Michal became a Manual Osteopath & Certified Rolfer due to personal experience with sports injuries and the recoveries that followed. From playing soccer and tennis at highly competitive levels to working as a ski instructor every winter, sport keeps him active and has always been a huge role in his everyday life.  With the intensity of high level sport, Michal contended with on-going injuries and subsequent surgeries.  From his personal injuries, he realized the role of physical health education in the prevention of further injuries.  In Osteopathy and Rolfing he sees a unique process of soft tissue manipulation that balances and realigns the body by releasing tension and strain. 


Michal has worked internationally in multi-disciplinary health centers, consulting with clients in the Czech Republic, USA and New Zealand. Now he divides his work time between Hollyburn Country Club and his practice at Ocean Wellness Centre. Additionally Michal can be found presenting workshops throughout the Vancouver area.


Michal came with his girlfriend to Canada in 2009 to work for the Czech Olympic Committee during the 2010 Vancouver winter Olympics.  Michal now considers British Columbia his home, and when not working, he will be skiing, mountain biking, golfing or playing tennis on the North Shore, or travelling abroad.



Growing up in this beautiful province I am proud to call home, I embarked on my professional journey with excitement and passion. My education and training started at Simon Fraser University in the faculty of health sciences where I earned my BSc. I then embarked on the four year Naturopathic medical program through the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine where I completed approximately 4,200 hours of classroom hours, and 1,200 clinical hours. I am determined to share my experience with my patients through a combination of service and education. I am a passionate healer, and dedicated to helping my clients move through a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional transitions as a team in the most efficient way possible.

In addition to my practice in Burnaby, B.C. I work within the physical medicine program at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. I instruct Physical Medicine, a second-year class which covers orthopedic conditions and assessment techniques. In addition to my role as an instructor I work as a teaching assistant for the third and fourth year osseous manipulation classes where students are taught safe spinal adjustment techniques. I also supervise osseous manipulation open lab hours 1-2 days per week where students come to expand and refine the skills they have learned during class hours.

In my practice I enjoy treating musculoskeletal/sports injuries in anyone from the full-time working weekend warrior to the athletes who want to get back to breaking their PRs. I want us to work together in determining the most effective treatment  for YOU. We begin by going over your top health goals followed by a thorough medical history in order to gain an understanding of your day to day living and how it is affecting your health. With this foundation set, I will tailor a treatment plan aimed towards achieving your health goals. I use a variety of treatment methods including, but not limited to: soft tissue massage, spinal adjustments, acupuncture (electrical stimulation available), nutrition and exercise counselling, and non-pharmaceutical supplements. 



Mehrdad Dervish, an orthopedic specialist from the University of Shahid Beheshti in Tehran, and a foot and ankle surgery, fracture and sports injury fellowship from Germany.

From 2012, Mehrdad became acquainted with the discipline of osteopathy. More than 25 years of experience in Orthopaedics works for him to diagnose properly and choose individualized treatment for every patient suffering from musculoskeletal, sports injury or chronic pain. All of which are achieved by using Craniosacral, Visceral, and other Osteopathic technics. He truly believes that Manual Osteopathy is the most effective and available treatment for chronic pains. These techniques can lower the cost of treatments for patients and eliminate potential dangers of surgery, such as infection and bleeding, anesthesia and hospitalization.

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