“I believe strongly that maintaining an active lifestyle is a major contributor to long term health and happiness. When life sometimes throws us a curve ball, as it inevitably will, injury or pain can interfere with our ability to move well. That’s when physiotherapy becomes an integral part of healthcare. Physiotherapy is an easily accessible and natural form of healing which is able to address the majority of soft tissue injuries that affect us all from time to time. The main goal is always to get you back moving and living the active, healthy life that you want.”
Tracy Barber is a Registered Physiotherapist (RPT) licensed with the College of Physiotherapists of British Columbia and a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She holds a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy and is a Fellow of the Canadian association of Manipulative Therapists (FCAMT). She is also a member of the International Federation of Manipulative Therapists (IFOMT). Licensed as an Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) practitioner, she trained under Dr. Chan Gunn, Order of Canada, here in Vancouver.
Tracy graduated from the physiotherapy program at Manchester Royal Infirmary in England in 1986. She moved to Canada in 1988 and spent the next five years working as a physiotherapist at Toronto General Hospital, including two years as the clinical specialist in outpatient orthopaedics. During this time, she also provided physiotherapy services for the National Ballet of Canada on a part-time basis and was a clinical instructor for physiotherapy students studying at the University of Toronto.
Since moving to Vancouver in 1993, Tracy has worked in private practice. In 2001 she established her own sole-practice at Southlands Physiotherapy before joining her growing practice with Seva Physiotherapy Clinic in 2005. In 2008 she co-founded Salus Physiotherapy Clinic. Wanting to focus on a more active approach, Tracy co-founded Balance Physiotherapy in partnership with Sharon Spinder (RPT) in February of 2015.
Tracy also serves as a teaching assistant for the Masters’ physiotherapy program at the University of British Columbia and is active as a mentor for physiotherapy students. On the professional level she currently serves on the Professional Development Committee of the Physiotherapy Association of BC (PABC).
Previous volunteer work includes working with other members of an expert task force to produce a clinical practice guidelines currently used by the PABC as a best practice guideline. “The Back Strain Model of Care” (Physiotherapy Low Back Strain Model of Care ) describes treatment guidelines for acute low back pain according to evidence-based principles.
Other past volunteer positions include representing members at the provincial Orthopaedic Division of Physiotherapy; being part of the National Orthopaedic Executive Committee and co-editing the Canadian Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Journal from 2000 to 2002.
Other volunteer experiences include four years as team physiotherapist for a local Vancouver rugby team and providing physiotherapy services at the B.C. Winter Games, Vancouver Sun Runs, the Vancouver International Marathon and providing fitness assessments for junior elite golfers.
Tracy has a strong personal interest in a variety of fitness activities and sports, including squash, tennis, golf and running. She also enjoys treating a variety of non-sports related injuries that can be just as debilitating for people in their day- to-day activities.
As a keen amateur athlete, and having had her own fair share of injuries (squash is a tough sport!) Tracy has experienced the pain and the frustration that goes along with any injury.
“Your enjoyment of life and overall health is compromised. I find it very rewarding to be able to partner with people and assist them in recovering from their injuries in order to return to their preferred level of activity.”