Diane Roylance

Fifth Avenue Physiotherapy Team


Diane Roylance

Diane Roylance

BScPT, BSc (Zool), FCAMPT, Cert. Gunn IMS

Patient treating hours:
Tuesday/Thursday/Friday – 7:00 am – 1:30 pm

BSc (Zoology) University of British Columbia
BScPT University of Toronto

Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy - Diane Roylance


  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy 2004
  • Certified in Gunn IMS 2008
  • Independent Management Consult for MVA in Alberta
  • Certification in Mindfulness-Based Solutions to Chronic Pain (Mindfulness) 2016

Why did you become a Physiotherapist?
After I finished my undergrad, I went traveling in Asia where I met two Canadian physiotherapists while trekking in Nepal. I knew I wanted to do something that combined movement, science, human connections and could evolve over time and through stages of life. After walking along with those gals and hearing about their work, I was hooked and decided to learn more about the profession. The following year, I volunteered at GF Strong Rehab. Centre in Vancouver while I took the pre-requisites I needed to apply to physiotherapy programs. I was very fortunate to gain entry and from the get-go had wonderful mentors to stir my curiosity around movement and humans. It sounds corny, but I still feel like I have the best job in the world because I get to help people move along in the world, literally, and some of my best friends are physios I’ve met along the way.

Do you have an area of special interest?
I’m very motivated by challenges and my two favorites are 1) helping people prevent acute injuries from becoming chronic at one end and 2) helping people regain movement when chronicity has set in and layers of complexity are in the mix at the other end. I continue to get excited by how powerful education and movement can be! I treat athletes of all ages and also folks who don’t always have a strong relationship with movement. I see patients with spinal, shoulder and hip pain primarily but as the song goes, “the knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone”.

How Does movement impact your life?
If I were a dog, I’d probably be a Border Collie. Movement brings me joy, energy outlets, time to problem solve, solitude, meditation, connection with my loved ones and community and humility. I am happiest when I’m moving and movement brings me strength to draw on when life gets hard. A perfect day would find me ski touring with my family or ripping around on mountain bikes, tromping around the bush at home in B.C., blasting along smooth pavement on the road bikes, climbing our special Rockies limestone or slowly picking our way up through alpine meadows and along an alpine route with a ridge for miles. I love combining movement with travel and exploring new places by human power and I love my skis and bikes more than my car.

What does a great Physiotherapy experience look like to you?
A great physiotherapy experience includes: Connection, trust-building, healthy debate, motivation, education, exercise and movement, goals, relevant hands-on treatments, space for laughter or tears as needed, diagnosis, solid evolving treatment plan and ongoing re-assessment/outcome measures. Among my responsibilities are to be fearless in my continuing education and to bring a high level of creativity to sessions. I’m lucky to have a wonderful network of colleagues whom I draw on for multi-disciplinary brainstorming and care so my patients can reach their goals. Each of us comes with unique mixtures and inherent in a great physiotherapy experience is flexibility in thinking and treatment options toward the patient’s goals. The physiotherapist needs to be in a great work environment too! I expect our patients to feel that they matter the minute they walk into the clinic. Our patients should overhear me sharing questions/ideas with my colleagues, laughter and treating our administration staff with the utmost respect.