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Heather Gillis is an owner of Physiotherapy Alliance. She works at the Stratford and New Hamburg locations. She is a national examiner, senior instructor and education chair with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and a professor at the University of Western Ontario. Heather graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a professional degree in Physiotherapy and completed her Masters in Clinical Anatomy in 2010. Heather also completed her Diploma in Manipulative Therapy in 1999 and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. Heather has completed training in intramuscular dry needling. She volunteers her time and clinical insights to physiotherapists looking to advance their skills and is actively involved in various community events.
In her spare time Heather enjoys spending time with her two daughters and participating in Canadian stepdancing and clogging.
Darcy Trefiak is an owner of Physiotherapy Alliance. He works at the Stratford, New Hamburg and Mitchell locations. Darcy graduated from the University of Alberta with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Zoology and then graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1994. He completed his Advanced Diploma and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. He has also fully completed the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Course. Darcy has extensive experience in sports physiotherapy and has provided physiotherapy services to a wide range of sporting events at local and national levels. Darcy has donated his expertise to our community working with the Stratford Black Swans Rugby teams, Stratford Warriors Junior B hockey team, St. Mary’s Lincolns hockey team and multiple OFSSA tournaments to ensure the safety of our local athletes.
In his spare time Darcy enjoys spending time with his two daughters. Darcy likes to stay active by playing hockey and squash. He also enjoys running and cycling.
Jennifer Harwood is a physiotherapist and the clinical practice leader with Physiotherapy Alliance. She works at the Stratford location. Jennifer graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science in 2000 and from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 2003. She has continued her studies taking numerous post-graduate courses in manual, sports and orthopaedic physiotherapy as well as intramuscular dry needling. Jennifer has completed her Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physical Therapy Diploma and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy and a credentialing instructor with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She has also pursued post-graduate education in evidence based physiotherapy practice and co-authored a quick reference guide for physiotherapists to facilitate use of common outcome measures in practice. Jennifer has provided physiotherapy consultation and education to industrial and service sectors and to various community organizations. She has donated her time and skills to provide physiotherapy coverage for numerous local and provincial sporting events.
In her spare time Jennifer loves playing with her two sons, running, biking, hiking, swimming and skiing.
Jennifer Masse is a Physiotherapist, who has been working at Physiotherapy Alliance since 2008. She works in the New Hamburg and Stratford locations. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in 2005 and a Master of Physical Therapy in 2007. Over the years, Jennifer has continued her studies completing numerous post-graduate courses in orthopaedics, as well as the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Course in 2012. She has developed a passion for pelvic health physiotherapy, which has led her to additional courses to help patients with incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, rectus diastasis, pelvic girdle pain, pre and postnatal care, sexual dysfunction, as well as various pelvic pain conditions.
Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, watching movies, reading books, and practicing yoga.
Robert Docking is a Physiotherapist with Physiotherapy Alliance. He works in the Stratford and Milverton locations and is a Physiotherapist at Knollcrest Lodge, a long term care facility in Milverton. Robert graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology in 2007 and a Master of Physical Therapy in 2009. Post-graduate education includes courses in manual therapy, McKenzie mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine, intramuscular dry needling and acupuncture. He completed the Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physical Therapy Diploma and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. Robert has provided physiotherapy services at a range of sporting events, including coverage of Black Swans Rugby and Stratford Warriors Junior B hockey and various local highshcool sports.
In his spare time, Robert enjoys playing and watching several sports, especially hockey and soccer.
Erin Weinhardt is a Physiotherapist at Physiotherapy Alliance at the New Hamburg and Wellesley locations. Erin graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2007 and from the University of Western Ontario with a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2010. Post-graduate education includes courses in acupuncture and vestibular rehabilitation including treatment for vertigo.
In her spare time, Erin enjoys spending time with her family and stays active by participating in a variety of summer and winter sports. . She also enjoys volunteering at her church and helps to organize a variety of youth activities and retreats in Canada and the U.S.
Jillian Vanhevel is a Physiotherapist at Physiotherapy Alliance at the Mitchell and Grand Bend locations. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and an Honours Specialization in Rehabilitation Sciences, in 2011. Jillian graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2013. She has begun continuing education courses in manual and orthopedic physiotherapy and plans to complete additional manual therapy courses in the future.
In her spare time, Jillian enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running outdoors, and biking.
Amy Berger is a Physiotherapist at Physiotherapy Alliance, working primarily at the Stratford and New Hamburg locations. She is also one of two Physiotherapists at Knollcrest Lodge in Milverton. Amy graduated from Western University with an Honours Bachelor of Medical Science in 2011, a Master of Science in 2013 and a Master of Physical Therapy in 2015. One of her primary areas of interest is concussion management for athletes and for those suffering from post-concussion syndrome, and she has pursued continuing education in this area. She plans to complete post-graduate courses in acupuncture and manual therapy in the near future.
Amy dedicates her spare time to the art of dance, inspiring young dancers to discover their creative passion through both choreography and performance. She also enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, especially at the cottage!
Dagny began her post-secondary educational journey in 1987 when she graduated with a Fitness Specialist Certificate from George Brown College. Next, she received her Diploma in Honours Standing in Physical Education from the University of Western Ontario in 1994. She continued with the first of a two-year Master’s degree in Philosophy of Sport, and subsequently transferred to the B.H.Sc. in Physiotherapy program at McMaster which was completed in 1997.
Since working as a physiotherapist, Dagny has continued to upgrade skills and knowledge by taking a variety of physiotherapy continuing-education courses. In 2014, she completed her Master’s in Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy at Western University. She is also Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT).
Dagny also uses Deep Needling in her repertoire of treatments.
Dagny is part owner of Physiotherapy Alliance’s Goderich location.
She has been living and working in the Goderich area for many years. Her family is made up of two very active boys, husband and their menagerie. She enjoys staying physically fit and living an active lifestyle. When not at work she can be found kiteboarding or snowboarding with her family.
Melayna Sager is a Physiotherapist at Physiotherapy Alliance, working in Goderich. She graduated from Laurentian University with an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2014, and then went on to Western University where she graduated her Master of Physical Therapy in 2016. Melayna has completed post-graduate courses in management of post-concussion syndrome, and she plans to continue to pursue education in this area. She has also completed additional training in assessment and treatment of vestibular dysfunction. Melayna plans to complete post-graduate courses in acupuncture and manual therapy in the near future.
In her spare time, Melayna enjoys spending time with family in friends. She also enjoys staying active especially with outdoors activities.
Adriana Richard is a Physiotherapist at Physiotherapy Alliance in New Hamburg. She graduated from University of Waterloo with a degree in Honours Bachelor of Science in 2014. She then pursued her Master of Physical Therapy at Western University graduating in 2016. Adriana started with postgraduate courses in acupuncture and hopes to continue with courses in manual therapy in the near future.
In her spare time, Adriana enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. Adriana also enjoys learning and participating in new activities recently picking up salsa dancing and skiing.
Kate Pratley graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Kinesiology degree and continued on at Western to complete her Physiotherapy degree in 2002. Kate has extensive and varied clinical experience in sports, orthopedics, and pediatric physiotherapy. She completed her Advanced Manual and Manipulative therapy exam in 2009 and is a Fellow in The Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT).
Kate has been a Clinical Associate in the Western University physiotherapy program, is an Assistant Instructor in the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and mentors numerous physiotherapists and physiotherapy students.
Kate enjoys assisting her patients return to full participation in their daily activities and sporting endeavors. She has a particular interest in working with endurance athletes and in treating spinal conditions.
Marianne Wagler is a Registered Kinesiologist at Physiotherapy Alliance. She works primarily at the New Hamburg clinic. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with an honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in April 2007.
In her spare time, Marianne enjoys playing volleyball and soccer as well as volunteering at her church.
Amie Schneider is a Registered Kinesiologist at Physiotherapy Alliance. She primarily works at the New Hamburg location. She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in June 2008 with honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Physical Education.
Amie enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and volleyball in her spare time. She loves spending time outdoors; camping, boating and swimming.
Courtney Steven is a Kinesiology Graduate at Physiotherapy Alliance. She graduated from the Honours Bachelor Kinesiology Program at Lakehead University in April 2013.
In her spare time Courtney enjoys volunteering in her community and with the local Junior Farmers group. She also enjoys working with the Ram Rodeo at local events as well as attending local drag racing and tractor pull events.
Alex Lebold is a Kinesiology Graduate at Physiotherapy Alliance. She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in April 2013 with honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Physical Education.
In her spare time Alex enjoys figure skating, spending time outdoors, camping, and spending time with friends and family. Alex also enjoys being a member of her synchronized skating team and volunteering at her church and other community events.
Amanda Wagler is a Physiotherapist Assistant who works primarily at the Stratford clinic. She graduated from Conestoga College in 2010 from the Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist Assistant program where she achieved an award of Clinical Excellence. Amanda is certified in soft tissue release massage, and has plans to further her education in various other aspects of this field.
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time outdoors camping, rollerblading, running and playing a variety of different fun and challenging sports. She also enjoys being with her friends, watching a good movie or reading a good book.
Joanne Yantzi is a Physiotherapy Assistant/Personal Trainer at Physiotherapy Alliance in Stratford and New Hamburg. She graduated from the Fitness and Health Promotion program at Fanshawe College in London ON in 1995. Joanne also has experience in assessing and treating sports injuries as an athletic trainer.
Joanne is actively involved in competitive fastball and volleyball as a player, trainer and coach. She enjoys gardening, snowmobiling and camping with her family.
Sabine Flood is a Physiotherapist Assistant who works primarily at Knollcrest Lodge in Mitchell. She graduated from Conestoga College in 2014 from the Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist Assistant program with high distinction and achieved an award for academic excellence. In her spare time Sabine likes spending time with her family gardening, reading and walking.
Aleisha Wiendels is a Physiotherapist Assistant who works primarily in the Goderich clinic. She graduated from St. Clair College in 2016 from the Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist Assistant program where she achieved academic excellence.
In her spare time, Aleisha enjoys spending time with her family and cats as well as reading, knitting and playing board games and volleyball.
Alex Ladd is a Physiotherapy Assistant at the Grand Bend and Mitchell locations. She graduated in 2017 from the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Conestoga College.
In her spare time, Alex plays competitive hockey for the Kitchener Lady Rangers. She also enjoys playing soccer, ball hockey and golf
Lisa Arthur is a Physiotherapy Assistant who works primarily out of the Milverton location. She graduated from the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Conestoga College with high distinction, and also has an Honours Bachellor of Arts degree in psychology from Wilfred Laurier University.
In her spare time, Lisa enjoys outdoor activities such as biking and hiking in the warmer months and snowmobiling in the winter.
Dustin Shean is a Kinesiology graduate who works primarily out of the Stratford location. He graduated from the University of Guelph in June 2016 with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics.
In his spare time, Dustin enjoys playing hockey and golf as well as spending time outdoors and with friends.
Kimberly Kuiper is a Physiotherapy Assistant student at Physiotherapy Alliance. Kimmi is currently studying at Conestoga College in the Occupational Therapist Assistant/ Physiotherapist Assistant program.
In her spare time Kimmi enjoys reading, playing the piano, and being outdoors. She also loves playing rugby as a member of the Stratford Blackswans.
Stacy Timmermans is a Registered Massage Therapist who works out of the Stratford and New Hamburg locations. She graduated from the Massage Therapy Program at Fanshawe College in April 2016.
Stacy is a member of the Stratford Blackswans Rugby team and enjoys other fun and challenging sports. She also enjoys camping, hiking and volunteering at her church.
Shannon is originally from Thunder Bay where she received her Honours Kinesiology degree from Lakehead University. Following that she went to the University of Guelph where she received her Masters of Science degree. She has been working in Stratford for over 10 years and more recently in Tavistock, Mitchell and Waterloo.
The principles in her practice are customer service, education and communication. There are many individuals who may provide custom foot orthotics, however, Shannon puts the needs of the patient first and maintains a high level of care. Providing footwear education on features and fit is vital to her practice. She works with local shoes stores to ensure that her patients have a variety of appropriate footwear to choose from. Follow up appointments help to ensure that the orthotics are comfortable and helping, and that any new footwear fits appropriately. Pedorthic reports are sent to all referring professionals to maintain communication between Shannon and the health care providers of her patients.
She has been involved with the College of Pedorthics through proctoring exams and acting in a supervisory role to students from the Diploma of Pedorthics program during their practicums as well to co-op students from Lakehead University. She has written articles for the Pedorthic Association of Canada newsletter to keep the members informed of Health and Safety issues.
In the Spring of 2004, she was fortunate enough to travel to Nicaragua where she distributed gently worn shoes to those less fortunate and she continues to collect footwear to donate to local organizations. She has volunteered with the the Festival City 10K in Stratford at the House of Blessing in Stratford to help give back to the community. Being from the “North” she loves winter sports like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding and in the warmer months you’ll find her running and mountain biking. She also enjoys playing squash at Northfield Racquet and Fitness Club.
Jeff graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in the spring of 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education. The following year, Jeff attended Western University where he completed the Pedorthic diploma program while completing the practicum portion of the program with SoleScience. Currently, Jeff operates clinics out of the South Huron Hospital in Exeter, Forest Physiotherapy in Mount Forest and Goderich Physiotherapy Alliance in Goderich. He also works within the SoleScience fabrication facility in London.
Outside of work, Jeff enjoys playing soccer, basketball, golf and is looking to return to coaching in the near future. He believes that living an active lifestyle is key to staying healthy. This mentality can be seen through the care and knowledge that he provides to his patients. He prides himself on sharing his knowledge and past experiences with individuals who are looking to become or maintain an active lifestyle as it is crucial when dealing with foot and lower limb problems. Jeff has had the privilege or participating in Operation Walk in recent years. This is an organization of medical professionals that travels down to Ecuador and Guatemala to provide knee and hip replacements for people needing the service. While down there, Jeff provides footwear and footwear modifications/lifts for leg length discrepancies.
Alan Normand is a registered Chiropodist and graduate of the Edinburg School of Chiropody, Scotland, (1980). A former lecturer of the Ontario Chiropody program at the Toronto Hospital. Alan has been working with Physiotherapy Alliance in New Hamburg since 1999, providing full range foot care and orthotic services. In his limited spare time Alan enjoys fishing, golf, and helping to organize the annual Embro Highland Games held each July 1st.
Lindsay Keffer is the Administrative Business Leader at Physiotherapy Alliance. She primarily works in our Stratford location but may also be seen in our New Hamburg location on occasion. She graduated from the Medical Office Administration program at Mohawk College in April 2004.
In her spare time, Lindsay loves spending time with her son and daughter, scrapbooking, watching movies and reading. She also enjoys traveling, skiing, cycling, and swimming.
EMILY VAN BAKEL
Emily Van Bakel is an Administrative Assistant who works at the Stratford and New Hamburg locations. She graduated from the Medical Office Administration program at Fanshawe College in April 2011.
In her spare time, Emily enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also enjoys singing, watching movies, reading books, travelling, hiking and cycling.
Brittany is an Administrative Assistant who works at the Stratford location but may also be seen at our New Hamburg location. She graduated from the Medical Office Administration program at Medix College in October 2013. In her spare time, Brittany loves spending time with her family and friends, as well as walking her three dogs, watching movies, dancing, and baking.