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About Eryn Freeman

Eryn Freeman, as a certified Athletic Therapist and Exercise Physiologist specializes in treating and rehabilitating acute and chronic injuries to muscles, bones and joints. She started Eryn Freeman Athletic Therpay in 2017 and it's expanded since then to include Kim Jaccard (Kin) and Stephanie Devonshire (Kin).

Eryn is trained in hands-on soft tissue treatment, joint mobilization and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) and often combines these tools with exercise therapy in her sessions to get you back to work, sport or play as soon as possible.

Eryn runs the "Movement Space" at Origin Integrated Health and is in charge of all things rehab there. She loves to collaboration with other healthcare professionals in the Comox Valley and at Origin! Team work really does get people better! 

 

Eryn treats elite athletes such as mountain bikers and runners, construction and trades workers, mothers and artists, soccer players and dancers, golfers and weekend warriors to list a few. Also trained as a Certified Exercise Physiologist, Eryn works with clients who have chronic diseases. This includes people recovering from stroke, heart conditions and surgeries, clients with diabetes, lung conditions or chronic pain. 

 

When you come to see Eryn, expect to get a thorough assessment done of your injury or area of concern. You will also learn where your body may have muscular imbalances and how you can become an active participant in your own recovery. Expect to go away with an action plan, which will likely include rehabilitation exercises. Eryn hopes to help you feel empowered, strong and ready to take on your next adventure.

Eryn is also the founder of the Kinetic Core Series, which is a small group class for core/trunk rehabilitation/pre-habilitation. This class will help you reconnect to your smaller stabilizing and postural muscles and build a solid foundation for movement, life and sport.  

 

When not at the clinic, Eryn can be found riding or racing her mountain or cross bike, hiking, snowboarding, surfing, kayaking, doing watercolours and enjoying good food. She can also be found teaching her other class series “Core for the Female Athlete”, and sharing her passion for helping female athletes take better care of their bodies and minds. She recently founded empowHER Athlete Development to assist in this mission. 

 

Education

Eryn holds a Bachelors degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy with distinctions. She has also completed post-grad education courses such as: FRC®, FAKTR, certified Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) Exercise Trainer, DNS Yoga, DNS A course, Kinesio Taping Levels 1&2, Dr. Stuart McGill's "Building the Ultimate Back", as well as Prohealthsys (IASTM) course.

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About Kim Jaccard

Kim Jaccard is a certified Kinesiologist who completed her degree in Human Kinetics in 2014 attending universities in Victoria, Kelowna, and Australia. She has since developed experience in an exercise physiology lab, as well as a clinical and fitness setting. Areas that Kim is actively involved with include injury rehabilitation, injury prevention, tailored exercise prescription, sport specific conditioning, gradual return to work programs, hydrotherapy, falls prevention, functional capacity evaluation, and chronic disease management such as Osteoarthritis. Kim completed her 200 hour level Yoga Teacher Training in 2020 and coaches 1-1 and group fitness to a variety of populations in the valley.

 

Since attaining her Bachelor in Human Kinetics, Kim has continued to take post-grad education. Additional certifications have included Dr. Stuart McGill’s Level 1 Foundation for the Pain-Free Back, The Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation, Prohealthsys’s Intro to Principles of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, The Core Confidence Specialist Certification, and an introductory level course in Holistic Nutrition. Kim’s next education goal is to receive training in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), women’s health, and rehab-focused yoga. Kim values evidence based research and is committed to a lifetime of ongoing education.

 

Kim finds rehabilitative efficiency in her programs by collaborating in a multi-disciplinary environment. She strives to connect with the wide range of health care practitioners that the valley has to offer. Kim has a passion for building community, education, and cultivating opportunities to increase function and quality of life.

 

Kim is an outdoor enthusiast. You will commonly find her mountain biking, hiking, trail running, horseback riding, snowboarding, and playing sports such as fieldhockey and softball. She also enjoys strength training, yoga, and will always have her Golden Retriever, Oakley, in tow.

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About Stephanie Devonshire

Stephanie Devonshire graduated from Camosun College in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Fitness Leadership with a specialization in Exercise and Wellness. Stephanie has been a practicing member of the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists since 2016. Stephanie has worked in various realms of Kinesiology including, geriatric care, falls prevention, pool therapy, ICBC rehab, veterans’ exercise rehab, workplace injury rehab and work conditioning.

 

From working in Long Term Care for 5 years, Stephanie saw first-hand the importance of falls prevention and helping seniors age with ease. She continues her falls prevention work by offering Balance and Strength classes out of the movement space. In addition to falls prevention, Stephanie also offers Osteoporosis-specific training. Stephanie received her BoneFit training through Osteoporosis Canada in 2021 after recognizing the limited exercise support for those with Osteoporosis in the Comox Valley. Currently, Stephanie is the only BoneFit trained practitioner in the North Island.

 

Stephanie also works with clients with mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She uses the biopsychosocial model of health to guide her practice and uses it to help clients manage their chronic pain. Stephanie has completed her Chronic Pain Foundations training through Pain BC.

 

Encouraged by her love for trail running, Stephanie started the ‘Run for Fun’ women’s group to provide a safe and supportive running series in the Comox area. The goal of the group is to help women get started with running in a way that is social and fun! The series will be offered again this spring.

 

In 2024, Stephanie is pursuing further training in vestibular/concussion rehabilitation, and DNS Strength Coaching.

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