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Lynn Brandon

Lynn Brandon
- Clinic Owner, Registered Physiotherapist, Certified Pilates Instructor
BSc P.T., CAFCI Registered Physiotherapist, Certified in Acupuncture, Certified in IMS Gunn, Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer

Lynn Brandon completed her degree in physiotherapy at the University of British Columbia, graduating with honours in 1986. Over the past 33 years, her experience working in hospital and private practice has allowed exposure in many areas of physiotherapy. In 1994 she co-founded Charlottetown Physiotherapy where she was able to expand her skills in the area of sports and work injury management as well as continued post-graduate training in acupuncture. In 2001, after completing all the courses available through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute in Toronto, she became certified to practice acupuncture.  In 2017, she added IMS to her 'tool kit' with certification through the UBC Gunn IMS program and has found both IMS and TCM Acupuncture to be very effective adjuncts to her practice.

Lynn volunteered with the Sharks Swim Team as Meet Manager and dry-land training as a Pilates Teacher. She has volunteered as a guest speaker for a number of organizations over the years, which has allowed her the privilege of sharing her expertise with others with the intent of passing along some information people can find useful in their everyday life. Lynn is the past President of the Rotary Club of Strathcona Sunrise (2011-2012) and past president of the Comox Valley Hospice Society (2016-2017).  When she is not working, Lynn volunteers her time doing trail maintenance and building, and enjoys mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing and skiing.

Lynn's interest in fitness and living an active lifestyle evolved from her years growing up in the Comox Valley where the outdoor pursuits of hiking, cycling and water related activity were an integral part of childhood. Together with many years playing volleyball, these things played an important role in shaping her pathway in life. For several years, Lynn was a Course Instructor for Fitness Leaders. For 33 years she has been teaching fitness, initially as an Aerobics Instructor and ACE certified Personal Trainer becoming certified with STOTT Pilates in 2002. She holds STOTT Certification in Matwork and Reformer, as well as Advanced Certification and specialized training for Injuries and Special Populations. Lynn has found Pilates to be a good fit with her paradigm of holistic practice and is a lovely complement to all other forms of exercise.  Her unique blend of warmth, sensitivity and positive energy provides clients with a full spectrum of spiritual, intellectual and physical enhancement.

In 2005, Lynn and her family returned home to the Comox Valley where she founded Bodyworx Physiotherapy and Bodyworx Pilates & Health located at a beautiful facility known as the Manor, overlooking the Comox harbor and mountains. In addition to innovations such as a fully equipped Pilates studio, Lynn's clinic offers Scoliosis/Scheuermann's Kyphosis Management,  Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy,  Neuroproprioceptive Taping (Kinesio taping), Acupuncture, IMS, Laser, Women's and Men's Pelvic Health, Vestibular Rehabilitation, and Balance Retraining Therapy,  Chronic Pain Rehabilitation, Functional Movement Screening and Functional Rehab Orthotics.

Lynn enjoys her clinical work and teaching immensely.  She finds great joy in sharing her passion with others.

Shane Korpan

Shane Korpan
- Certified Pilates Instructor
Certified STOTT Pilates Practitioner

Shane is a Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor in Essential and Intermediate levels for Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels and Injuries and Special Populations course work. When she’s not practicing or teaching Pilates, Shane leads an active lifestyle of skiing, both alpine and nordic in the winters, and the summers are spent on two wheels, either road, mountain, or downhill biking. She also enjoys chasing the wind, kitesurfing around the island throughout the windy season. After experiencing numerous sport related injuries, Shane was introduced to Pilates by a former dance colleague. Her previous fitness training mentality focused on big movements while working the big muscle groups, but since becoming a certified instructor in the STOTT PILATES® Method, she has gained a deeper understanding of the importance of all the small, stabilizing muscles in our body and the effect these muscles have on posture, improving strength, and ultimately preventing injury.

Julie Matthews

Julie Matthews
- Certified Pilates and Yoga Instructor
Certified STOTT Pilates Practitioner, ACE Certified Trainer

Even at 5 years old Julie was playing teacher.  Since then, she earned a Bachelors of Arts Honors in Psychology and Sociology and a Bachelor of Education from Queen's University.  Julie has traveled extensively, and over the years she has have enjoyed teaching elementary school in several Provinces across Canada.

 

In 2016, Julie trained with, and worked for, Kathleen Pastorello at Forza Pilates in Colorado Springs.  Julie is certified in all Levels of Reformer, Chair, Tower/Trapeze Table, Barrel and Mat Pilates.  She has completed the Balanced Body Comprehensive 450 Hour Program, and became a National Certified Pilates Instructor in 2017.  

 

In 2019, Julie also became a Certified Yoga Teacher completing the RYT-200 with Life Power, in Colorado Springs. She has learned how complimentary both yoga and Pilates are to healing the body and functional well being.  She then expanded yoga learning to teach yoga to children in an educational manner, providing students with social, emotional, and physical learning tools. 

 

Julie feels that Pilates and Yoga is for everyone! For her, it has created a greater self-awareness, as well as many benefits physical and mental health. It brings joy to guide others toward greater self-awareness and better overall health.  Julie states:  “I would love to share a way you can become stronger, more flexible, and balanced through these methods.  I believe Pilates and Yoga helps us function better in every day life, and allows us to enjoy what we love. We get one body and no spare parts, so we need to keep it maintained!”

 

When not teaching, Julie enjoys exploring new trails with her husband, two boys, friends and Golden Retriever.  She enjoys paddle boarding, golfing, skiing, camping and travelling.

 

Message direct from Julie:  “Now that our family has made the Comox Valley our home, you can come explore Pilates and Yoga with me at Bodyworx Physio and Pilates Health studio, located in the beautiful, historic Manor!”

Kerstin Mail

Kerstin Mail
- Certified Pilates Instructor
Certified Pilates Instructor

Kerstin Mail was born and raised in Vancouver. Inspired by her father who was a doctor and her mother who was a Pilates Instructor, she was always interested in helping bodies (but doesn’t like blood).

Kerstin completed her Bachelor of Exercise Science in Queensland, Australia. From there she moved to Victoria, BC and shared her knowledge and passion as a personal trainer and instructing Pilates, Barre, TRX, and Bootcamps (along with teaching biking and mad science on the side for a thrill). Kerstin solidified a career doing what she loves by going back to school in 2018 to become a Rehabilitation Assistant at Capilano University, and she is thrilled with the path she has chosen.

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Bodyworx Physiotherapy and Pilates is now open and In-Clinic Physiotherapy and In-Studio Pilates have resumed. As well, we are pleased to continue to offer Teleheath Physio and On-line Pilates. For our new safety protocols..
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