Online Physiotherapy Telerehabilitation

What is online physiotherapy telerehabilitation?

Telerehabilitation is a form of therapy which has been around for many years; however, due to the current coronavirus pandemic, it is becoming a more and more popular way to provide physiotherapy treatment to the public.

Using a webcam on your computer, tablet or phone, we are able to communicate with you securely from the comfort of your home and accurately assess your condition, provide a diagnosis and deliver you a personalized treatment plan.

Following the appointment, we will email you with your exercise plan, which shows you all of the exercises which have been prescribed for you.

Who is online physiotherapy telerehabilitation for?

If you were considering going to a traditional outpatient physiotherapy clinic to have your problem assessed, online telerehabilitation is most likely suitable for you. Most common problems we see in our clinic can be managed through exercise and advice, and if we do think that you would be better served by seeing a physio in person, we will tell you this and refund you.

We will screen all online telerehabilitation appointments before they occur, so if we think your problem is something that is not appropriate for an online appointment, we will let you know beforehand and the appointment can be cancelled.

The following therapists are available for booking online


Chris Stokes
Registered Physiotherapist
Nicholas Kmet
Registered Physiotherapist


Sherrie Pope
Ashley Larson
Lauren Walker
Athletic Therapist, Kinesiologist

Holistic Nutritionist

Laurel Garner
Registered Holistic Nutritionist


Lauren Walker
Athletic Therapist

How can online physiotherapy diagnose me if you can’t touch me?

Knowing what questions to ask and signs to look for are a vital component of any physiotherapists toolkit, and these skills develop over time and with experience. Physiotherapists are trained extensively in these skills, and often have a good idea about what is happening before they even do any hands-on assessments!

Every physiotherapy appointment is comprised of two parts – the ‘subjective’ and ‘objective’ assessment. The subjective assessment is where the physiotherapist asks you a number of questions about your problem, such as how you hurt yourself, where it hurts, what kind of pain it is and what makes it better or worse (amongst other things). This part it vital for us to find out what the cause of your problem is. The objective assessment is where we look at how well your body is moving, check on range of motion of appropriate body parts (like to see how much your spine or your shoulder can move), check your strength and do any special tests we deem are appropriate. The good news is that we can quite easily do all of these things over a computer screen!

How can online physiotherapy help me if you can’t do hands-on treatment?

The core principle of physiotherapy is to empower you to be able to manage and resolve your symptoms independently. Physiotherapy is an active treatment approach which means we can give you the tools to use at home (advice and exercise prescription) to help heal yourself and get you to where you want to be. In fact, research shows that exercise is one of the best treatment tools available to treat a vast array of aches and pains – we give you the tools to do this.

Do I need to be in Penticton to have an online appointment with you?

No! While we are based in Penticton and will be offering online telerehabilitation physiotherapy in Penticton, the great thing about telerehabilitation and online physiotherapy appointments is that you can be anywhere! The only geographical limitation is that you must be located in British Columbia to receive online physiotherapy telerehabilitation with us. This is because our physiotherapists are registered to provide physiotherapy care in British Columbia, but not outside of it.

Do I need a doctors appointment for an online telerehabilitation appointment?

In a word, no! Physiotherapists are primary healthcare professionals and you do not require a prescription to work with us.

How do I book an appointment?

Give us a call and speak with Callen, our office manager.

Come in and say hi at our Ellis Street location on the 31st March!

Will my insurance plan cover my APPOINTMENT?

We advise that you contact your private insurance provider first to check if they will cover you for this type of physiotherapy treatment, as every insurance provider and plan will differ in what they offer. We will provide you with a detailed receipt following your appointment which you can use to either submit directly to your insurance provider, or keep for tax purposes.


Dear friends,

As you will be aware, we are in the middle of a public health emergency due to the ongoing coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic. Following strong recommendations from both the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in the last 24 hours, we have made the difficult decision to close our clinic until March 31st 2020. We believe that this is the ethically and socially responsible action to help ‘flatten the curve’ of the virus. We are trying to do our part to help take the pressure off the already overloaded Penticton Regional Hospital by preventing further spread.

Please note, we have NOT had any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our clinic. You can still book appointments with us for March 31st & onward, either on the phone at 250-493-1152 or on our online booking portal, located at the top of each of our webpages.

We understand that this may be an inconvenience, but we hope you can understand our decision in this unprecedented time. We will be working behind the scenes while our clinic is closed to make sure that all of your ICBC, WorkSafe BC and private claims are all being processed, and liaising with ICBC and WorkSafe as needed to extend treatment blocks which may end during our down time.

We are currently in the process of calling our patients to reschedule appointments, so don’t worry if you haven’t heard from us yet – we haven’t forgotten about you!

Again, we thank you for your understanding in this challenging time. We will keep you updated on the status of our clinic as the days and weeks unfold, and urge everyone to practice social distancing and keep updated on the current health advice from the Canadian government and health departments.

Looking forwards to seeing you all again on March 31st.

Best regards,

Chris Stokes,
Clinic Director and Registered Physiotherapist – March 17th, 2020