Vancouver Osteopathy Centre

About Us

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Deirdre Byrne

Deirdre Byrne PortraitDeirdre graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Physiotherapy, from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. In 1998, Deirdre opened a private physiotherapy practice and in 2008, co-founded the Vancouver Osteopathy Centre. Deirdre regularly attends courses to keep abreast of current advances in osteopathy, physiotherapy and acupuncture.

Post-graduate studies are:

  • Certificant of the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI) - 1994
  • Registered acupuncturist (R Ac.) by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (CTCMA) - 2000
  • Certificant and instructor of Gunns IMS (CGIMS) - 1998
  • Successfully completed osteopathic studies and exams with the Canadian College of Osteopathy (CCO) in Toronto – 2002, thesis-writing
  • Studied injection therapies with the Society of Acupoint Injection Therapies (SAIT) – acu-point and intramuscular injections for myofascial pain - 2012 onwards.
  • Studied Discover Physio series with Diane Lee and LJ Lee 2012
  • Completed basic, advanced, and masters levels in Lyftogt Perineural Injection Treatment  with Dr. John Lyftogt M.D. - 2013 onwards.
  • Completed neuromeningeal manipulation curriculum with Barral Institute - 2014 onwards.

Deirdre’s practice is a blend of osteopathy, physiotherapy and needle-based techniques and she has extensive experience treating a wide variety of conditions. Treatments aim to realign, and connect to more optimal ways of moving with exercise prescription to correct muscle imbalances. Her practice spans all ages from newborns to older adults.

Her special interests are:

  • Chronic pain and misalignments
  • TMJ, jaw dysfunction
  • Chronic pelvic pain, dysfunction, incontinence, tailbone issues
  • Athletes, weekend warriors, and clients involved in the performing arts
  • Vestibular rehabilitation, dizziness

Winner of "Best Physiotherapist 2009" in Georgia Striaght.

View Deirdre's testimonials here.

Caryn Seniscal

Caryn Seniscal received a Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice, DO(MP), in 2004 from the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto. The title of Caryn’s thesis is, “A comparison of selected osteopathic treatment and relaxation exercises for patients with headaches.” An article based on the thesis research, co-authored by Caryn, was published in September 2006 in the internationally renowned Headache Journal. Caryn is an active member of the Society for the Promotion of Manual Practice Osteopathy in British Columbia.

Caryn became a Registered Massage Therapist in 1988, graduating from the Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy in Toronto. She practiced as a massage therapist for 16 years.  She taught anatomy and treatment techniques at Sutherland-Chan and acted as a Student Clinic Supervisor. In 2004, she was an assistant teacher to Anne Hartley in cranio-sacral therapy and myofascial techniques.

In 2006, Caryn moved to Vancouver to be closer to nature and begin a new manual osteopathic practice. She co-founded the Vancouver Osteopathy Centre in 2008 with Deirdre Byrne.

Caryn has a deep love for music and is a lead vocalist currently performing in several bands in Vancouver.  She is passionate about personal growth, meditation, health, and fitness.

Over the past 5 years Caryn has been studying Biodynamics with James Jealous which is an advanced approach to cranial osteopathy.

Areas of special interest:

  • Painful structural or myofascial dysfunction
  • TMJ (jaw) problems, neck and head pain
  • Digestive difficulties
  • Treating musicians and artists

View Caryn's testimonials here.

To learn more about Caryn and Osteopathy, please take a look at this video:



Donna Hudon

Donna graduated from The West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Vancouver in 1996 and spent 10 years practicing as a RMT in a busy physiotherapy clinic in Whistler. Working in this dynamic environment, Donna gained a great deal of experience treating individuals of all athletic levels with acute and chronic sports injuries, chronic postural andergonomic issues. Donna joined the Vancouver Osteopathy Centre in 2010.

In 2004, to expand her knowledge and treatment skills, Donna enrolled inThe Canadian College of Osteopathy (CCO) in Vancouver. She graduated from the 5 year theoretical and practical portion of the program in May 2009. She is continuing to work towards obtaining her Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice and is currently writing her thesis. Donna integrates her knowledge of massage therapy and years of experience as a therapist in her osteopathic approach to treatment using the methodology taught by the CCO.

Donna has experience in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions and injuries. One of her goals during treatment is to educate her patients so they can participate in their own healing, prevent further injury and improve their overall health and well being.

View Donna's Testimonials here:


Laura Hopkins

Laura graduated as an osteopath from a 5 year full-time programme at Unitec, Auckland, New Zealand with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Biology (B.AppSc.(HB)) and  a Masters of Osteopathy (M.Ost).  Her schooling gives her a solid foundation in the 3 pillars of osteopathic treatment: structural (joint alignment), cranial osteopathy and fascial-visceral techniques.

Laura has a special interest in the treatment of pregnant, post-partum women, infants and children and brings her in-depth knowledge of these areas into her osteopathic practice.  She has worked in a leading obstetric and paediatric osteopathic clinic in NZ since graduation. She enjoys treating athletes to assist injury recovery, injury prevention and preparation for sporting events to optimize performance.  Laura also has experience working with a geriatric clientele.

Laura’s master thesis was a study on “The Osteopathic approach to Temperomandibular Joint Dysfunction”.  She is passionate about furthering her osteopathic skills through attendance of post-graduate osteopathic courses internationally. She is involved in soccer, yoga, crossfit and wind-surfing.

Laura is an active member of the Society for the Promotion of Manual Practice Osteopathy (SPMPO).

View Laura's testimonials here.


Ian McCarthy

Ian McCarthyIan has triple professional titles as an Osteopathic Practitioner, Athletic Therapist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Ian graduated with a BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy with first class honours in 2010, from Ireland.   This 4 year degree provided Ian with an excellent platform of knowledge in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal injuries.

Ian completed a postgraduate sports medicine clinical training programme at the esteemed Stanford University Sports Medicine in California.  He gained vast experience in the prehabilitation, treatment and rehabilitation of Olympic, NFL, ATP, MLS and elite NCAA athletes. In addition he furthered his skill set completing an array of continuing education courses and is a:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Certified Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
  • Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP)

Ian then graduated from the British School of Osteopathy with a Masters Degree in Osteopathy – a 2 year period during which time he continued to gain experience treating privately elite athletes and the general population.  He uses a wide variety of techniques – spinal and joint mobilizations, fascial release, visceral, deep tissue massage, trigger point release and taping.

  • Sports injuries – recreational, weekend warriors and elite athletes!
  • Occupational injuries
  • Injury prevention and rehabilitation.
  • Postural correction
  • Functional Movement Assessment and Correction.

Ian is an active member of the Society for the Promotion of Manual Practice Osteopathy (SPMPO).

View Ian's Testimonials here.


Johannes Esterlé


Johannes graduated as a manual osteopath in 2012 after completing a 5 year full-time program at CEESO, Lyon, France.  Since then he has gained experience in various osteopathic practices in France treating babies, pregnant women, athletes and the elderly.  Johannes utilises all types of osteopathic techniques  in his treatments – gentle joint mobilisations, muscles energy technique, visceral and cranial osteopathy.

In addition to osteopathy, Johannes has studied Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (DNS) as developed by the Prague School of Rehabilitation, and was involved in it’s inception in France.   Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation assists in the development of ideal movement patterns in babies as they move off the floor, verticalise and learn stability.

These optimal movement patterns developed in early childhood can break down in adults after trauma (motor vehicle accidents), athletic injuries, poor postural habits, or as part of the aging process.   DNS complements osteopathy and is a manual approach which can relieve tension by improving daily postural habits, movement patterns, stability and breathing dysfunctions.  For athletes DNS can improve performance.  For the elderly DNS can assist with postural balance and walking.  For young children it helps build the framework of movement that follows them through life.

Johannes enjoys mountain sports including climbing, backcountry skiing, mountaineering, and trail running.  He also plays the trumpet, clarinet, piano and guitar and understands the musculoskeletal disorders with which singers and musicians present.  Johannes’ comprehensive educational background  makes him qualified and eager to treat all ages and all presenting conditions.

Johannes is an active member of the Society for the Promotion of Manual Practice Osteopathy (SPMPO).

View Johannes' Testimonials here.



Call us: 604.732.0606

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Our practitioners:


"I had been in chronic pain from a head trauma and whiplash. After seeing Caryn, I’m starting to do things again that I haven’t done in years. I feel like I have my life back."

- Patti L.

“If it weren’t for Deirdre and her magic hands I wouldn’t be as mobile as I am….If anyone can help you it’s [her].”

- Joanne C.

Did you know?

Osteopathic practitioners in Canada study for 5 years and then must complete a thesis which usually takes at least another 2 years.

Osteopathic practitioners develop very sensitive palpation skills that enable them to detect the subtleties of disturbed tissue or rhythms in the body.