About

Restore………….Maintain………….Improve………..

These are the goals at Function Center for Health, providing you with therapeutic modalities to optimize your health. Function is a multi-disciplinary clinic in Victoria, bringing together the many years of therapeutic and life experience of our founders. Our mission is to create a center where we can help you to realize the aims you have for your heath. Whether you are looking to restore, maintain or improve your levels of function while navigating the roads life takes you down, we can offer various Massage Therapy, Manual Lymph Drainage and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy modalities to assist you.

Our Founders:

Claire Higgins

Claire graduated from the Vancouver campus of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1995. Through her career, she has worked in Vancouver, Comox, and Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos, but has spent the bulk of her time working here in Victoria.

Claire draws on both her personal and professional experience to provide focal, deep tissue treatments, customized to individual’s needs and expectations. Her many years of practical experience give her a strong base from which to problem solve the puzzle that each patient presents. With a wide variety of post graduate training courses in her tool box, Claire brings a unique perspective on how the body acts and reacts to her treatments. As a Reiki Master, Claire also adds an intuitive healing component to each of her treatments.

Claire has also been a Certified Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist since 2003, with training in the Vodder Method of MLD®/CDT. Manual Lymph Drainage is a gentle massage technique which helps drain excess fluid from the body by guiding the fluid (lymph) to an area where it can then be integrated into the body’s natural drainage system, the lymphatic system. MLD/CDT is most often used to deal with the after effects of cancer and/or surgery, where the patient is suffering from acute or chronic fluid buildup. It is also very successful in treating burns, edema, acne, bruising and acute swelling due to injury.

With Claire’s wide range of skills and experience, she offers a unique perspective to each client on their road to health and wellness.

Jodi Ganton

Jodi graduated from the University of Alberta in 1988 with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy. She has worked in multiple settings across Alberta, British Columbia and England, initially with an orthopaedic emphasis and then combining this with a focus in pelvic rehabilitation for pain and dysfunction since 2000.

Since graduation, Jodi has completed post graduate courses in incontinence, pain, sexual health, pelvic dysfunction and orthopedics. Jodi has expertise in the management and treatment of both female and male bladder and bowel control, male and female pelvic pain, pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain and post natal return to fitness. She also teaches community education classes on pelvic health for the general public as well as for those experiencing the after effects of treatment of pelvic cancers.

Jodi feels that education and a better understanding of the latest evidence is important for people to learn about their conditions, optimize function and return to the activities that are important to them.

Jodi regularly attends continuing education opportunities locally and internationally to stay up to date on the latest evidence regarding the best treatment strategies for pelvic disorders and chronic pain.

Our Therapists:

Shawna Neal

Shawna obtained her Masters of Physiotherapy from McMaster University and holds a Bachelors degree in Athletic and Exercise Therapy. Shawna has a special interest in pelvic floor physiotherapy that began as a student and continued to grow throughout her education and work experience.

Shawna has taken many post graduate courses including the assessment and treatment of urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis recti, pelvic pain, pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain and lower back pain associated with pelvic floor dysfunction.

Shawna approaches her clients with a broad lens, ensuring that her care is client-centered and evidence informed with a biopsychosocial perspective. She incorporates education, self-management strategies, manual therapy, and exercise prescription to address each individuals’ unique concerns.

Away from the clinic, Shawna can be found outside hiking, practicing yoga or exploring a new city. Her passion for healthy living and community involvement helps her develop and achieve specific and functional goals with her clients.