Petra Lehmann, dip.PT, RCAMT, CGIMS
Petra has owned Lakeside Physiotherapy Clinic since 1994, after 14 years of varied community and hospital practice. She is a 1980 graduate of the Physical Therapy program at McMaster University and Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1998, she demonstrated competence through study and examination, in Orthopaedic and Manipulative Therapy, Intermediate Level. She is a resident of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy.
Since 1999, Petra has been pursuing a strong interest in Women's Health, and treatment of Pelvic Floor conditions, including incontinence and dyspareunia. She has completed Advanced Pelvic Floor courses, including Chronic Pelvic Pain, Anorectal Disorders, and the Male Pelvic Floor. Most recently, Petra has achieved certification to practice IMS (intramuscular stimulation with needles).
When not seeing clients or taking care of business, Petra can usually be found on the local roadways cycling or running, hiking or skate skiing the Kootenay's gorgeous mountain terrain, or cooking for friends and family. She is a member of Nelson's Cyswog'n Fun 1/4 Ironman Triathlon organizing committee, and volunteers with the Nelson Nordic Ski Club, and Nelson Youth Soccer. Her proudest achievement remains raising two great kids!
Katie Mitchell, BA.App.Sc., Physiotherapy, BA.Sp.Sc, AFCI, Sport Coaching
Katie is an Australian who relocated to Nelson for her love of the Canadian mountains.
Katie graduated from the University of New South Wales with a BA of Sport Science, in Sports Coaching in 1994. In 1998, she obtained a BA of Applied Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney.
During her first 10 years post-graduation, Katie travelled and worked in 5 different countries, practising physiotherapy in many varied setttings. Her experiences competing in international downhill skiing and national mountain bike racing led to a keen interest in injuries related to these sports. She has worked wtih Olympic ski and snowboard athletes, and the Australian ski team. Working closely with leading shoulder and knee surgeons in Sydney, Australia, Katie developed a hands-on positive approach in assisting her clients to regain full function and return to work and play. Katie has recently added Medical Acupuncture to her physio tool box.
When not practising at Lakeside Physiotherapy, she is happiest on her touring skiis in the Kootenay backcountry, riding Whitewater Ski Resort's new lift, or barrelling down mountain trails on her bike!
Anna Weber, MSc.PT.,BAKin, CGIMS,AFCI
Anna is a physiotherapist with a passion for sport, fitness and healthy living. Having spent the past four years of her career in Calgary, she worked with athletes preparing for the Vancouver Olympics, alongside coaches and trainers, to both maximize performance and prevent injury.
Anna utilizes her skills in acupuncture, and intramuscular needling (IMS), manual therapy, specific exercise prescription, and education in her treatment approach. Anna also has experience in Running and Cycling Analysis.
Prior to studying physiotherapy, Anna completed a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, and a Master's Degree in Physiology, a Diploma in Massage Therapy and is a certified Ashtanga Yoga instructor. She has recently completed course work, examination and certification in Spinal Manipulation.
Anna trains for triathlons, loves mountain biking, and skiing...a perfect Nelson fit!
Robyn Skopac, BSc, MPT
Robyn graduated with a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from the University of British Columbia.
Born and raised in Nelson, Robyn was excited to return to the Kootenays to pursue her career and continue her outdoor lifestyle.
Robyn has experience in custom bike fitting and treating cycling injuries. As an avid biker (downhill and road), Robyn enjoys helping people get back on their bike after an injury or making their current set up more comfortable.
She has an interest in manual therapy and sports injuries and spent 2 years as the physiotherapist for the Nelson Leafs. Currently, Robyn is studying anatomical acupuncture to be completed in the fall.
Robyn values lifelong learning to provide the best possible treatments for her clients.
Robyn enjoys the outdoors, with a special passion for downhill skiing, mountain biking, road biking and soccer.
Natasha Papachristoforou, BSc, MScPT
Natasha graduated with a Master's degree in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University. After 2 years soaking up the beauty of the east coast Natasha was ready to get some fresh mountain air back in her lungs!
Natasha pursued a career in physiotherapy because the human body is a marvel that is meant to move. Natasha is passionate about being able to work with people and support them in health and wellbeing, so that they can work smarter, play harder, and better serve their communities.
When Natasha isn't working, she likes to unplug from the noise and plug in with nature – whether that be on a bike, a board, or with her own two feet.
Natasha is also a certified yoga instructor and is actively interested in life long learning. She has completed her level 1 acupuncture.
Ashlie DeJong, BA, HKin.
Ashlie graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2006 with a degree in Human Kinetics, specializing in Exercise Science. While at UBC, Ashlie worked as Head Trainer for the UBC Mens Varsity Basketball and Football teams. She is certified by the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists (CSEP) as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Consultant, and is able to perform pre-employment fitness screening. She likes to work one on one with clients ranging from pro-cyclists and triathletes, to those struggling to change a sedentary lifestyle or obesity.
At Lakeside Physiotherapy, Ashlie works with clients in our Worksafe BC Occupational Rehabilitation (1) program, as well as with those dealing with effects of chronic illness or motor vehicle accidents. In a supportive group setting, Ashlie designs exercise programming for individual clients according to their base fitness levels, and the demands of their daily job.
She has also attended a postgraduate residency program with Roy Matheson and Associates to become a certified Functional Capacity Evaluator. Ashlie provides the payer with valid information gathered over a 2 day assessment of the client's functional abilities, and consistency of effort, using a variety of standardized objective tests.
When not working, Ashlie enjoys the outside life, whether skiing, cycling, triathlon training, or training a new canine family member!