Meet Gregory Smith
My dream of pursuing a career in physiotherapy began while I was playing professional soccer in Germany after graduating high school. Growing up as a competitive soccer player, I had spent my fair share of time sidelined due to injury, and I was fortunate to have worked with many talented physiotherapists over the years that were able to guide me back to high performance sport and avoid surgical intervention. It was these individuals that inspired me to help others in the best way I knew how.
My first stepping stone to becoming a physiotherapist was coming home from Germany to attend the University of British Columbia for my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in health sciences and a minor in biological sciences. I played on the UBC varsity men’s soccer team for all 5 years of my undergraduate degree, of which we won the CIS National Championships twice and I was named co-captain in my final year. As a kinesiologist after graduation I ran an active rehabilitation program at the lower mainland based physiotherapy clinic Back in Motion.
When I returned to UBC for my Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) I enrolled in the Northern & Rural Cohort as a way to diversify my learning experience.
This provided me with the fantastic opportunity to have clinical placements in Kitimat, Fort St. John, Whitehorse, Powell River and an international placement in Sri Lanka. While on placement in Sri Lanka I was honoured to be a guest lecturer at the University of Colombo where I educated the local physiotherapy students on health promotion, exercise prescription and various aspects of kinesiology.
After graduating with my MPT degree I moved to the rural community of Powell River to work at the private orthopaedic clinic, On Track Physiotherapy. This was an amazing experience as I was able to work with a very diverse population with varying physical ailments. Although I come from a high performance sport background I have a passion for helping individuals of all fitness levels and abilities. At this clinic I gained invaluable experience in dealing with WorkSafeBC cases; helping injured workers get back to their careers was incredibly rewarding. While working in Powell River I volunteered with the Powell River Villa soccer team to assist the players with injury prevention and strength and conditioning. This was very fulfilling as the team performed at such a level that they were promoted to the highest level league that they had been in for over a decade.
After 14 months in Powell River I moved to the wonderful community of Bowen Island where I am co-owner of Bowen Island Integrated Health and will also be working at both Impulse Sport Therapeutics and Docs on the Bay in West Vancouver. In my free time you can find me adventuring around our beautiful backyard and travelling around the world.