Jan Lowcock has been a Physical Therapist for over 35 years. A graduate of Queen’s University School of Physical Therapy, she began her clinical career in public practice in Winnipeg, joined physical therapy private practice a few years later then relocated to Vancouver in 1985. Early in her career she identified orthopaedics and manual therapy as an area of special interest, pursuing Diplomas in Manual and Manipulative Therapy. She then became an instructor and examiner in Manipulative Therapy for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Always inspired by learning and helping other physiotherapists improve their skill and knowledge, she has taught courses in 6 provinces, 1 territory, the US and New Zealand. She eagerly sought out any outdoor activity at a course location, even a walk to get a sense of the place. She retains a soft spot for the PTs in smaller communities who were so welcoming, enthusiastic and engaged with their practice. Along the way she had the opportunities to serve as a fee negotiator, president of the private practice association in British Columbia, UBC and Western University instructor and clinical practice owner. Her embrace of lifelong learning lead her to complete a Master of Clinical Sciences (Manip. Therapy) from the University of Western Ontario in 2010. A career highlight came from her peers in 2013 when she was presented with the esteemed Golden Hands Award from the Orthopaedic Division of CPA for contribution to manipulative therapy.
She now takes on a pioneering role at UBC in the CPD Division of the Faculty of Medicine to provide some cohesion among existing physiotherapy CPD platforms and to develop strategies and employ technologies to enhance effective CPD opportunities for physiotherapists in all parts of the province, particularly those in northern, remote and rural practices. This new position is particularly exciting as it affords her the ability to create, to continue cycling to work and to sneak in some early morning birding in spring and fall.