At pt Health, we have so many amazing, enthusiastic, and passionate people. For us, spotlights are a great chance to introduce these great team members and give them a platform to share what they love about their careers. Today we’re getting to know Sean, a physiotherapist and Clinic Team Manager at Broadway Station Physiotherapy and Wellness, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Sean’s passion for learning is contagious, we’re sure you’ll feel his excitement and really get a feel for what it’s like to be a practicing physiotherapist and Clinic Team Manager.
Name: Sean Overin
Education: Doctorate of Physical Therapy (Evidence in Motion), Masters of Physical Therapy (University of British Columbia), Bachelors of Human Kinetics (University of British Columbia), Diploma of Sport Science (Douglas College)
Area of focus:
For each patient, my goal is to provide an honest, educational and client-centric experience. My approach takes into consideration the many facets of life that influence pain and movement while leveraging current evidence to provide the best possible outcomes for my patients.
I enjoy treating a variety of conditions with a diverse set of manual therapy and exercise interventions, but have special interests in pain science, neck and low back disorders, cervicogenic and tension-type headaches, and upper extremity conditions.
In addition to clinical practice, I am passionate about healthcare innovation and enjoy discussing, teaching, and challenging current practice trends based on the best available evidence. I am currently leading a team of talented healthcare practitioners at Broadway Station Wellness and Physiotherapy; together we work to keep British Columbians moving for life by delivering exceptional patient experiences.
In life: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi
In physical therapy: “Can’t go wrong, make em strong.”
What drew you to pt Health originally?
By the end of 2011, I completed my kinesiology degree and was searching for my first job out of university. At that time, a good friend of mine was working as a kinesiologist for pt Health. He was excited about the experience he was acquiring and the people he was working with and suggested I apply. So I decided to take his advice and was working as a kinesiologist before I knew it. Over the next year, I gained invaluable experience, knowledge, and clinical skills at pt Health. However, I was accepted into the UBC Physical Therapy program and left to complete my degree. During my PT training I stayed in touch with some of my mentors from pt Health, and when I was nearing my graduation, I was offered a position to work in Vancouver. I gladly accepted and started work as a contract physical therapist. A year later I decided to incorporate.
What’s your average day like?
A typical day starts with reading some physical therapy research, then I answer emails and attend to management related duties. After that, my clinical day begins, and I typically consult with 10 patients before lunch. After refueling, my clinical day continues with another 5-10 patients and finishes up by touching base with my clinical and administrative teams. After leaving the clinic, I am usually off to the gym or heading out for a run then racing home to relax to spend time with my wife and daughter.
How long have you worked at pt Health?
Two years as a kinesiologist and three and a half years as a physical therapist.
What is one of your favourite stories of how you helped a patient?
One of my favourite clinical stories started with a busy clinical hour with three patients showing up all at the same time – one was early, and two were very late. Interestingly, all three patients had shoulder conditions on the same side! Knowing I could not get to all of them in that hour, I asked how they felt about doing a group exercise program since they were all in for a similar injury. After some initial banter and laughs, they all agreed to go with the plan, and I started by leading the session. Before I knew it, I was challenged by all three patients and started exercising alongside them over the next 40 minutes. It was a good hour of laughs and hard work, one which was likely to be memorable for all.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I am a huge physical therapy nerd – for example, most mornings start by waking and getting to the clinic early so I can read physical therapy research. Beyond reading, I also need a weekly adrenaline rush and get my fix on the weekends tearing down Vancouver’s North Shore on my mountain bike.
If you’re looking to work at a clinic that offers the opportunity for growth, check out our careers page for opportunities near you. Join the pt Health team!