As your health and safety is our priority, here are a couple of changes to be aware of:

You will receive a COVID-19 health screening survey by email 2 hours prior to your appointment. Please be sure to complete it before arriving at Vitae.

Use of hand sanitizer on front desk upon arrival at Vitae is mandatory.

Your practitioner will take your temperature.

Please bring and use your own face mask.

Do not come if you are sick or required to be in self-isolation. Please call 811 or your family doctor.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you soon! The Vitae Team

Kinesiology

Kinesiologists help you improve your health and wellness through evaluating your current physical activity, function and movement patterns to recommend and deliver solutions for your health, exercise, sport, work and social settings. Our Kinesiologist focuses on active rehabilitation exercise programs, vehicle accident injuries, hip and knee pre/post joint operation exercises, cardiac rehabilit... Read More

Kinesiologists help you improve your health and wellness through evaluating your current physical activity, function and movement patterns to recommend and deliver solutions for your health, exercise, sport, work and social settings. Our Kinesiologist focuses on active rehabilitation exercise programs, vehicle accident injuries, hip and knee pre/post joint operation exercises, cardiac rehabilitation, workplace ergonomics, general body mobility/stability/strengthening and conditioning.


Chiropractic

A modern, evidence-based approach to evaluating the balance, alignment and mobility of your body. Dr. Vermander will take you through a thorough history, exam and treatment plan, looking for the root cause of your pain or injury or simply to help you maintain an active healthy lifestyle. Chiropractic care is safe for patients of all ages and an effective method of treating a wide range of nerve... Read More

A modern, evidence-based approach to evaluating the balance, alignment and mobility of your body. Dr. Vermander will take you through a thorough history, exam and treatment plan, looking for the root cause of your pain or injury or simply to help you maintain an active healthy lifestyle. Chiropractic care is safe for patients of all ages and an effective method of treating a wide range of nerve, muscle/soft tissue or bone and joint problems. Dr. Vermander professionally guides patients through the healing process and is always looking to prevent conditions from becoming chronic through education and a team based approach.


Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Marieta Buse views each patient with a panoramic perspective of the whole body and the honed-in details specific to each system of the body. In this way, all systems of the body are brought into balance to optimize performance. Your treatment plan is tailored to you, to take you to the next level.


Registered Massage Therapy

Our massage therapists take systematic approaches to pain management and use functional, movement-based approaches to healing. They believe in building a stable foundation for healing to occur, using decompression to stabilize the nervous system and then address mobility, strength and stability.


Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy deals with improving and restoring function as well as reducing pain. Each patient is unique and our Therapist creates a precise treatment action plan within the clinic, along with a clear take home plan, to motivate, empower and educate you to your optimal health and independence.


Pilates

Pilates is a form of exercise that works the entire body evenly with a focus on core strength, working from the core to the periphery by concentrating on alignment, breathing, muscle tone, balance and mobility . Pilates is suitable for all ages and abilities, with innumerable accounts on the health benefits of a regular practice. These benefits include, but are not limited to: reducing back ... Read More

Pilates is a form of exercise that works the entire body evenly with a focus on core strength, working from the core to the periphery by concentrating on alignment, breathing, muscle tone, balance and mobility .

Pilates is suitable for all ages and abilities, with innumerable accounts on the health benefits of a regular practice. These benefits include, but are not limited to: reducing back pain, improving posture and mobility, increase in muscle tone, rebalancing of muscles around joints and relieving stress and tension. Pilates is not only a form of rehabilitation, but also injury prevention. The objective of pilates is to develop whole-body awareness, strength and flexibility.

"Change happens through movement, and movement heals." - Joseph Pilates


Massage Bodywork

Bodywork is a massage provided by a trained massage therapist who is not yet designated as a registered massage therapist (RMT).

Taiana is a certified Stott Pilates instructor with an extensive background in physiotherapy, a postgraduate degree in Neuropediatrics and a specialization in Osteopathy. She has worked as a physiotherapist in Brazil for more than 10 years with Rehabilitation and Global Postural Re-education.

Taiana holds Pilates certification both from Brazil and Canada. As a Pilates instructor, she takes the time to learn the individual movement needs from each of her students, her unique blend of education and expertise allowing her to create an immersive one-on-one experience. Taiana has worked with people of all ages and abilities and with varying levels of injury and rehabilitation requirements.

Every body is different, and each student requires a different approach to assist with their unique needs. Pilates is customizable; the equipment and exercises can be modified and adjusted, making it accessible to all, no matter the existing level of ability or personal limitation. Maintaining a regular Pilates practice is important in establishing mindful movement habits and memories, retraining the body to move with correct alignment, improving overall endurance and stamina.

Taiana is passionate about Pilates, the outdoors and her family. Her endless energy takes her on many adventures in her backyard of North Vancouver, running, hiking, skiing, camping and kayaking, often accompanied by her eight-year-old son, Pedro.

Taiana is a certified Stott Pilates instructor with an extensive background in physiotherapy, a p... Read More

Dr. Buse’s passion is sports medicine, with her background in naturopathic medicine. Her unique approach allows her to integrate modern medicine with the foundations of health and performance. She sees each case with a panoramic perspective of the whole body, but also has the ability to hone into the details of each system of the body. In this way, she addresses performance, injuries, and health concerns with an evidence-based treatment plan that is specific to each patient.

Dr. Buse is a graduate of naturopathic medicine at the Boucher Institute in British Columbia, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Western Ontario. She is a co-author of the 2018 & 2020 ProHealthSys textbook on Orthopedic Assessment. Dr. Marieta was also a speaker at the 2019 Canadian Climbing Medicine Symposium on wrist instability in advanced rock climbers. She often puts on talks and workshops at the Hive Climbing Gym and on their social media page on various aspects of enhancing sport performance.

Living and working in North Vancouver, BC, Dr. Buse strives to make the outdoors more accessible to all-level athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. As a rock climber for 7 years, she loves using sports medicine as a means to reach her own performance goals. She continues to teach Women in Bouldering at the Hive Climbing Gym. Her dream is to see naturopathic doctors – and more female physicians – on the Olympic medical front.

Dr. Buse’s passion is sports medicine, with her background in naturopathic medicine. Her unique a... Read More

Educational Background Before becoming a physiotherapist, Anna first earned her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. She worked as a kinesiologist in Vancouver, helping people with a wide array of injuries from acute post traumatic accidents to chronic effects from acquired brain injuries. This motivated her to pursue physiotherapy as a career. Anna then completed her Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. She has continued her education in the areas of acupuncture and dry needling, manual therapy, Mobilization with Movement, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, CranioSacral therapy and fascial release.

Philosophy Anna’s treatment philosophy combines hands-on manual therapy, acupuncture/dry needling , and individualized exercise programs. She seeks to address faulty biomechanics and movement patterns and to rebalance muscles and fascia to ease any joint discomfort, while decreasing the risk of re-injury.

Areas of Practice Anna has experience treating skiing, climbing, dancing and many other sport and life-related injuries. Anna also works extensively with people in chronic pain, arthritic pain and post operative care.

Personal History 
Anna grew up in the mountains in various small towns in the interior of British Columbia and is excited to continue her career in the active communities of the North Shore. She is an avid skier, hiker and world traveller. She can often be found playing in the mountains when not at work.

Educational Background Before becoming a physiotherapist, Anna first earned her Bachelors of Scie... Read More

Jenika is passionate about humankind, community & coffee. She believes in purposeful touch and views wellness from a holistic lens. She values connection, integrity & authenticity and aims to lay them at the heart of all her endeavours.

She has a passion for exploring the world as well as our own backyard - North Vancouver is such a unique city with its nearby bustling city, balanced with our magnificent coastal rainforest. She loves being outside, yoga and dancing.

Through her training, experience and adventures she has collected tools to help you on your way to a healthy, vibrant lifestyle. Treatments focus on spinal alignment, altering of postural dysfunction and fascial release. She celebrates each individual and what makes you you - You can be empowered with the knowledge to understand the process of healing. Come on in, have a chat and see where she can meet you on your healing journey.

Jenika is passionate about humankind, community & coffee. She believes in purposeful touch and vi... Read More

Enzo is a graduate of the Registered Massage Therapy program at Langara College and is currently studying to complete his board exams that will be taking place in the fall of 2021. He is also a personal trainer with specializations in functional training, and pain management. Enzo offers an orthopaedic approach to treatment to try to address the root cause of pain and dysfunction. His treatments include a variety of techniques such as myofascial and contractile release, corrective exercise, and swedish techniques.

After growing up playing rugby and soccer, Enzo discovered climbing as a young adult and immediately fell in love. A growing interest in how, and why we train for rock climbing and other sports led him to pursue personal training, and then RMT school shortly after. When not in the clinic you can find Enzo studying for board exams, cycling, or climbing at the gym or in Squamish.

As Enzo has not yet completed his board exams and received his license to be a RMT, as a result his treatments are not yet covered by extended medical benefits. This is reflected in the cost of the treatment.

Enzo is a graduate of the Registered Massage Therapy program at Langara College and is currently ... Read More

Allison believes that daily movement is important in one’s pursuit for a healthy lifestyle. She is passionate about helping people feel confident and healthy in daily life, establishing solid, achievable habits. Following a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University, her professional experience spans various areas of Kinesiology: From active rehabilitation therapy for workplace injuries, vehicle accident injuries and hip and knee pre/post joint operations; cardiac rehabilitation in the Healthy Hearts Program at the hospital; and worksite ergonomic evaluations for repetitive strain injuries.    Allison specifically enjoys focusing on posture, mobility, core activation, balance, functional strengthening and finding ways to decrease pain through managing symptoms. Having a support network and a good foundation is key in pursuing your specific fitness goals (whether for sports or day-to-day activities).  She has discovered this first hand as she has competed on Team BC, but now enjoys teaching ice skating and coaching ringette. Outside of the gym, she can be found in the local mountains either climbing rock, skiing, biking, hiking, camping or playing hockey at the local rink. An active lifestyle is what she pursues here in North Vancouver and she would love to help you to meet your goals in pursuing one as well!   

Allison believes that daily movement is important in one’s pursuit for a healthy lifestyle. She i... Read More

Heather has been practicing as an RMT for 10 years, focusing on Athletics and Integrated Health. In 2010 she worked with Transrockies and the BC Bike race where she was introduced to mountain bike racing. Her love of the sport took her to Victoria where she spent 5 years working with a cycling tour company, travelling to Europe and abroad for elite stage races. In 2014 Heather toured with one of Canada’s Olympic Athletes as she cycled across Canada for Bells Let’s Talk campaign for mental health.

This hands on experience has given her extensive knowledge using massage as recovery and injury prevention for athletes as well as taking a holistic approach to support the mindbody connection.

Heather has a deep love and appreciation for the mind, body, spirit connection and combines an energetic approach to her sports medicine background to create a full body approach to health and recovery.

When she isn’t in practice she is an avid traveller, spending her time on her bike or in the Ocean.

Heather has been practicing as an RMT for 10 years, focusing on Athletics and Integrated Health. ... Read More

Allister is a graduate of the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy 3000 hour program. He also has a fitness leadership diploma from Hilltop Academy and has 13 years of experience working as a fitness trainer helping treat a variety of conditions through corrective exercise including but not limited to acute and chronic pain, sports-related injuries, neurological issues, motor vehicle accidents and postural imbalances.  

Allister’s continuous quest for knowledge in health and wellness as well as his passion for helping people led him to pursue a career in massage therapy to better educate himself and each of his clients. With his extensive knowledge in human anatomy, physiology, therapeutic exercise, and manual therapy, he offers an integrative approach to his treatments that is both proactive and long-term.

  Allister’s sessions encompass a variety of massage techniques, assessment tools, and personalized treatment plans to assist in achieving his patients optimal health and well-being. He not only utilizes his skills to help alleviate pain and improve overall functional performance but also educates his patients’ on their condition and the importance of injury prevention. As an athlete who himself has endured injuries, he is cognizant of how crucial it is to take the necessary steps to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

Allister is a graduate of the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy 3000 hour program. He also has... Read More

Dr. Anne Stacey is a Vancouver-based chiropractor who is originally from Nelson, BC, a small town nestled in the mountains of British Columbia.

After completing her Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Stacey graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 2006.

Since 2009, Dr. Stacey has called North Vancouver her home and has been working with families and individuals, helping them become confident in their ability to do the activities they love.

Dr. Stacey treats a diverse patient base ranging from week-old babies to recreational athletes, and from pregnant women to the elderly and everyone in between! She focuses on many areas of chiropractic care, including prenatal and postnatal care, pediatric patients, acute and chronic pain, whiplash, and sport and work injuries. Dr. Stacey’s practice is both evidence based and patient centered, emphasizing personalized care for all her patients.

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While training for mountain biking and cycling competition, Dr. Vermander found himself questioning how the human body works and why it responds the way it does. He completed his B.Sc., Hon., in Human Kinetics, studying exercise physiology, biomechanics and sports medicine at the University of Ottawa in 1999. He worked in a multidisciplinary clinic and observed a natural, team-like, conservative approach to medicine. This sparked the desire to study the human body further and pursue a career in natural medicine. Chiropractic health care is a combination of natural and conservative, physical medicine. It was a perfect fit. In 2009, Dr. Vermander graduated from the University of Western States (Portland, Oregon), one of the world’s best institutions teaching evidence-based chiropractic medicine. In 2010, he moved to Vancouver and has been enjoying the city and outdoors with his family ever since.

He practices with a patient-first chiropractic approach and often combines Active Release Technique (ART) and exercise to treat muscle, nerve, bone and joint problems.

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