With over 20 years clinical experience as an injury specialist, in addition to working directly with various athlete populations, founder Karen Nichol has really learned to listen and understand what each client’s goals and motivations are.
At Royal City Physio, all of our physiotherapists have these same philosophies in mind.
All of our physiotherapists listen closely, perform manual treatment, and provide specific exercises and guidance with each and every visit. We too lead very active lifestyles and appreciate the impact that an injury can have on our life.
Tess grew up in beautiful Burnaby, B.C playing a variety of sports. She completed her Masters of Physical Therapy Degree at the University of British Columbia while playing UBC Varsity Rugby and becoming an Academic All Canadian. Tess has an in-depth background in Sport Rehabilitation having been a trainer with the UBC Women’s Rugby Team and Point Grey Rugby League. She is also a Canada West Rugby Champion.
Tess has a passion for Return to Sport Rehabilitation and Pain Management Techniques. Her unique background of playing soccer, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, rugby, and kayaking is a huge asset for guiding all types of athletes.
In her spare time, you can find Tess playing rugby, doing lifts at the gym, hiking, or lounging at the lake with friends.
Chris completed his Master of Physical Therapy Degree after completing a Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. He enjoys working with all injuries but has a particular interest in working with shoulder and knee injuries.
Chris has a passion for sports, having played competitive hockey for over 8 years. Through this, he has seen the life-changing impact that physiotherapy can have. He now hopes to provide this same care by enabling his clients to reach their unique and diverse goals.
Chris helps others to reach their full potential by providing individualized treatment through manual therapy, education, and person-centered exercises as he believes that every person is unique.
Outside the clinic, you can find Chris playing hockey, hiking, weight lifting, or running around town!
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An avid rock climber and newly minted distance runner, Stephen graduated from Western University with a Masters of Physical Therapy. He enjoys meeting and treating all kinds of people but takes particular joy in helping those with neck, hand or knee injuries return to their daily adventures.
As a young lad, Stephen grew up a track athlete, briefly competing as a decathlete but primarily as a 400m sprinter. During that time he also enjoyed playing rugby as a flanker until he was outclassed in university by much larger gentlemen. He has since turned his attention to rock climbing, having trained and done competition for 10 years, and distance running, completing his first half marathon, the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, in October 2017. At the time of writing this biography, Stephen has run consecutively for 92 days with plans to run a 30km race, Around the Bay in Hamilton, and the Vancouver Marathon in 2019.
When he isn’t in the clinic, Stephen sings professionally in a men’s choir and enjoys the great outdoors. Ask him about classical music, rock climbing and the 2020 Olympics, and ‘couch to 5k’.
Parm Bhullar graduated with his Master of Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia. Prior to completing his Master’s, he obtained his Bachelor’s of Kinesiology also from the University of British Columbia. Following which he worked as a Kinesiologist at a clinic that specializes in neurological conditions.
Parm grew up playing a variety of team sports and has a passion for living an active lifestyle. It was through his own sports and injury experience that he learned about the importance of physical therapy and injury prevention. He strives to empower his clients to take control in their rehab journey by providing education and individualized exercises.
Parm currently has his level 1 orthopaedic certification. He plans to annually engage in continuing education courses to ensure he provides the most current and evidence-based practice to all of his clients.
When not in the clinic, Parm enjoys spending time with family and friends, going for walks with his golden retriever, weight lifting and reading.
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Jayme Gordon graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master's degree in Physical Therapy. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor's of Science Kinesiology degree at the University of Victoria. She is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association as well as the Physiotherapy Association of BC.
Jayme has a passion for working with a diverse patient population ranging from athletes to community-dwelling seniors. She grew up playing competitive hockey, softball, and volleyball.
She continues to stay active through recreational sports and spending time off grid exploring the outdoors.
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Daniel Folino graduated with his Master’s of Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia. Prior to completing his Master’s degree, he graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. He is a member of the Physiotherapy Association of B.C. and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Having grown up in the Lower Mainland, Daniel has always had a passion for sports, specifically soccer. He played a variety of sports growing up, and still actively participates in soccer, tennis and golf. Daniel has developed a passion for injury prevention and rehab, in order to help his clients remain active. Daniel also enjoys treating a diverse population varying from office workers to seniors.
When not in the clinic, Daniel enjoys staying active through activities such as soccer and weight training, along spending time walking his dog. He also loves to chat about sports and travel.
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Karen Nichol graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy. For over two decades, Karen’s practice has been centered around the rehabilitation of active individuals with a focus on athletes, utilizing manual therapy and sport-specific exercise as her main treatment approach.
Being the primary therapist for many high-level sports teams, Karen has gained a vast knowledge for the distinct demands and movement patterns a sport requires. In clinic, Karen tailors each program to match the needs of both the athlete and their sport to ensure these individuals not only return to sport at a high level but minimize their chance of further injuries.
Since the start of her career, Karen has continuously worked with various levels of sports teams, ranging from minor sports through to national and professional teams. Some of these teams include: premier rugby, Jr A football, Canadian national field hockey, as well as extensive involvement with lacrosse. She currently serves as lead physio for the NLL's Vancouver Warriors, head physio for the WLA’s Coquitlam Adanacs, and chief physiotherapist for Canadian National Indoor lacrosse team since 2007. She worked as a senior physiotherapist for 5 years with the On-Field Clinic, specializing in sports-specific rehab of pro and amateur athlete. Additionally, she has operated as a consultant in injury prevention for the police academy at the JIBC since 2004.
Karen has completed many post-graduate certifications including: Orthopaedic Division Levels, various manual therapy courses, Anatomical-Neuropathic IMS, and First Responder Certification. She is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the Physiotherapy Association of B.C.
Karen enjoys staying active in her free time with running, hiking, biking, swimming and yoga.
Adele is a Vancouverite through and through. Born and bred in Coquitlam, she loves cooking, travelling, hiking and spending time with her family and friends. If asked to name a couple of her favourite things in the world, Adele would be sure to mention puppies & Starbucks.
After experiencing multiple sports injuries, Noelle saw the value in physiotherapy and the impact it can make in people's lives. She took this passion, and gave back to the community by volunteering at various physiotherapy clinics, before working in her current role as Royal City Physio Assistant Office Manager.
In her spare time, Noelle loves to run with her dog, hike, and enjoy the sunshine.