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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.


Sheila Williams


 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.

Sarah Conci

Past 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. 

Laura Cowtun


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


 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. 

Jaclyn Rempel

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 clinic of Pembina Valley Physiotherapy and as a casual employee at the Grace Hospital and St. Boniface Hospital. Click here for more

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. Click here for more

Lisa Diduch

Professional Development - Co-Chair

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. Click here for more

Gina Imbrogno

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.

Trevor Christie

Co-Chair of Private Practice

TREVOR CHRISTIE, Physiotherapist
B.M.R., P.T., MCISc (manipulative therapy), FCAMPT (Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy), certified in Acupuncture.
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. Click for more

Sarah Stetski

Public Practice 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 Committee as a member for over five years and is happy to increase her role with MPA.


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. Click here for more

Kate Garinger

Co-Chair Newsletter Editor

Kate Garinger completed her education at the University of Manitoba, earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry in 2012 and a Master of Physical Therapy in 2016.  She currently works in private practice at Healthview Therapy Centre and Sherilyn Andres-Daquis Physiotherapy.  In her spare time, Kate enjoys baking, podcasts, and exploring Winnipeg's cycling trails.

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.  

Katie Dalmaijer

Student Representative

Katie graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2017. She is currently in her second year of the Master of Physical Therapy program at the University of Manitoba and is the first year representative for the MPA. She is also a representative for the National Student Assembly, the student branch of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. In her spare time, Katie enjoys live music, camping, travelling, cycling, and hiking. 

Tom Pachal

Student Representative

Tom graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2015. He is currently in his first year of the Master of Physical Therapy program at the University of Manitoba. Tom is also the MPT student body vice-president and representative in the National Student Assembly of the CPA. Outside of Physiotherapy, Tom owns Iron Image, a gym in Selkirk, where he dedicates most of his free time.

Jim Hayes

Executive Director

JIM HAYES, MPA Executive Director
It is my pleasure to introduce myself. I am Jim Hayes, your Executive Director. I have worked in leadership positions with several organizations including serving as CEO of the North Eastman RHA, from 2000 to 2010 click here for more

Saskia Friesen

Administrative Assistant

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 Roster used by various medical and educational institutions in the province of Manitoba.

Away from the office, Saskia and her husband, Eric, enjoy golfing and road trips. She has two adult daughters, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.