B.P.T., Registered Physiotherapist & Owner
Shirley Andrusiak is a registered physiotherapist with over 45 years of clinical experience. After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 1977, Shirley was offered a job at Victoria Union Hospital in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. The hospital offered diversified rotations that included paediatrics, acute care, intensive care, cardiopulmonary, burns, neurological rehab, extended care, and outpatient orthopaedics and sports medicine.
One year later, she accepted the position of Director of Physical Therapy at the hospital and remained in that position for the next nine years. In 1979, Shirley completed her degree at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with a Bachelor of Physical Therapy with Distinction. In 1986, she opened Prince Albert's first Private Practice Physiotherapy Clinic, known as South Hill Physiotherapy Clinic. She remained in Prince Albert until 1992 when she joined a partnership at Black Mountain Physiotherapy Clinic in Kelowna, British Columbia. Soon after moving to Kelowna, the business expanded to include both Glenmore Physiotherapy Clinic and Guisachan Physiotherapy Clinic.
Now celebrating 30 years in business in Kelowna, Shirley owns and operates Guisachan Physiotherapy Clinic.
Shirley has extensive experience in orthopaedic care. She has completed 22 continuing education courses that strengthen her manual techniques for treating dysfunctions and derangements. She has completed all four courses through the McKenzie Institute for cervical, thoracic and lumbar conditions. Shirley has a special interest in the treatment of lower back pain, using the McKenzie Approach to treatment.
At her clinic, patients receive compassionate care and effective results in their physical therapy treatments. Shirley has successfully helped thousands to relieve pain and return to the joys of actively living.
Shirley believes in integrating all systems to decrease pain and restore movement while achieving optimal function. She strives to educate her patients to promote a total well being and prevent further injury.
B.Sc., M.Sc.PT, Registered Physiotherapist & Owner
Kristi is a registered physiotherapist. She joined her mother, Shirley Andrusiak, at Guisachan Physiotherapy after graduating from the Masters of Science in Physical Therapy Program at the University of Alberta in 2010. She also holds an Undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Victoria.
Kristi has 12 years of clinical experience and has completed numerous continuing education courses since completing her Master's degree. These courses include Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Kinesio taping, treatment of vertigo, Fit Fore Golf, and Sports First Responder. She has also completed her training with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and is certified to perform acupuncture.
Kristi brings an energetic, exercise based approach to the clinic. She focuses on client centered care, education, exercise prescription, and manual therapy techniques. Each of her patients will receive a comprehensive assessment prior to treatment, individualized treatment plan, and home exercise program.
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Receptionist and Clinic Assistant
Danielle graduated from the University of British Columbia Okanagan with a degree in Human Kinetics and for as long as she can remember has always had a passion for health and fitness. With a long history of competitive gymnastics and the injuries that often come with intense sport, Danielle had many different therapy treatments one of which was physiotherapy. This sparked a deep interest in how the body functions and how we can heal it. She thoroughly enjoys working alongside the two amazing physiotherapists at Guisachan Physiotherapy and giving each and every one of their patients the attention they need. Danielle feels she is gaining so much experience working here and is currently applying to the Masters in Physical Therapy program to continue her education with the hopes of becoming a registered physiotherapist herself.