Vancouver Staff

Occupational Therapists

Louise Chiasson

Louise started with Meridian as an OT in our Kamloops office back in 2017 and has now made her way down to our new Vancouver office. Growing up in the small-town Rothesay in New Brunswick, Louise went on to complete her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at St. Francis Xavier University, following with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Queen’s University. Since then, she has continued to expand her OT skills and knowledge through her work and additional courses. Part of why Louise loves her job as an OT is that she is able to build therapeutic relationships with her clients and empower them in their recovery, and to be able to do ‘real life’ activities with her clients too. Possibly Meridian’s most organized member of staff, Louise has a hobby for bullet journaling, as well long-distance running, yoga, basketball, and exploring the beauties of BC, especially with her partner Aaron and dog Jett!

Qualifications and Memberships

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy – Queen’s University
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Minor in Nutrition – St. Francis Xavier University
Member of the British Columbia College of Occupational Therapists (COTBC)
Member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) Certification Program
Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) Certification
Occupational First Aid Level 3 and CPR Certification
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention


Areas of Practice

Case Management
Community Rehabilitation
Chronic Pain Rehab
Functional Capacity Evaluation and Critique
Cost of Future Care Assessments and Critique
Post-Concussion Rehab
Seating Assessments and Prescription
Stroke Rehabilitation
Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Work Hardening and Work Conditioning Programming
Job Sit Visits and Job Demands Analysis
Return to Work Coordination
Ergonomic Evaluations
Long Term Care and Complex Care contract service

Kim Long

Kim completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. Her background is varied and includes working with people who have developmental disabilities, mental health, neurological rehab and vocational rehab, seniors, and children. She’s also one of our court experienced OTs, certified to complete med-legal Functional Capacity Evaluations, Cost of Future Care assessments and document reviews/response reports. She loves helping people participate in activities that add meaning to their lives.

Some of Kim’s favorite adventures include camping & hikes with her husband and their young daughter.

Qualifications and Memberships

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy – University of Alberta
Bachelor of Kinesiology – University of the Fraser Valley
Member of the British Columbia College of Occupational Therapists
Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation Certification Program
Sensory Processing in Everyday Life: Concepts, Evidence and Practical Solutions
Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance
Introduction to the Assessment and Management of Eating, Drinking and Swallowing Disorders
Seating and Positioning Assessment and Interventions
Supporting Individuals through Valued Attachments
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) for children under 6


Areas of Practice

Case Management
Community Rehabilitation
Chronic Pain Rehab
Dysphagia
Functional Capacity Evaluation
Cost of Future Care Assessments
Post-Concussion Rehab
Seating Assessments and Prescription
Spinal Cord Rehabilitation
Stroke Rehabilitation
Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Work Hardening and Work Conditioning Programming
Job Sit Visits and Job Demands Analysis
Return to Work Coordination
Ergonomic Evaluations
Universal Home Design
Residential care contract services

Pediatric Therapy:
Kim is experienced in working with children with Autism, ADHD Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, developmental disabilities, and motor milestone delays. Kim is also on the Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) list for children under 6.

Lydia Phillips

Lydia is the founder and CEO of Meridian Rehabilitation. Lydia grew up in White Rock, BC and graduated from UBC with a BSc in occupational therapy in 1990. Her first job was in stroke rehabilitation at Holy Family Hospital in Vancouver. She then worked at GF Strong rehabilitation hospital in Vancouver for seven years, spending time on the spinal cord injury, brain injury and ALS teams. She moved to private practice in 1997 and worked for Access Community Therapists; specializing in custom seating and assessment of dysphagia. In 1999, she and her family moved to Vernon, BC and soon after, she started her own private practice. Over the years, her practice has grown into Meridian Rehabilitation Consulting with her personal focus in: functional capacity and cost of future care evaluations, brain injury case management and providing mentorship to the OTs at Meridian Rehab. Lydia has a wonderful husband, Brent, and seven children (5 boys and 2 girls). When she had fewer children, she enjoyed a variety of sports including rowing, triathlon, volleyball, basketball and hockey. Nowadays (when she has free time), she likes to go for a run, bike, read or spend time with her family.

Qualifications and Memberships

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia
Member of the British Columbia College of Occupational Therapists
Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluator
Matheson Advanced Functional Capacity Evaluator
Matheson FCE Evaluation of Brain Injury
Matheson Life Care Planning Certification
Qualified as an expert witness in the Supreme Court of British Columbia
AMPS (Assessment of Motor and Process Skills)
Wheelchair Positioning and Seating


Areas of Practice

Case Management
Community Rehabilitation
Chronic Pain Rehab
Dysphagia
Functional Capacity Evaluation
Cost of Future Care Assessments
Medical-Legal Services
Seating Assessments and Prescription
Spinal Cord Rehabilitation
Stroke Rehabilitation
Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Lorcan Russel

Lorcan’s favourite thing about his job is the people. He enjoys the wide variety of colleagues and clients that he gets to interact with every day and the opportunity he has to make a difference in people’s lives. He likes the challenge of working in multiple practice domains and figuring out how to best support each client.

Lorcan grew up in the Irish countryside, around 15 minutes outside Limerick City. It is a city of about 100,000 and it’s known for rugby, having the longest river in Ireland flowing through it, and for Richard Harris (Dumbledore). It also has some pretty lovely pubs and a working class charm.

Lorcan used to be a member of the National Irish Harp Orchestra and toured across Germany and Austria twice.

Lorcan lives in Kitsilano with his girlfriend, Sadhbh Moyles, and his dog, Oscar.

Kristin Smerchanski

Kristin grew up in Winnipeg. She has a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Manitoba. Kristin loves working with kids and those who’ve experienced a stroke/TBI. Kristin believes that mental health should play a role in every treatment plan. Kristin loves her job because she gets to make a difference in people’s lives and because she has great co-workers.

 

Kristin likes to hike and camp. She likes plants, although she is still learning how to keep them alive.

Kristin lives in Vernon with her 70-pound husky named Levi.

Qualifications and Memberships

Master of Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Arts

COTBC membership

CAOT membership

MoCA certified

Completed Trauma Focused CBT course

Areas Of Practice

Community Rehabilitation

Stroke Rehabilitation

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Autism, Sensory challenges

Trauma

Lisa Beck

Lisa joins us from Charlottetown, PEI and is now working out of our Vancouver office! Lisa’s areas of interest are in stroke rehabilitation, cognitive communication, and augmentative and alternative communication. She’s found her passion in providing functional, client-centred speech-language therapy. She loves learning what is important to her clients and using this information to create personal and meaningful therapy goals that will benefit them in their everyday lives! Ask Lisa about her buttons.

Qualifications & Memberships

Master of Science, Speech Language Pathology – Dalhousie University
Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience – University of King’s College
Bachelor of Science, Physics – University of Prince Edward Island
Registered member of the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC
Registered member of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada
Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) for children under 6

 

Areas of Practice
Pediatric Services
Autism Services
Speech sound therapy (articulation, phonology, apraxia of speech)
Language therapy (expressive and receptive language skills)
Stroke and brain injury rehabilitation
Cognitive communication intervention (conversational topic maintenance, attending to others, memory, solving problems, planning etc.)
Reading and writing therapy
Fluency / stuttering therapy

Kiah Loewen

Kiah grew up in Winnipeg and has a Bachelor in Human Kinetics from UBC.  

Kiah likes building connections with a wide variety of people. Her favourite part of her job is giving people the tools to overcome barriers and empower themselves.

Kiah enjoys triathlon, yoga, hiking, writing music, and cooking.

Qualifications and Memberships

Bachelor’s of Human Kinetics

BCAK

RYT200 (Registered Yoga Teacher, 200 hour)

 

Practice Areas

Walking and running programs

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Mental Health

Exercise Programs for Rehabilitation

Yoga programs

Deb Mitchell

Deb is a systems and pediatric therapy consultant for Meridian. She has run Mountain View pre-school in white rock BC for over 20 years. In her spare time, Deb does yoga and memorizes world geography.

Qualifications

Can name the capital of every country in the world

After that first one who needs to read more?

Joshua Phillips

Josh has a B.Sc. in Physics from UBC. Like most physics majors, his job has nothing to do with his degree. He is an editor, a rehab assistant, and the “website guy”.  Josh also runs writing workshops for new employees.