Phil Burman has worked with the Dale Charles Physiotherapy team since early 2009. Phil received his Physiotherapy training in Auckland, New Zealand, graduating with a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) in 2008. He took on the role of Clinic Director in 2018, in addition to continuing his work as a Physiotherapist
Phil enjoys helping clients recover from injury, surgery or illness, and return to the activities that they enjoy. Phil believes that active rehabilitation leads to better outcomes, and encourages clients to be active participants in their rehabilitation. His clinical work includes Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Rehabilitation, and Neurological Physiotherapy. Treatment often includes therapeutic exercise in combination with manual therapy, needling techniques (acupuncture, IMS), and modalities for pain relief. Phil enjoys the diagnostic process and problem-solving. He has developed a strong working relationship with the local physicians and surgeons, and an excellent reputation within the local community.
Phil originally left New Zealand for British Columbia for a season-long ski trip in 2002. One season became many years, and he now considers the Okanagan ‘home’. Outside of the work, Phil enjoys being active outdoors, often with his children. He is involved in the local skiing, cycling and sailing communities. Phil has a long history of mountain biking and road cycling, both competitively and recreationally. He is a member of the Canadian Ski Patrol at Apex Resort, and has been an active member of the Apex community over the past 20 years. He also enjoys sailing, and is a member of the Summerland Yacht Club.
During his time at university, Phil received a number of academic awards, including the award for the top academic graduate. He was also awarded a research scholarship, and co-authored a paper on Injury Prevention. Phil has continued further education since then, with certifications in Anatomical Acupuncture through Acupuncture Canada, IMS / Dry Needling through Gunn IMS, Concussion Management through CCMI, and numerous other courses.
Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), Intramuscular Stimulation (CGIMS), Acupucture (CAFCI)
Paul is a physical therapist with a practice embedded within Dale Charles Physiotherapy. He and his wife Carmen Eberle, PT, are a team that run Okanagan Hand and Upper Limb Rehab Group Ltd. They specialize in the physical rehabilitation of hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders affected by injury, surgery or naturally occurring conditions such as arthritis.
Certified Hand Therapists also have the unique skill of the fabrication and provision of custom upper extremity splinting – these are made right in our office and individually crafted to fit each patient.
Paul has over twenty years of physical therapy experience, having worked in Canada and the USA, in a multitude of rehab settings. He is humbled every day by what remains to be learned. Paul strives to empower clients towards successful self-management. Having fun along that journey also plays a role in his treatment planning.
Outside of physiotherapy, Paul and Carmen are happy keeping busy with their two active kids – enjoying much of what our beautiful Okanagan environment has to offer. Whether at the beach, in the mountains, or on the backyard rink, this family is grateful to be growing deep roots in the South Okanagan.
Certified Pelvic Health/Women’s Health Physiotherapist - Certificate Orthopedic Manual Therapy – COMT, ‘dry needling’ – Intramuscular Stimulation (CGIMS), and Acupuncture (CAFCI)
Leslie, a Kamloops native, grew up playing competitive soccer, but now, most of her days are spent chasing after her young kids and 2 Australian Shepherds. As often as they can, Leslie and her family love to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful Okanagan.
Leslie is an experienced physiotherapist with a strong passion for helping people with pelvic health concerns. For more information about Women’s/Pelvic Health Physiotherapy please visit www.lesliespohrpt.com. Leslie also enjoys treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions assisting her clients to feel ‘normal’ and able to enjoy (an active) life again.
Leslie graduated from the University of Alberta in 2008 with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy and relocated to Penticton in 2014. She completed her Level II certification in manual therapy through the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2009, and in 2010 she completed her Certificate of Acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. She pursued further advanced manual therapy education in Portugal obtaining a Certificate in Orthopedic Manual Therapy through Manual Concepts in 2012, as well as completing other orthopedic courses through the Robin McKenzie Institute of Canada, Mulligan Concepts and Evidence in Motion. In 2013, Leslie became certified in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and trained in Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. Leslie has followed her passion in women’s and pelvic health completing numerous courses over the years in the fields and is certified to treat a variety of concerns including incontinence (leaking urine), pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis recti abdominis (DRA), post-prostatectomy, pelvic pain, and more. To book online please visit www.lesliespohrpt.com.
Manipulative Therapist - FCAMPT, Functional Dry Needling (IMS), Acupuncture (CAFCI)
Christine graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelors degree in Human Kinetics in 2007. During this time, she played and captained the varsity women’s field hockey team as well as represented Canada on the international field hockey stage. A highlight of her athletic career was competing at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio Di Janeiro and the 2008 Olympic Qualifier in Victoria, BC. Following her pursuit of the Olympics, she then completed a Master of Physiotherapy at the University of British Columbia in 2010. Since graduation, Christine has pursued many other academic postgraduate courses, (working towards) achieving the Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2016. Christine has completed courses in dry needling and acupuncture, (Christine has taken acupuncture courses through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute), along with many other orthopedic and taping courses. Growing up, Christine was constantly on the move, competing at the elite level in gymnastics and soccer. The exposure to athletics and exercise at an early age has helped to develop a keen interest in sports and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Christine’s approach to physiotherapy is one that focuses on collaboration with clients while incorporating manual therapy techniques with individualized exercise programs to facilitate healing and allow the client to return to their desired activities. When Christine isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children exploring everything the BC outdoors has to offer.
Kirk graduated from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia with a Masters degree in Physiotherapy in 2016. During his time in Australia, he worked in the remote town of Alice Springs and its surrounding communities. With only one physiotherapy clinic in 1000 km2, he serviced many remote indigenous communities for weeks at a time. His time in Australia exposed him to a wide variety of caseloads ranging from post-operative patients, athletes, stroke and chronic pain.
In more recent years Kirk undertook a mentorship position with Diane Lee in South Surrey becoming well versed in the Integrated Systems Model. This has become a foundational aspect of how he assesses and treats patients.
Kirk continues evolve as a therapist by taking a variety postgraduate training courses to help expedite results. Such training includes, dry needling, vestibular and concussion rehabilitation, and golf specific assessment.
Kirk is passionate about working with amateur athletes, weekend warriors as well people pursuing a more active lifestyle no matter their fitness level. He strives to give patients the tools required to achieve their rehabilitation goals. He is focussed on having patients exceed their pre-injury form and get them back to what they are passionate about.
Kirk has been involved in many sports his entire life and is firm believe in an active lifestyle. He currently stays active by playing soccer, hockey and golf. In his spare time he enjoys camping, hiking and travelling.
Becky graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2014. Her love of movement and interest in human anatomy stemmed from 12 years of dancing and performing.
While at university, Becky was the Captain of the Thunderbird Dance Team and she performed in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. At this time, she also became a certified Hatha
Yoga Instructor and still enjoys instructing both yoga and fitness classes. After graduating her undergraduate degree, Becky went on to work as a Kinesiologist and became a NSCA certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. Becky decided to follow her passion and in 2018 she began her Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Becky’s goal in rehabilitation is to make exercise approachable for every person.
Becky has completed her Orthopedic Level 1 and Mat Pilates Course and is currently taking her Pelvic Floor Level 1 course. Becky hopes to empower my patients to feel better by taking action through movement!