who are we?

Tri-City Physiotherapy was an idea that transformed into an amazing opportunity to serve the Coquitlam and the lower mainland  with a standard of care unlike any other.


A dream brought to reality in the spring of 2018, Tri-City Physio connects local people with a personalized experience and a commitment to excellence in everything we do.

With nearly of decade of private physiotherapy experience and an active role in the local community, you can rest assured that you won't just be treated as a client but as a neighbour.

our team

Saqib Niaz
Physiotherapist, Chan Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation, Acupuncture, Concussion Management

Saqib graduated from The University of British Columbia with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2012. He received his Bachelor of Human Kinetics from UBC as well in 2010. Saqib’s post-graduate training includes: concussion management (ImPACT), acupuncture certified through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI) and Chan Gunn IMS. He is a proud member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association as well as the Physiotherapy Association of BC.

Saqib was raised in New West and graduated from New Westminster Secondary School. He has been around sports all of his life. He started playing soccer at the age of 4 and continued throughout high school as a proud member of the Hyacks, Royal City, and played 3 years at Langara College from 2005-2007. He has helped lend a hand during the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver, the Special Olympics, the Reebok Crossfit Regionals, CCAA Soccer Nationals, UBC Varsity Volleyball and Basketball, as well as the BC Summer Games.

Saqib has been the Physiotherapist for the Coquitlam Adanacs Lacrosse Association since 2013 and was part of the 2016 Minto Cup National Championship team.

In his free time, Saqib likes to stay active through playing soccer,  running, hiking or weight-lifting. He has continued to further his education and enjoys taking specialized post-graduate courses to better assist his patients.

Filip Cuculea
Physiotherapist & Dry Needling 

Filip studied in Australia and graduated from The University of Queensland with a Master of Physiotherapy Studies in 2017 continuing on from his SFU Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2015. Filip has completed post-graduate training in Dry Needling and Clinical Pilates and he is particularly interested in headaches/migraines and neck pain. He is also a proud member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association as well as the Physiotherapy Association of BC.


Filip was born in Romania, raised in Port Moody, and graduated just around the corner at Charles Best Secondary School. He played Rugby throughout high school, both school and club. He continued with club Rugby during his undergrad degree, playing for United Rugby and SFU Rugby in later years.


Throughout his time at SFU, he worked as a student trainer with the SFU Varsity Men’s and Women’s Wrestling teams as well as the Canadian Wrestling team from 2012-2015. He also spend time with the SFU Varsity Football, Cross Country, and Track & Field teams. Outside of SFU, Filip has worked with various sports teams/organisations in Canada and Australia including: Football BC, SFU Rugby, UQ College Sport (Rugby, Volleyball, and Touch Football), and has been the Team Trainer for the Coquitlam Junior Adanacs Lacrosse team alongside Saqib from 2013-2015.


Filip likes to stay active in his spare time through weight-lifting and hiking. Continuing to take further post-graduate courses, Filip continues his professional development to always be at his best for his patients.

Vanessa Agonos 

Vanessa graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University in 2018. Concentrating in Active Health and Rehabilitation, Vanessa has always had a passion for helping people achieve their goals. 


For as long as she can remember, sports have always been an integral part of her academic and personal career. During her post-secondary education, Vanessa worked as a student trainer with SFU Sport Medicine and was a member of the Strength and Conditioning team for NCAA athletes. Since 2017, she has worked as a certified personal trainer, training individuals and teams such as national level synchronized swimmers as well as the SFU Lacrosse Academy. Vanessa has also played sports competitively, representing Canada at the U21 World Cup Netball Qualifiers and has experience coaching at the BC Winter Games and for various high school, Zone and Provincial U16 & U18 netball teams.

In her spare time you will often find Vanessa snowboarding on one of the local mountains, exploring the outdoors, playing ultimate, mountain biking or climbing the walls of Squamish.

Nate Soer 

Nate completed his degree of Kinesiology in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2019 after starting at Douglas College. Born and raised in Coquitlam, Nate graduated high school from Centennial in 2014. Growing up, he played lacrosse for the Coquitlam Adanacs and volleyball for Focus and Centennial. While playing for Focus, he won a national bronze medal.


After an injury, he found his passion for fitness and personal improvement in his first year at Douglas, which inspired him to obtain his degree in Kinesiology. He further pursued his interests in nutrition and psychology during this time. His passion for fitness also brought him back to Focus as a volleyball coach for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.


During his free time, Nate is usually in the gym working out or in front of his laptop researching the newest diet or gym technique. He plans on continuing his education through self study and acquiring his certifications in Personal Training and Functional Movement Screening.

Natasha Smith
Office Manager

 Hailing from the rival land of the Salmonbellies, Natasha joined Tri-City Physio in the fall of 2018. A graduate of Douglas College's MOA program, she excels in organization and keeping the clinic afloat.


With three older siblings, she knows the importance of spending time with loved ones. On her days off, you can find Natasha cuddling with her 3 cats, indulging in her favourite food; pepperoni pizza with ranch,  or jamming out to the latest Justin Timberlake album. In the future, she hopes to take Jessica Biel's spot should any unfortunate falling out occur. 

Amber Lahmann
Communications Director and Social Media Lead

Amber graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Communications and a Minor in Criminology in 2019. Responsible for the digital and media side of Tri-City Physio, Amber also works within the healthcare industry providing administrative support and advocacy for other healthcare specialists throughout BC. 

When she's not on the clock,  Amber is an avid hiker and runner and enjoys spending as much time outside as possible.

Zainab Roya
Assistant Office Manager

Zainab graduated from The University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Psychology in 2002. She worked as a Peer Counsellor supporting women and youth in the greater Vancouver area until her return to UBC for a Bachelor of Education in 2004. Zainab graduated with a specialization in English education in 2006 and has been a teacher in the Surrey School District since that time. 

In her free time, Zainab can be found exploring the newest shopping district and feeding her coffee addiction. She loves to travel and hopes to teach abroad in the future.

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