Janice Coverly, PT
Janice was born and grew up in a small rural area in Ontario near Toronto. Throughout her school days she was highly involved in sports such as soccer, basketball and baseball as well as musical theatre, band and choir.
Janice graduated from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, She has spent most of her career in Toronto and the surrounding area in a variety of hospital, community and clinic settings, both public and private. She relocated to Kelowna in 2010 after a visit with family who live in the area, and was taken with the beauty of the natural environment, as well as a more relaxed pace and philosophy of life. Janice began working at Interior Health casually on the Cottonwoods Short Stay Unit and then moved into the Long Term Care Outreach Service where she broadened her knowledge in equipment prescription working closely with occupational therapists. She then moved on to a position in acute care at Kelowna General Hospital.
In addition to her physiotherapy career, Janice has also had a lifelong involvement in music and theatre. She has both studied and taught piano and voice, and at this time is an active member of Spectrum Singers, with whom she has had the privilege of singing in Carnegie Hall in New York. In addition, this past summer, 2018, she sang back up with David Foster, and this fall The Tenors, in Prospera Place. Her extensive participation in the Performing Arts has expanded Janice's appreciation for the mechanics of the body in singing, dance and playing instruments, which she applies to her practice when working with performers.
A few years ago, Janice experienced her own health challenges in a series of lengthy hospitalizations, and was found to have a congenital heart condition. Symptoms had been present throughout her life but the cause had never been discovered. Janice understands the challenges involved in managing a serious chronic health condition and the importance of remaining active to the best of one's ability. She also appreciates the mental and emotional challenges that can be present in illness and injury, and values assisting and encouraging clients through their recovery
Janice is proud to have joined the New Leaf Physiotherapy team and also works part time on the Cardiac Surgery Unit at Kelowna General Hospital.