The Excel Physiotherapy Team
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BSc (PT), Dip. Sport PT, MCPA
Mark is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Physiotherapy program, class of 1994. He is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (MCPA) and Sport Physiotherapy Canada. Additionally, he has completed post-graduate studies in Manual Therapy (Level 3 certification) and a Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy (Dip. Sport PT).
Mark has owned Excel Physiotherapy since 1996. He has a passion for helping people recover from injury, educate them on injury prevention and enjoys the challenges that his profession brings. He has been very active in the local sporting community working with a number of teams and at numerous events. Mark has been team Physiotherapist for the UBC Men’s Varsity Basketball Team, Maple Ridge Burrards Lacrosse Club, Coquitlam Express Junior A Hockey Team, SFU Wrestling, and as a consultant for a number of teams in the National and Western Lacrosse League. Furthermore, he has worked at the Commonwealth Games, Western Canada Games and at numerous track and field, triathlons and running events.
Mark specializes in treating Sports Medicine injuries, with a focus in running, hockey, soccer, golf and triathlon injuries. In addition, he has helped numerous people recover from work related and motor vehicle injuries
Mark and his family are long term residents of Coquitlam and are involved in many community programs.
Mark is also an avid runner, completing 22 marathons, 3 Ironman Triathlons, The Ride to Conquer Cancer and numerous other events. When he isn’t busy working or spending time with his family, he enjoys catching up with friends on the golf course.
Mark’s exceptional skill and knowledge as a physiotherapist has allowed me to overcome ongoing back pain, numerous sprained ankles, and various muscle strains… Read more— Tristan McCutcheon
Mark’s treatment on my back enabled me to complete the required training for, and successfully compete in, Ironman Canada. I would not hesitate to recommend Mark and Excel Physiotherapy to anyone in need of treatment for an injury sustained under any circumstance. Read more— Tristan McCutcheon
Mark’s excellent knowledge base and ability to help patients contend with their ailments have been reasons for me to continue seeing him over my years of running and refer our customers to him. Mark has a very professional approach and as an athlete himself is able to bring a high level of understanding to his patients. Read more— Paul Slaymaker, Owner/Operator The Runners’ Den
Amanda Beers, Registered Physiotherapist Send Email
BHK, MPT (Master of Physical Therapy)
Amanda is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Master of Physical Therapy program. She has completed the Orthopaedic Division Level 3 post-graduate courses, and has spent many hours with renowned physiotherapist and mentor, Randy Celebrini, helping athletes transition from the physiotherapy clinic to the return to sport environment. She also has two publications in scientific journals: one examining overuse injuries in runners and the other a systematic review on hamstring strain prevention in sport.
Amanda has been working as a physiotherapist since 2007. She has a passion for helping people of all ages and abilities rehabilitate their injuries, and has experience treating acute and chronic injuries sustained in the workplace, in motor vehicle accidents, in sport, as well as in everyday life. She strongly believes in active, exercise-based rehabilitation combined with manual therapy, modalities and education about injury and injury prevention.
Amanda has worked as the physiotherapist for the Capilano College women’s basketball team – basketball being another of her passions. She played 5 years of university basketball and won a CIS National Championship with the University of British Columbia in 2004. Amanda competed in many other sports throughout high school as well, including volleyball, track & field, diving and soccer. Before that she was a Level 5 competitive gymnast. Amanda continues to be physically active and spends her spare time playing basketball, running, skiing, hiking and biking.
BSc (Kin), MPT (Master of Physical Therapy), GunnIMS
Paul graduated with his master’s in Physical Therapy from UBC in 2009. Prior to this, he completed his bachelor’s of Applied Science in Kinesiology at SFU in 2005. His additional training and interests include:
- Dry needling (Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation)
- Certified level 3 Manual Therapist through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association
- Myofascial release
- Sports Physiotherapy certificate candidate
- Member of the Sports and Orthopedic Divisions of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association
Paul has provided physiotherapy and training services for many local organizations including: Coquitlam Ducks Volleyball Club, Coquitlam Senior Men’s Adanacs Lacrosse Team, Douglas College Women’s Volleyball, Canadian Beach Volleyball Nationals, BC high school provincial volleyball championships. He also volunteers his time speaking at local high schools and other organizations about current trends in the rehabilitation field.
In the clinic, Paul sees a wide variety of conditions which include but are not exclusive to: sports injuries, post surgical rehabilitation, motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries and many repetitive strain conditions. Paul believes in using the balanced approach of a thorough assessment, hands on treatment and a home exercise program to help his patients with their recovery.
Paul grew up locally and continues to play several sports for fun. Paul’s love for sports can be seen in his dedication as a coach with the Coquitlam Ducks Volleyball Club.
Paul helped me recover from a long-standing Achilles tendinopathy. My only regret coming to Excel Physiotherapy is that I did not come in sooner! Read more— Susan Baluff
Kristen Hoffman, Registered Physiotherapist Send Email
BSc (Kin), MPT (Master of Physical Therapy), AFCI Certificate (Acupuncture), Certified Gunn IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) Practitioner
Kristen Hoffman, BSc Kinesiology, MPT, CAFCI (acupuncture), IMS practitioner (CGIMS) Kristen graduated from the Master of Physical Therapy program at the University of British Columbia in 2008. She obtained a Kinesiology degree and certificate in Health and Fitness from SFU in 2006. Her areas of expertise include sports and orthopedic injuries with a special interest in shoulder and knee injuries, post-surgery rehabilitation, acupuncture and IMS. Kristen has completed courses in advanced manual therapy techniques, which include Mulligan courses and the Orthopedic Level 3 Upper and Lower Quadrant courses. She has also completed courses in K-taping™, advanced shoulder rehabilitation and has achieved her certification in Gunn Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) as well as acupuncture certification through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. Kristen also has a strong background in personal training and exercise prescription, including pre- and post-natal fitness.
Kristen has volunteered for many teams and sporting events, including the Greyhounds Master Track and Field Club, World Police and Fire Games, the North American Police Soccer tournament, the Burnaby Lakers Lacrosse club, the SFU women’s volleyball team and men’s field lacrosse team, Beach Soccer Blast and the BC High-School Wrestling Championships. Kristen enjoys treating athletes from a wide range of sports, such as lacrosse, soccer, hockey, basketball, dancing, gymnastics, field hockey and running.
Kristen's treatment philosophy is to maintain a balance of fun, variety and patient-focused goals in rehabilitation. Using a blend of manual therapy, needling and personalized exercises, Kristen helps her clients to optimize their performance and get back to their desired activities quickly. She is well liked by her patients, who appreciate her thoroughness, easygoing approach and quick sense of humour.
In her spare time Kristen enjoys cooking and baking, knitting (and generally being pretty crafty), and staying active by doing yoga, hiking and spinning!
I suffered severe bone contusions in my knee during a mountain trail race. Thanks to the efforts of Kristen, my knee had recovered enough, so that I could run a race 8 weeks later. Kristen was professional, throughout and her effective treatment has meant I feel confident I can participate fully in the upcoming running season.— Kate Kift
I am a regular patient of Kristen Hoffman at Excel Physio in Port Moody. My experiences at Excel have been very positive, professional and comforting. Kristen has help speed up my recovery from knee surgery. I have recommended friends and family to seek out Excel Physio and of course Kristen Hoffman.— Felix G. , Port Moody, BC
Liam Hurley, Registered Physiotherapist Send Email
BSc Hons (PT)
Liam graduated from the University of East London in the UK in 1992 with a BSc(Hons) degree in Physiotherapy.
He spent the next 11yrs working in NHS hospitals in London in a variety of setting, covering inpatient care on medical, orthopaedic, paediatric and elderly wards, and extensively in a busy outpatient department which he eventually managed.
Liam spent the next 10yrs working in a busy private practice in North London as one of the lead therapists.
Since graduating Liam has completed many postgraduate courses. These include acupuncture, muscle balance techniques (similar to Pilates), myofascial release techniques, trigger point work, Society of Orthopaedic Medicine peripheral joint assessments levels I + II, Mulligan’s techniques of NAGs, SNAGs and MWMs, strapping/taping, grade V osteopathic techniques and Upledger CranioSacral therapy. He was also lucky enough to study Gunn IMS under the guidance of Dr Chan Gunn himself!
Liam has worked with elite athletes from many diverse disciplines including boxing, kayaking, long distance running, body building, pole vault and snow boarding. He also provided physio to a division of the British Learning Difficulties swim team.
Liam moved to Port Moody from the UK in 2013 with his wife and two young children. The family has become fully immersed in the BC lifestyle, enjoying the great outdoors and becoming involved in local sports. Having completed multiple Tough Mudder/Spartan type events in the UK Liam has extended his range and now enjoys running ultra marathons on the trails and has completed the Penticton Challenge.
Liam likes to employ a holistic approach to assessment and treatment of his patients. While valuing comprehensive diagnoses he will allow treatment plans to be flexible to follow the progression of the injury and address new symptoms/issues as they present.
He uses a lot of manual therapy using a variety of techniques, ranging between deep tissue massage to very light touch subtle fascial gliding work.
Olivia Zawadiuk, Registered Kinesiologist Send Email
Olivia graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from the University of British Columbia in 2019. She is a member of the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists.
Olivia was a competitive synchronized (artistic) swimmer for fifteen years. She swam for the BC Aquasonics, Calgary Aquabelles, Team BC and Canadian National Team. While studying Kinesiology, she swam for and was president of the UBC Thunderbird Artistic Swimming Sport Club. Olivia continues to stay involved in aquatics through her part-time work as a Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor, coach and through her position on the board of directors for Canada Artistic Swimming as Athlete Council Chair. Due to Olivia’s experience as a competitive athlete and having dealt with many injuries herself, she has an in-depth understanding of the human body and its capabilities.
Since graduation, Olivia has been volunteering at the Centre for Cardiac Rehabilitation at Vancouver General Hospital helping patients with cardiovascular disease with their exercise programs. She also volunteers with physiotherapy staff to assist residents at a long-term care home. Through these experiences, Olivia has developed the ability to cater exercises to people of varying physical abilities.
Olivia has always been passionate about helping people and as a Kinesiologist, she is able to incorporate her passion into creating Active Rehabilitation and Hydrotherapy Programs for those who have suffered from injuries. Her programs target areas of the body where there are muscle imbalances and/or joint instability and serve to improve strength, posture, mobility, and biomechanics through proper exercise and education. Olivia aims to create a program that will help patients heal and provide them with the resources to continue exercising on their own and ultimately improve their quality of life.
Our Teams' Collective Qualifications:
- BHK/BKin/BSc (Kin) Bachelor of Human Kinetics/Bachelor of Kinesiology
- BSc PT Bachelor of Sciences Physiotherapy
- MPT Master of Physical Therapy
- BHSc PT Bachelor of Health Sciences Physiotherapy
- MCPA Member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association
- FCAMT Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists
- Dip. Manip. PT Post-graduate studies in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy
- Dip. Sport PT Post-graduate studies in Sport Physiotherapy
- RMT Registered Massage Therapist
- R.Ac. Registered Acupuncturist
- AFCI Certificate Acupuncture
- IMS Certified Gunn IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation ) Practitioner
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