Rick Tkach, RMT – Partner
Rick has been practicing massage therapy since 1990. Rick practices deep tissue therapy and earned his ART (Active Release Technique) Provider certification in 2002. He has always had an interest in working with athletes and sports teams, and has been the massage therapist for the Canadian Wrestling Team since 2000. Rick has travelled with the team to many competitions, including the Olympics in Athens and Beijing, the Commonwealth Games in India, as well as the World Championships in Moscow. Rick is also the massage therapist for several nationally ranked track and distance runners.
Rick has completed 14 Ironman triathlons, and over 100 triathlons of varied distance. He has also completed 12 marathons. Rick’s many years of training for triathlons and marathons has given him a wisdom and insight that can only come with experience. Friends and acquaintances wishing to compete in triathlons began contacting Rick for training advice. Rick’s motto of quality over quantity has proven its effectiveness in not only getting his athletes to the starting line, but also has guided several of them to their best times.
Rick still trains for triathlons, and now occasionally competes in sprint or Olympic distance races. Rick also enjoys downhill and cross-country skiing, reading mystery novels, and spending time with his family.
Jeanie Bezdan, BA, RMT – Managing Partner
Jeanie graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Communications and a minor in Kinesiology. After graduation she travelled to Japan and spent 9 months there travelling and teaching English. Upon her return to Canada, Jeanie worked as a senior’s recreation coordinator at a community center and commenced studies at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy.
Jeanie has been practicing massage therapy since 1995. She has an interest in prenatal massage, and is also a certified infant massage instructor. Her skills include treatment for TMJ dysfunction, and pelvic alignment disorders. She is also clinic manager.
Jeanie has been a competitive runner in 5k – marathon distances since 1985, and switched to track several years ago. She now competes at the master’s level in the 800m and 1500m. Jeanie’s interests include downhill skiing, gardening, and spending time with her family.
Mike Grewall, RMT
Mike had started his post secondary career with an Associates degree in Sciences. He was completing his 3rd year of the Bachelor of Kinesiology program at the Simon Fraser University, when he was first introduced to massage therapy and has sparked his interest. He then attended West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster, from where he graduated and has been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2009.
His treatments consist of fascial work, muscle energy technique, Swedish deep tissue massage techniques, joint mobilizations, passive & active muscle stretching, along with various other techniques. Mike’s focus is to help patients through assessment and treatment, along with preventative and rehabilitative goals.
Mike’s personal interests include volunteering his time with minor hockey, spending time with family and friends, refereeing and playing hockey, participating and watching many other sports. Mike also fluently speaks Punjabi.
Lisa Wall, RMT
Lisa’s interest for Massage therapy started at a young age, when she was a competitive gymnast receiving Massage Therapy from Rick. She has completed the 3000 Hr program from the West Coast College Of Massage Therapy. In the last five years Lisa has specialized in Myofascial Therapy and has started her training in Visceral Manipulation. Her treatments are a combination of multiple modalities to provide an effective treatment for a variety of conditions.
Lisa is a mother of two active kids, as a family they love to go to their cabin, hike, bike ride, water ski and play soccer.
Julia Jacobson, RMT
Julia’s diverse educational and training background includes being a Registered Massage therapist, , a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia and a diploma in Sport Science from Douglas College.
As an RMT, Julia believes utilizing massage therapy can directly lead to physical health improvements and that a hands-on, natural approach can assist people with their pain, whether acute or chronic. She has practiced this approach at a number of volunteer placements including: Summit Health Center; George Pearson Hospital; and at the maternity ward of Royal Columbian Hospital. In addition, Julia is a practicing Kinesiologist where her focus is on assessment, rehabilitation and exercise with a diverse range of clients whom have unique goals and objectives.
In her spare time Julia enjoys traveling and staying active. Her interests include health and nutrition, fitness competitions, swimming, running, hiking and dancing.
Davina Kondola, RMT
Davina graduated from the Massage Therapy Program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria and is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia. Davina is trained in a variety of massage therapy techniques, including: Deep Tissue Massage, Manual Lymph Drainage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Passive and Active stretching and strengthening, and Swedish Massage .
Davina pursued Massage Therapy because she wanted to help people and assist them with the opportunity to heal in a natural way. Davina has a passion for using her hands and energy to assist her clients in the healing process.
Nick Duran BSc, (Kin), MSc,PT
In 2006 Nick completed his BSc in Kinesiology and received his health and fitness certificate at SFU. In 2008 Nick completed his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Alberta. Post graduate training includes level I orthopaedic manual therapy, Mulligan mobilization training, completing the sports first responder course, and completing his certificate in myofascial trigger point and proprioceptive therapy. Nick has recently attained his certification in vestibular rehabilitation, as well as musculoskeletal acupuncture.
Nick is very interested in sports physiotherapy and has worked with various sports teams at the high school, provincial, and college levels, including Douglas College soccer, New West Hyacks football, and BC Soccer and BC Field Hockey. Nick was a member of the Simon Fraser University soccer team from 2000-2002 and currently plays for the Norvan soccer club of the Vancouver Metro Soccer League.
Pramod Johar BPT, MSc Kin
Pramod completed his MSc. Kinesiology (exercise and work physiology) in 2012 from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). Originally from Delhi, he completed his Bachelors of Physiotherapy in 2009 from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU). As a result of his position working at Vancouver General Hospital, Pramod has good knowledge and experience in the area of acute care as well. He has had two research papers published in reputed international journals. Pramod is interested in orthopedic and sports injury rehab and completed his post-graduate Level 1 Orthopedic Manual Therapy (currently pursuing Level 2). Pramod is also certified in Mulligan Techniques for upper quadrant as an addition to his manual therapy skills. When not working, Pramod likes to spend his time at the gym, playing cricket as a member of North Shore Cricket Club, or recreational volley ball. For leisure, he enjoys the beautiful BC outdoors which has a lot to offer.
Victor Cheung, MPT, Honours BSc Nutrition
Victor recently completed his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of British Columbia and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. He has experience in the health and fitness industry, where he worked as a personal trainer at Fitness World. In this setting he was able to apply his knowledge of nutrition and passion for physical activity to help clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Victor has an interest in sports/orthopaedic injuries and promoting optimal health. He believes in not only treating the injury but also improving performance so that a second injury is less likely to occur.
Victor has completed post-graduate education in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Level 1 and Soft Tissue Release. His interests outside of physiotherapy include basketball, weight lifting and martial arts. He is also able to speak basic conversational Cantonese.
Deepika Sawant, BPT, MAS, UBC, Physiotherapist, K-Pro Taping Therapist, Dry Needling Level 1
Deepika graduated with a Bachelors of Physiotherapy from Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Maharashtra University of Health Science in India in 2007. Deepika immigrated to Canada in 2012 and has passed the written and practical component of the Canadian Physiotherapy National Exam. She is certified K- Pro taping Therapist and completed her Certificate of Orthopaedic Manual therapy.
She uses integrated manual therapy and Mulligan concept with exercise prescription to treat Orthopedic, neurological, sports, work related and motor vehicle accident injuries. Her areas of interest are sports injuries, chronic pain, neurological conditions, post op patients and exercise prescription. In her physiotherapy practice, she works hard to educate each of her patients on strategies for self-care and integrating exercise into the daily schedule. She strongly believes that good communication and follow-ups are important factors in ensuring continued care and managing a healthy lifestyle. Deepika is fluent in English, Hindi and Marathi and understands and speaks some Punjabi and Gujarati.
In her spare time, Deepika helps students preparing for the Canadian National exam to become registered physiotherapist in Canada. Her hobbies are dancing, swimming and travelling to new places.
Reshma Mehta, MPTh, BPTh, CMP, Certified Mulligan Practitioner
Reshma completed her bachelors in physiotherapy in 2003 and later pursued a masters degree in musculoskeletal sciences from Mumbai, India.
She has completed courses in manual therapy including Mulligan and Maitland techniques. Reshma is a certified Mulligan Practitioner and applies her skills in getting quick results in regaining joint mobility, dealing with positional faults in various joints, along with pain management.
Reshma also has an interest in neurology and has completed several workshops in neuro-developmental techniques and motor control which adds to her skills in dealing with various neurological cases.
Over the past years she has worked in a variety of settings which included patients from all age groups, dealing with orthopaedic and neurological conditions. Reshma applies her clinical skills and practical experiences as part of a holistic approach towards improving the overall functional status of her patients.
Apart from work Reshma enjoys listening to music and cooking in her leisure time.
Mandeep Randhawa, Physiotherapist
Mandeep graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2002 from the University of Bangalore, India. Since then Mandeep has pursued many continued education courses with a special interest in orthopaedic rehabilitation and manual therapy. These include TMJ, knee and hip complex as well as acupuncture. Mandeep uses his skills in effectively evaluating and treating different acute, degenerative, traumatic non-traumatic and neurological conditions.
Mandeep finds personal fulfillment in being able to make a difference in the lives and physical well-being of his patients, through understanding his clients’ needs and assisting them with attaining their goals.
Ali J. Chernoff
Ali J. Chernoff is a Registered Dietitian who has taken the initiative to be part of the 11% in BC to operate a private practice. Since 1993 she has been involved in numerous activities related to the field of nutrition. She’s provided dietitian services at numerous sporting events and for pharmaceutical companies that includes conducting educational sessions to groups and individuals on healthy fats, healthy snacks and basic eating principles. Chernoff started a second company called Energy Essentials 24-7 to develop healthy whole foods such as 7% M.F. cheese, Essential. Recently, she co-authored a book called Good Food Baby.
Kamalpreet Kaur, MSc. B.Ed. RD
Kamalpreet Kaur is a trilingual (English, Hindi, and Punjabi) Registered Dietitian with a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is familiar with food from both Indian & Canadian origins, which helps her to build diverse menus using foods from those countries. Furthermore, she is experienced in nutrition counselling, as well as in developing and implementing nutrition care plans for clients from a wide-range of cultural backgrounds, including people with diabetes, dyslipidemia and weight management issues. Her goal is to provide exceptional medical nutrition therapy to clients to improve their overall health. Apart from nutrition she has interest in art and craft, oil and fabric painting and nail art and henna tattooing as hobbies. When she finds time from these hobbies, Kamalpreet likes to explore nature and spend her time outdoors. In 2014, Kamalpreet joined the Nutrition At Its Best team.
Dr. Jim Sahota, Chiropractic
Dr. Jim Sahota was born and raised in Burnaby, BC. Growing up he was involved in many sports, whether it be on the field or as a coach. This desire for athletics steered him to attend Simon Fraser University where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. It is here where he was fascinated to learn about health and the human body and how it functioned, particularly under stresses of an injury. The Kinesiology Program allowed Dr. Sahota to tailor his knowledge about body function with his sporting background to help himself and others to perform optimally. While at SFU he coached ice hockey for the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association.
Dr. Jim Sahota graduated with his Doctorate of Chiropractic while concurrently completing his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. Dr. Jim has worked with people from all walks of life, from infants to the elderly, elite athletes to office workers and everything in between. His studies and practice have given him extensive experience with various conditions and the opportunity to work with other professionals to take an integrative approach to health. Currently he is completing his certification in Whiplash Injury Biomechanics and Traumatology with The Spine Research Institute of San Diego.
Why Chiropractic? While playing ice hockey he suffered a low back injury and was referred to a Chiropractor. He was amazed at the treatment and advice the Chiropractor had to offer. Within a month he was feeling better, he was particularly amazed with the body’s ability to heal itself. This is when he knew he was going to become a Chiropractor.
Maggie Callander, RTC
Maggie Callander is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor RTC with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT). As well as her experience and work helping clients cope with anxiety, grief and change, Maggie is currently focused on building and healing communities through her experience working as a crisis counsellor with the homeless and disadvantaged population in Whalley, BC, where she continues to work as a counsellor with Nightshift Street Ministries and facilitates a successful, weekly art therapy class in this community. Maggie loves the balance of volunteer community work, clinical counselling and working as a counsellor in the school setting.
Joniel Beaudoin, Office Manager
Joniel graduated from the Medical Office Assistant program at Douglas College in January 2010. Joniel became a part of the Royal City Health & Manual Therapy team shortly after, and has greatly enjoyed working with such an amazing group of professionals.
In her free time, Joniel loves spending time with her family and friends. When the weather is warmer, she tries to be outdoors as much as possible, especially camping and exploring new hiking trails. Joniel also enjoys watching football and baseball.
Maria Theresa Cristobal, Reception
Maria graduated as a Medical Office Assistant and received numerous honors as being one of the top students at Douglas College in April 2005. Since graduating, she has gained extensive medical office experience working at a walk-in clinic and a general practitioners office. She joined New Westminster Square Orthopaedic & Sports Centre Inc. in August 2005 and has thoroughly enjoyed working here since. The friendly staff, therapists, owners and most especially patients have made it a very pleasant atmosphere to work at. Maria is now a registered nurse, however she still comes in to help us out when needed.
In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, walking her puppy, going out with friends, and watching hockey.
Rajvir Gill, Reception
Raj graduated from the Unit Clerk program at Stenberg College in 2009. Raj has experience in working in clinics as well as hospitals, and thoroughly enjoys helping patients. Raj has also volunteered at Surrey Memorial hospital with their Way-Finding program, assisting with patients in finding their appointments within the hospital.
In her spare time, Raj loves to go to the movies, shopping and spending time with family and friends.
Safiya Dina, Reception
Safiya Dina joined Royal City Health and Manual Therapy last October, at the age of 16. She is currently an Honours student at Cariboo Hill Secondary School. Safiya’s aspiration is to work in the medical industry when she graduates. She enjoys her various employment facets, such as communication, organization, scheduling, all while maintaining a positive attitude.
In her spare time, Safiya enjoys dancing, reading, listening to music and playing tennis & netball. She participates in many aspects of volunteering within the community, working with all types of people on the age spectrum. She is also fluent in French.
Sheena Paglinawan, Reception
Sheena took the Medical Office Assistant Program at Vancouver Career College and graduated May 2015. Sheena completed the practicum part of the program with Royal City Health & Manual Therapy, and soon after joined the team!
Prior to working with Royal City Health & Manual Therapy, Sheena also has experience in working with nursing homes and thoroughly enjoys helping others.
In her free time, Sheena loves to go out to dinner, movies and outdoor activities such as trekking, wakeboarding and snowboarding with her family and friends. Sheena also has a passion for travel and loves to capture every moment with mobile photography.