Erin Burrett


"Abe, many thanks for playing such a crucial role in keeping my body healthy throughout my 100+ mile training weeks. Whether treatment involves regular maintenance, pre/post race tune ups, or injury management, your thoroughness, motivation and continued support is greatly appreciated. With your help I have been healthy enough to run personal bests in all distances, had the opportunity to represent Team Canada (Feb 2014) and was able to rock my debut marathon in 2:39:17."

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  • Canadian Asics Sponsored Elite Road Runner
  • Team Canada- NACAC XC 2014
  • 2015 Victoria Marathon Champion - 2:39:17 (debut)
  • 2015 BC Marathon Champion
  • 2015 BC Championship Silver- Half Marathon, 10km and 8km
  • 2015- Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon Champion
  • 2014 Canadian Half Marathon Championship Silver- 1:15:01
  • 2014 BC 8km Champion
  • 6 x Queen of Westwood Lake and course record holder (21:53) (Run for the Mountain)2009-2014

Josh Binstock


"Abe, Thanks for keeping me healthy and in the sand."

"Joe, Thanks for helping me through various injuries at Nationals & the Canadian Pro Beach tour events."

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  • Olympian in London 2012 - Team Canada Men's Beach Volleyball
  • Team Canada - Men’s Beach Volleyball 
  • Federation Internationale de Volleyball – Men’s Professional Beach Volleyball 
  • University of Toronto - Men’s Volleyball
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Chaim Schalk


”Thanks Joe! Knee feels great!”

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  • Team Canada – Men’s Beach Volleyball
  • Professional Beach Volleyball – FIVB
  • 2010 Canadian Champion
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Erin Burrett


Joe helped get me back to the start line, after almost a year off from injury, and in my first race back I was only 6 seconds off of my personal best 6km (Westwood Lake) record from last year! Good sign!”

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  • Saucony Sponsored - Elite Distance Runner
  • Run For The Mountain 3-Time Women’s Champion & Record Holder
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Maverick Hatch


"I was back in action before anyone thought I'd be. Thanks a lot Abe, couldn't have done it without your help."

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  • 2007-2008 Malaspina Mariner Male Athlete of the Year
  • 2008 CCAA Men's National Volleyball Championship - 2nd Team All Star
  • 2008 BCCAA Provincial Championships - 1st Team All Star
  • 2007-2008 BCCAA Men’s Volleyball - 1st Team All Star
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Laura Littlejohn


"Thank you for your strenuous efforts regarding my injury, I wanted to express gratitude for your help with my quick recovery. It was deeply appreciated and feels great! I have not felt any pain since our last visit. Thank you so much!"

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  • 2008 CCAA Women’s National Volleyball Champion
  • 2008 BCCAA Provincial Championship - 1st Team All Star
  • 2007-2008 BCCAA Women’s Volleyball 1st Team All Star
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Thomas Bidzinski


"Thanks Joe for helping me with my knee injury! Because of the work you did on me and the strength program you put me on I was able to get back to playing baseball at 100%, and I will be healthy for the upcoming season."

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  • Vancouver Island Baseball Institute (VIU) Mariners
    1st Baseman & Outfielder
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Cheryl Davies


“Dr. Joe, thank you so much for your excellent care and advice with my hamstring injury. I really appreciate how you took the time to find out what was most important to me with regards to my upcoming running events and made a plan to get me to my next goal race. Thanks to your help, instead of sitting on the sidelines I was actually the 1st female finisher.”

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  • Elite Middle-Distance Runner – Bastion Running Club
    Vancouver Island Race Series – 2013 Merville 15K Female Champion
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Team Canada - Deaflympics


"Our secret weapon: Dr. Joe! While he is providing Chiro/injury treatment to all of Team Canada, he attends all Beach Vball's practices/games/performance team meetings and is super valuable. Plus - big APPLAUSE [hand waving] as he has learned more sign (language) in 3 weeks, than others learn in 25 years!!"
-Kim Sanderson (Beach Volleyball Manager)

"Dr. Joe, Thanks for everything you have done for Team Canada!! Keep up the excellent work."
-Mark Kusiak (CDSA President) & Terry Maloney (Chef de Mission)Smith

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Deaflympics

Trent Murdoch


"Abe, Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to make me stronger and faster than ever before."

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  • 2008-2009 VIJHL Comox Glacier Kings
  • 2008-2009 VIJHL – Rookie of the Year
  • 2008-2009 VIJHL – 2nd in League Scoring
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Chase Lang


“Thanks Jake for helping me transition through my injury during the off-season to help me get ready for my NHL camp. Without you I wouldn’t have been able to be ready for my season in WHL thanks for everything appreciate all the time you spent with me thanks!”

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  • 2014 NHL Draft: Minnesota Wild 2014, 6th Round Selection
  • Calgary Hitmen 2012-2015
  • Vancouver Giants 2015-2016

Neil Gaudet

 
“I want to give the biggest thank-you to Dr. Marleigh and the team at Island Optimal. After injuring myself training for my 2nd marathon I really appreciated how Marleigh and everyone recognized that not being able to compete and to run was agonizing. They not only brought me back fast, but responsibly, giving me the tools I needed to get healthy and stay that way without getting re-injured. Marleigh was on my team, she wanted me back out there and that was a huge confidence boost.”

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  • Boston Marathon 2016 Qualifier  
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Sam Schachter

 
“Thanks so much for your great treatment. Over a long and grinding tournament, your therapy kept my back and shoulder feeling fresh and ready for each match. You were definitely the third member of our winning team at the Vancouver Open.”

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  • Team Canada – Men’s Beach Volleyball
  • Professional Beach Volleyball – FIVB
  • 2011 Canadian Silver Medalist
  • 2011 Vancouver Open Champion 
  • 2011 Centre of Gravity (Kelowna, BC) Champion
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Justin King


"Jake at Island Optimal helped me through a serious injury during a critical time at VIU. I had a bad calf strain just 10 days before the National Championship tournament. I was supposed to be out for two months but with the help of Jake he got me in everyday, massaging and doing laser treatment. He was very persistent and spoke positive of the situation the whole time and that helped me get through some rough times while I had to sit out of practice. I ended up having a good tournament with no problems to the calf. Jake and others at Island Optimal are miracle workers and I appreciate the way they were dedicated to getting me back on the court as fast as possible."

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  • Vancouver Island University 2014-15 Team Captain
  • Pac-West Conference Champions(Regular Season and Conference Tournament-Gold Medalist) Conference Tournament MVP 1st team All-Conference
  • Pac-West Conference MVP
  • CCAA National Championship Runner-Up (Silver medalist)
  • 1st Team All Canadian National Championship All Tournament All Star
  • Broke school record for PPG in one season (23.8)

Adam Paulencu


"Thanks abe for all the help getting me healthy and keeping me healthy. You kept my flame thrower silky smooth and it was a big part of why I got drafted."

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  • Drafted June 7th by the San Francisco Giants in the 13th round (417 overall).
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Stephen Ewashko


"I had a sprained MCL, BCCAA Provincials in a week and I was worried I wouldn't be able to play. With Joe’s treatment and advice, I was able to start in every game and play until the final whistle, helping our team win the Provincial & National Championships. Injuries are a part of the game, and without the right help it could’ve cost me the dream season. Thankfully I had Dr. Foglia’s expertise and knowledge, enabling me to focus on my task at hand and bring home the National Trophy to VIU for the first time since 1983. Thanks again for everything!!"

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  • Vancouver Island University Mariners – Varsity Men’s Soccer
  • CCAA National Champion & Tournament All-Star
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Cheyla Reader


“Without Joe's work on my shoulder, I wouldn't have been able to play in my fifth and final year of eligibility. Because of his treatment and rehab program, I was able to get my shoulder feeling the best it ever has in my volleyball career. Not only did he make sure my shoulder was feeling good, but he went out of his way to support me and the team by staying involved in our season. Thanks for everything!!”

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  • Vancouver Island University Mariners – Varsity Women’s Volleyball
  • 2011 CCAA National Silver Medalist & Tournament 1st Team All-Star
volleyball

Samuel Kobe


"Thank you Dr. Avender for all of your help. My recovery was incredible and my game has never been better. You had me back on ice sooner than anyone expected, Thanks."

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  • 2007-2009 Oceanside Generals Junior Hockey Player
  • 2007-2009 Junior A Timbermen Lacrosse Player
  • 2009-2010 Simon Fraser Men's Hockey Player
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Dani Smith


Island Optimal Health and Performance has been an integral part of my athletic and academic life. I spent the last five years as an athlete and student at Vancouver Island University. During this time, I was treated both by Dr. Abe Avender and Dr. Joe Foglia for a variety of sport-related injuries. I also shadowed under Dr. Clare Craig as an internship student. I couldn’t have asked for better professional treatment. Each practitioner was extremely well rounded and knowledgeable in their fields. Following graduation I have become a member of the Canadian Women’s National Volleyball team. The care provided by Island Optimal has continued to parallel and surpass any treatment I have received as an athlete at the international level. I owe a great deal to the entire community at Island Optimal; they have provided support, guidance and friendship, all while showing their dedication to providing their clients with the highest level of care. - Dani Smith

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  • 2013 Canadian National Women's Volleyball Team
  • VIU Mariners Women's Volleyball Team - 2012 CCAA National Champion & All-Canadian
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Kylie Sutton


“Abe your passion to improve the condition of your clients sets you above the rest. Thank you for your dedication and all of the flexible hours that you put into my Rehab. A Provincial and National Championship would not have been possible without your commitment to keeping our players heathly and in the game!”

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  • 2008 CCAA Women’s National Volleyball Champions
  • 2008 CCAA Women’s National Volleyball Championship - 1st Team All-Star
  • 2007-2008 BCCAA Women’s Volleyball - 2nd Team All Star
  • 2007-2008 BCCAA Provincial Champion
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Danica Cederberg


Dr. Avender,
I wanted to thank you for what you did for me. Thanks to you, I've had a much quicker recovery than what was expected, and it means a lot.
Thank you,

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  • 2008 BCCAA Mixed Silver medalist and wildcard winner
  • 2008 National 5th place
  • 2010 BCCAA Mixed Gold medalist
  • 2010 BCCAA Mariners Silver medalist in Team event
  • 2010 National 4th place
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Ross Walker


"I'd like to give a huge thanks to Jake for awesome emergency treatment. In August of 2015 I was competing for the B.C. Golden Gloves. The morning before my fight I woke up with a huge knot in my thigh and could barely get out of bed or walk, let alone box. I called Jake and he got his hands on me just a couple hours later and worked his magic. I woke up 100% the next morning and went on to win Golden Gloves. I could not have done it without Jake's help"

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  • 2010 BC Amateur MMA Featherweight Champion
  • 2014 BC Silver Gloves Super Welterweight Champion
  • 2014 BC Golden Gloves Super Welterweight Champion

Andrew Ornoch


"Thanks for all your help Abe, your treatments and motivation to get me even better than I was before I came to see you will always an inspiration to me. Your thoroughness and ability to help me get back to an elite level at a critical time in my life was greatly appreciated."

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  • Team Canada - Men’s Soccer 
  • Esbjerg forenede Boldklubber - Danish Superliga 
  • Lombard Papa FC - Borsodi Liga League
soccer

Isaac Weintraub


"Abe, Thanks so much for all the help in getting me back to health and back on the golf course. I can tell you are really invested in your patient's endeavors. Thanks so much for all your help."

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  • 2005-2010 Canadian Tour
  • 2008-2009 European Challenge Tour
golf

Spencer Bowman


"Abe's passion for helping and healing is obvious every time he treats my arms. He keeps me behind the kit and hitting hard. Thanks Abe!"

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  • Drummer/Recording Artist
  • Body Politic
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Josh Doornenbal


"Two Practices a day with endless swings are a breeze when you have Abe in your corner to put your shoulder back together."

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  • 2008-2010 TWU Spartans Men's Volleyball
  • 2005-2009 Team BC Men's Volleyball
  • 2007-2008 Canadian Jr. National Men's Volleyball Team
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Jason Chapieski


"Fogz, thanks for getting my body through the transition from playing NCAA collegiate baseball to running my first marathon. You're an awesome chiropractor and an even better friend. Couldn't have done it without you buddy!"

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  • NCAA Div. 1 Men’s Baseball – Wayne State University
  • Conference Champion & 1st Team All-Conference
  • 1st Marathon - 3:23.35 (Scotia Bank Toronto Waterfront Marathon)
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Jeff Almon


“Thank you for all your help and dedication during my injury. Your motivation inspired me to work harder and take my game to new heights."

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  • 2002 CFL Canadian College Draft - 36th overall - Calgary Stampeders
  • Ottawa Renegades
  • BC Lions
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Scott Weninger


“Thanks for all your time and help, getting my knee and shoulder into playing form throughout the year allowing me to maintain top performance in the game I love.”

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  • 2009 BCCAA Provincial Championship - 1st Team All Star
  • 2008 BCCAA Provincial Championship - 1st Team All Star
  • 2007-2009 VIU Mariners Men’s Volleyball
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Jason Wright


"I wanted to thank the two of you for the incredible help getting me back to running in such a short time frame. The Mt. Robson 46k was my first "ultra" and the best experience I've ever had in my life. I know that without seeing you guys over the last few weeks, and getting the help with my hip it wouldn't have been possible. I got a ton of confidence from not only the treatment, but also just talking with you two. It was nice being treated as a competitive athlete, rather than looked at as a crazy person who needs to stop and take time off. My hip was not an issue the whole race, and still isn't two days later."

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VIU Mariners – W Volleyball


“Dr. Joe, you’ve done so much for the players throughout the past three seasons preventing, treating & rehabbing their various injuries, which kept them on the court ready to perform! As an associate coach your ability to recognize & facilitate their biomechanical performance was invaluable. Thank you for all your support, it is greatly appreciated.”

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  • 2012 CCAA National Champions & PacWest BC Provincial Champions
    2011 CCAA National Silver Medalists & PacWest BC Provincial Silver Medalists
volleyball

Mike Clark


"Thanks Abe, for keeping me tunned up for every big tournament. You were a key piece in my success this year as well as the past couple of years."

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  • 2008 BCCAA Mixed Silver medalist and wildcard winner
  • 2008 National 5th place
  • 2010 BCCAA Mixed Gold medalist
  • 2010 BCCAA Mariners Silver medalist in Team event
  • 2010 National 4th place
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