Galen McGowan

Clinic Location
  • Happy Valley
Education
  • MPT, IMS, BSc.Kin
You might be surprised that I…
  • Have worked seasonally as a sous-chef in Tofino for over a decade
  • I have travelled extensively throughout Latin America
Biography

I graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2018. I then proceeded to complete a Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of British Columbia in 2020. My experiences include working with patients in both hospital and private clinic settings and research regarding falls prevention. I believe in an evidence-based active treatment approach that focuses on exercise, education and manual therapy. I work to build self-efficacy in clients so they can feel confident and empowered throughout their recovery.

Growing up in the Lower Mainland, I participated in various sports such as soccer and swimming. Shortly after finishing high school, I relocated to Vancouver Island and have been happy to call the Island home ever since. Working seasonally as a sous-chef in Tofino for over a decade, I developed a deep appreciation for surfing and the seemingly boundless outdoor recreational opportunities the Westcoast has to offer. The seasonal nature of my work also provided me with the opportunity to spend several years abroad. I have travelled extensively throughout Latin America and value different cultures and languages.

Having dealt with several sports-related injuries, I became interested in human kinetics, injury prevention and rehabilitation. The patient-centred care I received during my own experience with physiotherapy was invaluable in helping me quickly return to my active lifestyle while inspiring me to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. I am thrilled to finally be in a position where I can similarly assist others and look forward to deepening and expanding my knowledge as I advance in my career.