Occupational Therapists

Amanda Richmond

Mainland OT Team Manager

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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Britta Henly

Britta graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2005. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, residential care, inpatient psychiatry, home and community care and most recently orthopedics specializing in joint replacement.

Britta has taken on leadership roles and program development in several settings including inpatient psychiatry, home and community care and joint replacement. She values client centered care and loves engaging clients by hearing their story, empowering and enabling them to set and achieve goals and overcome obstacles.

Britta loves spending time with her husband,2 children friends and family. She enjoys reading, hiking, cycling and travelling.

Britta has joined JR Rehab team in January 2017 and looks forward to using her OT skills in the areas of disability case management, Functional Capacity Evaluation and Cost of Future Care planning.

 

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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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Christine Collins

Christine graduated as an OT in 1982 in Dublin, Ireland and did a Masters in OT in Trinity College, Dublin in 1998. She worked as an OT in public and private settings in Waterford and Cork, Ireland; Norwich and London, England and in Canada, in Calgary, Vancouver, Whitehorse, Halifax and Kelowna. She moved to Victoria in 2016 and started working with JR Rehab in October 2018. Christine is highly motivated in facilitating clients in finding ways to overcome barriers which are blocking their way to mastering the meaningful activities in their day to day lives. She is particularly interested and experienced in Traumatic Brain Injury; in Return to Work for all clients and in exploring the leisure and social aspects of clients’ lives as these can be incorporated effectively into rehab programs to optimize clients’ potential and long-lasting holistic health.

Her interests include : Hiking, biking, gardening, being in nature, especially by the sea; raising Service Dog puppies and reading, art and music.

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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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