Physiotherapy

Person lunging while a physio examines knee

With your goals in mind, our physiotherapist’s focus is to restore, maintain and maximize your strength, function, movement and overall well-being.

We provide hands on treatment, personalized therapeutic exercises, use a variety of healing techniques and provide essential education about what keeps the body moving well.

As all of our physiotherapists are licensed in BC, we can accept clients through WorkSafe BC, ICBC, RCMP, as well as clients with extended health benefits. We do not require a doctor's referral for treatment, however many clients with extended health insurance may require a referral from their family physician.

The many faces of physiotherapy

Most people think of hands-on manipulation, or stretches and strengthening exercises when they hear the word physiotherapy. But there are many more tools and techniques that physiotherapists have at their disposal. We have therapists that are experienced and certified in dry needling, acupuncture, supportive taping, and electro-muscular stimulation (EMS), and more.

Acupuncture on hands

Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Increasingly, it is being used for overall wellness, including stress management.

dry needling on leg

Dry Needling

Dry needling is used to treat pain and movement issues associated with myofascial trigger points. With this technique, a provider inserts thin needles into or near your trigger points. The needles stimulate your muscles, which causes them to contract or twitch.

Taping on ankle

Supportive Taping

Physiotherapists commonly use strapping tape and supportive taping to relieve pain, improve joint stability, enhance athlete confidence, reduce injury recurrence and prevent injury.

Online booking made easy

We're more than happy to book your appointment in person or over the phone. But hands-down the best way for you to see all your appointment options is by booking online. If you've never booked online, and need help setting it up, we'd be happy to talk you through it.

Physiotherapists

Stan Metcalfe

Owner, Physiotherapist, Acupuncture
BScPT, FCAMPT, CAFCI

Stan Metcalfe

Owner, Physiotherapist, Acupuncture
BScPT, FCAMPT, CAFCI

Stan Metcalfe has been in Golden since 2003. He graduated with a BScPT (Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy) from the University of Alberta school of Rehabilitation Medicine in 1996.

Shortly after, Stan moved from Alberta to BC to study under Canada’s leading educators in Orthopaedic Physiotherapy, such as Erl Pettman and Diane Lee. Stan has completed many Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Courses, and after a couple years of focused training he achieved a Fellowship with the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists. Stan has also published an award winning research paper about the effect of spinal manipulation on muscle strength.

In 2010 Stan was accredited by the Canadian Acupuncture Foundation. With the initial learning of anatomical acupuncture, a new understanding of the human function has developed. Recently Stan has begun working with the kids of Golden and is the local physio for the TREKK program – Therapeutic Rehabilitation for East Kootenay Kids. This new focus on the dynamic abilities of children has rekindled old techniques of neuromuscular activation.

Stan understands that there are many explanations for pain or weakness. Often persistent problems exist because several contributing factors are involved. He uses your innate ability to heal to guide his treatments. He may help your body heal by activating weak areas, lengthening tight areas, providing protection or rest, or use acupuncture to remove blockages or stagnancy.

The ski industry has provided work combined with play and Stan is away skiing for part of the winters. The mountains have allowed a balance between professional, recreational and home lives.

Leanne Yarrow

Physiotherapist, Acupuncture
MSc.PT
 

Leanne Yarrow

Physiotherapist, Acupuncture
MSc.PT

Leanne is a recent Masters of Physiotherapy graduate from Queen’s University, who is well versed with the latest in evidence-based clinical practice techniques and assessment methodologies. Most recently, she has completed her acupuncture courses through Acupuncture Canada as well as further training in vestibular and concussion rehabilitation. She completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology degree and earned a distinction at the University of Calgary with a major in Exercise Physiology. After her Bachelor’s Degree, Leanne worked as an outdoor guide and instructor for rock climbing, hiking, backcountry skiing and sea kayaking.

During university, Leanne enjoyed playing soccer and squash as well as participating in jujitsu and judo where she earned her brown belt. Leanne’s interest includes snowboarding, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, camping and walking her dog. Although both her work and school have taken Leanne all over Canada, she is looking forward to rediscovering the Mountain lifestyle not far from where she grew up. Through her sport and academic career, she has created a passion to pursue physiotherapy as a career.

Leanne is a member of the Sports Medicine BC and the BC section of Sports Physiotherapy Canada. She also a member of Acupuncture Canada and offers acupuncture as part of a comprehensive treatment along with manual therapy and exercise prescription for all musculoskeletal disorders whether they are cause whether by sports, car accidents, or everyday life. Leanne believes that taking the time to listen to her clients, as well as explaining the clinical reasoning behind the injury and treatments, are essential to successful outcomes. Leanne has a special interest in pursuing further post-graduate qualifications in manual therapy and sports physiotherapy.

Mike Levine

Physiotherapist
M.PT, B.Kin
 

Mike Levine

Physiotherapist
M.PT, B.Kin

Mike has a background as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and enjoys using an active and evidence-based approach in his practice. He enjoys treating those with sports performance goals and integrating specific strength and conditioning into the rehabilitation plan. In addition to this, Mike has a strong interest in chronic pain conditions. Whether you are dealing with a nagging tendon issue or chronic low back pain, Mike would love for the opportunity to provide you with the necessary tools, information, and skills to manage your condition and get you back to what matters most.

Mike completed his Master of Physiotherapy degree from The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Prior to this, he obtained his Bachelor of Kinesiology from Brock University, where he also competed as part of Brock’s varsity rowing team.

Outside of the clinic, Mike is an avid outdoorsman. He especially enjoys spending his time rock climbing, backpacking, and sipping coffee in the backcountry. When he’s not off on an adventure, you may see him around town enjoying some of the local hotspots with his dog Winnie.

Naomi Cole

Physiotherapist
BSc, MScPT, CGunn, IMS, FCAMPT

Naomi Cole

Physiotherapist
BSc, MScPT, CGunn IMS, FCAMPT

Naomi graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Prior to this, she completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Ottawa. Since then she obtained her GUNN IMS(dry needling) certification through the University of British Columbia. Over several years, Naomi has pursued many courses in advanced orthopaedic manual therapy, In 2022 she achieved her designation as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT).

Naomi’s comprehensive treatment approach focuses on manual therapy, specific exercises, Gunns IMS, and educating her clients on their rehabilitation. She assesses the contributing factors to an injury so any underlying causes can be addressed and recurrent injury may be avoided. Naomi enjoys treating a variety of orthopaedic and sports-related injuries. She works with clients of all ages and athletic abilities, taking a client centered approach helping them understand their injuries so they can conquer those aches and pains, and get back to the activities they are passionate about.

Naomi is excited to be returning to the mountain lifestyle. Outside the clinic you’ll find her keeping active though alpine and Nordic skiing, mountain biking, hiking and water sports. Golden provides an ideal setting for Naomi to pursue adventure and help others to continue enjoying their own active pursuits.