SPC British Columbia

Contact Informaiton: BC SPC Section: britishcolumbia@sportphysio.ca

Greetings from your SPC BC Team!

First, we would like to introduce you to the current members of the SPC BC executive, and give a call-out for a marketing and communications executive committee member. As your executive, we are well on our way with some very exciting projects which are detailed below. And finally, check out the information about our upcoming spring courses!

Meet your SPC BC Executive Members
Chair – Paige Larson
BScPT, BPE, Dip Sports Physiotherapy, Cert Acupuncture
Paige completed a BPE at UBC, a BScPT at U of T and then went on to complete the intermediate manual and manipulative therapy exams, Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy and certificate in acupuncture. Paige worked her way up through the ranks, starting as a student trainer at UBC with any sport that needed help, up to numerous multi-sport games including working for Team Canada at four Paralympic Games and VANOC for our own 2010 Olympics. Paige has covered many teams locally, provincially, nationally and around the globe, including national teams such as women’s wheelchair basketball, wheelchair curling, and figure skating.
She owns North Shore Sports Medicine and has a passion for physiotherapy and sports – both professionally and personally.

Paige’s goal with SPC BC is to move us forward to being an active, vibrant part of the sporting community in BC. Our membership is strong and she would like to capitalize on that to increase involvement, awareness and make the BC Section the most productive it can be.

Secretary/Treasurer – Tricia  McBride
MClSc(man ther), BScPT, BKin, Dip Sports Physiotherapy, CG IMS, FCAMPT
Originally from New Brunswick, Tricia completed a BKin from Acadia University before continuing on to a BScPT at Dalhousie University.  She has since completed a fellowship in Sport Physiotherapy through the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, received the FCAMPT designation via the Masters of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy at Western University, and completed her Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy.
Since completing her physiotherapy degree, Tricia worked in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Wales, Australia, and Ontario before moving to Vancouver in 2015.  Since commencing membership within SPC she has had the opportunity to work with Hockey Canada Women’s program, Rowing Canada Aviron, Rugby Canada Women’s program, the Canadian Soccer Association Women’s program, as well as with many teams and events from local to international levels.

Tricia’s goal within SPC BC is to continue to advance the physiotherapy profession by assisting more physiotherapists to get involved in sports and SPC, support and mentor others to improve their ability to assist athletes both on the field and in clinic, and help others prepare and successfully complete their SPC credentialing.

Education Coordinator: Lower Mainland – Erik Torchia
PT – BMR(PT), Dip Sports Physiotherapy, Cert Acupuncture
Erik is a sport physiotherapist at Fortius Sport and Health, and a current student in the process of completing his Clinical Master’s degree from Western University. He was previously on the executive and education chair of SPC Manitoba section, and is excited to join the SPC BC team. Erik has been fortunate to work in many sport environments including with Team Canada Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup Circuit, the Vancouver Stealth NLL (lacrosse) team, Vancouver Whitecaps Residency Program, the Pan-American Games, various Skate Canada events, as well as many others!
His goals include facilitating access to high-quality educational experiences for SPC BC members as well as enabling candidates for successful completion of the SPC credentialing program.
Education Coordinator: Interior – Shandia Cordingley
BScPT, CGIMS, Cert Acupuncture, COMT(Aus), Cert Sports Physiotherapy
Shandia graduated with distinction from U of A in 2000. She has since worked in private practice in Calgary, Australia, Whistler, and Kelowna. A Kelowna native, she now resides and works in Penticton. Shandia completed her Certificate of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in Australia, certification in acupuncture, Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation, Sport Physiotherapy Certificate, and level 1 Titleist Performance Institute golf assessment certification.
Shandia has been lead physiotherapist with the Canadian Snowboard Team since 2010, traveling to events up to and including the Winter Olympics in Sochi. She also works with the Canadian Mogul Team and was a volunteer in the Whistler Polyclinic during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Shandia is a big sports fan and enjoys participating in many sports herself. Her goal this year is to get the interior of BC involved with SPC BC.

Membership – Ben Motum
BSc (Hons) PT, MSc Sports Physiotherapy
Ben currently is the lead physiotherapist for the Rugby Canada U19 program and was the chief therapist for the 2016 Americas Master Games. He works between 2 multidisciplinary private practices in the lower mainland. He has gained his post-graduate MSc in Sports Physiotherapy, during which he was able to research hip and groin injuries with the Vancouver Whitecaps. He has experience in private and public sectors in both Canada and the UK.
By being on the executive board Ben hopes to build on the work by the previous board members. He is excited to increase awareness locally and nationally on what sports physiotherapy can offer both in and out of the clinic. He sees the value in establishing a solid relationship and mentorship with the student body at UBC and is able to bring a unique balance in working with the ‘young’ and ‘not so young’ sport physiotherapists in our community.
Events – Rohit Sawalkar
Masters Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy, BPTh, FDN-Kinetacore
Rohit is the Head Physiotherapist, Manager at Simon Fraser University-Athletics. Rohit earned his Double Masters in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy from University of South Australia and BPTh from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India, earning distinctions with both degrees.
Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in providing sports physiotherapy services to clients ranging from weekend warriors to international athletes in a broad range of sports in Canada, India and Australia.
He was the Lead Physiotherapist for Mumbai Cricket Association and is a Certified Cricket Sports Physiotherapist by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. His passion has lead him to work with several sports namely Australian rules football, squash (Australian Squash Open), basketball (Basketball Federation of India), badminton, swimming, volleyball, soccer, wrestling, football, softball, track & field and field hockey. He also worked with Varsity athletes at Capilano University, during his tenure with North Shore Sports Medicine.

Rohit is deeply passionate about sports physiotherapy and it is his ardent wish to contribute to the community through a platform such as SPC BC.

Events – Ghasem Sokhanvar
BSc (Hons) PT, Cert Acupuncture, CG IMS
Ghasem graduated from Rehabilitation Faculty of Medical University in Tehran, Iran with an Honours BPT in 1994. Since graduating he worked as a clinical instructor at an orthopaedic hospital to educate and mentor physio students for 10 years.

In 2006, he immigrated to Vancouver and since then he has been working as a physiotherapist in various hospitals.

He has since passed the intermediate manual and manipulative therapy exams, is certified in acupuncture, Gunn Intra Muscular Stimulation course (IMS) and dry needling. Ghasem, has extensive experience working with athletes from variety of sport teams.

Ghasem enjoys meeting the rehabilitation goals of individuals from high-level athletes to gardeners. In his spare time, Ghasem enjoys remaining active through working out, weight lifting, running, swimming, hiking, spinning, volleyball, soccer, snow shoeing, and skiing. He is looking forward to getting involved with event planning for SPC BC.

Student Representative 1 – Samantha Smith
BKin, MPT Candidate
Samantha’s passions are sport and healthcare, thus she is excited to be the SPC BC MPT1 Rep. As well as being a physiotherapy student, she is also a competitive athlete on the national gymnastics and trampoline team. Samantha is looking forward to acting as a liaison between SPC BC, Pacific Sport, other BC sports organisations and the physiotherapy students. She hopes to work with SPC as a physiotherapist in the future and help the next generation of athletes optimize their athletic potential.
Student Representative 2 – Jinelle Chang
BKin, MPT Candidate
Jinelle is a 2nd year Physical Therapy student at UBC who aspires to specialize in sport physiotherapy. She completed her BKin at UBC where she developed a strong passion about the body’s vulnerabilities and residencies in a rehab setting. Her interest in sports rehab also comes from having to recover from a labral repair surgery that allowed her to return to playing competitive basketball. She is looking forward to working with you as the SPC BC MPT2 Rep, and hopes to connect MPT students to all the opportunities SPC BC has to offer!
Marketing and Communications – YOU??

We are looking for a dynamic member to take on marketing and communication for SPC BC. Are you passionate about SPC BC and want to get involved moving us through 2017 and beyond? We need your help to make SPC BC the best it can be!

Upcoming Courses


Sport First Responder (Full certification, and re-certification).

April 13-15, 2018 Vancouver, BC

Link to Register

June 1-3, 2018 – Kelowna, BC

Link to Register

Sport-specific scenarios will be used by the SPC-trained educator to help you best prepare yourself for cases of emergency during event coverage, or for preparation for your SPC exam emergency and acute care stations.

Full course: Member $525, Non-Member $580, Student-Member: $510

Recertification: Member $405, Non-Member $450, Student-Member $385*

*Add $100 to re-certification fee if new manual required.

Location: Trailside Physiotherapy, Coquitlam.

Register Today!

Registration for each course is available electronically on the SPC National website. Click here to register!

Look out for confirmation of Fall 2018 Sport First Responder (SFR) bookings in the Vancouver area! We are also looking to operate an SFR in the interior. We are currently investigating other speakers and courses that would be of interest to our members. If you have suggestions, feel free to reach me by email: erik.torchia@fortiussport.com .

The big news is that we are going to be running an information table at the upcoming PABC/CPTBC Forum.
Please stop by and introduce yourself and let us know how we can make SPC BC work for YOU.

Other than the usual “getting things going” projects, we are planning a social evening to get everyone back in-touch with everyone else in SPC BC. Stay tuned for more information!

With the great people in SPC BC, we look forward to coordinating efforts to produce great outcomes! Please let me know how you would like to get involved to make SPC BC a benefit to all our members and the community around us.

Feel free to contact us at britishcolumbia@sportphysio.ca


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