B.Sc., B.Sc.PT, FCAMT, Diploma Sports Physiotherapy, CGIMS.
Dana graduated “cum laude” with a degree in physiotherapy from the University of Western Ontario in 1993. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Vancouver and began working in private practice orthopaedics. She achieved her Diploma of manual and manipulative therapy and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual and Manipulative Therapy (FCAMT) in 1999, with distinction. She also completed her certification in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and earned her Advanced Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy, both in 2008. In 2009 Dana created Body Works Sports Physiotherapy to fulfill her dream of opening a physiotherapy clinic dedicated to whole body assessment and one-on-one treatment times.
Dana is passionate about sport. She is an avid cyclist, cross country skier, soccer player, occasional triathlon competitor and former high level competitive fastball player.
During the course of her career Dana has been able to combine her love of sport and her skills as a physiotherapist while treating competitive athletes.
These include: at the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, the Women’s National Soccer Olympic Qualifying Tournament at BC Place in 2012, the Figure Skating World Championships, the Canada Cup Fast Ball International Tournament as well as working with the Canadian National Women’s Soccer Team and youth development teams. Dana has been pleased to help coach and act as team physiotherapist for youth soccer teams in North Vancouver for the last number of years.
To find out more about how Dana combines her experience and knowledge of sport in her practice please visit the Sports Physiotherapy page of our website.
Dana excels in her attention to detail and a whole body integrated assessment for all clients to help solve their body’s “puzzle” and help them get back to sport and activity. She uses manual therapy techniques, coupled with IMS, movement retraining and functional exercise progressions to help her clients return to function.
Dana has also been a teacher and mentor for physiotherapists involved in the post graduate orthopaedic manual therapy courses for many years through the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Dana loves helping younger therapists achieve their goals and refine their techniques. Dana has also been involved with other teaching, including that of Physiotherapist Diane Lee and the Integrated Systems Model.
Dana Ranahan demonstrates a passion for her work which is evident to all of her clients and she also shares this passion with her colleagues. As a leader, Dana’s passion and dedication to ongoing learning and growth creates an atmosphere of excellence in treatment and overall service that you will experience at Body Works.
Dana’s passions extend beyond the clinic. After many years honing her mountain biking skills on the North Shore trails she took up road cycling and completed the Whistler Gran Fondo in 2010 and 2011. When she’s not on her road bike she can be found coaching her daughter’s soccer team or spending time with her husband and two daughters hiking, cross-country skiing or exploring the beach.
“Very very good. You get individual attention from Dana and a great practitioner who has a wealth of knowledge and experience. She deals with muscles and joints and was on hand during the Olympics for the speed skaters. I found her online and feel very blessed.”