We believe in living a life without limits. Simply put, your life is too wonderful to be held back with aches, pains, and conditions that can easily be treated. Our team’s goal is to get you back to better than before with a body that empowers you to live.
Advanced Health + Sports Clinic was launched by Jake Lussier and Anika Miehe, fully certified physiotherapists. Under their guidance, they have built a team of expert clinicians on a continued pursuit of education and excellence. The Advanced Health + Sports Clinic team values the opportunity to learn and grow as much as possible within their professional scopes to maximize the value they can bring to the community.
MPT, IMS, CCM
Jake is a fully certified Physiotherapist with a Master’s of Science Degree from McGill University. Jake was born in Nanaimo in 1986 and has spent most of his life growing up in the Harbour City.
BSc, MPT, IMS
Anika is a physiotherapist that graduated with a Masters of Physical Therapy from McGill University. With a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Therapy as well, and years of experience as a certified massage therapist, she offers a well rounded physiotherapy experience.
MPT, BHK (HONS), IMS
Sara completed her Master’s of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia in 2015. Before becoming a fully certified physiotherapist, Sara obtained her Bachelor of Science Kinesiology Honours degree with distinction at the University of Victoria. Sara moved back to Nanaimo a year ago from the lower mainland, although she is no stranger to the island
MPT, BKin, FCAMPT, IMS
Brandon completed a bachelor in Kinesiology in 2000 at Simon Fraser University. In 2003, he graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Physical Therapy. In 2006 Brandon traveled to West Australia for post graduate training in spinal and peripheral joint manipulation, completing a Masters in manipulative Therapy in 2006 at Curtin University.
Over the last four years Brandon has traveled with the Canadian National Alpine Ski team playing the role of Sports Physiotherapist treating Olympic athletes and getting them ready for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics which he attended this season.
MPT, Phed, CSCS
Kevin is a physiotherapist who was born and raised in Duncan, BC. He complete his bachelor’s degree in Sport, Health, and Physical Education at Vancouver Island University in 2015. He then obtained the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.) certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In 2019, Kevin graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia with a Masters in Physical Therapy.
Kevin’s treatment philosophy involves incorporating manual therapy, soft tissue techniques, and individualized exercise prescription to meet the specific needs of each client.
Cole recently relocated to Nanaimo after graduating with a Master’s of Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta. Prior to Physiotherapy Cole gained skills as a Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach and Kinesiologist. Cole’s experience working with high performance hockey and rugby athletes has shaped his treatment approach, combining hands-on techniques with rehabilitative exercise. When Cole isn’t in the clinic, you can find him hiking, climbing or mountain biking, fishing and crabbing, kayaking, or at the gym.
Janine graduated with a degree in Physiotherapy from the University of the Witwatersrand Physiotherapy in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is well experienced in treating pain and sports injury.
Janine is passionate about seeing patients fully recovered and reaching their goals!
Amélie is a physiotherapist who grew up in a small town in Northern Quebec. She spent her youth in the skating rinks as a competitive as well as recreational figure skater. She graduated from University of Montreal with a Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology in 2014.
In 2018 she started her master’s degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Ottawa with the objective to continue providing quality care to her community. She got a broad range of experiences from orthopedics to acute hospital care, but her passion resides in manual therapy.
Maggie studied her undergraduate degree at UBC in Kinesiology and Health Sciences, after which she worked as a clinical kinesiologist for one year before moving to Glasgow, Scotland to do her Masters of Physiotherapy.
Maggie is eager to treat anyone looking to get back to their normal physical activities by fostering a welcoming and relaxing environment for her patients to feel comfortable with discussing their issues and goals.
BSc, MPT, IMS
Nicole completed her Masters of Physical Therapy degree from UBC faculty of Medicine in 2014. Since graduation, Nicole has a special interest in concussion, post-concussion and vestibular dysfunction (dizziness).
Her treatment approach combines manual therapy, needling techniques, education, movement re-training, and exercise prescription with the goal of holistic treatment that addresses the underlying cause of dysfunction, not just symptoms.
Dr. Joe Foglia
DC, BHK (Hons), CSCS, FR®, ART®
Dr. Foglia specializes in the thorough assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients’ injuries to the muscular, skeletal and neurological systems. Dr. Joe prides himself on utilizing a constantly progressing system of the most evidence-based chiropractic techniques available, while working towards the goal of injury recovery and prevention.
Morgan is a Registered Acupuncturist with the college of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia (CTCMA). She is a 2020 Graduate of the Diploma of Acupuncture from Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC. Experiencing the benefits of acupuncture her self from a very young age Morgan wants to share and help others experience and discover the holistic approach to improving their health. Some of her keen interests include in treating women’s health issues, digestion, mental health, migraines, headaches, sports injuries amongst others. The approach of her practice is to be that guide to facilitate a patients natural healing process within an open and inclusive space for individuals to be heard, unwind and flourish into their authentic selves.
Dana is excited to help individual’s reach their peak performance level no matter what their occupation, activity, or sport may be through prevention, rehabilitation, and sound return to play (activity) planning. She believes her experience as an athlete herself helps her to be the Athletic Therapist she is today.
Josh is a 2019 graduate of the Kinesiology program at Vancouver Island University. Josh grew up as a dual sport athlete in Nanaimo, BC, playing hockey and baseball in the Nanaimo Minor Association’s. He graduated from playing with the BCPBL Pirates and continued on with his sports career playing junior hockey in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League with the Oceanside Generals.
Josh continued his education completing his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification upon graduation. You will find Josh at the clinic treating individuals with chronic and acute injuries using the Bioflex Low level laser Therapy system as our Laser Technician. Josh is looking to pursue further education in the field of Physical Therapy.
Tara was born and raised in Nanaimo. She has been married for close to 25 years and has two grown children. Tara has always been involved in the local sporting community with her children from gymnastics, baseball, synchronized swimming and hockey.
Natalie is originally from Courtenay and has been a part of the Advanced Health and Sports Team since 2019. Previously she worked for a high end Optometric Office in the Comox Valley; and is also a certified Medical Transcriptionist.
Our mission is to redefine “whole health” for the greater Nanaimo area. We strive to offer a human approach to physiotherapy, rehabilitation, and wellness. We combine clinical reasoning, medical research, and a patient-centred, one-on-one practice that makes you feel confident about the care you are getting and the results you will see.
We are driven to deliver superior quality sports medicine services for the elite athlete and the general population alike. We are dedicated to achieving our clients’ goals by delivering the highest quality of orthopedic, pelvic floor, and concussion rehabilitation that empowers our patients with the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain ideal function in life and activity.