Chuck Couillard                       Carmen B-Gautrais                      Jennifer Francis 


Chuck Couillard, B.SC (PT)



Charles (Chuck) Couillard graduated from the University of Alberta in 1999 with a B.Sc. in Physical Therapy. His clinical background includes: private practice, inpatient orthopaedics, and neuro rehab. Chuck has spent the majority of his professional career working in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. He has taken additional courses in: Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), manual therapy, core stabilization, McKenzie protocols, exercise prescription and Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT).

Chuck is committed to helping individuals with acute and/ or chronic conditions improve their function and ability to  fully participate in life. His holistic approach to addressing pain supports patients in maximizing their ability to move and function in their lives. Chuck has a special interest in persistent pain syndromes of myofascial origin.

Chuck purchased the Parksville Physiotherapy clinic in the fall of 2017 and is committed to continuing  to provide quality services to the residents of Parksville, Qualicum and surrounding areas. In his spare time, Chuck enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, running and spending time with his sons.

Carmen’s passion for health care began over 15 years ago. She commenced her
journey studying traditional medicines from around the globe during her
undergraduate program as a Davis Scholar in the United States.
There, Carmen combined course-work in the biomedical field with the study of
herbal medicine practices in Mexico, France and Kenya. During this time she
completed a Health and Development program in Eastern Africa with the School for International Training.
This wide exposure to a variety of approaches to health and wellness encouraged
her to combine conventional medical approaches with ancient forms of healing. She completed a 5 year Doctorate of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at Pacific Rim
College, in Victoria, with over 3,000 hours of coursework and clinical practice. Her final TCM residency was in northern China at the Liaoning Teaching Hospital.
Upon completion of her Doctorate, Carmen pursued a Master of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver as part of the Northern and Rural Cohort.
Carmen now practices both as a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine
Practitioner and a Registered Physiotherapist.


Carmen B-Gautrais, MPT, RAc, RTCMP

Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist, Herbalist


Jennifer Francis, LPN

Foot Care Nurse, Reflexologist

Jennifer Francis hails from Prince Edward Island. She served in the Royal Canadian Navy stationed on the East Coast. Jennifer relocated to Vancouver Island and entered civilian life trained as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She has worked in continuing care, home care, palliative care and private practice.

Jennifer has completed additional certifications in Foot Care Nursing, Low Intensity Laser Therapy and Reflexology. Jennifer enjoys working with people to optimize their health. She has a strong commitment to ongoing education. Jennifer's values align well with the holistic approach of the Parksville Physiotherapy practice. She loves what she does and her enthusiasm is infectious!

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys the outdoors. Her interests include: camping, fishing, photography, hiking and spending time with her sons.


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