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Tara Klassen

BSc (PT), MSc, PhD. PWR! Certified Trainer

Tara has been working as a neurological physical therapist for over 20 years. She completed her physical therapy degree at the University of British Columbia and initially practiced at Vancouver General Hospital before relocating to Los Angeles, CA. In L.A. Tara joined the University of Southern California and worked both as clinical faculty in the Department of Biokinesiology and in Neuro Rehab at the USC Physical Therapy clinic.  Furthering her interest in research Tara became both a therapist and research coordinator for two national, multi-site, randomized clinical trials , both investigating the effect of rehabilitation interventions on functional recovery for individuals post-stroke. During her time at USC, Tara also completed her Master of Science degree in Biokinesiology.


In 2005, Tara returned to Vancouver Coastal Health and became the Neurosciences and Acute Spinal Cord Physiotherapy Practice Coordinator.  From there she joined the UBC Department of Physical Therapy as an Instructor and for 10 years instructed and mentored students in neurological physical therapy and oversaw the neurological curriculum.


From 2013-2018, under the supervision of Dr. Janice Eng at UBC, Tara completed her PhD investigating the effects of higher intensity exercise on functional recovery in individuals in the early-phase after stroke. Tara has presented her research at numerous conferences and has multiple peer-reviewed publications.


Tara now splits her time between clinical research at the Rehabilitation Research Lab at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre and clinical practice at Neurofit BC.

In her spare time, Tara is an avid runner and loves spending time outside with her husband and 3 children.



  • Bachelor of Science (Physical Therapy): University of British Columbia

  • Master of Science (Biokinesiology): University of Southern California

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Rehabilitation Sciences): University of British Columbia

  • PWR! Therapist Training