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Our Team

Maheshi Fernando

Owner/Physiotherapist

Maheshi Fernando

Maheshi Fernando was born on the tiny island of Sri Lanka and raised in the beautiful Okanagan. In 2009 she received her Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia and in 2013 she graduated with her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta. She completed her acupuncture training through Acupuncture Canada in 2016.

Maheshi enjoys treating patients of all ages and takes pride in providing the best patient-centered care possible. She believes that you have to listen to people’s story and treat them individually. Her preferred treatment style is a combination of patient education, hands on manual therapy & soft tissue release, modalities or acupuncture, and a personalized home exercise program.

Physiotherapist

Karen Howieson

Karen grew up in Southwestern Ontario and recently moved to the Okanagan Valley with her family. She completed undergraduate degrees at Brock University in 2008 and a Masters of Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor in 2010. She completed her Masters of Physical Therapy from Western University in 2014 and has completed her Level 3 Manual Therapy courses.

As a young athlete, Karen played both soccer and hockey competitively and chose a career in physiotherapy after her experiences rehabbing two major knee injuries. She is motivated to identify underlying biomechanical imbalances to not only heal your injuries, but to prevent recurrences so that you can continue to participate in all of life’s adventures! In her free time, Karen continues to lead an active lifestyle by skiing, babywearing and discovering local trails with her family and their dog.

Karen Howieson
Office Manager

Esther Blatchford

Esther Blatchford was born in Mississauga, Ontario. Proud Mother of Marissa, Ethan, Brianna and Mya. Worked as an Office Manager and then changed careers as an Education Assistant for children with special abilities for 3 years in Calgary, Alberta. Love learning new skills and change. Moved to Lake Country in 2019 and haven’t looked back. Enjoys cooking, eating good food, the outdoors, beaches and traveling. Esther loves helping people which makes her enjoy working at Turtle Bay Physiotherapy.

Esther Blatchford
Administrative Assistant

Brooklyn Rogers

Brooklyn Rogers was born in Calgary, Alberta. She moved to beautiful BC in 2014 and has been enjoying all four seasons ever since! In 2021 she completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of British Columbia. With a psychology major and biology minor she is an enthusiastic learner and motivated worker. In her free time she enjoys spending time outside with friends and family. Be it skiing, a day on the lake or day hiking in the mountains! As a lively and friendly individual she enjoys welcoming each of our valued clients into Turtle Bay Physiotherapy.

Brooklyn Rogers