• Erica Farrell

    Physical Therapist

    Erica brings 20+ years of experience in working with children of all ages. Born and raised in England, Erica emigrated to Canada in 1988 and worked for many years for the Grande Prairie Public School District with their special needs population.  Erica has also worked for private pediatric clinics in Grande Prairie and in Abbotsford and for the Chilliwack School District.

    Erica moved to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island in July 2014 and started a private practice designed to meet the needs of children with disabilities in the surrounding area. Erica believes that the key to success when working with children is to engage them through fun and play.  Therapy sessions are generally provided right in the child’s own home and involve games and activities designed to meet the family’s goals for their child.  Therapy can also be provided on the playground or at the local swimming pool!

  • Christine Pearce

    Occupational Therapist

    EXCITING NEWS!!

    Child's Play Physiotherapy is happy to announce that we are now offering Occupational Therapy services in the Comox Valley. Welcome to our newest staff member, Christine Pearce, Occupational Therapist. 

    Christine brings 20+ years of dedication to supporting children’s play, learning and development. She has a BA in Psychology and diplomas in Infant Development & Supported Childcare, Early Childhood Care and Education and a certificate in Waldorf Early Childhood Education. Her work with young children sparked an interest in working with children with diverse abilities and Christine returned to school for a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. She has since worked at child development centres in Nanaimo and the Comox Valley and in private practice (in Burnaby) with preschool and school-age children with sensory and motor challenges.

    Christine believes that play is the most effective and motivating way for children to learn new skills. Her gentle and playful approach enables children to focus and engage in activities designed to meet their therapy goals.

    Please contact us if you are interested in having an Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy assessment or consultation.

  • Dianne Aikman

    Physical Therapist

    Dianne has been working with children for 20+ years. She is currently semi retired.  She has enjoyed a career working with kids in both early intervention, and school programs. 

    Dianne graduated from UBC Physical Therapy program, and has worked in a variety of areas of physical therapy before becoming a paediatric physical therapist.  An enjoyment of helping children improve their physical skills, and confidence, has made paediatrics a very rewarding work environment for Dianne.  She also enjoys working with families, and children in diverse environments.

    Dianne moved to the Comox Valley 10.5 years ago from Surrey. She enjoys the outdoor lifestyle that includes gardening, walking and hiking with her dog, Kimbo, as well as biking, and kayaking.   In Surrey, she worked for The Centre for Child Development, and provided therapy to kids in the Delta School District, early intervention, casting, and splinting team and the equipment team during her time there.  Dianne also, worked overseas, in Kuwait for 2.5 years, helping foreign trained therapists and families whose children had special needs.

    Her focus of treatment includes hands on (such as myofascial release/cranial sacral therapy), sensory processing, core strengthening, and functional activities.  Therapy includes a balance of challenging kids in a fun way.  Parents are provided with activities they can continue with their child.

    Recently, Dianne has completed course in listening therapy, core strengthening, and integration of primitive reflexes.