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Nancy Goodall graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1991 with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation. I have always lived, worked and played in Manitoba. I have spent 13 years of my career working in private practice and 15 years working in public practice. The last 6 years of my public practice experience has been as a Clinical Service Leader overseeing the Orthopedic Technology Services Team at Shared Health –Health Science Center. I have really enjoyed my career so far as a physiotherapist and all the different roles that it has allowed me to do. Outside of work I am a very active person through my involvement in the Manitoba Triathlon community as a member of the Triple Threat Triathlon Club and the Sail Manitoba community on Lake Winnipeg.
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.
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 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 4th 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.
Co-Chair of Communications
Jaclyn graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree and in 2015 with her Master of Physical Therapy. She currently works part time at the rural private practice clinic of Pembina Valley Physiotherapy and has experience working within Winnipeg’s public sector as well. In addition to her involvement on the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association Communications Committee, Jaclyn is a member of the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba Legislative Committee. She has taken several post-graduate courses, most recently completing her certification in Acupuncture. In her free time, Jaclyn enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, yoga, soccer and basketball
Co-Chair of Communications
Karen graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in 2012 and in 2014 was a member of the first ever graduating class from the Masters of Physiotherapy Program at the U of M. She has worked in both public and private practice but has spent the past 5 years working as a physiotherapist in the Outreach Therapy for Children program at St. Amant. Karen is also a member of the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba Physiotherapy Standards Committee. She has taken a number of continuing education courses, primarily with focuses in pediatrics and adults with developmental disabilities.
Co-Chair of Professional Development
B.M.R. PT, MClSc-AHCP (Manipulative Therapy), FCAMPT (Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy), certified in Acupuncture. Craig graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2009 with a Bachelors of Medical Rehabilitation Physical Therapy. Upon graduation, he began working at Riverbend Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre where he continues to practice.Craig has continued to grow professionally taking multiple post-graduate courses (including certification in acupuncture), helping to improve his clinical reasoning and manual therapy skills. One of his long-time goals was to complete and receive a clinical Masters degree in physiotherapy. In 2019 Craig was accepted to Western University and in July 2020 completed his Masters of Clinical Science Advanced Healthcare Practice Manipulative Therapy field (MClSc-AHCP (MT)). Upon completion of his MClSc, he also became an FCAMPT (Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy) therapist. Craig now looks forward to supporting the profession of physiotherapy and offering his time as a mentor for those looking to advance their skills in manual therapy and clinical reasoning with their goals of attaining similar advanced training. Craig’s passion for physiotherapy has led him to continue to provide his services to his community by participating as a physiotherapist/trainer with the St. Vital Mustangs Football Program since 2010. This has also provided him an opportunity to be a clinical instructor for multiple physiotherapy students, supervising them during their clinical placement with the football club. Through his work with the St. Vital Mustangs, Craig was also given the opportunity to work as a trainer/physiotherapist for Manitoba Fearless women’s tackle football club (part of the WWCFL) in 2019. Craig spends much of his free time with his family, enjoying playing with his 2 young sons, as well as spending time with his wife Jackie (who also happens to be a physiotherapist). When not spending time enjoying family bike rides or other family activities, Craig enjoys golfing, running, and cross country skiing in the winter.
Co-Chair of Professional Development
Lisa first graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology prior to earning her Master of Physiotherapy in 2017. Since graduation Lisa has been working full time at St. Vital Physiotherapy and has earned her acupuncture certification through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. In addition to acupuncture, Lisa has taken several post graduate courses including a foot and ankle course, vestibular physiotherapy and concussion management. Lisa is currently a candidate for the Sports Physiotherapy certificate program and has been spending her spare time working as a physiotherapist with a girls volleyball team. Lisa aspires to complete the Orthopaedic levels and earn her FCAMPT. As a therapist Lisa has special interests in pediatrics, manual therapy and injury prevention. In her free time Lisa enjoys yoga, playing volleyball and watching movies.
Co-Chair of 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.
Co-Chair of Private Practice
Trevor graduated in 2007 from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelors Degree in Medical Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy. Since that time he has worked at Doug Christie Physiotherapy and Ste Anne Physiotherapy, recently moving from Ste. Anne to Lorette Physiotherapy, all of which are sister clinics.Professionally, Trevor has focused his clinical work and his post-graduate courses on developing a high level of expertise in clinical reasoning and manual therapy skills.
Co-Chair Public Practice
Oyin graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Master of Physical Therapy Degree in 2018 and in 2009 graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmancy Degree from Outside Canada. Previously, Oyin was the University of Manitoba Student Representative for the CPA-Leadership Division from 2016 to 2018. Since gradation, she has worked in both Acute Care and Community areas of public practice. Currently, she is a Geriatric Clinician with the Geriatric Program Assessment Teams (GPAT)-Deer Lodge Centre. Oyin aspires to continue her education and attain a PhD. She also enjoys watching TV shows on Netflix and spending time with her husband and active toddler.
Co-Chair Public Practice
Sarah graduated in 2007 from the University of Manitoba with her Bachelor of Physical Therapy. She has worked in both the private and public realms, and currently practices in hospital-based orthopaedic outpatients. She has travelled to various parts of the world to volunteer physical therapy services to those less fortunate, and enjoys travel for pleasure as well. Other interests include several sports, distance running, photography, and reading. Sarah sat on the Public Practice Committee as a member for over five years and is happy to increase her role with MPA.
Caitlin Milljour originally had plans of becoming a City of Winnipeg Police Officer. Her plans were changed after an unfortunate incident in Corfu, Greece back in 2009 where she almost lost her life and broke both of her ankles in an ATV accident. Fast forward through 4 surgeries and years of physio and she found herself inspired to help others overcome her physical trauma and achieve their dreams! She graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2014 as part of the inaugural Masters of Physical Therapy class. She is the proud owner of CT Physiotherapy in Ashern, MB- 160 km north of Winnipeg. She resides in Eriksdale, MB with her fiancé Jon and takes full advantage of all of the wonderful activities and lifestyle that living and working in a small town provides!
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.
Tami received her Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree from the Fundação Hermínio Ometto University in Brazil in 2017, and her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences degree from the University of Manitoba in 2019. She has completed additional training in Pilates, Manual Therapy, IASTM, and the Pain Truth Certification. Tami is proud to offer a variety of physiotherapy services in both English and Portuguese in Winnipeg and aspires to complete her acupuncture certification in the near future and enroll in an interdisciplinary post-graduate program for the management of persistent pain. When not at work, Tami loves to watch sports (#gojetsgo), ballet/dance recitals, movies, and TV shows, as well as learn new skills, such as ice-skating, swimming, and knitting. She also keeps busy volunteering for local charities and spending time with her family and puppy.
Sarah graduated from the University of Alberta (MScPT) in 2009. After working at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg for 11 years in the areas of acute medicine and neurosurgery, Sarah now works as an instructor at the University of Manitoba in the Master of Physical Therapy program. She also coordinates the College of Rehabilitation Sciences Neurological Rehabilitation Clinic and supervises many students on clinical placement. Sarah has extensive provincial, national and international volunteer experience with the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association, College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and Neurodevelopmental Treatment Association. When Sarah isn’t working hard she loves riding her bike, running long distances, and doing yoga.
Senior Student Representative
Bailey is from Brandon Manitoba where she graduated from Brandon University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Currently, she is in her first year of the Master of Physical Therapy program at the University of Manitoba. In her spare time, she like to knit, ski, play volleyball and spend time with her nephews.
Junior Student Representative
Bailey graduated from The University of Winnipeg in June 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In my spare time I love playing volleyball, spending time with friends and family and attending Winnipeg Jets games as an avid hockey fan!
I am committed to the pursuit of excellence in health services, particularly in relation to leadership and the enhancing of healthy and collaborative organizational cultures that are responsive to the needs and aspirations of clients and providers. In coming to the MPA, my desire is to add value and strength to the good work already underway. I look forward to getting to know and work with many of you. Executive Director
Saskia Friesen is the Administrative Assistant of the MPA. She organizes the daily activities of the office and provides logistical support to the Executive Director and the membership. Saskia also provides support to the membership through course registrations and the AGM. She also maintains the contents of the MPA website. Saskia plays a lead role in organizing the collection of data and funds for the annual Physiotherapy Directory used by various medical and educational institutions in the province of Manitoba.