Gwen Gerryts

Registered Physiotherapist and Owner

  • Masters of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts: Psychology, University of British Columbia 
  • Orthopaedic Level 1, Orthopaedic Division Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • The Mulligan Concept: Lower Quadrant, Jack Miller
  • The Shoulder Complex: doesn’t have to be complicated, Adam Meakins
  • Cervico-Thoracic Pain: The patient experience start to finish, Jerry Durham, Jeff Moore
  • Advanced Lumbo-Pelvic Complex Certification Program, Dr Barham Jam
  • Kinetic Link Training (Funtional Strength & Conditioning), Wayne Rodgers
  • The Rotator Cuff: Part 1 and 2, Jared Powell
  • The Stiff & Unstable Shoulder, Jared Powell
  • Clinical meets Functional: A dual perspective to approaching the chronic foot, Dr. Courtney Conley & Dr. Emily Splichal

Professional Interests

Gwen enjoys getting people back to doing what is meaningful for them, whether that is hiking the trails, or getting out for a walk around the block. She runs the Active Rehabilitation programs at Coast Physiotherapy which provide specific strength and mobility programs to individuals looking to maximize their gains and rejoin the workforce. Gwen also has a special interest in working with dancers, whether that is in rehabilitation or injury prevention. Gwen utilizes manual therapy techniques, exercise prescription, and patient education to guide people through their rehabilitation plan. 

Personal Background

Gwen grew up in England and emigrated to West Vancouver in 2003. She enjoyed living on the North Shore until 2016 when she moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast and began working at Coast Progressive Physiotherapy. After working there for 4 years, she and Kate took over and became co-owners of Coast Physiotherapy Sechelt. 

When Gwen is not at work, she can usually be found out on the boat, fishing and exploring the stunning coastline. She also enjoys taking dance classes as an adult, as she has an extensive dance background in a variety of styles. Gwen is gradually getting a greener thumb and learning how to tame some of her garden in Gibsons. She also loves to hike the trails and walk the beach with her two adorable dogs, Rambo and Isla. 

Kate Button

Registered Physiotherapist and Owner

  • Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, Queen’s University 
  • Bachelor of Science, Queen’s University 
  • Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, Queen’s University 
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA 
  • Functional Dry Needling Level I/II, Kinetacore 
  • Advanced management of post-concussion syndrome, R2P Concussion Management 
  • Acute management of sport related concussion, R2P Concussion Management
  • Concussion Management Workshop level I/II, Concussion Rehab Works  
  • Concussion: what about the neck, Carol Kennedy 
  • Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation, Dizziness and Balance Rehabilitation Clinic 
  • Pain Foundations, PainBC 
  • Management of Bone and Tendon injuries, Chris Johnson and Nathan Carlson 
  • Clinical Running Essentials / System of a Run, Chris Johnson 
  • Clinical Examination of the Runner, Jay Dicharry 
  • New trends in the prevention of running injuries, The Running Clinic 
  • Workload Monitoring and Athlete Management Workshop, Gabbett Performance Solutions 
  • Sporting Shoulder and Shoulder Rehabilitation Level I/II, Dr. Lyn Watson, Melbourne Shoulder Group 
  • The Detailed Back Assessment, Dr. Stuart McGill 
  • New Advances in Hip Rehabilitation, David Lindsay

Professional Interests

Kate has extensive experience in both private practice and sport settings. She completed athletic therapy and strength and conditioning internships while attending Queen’s University and then began her physiotherapy career with the Ontario women’s alpine ski team before moving into a multidisciplinary clinic in Ontario and then Victoria, BC. Her professional interests include treatment of sport and running injuries and holistic management of persistent pain and concussion. 

Personal Background 

Kate grew up in Ontario, moved to Victoria, BC in 2012 and then over the Coast in 2017. After working at Coast Progressive Physiotherapy for 4 years, she and Gwen took over and became co-owners of Coast Physiotherapy Sechelt. Since moving to Victoria she has balanced a physiotherapy career with professional racing in off-road triathlon (Xterra) and cross-country mountain biking. Her passion is exploring the outdoors and pushing herself to her absolute limits. She is grateful to be able to call the Sunshine Coast her home and backyard playground! 

 

Charl Stafleu

Registered Physiotherapist

  • Masters of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia 
  • Bachelors of Science, University of British Columbia 
  • Advanced Management of Concussions, CBI
  • Kinetacore Functional Dry Needlings (Level 1)
  • Physio-network masterclass series (The sporting shoulder, Managing lower limb tendinopathy, Exercise and pain)
  • Physio-network research reviews
  • Geriatic Giants: Management of geriatric patients

Professional Interests

Charl enjoys working with a wide array of patients from traumatic injuries to overuse conditions. He has worked in many settings, from the ICU to outpatient clinics. In those settings he has helped rehabilitate patients with neurological conditions, joint replacement surgeries, burns, amputations and a wide berth of orthopedic surgeries. Ultimately his goal is to help you understand what the issue is and to build a plan with you for your ongoing care. Charl prides himself in going the extra step to help you and to advocate for your health.

Personal Background 

Outside the clinic Charl spends his hours exploring nature. He has a background in ecology and still works on small projects from time to time. He is also a semi-professional photographer mostly focused on wildlife. Exercise is a big part of his life and he is always rehabilitating his own traumatic and persistent injuries as well!

Paul Wright

Registered Physical Therapist
Kinesiologist

  • Bachelor of Health Science in Physical Therapy, McMaster University
  • Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University 

Professional Interests

Paul has been providing physical therapy services on the Sunshine Coast for 25 years. He started Coast Progressive Physiotherapy in 1998 and has dedicated his career to the assessment and treatment of all musculoskeletal conditions in patients of all ages. Since graduating from McMaster University, Paul has taken numerous post graduate courses, with an emphasis on manual therapy. As such, he has achieved one of the highest levels of manual therapy training available to physical therapists, including spinal manipulation. Paul uses a client centered approach with evidence based techniques to assess and treat each patient for their specific condition. Once the client’s pain is controlled,  normal movements are restored through manual therapy and specific exercises. Emphasis is on educating each client about their condition, including the anatomy, physiology and biomechanics involved. This understanding, combined with specific functional exercise prescription, allows each client to improve their range of motion, strength and function, and ultimately become independent of their practitioner. 

Personal Background 

Paul was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast and was happy to return upon completion of his Physiotherapy degree in Hamilton Ontario.

Paul’s hobbies include: running, adventure motorcycle riding, scuba diving, underwater photography and boating with his wife Tracy. Throughout his life, Paul has always been active in various sports. He has completed over 30 triathlons including Ironman Canada three times. He has also completed over 20 marathons, including the Boston Marathon, London Marathon, and the Original Marathon in Greece.  

In 2020 he made the decision to take a step back from daily operations of the business and to sell to the more than capable team of Kate Button and Gwen Gerryts, who will continue to provide the Sunshine Coast with the highest quality of care available.

You can tell Paul is in the clinic when you see his motorcycle parked out front during riding season.

Charlene Conlin

Rehabilitation Assistant

  • Cook Level 1, Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver
  • Rehabilitation Assistant, Capilano University
  • Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Canadian School of Natural Nutrition

Professional and Personal Interests

After moving to the coast with her young family in 2007, Charlene followed her keen interest in food and nutrition and opened a private nutritional counseling and consulting practice. Eventually, as her children grew, she returned to school to become a Rehab Assistant and joined the Coast Physio team and Sechelt Hospital in 2021. 

She lives on a small hobby farm with her family where she enjoys growing food, unwillingly sharing her food with deer and bears, and participating in all the fun activities the coast has to offer.

Siân Macdonald

Office Manager

Siân joined Coast Physiotherapy in 2018. She is originally from England and emigrated to Vancouver with her family when she was a teen. Later Siân and her husband moved to the Sunshine Coast to be closer to her family. Siân has worked at various customer service and management positions over the past 16 years. In her spare time, Siân enjoys hiking, cooking and being with friends and family. 

Andrea Olsen

Office Administration