CoFounders

Jack Taunton, MD
CoFounder

Grant Stewart, MD
CoFounder

Don Nixdorf, DC
CoFounder

Andrew Mai, MD
President & CEO

Alastair Younger, MD
Medical Director, Day Surgery, Orthopedist

Dr. Alastair Younger was born in Scotland and grew up close to St. Andrew’s in Scotland. This, unfortunately, has not resulted in a genetic ability to play golf. Instead, Dr. Younger grew up with an avid interest in skiing because this sport was inaccessible to a large part in the area that he grew up in, in Scotland.

After attending a school with a large interest in outdoor sports, Dr. Younger attended medical school in Aberdeen, graduating in 1985.

After working for three years in the National Health Service, Dr. Younger moved to Vancouver to study Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. After finishing a Master’s Degree, studying Limb Lengthening in Children, he trained in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of British Columbia, finishing both the Residency Program and further studies on Limb Lengthening in 1995.

He received a further degree from the University of Aberdeen for his work in Limb Lengthening. After doing a short fellowship and locum at Vancouver General Hospital in Joint Replacement, Dr. Younger moved to Boston in Massachusetts to study at Harvard in the area of Arthritis Surgery. He then trained in Foot and Ankle at the University of Washington in Seattle, finishing his training in 1997 and returning to be on staff at the University of British Columbia and begin his practice at St. Paul’s Hospital.

At that time, Dr. Younger was the sole surgeon practicing Foot and Ankle at the university. He was instrumental in developing British Columbia’s Foot and Ankle Clinic and lobbied hard for this clinic to be created at Providence Health Care.

As a result, he is presently the Director of British Columbia’s Foot and Ankle Clinic and has been able to hire other orthopaedic surgeons in the group, as well as operative podiatrists to try and address the need for foot and ankle care in British Columbia.

Dr. Younger is the past president of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and a founding member. He has been active on many committees of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association. He is a member of the American Foot and Ankle Society, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, as well as the Canadian organizations mentioned above.

Dr. Younger has chaired a local meeting for a foot and ankle symposium for the Canadian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society for the last six years, every other year. He has also given talks nationally and internationally for foot and ankle conditions. He has lectured for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America and has coordinated courses for them. He has been a Master Instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America at their Learning Centre in Chicago. He has been a visiting professor in Calgary, Winnipeg, Northwestern University and the University of Montreal.

Dr. Younger has been recognized by the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, by being awarded the North American Traveling Fellowship in 1997 and the American/British/Canadian Traveling Fellowship in 2007.

Dr. Younger presently enjoys camping, cycling, and skiing. He also still tries to match his cultural heritage of being able to play golf, but still to a very poor level.

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Susan Kwan, MD
VP R&D, Clinical Assistant Professor in Department of Medicine, Division of Critical Care, Division of Respiratory Medicine

Andrea Velkjovic, MD
Director of R&D, Orthopedist

Dr. Andrea Velkjovic is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia. She is the Fellowship Director for the Adult Foot and Ankle Reconstruction Fellowship program and Research Director of the UBC Orthopaedics training program.

Dr. Velkjovic has been in full time academic subspecialty surgical practice for more than ten years. Her particular interests are in joint preservation and lower extremity sport injuries and arthroscopy. She maintains a sport knee and sport foot and ankle affiliation with the UBC varsity sport teams. Her particular interests are in cutting edge surgical techniques, realignment procedures, and biologics interventions joint preservation of the knee, foot and ankle through the use of minimally invasive techniques.

Professional Highlights
Dr. Veljkovic has received numerous awards for teaching and education, including the UBC Teaching Award. She was the recipient of two prestigious orthopaedic travelling fellowship awards from the Canadian and American Orthopaedic Associations. She has published over 60 scientific papers and has lectured extensively. Recently, her research was nominated as a finalist for the AOFAS Leonard Goldner and Roger Mann Awards.

Research Interests:
Joint preservation techniques and arthroscopy,
Early knee and ankle arthritis epidemiology,
Foot and Ankle surgery clinical outcomes.

Dheshnie Thangavelu, MBBch, DA(SA), FCA(SA), MD, FRCPC
Medical Director, Anesthesiologist, Pain Medicine, PRP Specialist

South African trained anesthesiologist with Canadian certification with over 19 years of experience
Worked in South Africa, England and Canada

Former program director of undergrad medical students (South Africa)

Former program director of undergrads and family medicine residents (PA, Saskatchewan)

Clinical associate professor (Saskatchewan)

UBC clinical lecturer (2017-current)

Executive delegate of the specialists of BC (2018-2021)

Currently HOD of anesthesia at the BC Cancer Agency

Certified in PRP joint and tendon injections, Botox for migraines and trigger point injections

Board certified in the cell treatment and fat transfer

Certified in aesthetic medicine – botox, fillers, sclerotherapy, mesotherapy, PRP for face and hair loss, master injector

Main interests: Pain, Obstetrics, Paediatrics, Trauma, ICU

Set up training programs in SA and Canada for residents and nurses

Participated in leadership programs in Saskatchewan for Lean, Pharmacy & Q&A, conflict management, accreditation

Deputy HOD in SA at King Edward viii Hospital dealing with interviewing of potential candidates, conflict management, emergency disaster response programs, daily OR management and administration and accreditation processes

Harmeet Dhaliwal, MD
Family Physician & Sport Medicine

I completed my residency at Michigan State University in 2018 with a special focus in sports medicine. I was able to work with division 1 college athletes, students and weekend warriors. I had the opportunity to be mentored by Dr. Randolp Pearson and other nationally recognized sports medicine faculty. I also developed a passion for pain medicine. I was able to work as part of a team to build multi-faceted evidence-based recovery plans that incorporated injections, physiotherapy, massage, surgery and more. After finishing my residency in 2018, I worked in Colorado providing primary care in a rural community while teaching medical residents, nurse practitioners and students.

I would love the opportunity to build my practice at PolyCan and continue to learn cutting-edge treatment options to provide the best care.

Rhonda Winter
Registered Nurse, CLNC

7 years Nurse Manager Experience in Surgical Suite. President of Peri Anesthesia Nurses of BC (PANBC) 2016 – current Member of Board of Directors for NAPANc (National Assn of Peri Anesthesia Nurses). Contributor for 4th Edition of NAPANc Standards 2017. Keynote speaker for PANBC conference Nov 2016. Chairperson for PANBC Annual Education Day Conferences 2017-present.

Accreditation standards experience for both College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC (CPSBC) and College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC).

Graeme Poole
Director of Allied Health, Sport Physiotherapist, Rehab Specialist

Graeme is currently working in a dual role, spending mornings as the Rehab Therapist for the Vancouver Canucks and a couple days per week at PolyCan Health Centre. Graeme’s role with the Canucks is helping players on the injured reserve return to NHL play, and his role at PolyCan is helping other athletes achieve their rehab goals. Prior to this, Graeme spent seven years being the head physio for the Vancouver Whitecaps Major League Soccer team.

Graeme has worked with community athletes of all levels, in both conditioning and rehabilitation roles. Growing up as a multi-sport athlete, Graeme has a passion for many different sports including soccer, basketball, baseball, hockey, snowboarding and golf.

In the professional sport environment, Graeme was able to hone his skills by treating injuries from the moment they occur, all the way back to return to competition at a high level.

Having been an athlete all his life, Graeme—an ex UBC Thunderbird soccer player, has first-hand experience with a lot of conditions he treats, an invaluable insight.

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Jack Liney
Director of Physiotherapy , Sport Physiotherapist, Rehab Specialist

Growing up, Jack always knew he wanted to become a Physiotherapist. Upon graduating 11 years ago, Jack honed his skills working across a whole spectrum of hospital and rehabilitation settings and as a pitchside Physiotherapist in UK professional rugby.

Jack has worked with various clients, including; professional and Olympic athletes, everyday warriors, postpartum and the elderly.

Jack is a sports and physical activity specialist. He also has extensive experience working in concussion and vestibular rehabilitation.

Jack adopts a personalized approach at every opportunity. He uses a variety of techniques to keep his clients functional, pain-free and beyond; precise assessment, functional movement screening, Intramuscular stimulation dry neddling, joint mobilization, therapeutic exercise, including strength and conditioning program prescription.

As an interdisciplinary healthcare professional, Jack considers himself part of the team required to assess and treat injuries, fueled by his passion for building professional networks and staying in tune with the latest evidence-based practice.

Jack believes daily physical activity and mindfulness are foundations to success, a concept he lives out through his interests in soccer, triathlon, music and snowboarding.

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Patrick O’ Flaherty
Sport Physiotherapist, Rehab Specialist

Patrick is an experienced clinical and sports physiotherapist having graduated from the University of Bradford in 2012. Since then, he has gained experience working pitch side with professional athletes in rugby and gaelic football in the UK and Ireland. His clinical experience includes working with a wide range of orthopedic and neurological patients. He has extensive training and specialization in concussion treatment, dizziness, vertigo and vestibular rehabilitation.

Patrick has recently completed his MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia where he undertook research examining the influence of exercise on functional brain measures in concussion. He has presented and attended at national and international conferences in concussion and continues to keep up to speed with the latest research and evidence-based practice.

Patrick follows a holistic approach to treatment with a focus involving a biopsychosocial approach to improve outcomes and safely return patients and athletes to their chosen activity or sport. He incorporates a variety of therapeutic interventions such as manual therapy, intramuscular stimulation and exercise prescription. Patrick is a strong proponent of patient education and believes in empowering patients through effective communication.

Patrick is very active in his spare time and plays rugby and gaelic football competitively, as well as enjoying running, weight lifting and playing his guitar.

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Grace Ni, ND
Licensed Naturopathic Physician

Dr. Ni is a licensed Naturopathic Physician practicing in British Columbia. She believes modern healthcare necessitates a blend of conventional medicine with evidence-based naturopathic medicine and she is committed to providing compassionate, attentive care. Dr. Ni encourages patients to take an active role in their health, and she is a strong believer in the body’s innate capacity to heal and adapt. Through the use of acupuncture, botanicals, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, intravenous vitamins, and injection therapies, she works with the body in order to restore optimal function and reduce pain. Her broad base of knowledge and varied toolbox allows her to create comprehensive treatment plans centered around the patient’s specific goals.

Prior to Naturopathic Medical School, Dr. Ni’s academic journey began at Simon Fraser University, where she received her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry. She was a member of SFU’s Div. 2 NCAA Varsity Swim Team and during that time, was named Most Valuable Player and achieved All-American Status.

Dr. Ni holds a general practice with a particular interest in a variety of myofascial conditions, chronic pain, and autoimmune conditions.

Beyond the clinic, Dr. Ni enjoys an active lifestyle and one can often find her reading, spending time with friends and family, or indulging in desserts.

Dr. Ni is a member in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Naturopathic Doctors (BCNA), the College of Naturopathic Physicians in BC (CNPBC) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). She has pharmaceutical prescribing authority, and also holds certificates in acupuncture and intravenous therapies.

As a Naturopathic Physician serving the communities of Burnaby and the lower mainland, I acknowledge that the land on which I practice naturopathic medicine is within the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking peoples.

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Maria Angela Therese Bewcyk
Kinesiologist, Rehab Specialist, Personal Trainer

I have over 20 years experience in the health and fitness industry. I have a Bachelors Degree in Applied Science (Kinesiology) from UBC and Masters of Physiotherapy Degree from the University of Sydney. I specialize in sports injury rehab, post MVA rehab, pre/post operative rehab, and women’s health. Being a competitive athlete myself and bikini bodybuilder, I am passionate about helping clients achieve their personal best results, for their health and wellness needs.

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Weidong Yu
Director of TCM, Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Weidong Yu graduated from Shandong College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1983, where he studied both Traditional Chinese Medicine and western medicine for five years, to earn a Bachelor of Medicine degree.

In 1991, he earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the School of Public Health, Free University of Brussels, Belgium.Dr. Yu has practiced both Traditional Chinese Medicine and western medicine at Binzhou Medical College Hospital as a resident physician.

He also worked as an Assistant Research Fellow at the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, the best research institute in Chinese medicine in China.Dr. Yu is the author of more than 30 publications in both Chinese and English medical literature, and lectures internationally.

He is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of California, United States and a Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.

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Jim Han, Ph.D
Registered Acupuncturist, Registered Herbalist

Dr. Jim (Jimiao) Han, Registered Acupuncturist and Herbalist of BC Canada, graduated from Shandong University of TCM as PhD, and has been practicing for over 20 years. He is an instructor of PCU college of holistic Medicine in BC Canada as well. In his practice, Dr. Han helped quite a lot of people become healthy again. His high-quality treatment and kindness are very welcomed by his patients.

As a holistic medicine doctor, he had helped people with different problems, such as physical pain, mental health, immunity disorder, fertility, digestive diseases, and cancer treatment.

Currently, he focuses on health problems as below:

  • Body pain
  • Depression, anxiety, insomnia
  • Infertility
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Grace Wang
Registered Acupuncturist

Specialize in:

– relieving and treating acute and chronic pain, musculoskeletal & soft tissue pain, as well as dysmenorrhea, headaches etc.

– Anxiety, insomnia

– Cosmetic Acupuncture: skin care, firmness, remove wrinkes, defer aging; weight control;

– Body disorders

Came from Doctors of TCM family for generations, start to learn TCM very early, for almost 20 years. Graduated from China Renmin university.

Graduated from Canadian public school, KPU for Acupuncture further study.

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Zhi Li Guo (Julia), Ph.D
Registered Acupuncturist

Dr. Zhi Li Guo graduated from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1982 with a degree in Chinese Medicine, from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s Graduate Program in Acupuncture in 1988, and from Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s Clinical Medicine Graduate Class with a doctoral degree in acupuncture in 2002. Dr. Zhi Li Guo has worked in various hospitals in China. She worked in the clinical forefront of a Grade II Level A western hospital and three Grade III Level A Chinese medicine hospitals. She has worked extensively in the fields of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Emergency Department, Nephrology, Cerebrovascular Medicine and Medical Examination.

Before immigrating to Canada, Dr. Zhi Li Guo was the Deputy Chief Physician and Deputy Chief Pharmacist of the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine of a Grade III Level A Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a part-time Adjunct Professor of Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Zhi Li Guo is a member of the Chinese Acupuncture Society, the Executive Director of the Jiangsu Provincial Committee of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine and the Executive Director of the Jiangsu Society of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine Cosmetology and has a rich understanding of clinical knowledge and skills.

Dr. Zhi Li Guo was the Deputy Editor-In-Chief of the editorial board and participated in authoring various Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture related books. She is also author to more than 10 published articles in national and provincial journals. With her own theoretical understanding of health management, Dr. Zhi Li Guo clinically specializes in the traditional Chinese medicinal and acupunctural treatment of emergencies and difficult and complicated diseases, including bronchial asthma, various pain disorders, chronic insomnia, hypertension, diabetes, sequelae of stroke, Parkinson’s syndrome; impotence and premature ejaculation; irregular menstruation, prostatic hypertrophy, and climacteric syndrome.

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Florence Bruskiewich
Registered Nurse

Originally a B.S.N. Registered Nurse from the Philippines then studied and upgraded at Kwantlen College University to practice as a RN in British Columbia. She subsequently worked at St Paul’s Hospital Vancouver in the Rehabilitation Department and Orthopaedics Ward for 8 years, with additional experience elsewhere, in Gerontology and as a PAR nurse in a cataract surgical day care clinic.

Registered Nurse in UK and worked at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, NHS Cambridge England for 2 years. Took Masters of Nursing in Toowoomba Australia.