A Message from the Owner
I graduated from The University of Alberta, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine in 1999 with my Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Immediately after graduating, I moved to West Kelowna and have worked in the area ever since, save for a brief stint in Seattle many years ago for some extra training. For the first 4 years of my career I practiced the “traditional” physiotherapy, until a colleague in Penticton introduced me to IMS.
Dr. Chan Gunn, MD, pioneered IMS in Vancouver, way back in the 1970’s, as a physician at The Workers Compensation Board. He branched out on his own and started a program of teaching IMS to qualified Medical Doctors and Physiotherapists at the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain (ISTOP). Dr. Gunn has since transferred the training for potential IMS practitioners to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Upon seeing firsthand how effective IMS can be in alleviating pain, I took my training at ISTOP and immediately incorporated it into my daily physiotherapy practice. I was very fortunate to have done my practicum work at ISTOP with Dr. Gunn himself. I got to see exactly how to perform the treatment in order for it to be most effective, with the added benefit of being able to practice IMS under Dr. Gunn’s tutelage. He taught me a great deal and deserves all the credit in the world. Without him I never would have been able to offer such a valuable service to my patients.
I have been practicing IMS at my clinic full time since 2004. I have performed the treatment roughly 50,000 times and have inserted well over 1 million needles into various muscles all over the bodies of thousands of patients. I am very well versed in the subtleties of performing this treatment. Needle insertion is dictated by physical signs, and it takes a skilled practitioner to do this effectively. It is very fulfilling for me to see and hear from people I have helped who have truly achieved freedom from pain.
At The Pain Clinic our team strives to provide competent care in a relaxed, compassionate environment. All staff are easygoing and friendly and you will never be pressured into signing up for multiple treatments that you may not need. If I don’t feel that I can help you, I will tell you so, and will refer you to the appropriate practitioner who can. I have a working relationship with extremely competent MD’s, Chiropractors, Pedorthists and Massage Therapists, whom I trust and rely on.
If you have acute or chronic pain, give us a call to set up an appointment. If you are unsure as to whether or not you are a candidate for IMS, please call us and leave me a message with your concern, or email us with any questions you may have. We will always do our best to respond as quickly as possible.
Thanks, and I wish you well in all of your endeavors.