Cellular Biology and Genetics at the University of British Columbia and his Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of Western Ontario. Andrew started his OT career working on a multidisciplinary team helping clients with orthopedic injuries and chronic pain overcome physical and psychosocial barriers to return to work. Having worked on a multidisciplinary team has helped him recognized the importance of taking a holistic approach in recognizing each individual client needs. Andrew is motivated in helping clients recognize their rehab potential and returning to meaningful occupations in all facets of their lives. When he is not working, Andrew stays active going to the gym and playing ice hockey.

Andrew has the capacity to complete FCEs and has experience in many areas such as TBI injuries, physical rehabilitation, and ergonomic assessment

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Ashley Huff

Ashley received her undergraduate degree, where she majored in Kinesiology, and her Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia. Ashley is passionate about using evidence-based interventions to enable clients to engage in occupations that are meaningful to them. Her philosophy on rehabilitation is centered on the belief that all clients have the potential for recovery. When Ashley’s not working you can find her running, cooking, or exploring the local mountains surrounding Vancouver.

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Brenda Robinson

Brenda had been the Occupational therapist for over 40 years. She has 20 years of work experience providing community-based occupational therapy services and case management to clients with orthopedic and soft tissue injuries throughout a continuum from hospital discharge to return to work. She has also provide OT services in care facilities, and assists elderly clients with aging in place.

Brenda’s interest include ergonomics, vocational rehabilitation, as well as geriatrics and equipment prescription.

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Briar Shaw

Vancouver Island OT Team Manager

After completing her Bachelor of Science Degree from King’s University in 1998, Briar attended the University of Alberta and finished her Occupational Therapy Degree in 2002. Over the course of the last 12 years, Briar has gained a wealth of experience problem solving in a variety of remote and challenging settings in Northern Alberta. Briar has experience with seating, wound care clinics, pediatrics, homecare, and dysphagia. She thoroughly enjoys working with geriatric clients and thrives on a dynamic caseload. Her family has recently moved to Vancouver Island and she is busy discovering the many beaches with her husband and three active girls! She loves running, bicycling, kayaking, and hiking.

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Caroline Cotton

Caroline trained at the Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy in Oxford. Also trained at the London School of Economics as a Private Secretary/ Personal Administrative Assistant; and Diploma in Interior Design through International Correspondence School.

She worked in England at St. Andrew’s Private Psychiatric Hospital, specializing in Brain Injury and Drug & Alcohol Recovery, in addition to working on a Regional Secure Unit for the Criminally Insane in London. She immigrated to Canada in  1990. She worked in the Kootenays as a community based Pediatric OT at the Children’s Development center, covering the schools throughout Nelson, Castlegar, Rossland, and Trail. Moved back to Lower Mainland,to set up Psychiatric Day Care Unit at Langley Memorial Hospital, covering in Patient Physical Medicine OT position. She worked as the first OT with a Brain Injury Rehab Company( Head works), specializing in Vocational Rehabilitation, Return to Work, and Er gnomic Assessments. Set up the first Community OT program with the Boundary Health Unit( continuing care) covering Ladner, Tsawwassen, White Rock, South Surrey and Cloverdale, whilst living and commuting from Sqaumish. Moved back into private practice with Northwest Rehab following the birth of her son in 1997, whilst covering  a casual OT position at Ridge Meadows Hospital in the Psychiatric Department, and a casual OT position at Surrey Memorial, covering physical medicine positions.

Commence working with Rehab Solutions in 1997 and have been here for 20 years.

Special interest in brain injury/spinal injury survivors, dual diagnosis; chronic pain;all age groups with specialized experience in elderly people.

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Claudia Maldonado

Claudia was born in Chile but grew up in Edmonton, Alberta where she obtained her bachelors of science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta in 1999.  Claudia has dedicated the last 16 years working in various hospitals throughout the lower mainland and Vancouver Island. One of her interests lies in the rehabilitation of people who have obtained neurological impairments such as stroke or head injuries.  She strongly believes in client centredness and that rehabilitation is most effective in the individual’s home and in their own community after being discharged from the hospital.  Claudia has over 4 years of experience working in post-stroke rehabilitation. She has worked with individuals of all ages from infants to geriatrics. Claudia joined JR Rehab in September of 2016 and is excited with the possibilities that are now open to her in terms of community based rehabilitation.  She  enjoys spending her free time with her two young kids.

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Emmeline Chang

Emmeline has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of British Columbia. She went on to pursue Occupational Therapy, which she completed from the University of Western Ontario with a Master’s degree in 2007. Emmeline has a diverse clinical background in orthopaedics and trauma, neurology, return to work services, gerontology, skin integrity management, and mental health. Her special interests are education, cognitive rehabilitation, brain injury, chronic pain management, vocational rehabilitation, as well as home health and accessibility. She has years of experience working in both the public and private sector.

Emmeline values continuing education and evidenced-based practice. As a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, Emmeline enjoys teaching students in their fieldwork placements and inspiring them to become excellent therapists. She was awarded a Certificate of Preceptor Recognition to recognize Emmeline’s commitment and contribution to supporting students and new staff while she worked at Vancouver Coastal Health for many years. Outside of work, Emmeline thrives on being outdoors. You can find her hiking, jogging, snowshoeing, travelling, and photographing scenic areas.

 

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Grace Fong

After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia, Grace attended Queen’s University where she acquired her Master’s in Occupational Therapy.  Grace specializes in cognitive rehab, coaching, assistive technology, return to work, and home and community re-integration. She takes a special interest in low vision rehab and incorporating interdisciplinary collaboration into her work.  When she’s not at work, she enjoys baking, hiking and biking.

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Grace Fong

Janna Young

Janna completed her degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia in 2004. Janna has worked in a variety of health care settings, including long term care, acute inpatient services and community based services. Throughout her career, Janna has worked and volunteered as an OT internationally. Most recently, Janna has specialized in the area of Mental Health and is passionate about collaborating with clients in their recovery journey. Outside of work, Janna enjoys running, swimming, hiking and spending time with her husband and children.

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