COVID-19 Update: Guidelines and considerations for resuming in-person community physiotherapy

COVID-19 Update: Guidelines and considerations for resuming in-person community physiotherapy

COVID-19 Webinar Series

Target Audience:

BC physiotherapists 

Course Format: Online webinar 1730-1900 PDT: Presentation with Q&A.
  • May 27, 2020
Broadcast starts: 5:30 PM PDT

Online from Vancouver BC


Join us for this webinar where four well-informed physiotherapy panelists will discuss the official guidelines and practical considerations surrounding the restart of in-person community physiotherapy services. Topics covered will include an overview of the highlights of the College of Physical Therapists of BC's (CPTBC) guidance document and a discussion amongst physiotherapy clinic owners and community-based practitioners regarding some of the challenges and solutions they have faced during the initial phase of re-opening. A moderated question and answer period will follow each topic of discussion.

Participants will be prompted to ask their questions using webinar technology. We strongly encourage you to send your questions in early.


Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the key points of CPTBC's guidance document for the resumption of community-based, in-person physiotherapy services.
  2. Identify the challenges and propose solutions to the key issues faced by community based physiotherapy clinics and practitioners during the initial re-opening of their respective businesses and practices.
  3. Identify currently available COVID-19 resources that are specific to community-based in-person physiotherapy services.

Key Speakers

Panelist: Susan Paul (Manager, Professional Practice, CPTBC): Susan is a physical therapist and has worked at the College answering practice questions since 2002 in her role as Manager, Professional Practice. She assists with teaching the first year Master of Physical Therapy professional issues course at the University of British Columbia, and she practices clinically in an acute care setting.

Panelist: Dianne Millette (Registrar/CEO of the College of Physical Therapists of BC). Dianne is a physical therapist and who started her career as a public practice physiotherapist before becoming involved in health professions regulation where she has spent most of her career.

Panelist: Jason Coolen (CPA board member, Physiotherapy Clinic Owner): Jason graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Francis Xavier University in 1997 and completed his Bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy in 2002 from Queens University.  Jason has been very active with his provincial association first as a board director starting in 2009 and then completed 4 years as President of the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia in 2017.  He has been in private practice orthopaedics his whole career in the communities of Surrey and now in Vancouver, BC.  Jason is proud to be a part the CPA Board and is currently the Board Liaison to the National Physiotherapist Assistants Assembly (NPAA) and sits on the Finance Committee for CPA. Jason is currently Chair of the CPA Board Risk Committee, and a member of the CPA & PFC Finance Committee; and CPA Board Liaison to the National Physiotherapist Assistant Assembly (NPAA).

Panelist: Peter Curtain (Physiotherapy Clinic Owner, formerly of PABC's business affairs committee)

Panelist: Nichole Okeke (Community-based Physiotherapist with Interior Health): Nichole has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Saskatchewan (2005).  She has experience in a multitude of treatment settings such as post-surgical, as well as intensive care, in the hospital setting. Private clinic experiences include outpatient  rehabilitation programs after motor vehicle injuries and work injuries (including functional capacity evaluations), as well as outpatient orthopaedics. She is currently working with Interior Health as a Community Rehab Therapist, which has included urgent home visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Nichole also works with Stride Mobile Physiotherapy as a physiotherapist, where clients are seen in their homes or care facilities. In her spare time, Nichole enjoys travelling (pre COVID), hanging out with her family, learning Spanish and enjoying the Okanagan activities and lifestyle.

Moderator: Jonathan Coelho, BSc, MPT, Registered Physiotherapist: Jonathan is the Physiotherapy Lead within UBC CPD and currently practices physiotherapy in an orthopaedic setting in the city of Vancouver.


  • Moderator and presenters visible via webcam
  • Presentation slides visible on the webinar
  • Audio live through your computer speakers
  • Your questions sent via slido

Connection Details

Prior to the webinar you will receive an email from UBC CPD with connection details. If you do not receive this email, please check your spam folders. You should add "" to your safe sender list. If you do not see the connection email, please contact us.

How to ask Questions

  • Go to and enter the event ID #: PT-COVID. Or go directly to

  • Type out your question in the ‘type your question’ field and click ‘SEND. You will see your question posted and you will be able to review questions that others have asked. Your questions can be asked anonymously, just leave your name out when posting your questions.
  • Up-vote: feel free to click the thumbs up icon beside the questions you like as this will move those questions to the top of the queue.
  • Questions will be reviewed by the moderator and relayed to the presenters before the session and during the Q&A period.

More COVID-19 Information

View Past Webinar Recordings      View COVID-19 Resources      View External CPD/CME Calendar


 Free, but space is limited. Please email if you register but cannot attend.

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