Vital Life Physiotherapy Clinic - Display of Active Rehab equipment

Welcome to Vital Life Physiotherapy

We are a multi-disciplinary bright and modern clinic centrally located on the ground floor in beautiful Port Coquitlam, only minutes from the 701 transit stop, with ample free parking right outside for your convenience. All medical plans are accepted, and direct billing is available for most insurance providers.

We offer a wide variety of non-invasive treatments and needling techniques, led by David Lee, a highly qualified and experienced physiotherapist, well versed in the latest evidence-based practices. David is a familiar and trusted face in the local physiotherapy community having worked in many private clinics before establishing Vital Life Physiotherapy Clinic. He is certified in Acupuncture and IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) and has completed courses in manual therapy, vestibular rehab, taping, and concussion rehab. Before becoming a physiotherapist, David obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.

Our state of the art clinic offers the latest color touch screen treatment modality machines (ultrasound, laser, interferential electric therapy, and shockwave therapy) paired with a fully equipped gym space for active exercise, which is essential to effective rehabilitation. Curtained off and private treatment rooms are also available.

All patients are welcome, including walk-ins. No referral is needed (unless required by your extended health plan).

Our Experience

  • Variety of acute or overuse sports injuries

  • Chronic pain including arthritis and tendinopathy

  • Whiplash injuries from car accidents

  • Traumatic injuries from work-related responsibilities.

  • Orthopedic hospital total knee/hip replacement

  • Post stroke rehabilitation in hospital setting

Meet Our Team!

Our talented team offers treatments including physiotherapy, kinesiology, acupuncture, massage, shockwave, cold laser, spinal decompression, concussion therapy, and more.

Physiotherapy:

Physiotherapist - David Lee

David Lee

Owner & Founding Physiotherapist (B.Sc. Kin, M.Sc. PT)

David moved to Canada from Taiwan at ten years old, and has since called Coquitlam home. He attended Simon Fraser University for his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology before going to Queen’s University for his Masters in Physical Therapy.

David is a member in good standing of the Physiotherapy Associaton of BC (PABC) as well as the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA).

Before going into physiotherapy, David worked in kinesiology with patients recovering from motor vehicle accidents. This is where he learned and saw firsthand the benefits of active exercise as part of the rehabilitation process. Today, exercise is still very much an essential part of his treatments.

David finds satisfaction in helping his patients feel better, which is a driving force in his offering as many treatment modalities as possible for his patients. He has taken post-graduate courses on manual therapy, vestibular therapy, concussion therapy, taping and is certified in acupuncture and Gunn IMS.

In his spare time, David enjoys hanging out with his wife and sons. His favorite sports are snowboarding, basketball and volleyball.

Physiotherapist - Siva Chinnakonda Harigovindan

Siva Chinnakonda Harigovindan

Physiotherapist (B. PT, M.S. PT)

Siva graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy from the Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University in Chennai, India in 1999 and completed his Masters in Sports Therapy at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India in 2002. He has worked in private practice and hospital settings in India for more than a decade providing him with valuable experience in multiple areas of practice. Before moving in to Vital Life Physiotherapy Clinic, he had worked in work conditioning for WorkSafeBC clients at CBI Fleetwood Surrey center.

Siva is a member and in good standing of the Physiotherapy Associaton of BC (PABC) and is committed to enrich his professional knowledge through education. He recently completed his Diploma in Dry Needling from the Functional Dry Needling Institute of UK in Vancouver and is currently pursuing a Fascial Manipulation course from the Registered Therapists of Fascial Manipulation®, Italy.

He is multilingual, speaking Tamil, English, Hindi, Saurashtra, Malayalam, and Punjabi. He treats his patients with empathy, dignity and respect, and encourages a return to activity through exercise and education.

In his spare time, he reads Hindu scriptures, visits temples and enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.

Physiotherapist - Monica Chiu

Monica Chiu

Physiotherapist (M.C.P.A)

Retired!

Physiotherapist Arthur Poh

Arthur Poh 

Physiotherapist (M.C.P.A)

Retired!

Acupuncture:

Registered Massage Therapist - Jen Lewis

Lina Zhu

Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac)

Lina Zhu, R.Ac, is a registered acupuncturist who completed the four-year Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner program at Central College. She is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English.

Her approach integrates classical techniques such as TCM Needle, Moxa, and Ear Acupuncture with modern modalities like Electro-Acupuncture, Silicone Cupping, and Trigger Point Acupuncture. With a comprehensive understanding of anatomy gained from her background as an RMT-Registered Massage Therapist, she focuses on treating musculoskeletal issues such as sport injuries, chronic and acute pain, and movement restriction. Additionally,   Lina’s passion extends to addressing a wide range of health concerns, encompassing mental-emotional issues like stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression, as well as conditions like allergies, alcohol/smoking cessation, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, and fertility issues.

Lina does also offers services in cosmetic acupuncture and weight management, aiming to enhance the tone and texture of the skin. She believes in implementing gentle and fine-tuning manipulation techniques to prove comfort and calmness to the mind and body, addressing the root cause of health issues.

Massage Therapy:

Registered Massage Therapist - Jen Lewis

Jen Lewis

Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Jen graduated from the Registered Massage Therapy program in June 2016. She is a practicing member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC). She has a passion for treating a wide range of conditions and believes that patient education and communication is the key to finding the best customized treatment plan for each individual.

When Jen is not treating patients, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, camping and travelling.

Registered Massage Therapist - Ingrid Yip

Ingrid Yip

Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Ingrid graduated from Langara College Registered Massage Therapy program and got the opportunity to work with a diverse range of patients during the program, from young athletes to patients with spinal cord injuries, from patients with acute injuries to patients suffering from chronic conditions. She found a lot of interest in not only advancing her therapeutic approach but also in listening and understanding patients’ needs and how to develop a practical treatment and homecare plan with them.

From a young age Ingrid has been very active and enjoyed doing different kinds of sport and understands how injuries could impact the ability for one to continue with their exercises. Outside of the clinic she loves spending time with her friends playing tennis and finding good food in town.
She also loves traveling to different countries and learning about local cultures and languages. Ingrid is also fluent in Cantonese, Japanese, and Mandarin.

Registered Massage Therapist - Travis Allen

Travis Allan

Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Travis has recently graduated from Langara College Registered Massage Therapy program, and is set to be taking his Massage Therapist registration exam in March. Through his studies at Langara’s student clinic and outreaches, Travis has been able to work with a variety of different patients with various sports related injuries, and neurological conditions. Travis believes that each treatment should be patient centered and wants to work with each person on creating goals through massage and home-care that can improve their overall health and wellness.

In Travis’ spare time he enjoys weight lifting, playing soccer and lacrosse, he enjoys being outside hiking, and canoeing.

Registered Massage Therapist - Travis Allen

Shing Ho Hui

Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Shing graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science at Simon Fraser University in 2017. While on exchange during his studies in Australia, he dislocated his shoulder while playing basketball 13 times within 1 year. Along with numerous other injuries from playing basketball and weight training, this led Shing to seek help through physiotherapy and manual therapy; and further inspired Shing to pursue a career in healthcare to help others in pain.

As a graduate of the massage therapy program at West Coast College of Massage Therapy, Shing was able to gain experience working with a variety of individuals in the school’s inreach and outreach programs. The outreach experiences included providing treatments to varsity level athletes at Douglas College, healthcare workers at Surrey Memorial Hospital, and providing care to individuals in the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion. At the school inreach, he also treated individuals with a wide range of conditions such as fibromyalgia, cerebral palsy, and Parkinson’s disease. His treatments utilize a variety of techniques and are formulated using thorough assessments to provide specialized care for each individual patient.

In his free time, Shing likes to play basketball, and lifting weights to stay active. When he’s not staying active, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, and binge watching Netflix whenever he can.

Kinesiology:

Kinesiologist - Kevin Narayan

Kevin Narayan

Kinesiologist (BKin)

Kevin graduated from Simon Fraser University where he received a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in active health and rehabilitation. While studying at SFU, he also worked as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer, which gave him significant experience educating, and developing exercise programs for people of all age groups and varying levels of fitness. He believes that the best way to approach active rehabilitation is through proper education, so that clients have the knowledge and confidence to perform the exercises within their personalized program in a safe, efficient and effective manner.

In his spare time, Kevin can be found weightlifting at home, going for a run along the Poco trail, or inside the kitchen pretending he’s on MasterChef. Kevin also enjoys hiking, kayaking and camping.

Dietitian:

Dietitian - Sian Hoe Cheong

Sian Hoe Cheong

Registered Dietitian (M.Sc. RD)

Sian Hoe Cheong is an experienced Registered Dietitian with a Masters degree in Nutrition and Metabolism from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his dietetic internship at the Regina Au’Appelle Health Region. ​He is a member of the College of Dietitians of B.C., Dietitians of Canada, Diabetes Canada Professional Section and Commission on Dietetic Registration for the Academy of American Nutrition and Dietetics.

​His work experience spans various areas of health care such as acute care, community care, residential care and administration. His special interests include diabetes, general nutrition, heart health and seniors health. He helps patients understand why making dietary changes is necessary to gain strength and good health. He believes implementing a dietary change plan that is both realistic and sustainable helps patient eat well and stay well.

​In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoor and active. He likes to play soccer, volleyball, curling and swimming.

PT Assistants:

Shambhu Adhikari (Sam)

Physiotherapist Assistant 

Sam pursued his Bachelor of Physiotherapy education from the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India, and a PhD in Physical Therapy from Mahidol University, Thailand.  He also received post-doc training from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Currently, he is in the process of obtaining a license for practicing physiotherapy in Canada.

Sam loves travelling to different countries, learning about various cultures and enjoying nature.

In his spare time, Sam loves hanging out with his wife and a son. He loves playing volleyball and soccer.

Front Desk:

Clinic Social Media Director & Admin - Allison Weir

Kathy Jackson

Administrative Manager

Kathy used to call North Vancouver her hood but have recently migrated to the tri-cities.On her spare time, you will find her strolling around Como lake or Mundy Park. But if you ever run into her somewhere else, she may be lost as she is new to the city.

You will find her lovely presence at the clinic managing everything from top to bottom. Please feel free to come by the clinic anytime to say Hi 😊

Clinic Administrative Assitant - Rozhan Saadati

Rozhan Saadati

Administrative Assistant 

Rozhan is currently studying Kinesiology at Langara College and after receiving her bachelor, she is planning on applying for dentistry at the University of British Columbia to become a dentist.

Working out at the gym, going for a run in the early mornings, and going on hikes with her friends are some of her favourite hobbies outside of work. If she is not at work, you can usually find Rozhan at the gym or in a dance studio working on new choreography!”

Clinic Administrative Assistant - Kasia Rogalsk

Ciara Maggiore

Administrative Assistant & Social Media Coordinator

Ciara has extensive background working in both Marketing and Customer Service. For several years Ciara has not only been doing Wedding Photography, but as well managing all social media platforms for 4 local small businesses!  She grew up in Vancouver and is passionate about providing an exceptional level of care to her community.

When she’s not at the clinic, you can find Ciara enjoying the local parks and trails Maple Ridge has to offer with her 3 pups.

Erin Norrie

Johnny

Bone Specialist (BS)

Johnny completed his certificate in the Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy program (GCOMPT) at UBC in January of 2018.  He is proficient in aiding and providing visual feedback during the assessment and treatment of orthopaedic manual and manipulative physical therapy.

His work experience started in July of 2018 working full-time for Vital Life Physiotherapy clinic assisting the Physiotherapists in anything bone related. He knows every single bone in the entire human body (all 206 of them!)

Johnny love’s bones because they protect your organs, and let you move in ways that would not be possible without them! When Johnny is not busy helping patients, you can find him dancing with noBODY, and playing his tromBONE.