Expert Care

“Having recovered from a serious motor vehicle accident, I understand the impact of injury on one’s daily functioning.”
-Dacia Zavitz, Founder

Approach to treatment:

Our primary goal is to provide a patient centered approach to each assessment and treatment.

Each injury will be thoroughly assessed beginning with a history of the current issues, followed by a detailed assessment of the musculoskeletal systems involved.

Our focused one on one approach to treatment allows patients to feel educated and informed about the nature of their injury and the plan to address it moving forward.

Through this therapeutic relationship, our clients are able to meet their goals quickly and efficiently.

OUR STAFF

Dacia Zavitz
Dacia ZavitzPhysiotherapist, Founder
Dacia graduated from the University of Alberta in 2004, with a degree in Physical Therapy and has been working in sports and orthopaedic private practice since graduation.

She has extensive experience in treating musculoskeletal injuries related to the neck and back; injuries related to motor vehicle accidents, repetitive strain or traumatic work injuries; in addition to athletic injuries and symptoms related to postural dysfunction and muscle imbalances.

Having completed her Diploma in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2008, Dacia utilizes her high level manual therapy skills of assessment and treatment in practice. Her approach is patient centered, combining manual therapy, patient education, and specific exercise prescription to assist each patient reach their goals.

Dacia has also been involved as a Clinical Skills Assistant with the Master’s Program at UBC.

Dacia is mother to two boys and one girl, who keep her very active. She enjoys swimming, running, biking, yoga, skiing and working out in the gym. Having studied classical piano until the age of 18, Dacia continues to keep music as a central aspect to her life, in composing, singing, and playing various musical genres on the piano. Recently finding her voice through poetry, Dacia uses this as an expressive tool in the promotion of women’s rights.

Leah Turman
Leah TurmanPhysiotherapist
Leah completed both her Master of Physical Therapy degree and her Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Manitoba, graduating at the top of her class in orthopedics. Leah believes in utilizing evidence-based practice to guide all of her assessments and treatments by using a combination of manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and education. Leah assesses the body as a whole in relation to an injury or pain and will develop an individualized treatment plan for all of her patients. She has clinical experience treating a wide range of clientele including pediatrics, older adults, athletes, post-surgical, and individuals with spinal cord injuries. With her background in Kinesiology and experience as a personal trainer, she takes an active approach when appropriate to help foster return to work and sport. As a keen learner, Leah has continued her post-graduate education. She has completed her Ortho Level 1 under The Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopedic Division, management of the older adult, soft tissue release, concussion management, and is currently obtaining acupuncture certification through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. Outside of the clinic, you can find Leah exercising at her local Crossfit Gym, hiking, practicing yoga, and enjoying the Vancouver food scene.
John Harrison
John HarrisonPhysiotherapist
John completed his Master of Physical Therapy Degree at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to this, he completed his Bachelor’s of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia, where he played both lacrosse and rugby for the UBC Thunderbirds. John is passionate about musculoskeletal rehabilitation and was awarded the prestigious Marjorie Braid Scholarship in recognition of his outstanding academic achievement in the area of orthopedics. John believes in a client-centered approach to treatment. He is committed to collaborating with clients to help them achieve their health goals through a combination of manual therapy and functional exercises. He will conduct an in-depth biomechanical exam of your presenting pain or injury and use it as the foundation of a personalized treatment plan that will provide you with the appropriate care and education necessary to return to work, sport, gardening, and everything in between. John has a diverse clinical background and has worked with children of all ages in pediatrics, older adults in both community and hospital settings, competitive athletes in private practice, and has conducted clinical research for Parkinson’s Disease. John lives an active lifestyle outside of the clinic and can often be found snowboarding the mountains or running the seawall but does enjoy his down time reading and watching documentaries.
Zoë Barton
Zoë BartonKinesiologist
Zoë completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology degree at the University of British Columbia. During her studies, she completed the co-operative education program and gained valuable experience working in a chiropractic clinic. Zoë grew up dancing and playing basketball and developed an interest in injury prevention and treatment through her time spent as a patient in physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics. She is currently working as the office administrator and kinesiologist at PhysioStop.

Zoë is certified in the Functional Movement Screen Levels 1 & 2, allowing her to screen for movement deficiencies and asymmetries, and prescribe corrective exercises. Zoë believes continuing education to be a critical part of being a health care practitioner. She is always striving to learn more to provide the highest standard of care.

Zoë is also a dance teacher at Dance Express, and thoroughly enjoys sharing her passion for dance with young children. She recently completed a certification in Progressing Ballet Technique, so she has a wealth of dance-specific exercises to share. Outside of the clinic, Zoë is an active participant in pilates, barre and spin classes. She also loves sports, so you can often find her watching hockey or football in her spare time.

“I have seen Dacia over the past 15 years for various injuries.  Each time, she is able to identify the source of my problem and help me recover.  I have recommended her to many colleagues, and they are all so thankful that I have done so.  I thought I knew what physiotherapy was until I met Dacia – and now I know what physiotherapy can be.”

“Dacia’s hands are magic.  With her help, I was able to manage my daily pain.  In my 80s, I found her weekly treatments essential to my quality of life.  Her knowledge and experience are unparalleled.  Not only is she an excellent physiotherapist, but her demeanor is kind and it is evident she cares deeply about her patients.  I am lucky to have her in my life.”