My name is Brent Stevenson, I am the founder and co-owner of Envision Physiotherapy in Vancouver, Canada. I, like everyone else in the world right now, am hiding out at home watching society shut down around me while we all try to endure the impacts of a novel virus on an overly connected world. Some of my friends are front line workers in the hospitals, others are simply working from home on their laptops until further notice, but I am in the complicated position of running a small business that functions as the umbrella for over seven other health related small businesses in Vancouver. People in Canada don’t naturally think of healthcare and business in the same framework, but most of our allied health services are private businesses with leases and employees to pay.
The business owner in me is worried about our bottom line, the healthcare professional in me just wants to help, the entrepreneur in me twirls with the current strange opportunity of time, and the father in me just wants to protect my family. It is a strange time, but I am determined to make the most out of it and hopefully help as many people as I can by providing something interesting to read or watch other than COVID-19 related news stories. I will start with the story of Envision Physiotherapy, but I will transition to Why Things Hurt, mental health, posture and the stories that have filled my days as a physiotherapist for the past twenty years. My goal is to post a new story or video each day and start an active conversation in the comments below to give readers the opportunity to Ask Me Anything.
The Story of Envision Physiotherapy:
March 1st, 2020 was a big day for Envision Physiotherapy, we had officially acquired Dayan Physiotherapy & Pelvic Floor Clinic and initiated the process of merging the business and its five physiotherapists into our existing clinics. Read More
Last night from 5:30-9pm with Dieter and Yvette by my side, we met with Brenda, Phil and Heather from the College to discuss the issues surrounding the RCA exam. We created objectives, wrote them down then talked our way through all of them until we agreed it was time to go home.
Phil ran the flow of the meeting and I voiced our concerns throughout the process in an open and constructive manner. Phil’s focus was on establishing the history of how we got to where we are today with the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) and my focus was on helping him understand how I/we didn’t like where we are today and why. I better understand their position from the process, but in no way was convinced or swayed that the Registrant Competency Assessment (RCA) portion of the QAP as it stands today is a good idea. I believe that they heard my arguments against the RCA and although they didn’t concede that there is a better option, I think I created some openness in their position, which is a good start.
Brenda said very little, but listened and took notes as Phil and I debated the details of the QAP point by point. He had Heather write out on the board the aspects that were required of the QAP taken from this document on their website. Please take a moment to open this pdf file and scroll to page 4, there are fourteen points that they feel are very important to the development of the QAP. I actively challenged them that they currently weren’t achieving the first six points in their current iteration of the QAP with the RCA in it. Read More
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I have created this page in preparation for my meeting with Brenda Hudson (Registrar), Phil Sweeney (Chair of Board), and Heather Leslie (Vice Chair of Board) of the College of Physical Therapists of BC on January 27, 2016. We will be discussing the Registrant Competence Assessment (RCA) exam that all physiotherapists in BC are currently required to write.
For background on this on going matter please read my November 2015 post titled BC Physiotherapists Rally Together to Have a Voice
Since writing the above post I have learned a lot about the history of this exam and have had phone calls, emails and in person thank yous from all over the province for speaking up. Apparently I am not alone in my feelings about the principle of this test just being way off the mark. We have tried to challenge it from its inception but the College has marched forward despite our concerns.
The PABC has spent a lot of hours over the years trying to help resolve this issue to no avail so the challenge falls on our shoulders if we want to challenge what the College thinks is a good idea. My challenge is to create a platform that will reach all 3000 physios in the province because the PABC is protective of its email list and I’m guessing the College will be the same.
My original post had a much further reach than I expected, but this time I am shooting for ALL of you (3000+). Together with the small advisory team I have built, we will be emailing out a short questionnaire to get a sense of everybody’s stance on this subject and depending on the outcome of our January 27th meeting a petition to change the RCA exam to something more appropriate.
If you are a registered physiotherapist in BC, PLEASE sign up for the email list below so I can build the platform for us all to talk about this and have a powerful voice in dealing with the College. Read More
This post is just a quick update of what I have been up to in the last
two months and my excuse for not updating this site as I had intended. I
promise there is lots more content to come.
In the last three months I have:
- Located and negotiated a great 1600 sq ft space on South Granville to move Envision Physiotherapy into (#201-3077 Granville St., Vancouver, BC)
- Met with and built a team of some of the best allied health
professionals in Vancouver and arranged for them to join us in our new
- We now have registered massage therapists, experienced Pilates instructors and a veteran Kinesiologist all under the same roof EnvisionPhysio.com
- My wife had our third baby in three years. I now have two boys and 1 girl
- In the middle of all this my partner fell sick and hasn’t been able to work for 6 weeks
- My receptionist quit and I interviewed and hired a new one
- I hired a new physio named Tony Gui
- Renovated the new clinic space to be ready for November 28th, 2011
- We redid our website EnvisionPhysio.com
This is officially the home stretch. We are moving everything into
the new clinic this weekend and will be up and running on Monday,
November 28th, 2011.
Starting next week I will get back to editing videos and writing
posts for this site. Please feel free to leave comments on the blog
with feedback. There is lots of content on here, but much more to come!
I am a physical therapist by training, but have become a psychologist by experience. Working with people from 9 to 90 years old and from the peak of athletic performance to the lows of neural rehab, I have come to see pain, emotion, attitude and perception in a new light. I have seen 250 pound rugby players squirm at the thought of a needle and polite 70 year old English ladies drop F-bombs while I loosen their hip. I have seen confident CEOs get lost in pain and happy go lucky blue collar workers shift into deep depressions after car accidents and battles with insurance companies. Chronic pain can have many sources and only some of them are physical; unfortunately it is usually only the physical issues that get addressed and the people that could use some help cognitively are the least likely ones to pursue that type of care.
This website is geared toward helping you with the physical side of pain, posture, prevention and performance, but to get the most out of it you will need to be mentally open to change in your body. I have created a page on the right side bar called Books to Read that recommends books that I have found particularly helpful. Here they are again for you:
The following are books that I have read and found very useful in my life. To understand your body and your pain you first need to understand yourself and make sense of your life; this is a missing element in many people that suffer from chronic pain. Most people are open to seeking physical therapy for their pain issues, but much more reluctant to seek any cognitive therapy. I recommend the following books to help you:
- Understand why you think the way you think
- The basics of how your brain works
- The roots of your relationship with your family
- The role of work in your life
- The role of money in your life
- What motivates you
- How pain can affect you
- How to get the most out of life without sacrificing a piece of yourself
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation
- A fascinating book written for the lay person about how your brain works as it relates to your personality, your relationships and your pain. Highly recommend it. Click on the picture to learn more about it.
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