Founded in 2019, Lantzville Wellness Centre provides physical therapy and other wellness services to residents of Lantzville, B.C. as well as surrounding areas such as north Nanaimo, Nanoose Bay, and Errington.
Our slogan “Bringing Therapy to your Doorsteps” signals our utmost desire to serve smaller communities. We work one-on-one with each patient, conduct thorough assessments of their issues, and recommend a customized program of care. Our goal is to get each person back to the normally active lifestyle they enjoy as quickly as possible.
We take a manual therapy approach to physical therapy but our services extend beyond that as well. We provide active rehabilitation programs, massage therapy, vestibular therapy (as well as treating specific balance issues and offering fall prevention programs), neurological rehabilitation and concussion management, treatment of workplace injuries and motor vehicle accident injuries, and IMS and shockwave therapy.
We also treat patients dealing with chronic pain and fibromyalgia and acute and chronic back and neck pain.
We provide each patient with a recommended therapeutic exercise program to do between clinic visits and thus encourage you to be a partner in your own recovery.
Sahil Tanna - Physiotherapist
Sahil Tanna has always been passionate about the health industry and he selected physiotherapy as his profession to accomplish his priority goal in life of helping people in pain.
He was drawn to that career especially after he personally benefitted greatly from it at one point in his life.
“After being in a motorbike accident and getting help from another physiotherapist, I was already in a state of mind to consider this as my career in the health care field,” he said.
He achieved his Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree in India followed by his Exercise and Wellness Diploma in Victoria, B.C.
Sahil really enjoys the clinical side of being a physiotherapist and never wanted to just sit at a desk.
Today he says there are so many advances in his field that it keeps him on his toes to find new information and stay up-to-date.
He does that capably with an impressive continual learning program.
Already he has acquired certifications in IMS, Vestibular Assessment and Management, Functional Capacity Evaluation and Part A Lumbar Spine: Mckenzie Institute of Canada.
Currently he is also working on certification with the Fellow of Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy – FCAMPT Level 1.
Besides his knowledge and his experience in a broad range of physiotherapy, he has interest in vestibular therapy and falls prevention.
When Sahil is not working, he loves to play competitive cricket and recreational soccer. He also loves spending quality time with his toddler.
He also dedicates time to guide international physiotherapists like himself to have a better career in Canada.
John Kalina - Physiotherapist
John Kalina graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education majoring in Recreation.
He then attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy.
With a partner, John opened three clinics in the Halifax area. After five years, John moved to Ottawa where he opened two clinics, later moving onto community physiotherapy. He served in Cornwall, Brockville and the Kingston, Ont. area as a community physiotherapist.
John then moved to Vancouver Island working at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
His latest endeavor is to open a community based, full-service physiotherapy business with Sahil Tanna.
Bringing physiotherapy services into people’s homes, offering pre-rehabilitation, post-operative services, John feels that he and his team can enhance patient recovery by treating patients out of their home environment. He can offer one-to-one tailor-made treatments within the patient’s home to promote a faster and more comfortable recovery.
Donna Howey - Physiotherapist
Donna Howey received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Saskatchewan.
With over 30 years experience, she developed expertise in a variety of clinical areas while working at Vancouver General Hospital, BC Children’s Hospital, private orthopaedic clinics, and more recently as clinical leader at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
She has specialized training in Orthopaedics, Neurological conditions including strokes, Geriatrics, Amputees, Vestibular rehabilitation, Exercise therapy. In 2019 she completed extensive training in the Integrated Systems Model (ISM) approach with Diane Lee.
Donna enjoys helping all types of patients develop better movement strategies, reduce pain, and improve performance.
She became interested in physiotherapy while a member of the U of S Huskiette Volleyball team and just recently, her team has been inducted into the Canada West Universities Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
Outside of the clinic, Donna enjoys seasonal activities in beautiful BC, reading, sailing, pilates and adventures travelling.
Lorenda Hattingh - Physiotherapist BPhyst
Lorenda, a proud member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, graduated from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 1996.
She worked in the USA as a locum physical therapist in various outpatient and hospital settings from 1997 to 1999. She opened an active Orthopaedic and Sports injury clinic in Pretoria, South Africa until January 2002. Lorenda relocated to Canada in 2002 with her family where she started her Canadian adventure in Fort McMurray, AB. In 2005 she made Nanaimo and the Island home. In January 2009 she founded Dynamic Focus Physiotherapy.
Through years of work experience and a keen desire to learn new skills, she developed an extensive and varied skill set. At her core she is a hands-on physiotherapist. Her treatment approach includes a thorough assessment of the whole person, manual therapy, varied therapeutic techniques, education and functional exercise. She believes that an understanding of the injury empowers the patient to take an active role in their recovery journey.
Lorenda continues to add to her knowledge base with continued courses in Manual therapy, exercise prescription, Vestibular rehabilitation and most recently successfully completed a Certificate in Oncology Rehabilitation and Breast Cancer Rehabilitation therapist in Denver, CO.
When not at work she loves kayaking, hiking and running. If she is not camping or socializing with family and friends, she is at the dance studio or next to the sport field cheering on her husband and children.
Matthew Clark - Registered Massage Therapist
My name is Matthew Clark and I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself. I was born in Victoria, but most of my younger life was spent in California. Later on in life, when I was in my mid-twenties, I moved back to Canada, to Coombs where I moved in with my mom and her husband and helped out on their 5 acre farm. It was while living here when I met my now wife. Fast forward a bit and we welcomed our amazing little boy into our world. Through all of this, I was going to school full time working toward my goal of becoming a registered massage therapist.
I spent most of my working life in the hospitality industry and always knew that I needed to be in a position where I can help people, not only physically, but also with their mental well-being through offering comfort and supportive listening. This is where my dream first sparked. Fast forward a little more, with hard work and determination, and I can now introduce myself as an RMT. I have just over two years work experience working at Tigh Na Mara, and I’m further branching out to join an amazing group of people, here at the Lantzville Wellness Centre.
I’m looking forward to meeting many more people here while using tried and trusted techniques, and always keeping up to date with new techniques through continued education.
Thank you for reading about my story, I can’t wait to hear yours!
Karli Rushton - Registered Massage Therapist
Karli graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy and was born and raised on Vancouver Island.
Growing up Karli practised dance and rowing competitively. It was through these disciplines that she gained an appreciation and understanding of the human body, what’s its capable of and it’s capacity to heal.
Her approach is to provide care for her patients to feel heard, nurtured and supported, incorporating breath, body awareness and patient education into her treatments. It’s through these practices that we tune in and find our own rhythm which is conducive to healing.
Outside of the clinic Karli loves to run, swim in the ocean and explore the beautiful west coast.
Andrea Smith - Registered Massage Therapist
Andrea loves what she does. After completing the Spa Therapy Program at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage in 2006, her passion for helping people and holistic wellness led her to complete the RMT Program at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2011.
Andrea has worked in a variety of clinical settings and has the ability to understand your specific needs, resulting in a deeply personalized experience. From pre and post-natal treatments, post MVA, general tension from working in an office or working out, Andrea seamlessly combines her clinical reasoning and technical skills with an intuitive, holistic and relaxing approach.
Andrea’s curiosity to understand the root cause of pain and dysfunction in the body keeps her practice ever evolving. She is passionate about Myofascial Release, education and empowering her client’s to be an active participant on their journey to wellness.
In her spare time, Andrea enjoys fitness, travel and being in nature.
Angelo Batoon - Manager
Angelo Batoon currently works at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital as part of the acute rehabilitation team. He sees patients in their weakest state with the ultimate goal of returning them to how they could function before they sustained their injuries or illness that disrupted their lives.
He earned his Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy in the Philippines and was working on his Manual Therapy certification and application into medical school until his family moved to Vancouver, BC.
In the Philippines, he had been working in a private clinic and a hospital where he managed a gym open to the community as well as to patients at the hospital. In this role, he wrote many programs to help participants achieve a variety of goals, some as patients and some as gym clients.
Since arriving in Canada Angelo has worked as a practicing rehabilitation assistant as he works his way through to earning his professional license to practice physiotherapy in British Columbia and specialize in manual therapy and strength and conditioning.
Prior to joining the hospital, he worked as a private rehabilitation assistant in Vancouver and then in community health as part of the rehab team in the Comox Valley. During that time, he says he learned greatly from the talented therapists and gracious patients alike, honing his skills in rehab equipment maintenance, repair and setup as well as exercise program implementation and progression in different situations including pool exercises suited to patients and clients.
In his non-work life, Angelo loves to hit the gym and do lifts, go on hikes and bike as he maintains a healthy lifestyle. He says he has not been the healthiest of people in the past and he likes to think that keeping healthy is a great way to show his clients and patients that if he can do it, they can crush it.
In his leisure time, he is a devoted husband and son, spending most of his afterwork hours with his wife, doing household work, and keeping in touch with his family in Vancouver. On the long walks he takes with his wife, he loves observing people’s small movements to practice his skills in medical inference.
He is also highly involved with computers and believes that sciences in kinesiology and technology can definitely improve the quality of life of everyone if their potential is tapped properly and consistently in the proper circumstances and situations.
Rebecca Appleton - Office Admin
Rebecca moved to Nanaimo, BC from Kemptville, Ontario in 2014.
She then decided to take a further jump and become a level 2 certified HVAC technician, where she apprenticed and learned that she enjoyed the mental stimulation of the job more than the physical aspect.
Rebecca decided to take a job as a supervisor at a furniture store which entailed a lot of organization and learning a new type of retail.
She realized that she enjoys learning new things in all different areas of study. With her family in healthcare it only made sense that this should be the next step.
Rebecca intends on continuing to expand her knowledge into the healthcare system through online courses.
In her spare time, she loves to do puzzles, play beach volleyball, kayak, and hang out with her dog.
Nirali Thakkar - Office Admin