Meet Our Talented Team!
REHABILITATION & FITNESS INNOVATORS
Craig has mentored Physical Therapists and students; and, has volunteered with the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA (2000-04) and was on the Board of Directors of the Physiotherapy Association of BC, where he also Chaired a Rural and Remote Committee (2012-16).
Craig competed at a Provincial level in multiple sports and Nationally in track and field. He was an All-Canadian in Track in Field (1993) in University. Craig continues to run for recreation; and, more commonly will be found mountain biking and ski touring (or trying to keep up to his four kids on the hill).
From a young age, Robyn competed in high-level sports including track and field, cross-country running, and cross-country skiing. Robyn has extensive experience working with a variety of athletes as well as with occupational performance training and testing. Robyn’s assessment, programming, and rehabilitation intervention offers individuals the opportunity to gain, maintain, and improve upon their athletic and functional abilities.
While at work, she can often be found turning the music dial in the gym to some good 80’s Rock. At home and in the community she can be found skiing, hiking, running, and biking with her kids, her husband and the family Russian Spaniel, Ash, in tow!
Robyn holds the following designations: Registered Kinesiologist, Master’s Certificate, Vocational Professional, PGAP Clinician, PGAP-Tel Clinician, Medical Exercise Specialist, Crossfit Level 1 Trainer, Crossfit Kids Trainer, and Crossfit Movement and Mobility Trainer, FMS certified exercise professional Level 2, Fundamental Capacity Screen Certified, MovNat Level 2 instructor, Olympic Weightlifting NCCP Level 1, Y-Balance Test Evaluator, Certified EPIC lift capacity evaluator, Strongfirst Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor.
She likes being a part of a group whose goal is to help people achieve better health and wellness.
Robyn passion for exercise has taken a side seat to raising her young daughter. She loves exploring the outdoors with her family and taking in all the many things the Kootenays has to offer.
When she’s not at the office she can be found on the slopes with her family, or discussing the qualities of a good bottle of wine, or, a great book, with her book club.
experience in sport injury assessment, diagnosis and treatment, performance athletics
and injury prevention strategies through physical activity. She has extensive experience
in this capacity from working with professional, national and Olympic athletes as well as with people of all types of athletic backgrounds and abilities.
With expertise in acute sport injury, overuse injury management, optimizing
performance and injury prevention; she is well versed in current management of these
conditions and continues to evaluate new evidence-based treatments.
Bridging treatment with physiotherapists, kinesiologists, occupational therapists, athletic therapists, chiropractors and other skilled health care professionals as well as other physicians provides optimal multidisciplinary care for you. Your family physician remains the cornerstone of your care coordination and every effort is taken to keep your family physician involved in your care.
She has experience in specialized areas of athlete care, including:
• Non-operative management of sport injuries
• Overuse injuries
• Acute injury diagnosis and management
• High performance athletics
• Stress fractures
• Exercise in pregnancy
• Female athlete triad
• Aging athletes
• Team sport health and performance concerns
• Pre-participation physical exams
• Return-to-play decisions
Appointments Dr. Sharisse Kyle requires a referral from your family doctor or another
physician, and the fees for most services are covered under the Medical Services Plan
Shannon loves to stay active outside with mountain biking, running, hiking and skiing, when she isn't chasing her three kids or teaching them activities to enjoy outside.
In her life outside of Kootenay Health, Jen also does canine physiotherapy. Additionally, she loves to spend time hiking with her family and dogs, trail running, figure skating, snowboarding and discovering all the beauty the Kootenays has to offer.
Emma’s practice interests include cognitive assessment and intervention, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, mental health, return to work, functional and cognitive capacity evaluations, cost of future care, medical-legal and concussion management. Emma is committed to professional growth and continuing education in order to provide the most relevant treatments to her clients and feels fornature to be a part of an innovative and forward thinking team of clinicians at KHS.
Emma is passionate about skiing, paddle boarding, travelling, hiking, running and gardening. She loves laughing with her fiance and spending time with her two cats.
He has a passion to work with athletes, to be in the mountains, and to travel the world. These interests lead to him to a position with Alpine Canada as the head physiotherapist for the technical team where he worked for two years. The job involved travelling the Alpine World Cup circuit and working with Olympic athletes around the globe. He also worked with Hockey Canada in such tournaments as the Deutschland Cup, with trackside treatment for the Olympic bobsled team as well as, with professional and national level athletes including national wrestlers, luge athletes and sledge hockey players to help them to return to full function post injury. Prior to moving back to Nelson, Justin worked in the private sector assisting all demographics with acute as, well as, chronic ailments.
Over the last 8 years Justin has taken numerous postgraduate courses in acupuncture, intramuscular stimulation (IMS) and manual therapy and utilizes these techniques on a daily basis. His rehabilitation plans have a strong base in exercise science and client education, with all client populations. Justin has also taken an interest in working with people affected by concussions with related injuries and with vestibular dysfunction. Recently he has taken numerous courses in both areas of practice.
He is very excited to be back in Nelson with his wife, Natalie, and two beautiful sons. It took leaving Nelson to realize that it can’t be beat!
Devon joined Kootenay Health Services in 2018. As a kinesiologist, she provides exercise programming and education for the Worksafe Occupational Rehabilitation program, which operates at the clinic. Devon also offers private kinesiology sessions, guided by the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and corrective exercises. Breathwork, Movnat and Strongfirst kettlebell disciplines strongly influence her programming.
Devon currently uses kettlebells to strength train and keep up with her two little girls. She and her family are passionate about nutrition and enjoy reaping the nutrient dense foods they grow in their garden. Devon also loves knitting, sewing, sunshine and her Bengal cat.
Ukrainian dance, Ballet, Ballroom, Latin, and Swing were styles he practiced and required many visits to his practitioners. It was due to these appointments which inspired him to follow a career in Massage Therapy. He truly believed in their many benefits.
In the spring of 2013, Nicolas finished a Bachelor of Science at the University of Manitoba. He then moved to Vernon for the Massage Therapy program at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. Having become an RMT, he is now able to utilize his skills of treatment, as well as his knowledge of body movement, to help his clients move pain-free.
During your treatment, Nicolas utilizes Myofascial Release Techniques, Joint Mobilizations, Trigger point release therapy, Visceral manipulations(working on organs), Cranial Sacral techniques, and Deep Tissue techniques.
A self-care plan is also given to help continue the progress at home, understanding that the most effective therapy is a team effort.
In addition to working in a clinic, Nicolas also loves to teach. He has taught dancing for many years, and taught at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy for two years.
In 2018, he joined the teaching staff at the Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health Sciences as an instructor for the RMT program and as a supervisor for the clinic.
He looks forward to working with you to develop a pain-free state of health.
After graduation, Hannah moved to Kamloops where she worked in community mental health and substance use services, as well as in tertiary psychiatric care. She has completed additional training in motivational interviewing, concussion management, suicide intervention skills, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She is passionate about the integration of mental and physical health practices to enable clients to engage in meaningful daily occupations. Hannah is delighted to be working with the team at Kootenay Health Services to assist in providing quality and holistic health care services to individuals on their recovery journey.
In her spare time, Hannah spends her time rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, knitting, and trying to pet as many dogs as possible!
“One of the things I really enjoy is working with participants of all ages and ability levels, just come with an open mind and try your best.” Michael aims to provide a fun, open atmosphere in class while ensuring that everyone “gets their sweat on!” Themed playlists are the order of the day on significant holidays and you may even get a bit of music trivia as well. Michael retired from a career in the radio business 3 years ago. He and his wife, who is originally from the Kootenays, moved here from Calgary in 2019. They are loving the amazing lifestyle that Nelson provides.
Adding to Travis’s credibility he instructs mountain biking in the summer, cross country skiing in the winter and is a RAD Dad all year round!
“The reward for hard work is…more hard work”
~ Grandfather Dickson.
During her PhD studies, Joanie has worked in a private clinic and a research centre, mostly with women affected by pelvic floor issues. She was also lecturer in the post-graduate program in perineal and pelvic rehabilitation of the University of Montreal from 2014 to 2020, teaching on the subject of urinary incontinence assessment and treatment. Joanie’s areas of practice include: urinary incontinence, pelvic and sexual pain, diastasis, genital prolapses and anorectal disorders. She also does pre and post-partum follow up to prevent problems during pregnancy and delivery as well as to return to activities safely.
Joanie grew up in Valleyfield, a town close to Montreal, Quebec where she had to drive long distances to reach small mountains for snowboarding. She fell in love with Nelson and his community four years ago, during a road trip adventure with her husband. Joanie loves to spend time hiking with her family, snowboarding and enjoying everything the beautiful surroundings of Nelson has to offer.
Outside of work he is a keen footballer (soccer), skier and enjoys spending time with his young family!
She strongly believes in a client centred practice where together you create the best treatment plan to suit your needs, whether it’s to reduce pain, injury, help regain mobility or to relax your mind and body.
Lauren is trained in a range of therapeutic massage techniques such as Swedish massage, joint mobilization, myofacial release and trigger point therapy. She believes in the power of intuitive and intentional touch as a crucial part of wellness, and knows that massage therapy is a key element in overall health.
In Lauren’s spare time she enjoys exploring her new surroundings, practicing yoga and meditation, spending time with friends, paddle boarding and more. She looks forward to helping you achieve your wellness goals and getting on a path to rehabilitation.
What People Are Saying
“I love Kootenay Health Services workout classes! The classes are small so I get a lot of attention and care. The instructors are knowledgable and fun. I always feel appreciated and welcome- never intimidated or taken for granted.”Jody Deverney
“We are so fortunate to have Kootenay Health Services in Nelson. Whether I'm going for physiotherapy, massage therapy, spin or kettlebell classes, I'm always treated with respect and appreciation. This is a multi-service clinic like none other.
Robyn and Craig's vision of their clinic is a reflection of the passion they have for healing their clients in a welcoming and unintimidating space.”Cheryl Côté
Thank you for the support leading up to and during the biggest cycling season of my life.
Your work out programs along with the physiotherapy taught me so much more about myself and my fitness. Between strengthening and recovering you guys rocked it. I have never felt so balanced and strong in the 10 years of my competitive racing. The KHS team kicks ass and the facility is top of the line, it is an honour to be a part of the team!”