Backs in Action Therapists and Front Desk Staff, Christmas 2021
Amir is a Registered Massage Therapist with over seven years of experience in the field of Swedish Massage and sport injuries. He understands the need to personalize each treatment. having worked with patients in both Iran and Canada and having treated numerous conditions.
Amir’s focus is bringing overall balance and wellness to you based on your individual needs. Amir uses techniques that help reduce and relieve pain allowing you to reach a state of relaxation. He puts a lot of emphasis on teaching posture awareness, stress reduction techniques as well as stretching and strengthening the muscle and tissue. His approach is very holistic and is based on a balanced lifestyle.
Amir was born and raised in Tehran, Iran and moved to British Columbia in 2014. In 2015 he was accepted at Vancouver Career College to complete his studies in the Registered Massage Therapy program. This was an intensive program which required over 2,700 hours of theory and hands on practice including: musculoskeletal anatomy, pathology, arthrology, neurology, hydrotherapy, myofascial release, muscle energy technique, joint mobilization, manual lymphatic drainage, therapeutic exercise, sports treatment and professional development.
When Amir is not working he enjoys spending time hiking and camping in beautiful British Columbia. He loves reading science fiction and spends a great deal of his time researching holistic health and healing.
Andrew Moussavi obtained his BSc with distinction in Biomedical Physiology at Simon Fraser University and then went on to complete his MSc in Physiotherapy at the University of Alberta. Throughout this journey, he was privileged to gain valuable clinical experience in advanced orthopedic mobilizations, post/pre-surgical rehabilitation, chronic pain and vestibular rehabilitation.
Andrew’s passion for Physical Therapy can be traced back to his recovery from multiple traumatic knee operations and experiencing the rewards of a successful treatment plan. Through this experience and clinical background, he has built his philosophy of care to utilize best practice guidelines- incorporating manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, education/motivational interviewing and modalities. Through a goal-oriented approach, he looks forward to collaborating with any client/athlete to assist in injury management or prevention.
In his spare time, Andrew stays active resistance training, with a particular interest in recreational skiing, kayaking and soccer.
Andrew has booking availability on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons and evenings.
Denise Wong was born and raised in Hong Kong, then moved to Canada to complete both her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Master of Science in Physical Therapy at McGill University.
Throughout her education, Denise has gained experience in treating a variety of conditions such as work and sport-related injuries and has also been involved in post-surgical rehabilitation. She utilizes manual therapy, the McKenzie method, the Mulligan concept, and the use of therapeutic taping.
Denise adheres to evidence-based practice as well as a patient-centered approach. She strongly believes in treatments that utilize a combination of education, manual therapy, and exercise to maximize patients’ recovery.
She is passionate about empowering patients to take control of their own rehabilitation and facilitate their return to meaningful activities.
Denise is an avid rock climber and was previously a member of the national Hong Kong climbing team. She continues to pursue greater heights both on and off the rock.
Denise is also fluent in Cantonese.
Denise has booking availability on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Dr. Adam Bell takes a holistic evidence-based approach to health, ensuring all aspects are addressed including lifestyle and ergonomics, as they are major contributors to everyday aches and pains. If they aren’t accounted for, they can lead to further pain and delayed healing.
Dr Adam treats patients of all ages, using Diversified technique of adjusting, as well utilizing a drop-table, active release techniques and rehabilitation exercises. He focuses on the treatment of acute and chronic injuries to the back, neck, shoulders, as well as into the extremities, caused by accidents, postural, and/or overuse. He also offers the assessment for and dispersion of custom prescription orthotics.
Prior to becoming a chiropractor, Dr. Adam Bell who is originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Physiology/Pharmacology from the University of Saskatchewan. He knew that he always wanted to be in health care, as he loved helping people. This stemmed largely from having a younger brother with a severe type of epilepsy which required constant care, who he loved to be with and help as much as he could growing up. After working in construction for many years, Dr. Adam hurt his back for the first time, and it wasn’t until going to a chiropractor that he found his calling.
Within a couple years he went to and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon. Naturally he and his wife fell in love with the west coast, so when they came back to Canada the west coast was calling their name, so they decided to make Vancouver their new home.
When not treating patients, he can be found hiking, playing hockey, playing board games, or hanging out with his wife and his fur baby at home.
Dr. Danielle McKinney, originally from Cambridge, Ontario, is a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Danielle has been practicing for over 12 years in the Toronto and Vancouver areas.
Dr. Danielle’s areas of concentration include the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal complaints, ranging from lower back pain and neck pain to headaches, tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries and plantar fasciitis.
Therapies offered within a chiropractic treatment plan with Dr. Danielle may include chiropractic manipulation, gentle spinal adjustments using instruments, custom orthotics, active rehabilitation exercises and soft-tissue therapy as she has been trained in Active Release Technique® (ART).
In her spare time, Dr. Danielle enjoys travelling, skiing, hiking, and spending time with her 8 year-old twins. She is a member of the British Columbia Chiropractic Association (BCCA), the BC College of Chiropractors, and the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA).
**Currently on medical leave.**
Backs in Action owner/director Dr. Farrah Jiwa believes in a holistic approach to health. She came to believe in this approach when a family member, her sister, was involved in a serious car accident.
Dr. Farrah had graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biopsychology from the University of British Columbia when the accident occurred. Throughout university, she had always been interested in health care, due to her desire to help others. Following the accident, Dr. Farrah became aware that the typical medical paradigm wasn’t helping. A family friend suggested Chiropractic for her sister, who was in chronic pain at the time. After several weeks of undergoing Chiropractic treatment, her sister was able to return to school and return to a normal life.
Upon seeing these results, Dr. Farrah realized that greater mental and physical balance could be achieved through alignment of the spine. She found herself drawn to Chiropractic care, not only to help with injuries and pain but also to improve the lives of otherwise healthy people. In 1996 she enrolled at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and, four years later, emerged with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
Shortly after, Dr. Farrah began working part time at the Fraser Chiropractic Group, where she was mentored by Randy and Ray Zindler, a father-son team with decades of Chiropractic experience. She also established Backs in Action at that time, and began building it into the respected clinic it is today, with diversified techniques, Functional Muscle Testing, Kinesthetic Release, computerized GaitScan Analysis and Custom Orthotics among its many services and treatments.
Dr. Farrah strongly believes in meritocracy and offering the best in Chiropractic care. As such, she values continuing education and professional growth and development. In 2006 she earned a Masters in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario. She has also taken numerous courses in Radiology, Lumbar Rehabilitation and Stabilization, GaitScan and Postural Analysis and Exercise Rehab.
Dr. Farrah continues to develop her practice, and keeps up-to-date with all the latest developments and advances in chiropractic medicine. Her most recent certification is in Kinesio Taping, which is the process of using therapeutic tape to enhance and ensure stability to joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion.
A Vancouver resident all her life and a mom with twin daughters herself, Farrah says, “I love being able to help young families, from kids to adults.”
“Wellness is for people of all ages,” she says. With Backs in Action, she has established a practice that reflects her holistic approach to health and wellness. Health is a lifelong journey, and she is excited to help everyone she meets along the path to a better life.
Dr. Farrah Jiwa is currently on medical leave. Please schedule an appointment with one of her Backs in Action colleagues at the link below. You can also email us or call our clinic with any questions you have.
Dr. Jacob Stetz is a graduate of the Doctor of Chiropractic program at the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon. While attending USW, Dr. Jacob received many accolades, one of which was being appointed to the Dean’s List.
Before attending this program, Dr. Stetz completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree at the University of the Fraser Valley. Dr. Stetz has an extensive background in injury rehabilitation and sports performance having attained previous certifications with the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK) and Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP-Certified Personal Trainer).
Dr. Stetz’s practice provides chiropractic care using the Diversified Technique to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. In addition, Dr. Stetz is a certified Graston Technique® Specialist (GTS) and Active Release Technique® (ART) practitioner.
After graduation, Dr. Stetz began practice in the Lower Mainland. Dr. Stetz also served as the chiropractor of the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades Athletic Department. Beyond the clinic, Dr. Stetz is a member of the Rotary Club of New Westminster.
Dr Jonathan Yu grew up in Hong Kong and spent the greater part of a decade in the Toronto area. He completed a BSc in Kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton before completing his Doctorate of Chiropractic program at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2018. Dr Jonathan now calls Vancouver home and is excited to be an integral part of the Backs in Action team!
Dr. Jonathan takes a holistic approach to health care as part of his treatments. As part of his protocol, he also believes in addressing lifestyle, diet, and ergonomic concerns that contribute to pain and ill-health.
Dr. Jonathan addresses patients of all ages and at all life stages. He takes a diversified approach to chiropractic care utilizing the drop-table and instrument-assisted adjustments. He is also a proponent of the Pain Neutralization Technique.
In addition to English, Dr Jonathan speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese.
When not treating patients, he enjoys hiking, and playing soccer and basketball. He is also an avid sports fan!
Dr Joseph Yung was born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from York University. He has also received his Diploma of Massage Therapy from the Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy.
Dr Joseph practices Diversified Technique and focuses on providing patient-centered care through adjustments, mobilizations, soft tissue therapy, patient education, and exercise.
He has a wide range of experience treating acute and chronic conditions in people of all ages. Dr Joesph is excited to help patients reach their goals and get back to doing what they love; free from pain and dysfunction.
Outside of the clinic, you’ll find him playing sports, hiking in the mountains and camping.
Languages: Dr Joseph speaks English and Cantonese
Dr. Lucas Tisshaw uses a multifaceted approach to his chiropractic treatment to help you work comfortably, play harder, feel better, and live an overall healthier life.
From pain relief to long term joint and spinal health, his treatment plans, tailored to each patient, combine myofascial release techniques with chiropractic adjustments. Together they improve the health of joints, muscles, and nerves, and leave his patients feeling and performing better. Dr. Lucas places an important component on educating and teaching exercises to engage and strengthen muscles and neurologically rewire healthy movements and posture.
Dr Peyman Khademi completed his undergraduate studies in Biology and Kinesiology at York University in Toronto before entering the chiropractic program at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.
He received his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree in 2002 and for more than two decades has been providing his patients with evidence-based chiropractic treatments by utilizing a combination of chiropractic techniques, nutrition advice, stretches, and exercises. Dr. Peyman is also a certified exercise and fitness trainer and provides his patients with the steps necessary to achieve the level of health they desire. From chiropractic treatment to fitness and stress reduction, Dr Peyman’s emphasis is on natural pain relief, prevention, and healthy living.
Dr Peyman also offers Cold Laser Therapy (also known as Low Level Light Therapy), a safe, non-toxic, non-invasive alternative for patients and a superior alternative to analgesics/ NSAID’s and other medications. Cold Laser Therapy reduces the need for surgery, has no pain or side effects and works synergistically with other modalities including Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, and Physiotherapy.
As a member of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and the British Columbia Chiropractic Association, Dr Peyman’s patient care will always include the most up-to-date scientifically based treatments available. Dr Peyman focuses on the treatment of acute and chronic back, neck, shoulder, and foot pain caused by workplace injuries and sports-related injuries, car accidents, and postural and overuse conditions. Dr Peyman also offers computerized gait scan analysis and custom-made prescription orthotics.
Dr. Ryan Takagi has clinical concentrations in sports injury management and nutritional therapy. With a strong interest in athletic performance, he specializes in treating the range of injuries that often arise when playing sports of all kinds, whether baseball, rowing or running. To remedy these, he uses joint manipulation and mobilization, various soft tissue techniques, active rehabilitation, and lifestyle education to keep his patients functioning optimally.
Dr. Ryan also believes in the importance in nutrition to one’s physical health and overall well-being. By exploring deficiencies in diet, Dr. Ryan is also able to identify broader areas of wellness improvement that come from a holistic approach to ourselves and the body.
Dr. Ryan grew up in picturesque 100 Mile House in Central British Columbia and moved to Vancouver to attend university where he completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology at UBC while rowing on the Varsity team. He then went on to earn a Master of Science in Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine and a Doctor of Chiropractic from the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
In addition to his Chiropractic practice, Dr. Ryan volunteers some of his mornings coaching the SFU Rowing Crew, and is a Substitute Instructor at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends, exploring BC’s beautiful hiking and running trails.
More recently he has been exploring movement through artistic expression, using dancing and drawing as other ways of interacting with and exploring the relationships we have with our bodies.
“I am a person-centred strength-based counsellor. My aim is not to judge or criticize but to help through difficult moments and issues in your life.
I help to process the emotions, thoughts, actions, impulses and reactions in ways that are non-debilitating, shaming or guilt-ridden. I stand with you in your process and provide support for the difficulties you may be facing. I am informed in an array of modalities to help with each situation differently.
Every client is different with different life histories and circumstances. There is no specific way to treat everyone but there is a specific way to be to provide help — with empathy, care and an appreciation for the humanity in all.”
Jackson Chu is a graduate of the Langara College Registered Massage Therapy Program in Vancouver and an active registrant with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia.
Jackson employs a variety of techniques to help patients manage, treat and prevent injuries as well as ensuring patients understand the ways in which they can contribute to their own health and well-being. In addition to assisting his patients find relaxation and rehabilitate their injuries, he is particularly interested in repetitive strain injuries incurred from sports and would appreciate the opportunity to help you with his knowledge of massage therapy.
Having worked at Sport Chek for many years before becoming an RMT, Jackson is an advocate of encouraging sports and activity for all age groups.
Since high school, Jackson has gravitated towards Ultimate Frisbee and can be found playing year-round in the Vancouver Ultimate League. Other hobbies including road biking through the lovely streets of Vancouver and jamming out on his saxophone.
Myles Houtman is a Registered Massage Therapist with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia and has been in practice for roughly 3 years.
He is very passionate about providing care for all individuals and strives to achieve the care necessary for patients to continue doing the things they love.
“For me, sports and sport injuries have been a major contributor in pushing me toward the field of Massage Therapy.”
“You can frequently find me playing basketball, hockey or hiking throughout our beautiful city and province while cheering on the Vancouver Canucks whenever possible. Being involved in many car accidents and sports injuries throughout my life, I have learnt the importance that Massage therapy, Chiropractic therapy and Physiotherapy have to offer. Through a collective outlook on care and pain management we can better acquire an understanding of ourselves and the sources to our pain.
I am a true believer in passing on knowledge wherever possible and am committed to getting patients back to their daily lives to be able to do the things they love.”
My approach to therapeutic massage involves modalities that increase body awareness and decrease compression. This typically looks like active release, joint play and traction, and sustained holds.
Other techniques include general Swedish, trigger point release, breathwork, active/passive stretching and myofascial release.
I believe there is an art to both giving and receiving a therapeutic massage, and I look forward to developing healthy, honest therapeutic relationships with the clientele at Backs in Action! Let’s do this!
Nathan Pang was born and raised in Vancouver and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia, majoring in Biology with a minor in Kinesiology. His Doctor of Physical Therapy is from Washington University in St. Louis.
He has further obtained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
“Physical activity plays an integral role in my physical and mental well-being; it improves energy and my confidence. Furthermore, physical activity has facilitated many of my social circles; I’ve connected with others through common interests like walking, running, spinning, hiking, hockey, basketball, and weight-training. I understand first and foremost how injuries can affect an individual’s well-being. I became a physiotherapist not only to help individuals return to their activities but also to help individuals discover new interests.
While graduated, my journey is far from over. I believe in life long learning with a special interest in
therapeutic exercise and manual therapy. I am a team player always looking to learn something from my patients and colleagues. I enjoy working with all individuals and learning their stories more than
Rachel (BA Kin, MSc Sports Science) has practiced Kinesiology for more than 10 years with experience working with soft tissue injuries, postural malalignment, and pain management. When she is not helping patients improve function and movement back into their lives, she enjoys hiking, climbing, snowboarding, yoga, pilates, and boxing.
Rachel strongly believes that a healthy lifestyle and exercise are very important components for improving one’s quality of life.
“From the moment we wake up to the point we go to bed, movement is an essential part of a person’s wellbeing. We all want to move through life with minimal pain and I love seeing a patient’s progression with seeing each client smiling when they get their life back!”
Rachel specializes in functional ability training, orthopedics, and soft tissue release. She has a certificate in Functional Capacity Evaluation and a Yoga Teacher’s Certification 240YTT.
Rachel speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, and Finnish.
Rhiannon believes in a person-centered approach to counselling where her clients are able to feel a sense of respect and autonomy.
She utilizes trauma informed practices combined with motivational interviewing skills, cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy. Rhiannon has extensive experience working with adults, youth and their parents and is formally trained in expressive therapies.
She has a gentle yet directive manner and approaches working together with strength based strategies & mindful interventions. It is her goal to assist you in identifying your values, skills and knowledge to effectively confront challenges in your life. Your goals are what are important to her and will be the foundation of your therapeutic journey together. She is an ICBC approved provider as well as registered to provide CVAP counselling for victims of violent crimes.
Massage Therapy has shown me how our community can take back control of bodily pain & discomfort they are feeling. Through my student experience at Vancouver Career College, I have became confident in myself to help those around me by offering help through my education.
I’ve become a big fan of the gym in the last 8 months, and I find it’s a place where I can feel like my best self. Since starting my studies at Vancouver Career College, going to the gym has become more productive in terms of my workouts. I feel as though I can take the specifics of the workout and apply them to the treatment room, by incorporating active and passive mobility exercises during treatments.
Physical activity and health has incorporated itself naturally into my life through my understanding of functional and mechanical anatomy. With that, Patient progression has brought a fulfillment to my day-to-day life that has directly impacted my unlimited desire to continue acquiring new information, and implementing it to my patients.
My treatments are geared towards easier living and mobility, by figuring out locations of imbalance in the body, then strengthening or relaxing compensatory areas to bring alignment. I also want to be able to provide homecare and hydrotherapy recommendations to my patients, that are adjusted to their abilities, and for it to be something they look forward to doing. With my encouragement, I hope my patients feel the motivation I have inside, which is to make them feel better in the long run.
Sungwoon (Shawn) Tjen is a registered acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CTCMA) of British Columbia. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Simon Fraser University and completed a 4-year Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner program at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver (ICTCMV).
Shawn has been actively practicing as an acupuncturist since 2012 under the mentorship of Dr. Xiao Mei Wang, a respected Doctor of Chinese Medicine. He has drawn much inspiration from Dr. Wang’s treatment methods, integrating Traditional Chinese modalities within each session including Tuina massage, acupressure, glass-cupping therapy, electro-stimulation and ear-seed therapy along with the use of TDP heat lamp and pad therapies to give each individual the best opportunities for a quick recovery.
Shawn’s treatment style goes beyond treating the problem to assist patients in achieving the right balance of the body’s Yin and Yang. This allows for an increase in the body’s strength and greater chances for preventing further development of disease and its long-term symptoms.
Shawn is committed to carefully understanding a patient’s health concerns, providing a clear and accurate diagnosis as well as effective treatments and working, where suitable, with other practitioners at Backs in Action to provide maximum benefits for all his patients. Shawn’s integrated approach to acupuncture has been particularly effective in the following conditions:
- Pain Management: sports injury, whiplash, strains and sprains, acute/chronic back pain, sciatica pain (Piriformis syndrome), neck and shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee and ankle pain, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis
- Headaches and migraines
- Facial paralysis, Bell’s Palsy, TMJ
- Emotional disturbances – anxiety, depression
- Digestive Issues – indigestion, stomach pain, diarrhea/constipation
- Tinnitus, decreased hearing
- Quitting smoking
- Women’s health – PMS, menstrual dysfunction (painful, early, late, irregular)
- Low energy, chronic fatigue
- Stroke rehabilitation
**Currently on maternity leave.**
Veera Grewal is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#17576) and approved provider for ICBC and the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP). She completed her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.
Her areas of work include anxiety, depression, relationships and trauma. She primarily uses Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Play Therapy when working with children or adolescents.
Veera offers a safe, non-judgemental space for clients to express themselves freely and views all clients as resilient and capable of making changes in their lives. She provides counselling in both English and Punjabi.
Veera Grewal is currently on maternity leave. Please schedule an appointment with one of her Backs in Action colleagues at the link below. You can also email us or call our clinic with any questions you have.
Yasaman Safarzaedeh is a Registered Acupuncturist and Licensed Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner. She has a Diplomate of Doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her fascination with acupuncture and her experience with the effectiveness of herbal remedies led her on this path after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from the University of British Columbia.
Yasaman specializes in pain management, sleep disorders, stress management, hormonal imbalances and gynecological concerns as well as constitutional and facial rejuvenation.
Her calm demeanour and passion enables her to communicate with patients on both physical and spiritual levels.
Zoë Fettig-Winn (BKin, MKin) is a BCAK kinesiologist with a background in strength and conditioning and performance sport. Zoë loves working with clients of all backgrounds to build fitness programs that increase their capacity to be active participants in life.
Zoë believes that science-based exercise prescription, along with strategic dietary and lifestyle planning, can enhance everyone’s quality of life. Whether you’re recovering from a serious injury, have never enjoyed exercise or are a long-time athlete, she would love to use her individualized, evidence-based approach to help you reach your goals.
Beyond kinesiology, Zoë works as the assistant coach of the women’s varsity rowing team at UBC, on which she previously competed for five years. She also has 13 years experience as a classical ballet dancer. In her spare time, Zoë enjoys getting outdoors for hikes, bikes, and runs.
Everyone On The Backs In Action Team Is
All of our team members are focused on providing you with the utmost care to help you attain your optimum wellness and quality of life.
ATTENTIVE & SUPPORTIVE
Our team will take the time to listen to you to get a better understanding of your concerns and provide you with all the information you need to make informed decisions about your health.
EXPERIENCED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE
All of our therapists have degrees from leading healthcare schools and are knowledgeable in their chosen fields.
FRIENDLY & ENERGETIC
We invest our energy into helping you feel better. We want to see you leave the office with more energy and empower you to become an active advocate of your health!
Backs in Action would be happy to hear from you. If you have any questions feel free to drop by, send us an email or call us at 604-876-9977. We look forward to seeing you and are excited to get back into action together!