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From simple active living to peak athletic performance, physiotherapy plays a significant part in helping change people’s lives. Here are eight amazing stories of inspiring British Columbians, who Choose to Move, and use physio to help them perform at their physical best.

Kelsey Serwa

KELSEY SERWA - 2014 Winter Olympic Silver Medalist (Ski Cross)

Whistler, BC

It is every athlete’s dream to represent their country and receive a medal at the Olympic Games. For elite ski cross champion, Kelsey Serwa, her silver medal win in Sochi almost didn’t happen. Years of intensive training and competing had resulted in severe injuries and a torn knee in 2011. She recovered but ten months prior to the Games, her ACL tore again, and she required surgery. Following her operation, Kelsey relied on physiotherapy to help get her ready to compete amongst the world’s finest, and the chance to stand proudly on the Olympic podium.

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BALLET BC DANCERS

BALLET BC DANCERS Alexis Fletcher, Peter Smida, Livona Ellis, Christoph von Riedemann

Vancouver, BC

To create stunning productions that push physical boundaries and delight audiences, the dancers of Ballet BC endure months of hard work, and training to get ready for opening night. Repetitive motion and challenging choreography takes its toll on these elite athletes and artists, who need to stay in top condition to continue doing what they love. Physiotherapy is an essential part of their life, and plays an integral role in helping them stay strong and injury free. Prevention and maintenance are key factors in ensuring that these professional dancers can deliver show-stopping performances night after night.

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DR. ALAN VUKUSIC - BC Emergency Room Doctor

Dr. Alan Vukusic

Kamloops, BC

As an ER doctor, Alan is all too familiar with injuries and trauma. Usually the one providing treatment, he found himself on the other side after a snowmobile excursion went wrong. He had an accident, resulting in a disc protrusion on his neck that required surgery. Physiotherapy was essential to his recovery. Today, Alan has his mobility back. He is now able to enjoy life again, be active with his young family, and cope with the day-to-day demands of his role in the Emergency Room.

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Sandra Davies - 76 year old Competitive Runner

Sandra Davies

Sandra Davies -76 year old Competitive Runner

Vancouver, BC

With over 50 medals for competitive running, 76 year old Sandra loves the thrill of the win. She took up the sport later in life, after experiencing a health scare in her sixties that pushed her to make a conscious choice to be active, and live a healthy life. Today, Sandra experiences physical challenges from aging as well as an osteoarthritis diagnosis. She has been seeing a physiotherapist to help keep her on track, on course, and able to continue her journey as a runner. An inspiration to her family and those around her, Sandra looks forward to adding even more medals to her current collection.

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Former NHL Player (Vancouver Canucks) & Highly Ranked Amateur Tennis Player

Garry Valk & Alli Valk

Former NHL Player (Vancouver Canucks) & Highly Ranked Amateur Tennis Player

North Vancouver, BC

As a professional athlete and former NHL player, Garry is no stranger to injuries. He has regularly used physiotherapy since his days on the ice to help treat the abuse his body sustained throughout his career. Realizing the value of maintenance and prevention, Garry has been a role model in teaching his daughter, Alli, a rising tennis star, to incorporate physiotherapy into her regular training routine. Highly ranked in BC, Alli has dreams of becoming a professional tennis player. She uses physiotherapy to treat and prevent injuries, which helps keep her in top condition to compete amongst the best in her sport.

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Cancer & Spinal Meningitis Survivor

Jesse Goerzen

Cancer & Spinal Meningitis Survivor

Maple Ridge, BC

At the age of 17, Jesse, an avid football player and active teenager, started to experience concussion like symptoms. A visit to the hospital led to a diagnosis that would change his life. Jesse had a cancerous brain tumour that required immediate surgery. Even though the first operation went well, he unfortunately contracted a bacterial infection that resulted in spinal meningitis, which left him with extensive nerve damage. After coming off of life support, he was unable to do anything for himself. With the aid of physiotherapy that began during his hospital stay, Jesse has made incredible progress and has now returned to a “somewhat normal life.

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Pilot/Avid Skier

Brittany Frey

Pilot/Avid Skier

Vancouver International Airport

Brittany had always dreamed of being a pilot. Young and ambitious, she achieved this goal in her early twenties, and took to the skies working for a local BC airline. Things took a turn for the worse while on a ski vacation to Switzerland, where she broke her leg on the slopes. Told by doctors that she may not be able to return to flying, Brittany used physiotherapy to help her recover and get her back into the air.

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Firefighter / Former Pro XC Mountain Bike Racer

Marty Lazarski

Firefighter / Former Pro XC Mountain Bike Racer

North Vancouver, BC

Major and minor crashes, injuries, and general aches and pains are just par for the course when you sign on to be a professional mountain bike racer on the national, and international circuit. For a decade, Marty’s body endured daily abuse during intensive training sessions, and competitions. Physiotherapy became his go to treatment for managing injuries, and helped him continue to ride with the best. Today, it is just as essential for Marty to keep his body in good condition for his very physical job, and he now relies on physio for maintenance and prevention. His regular visits help him perform his daily duties as a firefighter, and continue to take on tough terrain during weekend rides on Vancouver’s North Shore.

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