Susan Chapelle

Susan Chapelle has been a practicing therapist for over 20 years. She is the recipient of the award for “Registered Massage Therapist of the Year” in British Columbia for her contribution to research in the field of manual therapy. Susan has owned Squamish Integrated Health since her arrival in the Sea to Sky corridor in 1999. Susan is involved in her community to bring the importance of complimentary medicine to a larger group. She is currently serving a second term as a City Councillor for the District of Squamish.

Susan has been involved in research at the University of New England center for excellence in Neuroscience. She has been co-investigator with Dr. Geoffrey Bove, D.C, PhD on a National Institute of Medical Science grant to study mechanisms of post-operative adhesion formation after surgery through the study of Neuroscience.

Susan has published numerous papers on the cellular level mechanisms of manual therapy, and continues to work to bring mechanistic science to an area of complementary medicine that is still poorly understood.

Susan has presented her work on the mechanisms of manual therapy, scars and adhesion formation at scientific conferences all over the world. She has been involved with the American Pain Society, and is deeply interested in how manual therapy affects pain, and its role in prevention.

Susan hails from Toronto where she worked with international musicians and performing artists at her clinic and on tours. She has been the resident therapist for numerous productions in London’s West End theatre district, as well as in Toronto for the National Ballet, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Toronto Symphony artists. Her passion for working in the performing arts comes from a 20 year career as a stagehand with IATSE local 58 where she worked as a rigger, lighting and audio engineer.

Moving to the Sea to Sky corridor in 1999 to be in the mountains, Susan has enjoyed the challenge and serenity of the outdoors. She has been an avid rock climber since the age of 17, and still enjoys racing mountain bikes, skate skiing, downhill skiing and paddling. Passion for sports and being outside helps her understand the anatomy of sports, and the need to get back to the Squamish lifestyle after injuries.

Susan enjoys playing violin with the Sea to Sky orchestra, and this year has gone back to school for her master’s degree at Simon Fraser University in the EMBA program. The challenges that globalization will bring to health care and science are questions that will require a broader skill set.

For a list of publications and research, as well as her full resume, please click the Research and Education tab on the website.