Kim Scranton BScPT, BPE, CAFCI- Owner /Physiotherapist
Kim graduated from the University of Alberta with honours degrees in both Physical Therapy and Physical Education in 2001. She has completed several post-graduate courses with a focus on manual therapy, exercise and acupuncture. In 2007, Kim opened Live Well Physiotherapy and enjoys providing services for such an active community. Kim received her certification in acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute in 2009. With being an avid golfer, Kim has taken a special interest in golf injuries and has taken several courses through the Fit Fore Golf program. She provides treatment for a wide variety of conditions and loves the challenge of working with each person and their unique situation to find an approach that makes her physio sessions and home programs as effective and enjoyable as possible. Kim and her husband are kept busy with their three daughters ages 11, 7 and 4. She enjoys golf, hiking, kayaking, boating and spending time with her family.
Karen Garrett BScPT, CAFCI - Physiotherapist
Karen graduated from the University of Alberta with an honours degree in Physical Therapy in 1995. She moved to the Shuswap in 1998 and has since worked primarily in private practice. Karen has taken several post-graduate courses in manual therapy, women's health, and acupuncture. With over 20 years of experience in women's health, Karen enjoys great success in helping women achieve optimal health and function. Karen loves working with Salmon Arm's senior population and with her caring manner and wealth of experience, the seniors love her too. When not at work, Karen is kept very busy with her family and hobbies. Karen is passionate about curling with both participating herself and watching her children compete. She is a pianist and music/ministry leader with her church. Karen has a great love for animals and has several years of competitive horse riding under her belt. Her other hobbies include skiing, swimming, boating, and curling up with a good book.
Erin Collins DPT, Physiotherapist
Erin was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Wyoming in 2011 and graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of New England in 2015. In 2017, Erin moved from Revelstoke to Salmon Arm to join the Live Well Team. She is most passionate working in orthopedic and sports physiotherapy settings, especially with lower extremity injuries. As a former competitive athlete in downhill ski racing and mountain biking, Erin has suffered many injuries and had her fair share of physiotherapy. Erin draws on her experience in athletics and past injuries to help guide patients on the road to recovery. Erin believes in developing individualized programs unique to each patient's needs. She utilizes both an active rehabilitation and hands-on approach to physiotherapy. While Erin enjoys working with all phases of rehabilitation, she is keen to promote injury prevention and risk-reduction strategies. In her spare time, Erin continues to enjoy alpine skiing, mountain biking, hiking, yoga, cooking, gardening, and most recently learning how to snowmobile. Erin loves to explore new areas and spend as much time as possible outside.
David Locke BScPT (Hons), Dip RMT - Physiotherapist
David is a graduate of Curtin University in Perth Australia. In 2015, he and his wife moved to Canada and he has been working at Live Well Physiotherapy ever since. David works with a variety of patients but has a special interest in headaches, neck aches and TMJ dysfunction. He enjoys assessing and treating back issues of both acute and chronic nature. He is a problem-solver who enjoys creating personalized treatment and management solutions for each individual. David is trained in dry needling to address muscle and myofascial issues. He is also a qualified remedial massage therapist and is proficient in a number of massage techniques including deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release. He continues to use these skills within the scope of his physiotherapy sessions. In his spare time, David enjoys tennis, hiking, capoeira, travel, and circus and performance arts. David is also an active member of Shuswap Volunteer Search and Rescue.
Estera Hazlewood BScPT, Physiotherapist
Estera graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of East Anglia in England in 2000. She moved back to Canada that same year and worked in paediatrics (children aged 0-19) at a Child Development Centre in the Fraser Valley from 2002 up until moving to the North Okanagan in the fall of 2018. She is passionate about working with children with special needs and their families and seeing them succeed and improve their participation in their community. Courses in seating and equipment, motivational interviewing, and attachment theory have all helped to add to her experience in this field. Estera volunteers at a few orphanages with children with developmental delay in Mexico twice a year and thoroughly enjoys leading multi-disciplinary teams on these trips. She enjoys gardening, hiking, skiing, travelling and doing life with her husband and three kids.
Melanie Gotell RSW, MSW - Social Worker/Counsellor
Melanie was born and raised in Salmon Arm. She completed her Master of Social Work in clinical practice at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan). Melanie strongly believes in holistic health care which focuses on all aspects of health. She believes that psychological health and well-being are as important as physical health. Melanie has a particular clinical interest in working with families or individuals who have been diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening medical conditions. She is also interested in helping those with eating disorders. Melanie's previous work includes interpersonal violence, child welfare, community counselling, and gerontological social work practice. In her spare time, she enjoys dragon boating and snowshoeing. Melanie is excited to join the fantastic team at Live Well Physiotherapy.
Kathie Pletsch - Office Manager
Kathie is one of the friendly voices you hear answering the phones. She keeps the office running smoothly by taking care of the operational and administrative needs of the clinic. Kathie moved to Salmon Arm from the lower mainland in 2004 with her husband and young daughter. She enjoyed being a stay at home mom and volunteering with her daughter's school and activities for several years. Kathie joined the Live Well team in 2014. In her spare time, Kathie enjoys reading, skiing, gardening and music. Her family loves to travel and often plans their trips to include music (mostly country) concerts.
Linda Johnson - Office Assistant
Linda is the most recent addition to our Live Well Physiotherapy team. Linda was born in Salmon Arm and grew up in Sicamous. She served the Shuswap region for 29 years as a paramedic. She retired from the profession in 2017 and has since joined our staff to help with our administrative needs. Linda loves to spend time with her four kids, five grandchildren, and numerous fur-babies. When not working, you'll find Linda enjoying all the outdoor adventures the Shuswap region has to offer.