Catherine Portman, BSc, MScPT, CAFCI, AN-IMS


Bachelor of Science, University of British Columbia (1995)

Master of Science, Physical Therapy, University of Alberta (2006)

Advanced Certifications

Orthopedic Level 1, Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (2006)

Foundations of Anatomical Acupuncture, Acupuncture Canada (2011)

Clinical Application in Anatomical Acupuncture, Acupuncture Canada (2011)

Anatomical Neuropathic Intramuscular Stimulation (AN-IMS), Foundations Health Education (2018)

Treatment Philosophy

I use manual therapy, acupuncture, AN-IMS, exercises and education in my practice.

I don’t just focus on the injury. I look at the whole person to determine the reason for the injury. What was the driver? What led up to it? I like to spend the time learning about my clients and how they live day to day to identify what activities are enhancing or possibly slowing their recovery.

It’s important to me that my clients understand their injuries and what contributes to the problem. Information is power. A client who understands their injury will also know what they can do to speed their recovery.

Other Interests

I enjoy being active in the outdoors: mountain biking, skiing, hiking, camping and running.

My biggest passion is mountain biking. As a member of the Smithers Mountain Bike Association I’ve helped build trails, joined in the yearly trail maintenance at the SMBA Bluff Trails and coached at women’s mountain bike camps. I’m a Professional Mountain Bike Instructors’ Association (PMBIA) certified instructor. I enjoy sharing my experience to bring love of mountain biking to more people.