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About Us


About Us


Our philosophy

All of our staff pride themselves on patient care.  We take the time to help you understand your body and explain what we can do together to help reduce your pain and restore function. Our attention to detail allows your body to receive the treatment it deserves.





We are pleased to offer the following services:


Physiotherapy is an evidence based practice in which highly trained professionals assess and treat people with varying mobility issues, injuries and diseases.
We commonly treat: 

- Arthritis
- Back and neck pain
- Chronic pain
- Fractures
- Headaches
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle/tendon injuries
- Pre and Post Surgical Rehabilitation
- Pre and Post Natal Conditions
- Repetitive strain
- TMJ and Vertigo/Dizziness amongst others.
- Women's health issues including pelvic pain, incontinence and prolapse


Techniques include, but are not limited to, 

- Acupuncture
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Dry Needling
- Electrotherapy (EMS, US, IFC, TENS, Laser)
- Home Exercise Programs
- Manual Therapy
- Manipulations
- Mckenzie
- Myofascial Release
- Taping
- Traction
- Vestibular Rehabilitation



Pilates is a form of exercise which was invented in the 1920's.  Since then Physiotherapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals have refined the the method using modern day principles of exercise and rehabilitation science to create the brand Stott PilatesĀ®. The aim of pilates is to achieve optimal musculoskeletal performance, including strength, flexibility and endurance, without the risk of injury.  Mat workouts incorporate many balanced exercise sequences for all ages and populations, focusing on core stability, shoulder girdle stabilization, breathing and correct placement of the pelvis, ribs, neck and head.  This form of exercise is ideal for people who struggle with chronic back and neck pain, as well as reoccurring injuries.



Hydrotherapy is a water based exercise program specifically designed for people who have trouble weight bearing.  The water acts as a buoyant, taking pressure of the feet, knees, hips and back.  Cardiovascular endurance as well as muscle tone can greatly be improved without placing strain on your joints.  Ideal for people with Arthritis and people suffering with lower back pain. 



Under the instruction of a Kinesiologist, exercise therapy will help your body recover from injury.  Exercises are specifically prescribed for you to help you restore function and return to your everyday activities.  Ideal for post partum, post surgical and whiplash injuries.



Individually designed to address your needs, whether in a group setting at work or for your own personal use.  An on site consultation will highlight areas of inadequacy in equipment, posture, technique and design and suggest ways to improve and prevent injury. 



Find yourself in a profession where workplace injury is an everyday occurrence? It is much better to act early to avoid unnecessary injury.  Workplace injury prevention seminars will discuss individual job stresses and identify common injuries that can occur.  This information is then used to discuss ways to avoid and prevent injury, in particular repetitive strain.Dry





Please find the rate applicable to you below. Note that there are price differences between Port Alberni and Ucluelet/Tofino due to disproportionate setup and operational costs on the west coast. Call today or book online.



Port Alberni: Initial / Subsequent Visits $70
Ucluelet & Tofino: Initial / Subsequent Visits $80

Please advise us if you have coverage through private insurance, DVA or RCMP. We may be able to bill them directly.


Port Alberni: Initial / Subsequent Visits $20
Ucluelet & Tofino: Initial / Subsequent Visits $25

If you qualify for premium assistance, then the above clinic fee applies as Medical Services Plan pays part of your fee. They cover up to 10 visits per calendar year, after which you will be charged at our private rate. Call us to find out if you are eligible.


If you have been approved, ICBC and/or WSBC will fund your visits.



Please call for quote.



The Team + Careers

The Team + Careers

Jamie Heaviside MSc, Registered Physical Therapist

Jamie moved to Port Alberni in February 2015 and has felt at home ever since. He loves the outdoors and is happy to be promoting health and wellbeing on Vancouver Island. Jamie graduated from Glasgow University in 2007 with a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Science. Before moving to Canada, Jamie worked for the British Army, and volunteered with many sporting associations including the Scottish Rugby Union and Scottish Athletics. Jamie is a very thorough Physiotherapist who specializes in kinetic control and myofascial release. He is also trained in acupuncture, podiatry and orthopaedic medicine.

Jane Cruttenden BSc (HONS), Registered Physical Therapist

Jane graduated from Brunel University, London, England in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science. Her love of traveling brought her to Port Alberni in 2007, and she has never left. Jane fell in love with the community of Port Alberni and the outdoorsy lifestyle that came with it. Her love for sports has enabled her to play and physio for the Black Sheep Rugby Club and Alberni Athletics soccer team. Jane is a well rounded Physiotherapist with training in sports injuries, pilates, manual therapy, Mckenzie, acupuncture and craniosacral therapy.


Stephanie Linning MSc, Registered Physical Therapist

Stephanie grew up in Fredericton and graduated from Dalhousie University in 2005 with her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy. Prior to this she attended the University of New Brunswick for Kinesiology. She has worked as a Physiotherapist in Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia in a variety of fields such as Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Orthopedics and Adult Neurologic conditions. Her love for the Mountains, Ocean and Outdoors drew her, her husband and three boys to Port Alberni in October 2014. Treatments include: Manual Therapy, Electrotherapy, Exercise Therapy, Education, Acupuncture and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation.


Simon Zihlmann, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, Registered Physical Therapist

Simon grew up north of Port Alberni in Black Creek, located next to the Comox Valley. After completing a Degree in Biochemistry, his love of travelling allowed him to move to England to pursue a Degree in Physiotherapy. After graduating Simon remained in the UK and worked in a variety of disciplines including Orthopaedics, Neurology, Geriatrics, Burns Rehabilitation, Palliative Care, and Sports Physiotherapy. He had the opportunity to work alongside professional Rugby League players and also gain a Diploma in Sports Massage. Simon is glad to be back living in Vancouver Island as he mainly enjoys Hiking, Camping, Ice Skating, Skiing, Badminton, and Rowing. His treatments focus on Exercise Therapy, Advice and Education, and the use of Manual Therapies to enable patient's with the means to achieve their goals.

Caitlin Irwin BSc, Kinesiologist

Caitlin graduated from the University of Victoria in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology Major.  During her time at UVic, she worked for the Canadian Forces Naval Reserves, and volunteered with many different sports associations, including the Velox Valhallians Rugby Football Club.
Growing up in Canmore, Alberta, Caitlin developed a love for the outdoors, so it was no surprise that she found her way to Port Alberni in January 2014.  She enjoys camping and fishing trips with family and friends, as well as hiking and paddle boarding adventures with her dog.  Caitlin specializes in injury prevention and rehabilitation through exercise.  She recently trained as a Stott Pilates instructor and is looking forward to seeing the benefits that Pilates brings to people with biomechanical pain.  She also has a great talent for transitioning people back to work after injury, whether it be through guidance and education or through exercise. Caitlin is currently on maternity leave after having a beautiful baby girl in May.

Linda Newton, Office Administrator

Linda moved to Port Alberni at a young age from the UK. She has worked at Port Alberni Physiotherapy Clinic for over 25 years and plays an integral role in the smooth running of the clinic. Now her children have flown the nest, she is looking forward to having more time to explore the hiking trails of Port Alberni with her husband and two dogs.





Here's what other say about us

"I first started seeing Jamie after I was in a car accident. He was very friendly and professional, taking time to assess my injury and how it impacted my life. He even caught a few things from a previous injury, that were missed by others.

I would not hesitate to recommend any of the staff to anybody who needs a physiotherapists. It doesn't matter how minor your pain, they can get you feeling better in no time."  - Diane Redlin

"Even though I'm retired there are still lots of things that I want to do. Physiotherapy helps me do just that. Jane reduces my pain, improves my function and most importantly helps me get a good night's sleep!"   - Ted Maczulat

"Love, love, love this place! I know it sounds weird! The staff is truly caring and take time to ask questions so they get the full scope of what's happening with your body."  -  Melissa Bigmore

"Best Physio clinic in town!"  - Kara Shannon-Leweni

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Port Alberni:
4445 Gertrude Street,
Port Alberni, BC,
V9Y 6J7


106-1917 Peninsula Road,
Ucluelet, BC,
V0R 3A0
(250) 723-5112


381 Main Street,
Tofino, BC,
V0R 2Z0
(250) 723-5112