The MuscleMD Doctors
Dr. Ravi Dhanoa (Medical Director)
The MuscleMD clinic was opened in 2014 by Dr Ravi Dhanoa, a Canadian Family Physician with a special interest in Trigger Point Injection therapy. Dr Dhanoa received his medical degree from Imperial College London (UK) in 2006. He has been practicing medicine in British Columbia since 2009. He initially had a full service Family Practice on Vancouver Island, where he trained in Trigger Point Injection therapy and developed his skills further through working as a pain clinic physician in Vancouver. As well as establishing the MuscleMD Clinic Dr Dhanoa is Clinical Faculty at St Paul’s Hospital, for the Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of British Columbia. He is involved in the training and assessment of International Medical Graduates, Family Practice residents and medical students. He has been invited to speak on myofascial pain and trigger point injection therapy at many pain conferences at a regional and national level.
Dr. Monica Yuzak
Dr. Yuzak graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1980. For the past 30 plus years she has been practicing medicine in various countries, cities and towns in Canada. She has been in Vancouver, involved in family medicine, for the past 20 years. When off, she enjoys tango, playing pool, and motorcycling. She brings a wealth of experience and compassion to MuscleMD!
Dr. Pamela Kryskow
Dr. Pam Kryskow received her medical degree from the University of British Columbia in 2006. She practices as a rural and remote Family Doctor half the time and the other half she enjoys working at MuscleMD. She has been doing Trigger Point Injection therapy for myofascial pain for her patients since 2008 and received a diploma in Medical Acupuncture from the University of Alberta in 2012. She is trained in Perineural Injection Therapy and has been incorporating it into her practice since 2015. She is a Clinical Instructor for the UBC Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Aniz Khalfan
Dr Aniz Khalfan is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Aniz is an Anesthesiologist and has been in medical practice for the past 35 years. Over the past 4 years she has a focused practice in Chronic Pain. Aniz was awarded a grant by the Royal College toward further study of myofascial pain and Trigger Point Injections. Her practice with chronic pain includes treatment of myofascial pain, infusion therapy and patient education classes for fibromyalgia, chronic headaches and other chronic pain conditions. She is an examiner for the Medical Council of Canada.
Dr. Jerome Yang
Dr. Yang is a physician with certification in Family Medicine through the College of Family Physicians of Canada and in Addiction Medicine through the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He completed medical school and residency through the University of British Columbia and completed a Master of Health Science degree through the UBC Faculty of Medicine School of Population and Public Health. Dr Yang has extensive experience working in the field of addictions medicine and views Trigger Point Injection therapy as an important treatment modality for pain and a means of reducing reliance on prescription drugs for pain, which is a rapidly growing problem in Canada.
Dr. Xiao Yuan
Dr. Yuan received her medical degree from the University of British Columbia and completed her residency in family medicine in 2017. She has a special interest in musculoskeletal conditions and works in rural communities across BC and Alberta in addition to family medicine and MuscleMD. She is also a clinical instructor for the UBC Faculty of Medicine. She enjoys cultivating bonsai in her spare time.
Dr. Smeeta Desai
Dr. Desai graduated from the University of Natal, South Africa in 1987. Her medical experience over the last 32 years ranges extensively in all aspects of family medicine and chronic pain. Her approach to health is predominantly holistic incorporating various methods to improve self care.
Dr. Momir Pantelic
Dr. Pantelic graduated from the University of Belgrade in Serbia in 2009. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine at UBC in 2018, during which time he’d developed an interest in treating muscle-related pain while reducing patients’ dependence on prescription drugs. Today he works as a Family physician in both rural northern BC and Vancouver and uses Trigger Point Injection therapy as an effective pain management strategy for his patients. In his free time he enjoys drawing, green tea and audio books.
Allied Health Professionals
Ellery Espino (Registered Massage Therapist)
Ellery is an experienced massage therapist who has extensive experience in treating muscular pain and injury. He has a background in treating athletes, including competitors at the Vancouver Olympics, and has worked with some of the top sports professionals in the world. Ellery has a special interest in treating jaw disorders, pain related to workplace posture, palliative care patients and soft tissue injuries. We are delighted to have him as part of the MuscleMD team. Ellery’s services are covered by most extended insurance plans. Please contact the clinic for more information on Ellery’s treatments.
Dr. Lucy Lyons (Autogenic Therapist)
Dr. Lucy Lyons has been a family physician since 2009, graduating in Medicine and Neuroscience from University College London, UK. She moved with her family to Vancouver in 2017 and obtained her Canadian Medical Licence. Studying the mechanisms of pain for her neuroscience research, she understands that patients can help manage their pain by harnessing the natural healing abilities of the brain and body’s self regulatory processes, reducing the dependence on medications and promoting lasting transformation. She uses her training in Medical Acupuncture (2009) and Autogenic Therapy (2005) to augment her practice. She enjoys being in nature at the mountains and sea.
Taj Dhanoa (Registered Clinical Counsellor)
Taj is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), she is a member of the BCACC (British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors). Taj has 2 degrees in psychology, as well as a background in neuroscience and has published several research papers in the world’s top scientific journals. Taj has worked both independently and as a member of several inter-disciplinary mental health teams within the health authorities, including the UBC Mood Disorders centre for over 8 years.
She provides a range of evidence-based psychotherapy and counselling services from a person-centred and strengths-based perspective. She understands the importance of respecting the uniqueness of her clients and will customise therapeutic interventions to the needs of each client.
Chronic illness can be very difficult to navigate alone. Taj assists her clients in developing effective skills to navigate the unique challenges that chronic illness can pose. She works with clients experiencing chronic pain, mood changes, anxiety, bipolar disorder, problems with emotion regulation and the many issues affecting quality of life.