Jas Hayre, Practicing Kinesiologist
B.Kin, BCAK Certified
Jas obtained a Bachelor of Kinesiology from University of Fraser Valley. Jas has also successfully completed a Sports Science diploma through Douglas College and an Urban Poling certificate. He specializes in muscle balancing, aqua therapy, isometric resistance training, corrective kinetics and proprioceptive 0neuromuscular facilitation.
Jas serves clients in Surrey, White Rock, Delta, Langley, and New Westminster. Jas speaks fluent Punjabi.
In his spare time, Jas enjoys swimming, basketball, football, and traveling.
Iris Popovski, Practicing Kinesiologist
Iris graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia and is now a registered Kinesiologist through the BC Association of Kinesiologists. Iris also successfully completed her Diploma in Human Kinetics from Langara College in 2009, with a strong interest in anatomy and physiology. During her studies, she worked with clients with a wide range of physical disabilities, implementing personal care services and assisting with activities of daily living; as well as promoting and maintaining physical, psychological and social wellbeing.
Iris is currently studying to obtain her Personal Training certification so she can share her passion for fitness and health alongside her love for helping people improve their function and gain their independence.
In her spare time, Iris enjoys working out, cooking, travelling and being outdoors. She speaks conversational Serbian and Croatian.
Huy Nguyen, Practicing Kinesiologist
Huy earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology and a Certificate in Active Health and Fitness from Simon Fraser University (SFU). He is a practicing Kinesiologist and a member of the British Columbia Association of Kinesiology (BCAK). He has also worked as a personal trainer for clients at the SFU Fitness Center with his certification from the BCRPA. In working with his clients, he integrates his experiences to develop individualized exercise programs to assist them in effectively returning to health and activity.
As a very active individual, he is very dedicated towards helping people achieve their optimal health with an active lifestyle. He strives on helping people reach their full functional capacity and helping them understand how gym based exercises can be translated into day-to-day activities.
Huy is continuously expanding his knowledge in the field by taking different course outside of the clinic. He enjoys playing a variety of sports including volleyball and badminton. He has played in high level badminton tournaments and has instructed in camps to introduce the game to youths.
Cara Bagry, Practicing Kinesiologist
Cara recently graduated from University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology.
Cara’s interest in health and fitness began during her childhood as a competitive athlete in soccer and basketball. She discovered her passion for helping others to improve their abilities and gain independence while volunteering at Hope After Stroke Support Group, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Club. While in University, Cara has worked as a physical rehabilitation student where she had the pleasure of working with Acquired Brain Injury clients. In addition, she has had the opportunity to shadow Amit Kumar at Life Skills Therapy furthering her knowledge in designing and implementing rehabilitation programs for stroke survivor clients.
In her spare time, Cara enjoys running, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with her pets.
Edwin Dutt, Rehabilitation Assistant
Edwin successfully completed a Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant Diploma at CDI College in 2008. He has experience working with a wide range of clients including older adults, children, clients recovering from neurological impairments, and clients with mental health issues. He has experience implementing physical and cognitive rehabilitation, and gradual return to work programs for ICBC and WorkSafeBC clients.
Edwin is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi.
Tadeusz (Tad) Kasprzak, Rehab Assistant,
MA in Teaching, Majoring in Rehabilitation, AWF University in Poznan, Poland
Tad has worked for 20 years at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver. He was a member of the team directly involved with the comprehensive rehab – from admission to discharge - of Rick Hansen and Sam Sullivan. Later on, he subspecialised in the rehab block of Traumatic Brain Injuries (including follow up after discharge and family education – if required).
Tad strongly believes that the process of comprehensive rehab must include bio-psycho-social approach. Tad joined Life Skills Therapy in early 2018 and currently serves clients in the Fraser Valley.
Aya Anholt, Kinesiologist
Aya recently graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She is a practicing Kinesiologist and a member of the British Columbia Association of Kinesiology (BCAK). During her studies, she had the opportunity to study clinical exercise physiology in several practical settings, which included cardiac rehabilitation and fall prevention programming at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
Aya also volunteered as a part of the executive committee for the Winter Adapted Games (WAG), a day for children with identified disabilities from the community to participate in non-competitive sports and activities. In the past, Aya has experience teaching running, skating and kayaking to a variety of ages and abilities, which is why she is able to use her expertise of movements and adapt exercises specifically for each client. Aya is dedicated to providing patient-centred care and is passionate about using exercise as a tool to regain and maintain functional fitness in daily life. Outside of work, Aya enjoys being in nature and loves to rock climb, kayak or ski.
Aya currently serves clients in the Vancouver area.
Kelli West, Kinesiologist
Kelli graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Certificate in Health and Fitness. Over the last 6 years she has been working with individuals to prevent and manage chronic disease. Her passion is helping individuals reach their health goals no matter what that looks like. She knows that each person is an individual and that she needs to work alongside the client to help them reach their health goal.
Kelli is constantly learning and most recently completed 2 certifications: ACE Weight Loss Management and Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification. She also has a post-graduate certification from the American College of Sport Medicine in Clinical Exercise Physiology. On her off time Kelli plays soccer, slo-pitch and enjoys spending time with her family & friends. Kelli looks forward to working with you and helping you reach your goals. Kelli currently serves clients in Surrey, Langley and surrounding areas.
Keith Kitagawa, Kinesiologist
Keith graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology and a minor in Nutritional Sciences. He is a registered member of BC Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK).
During his time at UBC, Keith earned the title of head athletic trainer for the Men's Varsity Rugby Team where he learned sports injury assessment and first aid treatment. He became a teaching assistant for the UBC course: Fundamentals of Athletic Training and was also a fitness instructor at UBC Bodyworks Fitness Centre, where he developed exercise and rehabilitation programs for clinical populations. He also previously worked as a personal trainer and his passion for maintaining active lifestyles is what led him to become a Kinesiologist.
Keith spends most of his time working as a Kinesiologist at a Care Facility in White Rock. He is available to assist clients achieve their rehabilitation goals in Surrey and Delta.
In his spare time, Keith enjoys hiking, powerlifting, and playing soccer
Zachary Lestin, Kinesiologist
Zachary is a registered Kinesiologist, having obtained his Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. Committed to the needs of his clients, he develops sound, movement-based programs to enable individuals to return to work, life, and play. Zachary has worked in multiple settings from aquatherapy to high-end varsity athletics and continues to refine his understanding of rehabilitation and adaptation. Zachary has his Functional Movement Systems Level 1 & 2 certification and Fascial Stretch Therapy Level 1 certification.
In his spare time, Zachary is a driven athlete who can be spotted rock climbing the sprawling walls of the Chief in Squamish or surveying the back country for fresh powder along the beautiful Coastal Mountains in British Columbia.
Suzan Fallah, Rehab Assistant
Suzan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran in 1987. She worked as a physiotherapist in Iran for over 19 years. Suzan is a member of Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists as a rehab assistant/OT assistant since 2007. She has over 11 years of experience as a rehab assistant in a variety of settings including mental health rehabilitation, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and return to work programs. Suzan is located in Coquitlam and provides rehab services throughout Metro Vancouver including Tri-cities, Surrey and North Vancouver. Suzan also speaks fluent Farsi.
Afsaneh Farzi, Rehab Assistant
Afsaneh Farzi studied medicine in Iran and graduated as a general physician. She ran two clinics as an emergency doctor and manager for more than 12 years. She has always had a special interest in Medical Aesthetics and Sports. She got a Diploma from Mila d’Opiz Swiss Art of Beauty in 2004. She certified as a Medical Aesthetician from British Columbia Academy of Medical Aesthetic and Skin Care. She is also certified as an Occupational/Physiotherapy Assistant from CDI college.
Encouraging people to be active, healthy and getting back to their normal lives after injuries are Afsaneh’s utmost goals. She believes that fitness exercises can boost self-esteem and self-confidence and tries to encourage people to be heathier. Outside of work, she actively participates in skiing, yoga, pilates, swimming, and is a member of a fitness club.