BOT, MA (Sociology), C/NDT, IDM
Amit has been practicing occupational therapy for over 20 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.
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 holds a certificate in Integrated Disability Management from University of Fredericton. 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 also 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.
As the founder-director of Life skills Therapy, Amit is responsible for strategic planning and operational management.
Lakshmi Gupta, Founder-Director, Occupational therapist
BOT, MSc OT
Lakshmi has been in the field of occupational therapy for over 16 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 in 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 extensive experience working in both acute hospital and community settings in various countries including India, Ireland, and Canada. She has special interest in home safety assessments, neurological rehabilitation, and falls prevention.
As the founder-director of Life skills Therapy, Lakshmi is responsible for strategic planning and operational management.
Elizabeth Poon, Clinical Practice Manager, Occupational Therapist
Elizabeth completed her OT degree at UBC in 2008. She began working with Life Skills Therapy in 2013 after working in both acute care and private practice settings. She has a keen interest in peer mentorship, geriatric care, pediatric fine motor development, and working with adolescents who have experienced head injury. Elizabeth is trained to utilize the Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) approach in therapy. She is a certified CarFit Technician, VCHA SteadyFeet Instructor and is trained to integrate both Get Set for School and Handwriting Without Tears printing programs in occupational therapy intervention.
Elizabeth is also a practising Registered Nurse who works with Vancouver Coastal Health on the Care Management Team. Her area of practice focuses on geriatric discharge from a critical care unit. She has completed a specialty nursing program in perioperative nursing and anticipates completion of an infection control specialty in winter 2018.
Elizabeth’s work experience situates her in a unique vantage point to provide occupational therapy and case management services to her clients. Elizabeth has a working knowledge of Cantonese and primarily engages with clients in Richmond and the Lower Mainland.
Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys: spending time with her family, playing the harp, exercising and traveling.
Danielle Fogarty, Clinical Practice Lead, 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
BSc, MSc OT
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 and BrainFx administrator. 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, Clinical Practice Manager, 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.
Shadi Nobahar, Occupational Therapist
BOT, MSc OT (currently on maternity leave)
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.
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.
Fion Se Wei Ma, Occupational Therapist
BSc, MSc OT
Fion graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor Honours of Science degree in Biology and completed a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2018 at Dalhousie University. Fion is a compassionate, empathetic, highly motivated, and active person and want to dedicate her life to serve people. Fion has clinical experiences in administering cognitive, physical, wheelchair/seating assessments and providing occupational therapy interventions with adult and elderly population in rehabilitation, acute care and long-term care settings. Fion is passionate about working with adult and elderly population, client-centered care and continue learning to maintain clinical competencies. Fion believes that “everyone should have the ability to do what they love and have confidence to do what they need”. Fion speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin
Fion Se Wei Ma, Occupational Therapist
BSc, MSc OT
Fion graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor Honours of Science degree in Biology and completed a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2018 at Dalhousie University. Fion is a compassionate, empathetic, highly motivated, and active person and want to dedicate her life to serve people. Fion has clinical experiences in administering cognitive, physical, wheelchair/seating assessments and providing occupational therapy interventions with adult and elderly population in rehabilitation, acute care and long-term care settings. Fion is passionate about working with adult and elderly population, client-centered care and continue learning to maintain clinical competencies. Fion speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin.
Rayanna Chong, Occupational Therapist
B Kin, MSc OT
Rayanna graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor in Kinesiology and completed a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. Rayanna’s clinical experience includes case management, mental health and acute care discharge planning in order to support clients in various contexts such as the community and hospital settings. She values evidence-based, client centered practice and is passionate in supporting clients with interventions that are consistent with current research. In her free time, Rayanna can be found baking or exploring the outdoors. Rayanna speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese.
Winnie Yip, Occupational Therapist
BSc, MSc OT
Winnie obtained a BSc (Hons) in Nutritional Sciences in 2012, and shortly after went to complete her Master of Occupational Therapy degree at the University of British Columbia. Since 2015, she has been expanding her clinical skills by stepping into a wide variety of practice settings including acute care, community care, as well as both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. Winnie is highly passionate about neurological rehabilitation. She particularly has a keen interest for cognitive rehabilitation, functional electrical stimulation (FES), assistive technology, and environmental modifications. As an Occupational Therapist, Winnie highly values a client-centered approach in combination with evidence-based practices. She currently services the Vancouver, Burnaby, Tri-Cities, and Maple Ridge area, and is also fluent in Cantonese. When Winnie is not working, you can find her cycling around Vancouver, or making a batch of ice cream in her kitchen.
Lauren Siegel, Occupational Therapist
BSc, MSc OT
Lauren has a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia where she received the Cardwell Robinson Award for highest academic achievement in courses and fieldwork related to psychiatry. Lauren also has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a graduate Diploma in Psychosocial Rehabilitation from Douglas College.
In addition to working at Life Skills Therapy, Lauren works with an interdisciplinary team at the BC Neuropsychiatry Program at UBC Hospital. Her clinical experience includes working with clients with complex neurological and psychiatric conditions, community mental health, acute discharge planning, and physical rehabilitation.
Lauren is especially interested in mental health and the relationship between the mind and the body. She is passionate about helping people to realize their potential by increasing their abilities and confidence to engage in the activities that make their lives meaningful.
Based in Vancouver, Lauren serves clients in Vancouver, Burnaby, and the North Shore.
Gina Hargreaves, Occupational Therapist
Gina graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2014. She has since worked in multiple settings including acute care, neurorehabilitation, and most recently in psychiatry with the Young Adult Inpatient Treatment & Re-Integration Services at Alberta Hospital Edmonton. Her client-centered approach to therapy is complimented by her strengths-based philosophy, and her priority is to support clients in achieving their functional goals.
With her background in psychoeducation and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Gina often uses a trauma-informed approach when working with clients. Her practice interests also include energy conservation, relaxation and mindfulness, activity analysis and goal setting, sleep hygiene, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, cognitive screening, community living and overall wellness. She is based out of Nelson and provides community-based services in the surrounding communities including the Kootenays and Okanagan. During her spare time, Gina can be found snowboarding, mountain biking, camping, and taking photos.
Mrinmoy (Moy) Karmakar, Occupational Therapist
MOT, BOT, CHT
Moy has been working as an Occupational Therapist since 2005. Moy has worked in a variety of practice settings ranging from pediatrics to hand therapy. Before joining Life Skills Therapy in May 2019, Moy worked as an Occupational Therapist in Singapore. He was a recipient of Singapore Health Quality Service Award 2018 (silver). Moy is a certified hand therapist since November 2016 (Hand Therapy Certification Commission, USA). Moy has presented a variety of papers including original research work in multiple international conferences.
Moy puts a strong emphasis on client-centred approach when working with clients. His current areas of interest include wheelchair seating, neurological rehabilitation, and hand therapy. Moy is based out of Surrey and provides occupational therapy services to clients across the lower mainland. When he is not working, Moy can be found practicing his culinary skills.
Sanaz Pirfany, Occupational Therapist
BSc, MSc OT
Sanaz joined Life Skills Therapy team in 2019 with the goal of enabling individuals to regain meaningful lives in their communities. She is a positive and compassionate individual who values the importance of establishing a trusting relationship with the clients she works with.
Sanaz graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from University of Alberta. Since graduation, Sanaz has gained experience with home safety assessments, wheelchair seating and positioning prescription, residential care and geriatrics, and Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE). She is dedicated to tailoring individualized treatment programs for her clients based on their injuries and enjoys helping people return to their active lifestyle. Sanaz is a strong believer in quality care and strives to help her clients to be as independent and involved in their rehabilitation as possible.
Sanaz provides community occupational therapy services to clients across the Lower Mainland. Sanaz also speaks Farsi. Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her family; hike; and travel.
Jason Kil, Occupational Therapist
BA Sociology, BSc Hons OT
Jason was born and raised in Vancouver. He attended the University of Northampton in the United Kingdom and graduated with a BSc in Occupational Therapy (Hons) with First Class distinction. Prior to that, Jason successfully completed Bachelor of Arts at University of British Columbia.
Jason has a keen interest in neurological rehabilitation and neurodevelopmental techniques (NDT). His clinical experience is in mental health, elderly care and outpatient ABI/ Stroke; which has made him highly value client-centeredness, enabling occupation and evidence-based practice. Jason has worked in Vancouver Coastal Health at a variety of locations such as UBC hospital, Vancouver General Hospital and GF Strong.
Jason is based out of Langley and provides community occupational therapy services to clients in Langley, Surrey, Delta, Abbotsford and surrounding municipalities. Jason also speaks Korean.
Deirdre (Dee) Lynch, Occupational Therapist
BSc Hons OT
Dee has been practicing as an occupational therapist for over 10 years. She graduated from the University of Liverpool with a Bachelor of Science, Honours Degree, in Occupational Therapy and has since worked in many countries including Ireland, New Zealand and Canada.
Dee has enjoyed gaining invaluable experience working with children and adults with physical and sensory disabilities along with acute orthopaedic trauma, amputees, musculoskeletal rehab, wheelchair seating and positioning, skin care, splinting, burns and plastics. She has played a key part in establishing the OT role within the ICU and High Acuity Units at Vancouver General Hospital in recent years. Dee has extensive experience in discharge planning and is passionate about creating a smooth and safe transition from acute to community care.
Dee has a strong passion for facilitating older people in maintaining their independence and reducing hospital readmissions through home safety assessments, falls prevention and community integration.
Dee has also provided consultation for school aged children in the areas of self-regulation, activity participation, resource allocation and education, visuoperceptual assessments, handwriting and fine motor assessments.
In her spare time, you will find Dee exploring backyard trails in Squamish on foot or on mountain bike. Quality playtime with her family is also a priority.
Dee is based in Squamish and serves clients along the Sea to Sky Corridor.
Cassandra Bell, Occupational Therapist
BA Psychology, MSc OT
Cassandra recently joined the Life Skills Therapy team after graduating from Queen’s university with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Prior to this, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2015.
Cassandra’s clinical experience includes various multidisciplinary teams that support clients in both community and hospital settings providing home safety, cognitive and physical assessments, equipment prescription and discharge planning. She further has experience with community based mental health rehab.
Cassandra is passionate about a client centered, holistic approach. She believes in fostering a strong therapeutic relationship and empowering and enabling individuals to overcome barriers in order to engage in their meaningful daily activities.
Outside of her clinical work, she spends time hiking, running, travelling, and spending time with her family.
Veronika Vlckova, Physiotherapist
MSc PT, BSc PT
Veronika is a Registered Physiotherapist in BC, and a member of the Physiotherapy Association of BC and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She graduated in 2012 with a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy in Leuven, Belgium, with a major in adults with neurological disorders. After graduating, Veronika has gained experience working with the neurological population in the community and clinic setting, and treating clients with a variety of acute conditions in the hospital setting.
Through her clinical and work experience, Veronika has developed a passion for working with clients with neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, and acquired brain injury. She believes in utilizing a holistic and individualized treatment approach, facilitating the return of clients to meaningful and functional activities.
While developing her career in BC, Veronika has taken post graduate professional courses including the Bobath concept, specifically aimed at the treatment of neurological impairments, and R2P Management of Post-Concussion Syndrome. Veronika believes in the principle of continuing education in the ever-evolving domain of physiotherapy.
In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, hiking up the beautiful local mountains of BC.
Shelly Yu, Physiotherapist
BSc Hons Physiotherapy, PG Cert Orthotics and Prosthectics
Shelly is a registered physiotherapist with special interests in neurological rehabilitation. She has worked with adult and paediatric populations in various public and private sectors and has a passion for helping others obtain optimal levels of function. She has worked in various neuro specialties, such as, Hyper Acute Stroke Units, Neuro ICU, Neuropaediatric rehab, Neurotrauma Units, Spinal Cord Injury Rehab, spasticity clinics, Vestibular Rehab clinics, Concussion clinics and Facial Rehab clinics. In addition to achieving honours in her Physiotherapy degree, Shelly is a neuro Pilates instructor, PD Warrior instructor and holds a postgraduate certificate in orthotics and prosthetics. Being an ex-ballerina, Shelly has also worked with the English National Ballet in the Dance for Parkinson’s trademark programme.
Outside of her clinical work, Shelly is an enthusiastic dancer, kickboxer, dog lover and globe trotter. Shelly often combines her clinical work with her travelling by participating in humanitarian projects around the world, setting up rehabilitation programmes in impoverished and rural communities. Shelly is friendly, energetic and looks forward to helping clients regain their functional independence.
Alifiya Sirohiwala, Resident Physiotherapist
BPT, MSc PT
Alifiya completed her Masters in Clinical Physiotherapy with Merit from Coventry University. She has a special interest in adult and paediatric Neurological Rehabilitation. She has worked extensively with SCI Rehabilitation, Stroke Rehabilitation, Paediatric Rehabilitation, Aquatic Therapy for adult and paediatric Neuro-Rehabilitation and Paediatric Oncology Rehabilitation during her post graduation. She is also certified in Neurodevelopment Therapy for adult Hemiplegia. She has been awarded for numerous scientific paper presentations in India. Alifiya is passionate about helping and encouraging her patients achieve their goals through physical rehabilitation.
Outside of work, you can find her hiking, visiting places on her bucket list and practising yoga.
Uma Natarajan, Registered Physiotherapist
MSc PT, BPT
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.