At Personal Best Exercise Therapy we are proud to be leaders in the evidence-based practice of kinesiology. Our kind and compassionate kinesiologists apply the latest research to provide the highest quality of treatment. Our Studio/Clinic is very warm and welcoming, as is our entire team.
Whether you’re recovering from an injury or are looking to improve your fitness, we can safely and efficiently help you achieve your goals. Kinesiologists cover the spectrum of rehabilitative and wellness services from the active rehabilitation of an injury through to high-performance training. Many people will be referred to a kinesiologist after seeing a physiotherapist or chiropractor to begin active rehabilitation (exercise).
This involves learning proper movement mechanics, fixing muscle imbalances and building an overall strong and healthy body. A kinesiologist will use an educated and evidence-based approach to build your fitness safely targeting long-term results. If you are looking to improve athletic performance or break through training plateaus a kinesiologist will apply advanced knowledge of biomechanics to take your training to the next level. Our approach to inner fitness is multifaceted, as we also provide a number of wellness services under one roof. We believe in active referrals and working with each other to provide the very best possible results for you as an individual.
Please note: All new clients require an Initial Assessment with one of our Kinesiologists before completing an exercise therapy program at Personal Best.
Our physiotherapist believe that a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach is the answer to treating your body’s injuries. We recognize that your injury is likely affecting you each day on many levels and we want you to regain your quality of life and reach your full potential. Physiotherapy treatments play an important role in restoring strength, endurance, movement and physical abilities to clients who have been affected by injuries resulting in painful conditions such as knee pain, shoulder pain and back pain. Physiotherapy can be instrumental in helping you reach full recovery from the discomfort and pain that affects you on a daily basis.
Our Physiotherapy treatments include rehabilitation for work, sports and car accident related injuries, which can commonly result in back pain, knee pain and whiplash. We collaboratively approach each client’s needs through a comprehensive assessment before we begin treatment to ensure that you are getting the best quality care. Book a physiotherapist
Registered Massage Therapy
Massage therapy can improve overall health and well-being and be an integral part of your health care maintenance plan. It helps alleviate soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday occupational stress and muscular overuse from an active lifestyle. Massage therapy can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning related to accidents involving trauma and injury. It also aids in the prevention of many chronic pain syndromes. A variety or massage therapy techniques are used, including swedish massage, trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques, joint mobilizations and myofascial release.
A Registered Massage Therapist is a regulated health professional who has received comprehensive training before completing written and clinical licensing examinations and registering with the College of Massage Therapists of B.C. Through the CMTBC, all massage therapists participate in a quality assurance program that ensures the highest professional standards and quality patient care.
Exercise for Autism Program
Sean specializes in activity and movement for children that have autism. Research suggests that exercise can improve certain behaviors, social skills, language development and focus within children that have autism.
The program targets five specific areas that this population need the most improvement in. The five areas are Body Image, Posture, Motor Coordination, Muscular Fitness and Cardio Vascular Fitness.
Visuals are extremely important when communicating with children that have autism, visuals will be used with the child through out the program. This helps take the verbal command out when asking the child to engage in a activity and provides more of a structured program for them to complete.
These visuals will be delivered on a tablet with a special application developed for children that have autism, a tablet is used because of the increased participation and engagement when using electronics with children that have autism.
Group Exercise Class
Healthy aging group classes, individualized group personal training, and cancer recovery classes are offered daily. All classes require an initial assessment before your first class. Contact us for more information. (Group exercise classes have been temporarily suspended until further notice.)
Vreni Gurd is the founder of Movement for Living. She has a passion for Physical and Health Education with many degrees and certifications in the area. Through visceral manipulation she uses a variety of different soft tissues techniques to release snagged structures and to improve range of motion.
Vreni is Currently in her 4th Year at the Canadian School of Osteopathy.
A Kinesiologist is a health professional (also known as a human movement professional) registered with their provincial kinesiology association.
Kinesiologists are human movement specialists that provide services to the public through the application of sciences such as anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and psychomotor behaviour (BCAK). Practitioners are required to have completed four-year university kinesiology degree (or equivalent). Kinesiologists must abide by standards set by their provincial association which vary province to province (BC Standards).
Kinesiology solutions are delivered through prevention, objective assessment, and evidence-based intervention (BCAK). They key words here are “evidence-based.” Kinesiologists can specialize in different areas (considering the broad scope of study) but will always apply research to real-world settings.
The practical experience of a kinesiologist plays a big role in defining their area of practice. For example, a graduate who is experienced in workplace ergonomics will have different skills than one who is experienced in exercise prescription.
Cancer Recovery Exercise
Our programs are run by Certified Cancer Exercise Specialists that are University trained and used evidence-based research to design individualized exercise programs for anyone with a cancer diagnosis.
These services are available before, during and after surgeries and treatments and are designed to help overcome the side effects of cancer treatments and to improve physical functioning.
We offer one-on-one services, group-based classes and programs and also work with LTD claims.
Joanne MorganJoanne has been an exercise therapist for the past 8 years. She works with a very diverse clientele including elite and recreational athletes, ICBC claimants, and most recently people living with cancer. Her educational background includes a degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. Joanne is also a certified trainer with the American Council of Exercise and a certified cancer exercise specialist.
Amy Sweeney (on maternity leave)Amy is a registered Kinesiologist with BC Association of Kinesiologist and a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia. As her education of human movement progressed throughout the years she found a deep passion for helping others to increase their quality of life and functional movement.
Thomas TranThomas Tran graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1999. He has been practicing in private practice orthopaedic setting for over 15 years. His philosophy is to work together with the patients to achieve optimal function and symptom relief. He implements innovative, effective and complete techniques to neutralize, stabilize and re-activate the body's tissue appropriately. His resume of patients includes: local, provincial and national level athletes and teams.
Ren WongRen Wong graduated with honors in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University’s in 2002 and over the past 12 years he has worked in hospitals, clinics and in the home setting. Ren also holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Design degree from Emily Carr University. As a practitioner Ren has extensive experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal, neurological and cardio-respiratory conditions.
This program is geared to everyone and yet Joanne and her team make modifications for each participant based on their initial and on-going assessments.
The instructors are professional, caring and non-judgemental while delivering the program in an atmosphere of encouragement, support and often much laughter. I always come away feeling invigorated physically, mentally and emotionally.
I am very grateful for this program which continuously keeps me encouraged and motivated to continue to improve my fitness. Thank you!
Cancer Recovery Therapy
Personal Best Exercise Therapy
731 West 16th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1S8
Phone: (604) 569-3390
Sun: By appointment
Back on Track Fitness
731 West 16th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1S8
Phone: (604) 569-3390
M–F: by appointment only