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 Doorstep” 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, 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 IMS Dry Needling Certified, Vestibular Rehabilitation, & Concussion Management
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.
Donna Howey - Physiotherapist ISM Trained & IMS Dry Needling Certified
Donna received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Saskatchewan.
With over 30 years of experience, she developed expertise in a variety of clinical areas while working at Vancouver General Hospital, BC Children’s Hospital, private sports and orthopaedic clinics, and Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. She has been a clinical therapy leader at NRGH for over 10 years including start up Coordinator of the Intensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Program for strokes and amputees and most recently the Acute Therapy Lead.
Post graduate training includes: Level 2 Canadian Orthopaedic Division manual therapy, Osteopathic approach Muscle Energy Techniques- Dr Rex of Ursa Institute, Medical Exercise Therapy of Holten Institute Norway, Movement Impairment Systems diagnosis and treatment – Shirley Sahrmann, Amputee Gait Rehabilitation- Bob Gailey, NIH stroke certification, Vestibular and Stroke rehabilitation. Level 2 Cardiorespiratory training. Part 2 of Dry Needling certification with Acupuncture Canada completion- Feb 2021. She is a 2019 graduate of the Integrated System Model Series (ISM) learning 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 which were five time inductees into the sports hall of fame after winning 3 consecutive CIAU titles.
Outside of the clinic, Donna enjoys seasonal activities in beautiful BC – hiking, golfing, cycling, skiing, as well as pilates, sailing, reading, and travelling.
Lorenda Hattingh - Physiotherapist Oncology Rehabilitation & IMS Dry Needling Certified
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.
Julia Nemer - Physiotherapist Pelvic Floor & IMS Dry Needling Certified
I studied for my Bachelors of Kinesiology at the University of Victoria from 2009-2014 before working as a Kinesiologist for a year. Working alongside Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists helped me realized that I loved being a part of the rehabilitation of someone’s journey - I enjoyed being able to build and develop meaningful relationships with clients who were overcoming sometimes significant events or traumatic accidents in their lives. I knew I wanted to expand my skills and knowledge further in this direction, so I decided to apply for my Masters in Physical Therapy. I attended McGill University in Montreal.
Since my return to Nanaimo 5 years ago, I have worked as a Physiotherapist in private orthopedic and neuro-based clinics including CBI and Symphony. One of my passions is working with geriatrics and the neurological population who don’t always have accessibility to a clinic, I began my own mobile Physiotherapy business last year as well as working in the hospital in the acute setting. I have certifications in IMS, Levels 1-3 Pelvic Floor dysfunctions and Levels 1-2 Concussion management.
Over the course of my studies, I had the opportunity to learn and work alongside many wonderful supervisors and therapists who I continue to look up to every day. This includes experiences within geriatric, post-surgical and general Orthopedics in both in-patient and out-patient settings, as well as ICU and acute rehabilitation. There was one supervisor in particular during my studies, Marla Rapoport, who taught me the importance of client-centered care. To her, a patient was not just a number or a time slot to fill. She valued the importance of developing a rapport with her patients so that they felt comfortable and trusting towards her. She understood that being an exceptional Physiotherapist extended beyond just the physical and functional components of one’s rehab process. It involved guiding and supporting the patient through the emotional and psychological turmoil that can be associated with an injury or life-changing trauma/ accident. Under her direction, I witnessed first-hand the benefits of individualizing care and working in a collaborative setting with the patient to achieve their functional and personal goals during recovery. I was drawn to working with the Lantzville and South Wellness Centre for these reasons and believe the clinic follows the same philosophy. With her in mind, my goal every day is to portray these same qualities and characteristics with every patient I encounter. I want to work with patients to target the root of their problems and to provide them with the education to correct, manage or prevent injuries from reoccurring. I believe that active rehab, specifically exercise, is an enormous component of any successful rehab process and should be an essential adjunct to passive treatment provided in the clinic.
Rebecca Appleton - Clinical Coordinator
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.
Cara Frey - Administration
Cara is a born and raised Nanaimoite who absolutely loves where she lives. She is a recent VIU graduate and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She also achieved her Honours with a specialty in Environmental Psychology. Cara is a lifelong learner and finds importance in helping make other people’s days run as smoothly and as pleasantly as possible. She has been in the customer service industry for seven years but is excited to be learning more in the field of health care. In her spare time, you can find her running, hiking/backpacking, kayaking, paddle boarding, reading, or hopefully around a campfire somewhere with friends enjoying all that Vancouver Island has to offer.