Make Fresh Air "Business Connections"!
The Fresh Air Life Business Directory will profile Fresh Air Certified Businesses providing you with Fresh Air connections on and off the trails. These are women of excellence in their chosen field who will heal you, help you and provide first class service to all of our our Fresh Air Life alumni. Jenn is thrilled to provide a Fresh Air opportunity for these dynamic business women to profile their work and make Fresh Air connections in our women's wellness circle.
Siobhan O'Connell - Physiotherapist
Siobhan is a graduate in Physiotherapy from University College Dublin, Ireland, 1979. In 1982 when she moved to Vancouver, Siobhan wanted to experience the full spectrum of hospital medicine. She fulfilled this goal while working first at Vancouver General Hospital, and later at Lions Gate Hospital.
Specializing in postgraduate orthopedic medicine and sport injuries Siobhan has cultivated an integrated private practice with certifications in traditional manual therapy, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, acupuncture, clinical counseling, meditation and her passion, Pilates based rehabilitation exercise.
Siobhan was introduced to Jenn Hewlett and the Fresh Air Life philosophy a year ago and is thrilled to integrate this smart, holistic work into her physiotherapy practice. “Nordic pole walking is such a natural yet scientific progression from ‘in clinic’ therapy to real life, outdoor based, dynamic core fitness for my patients - especially those having treatment for spine, hip, knee and foot issues. The poles are a fantastic addition to upper body strength and posture correction. Taking their rehab out of the clinic to the magnificent trails of the North Shore under Jenn’s expert supervision gives my patients a fresh, fun and social dimension to their rehabilitation and fitness.” Siobhan says. “I have felt such a difference in my own body and its injuries, and am so excited to share that with my patients.”
Siobhan’s open, light filled 4000 sq ft clinic, Trimetrics Physiotherapy Clinical Pilates and Complimentary Health Clinic is located at 307–850 Harbourside Drive in North Vancouver. A Physician’s referral is not required and most services are covered by Extended Health Benefit Plans.
Watch for Siobhan's informative blogs - coming soon on the Fresh Air website. Come and chat with Siobhan as she walks with the Fresh Air team every Tuesday morning.
"I saw Siobhan for a second opinion regarding chronic foot pain which was seriously interfering with my hiking and walking programme. Siobhan was able to determine that I could relieve this discomfort by engaging different muscle groups. I worked with one her team members on a weekly basis to achieve this goal. With my newly engaged muscles I was able to hike for many hours a day in Italy without discomfort or pain."
- Iris Mckibbin
"Siobhan at Trimetrics is the best physiotherapist I have ever consulted with. In addition to being approachable, extremely knowledgeable and professional, she has a wonderful sense of humour! She really gave me her undivided attention during each appointment, and in addition to any treatment required, she ensured I was doing my assigned exercises and stretches correctly. Thanks to Siobhan, I quickly recovered from a shoulder injury which had persisted for several months. I highly recommend Siobhan at Trimetrics Physiotherapy."
- Kathy Rothnie
Women With Wings Travel
At Travel Concepts we do things differently, always with our clients' changing interests in mind. Our consultants circle the globe pursuing unique travel opportunities for our savvy travelers. We work with our clients to customize private programs that deliver a careful balance of special interests, local knowledge and a new approach to travel.
Women With Wings is our ladies only division - tours designed by women, for women. Partnering Women With Wings with Fresh Air Life is a natural fit - our common goal to grow through healthy, experiential travel enables us to offer truly exciting tours which may find you hiking, biking, or even kayaking in exotic locales.
If your special interest club (book, sketching, bird watching to name just a few) would like us to design a special tour, we would be delighted to work with you on your idea. To incorporate your special interest to a destination of your choice is our forte. Whether your require painting classes in Europe, kayaking in the Baja, volunteer projects in Africa, or even an Art and Architectural getaway in Chicago, New York or San Francisco - we can handle it. In fact, we've probably already done it! Your options are endless, our experience priceless.
Women With Wings and Fresh Air Life have a proven track record with programs that always sell out - often before they are posted on the website! Whether you are climbing the alps, sipping Guinness or dancing on a cruise ship you will find yourself surrounded by women who share your passion for a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Welcome to our world!
“Our Tour Leader was fabulous! The hiking, swimming, biking were highlights for me as well as the
amazing company of all the others on the trip."
- Carole F.
"The best part was the camaraderie, the fun, the laughing, just a lovely group of women, great travellers...so much
- Elaine H.
"I can't remember the last time I felt so relaxed! I was sorry to see the tour end."
- Lori B
"I felt safe with Women With Wings looking after all the details, and really appreciated all of the personal touches. Fun!"
- Bonnie M
Laurie McLean - Handy Granddaughter
Laurie began her varied career in 1979 working in Activity Therapy at Riverview Psychiatric Hospital to put herself through SFU’s BSc. Kinesiology program. Following graduation, she left her hometown of Port Moody to work in Occupational Therapy at VGH’s Extended Care Unit.
She continued in sales of home health care and mobility equipment before making the leap to the construction industry, completing an apprenticeship and journeyman certification in the trade of Painting and Decorating.
Throughout her career, Laurie spent a great deal of time with her Grandmother, who required more assistance to live independently in her own home as she aged.
Weekly, Laurie went to Grandma’s home to help with anything she needed, from simple things like opening a jar, retrieving something from the basement, installing a hydraulic tub lift and raised toilet seat, washing and hanging drapes, setting up her patio for the season, labeling her keys and spice jars, installing a peep-hole, discussing confusing mail or billings, and trips to the hearing aid clinic. You name it, they did it and Grandma was able to maintain her independence in her own home to the age of 91.
Laurie’s restlessness to pursue her own business enterprise lead her to look closely at her life’s work and the people she would like to serve. Following her Grandmother’s death, it was a natural fit to offer her suitcase of handy skills to other seniors in her community and Handy Granddaughter was founded in 2010.
Laurie found the development of a solo business both terrifying and exhilarating, but also lonely and isolating. Discovering Fresh Air Life and Jenn Hewlett opened Laurie’s world to a community of generous women to share goals, ideas and feedback around life and her new business, as well as developing her stamina and core strength in support of her physical work for her clients. Fresh Air has been a vital partner in Laurie’s business success and confidence.
Handy Granddaughter provides independence and peace of mind to seniors and relief to their families. Handy services include minor repairs, installations, maintenance, fix ups, assembly, accessibility solutions, exteriors and computer help. No job is too small or silly!
If you have or know of a senior or loved one in need, contact Laurie for a free consultation or access to her extensive network of senior’s service providers.
"Both my parents (93 & 87) live in a care facility for the past 2 years. Despite receiving excellent care from the staff, I felt as if I was drowning in a sea of "to-do's." No matter how hard I tried, I never got caught up. Pictures remained unhung, drawers were disorganized, and clutter prevailed. Then I learned about Handy Granddaughter.
Laurie has been a life saver. After one visit with Mom and Dad she made a floor plan of their room, suggesting how furniture could be arranged to make it easier for them to manoeuver in their wheelchairs. The next day she arrived with her tool kit and quickly hung pictures. A new clock took up less space on the bedside table. She even created a mini-garden for Dad to look after.
I especially appreciate Laurie's manner with my parents. She is warm and respectful. They liked her right away. I asked her to accompany Mom to a medical appointment because Mom liked her so much. What a relief for me to know I have someone to call on when I am not able to do this. The difference she has made to our family is immeasurable. I can now enjoy visiting with Mom and Dad - and not be distracted by all the things I need to do. All those tasks are done thanks to Laurie!
I am so grateful I learned about Handy Granddaughter. Her practicality, organizational skills, and understanding of the challenges older adults and their children face, make her one in a million. Thank you Laurie!"
- Candice Lindsay
West Vancouver, B.C.