"My physiotherapists are amazing and super helpful"
- K Pigeau

Kristy Lerch

Kristy Lerch, the clinic's owner, is a registered Yukon physiotherapist and member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.  She completed her Science and Physiotherapy Degrees with distinction at the University of Alberta.  She can treat a variety of Orthopedic and Sports conditions.

Kristy has published clinical work in the Orthopedic Division Review. She has taught physiotherapy at the University of Alberta, mentored local Yukon physiotherapists, and has been a clinical educator at the University of British Columbia.

Kristy holds an advanced Diploma of Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (CAMPT).  She has extensive post-graduate education in the area of orthopaedic diagnosis and treatment, and has achieved internationally-recognized qualifications in hands-on manual and manipulative therapy. Read more about CAMPT. Kristy has also trained in Osteopathic Manual Technique with Professor Laurie Hartman of the British School of Osteopathy.

Kristy is certified in Gunn IMS Acupuncture Dry Needling (Intramuscular Stimulation)) and is a member of ISTOP (The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain).Read more about IMS

Kristy is also a certified Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, and has several years experience in Pelvic Health Physiotherapy.  She is certified to treat women, men and children.  She has trained and mentored extensively with leaders in the field in the U.S. and Western Canada. She has special interest in treating female midlife issues (prolapse and incontinence), pelvic pain, male pelvic health conditions, post surgical conditions, bladder pain, sexual pain, pre-and post-partum care and birth trauma.

Kristy has completed training in Concussion Management at Laval University and the University of Calgary.   Kristy has also taken advanced training in the treatment of TMJ, Neck Pain and  Headaches, Dizziness and Vestibular problems.

Kristy has trained and mentored in Hand Therapy, and can treat a variety of elbow, wrist and hand injuries, including post-surgical conditions.

Kristy's Sports Physiotherapy experience includes treating pre-season skiing and snowboarding athletes at Mt. Sima, as well as recreational runners, dancers, baseball players and cross-country skiers.

Kristy has also taken advanced training in the treatment of Hip Pain and Running Injuries. 

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Stephen Hutton

Stephen is a registered Yukon Physiotherapist and member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.  Stephen graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with his Masters in Physiotherapy, and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (with Distinction).   He can treat a variety of Orthopedic and Sports conditions. 

Stephen has completed Level 2 training in Manual Therapy through the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (CAMPT). He has trained in a variety of myofascial release and joint mobilization techniques. 

Stephen has taken advanced training in Shoulder Rehabilitation with Lyn Watson and the Melbourne Shoulder Group. 

Stephen's Sports Physiotherapy experience includes working as an Athletic Trainer with the University of Saskatchewan Huskie Athletics. 

Stephen has also taken advanced training in the treatment of Running Injuries.  

Stephen is experienced in treating clients with WCB and MVA injuries.  He is also experienced in providing Functional Testing and Ergonomic Work Site assessments.

Stephen has also trained and mentored in Hand Therapy, and can treat a variety of elbow, wrist and hand injuries, including post-surgical conditions.

Stephen believes that working together as a team with his clients is the key to having a smooth and successful recovery.

Elisabeth Durfeld

Elisabeth is a registered Yukon Physiotherapist and member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Elisabeth graduated from the University of British Columbia with her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy.  Elisabeth can treat a variety of Orthopedic Conditions. 

Elisabeth owned and operated her own physiotherapy clinic in Williams Lake, BC for several years, providing a variety of physiotherapy services to the community.

Elisabeth has completed several manual therapy courses through the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (CAMPT).  In addition, she has also completed the Thoracic Ring Series with Diane Lee and Dr. LJ Lee, a novel full body therapy approach that combines manual therapy and functional movement. 

Elisabeth has also completed certification in Medical Acupuncture with Dr. Stephen Aung at the University of Alberta School of Medicine and Dentistry as well as GTT Dry Needling.

Elisabeth enjoys working with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds.  She believes that working together as a team with her clients is the key to having a smooth and successful recovery.

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Cole Digel

Cole is a registered Yukon Physiotherapist and member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Cole graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with his Masters of Science in Physiotherapy and his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.  Cole can treat a variety of Orthopedic and Sports Conditions. 

Cole has several years experience as a physiotherapist in both private practice and hospital inpatient settings.  Cole is also experienced in treating WCB and MVA injuries.

Cole has completed Level A Mackenzie Spinal Therapy as well as training in a variety of Myofascial Release and Joint Mobilization techniques.  

Cole has also completed certification in Biomedical Acupuncture Dry Needling with SMART seminars. 

Cole's Sports Physiotherapy experience includes working as a Sports Medicine Trainer for Ultimate Frisbee and Track and Field athletes.

Cole enjoys working with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds with a client-centered approach to care.  

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Sara Abassbhay

Sara is a registered Yukon Physiotherapist and member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Sara graduated from McGill University with her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy and her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation.    Sara is experienced in treating a variety of Orthopedic and Sports conditions. 

Sara has completed her Level 2 training in Manual Therapy through the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (CAMPT).  She has also completed Level A Mackenzie Spinal Therapy. 

Sara has also completed her certification in Acupuncture Dry Needling through Optimal Dry Needling Solutions. 

Sara is experienced in treating WCB and MVA injuries.

Sara has also completed advanced training in treating Concussion, Vestibular and TMJ disorders. 

Sara has extensive experience in physiotherapy, treating a wide range of conditions related to sport, work and the rigours of daily life.

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Shirin Jazi

Shirin is a registered Yukon Physiotherapist and member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Shirin completed her PhD in Kinesiology at Western University and her Masters in Physiotherapy at McMaster University.  Shirin's PhD research focused on the neural control of human movement.  Shirin has experience treating a variety of Orthopedic and Sports Conditions.

Shirin has taken training in Soft Tissue Release Therapy and a variety of joint moblization techniques.

Shirin has also taken Level 1 and 2 training in Concussion Management, and is certified to provide treatment of concussion injuries.

Shirin's treatment philosophy involves addressing the underlying cause of symptoms using manual therapy and self-mobilization techniques, and individually tailored exercise programs to restore normal biomechanics and aid in the prevention of future pain and injury.

Shirin enjoys working with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds, whether it be athletes, office workers or those involved in work related claims. 

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Yvonne Emson

Yvonne Emson moved to the Yukon in 1977, and opened Whitehorse Physiotherapy Clinic, the first private physiotherapy clinic in the Yukon. Yvonne dedicated her physiotherapy services to Yukoners for 41 years. What's Up Yukon tribute to Yvonne.

Yvonne received her Physiotherapy training at the Universities of Alberta and Manitoba, and completed her formal manual therapy training with the founding members of our current advanced orthopedic education system (CAMPT).   Yvonne is no longer treating patients, and she is enjoying retirement!