Why We’re Here

All of our staff are here because they believe in our core values, and have a passion for neurorehabilitation.

create a client directed experience
find a better way
respect and value people

Abilities Neurological Rehabilitation does not base treatment on one treatment principle alone. We utilize your goals, matched to the lastest in evidence-based treatment options to provide the most beneficial outcome. The approach used will vary depending on the individual, their symptoms and their goals. The friendly and caring approach taken by our therapists, certified orthotist and assistants, along with their extensive previous experience with neurological disorders, means that you can be confident that you are receiving treatment of the highest quality.

Our History

Clinic Director and Owner Heather Branscombe is a physiotherapist with over 15 years experience in both the public and private sector. As a mom of three (with one child with cerebral palsy), Heather has a unique perspective and passion that drove her to open the first clinic in October of 2007. She could see the need for increased access to high quality and evidenced based rehabilitation services delivered within the context of a team.

Heather’s professional passion continues to be the integration of rehabilitation technology into practice. She has consulted as a clinical specialist to a rehabilitation technology company and has taught therapists, orthotists and physicians across Canada. Not afraid to be an innovator and pioneer, she has brought many emerging technologies and therapy practices to Canada through Abilities.

Heather and Abilities are now seen within the industry as a community partner in emerging therapies.

Often asked to collaborate on research initiatives, she is involved in research projects with the University of British Columbia (FEATHER’s project) and has been asked to be the exclusive BC provider of emerging therapy practice such as the telemedicine driven ReJoyce through rehabtronics.

Professionally, Heather volunteers her time as a member of the Board of Directors for the Stroke Recovery Association of B.C. and is the past-chair of the Neurosciences Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, running and the beautiful outdoors.

Who We Are

Abilities Neurological Rehabilitation is a small, specialist team of therapists and assistants with special interests and training in neurological conditions. All therapists and staff at Abilities Neurological Rehabilitation are personally recruited on the basis of their knowledge, experience and personal attributes. Many of our therapists work at more than one of our 4 clinics located in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Surrey and Coquitlam.

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Gosia Mikszan

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Grace Antonio

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Jazmyn Perrins
Occupational Therapist

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Deanna Rodriguez-Navarro
Speech-Language Pathologist

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Charla Cooper
Speech-Language Pathologist

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Emily Hik

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Ashea Neil
Occupational Therapist

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Catherine Parekh

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Stefanie Pemble
Rehabilitation Assistant

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Miranda Carnegie
Speech-Language Assistant

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Irene Hancock
Speech-Language Assistant; Rehabilitation Assistant

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Rachelle Wenting
Rehabilitation Assistant

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Bailee Cuthbert
Rehabilitation Assistant

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Brent Ellis
Rehabilitation Assistant

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Kathy Cervo
Team Coordinator, Manager of Administrative Services

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Harjinder Dyal

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Wendy Gorner
Corporate Administrator

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Who We Help

We have experience treating adults & children with…
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chromosomal based syndromes
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Concussion
  • Dementia
  • Developmental Delay
  • Dysphonia/Voice Changes
  • Dyspraxia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Guillain Barre Syndrome
  • Head Injury
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Lyme Disease
  • Mitochondrial Diseases
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myopathy
  • Parkinson Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Transverse Myelitis

What We Do

  • Thera Suit
  • Cascade DAFO
  • Saebo Flex
  • Wii-habilitation
  • Home Visits
  • LiteGait partial weight bearing training
  • Clinic Visits
  • Report Writing
  • Fall Prevention Programs
  • School Visits
  • Educational Sessions
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Aids and Adaptation
  • Speech Delays
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Surrey Voice Clinic
  • LSVT BIG™ (Parkinson Treatment)
  • PWR Class (Parkinson Group Class) Surrey
  • Adpated Yoga at Surrey clinic
  • Constraint Induced Movement Therapy
  • Bioness L300 Sales & Therapy
  • Bioness H200 Sales
  • Bioness L300 Plus Sales
  • Post Concussion Management
  • Goal Setting for School IEP or at home

The services we provide and the people we help are not limited to this list. Send us a message or call us today to explore more therapies and options we can offer!

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