Tyson graduated from UBC with a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy in 2016. Prior to this, he obtained an Undergraduate Honours degree in Biomedical Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, BC.
Throughout his studies and career, Tyson has developed an interest in the Physiotherapy management of persistent pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic low back pain. As a result, Tyson has sought continuing education to develop his clinical pain management skills. He has been lucky to take courses with, and learn from, some of the foremost clinicians and scientists in the pain science field such as Dr. Lorimer Moseley, Dr. Tasha Stanton and Neil Pearson.
In order to provide effective, evidence-based treatment for complex pain conditions, Tyson employs a multimodal approach based on education, movement and self-management techniques. During a session with Tyson, most patients can expect to learn more about pain--why we experience it, where it comes from and how it can be increased or reduced. Research has shown that simply developing a deeper understanding of pain can help individuals improve their function and reduce pain. Active therapy can sound intimidating for those living with pain, that is why Tyson works with his patients to ensure that the exercises he prescribes are manageable and within tolerable limits. Self-management techniques like goal setting, relaxation techniques and breathing exercises provide a toolkit to assist in managing pain independently.
After graduating from the nursing program in Kelowna in 2011, Brittany has worked in a variety of settings and demographics from palliative care to pediatrics. Prior to joining CPRI, she spent the past 4 years working in an acute rehabilitation centre amongst a large interdisciplinary team. She works directly with the patients throughout their visits and alongside the Physicians during interventional procedures performed at CPRI.
Dr. Dorota Hedzelek
Dorota Hedzelek, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 25 years of experience in providing counselling and social work services nationally and internationally. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and a PhD in Medical Sciences from Poznan University of Medical Sciences. Dorota is also the Director of Support Services programs at Pain BC, which provide direct support to people living with persistent pain.
Prior to joining CPRI, Amy worked in Hong Kong as a Registered Radiographer for 5 years. Amy works closely with patients and physicians during all fluoroscopy-guided procedures as well as select ultrasound-guided procedures.
Dr. James Mok
Dr. Mok is a Registered Psychologist with interest in chronic pain. He has a clinical practice at the Chronic Pain Clinic at Jim Pattison Outpatient Surgical Centre, at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
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Tania Suzuki Pichler Castro
In 2001, after finishing my psychology degree, which included training as a clinical counsellor, I opened my own yoga studio and counselling clinic, focusing on individuals with pain disorders, anxiety and stress. I am so grateful to all my clients and colleagues who taught me so much.
At the same time, I was working at the biggest gym chain in Sao Paulo, teaching body mind techniques, offering counselling to injured athletes, developing health programs for stress and pain regulation, organizing yoga retreats and training staff members. I pursued a 2 years long graduate professional training in Yoga from a Physical Education school, linked to the Kayvalyadhama Institute in India.
During a 3 years long professional training in Eutony, a somatic practice for tension regulation, I learned that the state of presence can happen both in quietness, but also in movement; it can also happen when you are alone, or in contact with others. I thank all the teachers in my training for their wisdom.
Before coming to Canada I was invited to teach yoga at the reference pain clinic in Brazil at USP and volunteered there for a year. In that institution, I completed a university certificate in multidisciplinary pain management from their Medical School, understanding the concept of pain as a biopsychosocial phenomena.
In 2012 I moved to Canada and soon I started taking a Master’s degree in kinesiology at UBC, majoring in coaching sciences, applied to yoga as a somatic practice for people in chronic pain. Since 2015 I have been living in Victoria, BC, working as a movement therapist/kinesiologist and more recently as a RCC at CBI Health Services. In my role I look at client’s movement restoration programs, within the multidisciplinary pain management program. Our clientele often experiences different mental health challenges, from trauma, anxiety and depression, to addictions and personality disorders. I use a wide array of my counselling skills, helping injured workers to recognize and cope with their -often paralyzing - fear of moving, grief and sense of disability, and other possible barriers to rehabilitation, such as catastrophic thinking and work relations issues. In addition, I conduct somatic practice sessions every day, where clients are invited to (re)connect body and mind. I also offer weekly lectures in pain neurophysiology, neuroscience and psychological adjustment to injury. I thank all my clients and the amazing team that works with me, for their trust and support.
I am so grateful for my family for supporting me through all those endeavours and I love to spend time with them, taking the kids for hikes or bike rides. I also love going dancing, which has been a meditative practice to me.