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

JR Rehab Community Based Return to Work 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.

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Ashley Hearn

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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Bashni Morarjee

Born, studied and worked in South Africa till Bashni and her family became permanent residents of Canada in 2014. Bashni completed my Occupational Therapy degree and post graduate business management diploma at the University of Kwazulu Natal in South Africa. Her passion has included working as a community based therapist providing services to both the adult ( mental health, physical disabilities and the aged) and paediatric populations. Prior to and subsequent to the apartheid era, this involved working with previously disadvantaged groups providing services at grassroots level. She has also worked in acute care (neurology), rehabilitation programs for clients with SCI and TBIs, community clinics (mental health) and in the insurance industry with rehab and RTW programs. Bashni is passionate about providing her clients with the best possible services and opportunities to reach their desired potential.

When not working, Bashni enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys engaging in sport and leisure pursuits viz tennis, table tennis, kayaking for recreational purposes. She is committed to leading a balanced lifestyle and believe in meditation (Art of Living). Bashni loves her cats and road trips.

Additional Languages(s): Conversational Afrikaans

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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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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.  Claudia is fluent in Spanish and enjoys spending her free time with her two young kids.

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Danita Morin

Following the completion of her undergraduate degree in Biotechnology and Business Administration, Danita followed her passion to encourage others in achieving their goals through further completing her Master of Occupational Therapy degree at the University of British Columbia. Since her time volunteering with her local therapeutic riding society, Danita loves collaborating with clients to creatively problem solve barriers in their daily lives. Danita’s clinical interests include brain injury rehabilitation, home, community, and work reintegration, and providing care for geriatric clients. Danita is also especially interested in seating and mobility assessment, for which she has taken additional education.

When she is not working, Danita can be found spending time at the beach, spin-biking, dancing, travelling, and petting cats.

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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

Mainland OT Team Manager

JR Rehab Work Ability Evaluation and WSBC Coordinator

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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