Drs. David and Jannice Bowler are experienced physicians who, after 30+ years of mainstream full-service family medicine, now have a practice focused on the non-pharmacological treatment of musculoskeletal pain.
Drs. David and Jannice Bowler grew up in South Africa (although David’s family is from Alberta). They met at the University of Cape Town where they both attended Medical School. After post-graduate training in England they moved first to eastern Canada for about 8 years, then traded coasts for Vancouver Island. They worked as family physicians at Comox Medical Clinic for 20 years. They moved to Victoria in 2014 to pursue their passion in treating musculoskeletal pain, and opened their clinic offering prolotherapy, perineural injections, trigger point injections, acupuncture, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), botox for migraine and other modalities for pain relief. (These are described in more detail under the FAQs tab).
They practise regenerative, restorative and holistic medicine. Rather than an over-dependence on pills to relieve pain, they promote a more natural and physiological means for body healing.
Dr. Jannice Bowler MBChB, DRCOG, CCFP, FCFP, CAFCI, PgCPain
Jannice graduated from Medical School at the University of Cape Town and completed three years of postgraduate training in Yorkshire, concentrating on women’s health and GP anesthetics. She received the Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
After 8 years in rural practice in Eastern Canada she practised at Comox Medical Clinic in Comox where she was on the staff at St Joseph’s General Hospital and served on the Care-a-Van team (a mobile health service helping the disenfranchised). She has taken additional training: injection modalities (acupuncture, trigger points, prolotherapy, perineural/neuroprolo) for the treatment of pain, myofascial manual release techniques, muscle testing, the use of ultrasound for certain guided injections, oxygen therapy, platelet rich plasma, botox for migraine and bio-identical hormones. Jannice recently completed 3 years as president of the Canadian Association of Orthopaedic Medicine for 2019 - 2021. For more specifics, please see attached document of training in MSK medicine at the end of this page.
Dr. David Bowler MBChB, MRCP(UK), CCFP, FCFP, CAFCI, PgCPain
David graduated from Medical School at the University of Cape Town and completed his internship at Groote Schuur Hospital and post-graduate residency in Yorkshire, concentrating on internal medicine sub-specialties leading to passing the examinations for Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom, in Scotland.
After 8 years in rural practice in Eastern Canada he worked at Comox Medical Clinic. During this time he was on the medical executive of St Joseph's General Hospital for three years, followed by three years as Medical Director there. He was a founding board member of the Comox Valley Division of Family Practice, and served on the board of the Comox Valley Hospice Society. He has completed two intensive courses with the Victoria Hospice Society. He too has taken additional training in modalities for the treatment of pain: injections (trigger points, prolotherapy, perineural/neuroprolo), acupuncture, manual release techniques, muscle testing and the use of ultrasound for certain guided injections. He is a board and teaching faculty member of the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BC Division), currently serving as it vice-president, and is trained in several counselling techniques for pain removal.
David and Jannice are Licentiates of the Medical Council of Canada, have received certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute, and have trained in prolotherapy with the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine and the Hackett-Hemwell-Patterson Foundation. They have trained with Dr. John Lyftoft in perineural injection therapy (Neuroprolo) at courses in Canada, USA and New Zealand. They have trained in ultrasound-guided injections with Dr Tom Clark, Dr Philip Peng, Dr Sean Mulvaney, Dr Stan Lam and others (at Cambridge University, MSKUS, the AAOM, ISURA, and at the University of Toronto Anaesthesia department). Other training modalities have included pain neutralization technique with Dr. Kaufman in Denver, and trigger point injections with Drs. Siren and Henry (Victoria, BC and Kingston, Ontario respectively). They have also trained and volunteered in Mexico and Honduras. They have completed the Post-Graduate Certificate in Pain Management from the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. They are University of British Columbia clinical instructors and fellows of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.