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.
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.
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’. Check out Stephen's blog posts.
Riley Bay began her undergraduate studies in Victoria, and graduated with a degree in psychology. She then completed her Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Riley has gained further training in manual therapy techniques including Mulligan's Mobilization with Movement and The McKenzie Method. This year she plans to dive further into the science of chronic pain management and education.
Through a combination of individualized therapeutic exercise, hands on manual therapy, and education, Riley is passionate about working together with her patients to help facilitate their return to the sports and activities that are important to them.
Riley grew up in Revelstoke, BC which is where her love for the outdoors and mountains is rooted. Outside of the clinic, Riley loves spending time playing volleyball and soccer, skiing, hiking, and running. She has experience both as a competitive skier and in treating ski and snowboard injuries. Check out Riley's blog posts.
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.
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 previously worked at New West Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Centre.
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 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 is a consultant and head physiotherapist for the Police Academy at The Justice Institute of B.C.
Karen enjoys staying active in her free time with running, hiking, biking, swimming and yoga. Check out Karen's blog posts.
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 and hopes to pursues a career in physiotherapy. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball, running, hiking and photography.
Katie is currently going to SFU and completing a major in criminology. She enjoys going to the gym to keep active all year round. In the summer she loves to hike and explore the outdoors, and in the winter she loves to spend time on the mountains snowboarding.
"Thank you guys, especially Riley for helping me along in my journey of rehabilitation! Everyone apart of the team were kind, caring and showed a positive attitude each and every day I attended my Physio sessions! Once again thank you!"
“I was absolutely blown away with the staff at Royal City Physio!! Came to Brendan with an injured back.... was in an insane amount of pain and Brendan was amazing. Very patient, kind and ensuring I was feeling okay every step of the way.
I only have good things to say about this place and the staff! Would highly recommend to anyone!!!"