Jessica Chiang, Interim Physiotherapist
Tuesday: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Port Coquitlam)
Thursday: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Port Coquitlam)
Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MScPT) – University of Toronto
Bachelor of Science (BSc) – University of British Columbia
Level 1 Orthopedic Manual Therapy
Level 1 Neuro-proprioceptive taping
STOTT Pilates Rehab courses (mat (RM1, RM2) and reformer (RR1, RR2))
Jessica completed her Bachelor of Science with a major in biology and minor in psychology from UBC and had the opportunity to go on exchange at UCL (University College London). She graduated with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. She has an interest in research and continues to further explore this in the area of spinal cord injuries. She is also in the process of publishing a paper surrounding disability and physiotherapy education. Previously, she danced pre-professionally and has taught and choreographed dance.
Throughout her education she’s had experiences working with clients in a variety of clinical
settings ranging from acute care for patients post-surgery and with more chronic diagnoses to rehab settings for individuals post-stroke and kids with neurological conditions to orthopedics in community healthcare. She’s interested in continuing her education with post-graduate courses and has a special interest in vestibular physiotherapy. After being a patient herself and really experiencing how important it is to adopt a holistic approach to care and one that is person-centered, she strives to also provide this in addition to sharing her physiotherapy knowledge with her clients. She utilizes a combination of education, exercise prescription and manual therapy and tailors her approach to her client’s goals.
In her spare time, she loves to dance, travel, hike, try new food and spend time with family and
friends. She hopes to find more ways to stay active in the future and hopes to explore the fields of circus more – the feeling of flying on a trapeze is so surreal.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to dance, try new foods and spend time with family and friends. I’ve also gotten more into yoga, like acroyoga and more outdoorsy things like hiking and camping. And in the future, I’d like to travel and explore the world more.
What kind of physiotherapy do you do?
I work with all individuals of all ages and conditions or injuries. I really believe that any type of exercise is the most important way to stay injury free or to bounce back from any type of injury. I’ve trained in Pilates and have seen the benefits it has on my own body and hope to share some insights with my clients.
I have also a special interest working with dancers and an interest in pursuing vestibular physiotherapy in the future.
I was first introduced to physiotherapy when I danced pre-professionally. I didn’t have a good experience with my first physio. Not because she wasn’t skilled or anything, but because I felt the lack of connection between her treatment plans and my personal goals. I was also emotionally drained from getting injured and having to be pulled out of performances. I didn’t really feel supported with my physio treatment and timeline. I learned later that physio is actually very diverse and each therapist can treat however they want to fit their patient’s goals and needs.
In my personal experience and feeling firsthand how injuries can impact someone more than just the physical, it really hit home the importance of building in an active listening and person-centered care into my approach to care with my clients.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a new patient?
One piece of advice I’d give to a new patient is that it won’t always be easy to pre-rehab or rehab from anything, but it’ll definitely get easier in the future. And I think one of the most important things is to remember your ‘why’, like your motivation and your goals, and know that your therapist is gonna help you get there.
What do you like about Westcoast SCI?
I like how the team shares knowledge with everyone and as a newer therapist, that is definitely really important to me. I also really love how Westcoast SCI emphasizes the importance of active rehab as I really experience this firsthand, the benefits of exercise that other forms of treatment can’t seem to really beat.