Our Team - Vancouver's Movement Experts


Dr. JEFF ALMON, DC, B.Sc., CSCS
Owner, Chiropractor, Sports Injury Recovery & Prevention, Performance Optimization

Dr Jeff Almon graduated from the University of Calgary in 2002 with a degree in Exercise Physiology. He was drafted into the CFL by the Calgary Stampeders in 2002 and played for the BC Lions during the 2003 season. He ended his professional football career upon his acceptance into the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College’s Doctor of Chiropractic program in 2004.

Since earning his DC in 2008, Dr Almon has consulted and treated numerous professional and olympic-level sports teams & athletes, including the Chinese National Speed Skating Team, PGA Tour golfers, Alpine Ski Ontario, FIVB volleyball athletes, the Vancouver Canucks development program, the Canadian Women's Soccer team, and professional sprint cyclists, to name a few. 
 
Dr. Almon practices out of his Gastown clinic named MVMTLAB, where he treats athletes and the general active population alike, focusing on dynamic neuromuscular stabilization and neuroplasticity. His approach to chiropractic treatment & diagnostic is holistic and based on his unique understanding of athletic performance and biomechanics. Each of his appointments include reactive stability testing and movement pattern analysis, and various progressive soft tissue manipulation techniques. 
 
He created an injury recovery & prevention protocol that focuses on perfecting base movement patterns by reprogramming the neuromuscular system; thereby accelerating a patient’s recovery. GROUND CONTROL is recommended for all patients as it complements any treatment plan. It encourages patients to work together in a challenging & positive environment to successfully reprogram their movement patterns and get rid of chronic pain. It is also highly successful as an injury prevention protocol! BAZOOKA is Dr Almon's shoulder-specific protocol. It is an intensive 4-week program that runs every month. More info is available on Our Classes page.
 
Dr Almon is a member of the BC Chiropractic Association (BCCA), the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA), and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
 
Thank you for visiting our website, and we hope to see you at the clinic soon. 
Book in with us to increase your performance, prevent injuries, or to recover from an injury & resume your activities as quickly as possible!
 
Sincerely,
Jeff
Dr. Jeff Almon, DC  | MVMTLAB Owner & Chiropractor
jeff@mvmtlab.com

 
Chiropractor Spinal Decompression Gastown

Dr. CLAIRE KASSIAN, DC 
Chiropractor, Sports Injury Recovery & Prevention, Performance Optimization, Spinal Decompression

Dr. Kassian graduated from the University of Alberta in 2006 where she studied Kinesiology. During her undergraduate degree she competed on the university track and field team as a sprinter. She was awarded a track scholarship, competed in Canada West, and her 400m-relay team competed at the national level. During this time Dr. Kassian was coaching high school track and field and taking her team to compete at provincials.

She then moved to the San Francisco Bay area to attend Life Chiropractic College West. Dr. Kassian graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Doctorate or Chiropractic. During her time at Life West she was also certified in Professional Applied Kinesiology and obtained her USA Level 1 Track and Field Coaching certification. Here she was also awarded the NCMIC scholarship. After completing her training, Dr. Kassian is now certified to practice in both Canada and the United States.

With her love for being active and competitive, Dr. Kassian uses multiple approaches when it comes to treating patients. She combines spinal adjustments, myofascial release technique, postural correction, and trigger point release, to address various injuries. Dr. Kassian has a strong passion for spinal decompression and uses it daily to treat disc herniations, spinal stenosis, sciatica, migraines, and other spinal ailments. She takes a holistic approach to health and thrives in a multidisciplinary practice, where finding the right treatment that best suites ones needs is the first priority!

When she’s not in the office, Dr. Kassian enjoys running, hiking, trying new foods, and enjoying what Vancouver has to offer!

Dr. Kassian is a member of the BC Chiropractic Association (BCCA) and Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA).


ADRIAN WALLACE, B.Kin., DOMP
Manual Osteopath, FRC & EXOS Specialist, Performance & Return-to-play specialist, Concussion treatments

Adrian Wallace is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, EXOS Performance Specialist and an FRC Mobility Specialist.

He attended the University of British Columbia and earned a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, consisting of an extensive curriculum in functional anatomy, biomechanics, neurology and sports injuries. In his first year, Adrian rowed on the UBC Developmental Rowing Team and earned a first place medal at the Head of the Fraser Fours Regatta.

Upon being promoted to the Junior Varsity team, Adrian made the switch from being an athlete to becoming an Athletic Trainer. He was selected by the UBC Therapy Staff, and worked with the UBC Women's Soccer Team for 3 years. In his final year with team, he assisted the Thunderbirds in winning the 2015 CIS National Championship, their first championship since 2006. Additionally, Adrian spent 2 years as a student Strength & Conditioning Coach, under Joe McCullum the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Thunderbirds. During this time, Adrian worked with multiple UBC Varsity teams including Men's and Women's Basketball, Field Hockey, Soccer, Rowing, Swimming, Volleyball,Track & Field, Football, Men's Rugby and Men's Hockey.

Adrian also works as a private personal trainer, with experience working with Tennis BC & Tennis Canada Developmental Athletes, BCPBL athletes, an NHL athlete, and actors from Once Upon a Time, iZombie, Live Like Line, Ice and Imposters.

Adrian obtained a Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice from the National Academy of Osteopathy, where he became well-versed in Osteopathic Mobilization Techniques, Muscle Energy Techniques, Soft Tissue Therapy, as well as Sacral-Cranial and Visceral techniques.

Adrian believes the body is a unit and has an innate ability to heal itself. In his treatments, he seeks out what may be impeding this natural ability through a mixture of reactive muscle testing, static joint play, range of motion and movement assessment. Once identified Adrian utilizes techniques ranging from gentle osteopathic modalities to trigger points to reduce pain. He then calls from his athletic performance background to give his patients the tools to take control of their own treatment plan.

Adrian wants your treatment to be efficient and effective, helping you on your way to triumph over injury and return to living an awesome life.

In his spare time, Adrian enjoys the great outdoors, music and dabbling in various contact & action sports.

Send him an email at Adrian@mvmtlab.com and he'll be happy to answer your questions about Manual Osteopathy. 

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ALYSSA MATHESON, MPT
Physiotherapist, Performance Optimization, Sports Injury Recovery & Prevention

Alyssa started her post-secondary education earning a Bachelors of Science and a Minor in Commerce from the University of British Columbia in 2013. She then completed her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.

Alyssa grew up in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, where she had plenty of access to all things outdoors but her passion was for Ski Racing. Alyssa competed as a member of the Whistler Blackcomb’s FIS Alpine Ski Team until she stopped to focus on her University Academics. Currently you can still find her enjoying skiing, running, hiking, paddle boarding and CrossFit on her free time.

Combining her love of athletics and academics with her passion for quality health care, she will work with you to discover the root cause of your injury. She combines manual therapy with tailored recommended exercises, education and a multitude of evidence based practices to correct imbalances and provide the tools to keep you healthy and injury free.

In the clinic, expect Alyssa to use manual therapy techniques such as joint mobilization and soft tissue release techniques paired with progressive and tailored exercises.

Alyssa looks forward to working with you to achieve your goals, get you back feeling great and get you out enjoying the activities that you’re passionate about!

Pelvic Floor physiotherapist
CAROLANE CHEVRIER, MPT
Physiotherapist, Pelvic Floor dysfunction specialist, Pilates instructor
Carolane is a Registered Physiotherapist with the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia (CPTBC). She graduated from the University of Sherbrooke (Quebec) with a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy, after obtaining her Bachelor in Health Sciences.

Since the beginning of her studies, Carolane has shown a strong interest for pelvic floor rehabilitation and women’s health, as well as for sport injuries and orthopaedic rehab. She has also been working with junior & semi-pro hockey and football teams for three years.

Carolane is passionate about sports in general; she played hockey for 11 years and is an adept hiker, weightlifter, yogi, biker and runner.

Her approach is centered on the patients and their goals: she will use her expertise to provide patients the best necessary tools to improve their health and to guide them through their journey to better wellness!
  

DANA SMITH
Registered Massage Therapist

Dana is dedicated to helping you experience your body – and your life – to the fullest. She accomplishes this through hands-on massage therapy, therapeutic exercise and yoga, improved lifestyle choices, health consulting, and coaching. Her positive and engaged approach to life permeates her work and she has a reputation for having her enthusiasm for life rub off on those around her. Be warned: you might walk away feeling great.

Dana’s approach to massage therapy is thorough, intuitive, and based on a sound knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and effective treatment techniques. She works with clients to build body awareness by acknowledging the connection between mind and body. While treatment goals are always set by the patient, she co-creates comprehensive plans with her patients based on their desired outcomes and what she deems necessary through assessment and intuition.

Dana is a 3000-hour massage therapy program graduate and an active member of the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia. Her integrated treatment approach is based on myofascial release and massage.

Aside from her massage therapy practice, Dana is a Co-Active life coach trained through CTI. She is thrilled to be developing more skills to help people experience and engage in their lives with new levels of fulfillment and purpose.

When not busy building an empire of health, wellness, and empowerment, Dana is found practicing yoga to keep her pathways polished, weight training to kick butt, and skiing in the mountains or sitting by the sea for the pure pleasure of it. She is a grateful resident of Vancouver, BC, and does not take for granted the beautiful setting of her city.
 

For more info, contact Dana directly at Dana@mvmtlab.com

 

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DEAN DISANJH
Registered Massage Therapist

Dean's philosophy is that every patient should walk away with a firm understanding of their pain and how to properly overcome it. His drive comes from seeing people return to doing what they love. Dean is a graduate of the Registered Massage Therapy program from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy, though his learning didn't stop there. He continues to further his education with keeping up to date on the latest research in treatment and rehabilitation.

Before becoming an RMT, Dean received his BCRPA certificate in personal training. This pursuit developed from his love for training and competing in Olympic Weightlifting. Through personal training, he was able to work with people on an individual basis to help them reach their goals and improve their quality of life.

Dean's approach to massage therapy incorporates a variety of manual therapy techniques combined with active rehab that is focused on getting you better as fast as possible.

If you have any questions prior to or after a treatment, don't hesitate to reach out to him at dean@mvmtlab.com