Tara Trethewey, B.H.K., M.OT.
As Executive Director, Evergreen Nursing Vancouver, Tara assumes a rewarding leadership role.
Personable and resourceful, Tara is committed to developing the Rehabilitation Services Division of Evergreen Nursing and Home Health Care by building lasting relationships with clients and the community.
After receiving her undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics, she completed a Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is a UBC clinical faculty member.
Tara started her occupational therapy career working in community- and clinic-based vocational rehabilitation programs for clients with mental illness, orthopaedic injuries and chronic pain.
Since 2011, she has worked in private community-based rehabilitation, providing case management and occupational therapy services (from hospital discharge to return-to-work support) for clients with traumatic brain injuries, mental illness, chronic pain and orthopaedic injuries.
For fun, Tara enjoys cycling, running, travelling, and spending time with her children.
Jill Olson, B.A., M.OT.
Jill is the Director of Rehabilitation Services. She is a consultant occupational therapist with over 15 years experience in the health care industry. Her primary practice area is the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with concussion/mild traumatic brain injury as well as the case management of complex injury files.
Jill has considerable experience in return to work planning and negotiating successful work outcomes for individuals post-injury.
Jill received her undergraduate degree from the University of Victoria and her master of Occupational Therapy from UBC.
She is a Clinical Faculty Instructor with the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at UBC, where she enjoys sharing her knowledge of how occupational therapy can improve the lives of individuals impacted by brain injury and cognitive loss.
Jill participates in numerous professional development opportunities, speaks at local and international events and continues to enjoy the development of her clinical and case management skills. When she is not working, you can find Jill cycling the local mountains or travelling with her bike to find not-so-local mountains.
Derek Bains, B.H.K., MOT.
Derek is a consultant occupational therapist who takes pride in providing holistic, client-centred intervention to individuals facing challenges in any domain of health and wellness. Derek received his undergraduate and Master of Occupational Therapy degrees from The University of British Columbia.
Derek’s professional journey has allowed him to be effective as part of a high-performance interdisciplinary team, and as an independent therapist.
Derek has worked with adults young and old, providing treatment following a mental health diagnosis, traumatic brain injury, or for physical dysfunction. Most recently he has focused his practice on home assessments and equipment prescription to facilitate safety and independence for individuals wishing to age in place.
Derek strongly believes that the best occupational therapy interventions require in-depth understanding of the client, their strengths and difficulties, and the environment in which they live, work, or play. Derek enjoys working together with his clients to find creative and effective solutions to life’s disruptions.
From 2016 to 2021 Derek lived, worked, and started a family in the UK. As of early 2022, Derek brings his passion for collaborative problem-solving and life-long learning to the first-rate team at Evergreen Rehab, reuniting him with former colleagues and mentors.
Outside of work, Derek will be found working on projects around the house, exploring new playgrounds and trails with his family, or competing in any sport he gets the chance to.
Luisa Johnson, B.Kin, M.OT.
Luisa is an occupational therapist who works with individuals and their healthcare team to promote recovery and wellbeing, and facilitate a return to meaningful activities, including work.
She takes a client-centered and evidence-based approach to help individuals optimize their function and independence, and reach their goals. She received both her Bachelor of Kinesiology and Health Science and her Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia.
Luisa has worked as a community-based private practice OT since 2015, with experience in managing complex cases. She values transparent communication and taking a team approach to ensure her clients’ needs are being met.
Luisa’s clinical interests include assessment and treatment planning for individuals with concussion and traumatic brain injury, chronic pain management, ergonomic assessment and intervention, and coordination of a safe and durable return to work.
When she’s not working, Luisa values spending quality time with her family and friends, walking the seawall, hiking, cooking, painting, and photography.
Jessica Leung, B.Sc. (Hons), M.OT.
Jessica is a consultant occupational therapist who collaborates with individuals and their team to identify goals and a rehab program that focuses on increasing function and client satisfaction in all domains of life including work.
She has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Queen’s University, and completed her Master of Occupational Therapy at UBC. She has a variety of international experiences, which helps her understand and work with the diverse cultures the Lower Mainland has to offer. She also has a strong understanding of neurodevelopment from the neonatal period to adulthood.
Jessica’s clinical interests include assessment and treatment planning for individuals with brain injuries (including concussions) and understanding the complexities of recovery particularly the impact of pain and mental health. She is passionate about supporting patient navigation, and has strong problem-solving skills for complex case management.
Outside of work, Jessica is often outdoors and keeping up with her young family. She can also be found planning their next travel adventure or dinner party.
Lulu Lian, B.Sc., MSc.OT
Lulu is an occupational therapist who is passionate about providing collaborative, relationship-focused, and evidence-based care to support clients’ engagement and participation in meaningful activities.
She received her undergraduate degree in Integrated Sciences with a focus in Developmental Neuroscience and Pharmacology from the University of British Columbia, and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto.
Lulu has worked in acute care and rehabilitation settings and has clinical placement experience working with adults with severe mental illnesses. She is also passionate about research and has contributed to several peer-reviewed research articles in the field of psychiatry.
Her clinical interests include facilitating community integration and return to productive, social, and leisure activities for individuals with various physical, psychological, and cognitive challenges. She believes in working collaboratively with clients to support them in achieving their goals while optimizing their strengths and interests. Lulu has completed additional training in motivational interviewing and is committed to continuously building her clinical knowledge to better support her clients.
Outside of work, you can find Lulu hiking and going on nature walks, going to spin and barre classes, and spending quality time with her friends and family!
Anne Marsden, B.A., M.OT.
Anne is a consultant occupational therapist who strives to help her clients develop and improve the skills needed for optimal daily living. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Victoria and her Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia.
Prior to joining Evergreen Rehab Anne developed her skill set in both clinic and acute care settings across the lower mainland as well as in community and rehabilitation hospital settings in New York City.
Anne's current clinical practice focuses on the assessment and treatment of adults with orthopedic injury and supporting the client recovery process following concussion/mild traumatic brain injury.
She brings with her case management, return to work and ergonomics expertise that lends itself well to the Evergreen Rehab model.
To keep active, Anne spends the majority of her spare time road cycling.
Brigitte McIntosh, B.OT.
Brigitte is an Occupational Therapist who is committed to delivering high quality, client- focused and evidence-based care in order to achieve the best outcomes for her clients.
Brigitte completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the Australian Catholic University and has previously worked in acute and rehabilitation settings within Australia’s public health system.
She has treated a range of clients including those with neurological conditions, amputations, spinal cord injuries, cardiac and respiratory conditions, orthopaedic injures and mental health.
Clinically, Brigitte is interested in using a holistic approach to facilitate her clients to achieve their goals and return to activities that are important to them. She enjoys assessing and treating areas such as cognition, physical function, mental health and return to work.
Outside of work you can find Brigitte hiking, camping, swimming or skiing, taking in everything beautiful BC has to offer.
Christine McIntyre (née Eugster), B.A. (Hons), M.OT.
Christine prioritizes collaboration with her clients, their families, and the healthcare team to promote wellness and enhance daily living. Prior to joining Evergreen Christine worked in a clinic based practice, primarily with individuals who had sustained concussion/mild traumatic brain injury. She brings much experience assisting individuals successfully transitioning back to work following injury.
Christine received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria, and her Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia.
Christine's clinical interests include the assessment and treatment of individuals with cognitive impairments and facilitating a successful return to work experience. Her practice style emphasizes optimizing ability through functional activity and the use of compensatory strategies. Her case management experience has allowed her to see the value of building effective healthcare teams and coordinating care to meet her clients' needs.
Outside of work, Christine is an avid runner and strives to spend her free time exploring the local outdoors.
Jana Morton, B.Sc., MOT
Jana is an Occupational Therapist with clinical experience primarily in private practice and managing an interdisciplinary team that specialized in treating clients who sustained brain injuries while in the workplace.
Recently Jana was a participating therapist in a UBC clinical trial that evaluated whether specific psychologically-informed treatment was beneficial to concussion recovery. Jana has been employed locally and internationally, bringing a breadth of experience collaborating with individuals from all walks of life.
Her therapy interests lie in a holistic approach to care that focuses on all aspects of clients' lives, helping to improve cognition, mental health, physical health, and overall function.
Jana grew up in Vancouver, completing a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario. She went on to graduate with a Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia in 2011.
In her free time Jana enjoys getting outside and skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, camping, and road cycling. She also enjoys all the amazing arts and music that Vancouver has to offer and is known to have CBC playing somewhere in the background with a strong cup of coffee often within reach.
Talia Budlovsky, B.A., M.OT.
Servicing Prince Rupert & Surrounding Areas / Currently on maternity leave
Talia is a consultant occupational therapist who endeavours to build meaningful relationships with her clients and work collaboratively toward established goals. She has clinical placement experience in acute care, stroke rehabilitation, and chronic condition management.
Talia’s special interests include adaptive sport and recreation, empowering clients through symptom self-management, and vocational rehabilitation.
Talia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from McGill University, and her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of British Columbia in 2017. She has participated in a variety of professional development courses with a focus on seating and positioning, assistive devices, trauma-informed care, and mindful communication.
After 2 years as a Community OT with Evergreen Rehab, Talia moved to Prince Rupert and currently works on a primary care team, supporting complex care clients on the primary care unit, in long-term care facilities and in the community. In 2021, Talia re-joined the Evergreen Rehab team with the goal to expand community-based OT services to the residents of Prince Rupert and surrounding underserved areas.
Outside of work, Talia can be found hiking and/or camping in-and-around Prince Rupert cooking, reading a good book, or spending time with her family and friends - sometimes all at once!
The Evergreen Approach - Caring for the Whole Person
You get support beyond rehabilitation as a result of our approach of looking at the whole person, understanding the bigger picture and building relationships with clients and community organisations.
Evergreen believes that looking at all aspects of your situation, not just the rehabilitation process, produces longer lasting results.
Clients are often overwhelmed with rehab and medical appointments. Many become anxious and depressed as they lose their sense of self being shuttled from one appointment to the next. These psychosocial concerns often lead to a significant delay in recovery and return to work. Our team has a strong ability to spot these concerns and address them early on in the rehabilitation process before they become a barrier to success. Fair, thorough, strong communicators and team players. Our team is attentive to the needs of clients and is thereby a strong advocate for their rights. This allows us to seek out cost-effective solutions and negotiate on your behalf -- especially when it comes negotiating return-to-work accommodations. As occupational therapists, our team members have specialised in brain injuries, regarded as one of the most challenging areas of occupational therapy. We have assisted and managed brain injury cases of private clients and are certified Cogmed Working Memory Training coaches, university clinical faculty members and conference presenters. Evergreen strives to assist customers get the best solution for their problem. As a result of our well established relationship with BC healthcare providers and a wide range of clients and their employers means we have the expertise to guide you in making well informed decisions about your rehabilitation program.
Focusing on the person, not just their injuries
Professional & personable
Extensive experience assessing and managing traumatic brain injury cases
Augment, not duplicate public services
Clients are often overwhelmed with rehab and medical appointments. Many become anxious and depressed as they lose their sense of self being shuttled from one appointment to the next. These psychosocial concerns often lead to a significant delay in recovery and return to work. Our team has a strong ability to spot these concerns and address them early on in the rehabilitation process before they become a barrier to success.
Fair, thorough, strong communicators and team players. Our team is attentive to the needs of clients and is thereby a strong advocate for their rights. This allows us to seek out cost-effective solutions and negotiate on your behalf -- especially when it comes negotiating return-to-work accommodations.
As occupational therapists, our team members have specialised in brain injuries, regarded as one of the most challenging areas of occupational therapy. We have assisted and managed brain injury cases of private clients and are certified Cogmed Working Memory Training coaches, university clinical faculty members and conference presenters.
Evergreen strives to assist customers get the best solution for their problem. As a result of our well established relationship with BC healthcare providers and a wide range of clients and their employers means we have the expertise to guide you in making well informed decisions about your rehabilitation program.