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Stephen Blaxland BSc, MPT


Stephen, a graduate from the University of British Columbia Master of Physical Therapy Program has chosen to spend his career focused on helping those suffering from chronic pain.  Stephen brings a wealth of experience to the CHANGEpain team including his work in multiple occupational rehabilitation programs and private practice.  He offers unique expertise in Post Concussion Management and Vestibular Rehabilitation.  Additionally, Stephen has completed specialized training in the Chronic Pain Mentorship Program through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.  He has also acted as a preceptor to UBC Physiotherapy student education.  

His core treatment principles are honesty and self-efficacy. He takes a coaching style approach to treatment where skills, tools, resources and structures are given to help patients take control of their pain and accomplish their goals. His primary treatments are exercise therapy, education and goal setting accompanied with the use of manual (hands-on) therapy and other modalities as required.  Stephen will collaborate with your medical and allied health team to provide integrative personalized care plans.  His passion is supporting people in regaining the freedom to do the activities they love or discovering new opportunities.

Outside of patient care Stephen enjoys the active Vancouver lifestyle and reading to further his professional development and understanding of the latest research in chronic pain. Stephen’s passions include participating in a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities ranging from skiing and curling in the winter to playing golf, tennis and hiking in the summer. His love for music has led him to take on the challenge of learning to play guitar, providing humility and respect for the learning process.   

Qualifications and Professional Development:

  • Registered Physiotherapist

  • Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion Management

  • Completion of the CPA Pain Sciences Division Mentorship Program

  • Non-Certificate Training and Continual Education:

    • Pain Care Yoga

    • Pain Management

    • Reconciling Biomechanics and Pain Sciences

    • Manual Therapy and Exercise Training


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