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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.

Nancy Goodall

President Elect

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.  Click here for more

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

Eric Sarahs

Public Practice Co-Chair

Erin graduated with her Masters of Physical Therapy in October 2018 and has been practicing at HSC since August 2018. In her free time, she enjoys playing ringette, soccer and hockey and spending time with family and friends.

Matthew Fitkowsky

Public Practice Co-Chair

Matt graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree in 2016, and a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 2018. Previously, Matt was a Student Representative to the MPA Board of Directors from Fall of 2016 to Spring of 2018. Currently, he works on an acute medicine ward at Health Sciences Centre. In his free time, Matt enjoys to exercise and play soccer, slo-pitch, tennis, golf, and formerly track and field.

Caitlin Trakalo

Rural Representative

Caitlin Trakalo 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.  Click for more


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.  

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.