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Amit Kumar, Occupational Therapist
BOT, MA (Sociology), C/NDT

Amit has been practicing occupational therapy for over 14 years. He has extensive experience in providing community based occupational therapy to clients with brain injuries and orthopaedic conditions. Amit has had a variety of international experiences which include establishment of two occupational therapy departments. He has worked extensively with clients with brain injuries and orthopaedic conditions in various countries including Canada, Ireland, Kuwait, and India. This has prepared him to work with a diversity of cultures in the Greater Vancouver area. Amit's past occupational therapy experience includes work in neurology, orthopaedics, eldercare, wheelchair and seating prescription, vocational rehabilitation, and chronic pain management.

Amit is certified in Neuro Developmental Therapy from NDTA, USA; and trained in Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) from the University of Bradford, UK. He is also trained in seating and complex postural management from the UK. Amit has successfully completed International Yoga Teachers Training course (100 hours) from India, and is able to combine this knowledge with occupational therapy to holistically treat clients suffering pain and illness.

Amit is a certified PGAP provider.Amit has always been a respected member of the industry, and enjoys mentoring. He has made presentations in international conferences, and is well experienced in conducting workshops for clients, caregivers, and health care professionals. Amit has served as a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists - British Columbia (CAOT-BC) Advisory Committee. Amit currently serves as a member of Professional Advisory Committee of Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia.

Lakshmi Gupta, Occupational Therapist

Lakshmi has been in the field of occupational therapy for over 10 years. Lakshmi graduated as an occupational therapist from the University of Calcutta in 2001 as one of the top students. Later on, she was awarded a scholarship from the British government to study MSc in Occupational Therapy from England, which she successfully completed in 2003 from Coventry University. Lakshmi is a life-long learner, and has continued to enhance her skills and compliment her OT practice.

Lakshmi has considerable experience working in both acute hospital and community settings in various countries including India, Ireland, and Canada. Lakshmi provides community based occupational therapy to clients who range from school age children to the elderly. She has special interest in home safety assessments, neurological rehabilitation, and falls prevention.

Elizabeth Poon, Occupational Therapist

Elizabeth was born and raised in Richmond, BC. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UBC in 2006. She went on to complete a Master of Occupational Therapy in 2008 from UBC.

She has worked in both public acute and private community and pediatric settings; current foci include: case management, cognitive rehabilitation, life skills training, upper-extremity rehabilitation, and fine motor activation. She works across the age spectrum, but has a keen interest in adolescents and older adults. She has a passion for assisting clients in returning to activities of daily living that are meaningful such as personal care, employment, and leisure. Aside from her role as an Occupational Therapist, Elizabeth is also a practicing Registered Nurse with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia. She previously worked as a Geriatric Triage Nurse in a local emergency department, and is currently working at Vancouver General Hospital with the Care Management Team.

Danielle Fogarty, Occupational Therapist

Danielle has a Bachelor of Science and has subsequently completed her Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of Manitoba. Danielle's clinical experience includes mental health rehabilitation, acute care discharge planning, outpatient OT services for clients with movement disorders, and musculoskeletal rehabilitation in burns and plastics. She has also completed an independent study on cognitive rehabilitation for people with multiple sclerosis and cognitive impairments as part of her Master’s degree. Danielle’s special areas of interest include seating and mobility, evidence-based practice, and home assessments. She values using a client-centered approach to enable people to return to their meaningful occupations.

Danielle is a certified BrainFx administrator.Danielle provides community based occupational therapy services to clients. She is based in Vancouver. Danielle also speaks French.

Sheila Wang, Occupational Therapist

Sheila graduated from University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and completed a Master in Occupational Therapy in 2014 at University of Alberta. Sheila’s clinical experience includes administering cognitive, physical, and functional assessments, and providing interventions with adults and seniors in rehab, community, and acute hospital settings. Sheila is especially interested in neurological rehabilitation and enjoys working with all age groups. She believes in the importance of utilizing client-centered approach to help clients engaged in meaningful occupations and promoting clients to become active participants in maintaining own health.

Sheila is a certified PGAP provider.Sheila also speaks fluent Mandarin and Taiwanese Hokkien.

Tamara Soloway, Occupational Therapist

Tamara received a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto in 2007, and went on to work in the area of spinal cord injury and neurological disease at a recognized teaching hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Tamara gained invaluable experience as an interdisciplinary team member, researcher and preceptor that continues to provide a strong evidenced-based, rehabilitation foundation for her work as a community-based therapist. Tamara moved back 'home' to Vancouver in 2012 and brings with her a balance of cognitive, psycho-social and physical rehabilitation experience, including skills in advanced seating and mobility prescription, neuro-developmental approach, chronic pain self-management, holistic mental health, and complex discharge planning. Tamara's experience across diverse practice settings including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and community-based rehab allows for the seamless management of client needs through the recovery process. Tamara has a keen interest in the incorporation of psychological health into her practice through the use of mindfulness and therapeutic yoga.

Tamara is based out of the North Shore and serves clients in Vancouver, North Shore, Sea-to-Sky Corridor and the Sunshine Coast.

Vijoy Chakraborty, Occupational Therapist
BOT, Cert (Accessibility Auditing)

Vijoy has been practicing occupational therapy for over 16 years in various countries including Canada, Ireland, and India. He has extensive experience working with clients both in hospital and in the community, and is well positioned to understand the importance of seamless service provision that is crucial for most of our clients.

Wheelchair seating assessments, cognitive assessments for driver rehabilitation and built environment accessibility are some of the areas of expertise that Vijoy brings to the team. As a Clinical Practice Educator for occupational therapy programs with two of the universities in Ireland, Vijoy is a great mentor for newly qualified occupational therapists.

As an advocate for complete mental and physical health, Vijoy has a passion to serve others by not only guiding them in recovery but also imparting them with the knowledge to continue progressing in the skills that they have been taught.

Vijoy is a certified BrainFx administrator.Vijoy is based in Surrey and serves clients in Metro Vancouver, Langley and Abbotsford. Vijoy also speaks fluent Hindi, Bengali, and Punjabi.

Laura Kwun, Occupational Therapist
BSc Psych, MSc OT

Born in Vancouver, Laura has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of British Columbia and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. She is passionate about people, mental health, constant learning, occupational justice (everyone's right to participate in meaningful occupations), and how conversations can be the catalysts for change in people’s lives. Her clinical experience includes acute stroke rehabilitation, residential care and geriatrics, and community mental health. Laura is also trained and calibrated to complete the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS), a standardized assessment of activities of daily living.

Laura is currently located in Richmond and provides occupational therapy services to clients all over the Lower Mainland. When she is not working, Laura can be found rocking out on the social dance floor, learning dance, or teaching dance.

Starla McCormick, Occupational Therapist
BA Psych, MSc OT

Starla was born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador. She then attended university in Halifax, Nova Scotia completing a Bachelor of Arts (with honours in Psychology) at Saint Mary’s University in 2006 and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University in 2010.

She moved to British Columbia shortly afterwards to begin her career within the correctional system where she gained a tremendous amount of experience in complex mental health. She focuses on promoting clients’ function by addressing the physical, cognitive, and/or emotional difficulties that they face. Starla has an enthusiastic passion for engaging clients in the meaningful activities that they need, want, or have to do while overcoming their impairments and environmental barriers.

Starla is a member of CAOT, a certified PGAP provider and an Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) calibrated rater. She provides community-based services to clients in the Fraser Valley. In her free time she can be found there spending time with her family, practicing yoga, and running.

Shadi Nobahar, Occupational Therapist

Shadi has been working as an occupational therapist for over eight years. She graduated from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in 2007. Following this, she completed Master of Occupational Therapy at Iran University of Medical Sciences in 2009. Shadi’s clinical experiences include stroke rehabilitation, return to work planning, and hand therapy.

Shadi is especially interested in return to work programs, and neurological rehabilitation. She is passionate about taking a client centred approach, and strongly values evidence-based practice.

Shadi holds Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation Certification. Shadi is located in North Vancouver and serves clients in North Vancouver, West Vancouver, and Vancouver. She also speaks Farsi.

Mohsen Sangargir, Occupational Therapist

Mohsen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Iran in 2007.

As an occupational therapist, Mohsen has over eight years of experience in a variety of settings, including acute hospitals, rehabilitation centers, day programs, home health and schools.

Mohsen has special interest in neurological rehabilitation, and vocational rehabilitation. Mohsen is dedicated to providing a client-centered approach for all clients to enable meaningful occupation. He is located in North Vancouver and provides community occupational therapy services to clients throughout lower mainland. Mohsen also speaks fluent Farsi.

Kathleen Forsythe, Occupational Therapist
MSc OT, BSc Neuroscience

Kathleen graduated from Dalhousie University, completing a Masters of Occupational Therapy, as well a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. Kathleen’s clinical experience includes mental health rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, and return to work planning. Kathleen is passionate about taking a client centered approach to care, focusing on the whole person, to promote wellness and independence in the activities of daily life most meaningful to each individual client. Her special interests include neurological rehabilitation, mental health, and the relationship between mind and body.

Kathleen is certified in Motivation Interviewing and provides community-based services to clients in the Vancouver area. In her free time Kathleen can be found enjoying the outdoors with a good book, or attending all things musical.

Jacqueline Dolder, Occupational Therapist
MSc OT, BA Psychology

Jacqueline has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology and graduated with a Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia. Her career prior to occupational therapy involved supporting the development of occupation for children with disabilities and she has a diploma in Infant Development. Jacqueline has a broad range of clinical occupational therapy experience including: pain management and occupational rehabilitation programs with a focus on self-management and returning to work, diverting hospital admissions of high risk elderly persons and supporting their recovery at home, paediatric assessment of children, school-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities, hospital discharge planning, and community-based home therapy. Jacqueline values evidence-based interventions and believes in focusing on function with the goal of returning to regular activities and routines.

Damaris Medina, Occupational Therapist

Damaris graduated as an occupational therapist from The Rosario University in Bogota, Colombia in 2002. She has been certified and practicing occupational therapy in Canada since 2005.

Damaris has worked in multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams providing treatment and services for various rehabilitation programs including pain management, occupational rehabilitation, return to work support services, and activity-related soft tissue disorders. She has also experience working in the community and had completed several functional assessments to determine care and equipment needs as well as home modifications. Her areas of specialty include: job demand analysis, return to work programs, work capacity evaluations, ergonomic assessments, community based rehabilitation programs, case management, pain management and home health. She has also experience working in mental health and pediatrics.

Damaris is a certified PGAP provider. She also speaks Spanish. Damaris joined Life Skills Therapy in 2016 and provides Home Health and Return to Work services to clients in Surrey.

Sherry Yu, Occupational Therapist

Sherry completed her degree in Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) at UBC in 2016 following a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at SFU. Through her MOT clinical practicum, Sherry gained experience in hospital discharge planning, home safety assessment, equipment fitting, cognitive assessment, and mental health rehabilitation with adults, as well as splinting and dysphasia assessment with children. She enjoys working with clients with different backgrounds, and values evidence-based, client-centred occupational therapy services. As part of her MOT curriculum, Sherry worked closely with a research partner and their supervisor and conducted a study exploring the relationship between life balance, stress, and well-being.

Sherry believes in lifelong learning and is interested in return to work planning, neuro/cognitive rehabilitation, and mindfulness techniques. She provides community based occupational therapy services in the lower mainland. She also speaks fluent Mandarin.

Uma Natarajan, Registered Physiotherapist

Uma has been practicing physiotherapy for over 17 years. She successfully completed Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 1998 and went on to obtain a Master of Physiotherapy degree with specialization in neurological conditions.

Uma has extensive experience in providing physiotherapy to clientele with neurological and orthopedic conditions. Her passions are stroke and brain injury rehabilitation, spinal cord injury management, and pediatric neurology.

Uma believes in-depth assessment is essential to drafting the best treatment plan for her clients. Uma values evidence based practice and utilizes a client-centred approach to assist clients on their road to recovery.

Our occupational therapists are fully licensed and registered with College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia.

Our physiotherapists are fully licensed and registered with Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia.