The Elite Team

Physiotherapists – Bridgwater

LEAH DLOT | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Winnipeg

LEAH DLOT – Lead Physiotherapist of Elite Sports Injury, & Co-Owner of Elite Sports Injury Bridgwater

Leah graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2006 with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy. She has worked at Elite Sports Injury since that time and has a keen interest in treatment of all injuries ranging from acute sports injuries to chronic, movement based and postural related injuries.

Over the past 10 years Leah has pursued many avenues of post-graduate education, most recently completing the Masters of Clinical Science in Manipulative Physical Therapy at Western University, attaining a certificate in Advanced Orthopedics and Manual Therapy and becoming a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT).

FCAMPT physiotherapists have completed extensive, internationally recognized post-graduate education focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of complicated muscle and joint problems and are committed to providing the highest level of quality, patient-centered care combining clinical experience with evidence-based orthopedic practice.

Leah is also certified in acupuncture, dry needling, the Functional Movement Systems, including the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and Functional Movement Screening (FMS), Level B of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) and Part A of McKenzie Diagnosis and Treatment.

Leah is an active member of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators, having been selected as a member of the Manitoba Clinical Item Generation Team (CIGT) for the Physiotherapy Competency Examination, and well part of the Professional Development Committee with the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association. She is past member and chair of the Continuing Competency Committee with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba, and the past Equipment Manager with Sports Physiotherapy Manitoba.

A former nationally ranked gymnast, Leah’s interest in physiotherapy developed at a young age. Her work as a physiotherapist has allowed her to remains involved in the gymnastics community, and well as other sporting programs including community football leagues and The Manitoba Marathon.

In her spare time, Leah enjoys remaining active through dance, yoga, running, biking and hiking.

Justine Chartrand | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Bridgwater Winnipeg

JUSTINE CHARTRAND

Justine graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2013 with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy and has worked in the Orthopaedic and Sports Injury setting since that time.

She has completed post graduate certifications which include acupuncture accreditation, Paris custom orthotics and casting course and is currently pursuing her orthopaedic levels. She plans on completing her Functional Movement Screening (FMS) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) in 2017.

She decided early on that physiotherapy was her passion, combining her keen interest for sports along with interacting with patients and helping them reach their individual goals. Justine believes in the active approach to treatment using a combination of manual therapy techniques, exercise prescription, myofascial release and education to maintain or improve function and prevent further injuries. In her spare time, she continues to enjoy playing hockey, slo-pitch baseball as well as running and yoga.

Christine Sharrow | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Bridgwater Winnipeg

CHRISTINE SHARROW

Christine is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Masters in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology – Honors in Sports Psychology. She is certified in Acupuncture and Sport First Responder and completed her Level 1 Manual Therapy certificate.

Christine’s love of sports and fitness started at a young age in Winnipeg while competing in volleyball and basketball. She was awarded a basketball scholarship which kick started her scholastic journey in Kingston, Ontario. She returned to Winnipeg to complete her Bachelor’s Degree and to later pursue her Masters.

Throughout her academic training, Christine worked as a certified personal trainer, which is what ultimately impacted Christine’s decision to pursue a career as a physical therapist.

Christine believes in a patient oriented approach to treatment to maximize the long-term benefits for the client.
Christine keeps active by enjoying yoga, basketball, weight training and running.

Physiotherapists – Meadowood

BARRY CONNOR | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Winnipeg

BARRY CONNOR

Barry graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1999 with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (physical therapy) and has worked exclusively in orthopedics since that time.

He has completed post-graduate training in acupuncture, manual and manipulative therapy and regularly participates in continuing medical education to provide his patients with the most current evidence-based treatment techniques.
With over 10 years of experience as a physiotherapist, Barry enjoys meeting the rehabilitation goals of individuals from high-level athletes to high-level gardeners or whatever other pursuit brings them to his door.

Barry has worked as medical volunteer with numerous sports teams over the years and, being former athlete, understands the specific rehabilitation needs associated with this population.

Barry is involved in the professional community through serving on various boards, lecturing at continuing education seminars and volunteering in the community.

Karina Zinn | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Winnipeg

KARINA ZINN

Karina is a University of Manitoba graduate, with post-graduate certification in acupuncture and selective functional movement assessment. Her path to physiotherapy began with an interest in and respect for human anatomy and promoting health and wellness. She has provided training for AA Ringette (which she has also coached for several years), AA Baseball, and AAA Hockey; and has played hockey, ringette, and soccer for the past 19 years.

Karina is currently invested in improving her golf game and running.

Maxine Koroscil | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Meadowood St Vital, Winnipeg

MAXINE KOROSCIL

Maxine graduated from the University of Manitoba School of Medical Rehabilitation with a Bachelors Degree in Physiotherapy. While growing up Maxine loved sports, playing ringette, soccer and hockey, and found that physiotherapy was the perfect way to combine her passion for a healthy lifestyle with a desire to help others. She strives to provide the best service possible to her clients and continues to further her education through courses and certifications. Maxine is certified in acupuncture, SFMA, FMS, and has begun advanced orthopedics courses. In her free time, Maxine is also an avid runner, snowboarder and yoga enthusiast.

Maxine looks forward to working with her patients to achieve their goals by providing an active approach to rehabilitation based on the needs of the individual through a combination of patient education, manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription.

MEGAN FERRONE | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Winnipeg

MEGAN FERRONE

Megan is a University of Manitoba graduate in 2010 (BMR-PT) who has received additional post-graduate certification in Acupuncture, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SMFA), Functional Movement Screening (FMS), Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) and many other sport specific based advanced courses and seminars. Megan remains an active member of the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba on the Continuing Competency Committee and most recently as a Practice Auditor which is piloted to start in the Fall of 2016. Megan is also member of the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association’s Awards Committee and Communications Committee.

Megan has been involved in many community based sport programs including training for: AAA Warriors Hockey, St Vital Mustangs Football, AA Eastman Flames Ringette, Bonivital AA Baseball and Beach for life Volleyball Tournaments. She has also been involved in coaching programs for over 10 years at the community level for baseball and ringette.

In her free time, Megan remains a participant in competitive level ringette and baseball for over 20 years, enjoys running, cycling and golf. Megan chose her career for her passion for promoting a healthy, well balanced lifestyle and continues to share that passion teaching and educating young females instructing ladies bootcamp style exercise classes in her free time.

Rhea Dufort | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Meadowood St Vital, Winnipeg

RHEA DUFORT

Rhea has a 3 year BA in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from the University of Winnipeg and is a graduate of the School of Med Rehab Physiotherapy program. She has also completed ongoing education in Specific Functional Movement Assessment, Kinesiotape, Sport First Responder and more. Rhea’s passion for sports such as hockey, ringette, basketball, soccer, track, golf and snowboarding, sparked a keen interest in general physical fitness as well as sports injury and rehabilitation.

Rhea began her work with us as an Elite Professional, and now continues to help rehabilitate Elite clients as a licensed physiotherapist. She also works as a trainer for the MMJHL Twins hockey team and has worked previously with AAA Warriors Hockey and Eagles Football.

Rhea also serves clients at our St. James location.

Ricky Paggao | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, St Vital Winnipeg

RICKY PAGGAO

Ricky is a physiotherapist who graduated from the University of Manitoba. Originally from Brandon, Ricky received his Bachelor of Science degree from Brandon University. He began his physiotherapy career working at a sports injury clinic in Brandon as well as the hospital in Glenboro. He has volunteered at many sporting events including the Special Olympics and Manitoba Summer Games. Ricky has a strong interest in sports rehab and musculoskeletal injuries and joining the amazing team at Elite is a perfect fit.

Continuing education has always been a priority. Ricky received post-graduate certification in acupuncture, selective functional movement assessment (SFMA), Functional Movement Screening (FMS), Mulligan techniques and many other advanced sports-related and orthopedic courses.

Ricky was the recipient of the Joan K. Edwards award for outstanding early contribution to the profession in 2009. He is the past Chair of the Council for the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba and is the current Communications Chair for the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association. He also sits on the Board of Examiners for the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators.

Ricky strongly believes in a client-centred and active-based rehabilitative approach to physiotherapy. Always passionate about promoting an active healthy lifestyle, Ricky enjoys running, crossfit, soccer, biking and downhill skiing.

*Physiotherapy Services are also available by request at Elite Performance Centres, located in The Rink athlete training facility in Kenaston (90 Lowson Drive, Winnipeg). Learn more

Physiotherapists – Downtown

Trevor Horvath | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Graham Ave, Downtown Winnipeg

TREVOR HORVATH

Trevor is the lead physiotherapist at Elite Sports Injury’s Downtown Winnipeg location. He has worked for over 12 years with downtown physiotherapy clients and has a clear understanding of their specific needs. His experience in the rehabilitation and sports injury field is compounded by his continuous will to learn. He has a degree in Medical Rehabilitation and has completed his acupuncture certification.

As an ultimate frisbee player, Trevor is an inductee into the Manitoba Disc Sports Hall of Fame. His understanding of and involvement in the sports community is why Trevor makes a great addition to the Elite team.

Derek Purvis | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Graham Ave, Downtown Winnipeg

DEREK PURVIS

Derek is a recent graduate from University of Manitoba with a Masters in Physical Therapy. During his schooling Derek demonstrated early skills in manual therapy, being selected as part of the Advanced Orthopedic Manual Therapy placement in his final year and is excited to continue to pursue courses in manual therapy, acupuncture and Selective Function Movement Assessment.

Derek has been involved in sports his entire life with a passion for hockey and weight lifting as well as many other sports including golf, kayaking, baseball and boxing. He strongly believes in an active lifestyle and would love to help you reach your goals and stay involved in what you love!

Derek also spends his time at our St. Vital location.

Physiotherapists – Assiniboine (Courts of St. James)

Brad Ross | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Assiniboine St James Winnipeg

BRAD ROSS

Brad opened Assiniboine Physio & Sport in 1990 and has over 2 decades of private practice experience in physiotherapy, including 8 years of providing services at a second location at CFB Winnipeg.

Brad’s focus is on detailed examination of extremity and spinal injuries and complaints, and on choosing patient care options based on the root causes of problems. His treatments include manual mobilization and massage, acupuncture, custom orthotic fitting, a mix of therapeutic modalities, and individualized patient ed./home programs.

Brad was a competitive long distance runner & soccer player, and is an avid local musician.

Rachel Wu | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Assiniboine St James Winnipeg

RACHEL WU

Rachel Wu graduated from the School of Medical Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy department from the University of Manitoba in 2009. She also has certification in acupuncture and has taken various orthopedic courses to further her education. She started working initially at St. Boniface hospital, working in the ER and on the surgical units, followed by a year at Gimli Physiotherapy Clinic. In 2010, Rachel started her own physiotherapy practice in Teulon, and still owns it today. Through these experiences, she has been able to combine multiple strategies in treating her clients, helping them achieve their goals. Being able to provide manual therapy, education and exercise prescription allows Rachel’s clients to be a part of their rehabilitation. Rachel is really looking forward to working in her Assiniboine neighbourhood at the newest addition to the Elite Performance Centres. Helping people and encouraging overall health and wellness are Rachel’s passions.

Rachel enjoys playing a variety of sports with her husband including hockey and golf, as well as gardening and spending time with friends and family. She is an active promoter of the profession as a volunteer with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba, and the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association.

Lorissa Klopak | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Assiniboine St James Winnipeg

LORISSA KLOPAK

Lorissa is a University of Manitoba graduate with a Bachelor of Kinesiology (2011) and Masters in Physical Therapy (2014). She is certified in Acupuncture and has her level 2 manual therapy certificate. She plans to become certified in the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and Functional Movement Screen (FMS) this upcoming year. Lorissa remains an active member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and is the co-chair of the communications committee for the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association.

Her passion for health and wellness began at a young age, being competitive in fastball and hockey and continued with her experience in training AAA hockey and AAA baseball teams. She thoroughly enjoys an exercise approach to the rehabilitation process.

Lorissa gained experience in physiotherapy working with wide variety of people, children to older adults. She believes in taking a client-centered approach and is determined to help everyone attain their personal goals. Lorissa keeps active by enjoying recreational sports such as; slo-pitch, hockey, volleyball and golf.

Massage Therapists – Bridgwater

BRIANNA BUCHANAN | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Winnipeg

BRIANNA BUCHANAN – RMT

Brianna is a Registered Massage Therapist who graduated from Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapy in 2013. Since graduation she has worked in a Physiotherapy Clinic setting.

Upon graduation Brianna completed her training to be a Sports Massage Therapist. Training included Pre and Post Sports Massage, Soft tissue Release, Onsite Injury Management and Athletic Proprioceptive taping.

She has also completed additional training in sports nutrition, exercise psychology and cranial therapy.

Brianna’s interest in sports rehabilitation began at a young age as she was very involved in soccer and loved staying active. That passion continued to grow and prompted her interest in Massage Therapy. She enjoys incorporating assessment and exercise prescription in her treatment so she can create personalized plans to help clients reach their goals and to prevent further injuries.

Massage Therapists – Meadowood

Jay Bachman | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, St Vital Massage Therapy Winnipeg

JAY BACHMAN

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Raena Ducharme | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Meadowood St Vital Massage Therapy Winnipeg

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Massage Therapist – Downtown

Massage Therapists – Assiniboine (Courts of St. James)

LEANA VIRGO | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Assiniboine St James Massage Therapy Winnipeg

LEANA VIRGO

Leana graduated from The Massage College of Manitoba in 2000. She works part time out of The Courts of St. James location and enjoys the challenges of new musculo-skeletal injuries. As a former bodybuilder, fitness instructor and MT for the military national volleyball team she brings a wealth of knowledge in sports rehab & recovery. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, running, swimming and volunteering at her kid’s school & PAC. Leana has also taken courses in Cranio-Sacral Therapy I, Raindrop Therapy and Dhyana Massage Therapy (deep scar tissue therapy), pre/post natal fitness instruction and office ergonomics.

Joanna Jarrett | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Assiniboine St James Massage Therapy Winnipeg

JOANNA JARRETT

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Aki Sugikami | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Assiniboine St James Massage Therapy Winnipeg

AKI SUGIKAMI

Aki, a graduate from Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapies, is also a committee member of Insurance Committee in Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba.  She is very passionate about addressing the needs of her clients, not only through assessments and treatment, but through educating them on how massage therapy can help ease tension and relieve pain in their daily lives. A particular area of interest for Aki is the shoulder. She enjoys using muscle energy technique and soft tissue release, which is beneficial for those suffering from chronic shoulder stiffness, rotator cuff injury, neck pain, and upper back tightness.  Aki has extensive experience working with seniors and pregnant women, as well as lymphatic therapy and has knowledge of kinasio taping. She considers listening and interaction with her clients to be an important part of the healing process. Her treatment goal is focused on helping her clients to not only start feeling better, but to start moving better after each session.

Aki has endless interests in the relationship between body and mind, influence of nutrition on health, and the importance of exercise for healthy living lifestyle.  She enjoys baking, cooking, swimming, and yoga.

Registered Dietitian – Assiniboine

Dale Kornelsen | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Assiniboine St James Dietitian Winnipeg

DALE KORNELSEN

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Elite Professionals – Meadowood

Analisa Averia | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Meadowood, St Vital, Winnipeg

ANALISA AVERIA

Analisa is the lead Elite Professional at Elite Sports Injury. She is an avid runner and has worked for seven years in reconditioning programs and neuro-rehab in Manila before coming to Elite, where she helps our clients master the execution of their exercises; making sure they get the best possible results from their rehabilitation program.

Vanessa dela Rosa | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Meadowood St Vital, Winnipeg

VANESSA DELA ROSA

Vanessa graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2012 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology – Athletic Therapy. She currently works as a physiotherapy aide (Elite Professional) at Elite as well as a sales associate at our partner, Performance Healthware. Vanessa was a former client of Elite, and is motivated by her experience to help clients learn proper exercise techniques; with the goal of making them more aware of their bodies so as to return safely and quickly to activity.

To stay active Vanessa dances hip hop competitively, plays volleyball, and will forever have a place in her heart (with or without knees) to play her favourite sport, soccer!

Erin Blaine | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Meadowood St Vital Massage Therapy Winnipeg

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Jon Foh | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Meadowood St Vital Massage Therapy Winnipeg

JON FOH

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Melanie Lavallee | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Meadowood St Vital Massage Therapy Winnipeg

MELANIE LAVALLEE

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Chloe Phaneuf | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Meadowood St Vital Massage Therapy Winnipeg

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Elite Professionals – St. James

CAITLIN RYAN | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Massage Therapy Winnipeg

CAITLIN RYAN

Caitlin is a University of Winnipeg student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in both Kinesiology and Business Administration. She intends to apply to a Master of Physical Therapy program upon completion of her undergraduate degrees. As an Elite Professional, she aspires to help clients with a speedy recovery by instructing proper exercise techniques. Currently, Caitlin volunteers for Special Olympics Manitoba as an athletics coach and for a personal care home as an assistant instructor of a resident exercise program. She maintains an active lifestyle through various forms of physical activity; however running is her passion.

Venkat Mahadevan | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Assiniboine St James Massage Therapy Winnipeg

VENKAT MAHADEVAN

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Emilie Britton | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Assiniboine St James Massage Therapy Winnipeg

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Directors of Details

CARMEN KAETHLER | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Massage Therapy Winnipeg

CARMEN KAETHLER – Office Manager

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SHARON SCOTT | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Winnipeg

SHARON SCOTT – Meadowood

Born in Ocho Rios Jamaica, Sharon lives by the motto “treat other how you would like to be treated” and she is the go-to person to help you book appointments and complete paperwork at Elite. Sharon is a proud graduate of the Medical Office Assistant program at Robertson College.

Ashley Titterton | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, St Vital Winnipeg

ASHLEY TITTERTON

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ROSE RINGOR | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Winnipeg

ROSE RINGOR – Downtown

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Co-founders

Jeff Fisher | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Winnipeg | Elite Performance

JEFF FISHER

President – Elite Performance Centres

After seven successful years in the CFL as the Head Trainer and Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, three years as the CFL’s Evaluation Camp Director and one year with NFL Canada’s Test to be the Best, Jeff founded Elite Performance Centres and opened his doors to the elite athletes of Canada.

Since its inception, Jeff has trained over 17,000 athletes in all sports disciplines, taking each and every one of them to the top of their game. His unmatched enthusiasm brings athletes and other trainers from all over the country, seeking his expertise. He is known in many professional athlete circles as a guru of physical conditioning and injury rehabilitation.

Wade Miller | Elite Physiotherapy, Sports Injury, Winnipeg

WADE MILLER

Wade Miller first met Jeff Fisher through their shared association of with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. For the last 16 years they have worked together to create a sports training and rehabilitation experience of which people jump to be a part. Wade oversees the rehabilitation division of Elite.

Wade graduated from the University of Manitoba, with a Bachelor of Physical Education degree, as a two-sport athlete (wrestling and football) and a member of the Dean’s Honour List. After graduation, he was drafted by the Blue Bombers, where he played for an outstanding 11 seasons.

Wade & Football

During his football career, Wade appeared in 159 regular season and eight playoff games, received CFL East Division All-Star honors in 1997 and 1999 and ranks as the Bombers’ all-time leader in special team tackles. Off the field, he represented the club at numerous charity engagements, ranging from 30 to 125 events annually. In 1996 and 1997, Wade received the Ed Kotowich Good Guy Award, given annually to the Blue Bomber who best combines football ability, team camaraderie and extraordinary community effort. To cap it off, he was inducted into the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame in 2011.

Business & Community

Wade has also been honoured for his success in business. In May 2007, he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™, a national award celebrating leaders and honoring Canadians who have reached a significant level of success before their fortieth birthday. In July 2009, Wade was also named as a prairie finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur Award.

Wade continues his commitment to supporting charitable and community initiatives. He sits on numerous local boards and, for 8 years, the Wade Miller Play with Pros Golf Tournament has raised thousands of dollars for amateur sport. In 2011, Wade completed his first sprint triathlon in LA and will support a group of 20 beginners in achieving the same goal next year. Most importantly, Wade is a hockey and soccer dad, who learns from his son each day.

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