Meet the Movement Lifestyle Team

Physiotherapists

Carrie Viola

Registered Physiotherapist

Carrie’s first experience with physiotherapy came at a young age after suffering a series of sport-related knee injuries, requiring both surgery and rehabilitation. Her past experiences combined with her extensive academic training help clients and athletes restore function, minimize re-injury and optimize performance safely, and effectively.

Carrie graduated from McMaster University in 2006 with a Masters degree in Physiotherapy after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph. She has post-graduate training with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, obtaining her Certificate of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, and is certified in Chan Gunn IMS (CG*IMS) through the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain (iSTOP). She has completed training through the STOTT Pilates Rehabilitation Program and enjoys incorporating Clinical Pilates exercises and principles as part of her treatments. Carrie’s approach to physiotherapy aims to analyze the client’s whole body strategy, determine the underlying reason for those strategies and restore optimal performance and function using hands-on techniques and focused exercises.

Carrie has a wide range of experience treating weekend warriors and athletes in soccer, lacrosse, triathlon, and cycling. She has also taken further training in Prenatal Pilates to help support moms-to-be in their movements and aid in recovery after birth.

Advanced Certifications:

  • Certificate of Manual and Manipulative Therapy
  • Intramuscular Stimulation (CG*IMS)
  • STOTT PILATES® Rehab Trained Instructor – Mat level 1 & 2, Reformer level 1 & 2
  • Prenatal Pilates
  • The Integrated Systems Model series with Diane Lee
CARRIE VIOLA, Registered Physiotherapist
CARRIE VIOLA, Registered Physiotherapist

Carrie Viola

Registered Physiotherapist

Carrie’s first experience with physiotherapy came at a young age after suffering a series of sport-related knee injuries, requiring both surgery and rehabilitation. Her past experiences combined with her extensive academic training help clients and athletes restore function, minimize re-injury and optimize performance safely, and effectively.

Carrie graduated from McMaster University in 2006 with a Masters degree in Physiotherapy after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph. She has post-graduate training with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, obtaining her Certificate of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, and is certified in Chan Gunn IMS (CG*IMS) through the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain (iSTOP). She has completed training through the STOTT Pilates Rehabilitation Program and enjoys incorporating Clinical Pilates exercises and principles as part of her treatments. Carrie’s approach to physiotherapy aims to analyze the client’s whole body strategy, determine the underlying reason for those strategies and restore optimal performance and function using hands-on techniques and focused exercises.

Carrie has a wide range of experience treating weekend warriors and athletes in soccer, lacrosse, triathlon, and cycling. She has also taken further training in Prenatal Pilates to help support moms-to-be in their movements and aid in recovery after birth.

Advanced Certifications:

  • Certificate of Manual and Manipulative Therapy
  • Intramuscular Stimulation (CG*IMS)
  • STOTT PILATES® Rehab Trained Instructor – Mat level 1 & 2, Reformer level 1 & 2
  • Prenatal Pilates
  • The Integrated Systems Model series with Diane Lee
Larissa Vishniakoff, Registered Physiotherapist

Larissa Vishniakoff

Registered Physiotherapist

Larissa is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where she completed her Master of Physical Therapy in 2009 and Bachelor of Science in 2007.

Larissa was exposed to Physiotherapy at a young age and was immediately intrigued by the profession. Through her own injuries, she has developed a deep sense of empathy, compassion, and comprehensive knowledge base that comes from being both a patient and a therapist. Larissa is passionate about the profession and also sees the immense value in being part of a collaborative health care team. Larissa continues to prioritize life-long learning and is currently exploring knowledge in Osteopathic techniques, Medical Intuition, and further Rehab Pilates courses.

Larissa uses her skills to assess and treat the whole person and is very keen on making sure that the patient understands and is part of the treatment process the entire way through.

Larissa was a competitive swimmer for 11 years and continues to work with coaches and their competitive swimmers by presenting lectures and providing rehabilitation programs for competitive swim teams. She currently enjoys yoga, hiking, Kettlebell and TRX training, trail running, scuba diving, and has over 14 years of personal Pilates experience.

Advanced Certifications:

  • Medical Acupuncture Provider – AFCI
  • Intramuscular Stimulation (CG*IMS)
  • STOTT PILATES® Rehab Trained Instructor – Reformer 1 & 2, Cadillac/Barrels/Chair 1 & 2
  • K-taping therapist
  • Intermediate Certificate of Manual and Manipulative Therapy with the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy
  • Shirley Sahrmann Movement Impairment Syndromes
  • Lyn Watson Advanced Shoulder Rehab Level 1 & 2
  • Anatomy Trains for Movement Therapists

Michael Tengco

Registered Physiotherapist

Michael completed his Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2015, following the completion of his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University.

Being heavily involved in sports as a player, coach and a sports trainer, Michael was always had an enthusiastic attitude to the body’s movement and repair process which initially led him to pursue he studies in Physiotherapy. During his undergraduate studies, he worked as a Athletic Student Therapist for St. Mary’s University’s Men’s Basketball team and had the opportunity to take a role as the head physiotherapist for a men’s semi-professional soccer team and a women’s Australian rules football team in Australia.

Through his studies and own personal experiences, Michael began to further develop his understanding of optimal health and wellness and is a firm believer of treating not only the injury, but treating the individual to achieve total wellbeing.

Michael utilizes a evidenced-based approach in his practice and is dedicated to providing the best care supported by scientific studies. Michael has had the fortunate opportunity to attend various seminars and workshops held by some of the most well renowned Physiotherapists and implements these teachings into his own personal practice.  Michael utilizes Pilates as a form of rehabilitation and enjoys collaborating with his clients in the development of their rehabilitation process.

Outside Physiotherapy, Michael is a sports enthusiast in particular, an avid basketball fan and tries to play as often as possible. You can also find him on the mat at the Reformotiv studio as he enjoys his own yoga and pilates practice. He is also a coffee enthusiast and you will see him throughout the city looking for the best coffee!

Advanced Certifications:

  • Dry Needling – Australia Physiotherapy Association
  • Kinetic Link Training Level 1
  • Sports Physiotherapy Level 1
  • Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Coach Level 1
  • K-taping Therapist
  • STORZ Radial Shockwave Device Certification
Carolane Chevrier, Registered Physiotherapist
Carolane Chevrier, Registered Physiotherapist

Michael

Registered Physiotherapist

Michael completed his Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2015, following the completion of his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University.

Being heavily involved in sports as a player, coach and a sports trainer, Michael was always had an enthusiastic attitude to the body’s movement and repair process which initially led him to pursue he studies in Physiotherapy. During his undergraduate studies, he worked as a Athletic Student Therapist for St. Mary’s University’s Men’s Basketball team and had the opportunity to take a role as the head physiotherapist for a men’s semi-professional soccer team and a women’s Australian rules football team in Australia.

Through his studies and own personal experiences, Michael began to further develop his understanding of optimal health and wellness and is a firm believer of treating not only the injury, but treating the individual to achieve total wellbeing.

Michael utilizes a evidenced-based approach in his practice and is dedicated to providing the best care supported by scientific studies. Michael has had the fortunate opportunity to attend various seminars and workshops held by some of the most well renowned Physiotherapists and implements these teachings into his own personal practice. Michael utilizes Pilates as a form of rehabilitation and enjoys collaborating with his clients in the development of their rehabilitation process.

Outside Physiotherapy, Michael is a sports enthusiast in particular, an avid basketball fan and tries to play as often as possible. You can also find him on the mat at the Reformotiv studio as he enjoys his own yoga and pilates practice. He is also a coffee enthusiast and you will see him throughout the city looking for the best coffee!

Advanced Certifications:

  • Dry Needling – Australia Physiotherapy Association
  • Kinetic Link Training Level 1
  • Sports Physiotherapy Level 1
  • Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Coach Level 1
  • K-taping Therapist
  • STORZ Radial Shockwave Device Certification
Larissa Vishniakoff, Registered Physiotherapist

Donna DeGeer

Registered Physiotherapist

Donna was first exposed to Physiotherapy in her teenage years after experiencing several sports related injuries and a severe fall from a horse. Her personal experience with the profession and rehabilitation through exercise led her to pursue becoming a Physiotherapist herself as well as a Pilates and group fitness instructor. Her approach to treatment involves education, exercise, manual therapy, and acupuncture if appropriate. She believes very strongly that empowering her patients is the key to success and that this is done best through education about the nature of the condition and through an active approach to rehabilitation.

Donna graduated from McMaster University with a Masters degree in Physiotherapy in 2014 after completing her undergraduate in Genetics and Psychology in 2007 from McMaster University and a Masters degree in Medical Genetics from UBC in 2010. She has completed several post-graduate professional development training including Mackenzie therapy for the lumbar spine, Mulligan mobilization, acupuncture, concussion management, and vestibular rehabilitation. Her true passion in rehabilitation is pelvic health. She has completed the first four courses through Pelvic Health Solutions and treats both men and women for issues including incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, bladder overactivity, pregnancy related complications, constipation, and coccydynia. She has also completed her training in Matwork Pilates through Body Harmonics and is interested in completing her reformer training. Donna is also interested in completing additional courses in orthopaedic physiotherapy and has currently completed her level 2 courses through the orthopaedic division.

Outside of work, Donna spends her free time with her dog Bailey and enjoys hiking, yoga, pilates, group fitness, and painting. She is currently attempting to teach herself how to play the piano and flute.

Advanced Certifications:

  • Pelvic Health levels 1-4 (Pelvic Health Solutions)
  • Manual and Manipulative therapy level 2 (orthopaedic division)
  • Acupuncture level 1 (CAFCI)
  • Concussion Management (Shift)
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Mulligan Mobilizations
  • Mackenzie Therapy for the lumbar spine
  • Pilates matwork (Body Harmonics)
Massage Therapists

Mai Holmes

Registered Massage Therapist

Mai Holmes started practicing in 2012 after graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Since then, she has continued to grow her practice with a special interest in myofascial work supporting optimal movement of the body. Her post graduation courses have led her to the Integrated Fascial Techniques program taught by highly respected and well educated mentors. Working with the many layers of the body has provided Mai with a deeper understanding of how it responds to treatment. She uses various modalities allowing the body to find self expression and healing.

Mai considers her practice in therapy as a continued learning process and developing journey much like her meditation, yoga, spinning, biking and cooking.

Advanced Certifications:

  • Integrated Fascial Techniques: myofascial mobilization, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral
  • Anatomy Trains Structural Integration – Pain and Movement
  • ANS Balance – Manual Treatment of the Thoracic Cage
Mai Holmes, Registered Massage Therapist
Mai Holmes, Registered Massage Therapist

Mai Holmes

Registered Massage Therapist

Mai Holmes started practicing in 2012 after graduating from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. Since then, she has continued to grow her practice with a special interest in myofascial work supporting optimal movement of the body. Her post graduation courses have led her to the Integrated Fascial Techniques program taught by highly respected and well educated mentors. Working with the many layers of the body has provided Mai with a deeper understanding of how it responds to treatment. She uses various modalities allowing the body to find self expression and healing.

Mai considers her practice in therapy as a continued learning process and developing journey much like her meditation, yoga, spinning, biking and cooking.

Advanced Certifications:

  • Integrated Fascial Techniques: myofascial mobilization, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral
  • Anatomy Trains Structural Integration – Pain and Movement
  • ANS Balance – Manual Treatment of the Thoracic Cage
Ian Glass, Registered Massage Therapist

Ian Glass

Registered Massage Therapist

Ian was first introduced to Cranial Sacral Therapy in 2008. Intrigued by the subtle and powerful work and wanting to learn more, Ian first studied manual therapy at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage in 2010. There he began to learn deep tissue/myofascial techniques. After that, he continued to learn energetic osteopathic treatment through the Upledger Institute and the Barral Institute; later upgrading to become a Registered Massage Therapist in 2013. Ian enjoys treating through a combination of direct techniques and some subtle manipulation to address immediate concerns and deeper underlying tensions. Ian has a background in Dance and appreciates an athlete’s need for their sport and need to perform. Outside of work, Ian enjoys meditation, travel, and photography.

Ian has a special interest in treating head injuries, post-surgical cases, and chronic conditions.

Advanced Certifications:

  • Upledger Institute: Craniosacral levels 1 & 2
  • Upledger Institute: SomatoEmotional Release levels 1 & 2
  • Barral Institute: Visceral Manipulation levels 1-6

Siam Gomes

Registered Massage Therapist

Siam graduated from the Langara Registered Massage Therapy program in August 2018. Prior to becoming an RMT, she practiced Holistic Nutrition primarily doing private consultations to help clients create a healthy, sustainable and educated relationship with food.

Siam’s focus in Massage Therapy is to provide the highest quality of care, with an emphasis on patient education and for her patients to be actively involved in the recovery process on the table and with their home care. She centers her treatment around effective functional and visual assessment and reassessment which helps both the therapist and patient see progress. Techniques often utilized during Siam’s treatments include trigger point release, myofascial and active myofascial release, passive and active forms of stretching and joint mobilizations integrated with Swedish techniques.

Siam enjoys yoga, hip-hop/rap, being a foodie and taking her frenchie Eddie on trail hikes.

Special interests: TMJ disorders and post-operative mastectomy patients.

Advanced Certifications:

  • Visceral manipulation (Langara College RMT)
  • Craniosacral therapy (Langara College RMT)
  • Muscle energy techniques (Langara College RMT)
  • Holistic Nutrition (CSNN)
Mai Holmes, Registered Massage Therapist
Mai Holmes, Registered Massage Therapist

Siam Gomes

Registered Massage Therapist

Siam graduated from the Langara Registered Massage Therapy program in August 2018. Prior to becoming an RMT, she practiced Holistic Nutrition primarily doing private consultations to help clients create a healthy, sustainable and educated relationship with food.

Siam’s focus in Massage Therapy is to provide the highest quality of care, with an emphasis on patient education and for her patients to be actively involved in the recovery process on the table and with their home care. She centers her treatment around effective functional and visual assessment and reassessment which helps both the therapist and patient see progress. Techniques often utilized during Siam’s treatments include trigger point release, myofascial and active myofascial release, passive and active forms of stretching and joint mobilizations integrated with Swedish techniques.

Siam enjoys yoga, hip-hop/rap, being a foodie and taking her frenchie Eddie on trail hikes.

Special interests: TMJ disorders and post-operative mastectomy patients.

Advanced Certifications:

  • Visceral manipulation (Langara College RMT)
  • Craniosacral therapy (Langara College RMT)
  • Muscle energy techniques (Langara College RMT)
  • Holistic Nutrition (CSNN)
Acupuncturists
Larissa Vishniakoff, Registered Physiotherapist

Jessica Moon

Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist

Jessica’s focus as a practitioner, clinically and spiritually, is summed up by two words: Pain and Beauty. She appreciates, equally, the challenge and the reward of working to treat physical pain in muscles and joints. Acupuncture is incredibly effective for pain relief, either by clearing excess or by nurturing deficiency, be it local or systemic.

Since graduating with a Doctorate of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jessica has adopted the use of Acupoint Injection Therapies, which are guided by the principles of acupuncture, while incorporating nutrients and solutions to allow for a more immediate effect in some cases.

Changes in emotional and mental health as a response of the mind to the repair of the body can be profoundly positive. In addition to results from manual therapy, Jessica has observed herbal formulas to work wonders in balancing the highs and lows, easing the frustrations and anxieties of life.

Over many years of seeking better living, movement has been a mainstay for Jessica: yoga, swimming, cycling, and pilates. Not only for a strong mind, but for happy muscles too.

Bringing us to beauty: Cosmetic acupuncture and facial rejuvenation is a several thousand year old technique to clear blemishes, fill in fine lines, lift and brighten the eyes, encouraging blood flow and circulation to the face, and stimulate new collagen production by needling into the dermal layer of the skin. No pain, all beauty.

Advanced Certifications:

  • ARIABC: Acupoint Injection levels 1, 2 & 3
  • ARIABC: Prolotherapy levels 1, 2 & 3
  • ARIABC: Scar/Adhesion Release, Perineural, PRP & Ozone Therapy
  • PhysicalMind Institute: Mat & Standing Pilates Trainer
Exercise Therapists

Marianne Grobbelaar

Medical Exercise Specialist

Marianne was born in South Africa and moved to Canada in 2008. She was a professional ballet dancer for 15 years, dancing as Principal ballerina with Cape Town City Ballet and then Ballet BC. Whilst dancing in South Africa, she co-founded a dancer rehabilitation program connecting dancers with medical professionals.

After retiring from ballet, she followed her passion of rehabilitative exercise and became a Medical Exercise Specialist, working with people who have experienced strokes, Cancer, Dementia/Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease. She especially enjoys working with seniors and has been teaching group exercise classes to patients at the Health and Home Care Society of BC in their Dementia Respite Program for the last two years.

When not working at Reformotiv, she offers private in-home exercise sessions to people ranging in age from 8-97 years old!

Marianne draws from her experiences of her own personal injury recovery. She has also created her own fusion group exercise program which is inspired by her exposure to Ballet, Pilates, Yoga, Strength Training, Meditation and her extensive movement background.

Advanced Certifications:

  • Medical Exercise Program Director – AAHFR
  • BCRPA certified Personal Trainer and Weight trainer
  • Cancer Exercise Specialist – Cancer Exercise Training Institute
  • Certified MELT Method Instructor
  • Third Age (Geriatric Exercise Program)
  • Osteofit – Exercising with Osteoporosis – BC Women’s Hospital
  • Prenatal Pilates Certification – Physical Mind Institute of Canada
  • Pre and Post Natal – Fit 4 Two
  • Hypopressives Low Pressure Fitness
  • ELDOA (Osteopathic Exercises)
CARRIE VIOLA, Registered Physiotherapist
CARRIE VIOLA, Registered Physiotherapist

Marianne Grobbelaar

Medical Exercise Specialist

Marianne was born in South Africa and moved to Canada in 2008. She was a professional ballet dancer for 15 years, dancing as Principal ballerina with Cape Town City Ballet and then Ballet BC. Whilst dancing in South Africa, she co-founded a dancer rehabilitation program connecting dancers with medical professionals.

After retiring from ballet, she followed her passion of rehabilitative exercise and became a Medical Exercise Specialist, working with people who have experienced strokes, Cancer, Dementia/Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease. She especially enjoys working with seniors and has been teaching group exercise classes to patients at the Health and Home Care Society of BC in their Dementia Respite Program for the last two years.

When not working at Reformotiv, she offers private in-home exercise sessions to people ranging in age from 8-97 years old!

Marianne draws from her experiences of her own personal injury recovery. She has also created her own fusion group exercise program which is inspired by her exposure to Ballet, Pilates, Yoga, Strength Training, Meditation and her extensive movement background.

Advanced Certifications:

  • Medical Exercise Program Director – AAHFR
  • BCRPA certified Personal Trainer and Weight trainer
  • Cancer Exercise Specialist – Cancer Exercise Training Institute
  • Certified MELT Method Instructor
  • Third Age (Geriatric Exercise Program)
  • Osteofit – Exercising with Osteoporosis – BC Women’s Hospital
  • Prenatal Pilates Certification – Physical Mind Institute of Canada
  • Pre and Post Natal – Fit 4 Two
  • Hypopressives Low Pressure Fitness
  • ELDOA (Osteopathic Exercises)