Our Team

Our Victoria Pilates Instructors and Rehabilitation Coordinators

 


 

Kelsey Kowalchuk

Pilates & Rehabilitation Coordinator
Kinesiologist

Kelsey graduated from the University of Victoria in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.   In 2019, she worked as a Kinesiologist at neurological physiotherapy clinic, which gave her valuable insight into the intricacies of the nervous system and how to adapt exercises to facilitate proper movement. Kelsey believes that movement is a key component to living a healthy lifestyle and anybody can incorporate exercise into their life with the right guidance.

 


Jessica Corfield

Pilates & Rehabilitation Coordinator

Jessica was born and raised on the Island loving all things sports and outdoors. She graduated from the University of Victoria in 2021 from the Recreation and Health Education program. Jess has had lots of volunteering experience in clinics and is always happy to help provide the best experience possible for clients. In the past, she has worked with the disability community, supporting those with physical and intellectual disabilities. This has led her to us, where she looks to gain more professional experience in a clinical setting and hopes to pursue a Masters of either Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy when the time is right. Overall, Jess is passionate about providing community health, fitness, and wellness.


Chanelle Collins

Pilates & Rehabilitation Coordinator

Chanelle is a recent graduate from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Kinesiology. She has gained valuable clinical experience through her recent volunteer work within physical and developmental disabilities, as well as rehabilitation. Chanelle comes from a competitive sports background, as she has played soccer for most of her upbringing. In the past she played on the Douglas College women’s varsity team, and continues to play competitively here in Victoria. Her future goals include pursuing a career in health and wellness, specifically applying for a Masters of Physiotherapy. In the meantime she hopes to gain more clinical experience, while spending her spare time enjoying the great outdoors that the island has to offer.

 


Chris Csak

STOTT Certified Pilates Instructor
Physiotherapy Assistant

Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor
Certified Fitness & Health Promotion Diploma

Certified Fitness Consultant (CSEP) & Personal Trainer
Independent Contractor

Chris has been In the Health and Fitness Industry for 20 years and has been teaching Pilates for 10. He has worked with a wide variety of individuals with varying goals and limitations both in Canada and abroad. He believes that by enhancing physical function an individual betters their physiological process and overall health. Having recently moved to Victoria, Chris is very excited to share his knowledge and experience with his new Community.


Lisa Hostman

Certified Pilates Instructor

Physiotherapist Assistant

Persistent Pain Practitioner

Pilates for Low Back Pain

Registered Professional Counsellor-C

 

Lisa has been teaching since 2007 after retiring from a professional dance career. Lisa specialises in both Scoliosis Rehabilitation as well as back pain; she aims to help clients fully understand and take ownership of what they’re doing physically in order to create lasting change. Her primary fascination with this method remains in its intelligent capacity to retrain non-optimal movement patterns with more efficient and functional ones. Years of studying how and why the body gets ‘stuck’ has provided her with a keen eye for rehabilitation. Whether they come from rehab or athletic backgrounds, clients will attest that working with Lisa is both physically challenging and very rewarding; she offers consistent, progressive feedback in a supportive and fun environment.

Lisa completed her Pilates based Scoliosis specialization programs with Suzanne Martin (DPT) and Schroth Method inspired Karena Thek-Lineback. Having also had personal experience with what it’s like to live with a functional spinal curvature, Lisa is passionate about providing her clients with both physical strategies and a deeper anatomical understanding of their own Scoliosis. In this way they can better manage how it shows up in their everyday lives. 

 

Chantelle Shah-Poulin

Certified Pilates Instructor
Certified Mat & Reformer Pilates Teacher

Chantelle was introduced to Pilates in 2005.  It was after 2 car accidents within close proximity to each other that led her to start Reformer Pilates for her sustained injuries, with a focus on rebuilding core strength and postural muscles. 

This opened the door to expand her practices as she soon realized that movement in its many forms truly is medicine.  She dove into a diverse yoga practice to improve flexibility and enhance her over all physical and mental well being.  This lead her on over a decade of studies in the yoga field becoming a Yoga teacher in 2010 and on going to become a Yoga Teacher Trainer. 

In 2015 Chantelle endured a difficult pregnancy leading to injuries that left her immobilized and unable to exercise for many months.  She explored a barre practice as a way to enter back into movement and fell in love with the exercises that specifically targeted core, pelvic floor and trunk strengthening exercises.  She became a barre instructor and continued  to regain focus on wellness through movement, diving into a 6 month health and fitness training while at home with her daughter, becoming a health consultant and personal trainer.

However, the pieces really came together when she came back to Pilates in 2016 practicing Pilates mat, springboard, Reformer and then training to teach those forms of movement.  She realized that by practicing Pilates and incorporating the principles into daily life that it made a big impact.  She strongly believes that Pilates is a huge improvement to any routine practices including  rehabilitation, sports, fitness, yoga and the daily chores of life.

Her aim is to train clients in a free from pain and injury approach to live your healthiest life within a strong self.

Chantelle has trained in many places around the world including Costa Rica, Mexico. U.S., and Canada.  She has over 1800 training hrs and over 10,000 teaching hrs in combined Pilates, Yoga, Barre, Fitness and health.


Robyn Elliott

Registered Physiotherapist

Certified Clinical Pilates Instructor

We are pleased to welcome experienced Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor Robyn Elliott to our Victoria Physiotherapy Team!

Robyn has always had a great love for being active especially in our beautiful outdoors and this, along with a fascination for the human body, fueled her to complete her Masters in Physical Therapy at UBC in 2013. She spent 5 years practicing in private clinics in Vancouver as well as providing community care in and around the mainland and acted as a clinical director for the Special Olympics of BC. Robyn strives to foster meaningful connections with her clients and empower them with the tools to return to the activities they love and daily tasks or goals they wish to achieve. She is very motivated to provide individualized treatment that may include acupuncture, IMS, specific exercise, soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques and more. She has recently discovered her love for Pilates as a rehabilitation technique and is pursuing further certification in Clinical Pilates.

Robyn has spent many years in the pool teaching swimming lessons, aquafit, osteofit, leadership courses and participating in the Uvic Triathlon club. She has also competed in rowing, danced for many years, practices yoga, pilates and meditation. She enjoys rock climbing, skiing, hiking and trekking and occasionally you will find her trying her hand at surfing. Her many diverse activities have given her a greater appreciation for the incredible capacity of the human body and the importance of injury prevention and appropriate rehabilitation to stay healthy and active in the long term.

 


Heidi Nottelman

Practising Kinesiologist

Medical Exercise Specialist

Certified Exercise Physiologist

Physiotherapy Assistant

Functional Movement Systems Certified

Heidi brings 12 years experience in the rehabilitation industry, with expertise in the area of functional rehabilitative exercise to assist clients to return to daily activities, work, or sport in a safe manner. She brings experience in occupational rehabilitation with WCB clients, and has taught a variety of back health and wellness work site courses as well as academic courses at the college level. Heidi will work to design a customized program that is unique to her clients specific needs and personal goals. She is continually upgrading her education to incorporate new research in exercise assessment and prescription. Heidi will work closely with physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, physiatrists, medical doctors, and occupational therapists to fully achieve her clients and conjoining therapists’ goals. She has worked with adolescents to seniors, and clients with varying disabilities (including downs syndrome, brain injury, CP, MS, vertigo/balance) as well as clients with various post-operative recovery treatment programs. Heidi has completed the Functional Movement Screening training. The Functional Movement Screen (FMS), developed by Physical Therapist Gray Cook, is a systematic approach to assessing overall body mechanics. During the FMS, Kinesiologists will  assess seven specific movement patterns that are necessary in order to perform efficient human movement. The movements are able to expose our weaknesses and imbalances. Even at basic levels of movement significant compensations can exist.

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Heidi Nottelman in action

Heidi says… “My goal is for clients to develop an exercise based health management strategy that will keep them not only functionally and physically strong but emotionally and mentally strong; to give them confidence in being committed to a healthy exercise habit that is both preventative and proactive. Whether they come to see me for an exercise program to lose weight or because they have been in a motor vehicle accident, I want my clients to feel internally motivated that they can make a difference when they are committed to an exercise program.”

Heidi strives to positively educate, encourage and empower her clients and aims to provide the necessary tools to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

Kinesiology Victoria BCHeidi Nottelman is proud to be one of the select few Kinesiologists in Victoria who is an active member of the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK).

Shelbourne Physiotherapy, Pilates & Massage is a locally owned health company with 2 locations in beautiful Victoria & Saanich, British Columbia. Our clinics offer Physiotherapy, IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) & Dry Needling, Kinesiology, Exercise Rehabilitation, Massage Therapy, Sports Rehabilitation, Post-Operative Rehabilitation, Vestibular, Dizziness & Balance Rehabilitation, Women’s health (peri-partum and incontinence), Acupuncture, Hydrotherapy, Scoliosis Treatment,  Clinical Osteofit Classes, Osteoporosis Treatment, Real Time Ultrasound, Arthritis and Osteoarthritis Treatment, Electrical Modalities, Pelvic Floor Physio, Pelvic Pain Physiotherapy, Incontinence Treatment, Sports Physiotherapy, Chronic Pain Treatment,  Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), Yogalates, Saanich PhysiotherapyPolestar Pilates, Stott Pilates, Clinical Pilates, PIlates Instructor Training in Victoria BCScoliosis Treatment and Custom Knee Bracing, Physiocanhelp.ca.

Our clinics are approved providers for WorksafeBC (WCB) Physiotherapy and ICBC Physiotherapy, Kinesiology & Rehabilitation. We are proud members of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy(CAMPT), Sport Physiotherapy Canada, SportmedBC, British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK), Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), Vestibular Disorders Association, ISST International Schroth 3D Scoliosis TherapyInternational Society for Medical Shockwave Treatment (ISMST), Think Local Victoria, Canadian Federation of Independent Business(CFIB),  the Orthopaedic Division of the CPA and the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia (PABC) We have a clinic located in Saanich

Shelbourne Physiotherapy staff provide clinical instruction at our Victoria Clinic for students in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. We are an accredited facility for UBC Dept. of Physical Therapy Student Practicums.

Our 3 Victoria Physiotherapy clinics are modern and provide a relaxed healing atmosphere with private rooms available. Many Physiotherapy clinics in Victoria work out of a single room or a basement that does not offer the equipment, resources or space to help you recover properly. Our convenient locations make our clinics easy to access from all the neighbourhoods of Victoria, Saanich, Esquimalt and Oak Bay such as Dockside GreenFairfield, James Bay, Oaklands, Fernwood, Harris Green, Jubilee, Hillside QuadraGonzales, Rockland, Gordon Head, Cadboro Bay, Uplands, Downtown Victoria, Cordova Bay, Arbutus, Camosun College Lansdowne Campus and the Songhees. We offer appointment times ranging from 7:00AM to 7:00PM for your convenience.Our Multidisciplinary Health Clinic is located right across the street from the Hillside Shopping Centre. we share a building with the Shelbourne Medical Centre which has a walk in clinic and many great General Practitioners.

Think Local First Shelbourne PhysiotherapyWe are a friendly, local Victoria & Saanich owned and community based health company designed to meet your individual needs. Our mission is to provide Physiotherapy and related services to the communities of Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, Victoria West and Esquimalt and help keep these residents active and healthy. We strive to creatively and professionally maximize client functioning and promote life-long wellness.

Our experienced and dedicated Health Care Professionals include Victoria & Saanich Physiotherapists Penny Salmas, Jennifer Kolot, Mark Gottfried, Nicole Gill,  Brad Curry, Andrew Mills, Meena Sran, Phil Lawrence, Jessica Shave, Kim Lobb, Kathy Murdoch, Ruan Le Roux, Nina Bai, Seung Bai, Isaac Davies, Mary-Anne Levson and Blair Braz. Our experienced Victoria BC Kinesiologists include Heidi Nottelman, Larry Muir, Radek Wiechecki and Lindsey Tabish. Our experienced Victoria & Saanich BC Registered Massage Therapists include Taryn Krizan, Selena Curvelo, Jennifer KoebernickKathy Pantalon, T’airah Bowker RMTMolly Scott, Jessica Bundy RMT and Rebekah Neubert. Our Certified Victoria Pilates and Yoga Instructors include Sharon McAuley, Dana Carter, Chris Csak, Amanda RostsHolly Newton, Regina Flueck, Rhiannon King and Jenny Stewart.

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