Jon Cain, CAT(C)
Certified Athletic Therapist
Jon is a Certified Athletic Therapist with a Bachelor's Degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy and Diploma in Exercise and Wellness from Camosun College. Jon has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Athletic Therapists Association of BC since 2018 and currently holds the role as association President. In addition, he has been a Human Anatomy instructor at Victoria's Pacific Rim College since 2021. Personally, he is an avid indoor rock climber and trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Born and raised in Victoria, Jon has been involved with numerous sports and fitness settings as both medical personnel and coach. With a background in long-distance running, he spent 9 years coaching other runners at the youth level where he developed his skill in then being able to coach and motivate his clients through their rehab. Jon has also had a great deal of focus with providing care for athletes in lacrosse, martial arts, rock climbing, and body building. However, Jon retains a passion for working with non-athletic populations as well, especially in regards to returning movement and quality of life to chronic pain clients. Areas of interest that he likes to treat with clients include persistent neck, lower back, and TMJ (jaw) pain.
Jon’s philosophy is that any individual has the ability to attain optimal health through education and guided exercise. He sees the inherent ability in every individual to move naturally and healthily and has confidence that every human body can regain the ability to function without pain.
Mantej Samra, CAT(C)
Certified Athletic Therapist
Mantej was born and raised in Victoria and has always had an active lifestyle. After completeing a degree in Microbiology he decided to go back to school and in 2020 got his degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy from Camosun.
Having worked with both high-level athletes as well as working populations in busy clinics, Mantej understands the needs for many types of clients.
By using his experience, education, and love of exercise Mantej can create a treatment plan that is both effective and enjoyable.
Rory Knapp-Fisher, RAc
Rory Knapp-Fisher is a Registered Acupuncturist with a special focus on myofascial pain, injuries, and human movement optimization. He uses a unique anatomy-informed approach of acupuncture, bodywork techniques and rehabilatory exercises to resolve his clients’ pain and enable them to thrive in their bodies.
In addition to practicing acupuncture, Rory is also a long standing faculty member at Pacific Rim College where he teaches orthopedics acupuncture techniques and theory.
Rory has been an active student of martial arts and human movement for over 20 years.
Marisa Sako, RAc
Helping clients move more freely and live with less pain has been the focus of Marisa’s teaching since 2006. Years ago, she discovered that referring clients with stubborn conditions to her acupuncturist made their bodies more receptive to her rehabilitative movement instruction, sped up their recovery time, and got them to their performance goals faster.
Now a Registered Acupuncturist with a focus on sports medicine, Marisa uses orthopedic and myofascial needling techniques to calm cranky muscles, down-regulate the nervous system to reduce pain, and activate the muscles needed for support. When this style of acupuncture is combined with exercises and breath work, clients can enjoy longer lasting results. .
Marisa approaches sessions as a collaborative effort, relying on client feedback in real time to meet each individual where they are and let that drive the treatment. Being an active participant in one’s own healing process promotes empowerment and wellbeing. Her knowledge, trained eyes and hands continually nudge and encourage clients in the right direction, but it’s the client who does the work. Marisa sees herself as a helper, not a healer. .
She received her Diploma of Acupuncture from Pacific Rim College where she took particular interests in orthopedic and myofascial acupuncture and orthopedic assessments. Her training in rehabilitative movement includes the Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist Certification, Threes Physiyoga Method Advanced Teacher Training, and 500-hr Yoga + Backcare Teacher Training in New York City. She is currently continuing her studies in Kinesiology at Camosun College. .
Empathy and non-judgment are essential in treatments, so let it be known that Marisa has been humbled by her fair share of injuries from dance, yoga, running, momming, and simply sleeping wrong.
Dr. Seth Lenetsky, PhD
Sports Biomechanist; Clinic Consultant and Advisory
Seth is a US born sport scientist that has been based out of Victoria since early 2018. Educated in New Zealand, Seth has multiple advanced degrees in exercise science, strength and conditioning, and sports biomechanics. Besides his clinical work, Seth currently runs a consulting company working with elite athletes and teams around the globe and is a High Performance Coach for Boxing British Columbia.
In his time as a practitioner Seth has worked at the highest levels of sport engaging with NFL, MLB, NHL, UFC, America’s Cup, professional rugby, and Olympic athletes and teams. Additionally, he has extensive experience with tactical athletes, working with special forces and elite police units.
Seth's role with the clinic is a consult and advisory position, helping to provide our team of practitioners with the most scientifically up-to-date research and models to serve our clientele.
Outside of work, Seth’s main interests are his two daughters and his wife. He enjoys traveling, gardening, and playing video and board games with his family whenever possible.
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What is Athletic Therapy?
Athletic Therapy is a branch of therapy that specializes in musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. While the field has a full scope of practice when it comes to treatment, including massage, joint mobilizations, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and more, our main focus with the rehabilitation process is through the use of therapeutic exercise prescription.
While there are many similarities with other therapeutic health professions, Athletic Therapy differs from them by specializing in musculocutaneous conditions and by holding exercise as its primary modality.
Do I need to be an athlete or experienced with exercise to see an Athletic Therapist?
Athletic Therapists are trained to work with any population, regardless of age, background, or experience. The range of demographics that we can work with includes athletes, pediatrics, geriatrics, special populations (such as those with diabetes or heart disease), whiplash victims, and more. If you’re new to exercise in general, then we will absolutely begin at a starting-level with you and progress you as things go.
Is Athletic Therapy covered by my insurance plan?
Athletic Therapy does not fall underneath the blanket of “Physiotherapy” on extended medical insurance. However, almost all insurance companies in British Columbia have been known to cover these services depending on each individual’s plan. Athletic Therapy may fall under more general categories such as “Rehabilitation” on your own plan, so if you’re unsure, you should contact your insurance company to inquire.
For individuals whose plans do not currently cover it, there is an ability to request that Athletic Therapy be added to your plan. For your convenience, you can visit the links below for the forms to request that it be done, either for an individual plan or to your employer if you are covered by benefits through work.
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Can you treat my concussion symptoms?
While our clinicians can address some post-concussion symptoms if they are muscular related, our main service offered is an in-depth assessment for further referral. Often, the sources of lingering symptoms are hard to identify, and so we will provide a full analysis to recommend proper treatment avenues. A written-report is also created to deliver to other medical and legal professionals, as needed.
Our client opinions are valued and help to direct our methods of care
“Everyone has the inherent ability to perform.”
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