OUR TEAM

At Optimal Performance Clinic, we pride ourselves on being the leaders in our respective fields in terms of experience, skill sets, and education. We are able to provide the highest level of care to all of our patients, not just the professional athletes, so that you are able to return to your best – faster and stronger than with other alternatives.

OUR TEAM

At Optimal Performance Clinic, we pride ourselves on being the leaders in our respective fields in terms of experience, skill sets, and education. We are able to provide the highest level of care to all of our patients, not just the professional athletes, so that you are able to return to your best – faster and stronger than with other alternatives.

TEAM APPROACH

 We treat the UNDERLYING cause of your pain from a multi-disciplinary approach to permanently eliminate your pain.

1 ON 1 CARE

 All of our treatments are hands on and 1 on 1. We don’t just hook you up to a machine and then come back later.

SPEEDY RECOVERY

 Our extensive initial assessment, team approach, and 1 on 1 care result in an average treatment plan of 4-6 treatments.

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 Dr. Elna Johnson (Formerly Muñoz), BKIN, DC, Dip. Med Acup.

Monday    9:20 am – 3:00 pm

Tuesday    9:20 am – 2:00 pm

Thursday  9:20 am – 3:00 pm

Friday        9:20 am – 3:00 pm

Dr. Elna Johnson (Formerly Dr. Muñoz) is a graduate of the University of British Columbia: Kinesiology; from the University of Western States: Doctor of Chiropractic; and has completed the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program at McMaster University.

In addition to her degrees, she is an Instructor and Certified Provider of Active Release Techniques® (ART). Dr. Johnson’s extensive athletic background as a sprint hurdler and the numerous injuries she endured throughout that time, has led her to focus her career on sports injuries, prevention, treatment, and performance.

Dr. Johnson has an impressive list of professional accomplishments including having worked with numerous athletes and teams in the CFL, NFL, NHL, UBC Football, UBC Track and Field, and the Athletics Canada – Our Canadian Track and Field Team. She has also had the opportunity to work with various Hollywood actors and stuntmen on numerous movie sets filmed in Vancouver and abroad.

Dr. Johnson utilizes a Biomechanical (movement based) approach to evaluate the cause of injuries, instead of just looking at the site of pain. Her main method of treatment is primarily focused on soft tissue work via Active Release Techniques®, and less on manipulation. She utilizes this approach and her expertise to treat all her patients – from the grandmother hurt gardening to the professional athlete.

Dr. Rachel Statz, D.C.

Tuesday          8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Wednesday    8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Thursday        8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Friday              8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Rachel Statz was born and raised in the lower mainland of British Columbia. She obtained her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree with honours from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and received awards for her academic, clinical and community contributions. Prior to her chiropractic degree, Dr. Statz studied kinesiology and human kinetics at the University of the Fraser Valley.

Throughout her studies, she has been involved in health and athletics at the recreational, performance and rehabilitation levels, establishing a strong foundation for community involvement.

In practice, Dr. Statz applies a multidisciplinary, evidence-informed and patient-centered approach to care. She integrates a combination of chiropractic care, movement and functional assessment, injury rehabilitation and patient education in order to facilitate her patients returning to optimal function as quickly and effectively as possible.

Dr. Statz has been certified in various manual techniques, including Active Release Techniques ®, Graston ®, Functional Range Conditioning ® and athletic taping among others.

Dr. Sophie Tran, D.C., M.Sc (Sports Medicine)

Wednesday    8:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Saturday         8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Sophie Tran graduated from the University of British Columbia Kinesiology program and continued to pursue her education in Portland, Oregon where she completed both a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree summa cum laude and a Master’s of Science in Sports Medicine degree from the University of Western States.

Dr. Tran grew up in Vancouver and has been a long-time track and field athlete, running with the UBC Thunderbirds as an All-Canadian student athlete. She has always been interested in the biomechanics and efficiency of human movement and has been fortunate to work in a variety of sport environments with athletes of all ages during her time in Portland and now in Vancouver. Dr. Tran strives to provide patients with the opportunity and tools to achieve their goals. She believes that everyone is an athlete in their own right and uses a detailed, patient-centered approach to support patients in reaching their health goals.

Cristina Sutter, RD, MHSc, BKIN

Monday      3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Thursday   9:30 am – 6:00 pm

As a sport dietitian practicing in Vancouver for 13 years, Cristina’s clients include the Vancouver Canucks and Canada’s Olympic athletes.  Whether you want to lose weight or build muscle, Cristina will create your own healthy eating plan that delivers great results. Her areas of expertise include chronic disease, digestive disorders, emotional eating, prenatal nutrition, sport nutrition and weight management.

Approach

Christina has a relaxed approach with food and nutrition and does not promote restrictive or perfect diets. Instead, she will give you the practical tools to build balanced eating habits that you can maintain for life. She will teach you simple strategies to boost energy, reduce cravings and maximize nutrition to achieve your health and fitness goals. She applies evidence based recommendations to all health conditions and provides you with an individual plan that fits your lifestyle.

Education

Cristina Sutter earned a Masters degree in Community Nutrition from the University of Toronto after studying Dietetics at the University of British Columbia. She also has a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University and worked as a personal trainer before becoming a dietitian. Cristina was a University Instructor at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and Langara College, where she taught the fourth-year sport nutrition course for several years.

Specialties

  • Allergies and Intolerance
  • Chronic Disease including high blood pressure, cholesterol, CKD, diabetes, fatty liver, heart disease
  • Digestive disorders including celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disorder
  • Emotional Eating
  • Healthy weight loss or weight gain
  • Nutrition for a busy schedule, travelling and on the go
  • Picky Eating
  • Pregnancy and Infant Nutrition
  • Sport Performance

Cristina works with elite athletes. She worked with the Vancouver National Swim Centre for 4 years, travelling with Swimming Canada’s team to world championships.  The Womens Canadian Alpine Ski Team, BCParaAlpine Ski Team, BCGymnastics, BCBasketball, BCFieldHockey, SFU Varsity Swimming, SwimBC and the WhitecapsFC youth residency program are just a few of the teams she has worked with over the years. Cristina is the SportMedBC Sun Run InTraining Sport Dietitian and she enjoys working with recreational athletes who are training for their next big race, whether it’s a 10K or ironman.

Cristina enjoys working with youth. Sometimes it helps if someone other than mom and dad talk about nutrition. Cristina understands kids and knows how to empower them to make great choices. She has a sensitive and genuine demeanor that creates a safe learning environment for children and youth.

Cristina understands how to break the vicious cycle of emotional eating and has helped many clients to understand and overcome their emotional battle with food. She is highly skilled at assessing the relationship between self-esteem, stress and eating behaviours and will teach you the strategies to relearn new patterns of eating and thinking about food.

Visit Cristina Sutter’s Site

Gurleen Grewal, Registered Physiotherapist

Wednesday      2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Friday                2:00 am – 6:00 pm

Gurleen graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology degree. In 2013 she went on to graduate with her Master of Physiotherapy from Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Since then, she has gained experience in a variety of areas that include the treatment of spine and peripheral injuries, temporomandibular joint (jaw) dysfunction, motor vehicle accident clients and sports injuries.

In her work as a physiotherapist, she uses individualized and evidence based care, while targeting patient goals, and is passionate about providing care that treats the root cause of symptoms. She focuses on using manual therapy techniques, providing therapeutic exercise, correcting poor motor patterns and using ConnectTherapy™ and the Thoracic Ring Approach™. In addition to her work as a physiotherapist, Gurleen is a certified Pilates instructor. She enjoys integrating Pilates principles into physiotherapy rehabilitation. Gurleen also values the importance of continuing education and has completed the ConnectTherapy™ Series, taught by Dr. LJ Lee.

Jonathan De Keyser, Registered Physiotherapist

Thursdays 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

In 2010 Jonathan graduated with a Master in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Specialized in Sports and Manual Therapy, at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Barely graduated he realized Physiotherapy alone wasn’t satisfying his belief and capabilities to improve injuries, thus he decided to profound himself into the holistic approach of Osteopathy.

After spending 3 years specializing within the Osteopathic world, Jonathan now enjoys treating injuries in a holistic way. This means Jonathan will look beyond a local injury and search for other possible mechanisms throughout the body as cause of injury. Techniques used vary from Manual Therapy, Soft Tissue, Trigger Points, Lymphatic System Stimulation, Arterial flow Stimulation, Fascia, Visceral and others.

Chris Kennedy, Registered Physiotherapist

Wednesday    1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Saturday         9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Chris completed his Masters of Physical Therapy at UBC after a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick. He has several years of experience working as personal trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. This passion for helping his clients achieve greater health and reach their goals was the driving force that led Chris to pursue a career in physiotherapy. His knowledge and experience allow him to provide progressive and complete rehabilitation to his clients.

His practice is guided by current research, clinical experiences, and patient preference and integrates manual therapy, exercise prescription, and education. Chris believes that people experiencing pain and injury should not just be rehabilitated back to their baseline but that their journey should continue to progress to greater health and performance.

Maai Imbrechts, Registered Physiotherapist

Tuesday  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Friday      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Maai was born and raised in Belgium and committed to a high level of patient care. She graduated from the University of Leuven in Belgium with a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy and later obtained a postgraduate degree in Musculoskeletal and Manual Therapy.

Maai has been using her expertise since 2011 in treating complex health ailments and sports injuries. As a strong believer in functional movement analysis and correction of dysfunctional movement patterns, Maai prefers to use this method to restore balances in the body. Determining the root cause of the injury or symptoms is the key to correct these imbalances.

Garfield Crooks, RMT, National Team Therapist

Tuesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Garfield graduated in 1996 from the Canadian College of Massage Therapy & Hydrotherapy in Toronto, Ontario. He increased his studied in the Victoria, British Columbia, with further studies and courses in massage therapy in 2006. Garfield has added various others courses of studies over the years; Myofascial Release training with legendary physiotherapist John F. Barnes, Craniosacral Therapy, Sounds Therapy, Primal Reflex Release Technique, Active Release Therapy (upper & lower extremities) and others.

In everything he does he wants to be better and help others in achieving their goals. He believes just about everyone is an athlete of some sort needing to walk, jog, run, bend, twist, jump and more. Whether he is working with elite (Olympic/National Teams) athletes or participating in an exercise activity, he dedicates particular attention to the art and the science of the correct natural law of free movement. Garfield brings a sincere openness and collaborative approach into an extremely talented, interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals. He is the lead healthcare performance consultant with Athletics Canada (track and field) in massage therapy. He has attended numerous sporting events such as three World Athletic Championships, Summer Olympic Games (Athens, Beijing & London), and worked in Africa & Italy in the premiere football (soccer) league. He continues to raise the bar high in soft tissue excellence one client at a time.

Sherry Olsen, RMT

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In 2001, Sherry graduated from Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy after completing a 3 year – 3000 hour Massage Therapy program.

Sherry has had opportunities to work in clinical massage settings as well as in luxurious spa environments. This allowed for her to gain unique abilities to cater to a wide range of people from athletes, business professionals and actors/musicians.

Sherry, having moved here from the Okanagan to Vancouver in 2010, has worked at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Willow Stream Spa, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia Sense Spa, The Four Seasons Integrous Massage, Spa Utopia at the Pan Pacific and Chi the Spa at Shangri-La Hotel.

Before her career as a massage therapist, Sherry had worked in the field of fitness and training, this gave her a strong interest in stretching, strengthening and maintaining our perfect machines (our bodies) and being able to teach her clients to do better in order to take control of their health and wellness.

She believes that everyone is a puzzle to discover and uncovering that mystery is the thrill she gets from her career. This is especially true when the recipient of her massage is on board and interested in change and direction for a pain free, injury free path.

Her style of massage incorporates a deep and specific focus on areas that have become unhealthy and tight, while incorporating Swedish style strokes to allow for the nervous system to calm down and permit a greater change to take hold in the muscles.

Sherry loves Soccer, having played it for 11 years as an adult she always looks forward to either playing or watching “the beautiful game”. She plays tennis, hikes, spends time with her son, likes to write and is always trying to learn something new.

Sherry welcomes all previous clients and greatly looks forward to treating newcomers.

Kristen Lukovich B.A., TCMP, R.Ac

Tuesdays      2:00 – 6:00 pm

Thursdays    9:00 – 1:00 pm

Kristen is a graduate of the 4-year Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner program at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Vancouver. Following graduation, she completed an internship at Tzu Chi General Hospital in Taipei, further enhancing her clinical experience and understanding of Chinese medicine. This internship brought things full-circle, as her first experience with acupuncture was in Taiwan many years ago, while teaching English there after completing her undergraduate degree.

Kristen has a particular interest in treating pain, digestive dysfunction, women’s health, allergic conditions, stress and fatigue. She uses acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, trigger point release, cupping, moxibustion and gua sha, along with lifestyle and dietary consultation, to help her patients achieve and maintain optimal health.

Kristen worked for many years in the film industry in Vancouver before deciding to go back to school to pursue her passion for acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. After struggling with travel-related digestive issues for many years, and trying a host of western and alternative medicine treatments, she found acupuncture and TCM dietary recommendations to be the only things that offered relief. While the holistic nature of this ancient medicine had always made a lot of sense, she was truly amazed at the results.

Kristen is also part of the multidisciplinary group of practitioners who treat the UBC Track and Field Team, addressing acute and chronic injuries, as well as offering ongoing preventative care.

You can read more about Kristen on her Website.

Tasha Fensom, BHSc Podiatry, CPed(C)

For appointments, please call: 604-736-6537

​​​​​​​​​​As a Certified Pedorthist, Tasha focuses on foot and ankle pathologies and the assessment of lower limb anatomy and biomechanics.  She received her Bachelor of Health Science degree in Podiatry at Queensland University in Brisbane, Australia. Tasha has worked with clients of all ages from 5 to 95 ranging from the general public to amateur and professional athletes. Tasha likes to be active and her personal passions are running, cycling and swimming. She is currently training for her first Triathlon.

Katia Salman, Clinic Supervisor

Katia joined Optimal Performance Clinic in 2012. As the Clinic Supervisor, Katia oversees all administrative tasks in the clinic by managing daily operations. Katia graduated from Pacific Coast University – College of Holistic Medicine with a Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture degree. She also completed her Diploma at Langara College with a focus on Family Studies. She is passionate about advocating a healthy lifestyle from a holistic perspective by balancing nutrition, sleep, exercise and the emotions. In her spare time, Katia really enjoys running, playing board games and exploring new adventures, like Flying Trapeze and Chasing Sunrise hikes.

Sky Craig, Co-op Student

Sky is a fourth year student at the University of British Columbia, completing a degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Nutritional Science. She hopes to pursue graduate school in the field of Athletic Therapy. As a former competitive basketball player with a history of overuse and injury, Sky understands the importance of the multi-disciplinary approach to treatment and rehabilitation. Sky enjoys being active in her spare time with hobbies including yoga and running. She is also working with the UBC women’s varsity hockey team this season as a student trainer and assistant equipment manager.

Christy Wee – UBC Kinesiology Coop Student

Two concussions and several injuries first introduced the field of rehabilitation to Christy, who is now entering her 3rd year in Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. Her personal experiences, together with ongoing studies of human movement, have helped to solidify her commitment to integrated treatment approaches. Through volunteer work with concussion and short-term emergency care patients, she has also gained a strong interest in the mental aspects of health and hopes to pursue a minor in psychology. In her free time, Christy enjoys playing and watching ice hockey, rock climbing, and dabbling with art and photography.

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