Rickie brings over 14 years of experience in sports medicine, successfully rehabilitating everyone from the recreational athlete, to the “weekend warrior”, and the elite athlete.
After graduating from the University of Manitoba, Rickie moved to Minneapolis and for 11 years worked in Sports Medicine, focusing her practice in the rehabilitation of post-operative shoulder rehab, and shoulder injuries, including rehabilitation of the Minnesota Twins, and Rehabilitation of the Runner, including video analysis. Rickie has worked with many professional athletes, elite marathoners, and Ironman triathletes.
Making the move back home to Winnipeg in late 2008, Rickie began working with orthopaedic surgeons from Pan Am Clinic establishing a Shoulder Rehab Program unique to Winnipeg. Rickie also continued her goal directed program initiated in the US, designed for the rehabilitation of the runner from the newbie to the ultra-performer.
Rickie is excited about all of the opportunity for Sport Medicine in Manitoba that will be offered at the Sport for Life Centre and looks forward to helping you reach your goals whether they be to return to work or return to a high level of sport.
Born in The Pas, Manitoba, Dr. Kennedy graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a BA and Bsc. and from the University of Manitoba with an MD. She was awarded a fellowship in primary care sport medicine at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre. She was the head physician for the Alberta Ballet for 10 years and has worked with various teams including Canada’s national women’s hockey program, world figure skating and speed skating, junior hockey, and AAA baseball. She has special clinical and research interest in osteoarthritis and a passion for public health and medical journalism. She was a health columnist for the Calgary Herald for 10 years and is currently a health columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press.
Born in Edmonton and raised in Winnipeg, Mike graduated the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in 2000. He moved to Minneapolis to attend Northwestern Health Science University, College of Chiropractic graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2004. During this time, Mike also completed his EMT certificate and worked at the University of Minnesota Emergency Medical Services.
Mike is also a member of The Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada). Chiropractic Sports Specialists keep active Canadians at their best by treating mechanical imbalances or dysfunctions. They get to the cause of the problem, so patients can focus on giving their best in whatever sport they are participating in. For more information please visit www.rccssc.ca
Moving back to Manitoba, Mike has worked in Brandon and Hamiota and opened a private practice in Winnipeg in 2006. He enjoys treating players from the sidelines and can be found at a Winnipeg Dynamo Kyiv Soccer game. Mike joined the Sport Medicine Centre because of a strong believe in a team approach to health and wellness.
Sarah graduated from The University of Alberta in 2007 with her Master of Science – Physical Therapy. Since that time she has worked in Edmonton at both private practice clinics and also in acute care at the University of Alberta Hospital. She is certified in Spinal and Peripheral manipulative therapy and is presently completing her Level 3 for manual therapy. In addition, she is certified in acupuncture and Gokavi Transverse Technique (Intramuscular needling). Sarah’s treatment approach combines a strong manual therapy background with a thorough knowledge of exercise prescription. In addition, the use of needling adds another dimension to treatment particularly with sports injuries and chronic pain.
As a former kinesiology student and member of the University of Western Ontario varsity volleyball team Sarah developed a strong interest in sport and sports injuries. She is also certified in Kinesiotaping, a practice used by many Olympic athletes.
Outside of work Sarah has many other interests and passions which include live music – regularly attending concerts of all sizes and of all genres of music; Kayaking – having completed an ultra-marathon (Yukon River Quest) with her husband Nathan in 2010; and Travelling – including most of Europe, New Zealand, Mexico, Hawaii, and all across North America.
Sarah graduated from The University of Manitoba in 2008 with her Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy. Since that time she has worked in Winnipeg in private practice orthopaedics. She is pursuing her levels in manual therapy and has completed her Level 3 in the Canadian Orthopaedic Division post graduate courses.
Sarah is certified in acupuncture and practices Gokavi Transverse Technique (Intramuscular Needling) with certification to follow in June. She is also pursuing her certificate in Sport Physiotherapy and has been an active member on the Sport Physiotherapy Manitoba board since 2008, including being chair since 2009. When seeing Sarah, you can expect a thorough assessment, education on your diagnosis and an outlined care plan with your goals in mind. Her treatment approach is based in manual therapy and exercise prescription. The intramuscular needling technique offers another facet to care of sports injuries, postural dysfunction and chronic pain.
Evelyn graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Applied Health and Kinesiology. After graduation Evelyn became a Certified Athletic therapist and travelled to Thailand to learn nerve-touch Thai massage from the creator in Chang Mai. After a few years as an athletic therapist Evelyn became interested in Osteopathy. Evelyn is currently working to become an Osteopath through the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto.
Evelyn brings her experiences working with multiple sports of all levels to her practice. With her background and current training Evelyn’s treatments are designed specifically for each individual client. She is very passionate about helping others; whether it is relieving chronic pain, improving athletic performance, or just feeling good.
AJ received his diploma of Massage Therapy from The Professional Institute of Massage Therapy in 2006. He is thoroughly trained in providing a variety of treatments and customizing each client's plan of care. AJ has been receiving massage therapy for over 16 years, assisting him in understanding the methods that are therapeutic for each individual. As an athlete, AJ understands the needs of other athletes, from relaxation, muscle fatigue, and stretching for all categories of sports. He also coached players in many different sports.
AJ's goal is to help clients learn about their body and assist them in leading a pain-free life and career. AJ believes that Massage Therapy is one essential to lead a fulfilling lifestyle and that everyone, from all walks of life, can benefit from.
Christine is passionate about assisting athletes to make healthy, nutritional choices so that they can enhance their performance. A veteran to the athletic scene, Christine played four years of volleyball at Providence University College, where she witnessed first-hand how types and timing of food can impact athletic performance.
Christine received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba and subsequently completed a dietetic internship. In 2010, she was awarded the "Sport Medicine & Science Council of Manitoba Scholarship" for outstanding academic and volunteer achievement in sport nutrition. Christine is a member of the Dietitians of Canada (DC) and the Manitoba Sport Nutrition Network.
An advocate of all sports at all ages, Christine works with individuals from grade school to senior athletes. She creates important, healthy, and sensible nutritional plans for teams, recreational athletes, or elite competitors.
Shirley Blanca joined the Sport Medicine Centre team in May of 2012. She brings years of administrative experience as she worked as an Administrative Secretary in the Winnipeg School Division for six years. Prior to that she was the Financial Coordinator for a major orthodontic clinic.
Sport is a huge part of Shirley's life. She is the founder of the MB Magic Basketball Club, an active board member of Basketball Manitoba, and a basketball official. If she's not on the court you will probably find her in a gym proudly supporting one of her three children as they compete in their own sports. Shirley also takes on running and tennis as her personal hobbies. Her passion for sport and knack for administration brought her to the Sport Medicine Centre. She values being part of this team and will help out in any way to make sure patients have a worthwhile experience at the Centre.
Liz joined the Sport Medicine Centre team in the summer of 2011. She is a former student of the U of M and an avid sports enthusiast. She runs, plays hockey and ball hockey and participated in the 2005 Canada Summer Games as member of Team Manitoba's Rowing team.
Kristyn joing the Sport Medicine Centre team in the winter of 2013. She is a Univeristy of Winnipeg
student studying International Development. Kristyn is a runner and she loves to travel. Her favourite trip
so far is one she took to Kenya in 2011.