Staff Bios

Without question, the quality of our staff is what sets us apart. Keep reading to learn more about our physiotherapists and our support staff, or select a bio from the list.

Joe Box, registered physiotherapist

Joe Box, registered physiotherapist

Education, experience, and an analytical mind set Joe apart. Let him help you set reachable goals to get your health on track.

From his first ankle sprain Joe realized the importance of effective rehabilitation and returning to activity as soon as possible.

Joe’s focus is unwaveringly on the needs of his patients. While some people attend physio with a clear goal in mind, many do not: Joe’s strength is in setting reachable goals with the client, and providing the guidance to achieve them.

Joe has found his best outcomes result from treatment focused on education and exercise, often augmented with manual therapy and dry needling techniques such as IMS and acupuncture.

It’s true that active people make the best physiotherapists, and Joe is more than qualified in this regard. Joe grew up focused on team sports, especially Soccer, Baseball, Volleyball, and Basketball. If he's not in the clinic or playing with his daughters you’ll most likely find Joe whitewater kayaking, ski-touring in the back country, or when time is tight, mountain biking nearby.

When it comes to working with clients, Joe is thorough and engaged. Although he loves a good diagnostic challenge, Joe’s favourite conditions to treat include chronic stiff necks, shoulder injuries, Trochanteric Bursitis, and Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome.

Joe at a Glance

  • played competitive squash at a Regional level, baseball at a Provincial level, soccer at a National level, and represented Canada in Military Pentathlon in International competition
  • worked as a physical therapist at Victoria General Hospital and the Royal Jubilee Hospital in a variety of settings including stroke rehab, acute care orthopaedics and medicine, ICU, and geriatric rehab
  • grew up on a farm near Victoria, however he and his wife prefer Nanaimo due to the proximity of family and the great outdoors
  • flew with the Canadian Airforce as an Air Navigator for 10 years on the Aurora, a Maritime Patrol Aircraft
  • earned a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2008
  • opened the physiotherapy arm of Knead Massage Therapy in June of 2011
  • opened Nanaimo’s largest, downtown Physiotherapy clinic in 2014 and continues to focus on running a team of the most dedicated physiotherapists Nanaimo has to offer

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Joe’s Education & Experience

Joe obtained his Master’s of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2008. He spent his first year working in the hospital system on Southern Vancouver Island in order to develop a broad understanding of diverse areas such as stroke rehabilitation, acute care orthopaedics and medicine, ICU, and geriatric rehab.

Since 2008, Joe has advanced his knowledge with ongoing coursework in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and Dry Needling (DN), Acupuncture, Manual Therapy, and Geriatric Health. Joe has obtained multiple levels of certification in a variety of Dry Needling specialities. In particular he studied Gunn IMS from UBC’s Division of Sports Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine, Dry Needling through the Dry Needling Institute in the U.S. and earned his Acupuncture credentials from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI). Manual Therapy courses have included Mulligan Techniques and the Level 2 orthopaedic courses organized by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

If you’re interested in having an educated discussion about the Universe, in 1997 Joe earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in – of all things – Space Science!

Book your physio treatment with Joe today!

Amy Finlay, registered physiotherapist

Amy Finlay, registered physiotherapist

Amy Finlay (formerly Amy Taylor), knew she wanted to be a physiotherapist since her early years as a teenage athlete. After receiving treatment for a shoulder injury caused by the repetitive strain of racket sports, she experienced the role a physiotherapist plays in helping to reduce pain, relieve frustration, and enable the client to take control of their rehabilitation process.

Amy’s strength is her ability to listen to her clients and provide the education they need to have a successful outcome. She feels the most important aspect of rehabilitation is good communication between client and physiotherapist: it is a relationship where both parties have to complete their assigned tasks.

Treatments usually involve using manual therapy or acupuncture/IMS for pain, and instruction in exercise and pain management techniques for the client to complete independently.

Amy is a firm believer in practicing what you preach. She loves to be active including yoga, running and working out. She is also a firm believer in leading a balanced lifestyle and the importance of spending time with family and friends.

One of the things Amy likes most about her job is treating a variety of conditions: you never know what injury will come in next. This keeps the job exciting and never monotonous.

Her favourite conditions to treat include post-surgical recovery, chronic pain, and sports-related injuries, such as:

  • Sciatic Nerve Pain
  • Patellofemoral Pain (anterior knee pain)
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Jumper’s Knee (Patellar Tendinopathy)
  • Chronic pain related to myofascial dysfunction
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Women’s Health issues including post-partum care and Diastasis Recti

Amy at a Glance

  • grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba (and as a result feels Vancouver Island is paradise)
  • earned a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy from the University of Manitoba in 2004
  • worked as a physical therapist in both Alberta and British Columbia, treating a wide variety of injuries and conditions
  • moved to Nanaimo in 2008 to continue practicing physiotherapy and be closer to family
  • won multiple provincial badminton championships (Manitoba) as a teenager
  • completed her first full marathon in May of 2014 and has completed 8 half-marathons
  • in August 2013, Amy completed her 6th half-marathon in Reykjavik, Iceland. Amy was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic in July 2012, and personally raised $6,535.00 for her disease, prior to making the trip to Iceland

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Amy’s Education & Experience

Amy obtained her Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy from the University of Manitoba in 2004. Immediately after graduation she moved west to begin her career at a busy private clinic in Calgary, Alberta. Here she acquired experience treating a wide variety of conditions and injuries including whiplash (WAD), sports injuries, repetitive strain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, post-operative rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, neurological disorders, and chronic pain.

Keen to continuously improve her education, Amy has also completed her CAFCI certification for practicing Medical Acupuncture in 2005 and Level 2 (Upper and Lower) Manual Therapy with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2006. She has completed multiple courses for the treatment of chronic pain including completion of GunnIMS (Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation Technique) with the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain (ISTOP).

In 2014, Amy completed coursework involving the use of therapeutic yoga for chronic pain conditions, as well as concussion management techniques.

Amy is a Level 1 certified pelvic floor physiotherapist. She is passionate about helping those with a wide variety of issues ranging from pregnancy related pelvic pain, to pelvic instability and incontinence.

Book your physio treatment with Amy today!

Emily MacHattie, registered physiotherapist

Emily MacHattie, registered physiotherapist

Growing up in BC’s interior, Emily developed a love for the outdoors and for sports – including, snowboarding, hockey, and running. Therefore, working in a profession that allows her to assist people in returning to the sports and activities they love is the perfect fit for her.

Throughout Emily’s formal education and athletic endeavors she was fascinated by the biomechanics and shear complexity of the human body; for this reason she feels it is important to take a whole body approach to every injury to provide comprehensive treatment and a complete recovery. She enjoys treating all types of injuries but some of her favourite conditions to treat are running related injuries, shoulder impingements, headaches, and hip/pelvic alignment issues. She uses an individualized treatment approach that combines manual therapy, patient education, specific exercise prescription and potentially dry needling. Her aim is to restore joint and tissue mobility, reestablish appropriate movement patterns, improve function, and minimize the likelihood of injury reoccurrence.

Whether you’re an elite athlete, weekend warrior or completely new to an activity, Emily looks forward to discussing your treatment goals and is eager to work with you to achieve them!

Emily at a Glance

  • Born and raised in Trail, BC
  • Completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at UVic and her Masters of Physical Therapy at UBC
  • Worked as a physiotherapist in clinics throughout Vancouver before moving to Nanaimo to join the Pinpoint team
  • Prior to becoming a Physiotherapist, Emily worked as a Research Coordinator for five years at the BC Centre for Disease Control
  • Enjoys playing hockey, hitting the slopes on her snowboard or cross country skis, running the occasional half marathon, and hiking with her dog Bosco

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Emily’s Education & Experience

Emily received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Victoria and her Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia. Following graduation Emily worked as a physiotherapist in multidisciplinary clinics throughout Vancouver where she gained experience working with a variety of conditions including – orthopeadic injuries, neurological conditions, sports injuries, whiplash, post-surgical protocols, amputations, fractures, arthritis, acute/chronic back pain as well as WorkSafe and ICBC claims.

Since graduating, Emily enjoys expanding her practice skills and has taken courses in acupuncture, dry needling, orthopaedic manual therapy, soft tissue release, Mulligan concept, K-taping, running injury prevention, cervical spine treatment and the McKenzie method.

Book your physio treatment with Emily today!

Anna Kania, registered physiotherapist

Anna Kania, registered physiotherapist

Anna loves to share her enthusiasm for healthy living and fitness. She brings this passion to her work where, with patience, extensive knowledge, and true love of her craft she seeks to educate and inspire her clients to make lasting changes in their lives and achieve their goals.

Anna believes that every injury and dysfunction is different, and every patient responds differently to treatment. She is passionate about providing a tailored approach to each of her patients, where their own experiences, abilities, and goals are incorporated in order that they achieve the best possible outcomes. She believes that rehabilitation is a team effort, and prides herself on taking the time with her patients to ensure they fully understand their injury and proposed treatment plan.

Anna treats all ages but particularly enjoys working with children and teens. Carpal tunnel and other tendonitis-type injuries are right up her alley and she has a special interest in treating clients suffering from whiplash and other injuries due to motor vehicle accidents. Anna loves her work but when she is not at the clinic you can find her lifting weights at one of local gyms, trying Ashtanga yoga, or enjoying the outdoors with her daughter.

Anna at a Glance

  • Earned her Master degree in Physical Therapy from Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland in 2003
  • Gained early experience as a physiotherapist in Poland and Manitoba treating a variety of orthopaedic, sport-related injuries as well as neurological conditions
  • Worked as a swimming instructor, therapeutic riding instructor, and research associate at the department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics at the University of Manitoba
  • Moved to Nanaimo for quality of life in 2011
  • Enjoys a very active lifestyle: Outside of the world of physiotherapy, Anna' passions include horseback riding, gymnastics, weight lifting, running and long walks with her daughter

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Anna’s Education & Experience

Anna completed her Bachelor of Physical Therapy at the Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland in 2001 and subsequently earned her Master degree in Physiotherapy in 2003 while gaining experience through clinical study of neurodevelopment of premature newborns. After graduation she worked at the Child Development Centre treating children with neurologic conditions. Around the same time she completed training in order to be an instructor of therapeutic riding.

In addition to her physiotherapy career, Anna decided to pursue her interest with cancer and muscular dystrophy research at the Biochemistry and Medical Genetics Department, at the University of Manitoba.

In 2011 Anna moved to Nanaimo and has been working in a private practice setting expanding her experience in orthopedic and sport injuries as well as treating a variety of neurological conditions.

Over the last 15 years of practice Anna has pursued professional development in several areas: She has completed AFCI acupuncture training including traditional Chinese acupuncture, intramuscular stimulation and functional dry needling training. She has received certification in advanced manual therapy, kinesio-taping, treatment of chronic pain, cervical spine treatment, Bobath training (for neurological conditions), and Neurodevelopmental treatment in pediatrics (NDT).

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Martin Davies, registered physiotherapist

Martin Davies, registered physiotherapist

Martin strongly believes that Physiotherapy is both a reactive and a pro-active profession. He is passionate that his role is not just to get someone well but to provide them with the means to stay well and active in the long term. He believes that if people have a good understanding of the nature of their injury, that knowledge can be powerful in both the initial recovery and ongoing management of that condition.

Martin combines the skills he has gathered not just as a Physiotherapist but also from his experience playing high level sport and as an Engineer to deliver a holistic approach to his clients. Being relatively new to Canada and especially Vancouver Island, Martin loves to explore his new home with his family. His clinical areas of interest include post fracture/surgery rehabilitation, knee and hip pain, shoulder impingement and rotator cuff issues, hand injuries and sports/activity related problems.

Martin at a Glance

  • Qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2004 in England having grown up in Wales. Has worked as a Physiotherapist in England, Ireland and Canada.
  • Extensive experience as a Physiotherapist in both Private Practice and Hospital settings managing soft tissue and orthopaedic injuries.
  • Moved to Nanaimo in 2017 with his Wife and Son for the ultimate quality of life experience.
  • Played Volleyball extensively in Europe playing in the UK National League and representing Wales in International Competition. Has cycled in Europe, North Africa, Himalayas and North America.
  • Enjoys being outdoors whether walking cycling or camping.

Martin’s Education & Experience

Martin qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from the University of Salford, England in 2004. He initially spent 2 years working in a large Manchester teaching hospital in a variety of clinical areas. Martin then relocated to Cork, Ireland working as a Senior Physiotherapist in a large Trauma I Hospital specialising in the management of complex orthopaedic and plastic surgery related injuries. At this time, he also gained experience working with various sports including rugby, golf cycling and gaelic sports. In 2013, he moved to Vancouver where he has worked in private practice with clients aged from 8 to 98.

Martin has continued to develop his skills by completing Continuing Education courses ranging from Manual Techniques to Advanced Kinesio Taping, Matwork Pilates and IMS. He is passionate about the role communication and injury education takes in working with his clients and has worked as a Clinical Educator teaching Physiotherapy students in a clinical setting. He is experienced in the treatment of many orthopaedic and soft tissue injuries and has specialist knowledge in the treatment of hand and upper limb injuries.

Physiotherapy is Martin’s 2nd career having originally gained a degree in Engineering and worked as an Engineer and Manufacturing Consultant for 10 years prior to his career change.

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Trish Dooks, Receptionist

Trish Dooks, Receptionist

Trish grew up in Sherwood Park, Alberta and moved to Vancouver when she was 18. She had always dreamed of living on the beautiful west coast of BC, and that dream was realized in 1991, when she moved to Nanaimo with husband Kevin, and their two daughters - now it’s been 23 years!

Previously in sales, when work slowed down on the island in 2004, Trish went back to school and took courses in office and medical administration. She has since worked in a few medical offices, a psychology office, and the hospital, and is excited to be working at Pinpoint, meeting the clients, and learning new skills. Trish has found her new career to be extremely rewarding and enjoys interacting with clients and providing excellent customer care.

Trish has always enjoyed card-making (paper crafts), reading, movies, going for walks with family and friends, sea-dooing, and attending her weekly fitness classes. She loves spending time in Tofino and Cameron Lake with her family, and going for Sunday brunch with her three sisters. Her aspirations are to travel and to continue to learn and develop new skills.

Dawn Carriere, Receptionist

Dawn Carriere, Receptionist

Dawn is a Port Alberni girl. She grew up, married her husband Don and had two beautiful daughters in Port Alberni. When their children were young, Dawn decided to follow her husband’s dream and moved to the Yukon. There they had a kennel of Alaskan Huskies and Don took tourists out by dog team to enjoy the beautiful Yukon winter and northern lights.

After 12 years, they decided to come home via Alberta and settled just south of Edmonton. Still loving to work with dogs, Dawn and Don got a Belgian Shepherd puppy. After many many hours of training Ranger is now certified in live search and disaster. Still they wanted to come home. Dawn, Don and Ranger now call Nanaimo home and are here to stay. They enjoyed their tour of BC, Alberta and the Yukon but there is no place like home.

Dawn worked as an Optometric Assistant in Whitehorse and spent 10 years working in Office Administration and Human Resources in Edmonton. She is thrilled to be at Pinpoint Physiotherapy and is looking forward to meeting you.

Bonnie Smith, Reception

Bonnie Smith, Reception

Bonnie and her family moved to Vancouver Island in 2000 from the East Kootnays. Bonnie has worked in retail and customer service over many years.

Bonnie and her husband have bought and renovated homes over their 46 years together, and now live on acreage and live near their two children and three lovely grandchildren.

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Testimonial for Pinpoint Physiotherapy

Amy’s advice after my first pregnancy continued to help me for years afterwards; I am pregnant again and this time I have virtually no back pain – I attribute this physical wellbeing to Amy’s guidance from years ago. I would highly recommend Amy for treatment.

–Laurie Finlay, Winnipeg

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