Our Team


With almost 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. 


This vast experience has allowed for Royal City Physio to clearly define which specific manual therapy techniques and rehab exercises work most effectively to treat various injuries.  


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.

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Stephen Baker


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’. 

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Mikaela moved to the West Coast from Renfrew, Ontario after completing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Master of Physical Therapy, both at Western University. Mikaela is passionate about understanding human movement, promoting body awareness, and establishing efficient motor patterns. She enjoys working as a physiotherapist with all age groups to help clients get back to and excel at the activities they love most. She brings experience working with younger populations, from infants and toddlers to children and teens.  Mikaela lets her creativity shine through individualized exercise programs, inspired by her athletic background and training in Clinical Pilates.


Mikaela feels at her best when pushing herself to her full potential as a competitive marathon runner. She knows what it takes to establish a goal and commit to a process of lasting change. Outside of the clinic, you can find her running, climbing the North Shore mountains by bike, braving outdoor climbing, and searching out the next best coffee shop in the city.


Mikaela Barnes


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Courtney studied psychology while competing for the 3x National Champions' SFU women’s basketball team. After almost a decade of coaching basketball, including years as the head coach at Douglas College, she decided to embark on a new challenge, and headed to Australia to complete a Master’s of Physiotherapy at Curtin University. 


Having returned home in 2019, Courtney has experience working with all different populations, including paediatrics. With a sports background, she is keen to work with athletes as well as weekend warriors and those looking to put in the work to get back to something that they love.


When not in the clinic, her free time is spent outdoors, with family or completing some type of DIY. 


Courtney Gerwing


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Jayme Gordon


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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Dan Folino

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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Founder, Physiotherapist

Karen Nichol

Karen Nichol graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy.  She is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association as well as the Physiotherapy Association of B.C. 

Karen has always worked extensively with sports teams at various levels including; Premier Rugby, Jr A Football, Canadian Field Hockey, as well as extensive involvement with lacrosse.  She served as head therapist for Coquitlam Adanacs Sr A's for 12 years and as chief physiotherapist for Team Canada's lacrosse team during both the 2007, 2011 & 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.  She served as a head physiotherapist for several years with The On-Field Clinic, specializing in sports-specific rehab of pro and amateur athletes.  Karen has served as a consultant in Injury Prevention for the Police Academy at JIBC since 2004.

Karen enjoys staying active in her free time with running, hiking, biking, swimming and yoga. 

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Adele Cutri

Office Manager


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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. 

Lauren is currently in her 4th year of studies in the Kinesiology program at the University of British Columbia. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball, running, hiking and photography.