Meet Our Team
The team at Damini Physiotherapy & Sports Injury strives to deliver top-level physiotherapy treatments so that our customers may continue doing what they enjoy. We've been in Vernon, British Columbia, since 2001. To better serve our customers, we relocated to a new site in 2009 that includes individual treatment rooms and a gym. Our team puts its best foot forward, and with all of the facilities at our disposal, we provide high-quality physiotherapy that our customers deserve. Please read on to become acquainted with our staff and their qualifications.
After graduating from Queen’s University School of Physical Therapy in 1997, Aaron has been working in Vernon. With more than two decades of expertise, he likes analyzing injuries and assisting customers in resolving complex physical challenges. He attempts to assist each client make functional progress by using a hands-on approach and appropriate listening.
Aaron holds a Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy as well as certifications in Acupuncture and Kinesiotaping. Over the years, he has volunteered with several youth sports teams, senior lacrosse, Vernon Vipers, BC Winter Games, BC Senior Games and the Royal Bank Cup.
He can be seen boating and fishing on one of our gorgeous lakes or the ocean when not at the clinic.
Physiotherapist BScPT, CAFCI
Dason graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree in 1999. For the first five years of his career, he worked at a sports clinic in Saskatoon. Dason and his wife Debbie spent five years in Calgary before relocating to Vernon, where their son, Colby, was born. Dason received his acupuncture qualification and was accepted as a resident (level 4) of the FCAMPT program in Calgary, where he honed his manual skills. Dason moved to Vernon in 2009 to work at Damini Physiotherapy & Sports Injury. He continued to advance his career by being certified in Kinesio Taping and dry needling and other courses to improve his diagnostic and treatment abilities.
When he is not at the clinic, Dason may be seen ski patrolling or skiing with his family. He enjoys hiking, bicycling, and paddleboarding in gorgeous surroundings during the summer.
Physiotherapist MPT, B.H.K.
Evan is a Vernon native who came home after earning a Masters in Physical Therapy from Western University. Evan earned his Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree at UBC Okanagan, where he worked as an athletic trainer and strength and conditioning consultant for the UBCO Heat varsity sports program. He has FCAMPT Level 1 advanced manual therapy certification and post-graduate study in concussion recovery, vestibular rehabilitation, and Soft Tissue Release (STR). Additionally, Evan is qualified in advanced needling techniques including Gunn IMS and acupuncture. Evan presently works as a physiotherapy consultant for the Vernon Vipers Junior A Hockey Club and the UBCO Heat varsity sports programs and has worked with athletes at the junior, national, and Olympic levels.
Evan combines a hands-on approach with an emphasis on active mobility and exercises rehabilitation. He has a solid experience in sports and musculoskeletal therapy and assists each client in achieving their health objectives as soon as possible.
In his leisure time, Evan may be found throwing a line in one of our lovely Okanagan lakes or enjoying skiing in backcountry mountains.
Lana Benge graduated with honours from the University of Alberta in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She joined Damini Physiotherapy & Sports Injury in 2002 after working in both hospitals and private practice. Lana earned the Integrated Systems Model Practitioner certification in 2010 after completing a series of courses with Diane Lee and L.J. Lee. This approach emphasizes full-body assessments to discover the incorrect muscle pattern causing discomfort and dysfunction. Lana continues to attend I.S.M. courses as they are created since she has found these techniques to be effective, particularly for chronic pain patients.
Lana is also trained in treating vestibular diseases that cause vertigo, dizziness, and/or balance problems. Her other post-graduate studies were manual therapy, muscular release, taping methods, core stability, and other sport-related courses. Lana is enthusiastic about prenatal and postpartum treatment to overcome common reasons of persistent pain after delivering a baby, having had three children herself. Lana has undergone extra training in the safe restoration of abdominal strength postpartum.
Lana was born in Alberta but spent most of her youth in the Okanagan Valley. She married in 1997 and is the mother of three kids.
Ann graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a physiotherapy degree in 1983. She has worked in hospital-based outpatient rehabilitation in addition to maintaining her own private practice in Saskatoon.
Ann has instructed pre-season golf fitness classes as well as pre-op total joint replacement programs for total knee and total hip replacement procedures. She has received additional training and has worked with people suffering from osteoporosis, arthritis, and cancer/post-mastectomy. Ann feels that adequate customized exercise can help with unhealthy ageing. She likes leading small group fitness classes emphasizing balance, strength training, and posture development.
Ann feels that supervised exercise helps to reduce falls and enhance independence as people age. Ann's treatment approach focuses on education, training, and manual therapy as needed to assist patients in reaching their goals. Ann likes the great Okanagan outdoors and spends time hiking, snowshoeing, gardening, and going on wine tours.