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Welcome to Spine & Sports Physical Therapy & Massage Clinic

We are proud to be Vernon’s largest and most diversified Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy Clinic. Trusted in the community since 1995, our skilled professionals offer patients a variety of treatment methods to help you recover. If you are suffering from joint pain, arthritis, tight muscles, neck or back strain, or have experienced an injury at work, in a car accident or playing sports we can help. We have a team of 8 Physiotherapists and 3 Registered Massage Therapists who will provide individualized treatments for all ages in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Cheryl Witter
Cheryl Witter

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Cheryl is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Physiotherapy program. With an extensive background in athletic competition she made a seamless transition into the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries as a Physiotherapist. Cheryl co-founded Spine and Sports in 1995 and opened the North End office in 2007. She holds her Advanced Diploma in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy and is certified in Active Release Technique (ART) and Dry Needling (FDN). A longtime runner she has completed marathons and road races and now enjoys outrunning her dogs on Okanagan trails. She is also a regular contributor to the Vernon Morning Star with a lifestyles column.

Derek Geldrich
Derek Geldrich

Derek was raised in the Kootenays and involved in downhill ski racing and mountain biking gained an appreciation for exercise fitness and rehabilitation. After completing a degree in Kinesiology he worked with a wide range of athletes for fitness training to ICBC injuries for rehabilitation. A Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Alberta in 2009 led Derek to move to Vernon where he has continued to involve himself in various sports. He provides physiotherapy for the Vernon Tigers Junior lacrosse team and is member of the Vernon Rowing Club. In addition, Derek has achieved accreditation in Acupuncture and continues to pursue advanced training in Manual Therapy. His experience with personal training as a Kinesiologist and his own background in sports provides him with an extensive knowledge base to pass on to his clients.

Carla Buchanan
Carla Buchanan

Carla is one of our " locals ". She is a registered massage therapist born and raised in Vernon and pursued a career in Massage Therapy. Carla graduated in 1996 from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. She has been with North End since 2006. Her presence was a first for "Spine and Sports" . Amalgamating Physio and Massage. It was also a first in Vernon. What a perfect match we soon realized !! Carla's practice includes deep tissue , trigger points , sports and prenatal massage. She also has completed her Dr Vodders Manual Lymph Drainage. Away from work Carla is a fitness fanatic, doing " Tough Mudder " and crazy amounts of Burpees daily. She has trained in Shotokan Karate and is a 3rd degree Black Belt. But she is also good at relaxing! Loves her books...her "ranch".... and her Berners!

Shannon Sakakibara
Shannon Sakakibara

Shannon is our "Island Girl"! She grew up on Northern Vancouver Island and moved to Vernon in 2008 to pursue her career in Massage Therapy. She attended the Okanagan Valley School of Massage Therapy, graduating in 2011. Shannon has additional training in Myofascial Release, Thai Sports Massage and Manual Lymph Drainage. Special areas of interests include prenatal care, therapeutic and sports massage. Shannon has been a welcome addition and integral part of the North End Spine and Sports team. She keeps the staff and patients constantly entertained with her fun and vibrant lifestyle ranging from rock climbing, snowboarding, cooking (she has her own blog!), painting, surfing, skiing and running with her dog, Gracie.

Virginie-Pichard-Jolicoeur
Virginie Pichard-Jolicoeur

Virginie is a Physiotherapy graduate from Université Laval and moved to the Okanagan from St-Ferréol-les-neiges, Québec. Formerly a nationally ranked cross country skier, Virginie loves the healthy balance between work and the incredible outdoors of the Okanagan Valley. She is an avid cross-country and backcountry skier. When the snow melts, she enjoys trail running and paddle boarding on Kalamalka Lake. Virginie has a passion for traveling and has roamed all 7 continents. Virginie also combines her passion for fitness and skiing as a coach for the cross-country skiing racing team at Sovereign Lake Nordic Center. Not surprisingly, she has a strong interest in sports and musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Virginie has achieved accreditation in Acupuncture and is currently pursuing her graduated education in Manual Therapy.

Kayla Comstock
Kayla Comstock (Forsyth)

Kayla is a local, who was born and raised in Vernon, B.C. She completed her BSc at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, and also played on the Women's Varsity Basketball team during her years there. She went on to complete her Master's in Physical Therapy at UBC in 2014. Recently, Kayla has moved back to Vernon! She has a passion for rehabilitation and active living, having been an avid athlete through high school sports, varsity basketball, and long distance running. Kayla has post-graduate training specializing in soft tissue release and manual therapy. She is planning on pursuing further training in manual therapy and acupuncture. Kayla believes that her personal experience in sports and her focus on individualized treatment programs, integrating both manual therapy and active rehabilitation, will help you achieve your physiotherapy goals!

Cori
Cori Hanan

Cori was raised in the Victoria area, attended university in St. John's, NL and completed her Master's of Physical Therapy at UBC. After spending the last several years working on the North Shore in Vancouver, Cori recently made the move to Vernon to enjoy Okanagan living. In practice, Cori utilizes a combination of manual therapy and exercise prescription to tailor each treatment to individual goals and needs. When not at the clinic, Cori is currently coaching with the Vernon Kokanee swim Team. She also enjoys running, cycling, playing basketball and exploring the many parks and trails!

Judy
Judy Ostrass
Office Manager North End Spine and Sports

Judy is amazing. She is the glue to North End. She makes it all work, for the patients and the therapists. Cheryl and Judy joined forces in 2005 and have built North End up to where it is today. They started with 2 Physiotherapists working part time and grew to 5 Physiotherapists , 2 Registered Massage Therapists and Insight Rehab. North End is a passionate and intense place and Judy can manage it ... and more. She keeps us informed, organized and happy. We couldn't ask for anything more. Den mother extraordinaire.