Growing up in Victoria, Matt led an active lifestyle full of soccer, hiking, golfing, snowboarding and, ultimately, a few injuries along the way. The subsequent time spent working with physiotherapists sparked his ambition and excitement to work in the clinical setting. Matt’s love of learning, of helping others, and of the human body made a career in Physiotherapy the perfect fit.
His Bachelor degree at the University of Victoria in Kinesiology was his first formal foray into the musculoskeletal rehab world; he loved applying what he learned with patients and partnering with people to work towards their goals. His next step was to spend several years working as a behavioural interventionist with youth and adults living with physical and developmental disabilities. During this time, Matt decided that there was still more to learn, and so made the decision to go back to school to complete his Master’s in Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia.
Since completing this program Matt has enjoyed a variety of clinical experiences, having worked at a neurological rehab clinic as well as in a musculoskeletal setting. His clinical reasoning and scope of understanding has benefited from these varied exposures.
Matt first connected with the PT team at Tall Tree by way of their Education Program (Accelerated Motion Physiotherapy--AMP). He found their philosophies and progressive stance resonated with him; in particular, he was drawn to their evidence-lead practice and their focus on client-centered care. With an outlook to continue his education indefinitely, Matt thought it would be a perfect fit to work alongside the AMP team and avail himself of their educational offerings and the staff room discussions of patient care, innovative practices, and new research.
In addition to the AMP programming, Matt has taken courses in manual and manipulative therapy and has completed a Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy. This drive to learn comes from equal parts curiosity and dedication to provide the best possible treatment for his clients.
Matt is excited to be back on the Island and looking forward to joining a soccer team, getting back up to Mt. Washington, refining his golf game, and finally hiking, camping, and exploring throughout Strathcona Provincial Park – hopefully all injury free this time!