About Us - Biographies
Cris Rowan has a BSc in Occupational Therapy and a BSc in Biology, graduating in 1989 from UBC and is a member in good standing with the BC College of Occupational Therapists and approved therapist with Autism Community Training.
Over the last 8 years, Cris has been specializing in paediatric rehabilitation, working with School District No. 46 on the Sunshine Coast. Cris has also performed over 50 workshops on Sensory Integration and Fine Motor Development to her local school district parents, classroom and resource teachers and teaching assistants. Previous conference presentations on Sensory Integration, Learning and Attention, and Fine Motor Development were at British Columbia’s Cross Currents Special Education Conferences 2000, ?1, ?2, Alberta’s Celebrating the Challenges Special Education Conferences 2003, ?4.
Cris has also worked in the field of illness and injury prevention and treatment. She has performed numerous ergonomic consultations in both office and industrial settings. Cris blends her analysis of body mechanics, her understanding of pain origin, and interest in the human process, to yield an assessment rich in information for both employer and employee alike. Previous research projects were in the areas of spinal cord injury and adjustment to illness and injury.
Deborah Heidebrecht, BScPT is a member of CPA and CPTA and has 20 years experience in paediatrics. She has worked in Nova Scotia, Maine and New Brunswick before moving to British Columbia. For the past 11 years, she has worked at the Quesnel Child Development Centre, School District No. 28 Quesnel, School District No. 46 Sunshine Coast, and for Bridges Children’s Rehabilitation Services with the paediatric population aged birth to 19 years old. Deborah specializes in neurological-based motor impairments.
Ian Thomas has worked in corporate banking for 25 years with particular interest in individual and workplace productivity output measures. Ian has designed a productivity scale based on Keilhoffner’s Model of Human Occupation that looks at human behaviour as an open system of input, throughput and output, with overall productivity being subsequent to an individual and their team’s values, interests, personal causation, habits, perceived roles and physical abilities.
Cheryl Metz has worked in the fitness industry for 25 years and specializes in prompting individuals to take a good look at themselves and the way they live their lives, and determine a path toward wellness and fitness. Cheryl will assist your employees to uncover limitations to pursuing a wellness path, and identify local community programs to assist with attaining optimal fitness and health.