Tyler Dyck, BSc’97 (Physical Therapy)

Tyler Dyck graduated from UBC’s Physio Therapy program in 1997. As a recent grad with a head for entrepreneurship, Tyler founded medical centres in both Canada and in the Middle East.

In 2000, Tyler initially launched Sun City Physiotherapy in Kelowna. With the help of his partners, the practice grew their reputation for their multidisciplinary approach coupled with their client-centric, long term treatment focus and overtime expanded to include three multidisciplinary locations with over 15 therapists. Since then, Sun City Physiotherapy has become the fastest growing private physiotherapy practice in the Okanagan with clinics in downtown Kelowna, Glenmore and Winfield/Lake Country. Tyler attributes the importance of succession planning to Sun City Physiotherapy’s success.  ‘It’s important to surround yourself with good people.  We very much ran the practice with a colleague approach, rather than a boss approach. People want to affect change in their environment, so in order to retain the best people, give your employees those opportunities.’

In 2005, Tyler was invited to help design and launch Kuwait’s first ever private medical physiotherapy facility, the Fawzia Sultan Rehabilitation Institute.  Taking a multi-pronged approach to physio therapy, the facility offers postgrad manual therapy, research development and service delivery. During that time as Executive Director of FSRI, he also worked as a clinical instructor and visiting lecturer at medical conferences throughout the Middle East.

Looking back at his time as a student in the physiotherapy program at UBC, Tyler reflects on the small class sizes.  ‘With a class size of 35 students, we were a close, tight knit group of people, within a bigger entity.’  He also recalls the general desire of the Faculty members to train students to be the best physio therapist they could be.

In 2009, Tyler switched careers to join his father, at the family-owned Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery taking the position of CEO.  In 2011, Tyler was elected president of the Craft Distiller’s Guild of BC where he has lobbied successfully for some key changes to provincial legislation governing the production and sale of spirits in BC.  When he’s not at the distillery, Tyler can be found travelling with his wife, surfing and mountain biking.

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