Meet the Team: Justin Carpenter

What made you interested in becoming a kinesiologist?
My involvement with the sport and athletic community really sparked my interest in the health field. After some research, I felt that kinesiology was a perfect fit. I thought that helping people recover from injury, return to activities and achieve their goals would be a very interesting, challenging and rewarding career.

What is your favourite type of client or injury to work with?
I appreciate working with all my clients and learn something different from each individual. Whether I am helping someone return to their daily routine or pushing an athlete to return to their sport, I find enjoyment in seeing people reach their goals. I particularly like working with people who have shoulder and neck injuries. I have experienced quite a few of these injuries myself playing football in college and have come to understand this area of the body very well.

What do you do to keep fit and stay injury-free?
To stay fit I make sure that I exercise 3-4 times per week and use my foam roller twice a week at home. Most importantly, I am very aware of my posture and try to correct myself as often as possible. Sometimes life gets in the way and I do miss some exercise, but I am motivated to start exercising again because it helps manage any symptoms that arise from inactivity. I wish I could say that I stay injury free; however, I am very active in the sport community, playing flag football, snowboarding and hiking, so accidents occasionally happen. When I do suffer an injury, I am in great hands. I work with a fantastic team of physiotherapists and registered massage therapists who help me heal and return to sport as quickly as possible.

Where is your favourite place in the neighbourhood to grab a beer?
My favourite place to grab a cold one is at Kelly O’Bryan’s. They have a great atmosphere, good happy hour prices and I grew up eating at one of their original locations

If you were not a kinesiologist, what would you be?
If I was not a kinesiologist I think I would still have a career that involved teaching and helping others. I would likely be working as a physiotherapist, an orthotist, or a high school teacher and coach. I believe my skills are best utilized helping others succeed… and to be frank, it makes me feel great.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
People would be surprised to know that I take my cat for walks. I walked her on a leash originally, but now she no longer needs one and will stay right beside me or my wife.

Acupuncture with Jamie Sonego

Jamie Sonego

Jamie Sonego, one of our physiotherapists, has completed her Acupuncture certification and is accepting new patients. To book in with Jamie call us at the clinic at (778) 819-6565 or email us at


What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the skin at specific points on the body. Acupuncture stimulates the balance and flow of Qi (pronounced “Chee”) energy that in Traditional Chinese Medicine is considered vital to health. When the body is healthy, Qi energy flows smoothly along the various pathways that comprise the body. When there is a deficit or obstruction of flow/balance of Qi, this is when pain or various other symptoms arise. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-relieving hormones. It helps to reduce pain, inflammation, and increase circulation within the body.

What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of injuries and conditions such as:
– Acute and chronic whiplash
– Low back pain
– Neck pain
– Headaches
– Rotator cuff injuries
– Tennis elbow
– Carpal tunnel syndrome
– Ankle/knee sprains
– Osteoarthritis
– Patellofemoral pain syndrome
– Shin splints……
Among MANY others!

Acupuncture treatment

If you have any questions on how acupuncture can compliment your rehab feel free to contact the clinic (778) 819-6565 or

Happy Monday!

Clinic Photos!

Happy Saturday! We just realized that there weren’t any updated photos from the clinic once construction was completed. Time to rectify that.


Our beautiful front desk and waiting area


One of our private treatment rooms


Two of our curtained treatment rooms


Our gym area


We are booking new appointments for physiotherapy, registered massage therapy and kinesiology (personal training / ICBC active rehab). Contact us for more information!

Check out the About Us to meet the team.

Welcome Jamie Sonego

Jamie Sonego

Welcome physiotherapist Jamie Sonego to the Focus team! Jamie completed her schooling in Edmonton and has recently moved to Vancouver. During her time in Alberta, she had the opportunity to work in a variety of clinical areas including orthopedic, pediatric and neurological settings. She has taken post-graduate courses in manual therapy and is currently finishing her medical acupuncture certification. Jamie is an active individual who enjoys running as well as playing squash and soccer. She is accepting new clients on Monday and Thursdays afternoon/evenings. Please contact us to book an assessment with Jamie.

For more information regarding our team, see the About Us section.

Introducing Justin Carpenter

Justin Carpenter

Justin Carpenter is a registered kinesiologist who completed his schooling at UBC. He enjoys working with a wide range of clients and has experience helping individuals who are recovering from car accidents, rehabilitating an injury or working toward strength training goals. Justin is certified in Functional Movement Screening and places an emphasis on education to ensure his clients feel confident with their exercise programs. Justin is now taking new clients, please contact us to book in or learn more about our kinesiology services.

For more information regarding our team, see the About Us section.


Over a year in the making, we are finally open and excited to be part of the Olympic Village community providing physiotherapy and massage therapy services. We will post some pictures of the clinic soon, but in the meantime please stop in to say hi and check us out!

Almost There!

It’s been a hectic month of April and we are so close to being up and running. We would have loved to be been open and providing our services by now, however delays are unfortunately part of the process. With that said, our final inspection and permitting with the city should be happening at the end of this week and it’s looking promising for our grand opening next week. We truly appreciate the interest we have had so far and thank you for your patience as we push towards opening our doors.

IMS (Intra Muscular Stimulation)

What is IMS?

Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is a system of diagnosis and treatment for musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Chan Gunn, a Vancouver physician, developed IMS during the 1970s. People that may benefit from IMS have pain that is often chronic in nature, may not be due to an injury and does not usually resolve with conventional treatments.

In these cases pain may be felt in a muscle, but may actually be the result of a nerve irritation. Each of our muscles is connected to the spine by a nerve. If the muscles around a nerve are tight, the nerve becomes irritated and causes pain along its pathway from the spine to the muscle. IMS helps to release pressure on the nerve by stimulating the tight muscles (both at the site of pain and at the muscles’ corresponding level at the spine) directly using a sterile, single-use acupuncture needle. The needle stimulates receptors in the muscles and creates a change in the input it receives from the nerve supply. This allows the tight muscles to relax and release pressure on the nerve to help relieve pain. A thorough physical examination by one of our certified Gunn IMS physiotherapists is completed to assess the cause of pain and determine if IMS is warranted.


Is IMS treatment painful?

The most common sensations reported during IMS treatment are muscle cramping and deep aching. Depending on the patient and the injury, this may be temporarily painful as well.


What should I expect post-treatment?

Many people experience muscle soreness and general fatigue after receiving IMS treatment. Allowing time to relax and avoiding any strenuous physical activity is recommended. Heat may also help relax tight muscles.


How often will I need IMS treatment?

The needle’s effect on the muscle can last 7-10 days. For this reason, IMS is only administered once per week. Changes may be noted in 2-3 treatments, or may require 6-12 treatments. The number of treatments depends on the affected area and how long the pain has been present. IMS is generally followed-up with an exercise program to strengthen weak muscles help people move better before returning to activity.

Opening April 2015

After months (even years?) of planning, we’re very close to opening our doors! Things are really coming together and we’re really excited to serve you! The great new space at 109 West 2nd Avenue in Olympic Village is set to be ready April 2015.

In the meantime please connect with us on Twitter and Facebook and do keep checking back for updates. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 778-819-6565 or email us at

Thanks and we look forward to serving you!