Department of Human Kinetics / Kinesiology

Students work together on proper body movements in the gymnasium

Experienced instructors in the Department of Human Kinetics / Kinesiology focus on supporting student development of applied skills for athletic performance, fitness leadership and community health promotion so that students can solve complex personal and social problems connected to physical activity and inactivity.

Program spotlight

Kinesiology, the science of human movement, serves as the core of the two-year diploma program, offered at the Okanagan College Penticton campus.

Courses

Human Kinetics and Kinesiology coursework includes introductory human anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics and motor learning. 

Instructors

Wendy Wheeler

Chair - Human Kinetics / Kinesiology
Office: Centre of Excellence 236
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3265

Louise Blais

Human Kinetics / Kinesiology
Office: Centre of Excellence 236
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3258
Headshot of Louise Blais

A Health Science graduate, my research interest is in studying sustainable behaviour change with regard to physical activity. I also have extensive experience working in the fitness industry certifying, mentoring and managing fitness professionals. This combination aligns to prepare the students to become the leaders in health and fitness required to regain the health of Canadians. I am also an avid cyclist and am actively involved in our local cycling community as the founder and head coach of She Rides Penticton, a board member of the Summerland Mountain Bike Association, and an advocate for cycling infrastructure in the Okanagan.

Credentials:
MA, Applied Health Science, Brock University


Shawna Tyler

Human Kinetics / Kinesiology
Office: Centre of Excellence 236
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 3265

I am a practising Doctor of Chiropractic, with an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Alberta. I come from a competitive track and field background and have a keen interest in understanding, preventing, and rehabilitating injury. I draw on my clinical and education experience in order to make my subject material relatable and relevant to her students. I have been teaching in the university and college setting for over a decade. When I am not treating or teaching, I stay strong with Pilates and enjoy spending time with my husband and young son.

Credentials:
BSc(Kin), University of Alberta
DC, CMCC


Dr. Colin Wallace

Human Kinetics / Kinesiology
Office: Centre of Excellence 236
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3247

I am a certified athletic therapist and obtained my PhD in neuroscience with a research interest in concussion. I am currently finishing up the final requirements for the CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist certification, allowing me to perform assessments, prescribe conditioning exercise as well as exercise supervision, counseling and healthy lifestyle education. I focus on the physiological mechanisms that underlie both optimal sport performance and recovery from injury. The classroom environment allows me to engage with students and highlight the importance of understanding these physiological systems and how to apply this knowledge in their professional practice.

Credentials:
PhD, CAT(C)


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