Consultant – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PHC and VCH
Medical Site Lead – Holy Family Hospital Rehabilitation
Medical Site Lead – Holy Family Hospital Rehabilitation
Head – Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PHC
Clinical Assistant Professor
phone: 6043363690
fax: 6043363691
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Rovina Verna Flores Vancouver, British Columbia

My clinical practice in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has been re-focused in 2019 to include mainly neuro-rehabilitation (including stroke rehabilitation), spasticity management, electromyography, and non-spinal musculoskeletal disorders.

I believe that physicians also have an important role in improving the quality of care for patients. Our current collaborative projects are focused on improving stroke rehabilitation access.

University of British Columbia, BSc (Pharmacy)
University of British Columbia, MSc (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
University of Toronto, 2008, MD
Queen’s University, 2022, PhD (Health Quality)
Providence Health Care, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Consultant
Recent Publications:
  1. Fascia – Current knowledge and future directions in Physiatry: Narrative Review
    Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development-October 1, 2014
    Abstract — Fascia can be considered part of the connective tissues that permeate the human body. However, in medical training, its definition is not clear, and even among specialists, its role is not completely understood. Physiatrists have a unique opportunity to add to the growing scientific and clinical knowledge about fascia, particularly about how this connective tissue network may apply clinically to musculoskeletal disorders. In this narrative review, the structure and function of fascia are discussed from the perspective of physiatry.
  2. Inter-rater reliability of the Active Straight-Leg Raise and One-Leg Standing tests in non-pregnant women
    Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine – November 1, 2013
    Conclusion: In women with a spectrum of low-back and pelvic pain, the Active Straight-Leg Raise test had good inter-rater reliability, whereas the One-Leg Standing test did not. Further studies are required regarding the validity of the Active Straight-Leg Raise test.
  3. Heat treatment of amphotericin b modifies its serum pharmacokinetics, tissue distribution, and renal toxicity following administration of a single intravenous dose to rabbits.
    Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy – July 1, 2001
Awards & Recognition:
  • Michael Smith Foundation Masters Trainee Award
    Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
    2002Pharmacogenetics of codeine metabolism to morphine in pediatric dental patientshttps://www.msfhr.org/pharmacogenetics-codeine-metabolism-morphine-pediatric-dental-patients