GERALDINE LAHIFFE, Registered Physiotherapist
MSc, Physical Therapy - (University of Toronto)
BA(Hons), Anthropology and International Relations (UBC)
BC College of Physiotherapy Number
Additional Training and Certifications
Exercise Certifications: BCRPA Certified Group Fitness, Personal Training, Athletic Training
Registered Yoga Teacher and Therapist, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
STOTT Pilates Mat Teacher
Physical Therapy Modalities
Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation
Orthopedic Assessment/Manual Therapy
Acupuncture and Dry Needling
Geraldine is a registered Physical Therapist with 14 years experience, and a certified yoga teacher and personal trainer, with a passion for fitness and healthy lifestyle. She has additional training and certification in Acupuncture, Pilates and Mindfulness Meditation. She has worked as a yoga, meditation, pilates and dance teacher and a clinical physiotherapist in Canada, India, Ghana and Mexico, and she believes in creatively bridging conventional and complementary approaches to maximize your health and vitality. In her spare time Geraldine also enjoys hiking, Cycling, Swimming, Dance, Music, Film and Theatre, International Travel, Gardening and Alternative Medicine (Ayurveda, TCM).
Can you tell us one interesting fact about you?
Before physio, I was a dancer and a singer, an anthropologist, an independent film-maker, and a gardener.
How many years have you been a physiotherapist? How many of those have been with Westcoast SCI?
I've been a physiotherapist since 2004, and I've been with Westcoast SCI for two years now.
Do you have an area of specialization or interest?
There's a few different areas that I've worked in that have been interesting to me. I used to do Neurological rehab at Vancouver General Hospital, and I really enjoyed that because it was an emotional and total-body approach, and team-based. I like sports physiotherapy, I like athletic training, and I like active-rehab. I like to get people's bodies moving, so I use a lot of different things to do that, like yoga, mindfulness, pilates and dance.
I picked physio because I was already a yoga teacher and a trainer. I come from a medical family, so I also wanted to make sure I knew what I was talking about. I also like teaching people how to help themselves and how to use their bodies.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a new patient?
Since we are an exercise-based physiotherapy clinic, it's important to make sure you're clear on what success looks like to you and what you're hoping to get out of working with us. The more specific you are with your goals and with your health, the more likely you are to get them.