Specialists in Physical
Medicine and Rehabilitation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a Physiatrist?

A physiatrist is a medical specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Physiatry is the medical specialty concerned with the medical treatment and rehabilitation of persons with a variety of physical problems and associated disabilities.  Those include general medical conditions, neurologic disorders such as stroke, amputation, spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, arthritis, soft tissue injuries and musculoskeletal pain syndromes.

The Physiatrists at this office are Dr. H.A. AntonDr. Gabriel H. Hirsch and Dr. Andrew Travlos.

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What is an Independent Medical Evaluation?

An independent medical evaluation (IME) is an assessment performed by a medical specialist at the request of a third party, such as a lawyer or insurance company.  The purpose of an independent medical evaluation is to provide medical information to third parties on issues such as compensation benefits, legal claims or disability.  The physician performing the IME is not an employee of a lawyer or insurance company, but rather an independent expert who is expected to provide an objective opinion based on information available to him or her. IME appointments usually consist of two parts. First you will meet the specialist and provide him or her with your medical history.  During this time you will be asked questions about your symptoms and health.  Following this will be a physical examination focused on your problems.   The examining physician may also review any relevant medical records and x-rays. IMEs are not performed for the purpose of treatment.  The examining physician will not normally provide advice about treatment or send a report to your own doctor.   The IME report (often called a medical/legal report) will be forwarded to the party who requested your appointment.  If you or your doctor requires a copy of the report, you should contact the party who requested your appointment. Your participation in an IME requires that you understand the process and provide informed consent.  Should you have any concerns or questions about the IME or related matters, we will do our best to answer them.  If you do not wish to participate in the IME, then you should contact your lawyer or representative to discuss your concerns.

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What should I expect during my appointment?

MSP consultation appointments are 45 minutes to one hour.  IME appointments are typically 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours in duration, although more time may be required.  Expect to have a physical examination which may include musculoskeletal and neurological testing. Please wear appropriate undergarments.  Special attire is not necessary as examination gowns are provided.  Patients with long hair should bring something to put their hair up with during the examination.

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Where can I park?

Underground parking is available in our building, accessible by the alley off Laurel Street or West 8th Avenue.  Cost is $6.00 per hour. Maximum Height Clearance 6′ 6″. No Oversized Or Propane Vehicles Permitted. Hangtag App  –  “943 W. Broadway”.

  • Street parking on Broadway is $5 per hour with rush hour time sign restrictions. Side streets vary from $6 to $7 per hour.
  • Alternatively there’s a smaller lot across the street. 950 West Broadway – Impark Lot #663.  Cost is $2.50 per 1/2 hour.

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Are there other physiatrists I can see?

The following physicians or clinics may be taking new patients but should be contacted directly:

Vancouver

  • Canadian Pain and Regenerative Institute
  • Dr. Mark Crossman
  • Dr. Anita Fan
  • Dr. Heather Finlayson
  • Dr. Kaila Holtz
  • Kinetix Medicine
  • Dr. Evan Kwong
  • Dr. Grace Li
  • Dr. Malgorzata Sudol

New Westminster

  • Dr. Anibal Bohorquez
  • Dr. Cameron Cunningham
  • Dr. Eric Hui
  • Dr. Nittin Reebye
  • Dr. Rajiv Reebye

Delta

  • Dr. Kim Waspe
  • Dr. Lisa Caillier

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