Aaron graduated from Queen’s University School of Physical Therapy in 1997 and has been practicing in Vernon since. With over two decades of experience, Aaron enjoys assessing injuries and helping clients figure out complicated physical issues. Using a hands-on approach, with proper listening, Aaron strives to help each client make functional gains
Aaron has obtained a Certificate of Sports Physiotherapy and is certified in Acupuncture and Kinesiotaping. Over the years Aaron has been active in the community volunteering his services with many youth sports teams, senior lacrosse, Vernon Vipers, B.C. Winter Games, B.C. Senior Games and the Royal Bank Cup.
When not in the clinic, Aaron can be found boating and fishing on one of our beautiful lakes or the ocean.
Dason graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1999 with his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. He started with working the first 5 years of his career in Saskatoon in a sports clinic. It was in this early portion of his career that he was first exposed to the beautiful Okanagan when he was volunteering as a trainer of the U18 that traveled to Kelowna for a national tournament. Before moving to Vernon, Dason and his wife Debbie had a 5-year layover in Calgary where their son, Colby, was born. While in Calgary, Dason completed his certification in acupuncture and became a resident (level 4) of the FCAMPT program improving his manual skills. Dason and his family moved to Vernon in 2009, where he started working at Damini Physiotherapy and continued to advance his career with certification in Kinesio Taping and dry needling as well as other courses to improve both his assessment and treatments skills. Dason enjoys doing a thorough treatment and tailors his clients exercises to suit their condition.
When Dason isn’t in the clinic he might be ski patrolling or skiing with his family in the winter and he also loves the summers here where he appreciates our beautiful surroundings with hiking, biking, and paddle boarding. It is true that Dason still bleeds green, but nowadays it is more for the environment than his beloved Roughriders.
Maheshi Fernando graduated from the University of Alberta in October of 2013, with her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. She returned to her hometown and joined Damini Physiotherapy in January 2014.
Originally from Sri Lanka, Maheshi and her family moved to Vernon in May 1998. She completed her elementary school education at St. James Catholic School and her high school education at Clarence Fulton Secondary. She then moved to Vancouver to complete her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in General Science, at the University of British Columbia. She then headed to Edmonton for her Masters degree in Physiotherapy. Although she enjoyed her time in big cities, she always wanted to return home to Vernon.
Maheshi enjoys treating patients of all ages and takes pride in returning her patients to their previous level of function and independence. She strives to provide the best patient-centered care possible, incorporating patient values and the best available evidence. She believes that an active lifestyle is the key to preventing many illnesses and maintaining overall health and well-being.
Maheshi has continued her commitment to lifelong learning and keeping up with current practices in physiotherapy by taking courses in acupuncture, lumbar spine, and soft tissue release.
In her spare time, Maheshi enjoys going to the gym, watching hockey, reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Evan is a native of Vernon B.C., who recently returned to his hometown after graduating with a Masters of Physical Therapy from Western University in 2018. Following a career as a nationally ranked alpine ski racer, Evan completed his Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree at UBC Okanagan in 2015, where he spent time with the UBCO Heat varsity sports program as an athletic trainer and strength and conditioning consultant. He holds accreditation through the FCAMPT Level 1 advanced manual therapy certification, in addition to post-graduate training in concussion rehabilitation, and Soft Tissue Release (STR). with a strong background in sports and musculoskeletal therapy, Evan combines a hands-on approach with an emphasis on active movement and exercise rehabilitation. He is passionate about helping each client achieve their health goals, aiming to return them to the activities they enjoy as soon as possible.
In his spare time, you can find Evan casting a line on the water of one of our beautiful Okanagan lakes or enjoying a few turns in the snow of our surrounding backcountry mountains.
Lana Benge graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta with her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 2000. After a combination of hospital and private practice experience, she joined Damini Physiotherapy in 2002.
Lana completed an extensive series of courses under Diane Lee and L.J. Lee in 2010, which
earned her the title of an Integrated Systems Model Practitioner. This training emphasizes total body assessments to determine the root faulty muscle pattern that is causing pain and/or dysfunction. Movement guiding techniques allow patients to experience function with less pain and increased strength, balance, stability and performance. This is followed by treatment to release tension in overactive muscles, stretch tight joints, and retrain movement patterns. Often treatment of compensatory movement patterns in one region that is causing painful and/or inefficient movement in another region is included for optimal recovery. Having found value in these techniques, particularily for the chronic pain patient, Lana continues to attend I.S.M. courses as they are developed.
Lana is also certified in the treatment of vestibular disorders causing vertigo, dizziness and/or balance difficulties. Her other post-graduate studies included manual therapy, muscle release, taping techniques, core stability, and other sport related courses. Having had three children, Lana is passionate about prenatal and postpartum care to overcome common causes of chronic pain after having a baby. Lana has completed additional course work regarding safely restoring abdominal strength postpartum.
Lana has personal and professional experience in a variety of sports including swimming, dance, rock climbing, waterskiing, downhill and cross country skiing. She is passionate about analyzing movement control during specific sport or work related movements. She has been known to take the assessment of site when needed (to the gym or workplace).
Born in Alberta, Lana spent the majority of her childhood in the Okanagan. She married in 1997 and has three sons.