I have been a physiotherapist for 25 years. I grew up in Victoria and earned my physiotherapy degree at the University of British Columbia in 1994. I completed a residency in Advanced Manual Orthopaedic Physiotherapy in 1999 in California.
My work experience includes treating patients in acute care and rehabilitation settings, orthopaedic outpatient clinics and in-home physiotherapy. I have worked with patients with a variety of orthopaedic conditions (e.g. hip, shoulder, back, neck pain / injuries) and neurological conditions (stroke, Parkinsons, spinal cord injuries).
I enjoy working with people and focusing on their specific goals. I love the relationships that are built with clients as well as their families as we strive to meet those goals.
I split my professional time between clinic based physiotherapy and home care physiotherapy.
I have been a physical therapist for over twenty years, having graduated from the University of Alberta with a BScPT in 1995 and then an MScPT in 2003.
I have practiced physical therapy in a broad diversity of settings, including brain injury rehabilitation, extended care, sole charge locum work in Baffin Island, acute care and outpatient neurology.
Most recently, I have been working primarily with older adults in the home care setting in Victoria, and I enjoy being able to bring together the past experience I have acquired to provide holistic and person-centred care to my clients.
In addition to continuing education focusing around neurologic conditions such as stroke, brain injury and Parkinson’s disease, I continue to learn from the unique life histories, strengths and needs of my clients. I focus on working collaboratively with each person and their support network to work towards their unique goals.
I have been working as a physiotherapist for 32 years. I was born and raised in the Netherlands, earning my Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy at The Hague Academy for Physiotherapy in 1987.
After working in Portugal for 3 years, we immigrated to Canada in 1990 and haven’t looked back since. I have varied work experience in out- patient orthopedic rehabilitation, working at care facilities/extended care, providing home care and private practice, treating people from all walks of life.
I have treated patients with a variety of orthopaedic conditions (osteoarthritis, R.A., total joint replacements, amputations) and neurological conditions like stroke and Parkinson’s. Aside from post graduate manual therapy courses, I also have further advanced training through the Arthritis Society in treating arthritic conditions.
I am a big believer in empowering my patients to remain as independent as possible. Individually tailored exercises and hands-on treatment are key, while treating the specific needs of the whole person, building on strengths with a positive outlook.
Positive change with balanced treatment is not age dependent, the human body has great potential for improvement, just as much at age 93 as age 3.
Anna-Marie de Zwager
Some clients benefit from a supervised exercise or walking program. I am a practicing Kinesiologist who assists in providing some aspects of the rehabilitation program under the direction of the physiotherapists that I work with.
I completed my Kinesiology degree at the University of Victoria in 1999. I have experience working in the field of physical rehabilitation and fitness through jobs in private rehabilitation clinics and fitness centres, hospitals, the Canadian Forces, as well as private contract work as an Exercise Therapist in the community.
I also spent six years on the Canadian National Rowing Team. During that time, I competed for Canada at three World Championships, two Olympic Games and multiple World Cup and other international regattas.
Presently, in my work as a kinesiologist, I combine the passion I feel for functional physical activity and a healthy lifestyle, with a gentle and compassionate approach for individuals who wish to improve their daily function and quality of life.
I am a registered Kinesiologist in Victoria / WestShore communities. I have a sincere passion for helping people reach their goals.
Exercise is truly medicine. With the help of a physiotherapist, I help prescribe exercise as a form of rehabilitation. I enjoy all aspects of holistic health. I have experience in Cardiac and Respiratory rehabilitation, ICBC and various post-surgical repairs.
I have experience in pool based physical rehabilitation. I have also worked in long term care in the “Therapy” department in falls prevention, assistive devices, and mental health. I have experience working with clients with various forms of chronic disease management.
I strive to provide welcoming and professional service and I look forward to building a positive relationship with every client I meet.