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Our Mission

Getting You Back to Doing What You Love

“At Sunrise Physiotherapy Clinic, it’s our job as physiotherapists to activate and boost your body’s self-healing properties to assist you with a speedy recovery. We want to get you back to enjoying the activities you enjoy and love—whether it’s hiking, traveling, playing sports, working, or just spending some quality time with family and friends.”

Kevin Chen Owner

What We Do

Rehabilitation and Prevention

Our services combine the use of hands-on therapy with the latest physiotherapy equipment. Our treatments are tailored to kick-start your body’s repair mechanisms into action to restore the body to its normal functionality. We also provide ongoing maintenance and equip you with the right tools, through education and recommended exercises, to prevent the injury from happening again.

We’re here to help you on the following conditions including:

  • Car Accidents

    Whiplash, back, spinal cord injuries

  • Workplace Injuries

    Falls, fractures, repetitive motion injuries

  • Sports-related Injuries

    Tennis elbow, knee injuries, ankle sprains

  • Chronic pain

    Joint/muscle mobilization, pain reduction

  • Pregnancy-related issues

    Posture, lower back pain, circulation

  • Health conditions

    Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Parkinson’s

The Sunrise Experience

I visited this clinic for two separate injuries and found them to be very effective in speeding up my healing. My recent visit was for a sprained knee that had been hurting for three weeks. Kevin was able to relief the pain completely in a single visit.

They utilize a combination of laser technologies, TENS and acupuncture/pressure. It has worked well for both me and my husband. They are quick, clean, and professional. I have seen Kevin, who was great and my husband recommends Wendy who has been treating him for an old injury from a car accident in the 1990’s.

It is a neighbourhood gem.

Emma Somers

Our Team

Meet Our Team

At Sunrise Physiotherapy, our vision is to provide our clients with multi-disciplinary healthcare services all in one place. Our physiotherapists, registered massage therapists (RMTs), acupuncturists, kinesiologists, as well as our chiropractor and clinical pilates instructor have many years of experience in patient care. They are fluent in various languages including English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Korean. We have two clinics conveniently located in Vancouver to help you on your road to recovery.

Registered Physiotherapist

  • Kevin Chen
    Kevin Chen

    Owner, Registered Physiotherapist

    Kevin graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. He continued his education at the Curtin University in Perth Western Australia for his Master in Physiotherapy, National University of Medical Science for his Doctorate in Osteopathy, and BCIT with a Nuclear Medicine Diploma. He is well-versed in various treatment approaches including Cranial Sacral Therapy, Spinal Mobilization and Manipulation, Anatomical Acupuncture, IMS Intramuscular Stimulation, Integrative Dry Needling, Graston Techniques, Active Release Techniques, and K-taping.

    You can find the newest rehabilitation equipment at his clinic. He makes an effort to update and purchase new equipment every year to make sure his patients benefit from the newest evidence-based therapy.

    Kevin is known for his caring personality, especially when it comes to working with his patients. Kevin believes that every patient heals differently. He is very attentive in spending time to determine his or her goals and expectations.

  • Edward Wong
    Edward Wong

    Registered Physiotherapist

    Edward is a seasoned physiotherapist with more than 30 years of experience. As a registered Physical Therapist in BC and a member of Canadian Physiotherapy Association, he received his education in physiotherapy in Hong Kong and in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba. Edward’s passion is in the field of orthopaedic with experience in head injury, stroke (Cerebrovascular Accident, CVA), and other neurological conditions. His postgraduate training includes Manual Therapy (E3V3), Intramuscular stimulation (IMS), proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), deep muscle therapy (Japanese), acupressure, and Mckenzie courses.

    Edward’s philosophy to treating his patients is through a combination of education, manual techniques, different modalities, and a daily dose of activities and sports.

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  • Carmen Chung
    Carmen Chung

    Registered Physiotherapist

    Carmen graduated with credit in physiotherapy from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1990. Throughout her career as a physiotherapist, Carmen has always been drawn to treating orthopaedic patients, with the goal of bringing them back to their active lifestyles. She completed intermediate level of orthopaedic division in BC. Carmen continued her postgraduate studies in movement impairment assessment with Dr. Shirley Sahman, international pain management, and various orthopedic courses.

    In her spare time, Carmen enjoys the outdoors through activities such as hiking, skiing, and traveling.

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  • Maria Chau
    Maria Chau

    Registered Physiotherapist

    Maria completed her Bachelors in Kinesiology at University of British Columbia and her Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in Australia. Maria enjoys using an evidence-based approach to treat all conditions with a combination of manual therapy, soft tissue release, and therapeutic modalities for pain relief and symptom management and a personalized home exercise program to start as early as possible.

    Maria enjoys treating a variety of patients that range from the athletic population to patients with everyday niggles due to work or enjoying life too much! Maria enjoys playing ultimate frisbee competitively, going to the gym, and hiking.

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  • Victor Ngo
    Victor Ngo

    Registered Physiotherapist

    Victor graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He went on to complete his Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney, Australia in 2016. Throughout his career, he has accumulated a wealth of experience ranging from acute hospital care, post-stroke rehab, community aged-care facilities, to in private clinics dealing with various acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders.

    Victor adopts a very hands-on approach with his assessments and treatments which he couples with specific exercises to promote optimal movement patterns. He has a keen interest in helping his clients manage various shoulder conditions as well as ongoing neck and back pain.

    Victor’s passion involves helping his clients recover from their injuries and to promote a more pro-active approach to their management program. He emphasizes the importance of using preventative exercises as he has personally sustained various sporting injuries that required extensive rehabilitation.

    In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and exploring different parts of the world. For fitness, he enjoys paddling, playing ultimate frisbee, and the occasional run along the seawall.

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  • Fiona Tjia
    Fiona Tjia

    Registered Physiotherapist

    Graduating with an honors degree in Physiotherapy from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2001, Fiona has since practiced in government hospital, old-age home, and most of her time in private practice. Intrigued by some complicated cases, she continued to expand her knowledge and completed her Master degree of Manipulation Physiotherapy in 2005 and postgraduate diploma of Sports Medicine & Health Science in 2008. Fiona sees prevention as important as treatment and therapy and this led her to take the training course on DMA Clinical Pilates so that she could provide clients with deeper muscle training exercises, re-establish correct movement patterns and facilitate muscle coordination during rehabilitation.

    Combining Western and Eastern points of view, Fiona utilizes manual therapies (soft tissue / myofascial release & manipulation), modern vacuum cuppings, Chinese acupuncture, therapeutic exercises, education and clinical pilates to help clients to restore optimal movement and lead a better quality of life.

    Fiona enjoys dancing, hiking, travelling and taichi in her spare time.

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  • Josephine Lai
    Josephine Lai

    Kinesiologist, Physiotherapist

    Josephine completed her Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney, Australia and her Bachelor of Kinesiology (Health Science stream) from the University of British Columbia. Josephine is bilingual and can offer her sessions in English and Cantonese/Mandarin.

    She is eager and always committed to a patient-centered approach when helping her clients. From her extensive hospital experience in Australia, she understands that no two clients are the same and that any treatment plans should be tailored to reflect that. Josephine loves to incorporate simple, yet effective exercises to make healthy living habits, preferring to tackle the situation from a holistic healthcare approach. She is always ready to listen patiently with a bright smile on her face; there is nothing more satisfying to her than seeing a patient feel empowered with the tools they need to help with their recovery.

    In her spare time, Josephine enjoys spending time with her family and cooking. She keeps active by doing home workouts and taking long walks.

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Registered Massage Therapist

  • Lilli Cheung
    Lilli Cheung

    Registered Massage Therapist

    Lilli completed her 3,000 hour massage therapy program at Langara College. Her treatment modalities consist of (but not limited to) general swedish techniques, active modalities, trigger point therapy, active/passive stretching, and neuromuscular techniques. Her goal is to provide a relaxing yet effective treatment to all her patients and help them recover seamlessly.

    On her free time you can catch her going for runs, grocery shopping, and chasing sunsets!

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  • Mila Clarke
    Mila Clarke

    Registered Massage Therapist

    Mila is a registered massage therapist. She graduated from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy. During her education, she worked with people from all walks of life with a variety of physical conditions.

    In her practice, she is committed to working with her patients to design a treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and desired outcomes. Her goal is to deliver an effective treatment while ensuring her patients feel safe and comfortable. She uses a combination of Swedish massage, deep tissue techniques, trigger point release, myofascial release, and passive and active stretching in her treatments.

    Mila understands the toll that physical labour, activity, and stress have on the body. Growing up as an athlete, having worked seven years in the construction industry, and going through two pregnancies, has given her insight on how to effectively treat and improve her patients’ physical well being through massage therapy.

    She truly believes that massage therapy can help reduce pain and stress and promote one’s overall health. In addition, she believes that the body’s optimal health is effectively achieved when combined in a multidisciplinary collaboration with other therapies.

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  • Dillon Pinder
    Dillon Pinder

    Registered Massage Therapist

    Graduating from West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2017, Dillon has a passion for therapeutic massage. He has a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia and is also a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

    Dillon believes in providing custom therapeutic treatments that range from mild to moderate pressure tailored to the needs of his patients. He utilizes his knowledge of various massage techniques that incorporate neuromuscular, myofascial, and trigger point applications as well as movement-based interventions. These assist in the restoration of the body to optimize functioning. Additionally, he uses his Strength and Conditioning background to increase performance and prevent injuries in daily life and in high-performance activities.

    After determining each client’s needs, he selects either a therapeutic or relaxation approach. Above all, Dillon believes that a therapeutic intervention involving massage will help relieve pain, reduce stress, and address any specific concerns a client may have.

    Dillon’s mission is to provide his clients with pain and stress relief so they can begin living the life that they love.

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  • Jeff Qiu
    Jeff Qiu

    Registered Acupuncturist, Registered Massage Therapist

    Jeff is a registered massage therapist as well as a registered acupuncturist. He is fluent in English and Mandarin. He graduated from MH Vicars massage school and has been working as a massage therapist for more than 6 years.

    Jeff was a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Doctor in China with extensive knowledge of acupuncture points.

    His academic background:

    • MD/Ph.D: China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences
    • Master Degree: Guangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
    • Bachelor Degree: Jiangxi College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Jeff specializes in deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, prenatal massage, trigger point release, and acupressure massage.

    In his free time, Jeff enjoys reading history books, watching documentary and playing basketball.

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  • Yi Lai
    Yi Lai

    Registered Acupuncturist, Registered Massage Therapist

    Yi graduated from Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine University with Bachelor and Master in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She worked in the hospital setting in China for 6 years. After moving to Canada, she successfully obtained her license in Acupuncture and has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese Medicine since.

    She specializes in treating pain, anxiety/depression, digestive system disease, gynecological disease, and stroke.

    She combines acupuncture, Chinese medicine decoctions or cupping, and moxibustion to help patients solve various conditions.

    Yi also graduated from MH Vicars School of massage Therapy in Calgary in 2018 and has also been practicing as a registered massage therapist. She specializes in relaxation massage, prenatal massage, and acupressure massage.

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Chiropractor

  • Dr. Sirus Vakilian
    Dr. Sirus Vakilian

    Chiropractor

    Dr. Vakilian is a strong believer that health is a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WHO). He is an advocate of using the most up-to-date scientific research in providing his patients with evidence-based and patient-centered care.

    Prior to graduating from the University of British Columbia with a Kinesiology degree in 2015, he studied business at the University of Toronto. His passion for Health Care was a driving factor for his work as a Kinesiologist alongside many health care professionals in a multidisciplinary environment. He then earned his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2020. While completing his Doctor of Chiropractic degree, he fulfilled his clinical internship at St. John’s Rehabilitation Hospital (SunnyBrook) in Toronto, ON.

    His motivation to become a Chiropractor started in his teenage years after being involved in two severe car accidents. He was experiencing chronic headaches and back pain when he was encouraged to see a Chiropractor by his family physician. After a few treatments, he was impressed with the outcome of Chiropractic care for the various symptoms he was suffering from.

    Dr. Vakilian has always been involved in giving back to his community through different organizations. He was an active volunteer with the Canucks Autism Network (C.A.N) who have a vision for all individuals with autism to be understood, accepted, and supported in all community spaces. He has helped enrich the lives of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder through sports and community-based activities. He has also previously volunteered for the Cypress Mountain Ski Patrol and the West Vancouver Aquatic Center.

    Dr. Vakilian has been a lifelong resident of Vancouver and has been very active in the sporting community, both as an athlete as well as a trainer. Alongside his eleven years of post-secondary education, he earned his national and international tennis coaching certification and has been heavily involved in the tennis community for over 20 years. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, running, research, and exploring his talents in the kitchen.

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Acupuncturist

  • Michael Yin
    Michael Yin

    Registered Acupuncturist

    Michael is a Registered Acupuncturist and graduated with a Diploma from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver. He is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.

    Michael is trained to provide both Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture and Medical Acupuncture. Both systems have evidence-based clinical trial data to prove both acupuncture system works when performed on the human body. The only difference is the mechanism each system triggers within our body to promote healing. Michael is trained to provide his expertise in explaining and performing the best treatment for each patient.

    In addition to acupuncture, Michael also utilizes low-level laser devices in his treatments. Laser therapy offers an added advantage in conjunction with acupuncture to help manage pain and inflammation, while accelerating tissue regeneration.

    For the past few years, Michael has been helping senior racquet sports club players in Vancouver maintain body homeostasis from both musculoskeletal and body organs with great success. The players are staying healthy and continues to maintain the edge on and off the court.

    Other than musculoskeletal related symptoms, Michael provides treatment to individuals who are suffering from osteoarthritis, tingling and numbness, anxiety/stress, as well as male and female hormonal related imbalances including hot flashes, PMS, low libido, migraine headache, to name just a few.

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  • Jeff Qiu
    Jeff Qiu

    Registered Acupuncturist, Registered Massage Therapist

    Jeff is a registered massage therapist as well as a registered acupuncturist. He is fluent in English and Mandarin. He graduated from MH Vicars massage school and has been working as a massage therapist for more than 6 years.

    Jeff was a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Doctor in China with extensive knowledge of acupuncture points.

    His academic background:

    • MD/Ph.D: China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences
    • Master Degree: Guangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
    • Bachelor Degree: Jiangxi College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Jeff specializes in deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, prenatal massage, trigger point release, and acupressure massage.

    In his free time, Jeff enjoys reading history books, watching documentary and playing basketball.

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  • Yi Lai
    Yi Lai

    Registered Acupuncturist, Registered Massage Therapist

    Yi graduated from Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine University with Bachelor and Master in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She worked in the hospital setting in China for 6 years. After moving to Canada, she successfully obtained her license in Acupuncture and has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese Medicine since.

    She specializes in treating pain, anxiety/depression, digestive system disease, gynecological disease, and stroke.

    She combines acupuncture, Chinese medicine decoctions or cupping, and moxibustion to help patients solve various conditions.

    Yi also graduated from MH Vicars School of massage Therapy in Calgary in 2018 and has also been practicing as a registered massage therapist. She specializes in relaxation massage, prenatal massage, and acupressure massage.

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  • Susan Jung
    Susan Jung

    Acupuncturist

    Susan graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science degree and completed the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) program, combining acupuncture and herbs, from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver. She’s in good standing as a Registered Acupuncturist and Registered TCM Practitioner in CTCMA. Susan has been interested in biology since her childhood, and pursued her study in Biology at SFU.

    While volunteering at long-term care centres, she saw the importance of maintaining one’s own health; this realization directed her into studying TCM. TCM can help people with chronic and complicated diseases from the root of the body. To meet her enthusiasm in TCM, she also attended the clinical study and observation program at Korean Medicine Hospital of Kyung Hee University in Korea.

    Susan uses a diverse range of acupuncture techniques which include scalp, ear, cosmetic, and electro-acupuncture. She is also well-versed in other TCM techniques like acupressure, guasha, and cupping depending on each patient’s condition. Susan is fluent in English and Korean.

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Kinesiologist

  • Leo Qiu
    Leo Qiu

    Kinesiologist

    Leo Qiu is a Kinesiologist and a practicing member of the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK). He obtained his Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Active Health and Rehabilitation from Simon Fraser University (SFU). He has worked at Karp Rehab clinic and Fraser Health with a focus on functional mobility, strength, and injury prevention. He is passionate about helping people to return to their most loved activities and working pain free again.

    Leo is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. During his spare time, Leo enjoys hiking, cycling and running.

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  • Stephanie Ko
    Stephanie Ko

    Kinesiologist

    Stephanie completed her Bachelor of Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia. She is a registered kinesiologist in good standing with the BC association of Kinesiologists.

    Stephanie has experience working with children as a sports coach and life skills worker. She also works in long term care running exercise groups.

    Stephanie has been a part of organized team sports since high school. She has first-hand experience with sports injuries and rehabilitation.

    Her passion is in providing people with access to the benefits of exercise. People are often told to exercise by their doctors or they just know exercise is good for their health. However, they don’t know how to tap into those healthy benefits. She is also passionate about the connection between mental health and exercise, and how exercise can be medicine for the brain.

    During her free time, Stephanie will be outdoors with her kids, or playing all sorts of sports like volleyball, dodgeball, ultimate or biking. On rainy days, she will be crafting away exercising those creative juices.

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  • Josephine Lai
    Josephine Lai

    Kinesiologist, Physiotherapist

    Josephine completed her Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney, Australia and her Bachelor of Kinesiology (Health Science stream) from the University of British Columbia. Josephine is bilingual and can offer her sessions in English and Cantonese/Mandarin.

    She is eager and always committed to a patient-centered approach when helping her clients. From her extensive hospital experience in Australia, she understands that no two clients are the same and that any treatment plans should be tailored to reflect that. Josephine loves to incorporate simple, yet effective exercises to make healthy living habits, preferring to tackle the situation from a holistic healthcare approach. She is always ready to listen patiently with a bright smile on her face; there is nothing more satisfying to her than seeing a patient feel empowered with the tools they need to help with their recovery.

    In her spare time, Josephine enjoys spending time with her family and cooking. She keeps active by doing home workouts and taking long walks.

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  • Joel Neris
    Joel Neris

    Clinical Pilates Instructor, Kinesiologist

    Joel is Brazilian, where he studied Physical Education at Estácio de Sá University for 4 years. He is a certified Pilates instructor and has worked as a personal trainer for more than 15 years in Brazil with people of all ages and athletes. He has always had an active and competitive sporting life as an ultramarathon runner, participating in various races in several countries.

    “Working with Pilates and owning two studios in Brazil for 5 years has given me the opportunity to help clients achieve their goals, helping them reduce their pain, recover from their injuries, and lead them to have a healthy lifestyle. These are my top priorities and I will always use science-based training methods to ensure results every time.”

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