The Physiotherapy Association of Yukon's (PAY) goal is to unite its members for their mutual benefit and the benefit of the profession. We strive for the availability of a high standard of care for the public.
PAY represents over 30 member physiotherapists in the Yukon.
A yearly newsletter keeps members informed of happenings in the physiotherapy profession in the Yukon. PAY responds to requests for information from members and non-members. PAY promotes the physiotherapy profession in the Yukon and participates in CPA related activities and issues.
Strategic Plan 2013-2016
The Physiotherapy Association of Yukon provides leadership and support to CPA members in the Yukon Territory, and supports the Mission of the CPA to foster excellence in practise education and research to promote high standards of health.
Yukon physiotherapists are collaborative, essential and accessible health care professionals who lead in the promotion, improvement and maintenance of the mobility, health and well-being of Yukoners.
- Cultural diversity
- Accessibility of service
- Client choice, autonomy and independence
- Collaboration with other health care professionals
- Excellence in practice
- Accountability to members, stakeholders and public
- Innovative and creative approaches to service provision
- Clear and open communication
- Respect for peers, partners and public
- Adaptability and ability to respond to changing need
- Advocacy and Education on the value of physiotherapy to patients, practitioners and health care decision-makers.
- Promoting the Value of membership to the Physiotherapy Association of Yukon
Board of Directors
- Amy Riske, President
- Liris Smith, Past President
- Michelle Rigoni, Secretary
- Terice Reimer-Clarke, Treasurer
We are pleased to report that Physiotherapy Regulation in the Yukon came into effect on April 1, 2007. Thank you to the physiotherapists who volunteered their time and knowledge working on this important project in collaboration with the Departments of Justice, Health and Social Services and Community Services. Yukon physiotherapists are the first health professionals to become regulated under the Health Professions Act. The Regulation ensures that all individuals providing physiotherapy services in the Yukon are accredited professionals.
Find a Yukon Physiotherapist
Whitehorse General Hospital
(867) 393 - 8963
Outpatient physiotherapy services is provided to clients with orthopeadic, neurological and respiratory problems. UV-B light therapy for skin conditions and a pelvic floor program focusing on incontinence and pelvic pain are also available. Clients with Workers Compensation Clainms are generally not seen by our service and should be referred to private physiotherapy services. Clients with Extended Health coverage are encouraged to attend private physiotherapy services. All clients must have a physician’s referral to receive therapy. Since services to all Yukoners is offered, there may be significant wait times.
(867) 667 - 3607
The Yukon Government employs physiotherapists in the Continuing Care Branch; Home Care; Intermediate Care; Extended Care, and the Department of Education – Special Programs. Therapists work in a multi-disciplinary team setting and provide services to clients in the capital city of Whitehorse and the communities outside of Whitehorse. Physiotherapists in Extended and Intermediate Care are based in facilities (Copper Ridge Place and Macauley Lodge respectively), Home Care provides services in the home setting and Education staff are based in schools. Therapists work with a wide variety of conditions and often collaborate with service providers in the community and larger centres to deliver client-focused care.
Child Development Centre
(867) 667 - 3607
Physiotherapists at the Child Development Centre provide services to children from birth to 5 years of age throughout Yukon. Assessment, treatment and follow-up can happen anywhere that is convenient for the family including at home, childcare setting, or the Child Development Centre, for example. Children are referred for physiotherapy for orthopaedics (in-toeing, torticollis, flattening of the head at birth), neurological (cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, muscular dystrophy), respiratory, or general development. The Child Development Centre has an open referral system; most referrals come from parents, nurses, early childhood workers and daycare providers, as well as physicians.
Physiotherapists in private practice treat patients who may or may not be referred to them by a physician. Following assessment, individual treatment programmes are designed and implemented. Where possible active participation of the patient is strongly encouraged by education on the nature of specific injuries or health conditions, home exercise prescription, suggestions on modifications to activities of daily living, ergonomic changes at the work place or at home, recommendations for injury prevention and workplace safety.
Private practice physiotherapists treat a diverse variety of health conditions, including: back or neck pain; posture problems; joint or muscle pain of spinal and extremity origin; arthritis; breathing problems such as asthma, chronic bronchitis; rehabilitation following joint replacement; work place injuries; sports injuries. Treatment may involve use of various modalities (ultrasound, interferential current therapy, TENS, hot packs, cold packs), exercises for a particular health condition, soft tissue work of muscle stretching, massage and joint-mobilisation.
Physiotherapists may work in one or any combination of the following specialized areas: orthopaedics, sports injuries, workplace injuries (WCB), complementary therapies as an adjunct to traditional physiotherapy (craniosacral, healing touch, myofascial release, visceral, medical or anatomically based acupuncture, Gunn intramuscular stimulation, rehab Pilates), and industrial rehabilitation (return to work exercise prescription, functional capacity evaluations, ergonomic assessments).
Treatment is provided on a 'fee for service' basis; that is, the patient pays for the treatment received. However, treatment may be covered under auto insurance plans, workers' insurance plans or other extended health plans (third party insurers). Contact your employee benefits plan administrator or private health insurance provider to discuss the details.
Physiotherapy Association of Yukon
108 Elliott Street, Suite 366