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Manitoba Physiotherapy Association

MPA provides leadership for and direction to the physiotherapy profession; fosters excellence in practice, education and research; and positions the physiotherapy profession as integral to the health and wellness of Manitobans.

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Board of Directors

Please email ptassociation@mbphysio.org if you would like to get in touch with a member from our board.

 

Sarah Eisbrenner

President

After completing degrees at the University of Winnipeg (B.Sc.) and Arizona State University (M.S.), Sarah graduated from the University of Alberta M.Sc.PT program in 2009. Since graduation she has worked at the Health Sciences Centre General Hospital, and is currently the Clinical Advisor for Acute Neurosurgery and Medicine. She has been involved with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba on the Continuing Competence and Continuing Competence Evaluations Committees. In her free time she enjoys long distance running, cycling, and yoga. 

Sheila Williams

President Elect

 Sheila Williams graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1990 with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation.  She worked in a hospital setting for several years prior to transitioning to private practice.  She is currently practicing at Markham Physiotherapy where she is the clinic owner.  Sheila has a special interest in acupuncture and since 1999, has been on faculty with Acupuncture Canada and is one of their Directors of Education and course developers. In her leisure time she enjoys horseback riding and mountain biking.

Kelly Sheedy

Treasurer

Kelly graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Applied Health. In 2014, Kelly graduated as part of the inaugural class of the Master of Physical Therapy program at the University of Manitoba. Kelly now practices in the public sector, working at St. Boniface Hospital with a mixed caseload of acute medicine and surgical patients.

Laura Cowtun

Treasurer Elect

Laura graduated from York University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology, and in 2015 from the University of Saskatchewan with a Masters degree in Physiotherapy. Laura currently works in private practice at Kenaston Common Physiotherapy.  She also works within the public sector at Riverview Health Centre working with neurological and geriatric caseloads. Laura has enjoyed continuing her professional development via courses in the Bobath Concept, the McKenzie Method and beginning her Orthopaedic levels. In her leisure time, Laura enjoys travelling, distance running, yoga and hiking. 

Joanne Parsons

Secretary

 Joanne is a graduate of the University of Manitoba physical therapy program (2003) and after working in outpatient orthopedics for a number of years, returned to complete a MSc in Kinesiology and PhD in Applied Health Sciences. She’s finishing up her 3rd year as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Manitoba, where she teaches mainly orthopedic pathology and exercise content. Her research concentrates on the early introduction of resistance training to maximize health and performance, and decrease injury risk. 

Bohdanka Willis

Public Practice Co-Chair

Bohdanka Willis graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation – Physical Therapy degree in 2010. Since graduation, she has worked rurally as far north as Arborg, Manitoba but now currently works in the Adult Outpatient department in the Rehabilitation Hospital at Health Sciences Center. Bohdanka has completed her acupuncture training (Acupuncture: The Art and the Science) in 2011 and has taken numerous orthopedic courses which all serve as the foundation for her work as a physical therapist.   Bohdanka has a very keen interest in hand and upper extremity physiotherapy and has taken various courses and attended conference within Manitoba and across Canada to increase her skill set and knowledge base of this unique area of practice.  She plans to write her exam to become a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) within the next few years.   Bohdanka loves to stay active by running, cycling, practicing yoga and going for leisurely walks in her small town of Stonewall where she currently resides.  She truly loves her job and profession, which is evident in her individualized treatment approach for each patient within her caseload.

Sarah Stetski

Public Practice Co-Chair

Sarah graduated in 2007 from the University of Manitoba with her Bachelor of Physical Therapy. She has worked in both private and public reals, and currently practicies in hospital - based orthopaedic outpatients.  she has travelled to various parts of the world to volunteer physical therapy services to those less fortunate, and enjoyrd travel for pleasure as well.  Other interests include serveral sports, distance running, photography and, reading.  Sarah sat on the Public Practice Commitee as a member for over five years and is happy to increase her role with MPA.

 

Jean-François Bérard

Professional Development - Co-Chair

Jean-François Bérard is part owner and head physiotherapist at Pure Physiotherapy. He graduated in 2008 with his physiotherapy degree from the University of Manitoba, immediately starting his own practice in a private-gym setting and soon after, becoming a certified exercise physiologist. He also graduated in 2012 with a Masters of Clinical Science from the University of Western Ontario and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed guest lecturing at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences and presenting at various events such as: the International Physical Literacy Conference, the Sport Physiotherapy Manitoba annual meeting, as well as being a learning facilitator for Coaching Association Canada. Since his Masters degree, JF regularly mentors both physiotherapy students and physiotherapists in the community seeking to further their manual therapy skills and advanced exercise knowledge. 

Natasha Yuska

Professional Development - Co-Chair

Natasha first graduated from The University of Manitoba in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, completed her Bachelor of Education Degree in 2000, and then went on to earn her Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) degree in 2008.  Since then, she has continued to further her knowledge through post-graduate courses in women’s health, acupuncture, functional movement screening and manual therapy.  She has a keen interest in musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, and has extensive experience in treating a variety of patient populations, including pediatrics and geriatrics. Natasha currently works as a case coordinator for the Community Stroke Care Service and at St. Vital Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic. In addition to promoting active and healthy lifestyles to her patients, Natasha herself stays fit and healthy by enjoying running, swimming, and cycling. 

Gina Imbrogno

Chair of Business Affairs Private Practice

Gina graduated from the University of Manitoba, School of Medical Rehabilitation with a Bachelor's Degree in Medical Rehabilitation-Physiotherapy. Since then she has been dedicated to a lifelong career in physiotherapy as well as continuing education and staying up to date with current physiotherapy research. Gina received her certification to practice acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. She is also trained in advanced Dry Needling and is certified as a GTT practitioner.

Megan Ferrone

Co-Chair of Communications

Megan is a University of Manitoba graduate in 2010 (BMR-PT). Megan remains an active member of the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba on the Continuing Competency Committee. Megan is also member of the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association's Awards Committee and Communications Committee. Megan also volunteers her time coaching ringette and volunteering a variety of sporting events. In her free time, Megan remains a participant in competitive level ringette and baseball for over 20 years, enjoys running, cycling, golf and teaching women's bootcamps." 

Romy Russell

Rural Representative

Romy graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in 1998. She started her physiotherapy career in public practice working at a rural hospital treating a mix of inpatients and outpatients. In 2005, she opened a physiotherapy clinic in Swan River, MB where she continues to work as a sole practice physiotherapist.

Jenny Baturin

Co-chair Newsletter Editor

Born in Magog, Quebec, Jenny grew up in the Eastern Townships and received her early education there and in Montreal. She attended the University of Ottawa where she received her bachelor's degree in English Literature and worked for a time in the Foreign Service in Ottawa. After marriage, Jenny and her husband Terry moved to Rossland, BC, where they raised three children: Joel, Thea and Simon.  She graduated in 1991 from UBC with a B.Sc. (Rehab Medicine--Physiotherapy) as Class President. Over the years, she has worked at a number of hospitals in BC and MB due to her husband's work including ten years at Health Sciences Centre.  Jenny has worked in virtually every area of physiotherapy (cardio-respiratory, surgery, neuro, orthopaedics, burns) but has spent much of her time in out-patient orthopaedics and is qualified in acupuncture and manual therapy.  She was sole owner of Pine Falls Physiotherapy for a number of years and for the last three years has worked part-time at Pine Falls Hospital and her private clinic, Physio at the Beach (near Grand Beach).  She spends a few months every winter in North Vancouver near her adult children and grandchildren.  Jenny enjoys walks in the woods near her home, good literature, gardening, crosswords, tai chi and time with her family and faith community.

Kate Garinger

Co-Chair Newsletter Editor

Kate Garinger completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry at the University of Manitoba.  Since graduating from the University of Manitoba MPT program in the class of 2016, she has begun her physiotherapy career at Riverview Health Centre.  In her spare time, Kate enjoys baking, broadening her trivia knowledge, and spending time with friends and family.

Liz Harvey

Awards Chair

Liz graduated with a Master of Health Sciences (Physiotherapy) from the University of Sydney in 2004 and a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) from the University of Manitoba in 1999.  After a career in Canada, Australia and the UK, including public and private practice, Liz joined the University of Manitoba as an Instructor in 2007.  She was previous chair of the Standards Committee at the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba and is a member of the Awards Committee at the University of Manitoba.  Her spare time is dedicated to her two young boys.  

Matthew Fitkowsky

Senior Student Representative

 First year student representative from the Master of Physical Therapy program at the University of Manitoba to the MPA. First year student representative from the MPT program to the National Student Assembly. Member of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences-Student Association, sitting on the Job Fair Committee. Graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree in 2016.