Your Port Coquitlam and Vancouver Physiotherapy Clinic
All Your Rehabilitation Needs Under One Roof
Stefanie Del Gobbo, Masters of Physical Therapy (MPT)
Stefanie has experience working with a range of populations from infants to adults with musculoskeletal conditions. While at Queen’s University completing her Masters degree in Physiotherapy, she worked with the Women’s Basketball team as a student athletic therapist and volunteered in the community with children with disabilities. Stefanie uses her knowledge of sports and rehab in combination with manual therapy and soft tissue techniques to help clients achieve their unique goals.
In her free time, Stefanie enjoys finding any excuse to be outdoors including cycling, hiking, running and playing soccer or ultimate frisbee.
Stefanie also speaks French.
Tuesday to Friday: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Serving the Tri-Cities and Metro Vancouver
Our clinics are located in Port Coquitlam and Vancouver.
Offering one-on-one physiotherapy, kinesiology, ICBC active rehab, TMJ, IMS dry needling, acupuncture, individualized running programs, pelvic floor and more.
To empower everyone to realize their full potential by making smart choice investments in themselves
We are built on our values of INNOVATION, PASSION, CONNECTION, INTEGRITY, and INVESTING
It is our mission to inspire a healthier community by being honest, caring, and knowledgeable physiotherapists who take an integrative approach to support patients, communities, and each other. We strive to staff a team of healthcare professionals committed to elevating the standards of care for everyone, to consistently aim to be better, now and for future generations.
Our personalized, research-driven, active-based care is tailored to your individual needs and long-term health. Your program and recovery will be custom for you, with complete care from manual therapy to exercise therapy delivered by a team of cutting-edge and compassionate physiotherapists & kinesiologists
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I come to Westcoast SCI Physiotherapy (aka physical therapy) over other physiotherapy clinics?
Westcoast SCI has been serving Vancouver, BC from our two physiotherapy clinics for over 10 years. During this time we have been offering our physiotherapy services to a wide range of clients. Our humble beginnings have taught us that we need to constantly evolve our assessment and treatment approach and stay on top of the latest information available. Our entire staff (no exceptions) is a team of extremely knowledgeable registered physiotherapists and registered kinesiologists that are, above all, evidence-informed. This means we hold ourselves accountable to keeping up with current research to help guide your assessment and treatment and ensure you are receiving treatment that is in accordance with the best known science available. We are experts at the fundamentals, and we lean on each other for support and growth. Did you know that we offer a year-long formal weekly mentorship for all of our new graduate therapists? Further, our clinical educators offer clinic-wide in-services, journal club and case study reviews twice a month to stay above the curve in our continuing education. We find purpose in being the best therapists we can be, and we have the proper support systems in place to ensure this continues.
We employ highly trained therapists that have undertaken education not provided in an entry level Masters of Physical Therapy program. You might have seen these physiotherapists referred to as “specialists” at other clinics. Our team’s ability to assess and treat these “specialist” conditions such as vertigo, vestibular, concussion, and pelvic health issues, Dry Needling (aka acupuncture and IMS), are NOT taught in physiotherapy school. Although we have varying levels of personal interest and experience, we are all competent in screening and referring you to the best person on our team (or outside, if necessary!) to guide your rehabilitation. This is on top of being Registered with the BC Physiotherapy Association and College of Physiotherapists of BC. Regardless of what brings you in the door, you will receive the same high quality care at the same price, with the most appropriate physiotherapist for you.
While it’s standard for Westcoast SCI, we’re often reminded by our clients that the one-on-one time we spend with you for the entire duration of your session is not common at other clinics. We don’t run between rooms, seeing multiple patients at a time while a TENS machine or heat pad, you could use at home, is passively delivered. We listen to you and your assessment and treatment is performed on you as a whole person with a life outside of whatever brought you to our physiotherapy clinic. This includes the parts of your life that you may not even realize impact your recovery.
We work with you to find a treatment plan that works specifically for you. Physiotherapy is not the time for a “one-size-fits-all” approach. We strongly believe in patient education, functional movement, and supporting self-efficacy. We design your treatment plan based on what you need to meet your goals. We don’t overtreat (our goal is to get you back doing the things you love). We tell the truth about conditions that take longer to recover and about those situations where you will get better on your own with time and reassurance. Patient education is a cornerstone of what we do.
Why should I come to Westcoast SCI Physiotherapy over massage therapy, chiropractors, traditional Chinese medicine, etc.?
Although there are many other medical health professionals who have a place in your overall well being, Westcoast SCI’s Registered Physiotherapists all hold at least a bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. We have all passed the Canadian National Exam to be able to practice in physiotherapy in Canada. Many of the therapists are also members of the Physiotherapy Association of BC and are clinical instructors at the University of British Columbia.
Is Registered Physiotherapy covered by extended health insurance?
Yes, Physiotherapy services are covered by your extended medical health insurance benefits. We always recommend that you check with your extended health provider to confirm:
- If they require a doctor’s referral
- If they cover virtual care (if you plan to come for telerehabilitation services)
- How much your total coverage is for physiotherapy services (per year and per session)
Does Westcoast SCI Physiotherapy direct bill?
Yes, we can direct bill your insurance company (as long as they allow direct billing). Please visit our Rates page for a list of extended healthcare providers we can bill directly. Please note: every extended health insurance plan is different. Some individual plans may not accept our claims. Please confirm beforehand with your provider to ensure you are eligible for this service.
Do you offer online booking or do I have to call to book an appointment?
Yes, online booking is available here. However, if you would prefer to speak with our Patient Experience Specialists to request an appointment or have a specific question about how we can help you, we would love to hear from you.
What is virtual care and do you offer it?
Virtual care (also known as Tele-rehabilitation and online-physiotherapy) means receiving your physiotherapy treatments over the internet via video-conferencing software (we use JaneApp).
Virtual care is a great alternative to coming into our clinic to receive your physiotherapy assessment and treatment. For many of our clients, they prefer being able to receive individualized exercises from the convenience, comfort and safety of their own homes. Another great thing about virtual care is that your physiotherapist can see the physical environment in which you perform your prescribed exercises and can make adjustments accordingly
What conditions can a physiotherapist help me with through virtual online physiotherapy?
Our clients that have received our telerehabilitation services can attest that there is a wide range of conditions and activities that your physiotherapist can perform virtually. Here are some examples:
Is virtual online physiotherapy covered by my extended health care insurance?
Yes, most extended health care insurance now covers virtual online physiotherapy. However, we always recommend that you check with your insurance provider prior to your first visit.
Can I meet the team before making an appointment?
Of course! Please click here to view the profiles of our amazing team of Registered Physiotherapists and Registered Kinesiologists
Can I speak to someone about my situation before booking an appointment?
Absolutely! You’ve got 2 great options:
2. We offer a FREE 30-minute consultation with a Registered Kinesiologist where we can get a better understanding of your history and goals. If time allows, we may also screen your functional movements. Equipt with this information, we will be able to direct you towards the best treatment approach.
Does your physiotherapy clinic work with people with neurological conditions?
Yes we do! Our team has extensive experience working and can provide a comprehensive treatment approach to your unique situation. Some examples of neurological conditions that we have helped in the past include:
- Stroke rehabilitation
- MS (multiple sclerosis)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Head injuries/concussion
What are our Covid19 protocols?
Please follow this link to view our COVID-19 protocols and Safety Plan. We have also created a video that shows you what to expect when you come for your appointment during COVID19.