Dave is co-owner of COAST and has been a practicing Physiotherapist since 2012 in North Vancouver. Dave has worked with desk workers to professional athletes and loves teaching clients to understand their bodies and why things might be occurring. He helps them move easier, perform better and be more resilient to injury, whether that be in daily life or competitive sport.
Dave believes that the most important tool when it comes to rehab is movement and he uses an extensive array of manual therapy techniques, exercise and Functional Dry Needling (IMS) to help reduce pain and maximize mobility. This is Rehab!
Clayton Cross is a Certified Athletic Therapist, Strength and Conditioning Coach and Co-Owner of COAST.
Clayton grew up in Winnipeg playing multiple sports at the high school, university and club level. His love for sport and movement continued into his post secondary education at the University of Winnipeg where he enrolled in the Athletic Therapy program.
After graduating with his Kinesiology and Applied Health degree and successfully completing the Canadian Athletic Therapist Certification process in 2008, Clayton became the Fitness Coordinator for the Vancouver Police Department.
Since moving on from the VPD, Clayton has worked in the North Vancouver and downtown area treating a wide range of clients from the everyday person to Olympic and professional level athletes.
Clayton’s passion of rehabilitation and performance training has fueled his pursuit of continuing education. He has attended multiple courses and seminars such as Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization and Muscle Energy Technique to expand his skill set to bring the best care to the people he works with. He has written articles for local and national magazines on injury prevention topics and has spoken at national and local conferences.
Clayton strongly believes in finding the root cause of any injury. Treatments are based off of an in-depth assessment that takes the whole body into consideration. The focus is always on addressing a patient’s needs through a continuum ranging from manual therapy to exercise and movement-based therapy and reconditioning. This often involves the treatment and reintegration of the core, hip and shoulder complex to get people out of pain back to full function.
Overall, Clayton’s goal and his goal for COAST is to have a client leave in a better state than before they got injured.
When he’s not working Clayton likes spending time with loved ones, traveling, training and playing, volleyball, basketball and tennis.
Excellence, experience and enthusiasm define Lesley's practice. A graduate from the University of Western Ontario in London Ontario, Lesley has always been fascinated with how the human body functions. "No two bodies are the same!"
Lesley is passionate about providing the best possible care for your condition. Her approach is very hands on, with a lot of manual therapy, some functional dry needling (IMS), exercises, education on your condition and proper movement patterns. She will provide you with the tools you need to understand and benefit fully from your treatment. She also treats BPPV / Vestibular Rehabilitation.
With over twenty years of clinical experience as a physiotherapist, Lesley has worked with a wide variety of patients, including Olympic, university, high school athletes, work related injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and 'wear and tear' orthopedic problems. Her goal is to devise treatment plans tailored to your precise symptoms and history. These plans will include some 'homework' to implement and assist in your recovery.
When not in the clinic, Lesley's 3 children keep her and her husband busy with all their activities. A lifelong athlete, she also enjoys running in the trails with her dog, playing hockey, skiing, biking, hiking or playing soccer with the family to name a few of the many activities.
Yasha has been a physiotherapist on the North Shore for almost 12 years which gives him an extensive background in manual therapy, movement integration, sports rehab, exercise prescription, and Functional Dry Needling/IMS. Yasha has worked with athletes from university to the Olympic level including the Junior National Slopestyle/Big Air Team.
Whether you are someone with common aches and pains or an athlete of any kind, Yasha looks forward to being able to help you.
Richard completed his Master of Physical Therapy following a Bachelor of Kinesiology at the
University of British Columbia. His physiotherapy approach combines movement-based
rehabilitation, manual therapy techniques and individualized exercise programs. Richard strives
to build his clients’ confidence and optimism by providing evidence-based education and
fostering self-sufficiency. He currently holds a certification in Functional Dry Needling/IMS and
Level 1 Manual Therapy.
Richard has worked with people of all ages and backgrounds with added experience treating
active youth and adults. He has worked with high school basketball teams, fitness studios the
Capilano Rugby Football Club and the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency Program.
Born and raised in North Vancouver, Richard leads an active lifestyle with an appreciation for
the surrounding wilderness. He enjoys mountain biking, going to the beach, and hiking the
Pacific Coast mountains. His other interests include working on his car, watching sports, playing
basketball and exercising at the gym.
Richard looks forward to helping his clients achieve their physiotherapy goals so they can
successfully return to the activities that they love!
Wilfred achieved his Doctor of Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne following a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia. He believes in educating and providing his clients with the tools necessary to facilitate a speedy recovery as well as prevent future injuries. He's worked in several clinical settings, including acute neurology (adult and pediatric), in and out patient orthopedics, cardiorespiratory, intensive care unit, emergency, in-patient rehabilitation and has a keen interested in musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, especially post-surgical clients. Wilfred utilizes an exercise-based approach and employs manual therapy techniques and IMS/Dry Needling to help clients recover and return to activities quickly.
Prior to working as a physiotherapist, Wilfred worked as a kinesiologist at several clinics and held a Head Coach position at a local competitive swim club.
Bobby graduated with his Masters Degree in Physiotherapy from the University of British Columbia. He has completed certification in Functional Dry Needling (IMS/intramuscular stimulation) from Kinetacore and attained a Certificate in Anatomical Acupuncture with the AFCI.
Since graduation, Bobby has continued to develop his hands on manual therapy skills with post-graduate training in orthopaedics, Craniosacral Therapy, Neural and Visceral Manipulation. He has also completed the Connect Therapy Series with Dr. LJ Lee which he has integrated into his treatment techniques to offer the most in-depth treatment as possible.
Outside the clinic, Bobby enjoys the outdoors by rock climbing, hiking and skiing.
Rachel is an Interim Physiotherapist and NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from Robert Gordon University, Scotland after completing her B.Kin at UBC. As a physiotherapist, Rachel has experience in a variety of settings including acute neurology, inpatient rehabilitation including an 8-week internship at Isokinetic – a FIFA Medical Centre in London, England. Prior to practicing as a physiotherapist, Rachel worked for 7 years as a Personal Trainer and Kinesiologist with a variety of populations including stroke, geriatric injury prevention, and pre/post-surgical rehabilitation.
She integrates her knowledge and expertise using a combination of manual therapy, strength and conditioning principles, and individualized exercise prescription to help you reach your goals. *Rachel is currently not licensed for IMS.
Connor is an Interim Physiotherapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA-CSCS). Born and raised in North Vancouver, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University, all while playing on the varsity NCAA Division II Basketball team.
Connor’s passion for sports performance and rehabilitation fuelled his desire to continue his education. After his Undergraduate degree, he worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for over 2 years working with a variety of clientele, from high performance athletes to rehab patients. Following this work experience, Connor continued his education by obtaining a Masters of Physiotherapy degree from the University of Sydney, Australia.
As a physiotherapist, he has obtained experience working in a variety of settings including, Acute Neurology, Cardiorespiratory, ICU, and private practice. Connor has a special interest in musculoskeletal injuries which led him to working for a private practice in Sydney. It was there he treated people with “everyday injuries” such as work-related, postural, and athletic injuries.
He also gained valuable experience working as the physiotherapist for an elite level AFL (Australian Rules Football) club. Connor’s approach to rehabilitation is centered around movement-based rehab and exercise principles. Connor strives to instil confidence in his patients by utilizing a combination of exercise prescription and manual therapy skills in order to obtain the best results for his patients. Outside of the clinic you will find Connor enjoying all that North Van has to offer. He enjoys hiking, biking, paddle boarding, skiing, and playing basketball.
DR. CArla cupido
Carla first earned an her Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology degree while competing as a varsity track athlete. From there, her fascination with the human body led her to a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and Diploma of Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University and many other credentials that have helped her better serve her patients and movement students.
Carla has been featured in leading magazines such as The Oprah Magazine, various news segments, corporate media products such as Gaia and Air Canada’s En Route, as well as in a variety of print and online media publications.
Dr. Cupido's on a mission is to drive a real change in our awareness of how our physical health directly impacts our lives. This passion birthed LIONESS, a movement and mindfulness project designed to empower women through their physical bodies.
DR. Aidan Genik
Dr. Aidan Genik completed his Bachelor of Science in Pre-Physical therapy at the University of Hartford, Graduating Cum Laude, all while playing Division 1 NCAA Lacrosse. Following Undergrad Dr. Genik attended Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College where he received his Doctorate of Chiropractic.
Dr. Genik’s evidence-based treatment approach includes spinal adjustments, joint and soft tissue mobilizations, instrument assisted soft tissue techniques, athletic taping and exercise rehab therapy. Dr. Genik’s certifications in Functional Range Release and Functional Range Conditioning guide his hands-on and exercise approach.
As a former athlete, Dr. Genik understands the nature and course of athletic injuries and enjoys working with athletes to return them to peak performance in a timely manner. Dr. Genik also treats a variety of everyday injuries such as work related, repetitive strain, postural and motor vehicle injuries just to name a few.
Dr. Genik believes that leading a healthy active lifestyle and being an example for his patients is a large part of being a health care practitioner. When Dr. Genik isn’t working, you can find him staying active through hiking, biking, snowboarding, playing lacrosse and going to the gym.
We continue to honor our friend and team member Jorg Patzer.
Jorg was an amazing human that we were lucky to have here at COAST. He excelled at his craft and brought a passion to life that was evident to everyone that met him. He was always down to have a good time, crack a joke, speak his mind and express his heart to the world. He lived life to the fullest and loved to adventure with family and friends near and far.
You will be missed good friend and will always have a place in our hearts
Nick is a Registered Massage Therapist and Certified Personal Trainer (with the NSCA) with an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Queens University. Born and raised in North Vancouver, Nick has worked in a variety of capacities including clinical rehabilitation, sports performance, as well as general health and fitness. Nick’s personal background includes over 10 years of competitive ice hockey experience and over 5 years of experience in combative sports and martial arts. He enjoys drawing from his experiences as an athlete, student, trainer, and teacher to provide every client with the therapeutic treatment necessary to efficiently reach their goals. His approach to massage therapy focuses on locating the causative factors of any problems, and addressing those factors through manual treatment and targeted exercises as a part of an effective rehabilitation or injury prevention plan.
Maja has been practising as an RMT for two years and has worked primarily in a private practice environment. She has also worked with the Canadian Ski Cross team, Canadian Snowboard team, and other individual winter sport athletes. Maja also draws on her education as a Certified Strength and Condition Coach (CSCS) to complement her approach to working with the body. Treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions from sport related injuries, to postural related issues, she uses a combination of treatment approaches that include soft tissue therapy, joint mobilizations, movement / neuromuscular re-education, and patient education. Clients will receive a dedicated approach and positive attitude while she assists them with both short term and long-term goals.
Matt is a Registered Massage Therapist and Stretch Therapist from Vancouver with over 10 years of professional experience working with the biomechanical movements and hypertension of a wide range of people including professional athletes, artists, offices workers, paraplegics and intensive care unit victims. His treatment techniques include fascial deep tissue, trigger points, movement patterns and joint adjustments along with educating the patient about what is happening with their body.
David is a Registered Massage Therapist with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University. Born and raised in Toronto he has spent the last several years living in Fernie, BC where he had the opportunity to work with many amateur athletes, notably skiers, snowboarders, and mountain bikers.
David believes the key to an effective treatment requires an extensive look at health and injury history coupled with a thorough assessment.
This idea can be summed up by: “just because something is tight doesn’t mean it needs to be stretched, just because something is sore doesn’t mean it needs to be massaged; what hurts is rarely the source of your pain or dysfunction”. His treatment approach involves integrating various neuromuscular manual techniques and movement strategies. The goal is always to reduce pain and improve motor control function, immediately and long term
Marieta is a Sports Massage Therapist with nearly a decade of experience in sports injury rehabilitation and prevention. As a former Team Canada athlete competing in the Climbing World Cup Circuit, Marieta has been through many common sports injuries herself and has first-hand experience with the rehabilitation process.
Marieta is trained in the latest, most effective techniques:
• Active Release Techniques - ART
• Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization - Graston
• Functional Range Conditioning - FRC
• Fascial Stretch Therapy - FST
Trained under some of the most respected Sports Medicine Chiropractors and MD’s, Marieta has worked with NHL players at the Gary Robert’s High Performance Centre since 2014. She’s now expanded to other professional athletes from the NBA and MLB, in addition to runners, bikers, skiers, Ironman athletes and elite rock climbers.
Marieta has developed a unique treatment style to identify and treat the root cause of her patients’ complaint rather than just focusing on the symptoms. She believes the best results are achieved when a treatment plan incorporates a thorough assessment through which she educates her clients on their movement and strength dysfunctions.
Beyond hands-on manual therapy, Marieta walks her patients through corrective exercises to improve long-term neurofunctional movement patterns and train the brain through the newly acquired movement capabilities.
During her free time Marieta is usually climbing, kitesurfing, mountain biking or snowboarding.
Glenn is a Strength and Conditioning coach who was born and raised in based in Vancouver, BC. He attended the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, earning a degree in Sport and Exercise Science consisting of extensive coursework in functional anatomy, biomechanics, and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.
Glenn has had experience in the USA as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Louisiana State University (LSU) and in Florida with Cris Carter’s FAST program where he trained numerous athletes from the NFL, NHL, MLB, AVP and US Olympic Team. Upon returning to Vancouver he began to work with numerous Canadian National Teams (Wrestling, Snowboarding, Sailing and Taekwondo). Glenn was also the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of British Columbia Rugby program from 2011-2014.
Recently, Glenn has completed his Acupuncture diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Glenn holds certifications in Olympic Weightlifting AUSW (Australia), NSCA-CSCS (USA) and NASM-CES (USA) DNS Sport and DNS A (CZ).
When he is not helping his clients achieve their goals, Glenn is actively working on his own as an avid Boxer and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Practitioner.
Christian studied Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. He enjoys working in a variety of practice areas from sports and injury rehabilitation to general health and well being. Over the past 3 years, Christian has volunteered as a coach for the Special Olympics British Columbia basketball and track and field programs. He also has experience volunteering within the Lions Gate Cardiac Rehab and Cardiometabolic Program where he worked with patients recovering from a heart attack, heart surgery, or stroke. Christian has also worked with competitive high school basketball athletes while he interned at Saltus Athletic Academy.
Outside of the clinic, he enjoys staying active by playing basketball, hiking, or exercising at the gym.
Christina studied Kinesiology and Applied Health at the University of Winnipeg and conducted research in the Exercise Science and Physical Health Education Faculty at the University of Victoria. She has been working in the fitness industry since 2007, is a certified group fitness, Zumba and Yoga instructor (300hr). She is a CSEP - Certified Personal Trainer and is NCCP trained in sports programming. She considers herself to be a technical trainer who focuses on quality and functional movement above all else. She enjoys working with varies age groups from children to seniors and has experience working with dancers and CIS athletes including soccer, hockey, basketball, and volleyball players, as well as national competitive figure skaters.