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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.


Nancy Goodall


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

Sheila Williams

Past President

 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 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 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

Karen Cooke

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 University of Manitoba. 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. In addition to her role at MPA, Karen is 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. In her spare time, Karen is an avid runner, spin class enthusiast and loves to downhill or cross-country ski, spend time at the cottage and experience Winnipeg’s fantastic food scene with family and friends.

Craig Marchylo

Professional Development - Co-Chair

B.M.R. PT, MClSc-AHCP (Manipulative Therapy), FCAMPT (Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy), certified in Acupuncture. 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

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.

Oyin Ogunlana

Public Practice Co-Chair

Oyin graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Master of Physical Therapy Degree in 2018 and in 2009 graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree from outside Canada. Previously, Oyin was the University of Manitoba Student Representative for the CPA-Leadership Division from 2016 to 2018. Since graduation, 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.

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

Tami Prado

Co-Chair Newsletter Editor

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 Conci

Awards Chair

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. 

Bailey Kelleher

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. 

Bailey Truss

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!


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.