Comox Physiotherapy Clinic is located in a newly renovated space in the heart of Comox. We are proud of the bright and modern clinic we have created in order to best serve our patients.
Since opening our doors in 1992 we have been treating local Comox Valley residents, as well as those from Denman Island, Hornby Island, and Campbell River. Beyond these local areas, we are pleased to welcome patients who travel from more distant areas of Vancouver Island & the Sunshine Coast to receive physiotherapy treatment here.
There are five registered physiotherapists and one exercise physiologist in our Comox Valley clinic. Owner Shannon Lawrence is joined by Linda Maasz, Rosemarie Sanche, Gillian Clayton, Cassie Nobbs, and Kelly Mackenzie. Learn more about our qualified and experienced team of therapists below.
Our clinic is located on the main (ground) level of Strathcona Plaza at 264 Anderton Road (at the corner of Comox Avenue). With ample free parking directly in front of the building and no stairs to navigate, our clinic is easier than ever to access.
* A wheelchair is available for your use in getting from your car to the clinic if needed.
Shannon Lawrence - BSc PT
Shannon graduated with a degree in physiotherapy from Queen’s University in 1994. She joined the team at Comox Physiotherapy Clinic in 1998, bringing with her a strong manual therapy focus and a special interest in treating breast cancer patients.
Over the years, Shannon has had the pleasure of specializing in several very focused areas of practice. In 2001 she travelled to Alberta to spend a week of intensive training in the rehabilitation of horses. This course, and her years on the Board of the Canadian Horse and Animal Physiotherapy Association, have given her the opportunity to treat horses, dogs, donkeys, cats, and wild birds at MARS Wildlife Rescue Centre. She has presented at the Wildlife Rehabilitators Network of BC Annual General Meeting and has had the pleasure of personally releasing wild birds including a snowy owl, a trumpeter swan, and a barred owl back into the wild after their successful rehabilitation.
Shannon’s career found an early focus in women’s health. She has been involved in breast health - including both breast cancer patients and lactating mothers - since 1996. Her experience with hundreds of breast cancer survivors gives her a depth of knowledge that helps women at a vulnerable time to find comfort, direction, and empowerment. For lactating mothers, Shannon is able to successfully treat mastitis and blocked milk ducts with a very effective ultrasound protocol.
As a physiotherapist, Shannon is always pursuing specialization and enjoys the more neurological-focused field of vestibular rehabilitation. She has a keen interest in helping people recover vestibular and balance function after benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), motor vehicle accidents, head injuries, and other vestibular conditions. In 2010, Shannon completed a course in Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation and is currently completing an intensive home study in Vestibular Rehabilitation through the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association).
In 2012 Shannon travelled to Ontario to pursue training as a pelvic health physiotherapist and discovered her true calling as a physiotherapist. In the past several years, her passion for pelvic health (for both women and men) has led to her taking numerous courses in Canada and the US. She is certified in Hypopressives, Rost Therapy, and Gynecological Visceral Manipulation, and has completed up to Level 6 with Pelvic Health Solutions. She is a member of the International Continence Society (ICS), the International Uro-Gynaecology Association (IUGA), the Women’s Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and the Women’s Health Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association. Shannon also assists at courses for Pelvic Health Solutions and has specific training in pessary fitting.
Recently Shannon has had the great honour to move into ownership of Comox Physiotherapy Clinic by acquiring the practice from her highly esteemed, long-time mentor Linda Maasz. It is her vision to see Comox Physiotherapy Clinic provide an atmosphere where patients feel welcomed, valued, listened to, empowered, and thoroughly assessed and treated professionally with honesty, integrity, and in a biopyschosocial paradigm.
Linda Maasz - BSc PT
Linda graduated with a Diploma in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 1971, followed by a BScPT in 1980.
Linda’s extensive and diverse career experience ranges from general practitioner in acute care facilities to a management role in a large urban physiotherapy department to owner/operator of two private clinics. The defining feature of this impressive background is Linda’s commitment to her patients and to her profession.
Linda's commitment to her patients is characterized by her focus on developing a comprehensive and unique set of skills with which to provide solid and effective physiotherapy treatment. Over the course of her study and practice, Linda has completed courses to treat all systems of the body - muscular, skeletal, and fascial. These include Orthopaedic courses to Level III and Craniosacral courses to Level II, as well as courses in myofascial techniques, visceral mobilization, neural mobilization and most recently, vascular mobilization. All have contributed new dimensions to her treatment style. Linda also completed her certification in acupuncture in 1993 and uses this technique regularly in treatments. While all patients are welcome, Linda’s areas of specialty are chronic pain and complex rehab problems.
Linda’s commitment to the professions of physiotherapy and acupuncture is demonstrated through her contributions over many years to provincial and national associations as well as regulatory boards. Of particular note are her fifteen years of service on the board of the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada.
Linda’s driving interest is in delivering comprehensive and compassionate patient care, and she is grateful for the ongoing opportunity to use her extensive experience and broad clinical skillset to help her patients achieve wellness.
Rosemarie Sanche - MPT
Rosemarie graduated with a Masters of Physical Therapy degree from the University of British Columbia in 2010 following her Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree in 2006 and experience as a personal trainer.
Rosemarie completed post-graduate orthopaedic manual training to level 3, John Barnes Myofascial Release (MFR1, Unwinding, Fascial Pelvis, Women's Health, Cervico-Thoracic), FITforeGolf, Pain Care Yoga, Persistent Pain Toolkit, and Explain Pain courses. She also completed her acupuncture certification with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (CAFCI). Rosemarie is a certified Hypopressives instructor, providing this training one-on-one as well as in small classes.
Pelvic health physiotherapy became a passion for Rosemarie early in her physiotherapy career. She has training and experience in treating women and men with incontinence, pelvic pain, and a variety of pelvic floor dysfunctions, including pregnancy-related issues and pelvic organ prolapse, including pessary fitting. Rosemarie wants postpartum women to return to the activities that bring them joy, or to develop a passion for a new physical expression in a healthy, successful fashion.
Outside the clinic, Rosemarie enjoys trail running, kayaking, hiking, cycling...and fresh local produce!
Gillian Clayton - MPT
Gillian is a Registered Physiotherapist having graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy from UBC in 2007. The past ten years of practice has seen her work in multiple areas of physiotherapy with a focus on orthopaedics, foot & ankle, sport injury, and now with her greatest passion in perinatal and postpartum care.
She is an orthopedic manual therapist as well as a Rost-certified therapist (pregnancy & postpartum specific treatment). She also completed a Postnatal Fitness Specialist program in the summer of 2017. Having two active pregnancies and postpartum periods has led her to become passionate about helping others to do the same.
Gillian's previous BSc in Health Education had her work at both grassroots and government levels in women's health - specializing in mental health, and midwifery advocacy & legislation.
Gillian's athletic background includes varsity soccer national gold medalist; endurance running, a marathon personal best of 2:53; and triathlon, a former member of the Elite National team (12th at world championships), and Ironman Canada Women's Amateur Champion in 2011 and Women's Professional Champion in 2012.
Gillian lives and works in the Comox Valley with her husband and two small children. She grew up on Vancouver Island and has returned to enjoy all the amazing features of this dynamic location.
Cassie Nobbs - BSCPT
Cassie graduated with distinction from the Physiotherapy Program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta in 1995. She practiced physiotherapy in Edmonton for 11 years before moving to the Columbia River Gorge in the spring of 2006 in pursuit of windsurfing. She worked as a Physical Therapist at Tim Foley Physical Therapy in Hood River Oregon from 2006 to July 2017. Her time in the Columbia River Gorge allowed her to hone her skills in working with athletes of various levels from recreational to professional, from snow sports to water sports, kiting to cycling. She has studied extensively in the areas of biomechanics, sports injuries, running mechanics, and bike fitting, and she is an advanced orthopedic manual/manipulative therapist. Her clients have ranged in age from 8 years old to 102 years young.
Cassie started triathlon racing in 1995. Prior to this she was a runner and a mountain biker. She has completed many sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, has more than a dozen half Ironman finishes and 4 Ironman finishes, 3 at Ironman Canada including a division win in 2007. More recently her focus has been on cycling including road racing, cyclocross and endurance mountain biking. She finished 53rd overall at TransPortugal 2013, a 9 day, greater than 700 mile off-road race. She has a side company working as a triathlon/running/cycling coach.
Cassie has advanced education and special interest in the following areas:
Rehab and return to high level sport
Running biomechanics and rehab
Cycling biomechanics and rehab
Manual and Manipulative Therapy
Trigger Point Dry Needling (IMS)