Bkin, CAT (C), CSCS, DOMP Candidate, FMS 2, SFMA
Darren is both a practising Athletic Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach with a desire to see the worlds of therapy and performance training collide. He is passionate about bridging the gap between rehabilitation and performance. Darren combines his clinical skills, strength and conditioning knowledge, and years of experience to build robust and resilient athletes.
Originally from Toronto, Darren honed his skill set while working for the Montreal Canadiens’ AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, as their first full time Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2006 to 2012. During almost seven full seasons, Darren helped build an athletic development program for the Montreal Canadiens’ prospects, many of whom have now gone on to have successful NHL careers. During Darren’s time with the Bulldogs the team advanced to the Western Conference Finals twice and won a Calder Cup in 2007. In 2013, Darren was named Director of Performance Conditioning at Fortius Sport and Health, a multi-million dollar high performance facility in Burnaby, BC. In this capacity, Darren led a Strength and Conditioning staff and trained high performance athletes, including various Olympians, the National Women’s Soccer team, and several NHL players. Currently, Darren is Owner and Director of Propulsion Performance Systems. Propulsion Performance Systems has provided high performance consultative services to various national sport organizations, as well as professional and amateur athletes across Canada and the United States.
Darren earned an Honours Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology and Health Science and a Certificate in Athletic Therapy from York University. Upon graduation, Darren was certified by the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) as an Athletic Therapist, and by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Post graduation, Darren has furthered his knowledge through various therapy and strength and conditioning seminars. Currently, Darren is supplementing his manual therapy skills by studying Osteopathy at the Canadian School of Osteopathy Manual Practice.
RMT, DOMP Candidate, SFMA
For over 10 years Sonia has practiced as a Registered Massage Therapist and an Osteopathic Practitioner Candidate. She firmly believes that proper movement is vital to overall health and performance. Sonia possesses the very highest level of manual therapy skills and uses an osteopathic approach to treatment in order to restore mobility to all aspects of the body.
Sonia has worked with a variety of clients with conditions ranging from athletic injuries, whiplash, chronic pain, digestive and gynaecological issues. She understands the importance of reintegrating movement after treatment. This has lead her to develop a special interest in facilitating the re-learning of foundational movement patterns. Growing up in Vancouver, Sonia was active in figure skating, ballet and piano. This upbringing gave her an understanding of form, function and gracefulness in performance.
Sonia graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2004. She had a strong desire to improve her manual therapy skill set and was drawn to Osteopathy as it aligned with her belief in treating the whole person and not simply addressing symptoms. These studies have greatly expanded upon Sonia’s knowledge of manual therapy and has helped her to always have the appropriate technique for the dysfunction that needs to be corrected. She has completed her 5 year osteopathic studies from the Canadian School of Osteopathic Manual Practice. Currently, Sonia is in the process of writing her thesis on The Effects Global Osteopathic Treatment On Quality Of Life With Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, before receiving her Diploma of Osteopathy Manual Practice.
BKin, RMT, CSCS, DOMP Candidate, FMS 2, SFMA
Jena has been a Registered Massage Therapist and practicing Strength and Conditioning Coach since 2010. Her foundational values for rehabilitation stem from the Model of Regional Interdependence – “a concept that seemingly unrelated impairments in a remote anatomical region may contribute to, or be associated with, the patient’s primary complaint”. Integrating movement education with manual therapy, Jena enjoys creatively problem solving dysfunctions which limit performance in sport and activity.
While attending university, Jena worked for 3 years as the Athletic Trainer for the UBC Women’s Ice Hockey team, where she realized her passion for manual therapy and high level sports conditioning. Since then, Jena has worked with Provincial Figure Skaters, National Women’s Soccer team, NHL players, and Senior PGA golfers.
Jena earned a Bachelors Degree in Human Kinetics (Exercise Science stream) from the University of British Columbia in 2008, and continued on to complete a Diploma of Massage Therapy from the West Coast Collage of Massage Therapy in 2010. After graduation, Jena was licensed by the College of Massage Therapy of British Columbia (CMTBC) as a Registered Massage Therapist, and certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Jena places high value in continuing education and learning the subtleties of the human body and its mechanics. She has industriously attended courses for manual therapy, anatomy/physiology and strength conditioning. Currently, Jena is studying Osteopathy at the Canadian School of Osteopathy Manual Practice.