There are many aspects of West Coast Injection Training that set us apart from other CNPBC certified courses. We teach our learners how to safely treat and manage the most common peripheral joint pathology using landmark and ultrasound guided interventions, based on the current standard of care in injection therapy. Following the current, and evolving, standard of care keeps our course at the cutting edge of regenerative medicine and pain management.
Our training is comprehensive and includes the safe, evidence-based use of corticosteroids, hyaluronic acid, PRP and prolotherapy. We teach our learners how to get consistent treatment results through proper patient and treatment selection. Patient assessment and selection is crucial for optimal outcomes and we teach our learners how to choose what therapeutic to use in a given patient.
Our course doesn’t begin and end with injections. We also provide marketing documentation, charting templates for all procedures, algorithms for treatment choice and consent forms for patients. We have partnered with 8 companies offering exclusive discounts and special offers for those that attend our course. Starting an injection-based practice is much more complex than simply knowing how to inject. We set ourselves apart by offering our learners support for the essential, non-injection aspects of a restorative and pain management injection practice.
Two of our faculty are also instructors with Sport Medicine Ultrasound Canada, a Calgary-based physician training group that teaches GP’s, ND's, ER docs and specialists how to perform ultrasound guided injection therapy. Having instructors with Sport Medicine Ultrasound Canada keeps us at the forefront of the developing field of injection therapy.
We are the only CNPBC certified course in BC to offer a cadaver lab where you can practice your landmark and ultrasound guided injection skills on cadaver specimens. Cadavers allow you to get the feel of ultrasound and landmark needle guidance where you can practice your positioning, injection angles and make mistakes where it doesn't matter. This is an invaluable opportunity as learners can freely practice injecting without any risk of harm.
At West Coast Injection Training we have doctors ranging from 3 to 24 years of experience. Varied experience and perspective allows us to teach through the eyes of those with a breadth of educational and clinical lenses. This gives our learners a balanced learning environment that all doctors building an injection practice can relate to.
Dr. MJ Atkins, BScH, ND has practicing since 2009 in Victoria, BC. Dr. Atkins believes strongly in identifying and treating the causes of disease and not just focusing on the treatment of symptoms.
Dr. Atkins works out of Synergy Health Centre, a multidisciplinary sports medicine clinic, and he has over a decade of experience providing therapeutic injections. Areas of special interest in his practice include optimizing health and wellness through specialized testing and treatment, utilizing regenerative injection therapies to address pain and support healing, and internal anti-aging therapies and aesthetics medicine procedures to support his patients in looking and feeling their best.
Dr. Atkins lives in the Sidney/North Saanich area with his wife and dogs and is an adoptive parent-in-waiting. He is an avid nature-lover who enjoys all that the Peninsula has to offer whether paddle boarding, cycling, or hiking. When not outdoors, you can find him in the kitchen preparing delicious meals.
Trent graduated from National College of Naturopathic medicine in Portland Oregon in 1997 and moved to Cranbrook to start his practice. In 2008 he built a multidisciplinary clinic, Kootenay Health Centre, where he continues to practice today with a DC, RMT's, Physio and counsellors. In 2009 Liza and Trent tied the knot and in 2010 they welcomed their spitfire daughter Ella. When not working Trent enjoys all manner of outdoor activites including mountain biking, hiking, snowbiking and skiing.
His practice focus is treating pain using ultrasound guided prolotherapy, PRP, prolozone, hyaluronic acid and cortisone (neural therapy and peri-neural therapy too). Trent enjoys teaching and is a Level 1 and Level 2 Lead Instructor for Sport Medicine Ultrasound Canada, an ultrasound training group started by Frank Johnson, MD, that teaches GP's, ER docs, specialists and ND's how to perform ultrasound guided injections. He's happy to be instructing with WCIT and looks forward to continue to learn and develop ultrasound guided injection practice with the naturopathic community.
Dr. Frank Johnson lives in Cochrane with his wife, two sons and two cats. He's an avid runner and loves to travel. Frank is a sports medicine doc practicing in Calgary at the largest sports medicine clinic in Canada, Group 23.
He completed his MD at American University of the Caribbean on St. Maarten in 2006, did his Clinical Rotations in London, UK from 2003 - 2006, interned in Arkansas and Texas in 2007 and did his residency in Denver, Colorado 2008 & 2009. He's had his CASEM Diploma since 2013. In 2017 Dr. Johnson realized how limited his injection ability was without ultrasound skills and over the course of a year travelled to the UK 8 times to for the Sport Medicine Ultrasound Group Mentorship.
From this was born Sport Medicine Ultrasound Canada where Frank and a growing group of tutors teach doctors MSK scanning and high yield ultrasound guided PRP, Visco, Cortisone and Prolotherapy injections. In 2019 he successfully got his RMSK designation. Dr. Johnson's work has inspired us to create West Coast and we are grateful for his online involvement in our course and for his outsized influence on our ultrasound guided injection skillset.
Dr. Brent Barlow, ND has been a full time practicing naturopathic physician since graduating from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in 2009. He practices at the Kelowna Wellness Clinic in beautiful downtown Kelowna, BC. Dr. Brent is in general practice but has special interests in regenerative injection therapies like prolotherapy, neural therapy, and platelet rich plasma.
When Dr. Brent isn’t in the office he is usually with his wife and sons at Big White, on the beach, or the pickleball court. Dr. Brent was initially attracted to naturopathic healthcare when he was playing football at Wilfrid Laurier University when his mother had prolotherapy for a chronic rotator cuff injury. This treatment and great result caught Brent’s attention and propelled him to look into the field. After careful consideration Brent decided to pursue naturopathic education in large part to be able to offer treatments like prolotherapy. Dr. Brent sees patients 5 days a week in his multidisciplinary clinic. He works closely with physiotherapists, registered massage therapists, chiropractors, and other medical and paramedical professionals.
Dr. Alex Del Duca grew up in Ontario and completed his Bachelors of Arts with Honors from University of Ontario Institute of Technology. After his undergraduate degree, Dr. Del Duca then attended The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto.
Dr. Del Duca has a special interest in Pain Management and Sports Medicine based therapies. He has additional training in musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound, which he provides in clinic. Dr. Alex Del Duca also uses his training in ultrasound technologies to assist in diagnostics and in office procedures.
While working with patients, Dr.Del Duca focuses on managing pain while preserving function and longevity of joints. He has a clinical focus in hip, shoulder, and knee injuries.
In his spare time, Dr. Alex Del Duca attends global health brigades in Nicaragua, Thailand, Arizona and Mexico, meanwhile assisting in fundraising ventures and organizational support for Naturopaths Without Borders. Dr. Del Duca plans to continue outreach and global efforts to bring sustainable Naturopathic healthcare to underserved communities.
Dr. Jordan Morton, ND is a naturopathic doctor practicing in Victoria, BC since 2017. He has a practice focused on treating pain which includes everything from chronic aches due to poor posture sitting at a desk to sports injuries and car accidents. He utilizes a wide variety of tools to help his patients including functional dry needling, regenerative injections like prolotherapy and PRP, trigger point injections, steroid injections, hyaluronic acid, botox injections, physical adjustments and soft-tissue work. Dr. Morton also loves working on his patients for their overall health and works on preventive health including lab testing, nutrition optimization, lifestyle advice and utilizing the correct medications and supplements.
Dr. Morton practices out of Backfit Clinic, a spinal health facility. When he's not in the clinic he's likely running trails around Victoria, playing hockey, doing cold dips in the ocean or making some delicious vegan meals.
Dr. Shauna Fraser believes that when a person is at their optimal health, there is no limit for what they can achieve. Since starting her practice in Vancouver, Dr. Shauna has taken a special interest in musculoskeletal conditions and pain management.
She utilizes ultrasound guided injections therapies, such as prolotherapy, cortisone and hyaluronic acid, along with lifestyle, nutrition and intravenous therapies to help optimize patients' performance. Dr. Shauna practices out of Qi Integrated Health and enjoys working closely with a variety of healthcare professionals.
When not in the clinic you can find her hiking through the mountains, biking around the city, or catching up on some reading near the ocean.