Our Team

Dr. Derek Vinge – Chiropractor

Derek Vinge ​Dr. Derek grew up in an active family in Fernie, BC. The pursuit of optimum health and wellness were always a part of his upbringing which he shares in his treatment approach today. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from UBC with focus on human anatomy and physiology. Further interest in conservative health-care and sports medicine motivated him to attend the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon to obtain his Doctorate in Chiropractic. Additional training includes Active Release Technique (A.R.T.®), Graston Technique (GT®) and Kinesio® Tape, which are soft-tissue therapies and complementary when combined with manual chiropractic adjustments.
Dr. Derek feels that it is important to always keep active and believes it is the key groundwork to fulfill a healthy life. He previously competed on the Track and Field team at UBC specializing in the 5000m and marathon distance. In Victoria he trained and raced on the National Rowing team. Today, to lead by example and keep an active life, he has shifted his athletic focus to running and triathlon. For cross training with his wife Amber, a local Optometrist with Comox Valley Vision Therapy, they enjoy hiking and skiing, along with everything to do with cycling: mountain biking, cyclo-cross, road riding, and commuting on single-speed. Hobbies include regional history, exploring the local ocean and any form of comedy. 
Follow along with his outdoor adventures in the Outdoor Pursuits blog.
  • Dynamic warm-up and run leader in the Comox Valley Road Runners learn-to-run class.
  • Treatment support for local events including Tri-K Triathlon, The Cumby train running race, The Comox Bay Sailing club regatta, etc.
  • IRONMAN Whistler Chiropractor and A.R.T.® Treatment Team
  • Comox Bay Care Society treating homeless or at-risk populations with the Care-A-Van Program
  • Team Therapist for Rowing Canada at 2013 Junior World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania
  • Victoria Velox Rugby team chiropractic care & therapy support
  • Victoria Marathon Medical support tent chiropractic therapy

Dr. Simon Conde – Chiropractor

 Growing up on Bowen Island gave Dr. Simon a unique perspective into how a local community can support a stronger bond with each other and a sense of well-being. He finished High school in West Vancouver and then moved to the Island to attend the University of Victoria. With a lifelong interest in chiropractic therapy, Dr. Simon attended and graduated from the University of Western States with a Doctorate in Chiropractic in addition to further certifications in Active Release Technique.

Dr. Simon is an avid sailor and has raced many different categories of boats. He has moved to Cumberland and is embracing the small town outdoors scene with mountain biking and trail running and taking his dog on long walks.

 

Dr. Caeden Chau – Chiropractor

Caeden Chau is a chiropractor who is passionate about helping others. She believes that ‘movement is medicine’ and strives to help incorporate active, healthy living into her patient’s lives. Originally from Mississauga, Ontario, Dr. Caeden played competitive volleyball, along with many other sports. She often participated in volunteer outreaches abroad supporting underserved communities. These experiences strengthened her desire to help others within the healthcare field.

Dr. Caeden graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Science with Honours Specialization in Kinesiology, where she worked as the trainer for the varsity women’s lacrosse team.  She then obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. During her time at CMCC, she participated in a chiropractic outreach to the Dominican Republic, where she served the local communities.

Dr. Caeden’s treatment approach includes evidence-based, individualized care, consisting of education, manual therapy, soft tissue therapy, and rehabilitation exercises. Dr. Caeden is trained in Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization and is Webster certified. Her goal is to help patients improve their quality of life, reach their goals and return to doing the activities that they love. Outside of the office, you can find Dr. Caeden cooking, travelling, and taking full advantage of all that Comox Valley has to offer!

 

Katy Lucas – RMT

Katy was born and raised in Victoria, BC. A world traveler at heart, she followed her curiosity to over 15 countries before ultimately choosing to settle down in the Comox Valley.

Being raised on the West coast, Katy shares a strong connection with the outdoors and enjoys activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing and snowboarding. She has a deep passion for healing, and finds inspiration in assisting people towards their optimal state of health and wellness.

Katy took her training at the West Coast College Of Massage Therapy in Victoria, BC. Throughout her schooling, she found herself drawn to working in rehabilitation & sports therapy. Inspired by her background in Traditional Thai Massage and Yoga therapy, she infuses her practice with natural movement, yoga inspired stretches, focused breathing & a blend of active techniques based on the clients needs.

Katy believes that body awareness and movement are two integral pieces of a greater whole and that it is essential for clients to leave her treatment room feeling empowered. At the end of each treatment, she will recommend a beneficial home care plan that provides the client with a method of helping themselves reach their personal goals. Ultimately, Katy aspires to keep her clients doing the things that they love most.

As a recent graduate, Katy is constantly soaking up new knowledge and evolving her practice to follow suit. These days, you can find Katy exploring the local trails, practicing piano or geeking out to anatomy & biomechanics.

Tom Williamson – BA (Hons) (Exercise and Sport Sciences), RMT

Originally from England not Australia. I moved to Canada in 2008 for one ski season and never left. I am a recent economical refugee to the valley from Vancouver’s sky rocketing housing and unaffordability! Jokes aside I really moved here for the lifestyle and abundance of outdoor activities and I can’t think of a better place to raise my family than in the Commox Valley.
I grew up playing a variety of sports and played at a competitive level in Hockey (field), cricket and rugby. I now enjoy outdoor pursuits; in the winter down hill skiing and backcountry skiing, in the summer months I like being on the water kayaking and canoeing and year round I enjoy trail running (I completed my first Ultra marathon in 2018 and decided to name my first born after it).
How I Practice:
I practice as a manual therapist with a RMT license. I am constantly taking courses to stay up to date and evidence informed in my practice.

Treatments are goal oriented with the aim of improving functional joint mechanics and achieving optimal movement for you to get back to enjoying what you love to do!

Typical Treatment:
Assessment/warm up. Consisting of range of motion exercises as well as local biomechanical tests.
Manual intervention. Using Functional range principles working through joint ranges of motion known as controlled articular rotations, passive stretches with soft tissue manipulation for 2+ minutes to give the greatest input into the tissue to create physiological adaptation, as well as progressive and regressive isometric loading to give an abundance of neurological feedback to the central nervous system on how the joint and surrounding tissue is functioning.
Reassess and mobility exercises.
Please don’t come with the expectation of a rub and buff style of treatment (I hear the Kingfisher spa is good for that). Expect to be moved around and manipulated (not Chiropractic manipulation see Derek and Simon for that!) and asked to do some mobility exercises. Bring clothes that you would typically work out in (shorts and tank top). I will drape as needed to access areas for treatment.
Treatments can help with:
+Muscular Skeletal pain and dysfunction.
+Performance and injury mitigation
+Headaches
+Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction.
+Post surgical rehab and general injury rehab.
+Motor Vehicle Accidents.
+And just a general tune up.
Qualification and Certificates:
Bachelor (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science. (Exeter University, 2008).
Diploma in Massage Therapy. (Vancouver Collage of Massage Therapy, 2012)
Certificate of Registration Registered Massage Therapist. (College of Massage Therapist of British Columbia, 2013)
Functional Anatomy systems:
+Functional Range Release (FRR), Spine (2016), Lower limb (2016), Upper Limb (2017)
+Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms) (2017)
+Kinstretch (2018)
Graston Technique (2013)
Selective Functional Movement Assessment. Level 1 (2014) Level (2015)
Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) According to Kolar. A Developmental Kinesiology Approach. Rehabilitation Prague School. DNS Level A (2014). DNS Level B (2014). DNS Exercise Part 1 (2017)
Nuerokinetic Therapy. Level 1 (2015), Level 2 (2016), Level 3 (2016)
First Aid CPR C. Red Cross.