Diane graduated with distinction from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor degree in the Science of Rehabilitation in 1976.
She has been a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 1976 and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy since 1981 (FCAMT).
She completed her certification in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) in 2001, her Yoga teacher training in 2012 and received the special designation as a clinical specialist in Women’s Health from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 2016. She was an instructor and a chief examiner for the Orthopaedic Division of CPA’s fellowship examinations (CAMT) for over 20 years and has extensive experience in curriculum development both for the CAMT program and her own series of courses. For this, she received the prestigious Golden Hands award in 2008.
She is well published (books, chapters and journal articles) and the innovator of two pelvic support belts for which she holds the patent; The Com-Pressor and the Baby Belly Pelvic Support.
Diane owns, directs and is a practicing physiotherapist at Diane Lee & Associates. She has continued to maintain an on-going clinical practice for over 40 years and while she follows the research evidence closely, she draws from her deep clinical experience to guide her patient centered care.
Diane has had the honour of collaborating with local, national and worldwide authorities to further her own education and integrates this knowledge into courses/models she teaches. Her combined clinical and education experience culminated in the co-development of The Integrated Systems Model for Disability & Pain (ISM), (Lee & Lee 2007 – 2013), the model she continues to teach and now solely evolve under the abbreviated title – the Integrated Systems Model – alongside her senior associates and assistants Cathy Rogers, Calvin Wong and Leigh Fortuna (www.learnwithdianelee.com).
Message from Diane: Many ask me why I continue to work in clinical practice and why I continue to have a team of passionate clinicians around me? The answer is simple – friendship, collaboration, and mentorship goes both ways. I love learning and being together with this team and one thing COVID has revealed is how much I love, and now miss in many ways, their company. We have figured out how to remain connected and collaboration and mentorship on all levels has been our thread.
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“I wasn’t sure physio care could be possible through video. However, I knew if anyone could assess my issues and help with treatment, it would be Diane. Within the first few minutes of our online session, Diane pinpointed the areas of concern and we worked through exercises. These exercises are helping me manage the pain and correct the imbalances until I can see Diane again in person. Also, I’ve learned exercises that I can use regularly between appointments. Definitely worthwhile!”
I have seen more than 15 physios over the years due to knee, ankle, wrist, neck and back injuries. Diane’s unique approach (the Integrated Systems Model) of determining the relationship between all my impairments to prioritize where treatment should focus to improve my function and relieve my pain has been invaluable in finding simple (for me) and incredibly effective tools to achieve the ‘best body’ I have had in over 5 years. I am so grateful to have found her.
I found Diane Lee’s write up about core muscle activation online and was able to instantly visualize the root of my problems and get the muscles to contract correctly. Her effectiveness comes easy due to pure genius. Thank you so much.