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Helping Hands

OUR

TEAM

PASSIONATE ABOUT SERVING OTHERS

Our multi-disciplinary team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Pathologists, a Registered Psychologist, an Accessibility Consultant and Rehabilitative Assistants provide services to children, adults and elders throughout Northern British Columbia and Vancouver Island. We are proud to be a Northern British Columbia owned and operated company that strives to increase health outcomes in our region and hire within our local communities.

Founders
FOUNDERS
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JOCELYN CHANDLER

Co-Founder, Physiotherapy Services Manager & Physiotherapist

Hi, my name is Jocelyn, I have lived and worked for 25 years primarily in northern isolated Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan, BC, and the Yukon. I enjoy spending time with my daughters in nature kayaking, hiking, fishing, skiing, and playing or coaching girls hockey.

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CAITLYN DEBRUYNE

Co-Founder, Occupational Therapy Services Manager & Occupational Therapist

Hi, my name is Caitlyn and I have called Smithers, BC my home for over a decade. I am passionate about providing care that meets the unique needs of each community. When I'm not working you can find me skiing or hiking in the mountains with my family and enjoying the animals on our small hobby farm.

Facility Support Dog
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BONNY

Facility Support Dog

Hi, my name is Bonny and I am a fully accredited Facility Support Dog that was trained by the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. My primary handler is Caitlyn and secondary handler is Kendra. My job is to provide an attune presence to help decrease anxiety and promote participation in fine/gross motor skills. When I’m not wearing my red vest, you can find me chasing balls!

ACCESSIBILTY CONSULTANT
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CHRIS MILLER

Accessibility Consultant

Hi, my name is Chris, I spent the first half of my life in Smithers but now call Revelstoke home. I suffered a life changing stroke 7 years ago. I have learned that adaptation & a positive mindset must be used to overcome challenges & we must take time to be grateful for the
simplest things. I am a father to a 10-year-old daughter, and when I am not spending
time with her, I am regularly on an outdoor adventure.

Accessibility Consultant
Occupational Therapists
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS
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KENDRA NIMMO

Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist 

Hi, my name is Kendra and I provide services to all ages in the region.  When not working, you can find me gardening, cooking, skiing in the local mountains or biking on the trails with my dog.

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MARY GODIN

Occupational Therapist

Hi, my name is Mary and I look forward to continuing to work in beautiful rural communities supporting elders, children and their families. In my spare time I enjoy mountain biking, surfing, exploring the outdoors and teaching adaptive skiing.

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KATHRYN ALEXANDRE

Occupational Therapist

Hi! My name is Katie and I've called Smithers home for the past two years. I am passionate about supporting people to reach their goals to be able to do things that are important to them. Outside of work, you can find me adventuring in the great outdoors with my husband and dog.

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TARA YOUNG

Occupational Therapist

Hi, my name is Tara, I was born & raised in Kitimat. I am passionate & driven in my goal to help all overcome their barriers & work towards a greater quality of life. I love traveling & often on the road providing support to clients in need within Northwest BC. In my spare time I like to be outdoors hiking or near water.

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TITIA WOUDSTRA

Occupational Therapist

Hi, my name is Titia, I was born and raised in South Africa, where I also studied to be an occupational therapist. My husband I moved to Smithers 15 years ago, where we had our two beautiful children. Our family loves to camp, fish, hunt and hike in the mountains.

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EMMA BROWN

Occupational Therapist

Hello, my name is Emma and I have loved working as an Occupational Therapist in Smithers and on Vancouver Island with people of all ages. In my free time I like to eat good food, swim and walk in the woods with my dog and family.

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SILAN GREENING

Occupational Therapist

My name is Silan and I am so grateful to live and work in Northern BC. I am passionate about rural & remote health and aspire to provide compassionate & respectful care to families & communities. In my spare time, I enjoy sharing my love of cooking & spending time in the outdoors with my family.

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DANIELLE RETTIE

Occupational Therapist

Hi, my name is Danielle and I am an occupational therapist. I live and play in Smithers, the unceeded territory of the Wet'suwet'en. I love learning about different ways of healing and recovering in rural and remote communities and look forward to highlighting people's strengths to help them return to their occupations. In my spare time I like to volunteer with a local social enterprise, mountain bike and hang out with my dog. 

PHYSIOTHERAPISTS
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CAITLIN DUBIEL

Clinical Lead Physiotherapist (Adult)

Hi, my name is Caitlin, and I moved to northwest BC 5 years ago. I enjoy a quiet lifestyle, being surrounded by the beautiful outdoors. Meeting so many wonderful people is what makes physiotherapy in rural remote communities a special focus for me.

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JACLYN HOFFMAN

Clinical Lead Physiotherapist (Pediatric)

Hi my name is Jaclyn. I enjoying working with all people of all ages, helping them to do the things they love. When I am not working, you will find me with my family outside; gardening, hiking, biking and skiing.

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KALEY STRACHAN

Physiotherapist

Hi, my name is Kaley and I enjoy working in various communities in Northern BC. I enjoy hiking, gardening, camping, running and fishing with my family during my spare time.

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KATIE HART

Physiotherapist

Hi, my name is Katie and I am passionate about assisting people to alleviate pain and restore function through exercise, education and manual therapy. When not working, I enjoy gardening, hiking, biking and playing with my two young children.

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SIMONE BEATTIE

Physiotherapist

Hi, my name is Simone. I live in Smithers, BC and currently provide physiotherapy services to adults and kids in Hazelton and the Tsimshian Coastal Communities. Outside of work, I enjoy biking, skiing, yoga and wood working, as well as spending time with my husband and pets, Kodi and Salem.

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NATASHA PAPACHRISTOFOROU

Physiotherapist

Hi, my name is Natasha and I am a physiotherapist. I moved to Terrace, BC in 2014 and found my home. I am passionate about movement and health for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds and look forward to serving different communities in the Northwest. Outside of work I live simply, balancing outdoor adventures with creative pursuits-and lots of dog cuddles.

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ROBYNNE LOBBAN

Physiotherapist

Hi, my name is Robynne, I grew up in the Hazelton region & returned back home in 2016. My focus is orthopedics & pediatrics, I love getting to know my patients, guiding them on their healing journey. I love being a mom to twins, spending time with my husband, gardening, cooking & camping.

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JOSINA RHEBERGEN

UBC Student Mentorship

Physiotherapist

Hi, my name is Josina and I returned to my hometown of Smithers to practice. I love connecting with people in the communities around Northern BC and when I’m not working you can find me in my garden or in the mountains hiking, biking or skiing.

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TAMARA BANDET

Physiotherapist

Hi, my name is Tamara and I am  excited to be working in Northern British Columbia. When I’m not doing physio-related things, I enjoy spending time with friends and exploring the great outdoors.

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JACQUELINE YELDON

Physiotherapist

Hi, my name is Jacqueline and I am new to Northwest BC. I enjoy treating and working with people of all ages and stages. My goal is to empower my patients and help them return to the activities that matter to them. I look forward to exploring my new backyard in my spare time.

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EMILY ADAMS

Physiotherapist

Hi, my name is Emily and I grew up on Vancouver Island and completed my physio schooling in Prince George through UBC’s Northern program. My goal is to work with people of all ages on their rehab journey and get them back to doing what they enjoy. In my free time I enjoy mountain biking, skiing, hiking and golfing.

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ROBERT BUSCH

Physiotherapist

Hi, my name is Robert Busch and I am from Vancouver Island. My focus is on Indigenous health and wellness and providing culturally safe physiotherapy care. I enjoy spending time with my son and partner, and enjoying the many beaches of coastal British Columbia.

Physiotherapists
SPEECH & LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS
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RIANNE GROOTEN

Clinical Lead Speech-Language Pathologist

Hi, my name is Rianne and I’ve been working as a Speech and Language Pathologist since 2005. I chose this profession because I like to help children ‘giving them a voice’ and giving them that little boost of self confidence to shine. When I’m taking a day off, you’ll find me hiking, paddle boarding, and XC- skiing with my family.

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SARAH STEPANIUK

Speech & Language Pathologist, MSc RSLP

Hi, my name is Sarah and I am a registered speech and language
pathologist. I have a lot of experience working with children who have a
 variety of needs and a keen interest working with children who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I am passionate about providing best practice to clients and their families.

Speech & Language Pathologists
Registered Psychologists
REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGISTS
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ANNE PYBUS

Registered Psychologist

Hi my name is Anne, I have largely worked and lived in the Yukon. The North is truly my "heart home".  I enjoy reading, solitude, outdoor pursuits, and making art by the Salish Sea.

Rehab Assistants
REHABILITATIVE ASSISTANTS
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STEPHANIE CARLE

Rehabilitative Assistant

Hi, my name is Stephanie, I work with children in elementary schools, delivering their physiotherapy & occupational therapy intervention plans to help develop gross motor & fine motor skills. I enjoy spending time gardening, woodworking, reading, cooking & spending time with my husband & dogs.

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SONIA PAUL

Rehabilitative Assistant

Hi my name is Sonia, I have been providing service to meet the physical needs of our local First Nations children/individuals that need the support in their communities. I enjoy teaching and supporting individuals.

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STEFANIE JOHNSON

Rehabilitative Assistant

Hi, my name is Stefanie. I grew up between Haida Gwaii and Vancouver
Island. After completing my Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology I moved back up to the North. I enjoy the rural life style and spend my free
time in the outdoors

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AUDREY SAMPARE

Rehabilitative Assistant

Hi, my name is Audrey & I am a rehabilitation assistant. I was born in Prince Rupert & have lived in the Hazelton region since I was a teenager, making me a true Northern BC'er! When I am not working, you can find me spending time with my family & traveling to see other family members.

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ANNE SIMPSON

Rehabilitative Assistant

Graduated from the Rehabilitation Assistant Diploma Program @Capilano University.
Currently serving Elders and students in the beautiful Hazelton and Kispiox Valley.
In the winter you will find me skiing and in the summer I enjoy camping, hiking and paddling.

ADMINISTRATION
ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
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RUTH CARLE

Accounting

Hi, my name is Ruth and I complete all the bookkeeping and accounting for Northern Therapy Services. I was born and raised in the Hazeltons and when I am not working I like to enjoy hiking, bird watching, biking, traveling, reading and gardening.

 

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TRACY SCOTT

Human Resources Manager

Hi, my name is Tracy and I have lived in Smithers for 28 years and still spend the winters there but hang out on the West Coast for the remainder of the year. My happy places are the cross-country ski trails, mountains, beaches, gardens, anywhere that my family is and wherever coffee is being served.

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STEFANIE JOHNSON

Director of Client Care

Hi, my name is Stefanie. I grew up between Haida Gwaii and VancouverIsland. After completing my Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology I moved back up to the North. I enjoy the rural life style and spend my freetime in the outdoors

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TERRI DAWSON

Electronic Billing

Hi, my name is Terri and I provide electronic billing to MSP for practioners who’s client’s receive supplemental benefits. I spend my off time adventuring with my husband within our vast country, whether in our restored & upgrade 1978 Toyota Landcruiser or our dual-sport motorcycles. We have two grown children & two amazing grandsons – all who share our love of adventure.

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SHELLEY FOREST

Operations Manager

I have recently moved to Smithers from Vancouver Island.Most excited about living in the same town as my grandchildren and watching them grow up and be a part of their lives. Hobbies include swimming, knitting and gardening.

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