About the Clinic, and Physiotherapy. Meet the Staff!
Sainte Anne Physiotherapy and Sport Injury Centre Centre de Phsyiothérapie Générale et Sportive de Sainte Anne
Established in 1994
ABOUT THE CLINIC We are dedicated to being an integral part of the health of the community of Sainte Anne, offering personalized, effective and evidence based physiotherapy treatment to keep our clients comfortable, independent and functioning at the highest possible activity level. Our Physiotherapists offer a variety of personalized treatments in order to treat each individual client with a program that is most beneficial to their unique condition. The clinic is well equipped to facilitate a diverse treatment approach. Our space is divided into 8 ‘curtained’ treatment cubicles, including a traction room, two private treatment/massage rooms, a whirlpool room, and an expansive exercise area.
ABOUT PHYSIOTHERAPY Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession directed at evaluating, restoring and maintaining physical function and fitness. Physiotherapy is an autonomous profession. We do not require a referral from a doctor to assess and treat you. Although you are not required to see a Doctor, Physiotherapists do work closely with physicians, sport medicine doctors as well as surgeons. We will communicate with your physician to ensure you receive the best treatment and investigations required to properly treat your injury/condition. Physiotherapists are educated at the university level and base their practice on scientific evidence-based protocols.
À Propos De La Physiothérapie La physiothérapie est une profession de soins de santé dirigée à évaluer, restaurer, et maintenir la fonction et conditionnement physique. La physiothérapie est une profession autonome. Une recommandation de docteur n’est pas nécessaire, cependant, les physiothérapeutes travaillent attentivement avec les docteurs de toutes sortes incluant les médecins de sports et les chirurgiens. Nous allons communiquer avec votre docteur pour assurer que vous recevez les meilleures traitements et investigations requis pour proprement traiter votre blessure/condition. Les physiothérapeutes sont éduqués au niveau universitaire et basent leurs pratiques sur des protocoles supportés par l’évidence scientifique.
Meet The Staff
BRIGITTE DAVIES - Physiotherapist B.M.R., P.T., Certified in Acupuncture
Brigitte graduated in 1988 from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor Degree in Medical Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy. After graduation, she worked for a year at Seven Oaks Hospital before beginning her career in the Private Practice sector. She first worked at the Steinbach Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic before making the move to Sainte Anne Physiotherapy in 1997. Over the years Brigitte has taken numerous advanced, post-graduate, Manual Therapy Courses and completed her Acupuncture Certification. In addition, she has supervised many Physiotherapy Students during their internship. Brigitte believes in a healthy and active lifestyle, which is reflected in her practice where she utilizes a combination of manual therapy, acupuncture, exercise prescription and education to help clients achieve their treatment goals. If you’ve seen Brigitte as a patient or have heard from one of her past clients you’ll know they appreciate her passion for helping people thus creating a loyal following over the years. She is well respected by her colleagues as well as the local medical professionals. Brigitte has lived in the Southeast area with her husband and two daughters for some 40 years now and has always loved the variety of cases and people that a rural clinic has to offer. She hopes to continue serving the area for many years to come. In Brigitte’s spare time, she plays Volleyball in a rural Women’s League based in Steinbach. She also enjoys golf, outdoor activities, Tai Chi, travelling and attending the Jets games.
ESTELLE HAINES - PhysiotherapistB.M.R. P.T., Certified in Acupuncture
Estelle is a physiotherapist with over 25 years experience in treating a wide variety of orthopaedic conditions and sports injuries. She has been certified in acupuncture (through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada) for over 15 years. She has attended numerous post-graduate courses dealing with spinal and peripheral joint assessment and mobilization as well as exercise prescription. Estelle has a special interest in assessing and solving problems related to foot biomechanics and their effects on pain in the lower extremities and back. She can cast for custom orthotics if needed as well as advise you on proper footwear for your specific needs. Outside the clinic Estelle enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, yoga, and many creative endeavours as well as “grand-mère” time.
STEPHEN BRAUN - Physiotherapist B.M.R., P.T., B.A, Certified in Acupuncture Stephen received his bachelor of arts degree from the Universite de Sainte Boniface prior to becoming a Physiotherapist in 2013. Since then Stephen has been a part of our team. Stephen is a determined and passionate physiotherapist and has been quickly building clinical reasoning and manual therapy skills through post graduate courses and mentorship. Professionally he has a keen interest in manual therapy (hands on) and exercise as a part of his skill set. He has also been certified in acupuncture as well as instrument assisted soft tissue massage. Personally, Stephen is a runner and he loves to get to the gym, which is good because he also loves to cook. He is also beginning to give even the most avid of gardeners a run for their money.
JULIE FRIESEN - Physiotherapist B.M.R., P.T.
Julie is a home grown physio who grew up on a farm just outside of Ste. Anne. After completing a bachelor’s degree in science, she took a couple of years off from school to work and travel. Julie then continued her studies and completed her bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy in 2008. Since graduating Julie has worked in private practice in Winnipeg before returning to work in Sainte Anne Physiotherapy. Julie and her husband have travelled extensively both in Canada and throughout Europe and hope to continue their adventures in the future. Currently Julie and her husband are busy raising their 2 daughters.
JOSEE DEEZAR- Physiotherapist- MPT, BSc Josée graduated with a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2017 and is happy to provide physiotherapy in both English and French. Before physiotherapy she graduated from the Université de Saint-Boniface. Josée attained her Bachelor of Sciences degree in 2013. Following graduation Josée travelled, volunteered in the Dominican Republic, and worked in the French school division in Winnipeg before continuing her studies at the University of Manitoba to pursue a career in physiotherapy. Josée likes to use a combination of manual therapy and exercise-based treatment techniques to manage pain, improve function, and achieve individualized patient goals. She continues to pursue post graduate advanced manual therapy courses and mentorship to further develop her practical and clinical reasoning skills. Josée likes to spend time with friends and family, walking her dog (Richard) at the dog park, and staying physically active. She enjoys playing soccer and ultimate frisbee in the summer months, and basketball in the winter. She also regularly attends Crossfit, partaking in powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting classes. Josée previously volunteered with Special Olympics Manitoba as a basketball coach during her undergraduate degree and has recently had the opportunity to assist in training the provincial Special Olympic athletes for 2018 national summer games.
HILARY CHRISTIE - Physiotherapist - B.M.R., P.T. Certified in Acupuncture Hilary is currently away from the clinic since the birth of their son Reed in 2017. Hilary graduated from the University of Manitoba physiotherapy program in 2007 and began working in private practice at Nova Physiotherapy in Winnipeg. She joined the Sainte Anne Physiotherapy clinic after the birth of her daughter. Going forward, Hilary will work between the 2 clinics. Her interest in physiotherapy is a mix of manual therapy and core strengthening with a strong emphasis in Pilates principles. She has taken numerous post graduate courses in manual therapy, pilates and acupuncture. Hilary's bubbly personality and charm, coupled with her will to improve patients quality of life make her a great part of our team. Personally, Hilary enjoys her family cottage at Lake of the Woods, walks and bike rides, attending Pilates classes twice a week and reading about health. When she's not doing any of the above, she's dreaming about the beaches and walking paths in Hawaii.
STEPHANIE GAUTHIER - Massage Therapist R.M.T.
Stephanie joined Sainte Anne Physiotherapy in November 2011 after graduating from the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba in June of the same year. While Stephanie has recently moved to Winnipeg, she and her entire family have lived in the surrounding areas of Ste. Anne for many years. In her spare time Stephanie enjoys playing recreational indoor/outdoor soccer and working out in the gym. Stephanie is a member of the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba.
TIFFANIE PELLETIER - Massage Therapist R.M.T. Tiffanie joined Sainte Anne Physiotherapy after graduating from Wellington College of Remedial Massage in July 2017. Tiffanie and her family are from the surrounding areas of Ste Anne. She will be taking post graduate courses to stay current and keep up her skills offered through MTAM and Wellington College. Outside of work Tiffanie enjoys being outdoors, hunting and spending time with her husband and little boy Tyler.
ANETTE SAINDON - Massage Therapist R.M.T.
Annette has decided to move on from massage therapy and has taken a job at Sainte Anne Hospital in Housekeeping. Thanks Annette for all the great massages and good luck over at the hospital
CHRIS HYDE - Registered Dietician
Chris received his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba and subsequently completed a dietetic internship. Chris is also a certified level 1 in ISAK body anthropology. Chris is a member of Dietitians of Canada and the Manitoba Sports Nutrition Network. Chris has spent time working in a variety of settings as a dietitian; acute care, chronic care, community, long-term and outpatient setting, allowing him greater perspective when consulting and assessing individuals and/or families. Chris has a passion for sport and works alongside athletes to assist them with reaching their performance goals. Chris grew up playing hockey in Manitoba where he played community level as a youth on up to the local junior ranks to now putting back that same passion and time into the sport through coaching. He helps individuals, families and athletes reach their goals through healthy, appropriate nutrition education and meal planning. Be it the grass roots or elite level, all ages and sports, nutrition is a key component to top level performance and Chris can help show how nutrition will benefit you.
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 Bachelor Degree in Medical Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy. Since that time he has worked at Doug Christie Physiotherapy and Sainte Anne Physiotherapy, recently moving from Sainte 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. His thirst for knowledge and his desire to help everyone who comes to see him inspired him to enroll in a Masters program at the University of Western Ontario. He trained with a group of highly respected and educated clinicians and professors. In July 2014 he successfully completed this program and has joined a small group of accomplished Physical Therapists in Canada who have achieved the designation of a Masters in Clinical Sciences in Manipulative Therapy and is now an FCAMPT (Fellow of Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy) therapist. This advanced training, coupled with his certification in acupuncture, give him a lot of tools to work with in his efforts to help everyone he sees to reach their personal goals of treatment. Trevor has now reached the point where he looks forward to supporting the profession of physiotherapy by offering his time through mentorship and teaching others who are keen to sharpen their physiotherapy skills or achieve similar advanced level certification. He is passionate in his belief that physiotherapy is a profession that has much to offer to the public in keeping people active, productive and healthy in our work, play, hobbies and in the so called ‘golden years’. He is committed to keeping the profession a respected intervention in health care. Personally, Trevor is surrounded by Christie physiotherapists; his father Doug, his mother Cathy and his wife Hilary. Trevor and Hilary now have a daughter Quinn and son Reed. As of now it is unknown whether they will join the profession. In his spare time he likes to play hockey, golf, slow pitch, spongee, fish and socialize. He enjoys dabbling in home renovations, going to the Jets games, playing fantasy football and going to the lake in the summer.
MURIELLE JOHNSON - Office Manager/ Physiotherapy Aide
Murielle is the Manager of this clinic since it first opened in 1994. She is the longest serving and most important member of our team. She prides herself in ensuring the clinic runs smoothly, efficiently and makes life easy on the physio's at the clinic. With a diploma in Rehabilitation Aide and Health Care Aide she has always worked with Physiotherapists and enjoys the interaction with the clients. Murielle is a long time resident as she was born, raised and continues to reside in Sainte Anne. The most rewarding aspect of her life is her family. Most of Murielle's and her husband Charles spare time is consumed by their four beautiful grandchildren along with her two sons and daughters in law. Otherwise, the lake, home, gardening and sewing keep her very active.
NICOLE MASSICOTTE- Administrative Assistant/Physiotherapy Aide Nicole grew up on a farm in Lorette. After that she's spent time all over southern Manitoba; St. Boniface, St. Malo, Grunthal and has been in Sainte Anne since 1994 where she met her husband and raised 4 kids. Nicole enjoys serving people and her community. To her there is nothing like a good book and the outdoors to pass the time. Nicole is now also a grandmother. If not answering calls, keeping the clinic clean or having a good chat she can be found inspecting the building for code violations or inefficiencies. Her motto is to smile to people, work hard and life will be good.