ABOUT US

PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

Vic Sanghera

Born and raised in the northern town of Williams Lake, British Columbia, Vic draws on his background as a competitive athlete and personal experiences with injury rehabilitation.

Along with being a ranked national level competitive swimmer for over 15 years, Vic has trained and competed in Wrestling, Olympic Weightlifting, Track and Field, Basketball, and Football.

Vic completed his Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia in 2013 after obtaining his Bachelors of Science with a major in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. He is certified with Chan Gunn IMS (a highly recognized Dry Needling Technique), Acupuncture Canada, and has also completed courses in Soft Tissue Release Techniques and Manual Therapy.

“My passion for Physiotherapy comes from my personal experiences. I’ve always wanted to find a way to help others overcome their battles with their bodies. I truly believe we should all have the ability to function at optimal levels with our bodies, no matter our daily tasks or challenges.

You have to practice what you preach, and I live and breathe this lifestyle of maintaining an optimal functioning body. I want to inspire the next generation by showing them it can be done the right way.

I wanted to open River District Physio, because I truly wanted to share this passion with others on a larger platform.”

Vic believes in using an individualized “hands-on” or manual approach with his rehabilitation protocol. He utilizes his diverse background in sports training, vast knowledge and experiences in exercise rehabilitation to provide the correct exercise programs, biomechanical correction, and education to help optimize the recovery process and prevent future injuries.


Gurinder Hothi

Gurinder graduated Physiotherapy from UBC in 2012, fulfilling a lifelong dream he envisioned at age 13.

He was a young athlete who seemingly spent more time sidelined than on the field due to injuries. Gurinder sought change and desperately desired control over his pain and health.

This sparked a keen interest and passion for the human body and performance that has grown. Fast-forward a couple of decades and Gurinder is fulfilling a new dream by opening River District Physio.

The motivation behind wanting to open a clinic was simple: to have a larger reach, redefine what quality rehab looks like and to hopefully inspire people along the way.


Neil Nijjar

Neil graduated from UBC with a Bachelor’s of Human Kinetics and a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. With his strong background in exercise and functional rehabilitation, Neil has a special interest in sport-related injuries and has worked with the New Westminster Hyacks Football, Sullivan Heights Football and Richmond Devils Hockey.

In his practice, he works with a wide array of clients, ranging from athletes of all levels, to individuals just looking to optimize their health. Neil uses a mix of hands-on manual therapy techniques, along with promoting movement & corrective exercise in treating his patients.

Currently, Neil holds his certificate in Chan Gunn IMS, along with his acupuncture certificate from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute, Level 2 Manual Therapy, and Mulligan Concept certifications.

Neil is also a trained provider of the Shift Concussion Management Program, in which he offers baseline testing for athletes along with post-concussion care for all individuals. When Neil is not working in the clinic he enjoys playing basketball and soccer, along with volunteering within the sports community.


Shane Basran

Shane completed his Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2017. Prior to studying in Ireland, he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 2012.

Shane believes in an individualised combination of evidence-based manual therapy, exercise prescription, education, and a preventative treatment approach to combat injuries and maintain active lifestyles. Shane’s mission is the help clients reach their unique goals to help enhance their lives.

Shane grew up in interior British Columbia where being outside and active was a part of life. He spends as much time as he can on a snowboard, a soccer field, or a basketball court.


Marcus Kwan

Marcus graduated from UBC with his Master of Physical Therapy shortly after completing his Kinesiology degree at SFU. Education is at the forefront of his treatment sessions and is complemented with specific exercise prescription and manual therapy. He has a special interest in back and shoulder injuries as a result of his personal experience with them.

Outside of the clinic, Marcus is a lifelong athlete. He played competitive volleyball, and grew up participating in soccer, baseball, and hockey. His current hobbies include volleyball, weight training, and trying new food.

Whether you are an elite athlete, weekend warrior, or simply want to get back to doing what you love, Marcus will work with you to devise an individualized plan that fits into your busy life. Marcus is fluent in English and Cantonese.


KINESIOLOGISTS

Lesly Novak

From a young age, Lesly recognized she had a passion for health & fitness, and also for helping others. This passion fuelled her to complete a degree in Kinesiology from UBC in 2013 and pursue a career as a kinesiologist. As a movement specialist, Lesly has worked with a wide variety of clientele both in clinic and gym settings.

Whether training clients for injury rehab, fitness, or athletic goals, Lesly’s focus is ensuring a solid foundation and proficient movements are restored and maintained to ensure client goals are being met with success!

In her spare time Lesly enjoys weight training, hiking, pilates, travel, playing or lounging by the water, and eating any and all of the goodies :)


Matt Wright

Matt was born and raised in North Vancouver. He has played a wide variety of sports at a competitive level, and continues to play soccer and basketball every week. Matt received his diploma in Human Kinetics from Capilano University and has now graduated from UBC with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.

His involvement with sports and many injuries sparked his interest in movement biomechanics. Studying the complexities of the human body have furthered his interest in the rehabilitation process and getting individuals back to their sport and everyday lives.

Matt enjoys working with his hands whether on his car, his motorcycle, or playing guitar. On his days off he spends his time with friends playing Spikeball, out for a cruise, or on the basketball court.


Chris Wong

As a Personal Trainer for over 3 years, Chris wanted to seek out more knowledge within the field of health science, and so he graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2019 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Minor of Psychology.

Having the ability to directly interact with individuals and motivate and inspire them to achieve their goals further drove Chris to get his degree in Kinesiology. Drawing from his own experiences from the gym and sports, he understands that having the ability to move freely without pain and fear of injury isn’t just beneficial physically, but equally impacts mental wellbeing.

He believes that Kinesiology is more than just physical rehabilitation or training, but the longing, emotion, and competence to be better can also help reduce injury as well. Everyone has the right to has to move functionally and shouldn’t be afraid to do so.


MASSAGE THERAPISTS

Shivneet Sidhu

Born and raised in the sunny Okanagan, Shivneet completed the Registered Massage Therapy Program at Langara College in 2018. Shivneet's focus in massage therapy is to provide the highest quality of care to all her clients with a focus on patient education and rehabilitation therapy. She centres her practice around detailed assessments and reassessments to get a clear idea of the progress of treatments with the client's goal in mind.

Techniques often used in Shivneet's treatments include trigger point release, myofascial release therapy, active myofascial release, passive and active stretching, deep tissue massage and joint mobilizations integrated with Swedish Massage techniques. Shivneet has experience working with athletes, spinal cord injuries, BC Cancer Society, geriatrics, pre and post pregnancy and the general public.

When not working, Shivneet enjoys everything outdoors from hiking, swimming, trail runs, lounging at the beach, weight training and travelling, but most of all she loves spending time with her American bulldog, Ziggy.


Emma Cullis-Kuhl

Emma is excited to be offering massage services after completing her training at the Langara Registered Massage Therapy Program. She has a background in personal training and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Her passion for learning about the body and helping others directed her towards a career in massage.

Growing up, Emma competed in many sports, in particular volleyball. She experienced multiple injuries and realized how beneficial rehab and manual therapy were for her recovery. She aspires to be like the amazing therapists who have helped her along the way and inspire her to be continuously learning.

Each massage is 60 minutes and will be focused on relaxation and decreasing muscle tension.