Rickie Walkden, BMR (PT) – Director/Senior Therapist
Rickie brings over 17 years of experience in sport 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. She 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 is 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.
Dr. Michael Cembroski, BSc, DC - Chiropractor
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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 Hall, MPT - Physical Therapist
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.
Holly Stevens, MScPT, Physical Therapist
Holly graduate from the University of Alberta in 2010 with her Masters in Science - Physical Therapy. Since then she has worked in both Calgary and Edmonton in a private practice/sport medicine environment. She is certified in acupuncture and is presently completing her Level 3 for Manual therapy.
Holly's treatment approach is very holistic and combines exercise principles from her Kinesiology degree, with strong manual therapy skills. She believes it is very important not only to treat the acute injury, but to ensure that a treatment plan is put into place to avoid re-injury in the future.
Holly has worked with a number of high level athletes, including the NLL Edmonton Rush Lacrosse Team and Junior National Diving Team. She loves to treat all athletes, especially adolescents and the weekend warrior.
Outside of work Holly is an all around athlete, and enjoys competing in basketball, ball hockey and especially golf. She is an avid runner and being from Calgary, loves country music and two-stepping.
Brian Buffie - Physical Therapist
In the Fall of 2014, Brian had the privilege of being a member of the inaugural graduating class of the Masters of Physical Therapy program at the University of Manitoba. This graduate degree marked the end of his successful studies at the University of Manitoba campus, where he completed his Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2009 and was named an Academic All-Canadian in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Brian wore his brown and gold colors proudly as he competed on his alma mater’s golf team for four years. His avid love for golf is surpassed only by his passion for hockey. A player all his life, he recently discovered his passion for coaching.
Brian has attained his level one manual therapy orthopaedic level and is a certified sport First Responder. His treatment approach is simple: respect and consistency yields results. He relies heavily on hands-on manual therapy skills and his strong foundation of exercise knowledge. Brian continues to improve his skills through various continuing education courses and plans on attaining his orthopaedic manual therapy levels.
Hailing from the steel city, Selkirk, MB, and following his recent tenure at Gimli Physiotherapy clinic, Brian is excited to be a part of the Sport Medicine Centre team and looks forward to meeting you!
Evelyn Ashton, CAT (C) - Athletic Therapist, Osteopath (current study)
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.
Sarah-Anne Bartram - Massage Therapist
Sarah-Anne is a graduate from the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba. Her background and passion in both art and sport drew her to the field of massage therapy, as well as her interest in biology and the human body. During her time in college she had the privilege of working with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and NHL players through her chosen practicum placement. Sarah-Anne
plans to continue her education specializing in structural therapy and the pelvis.
Sarah-Anne is an accomplished athlete. She has played basketball on various elite level teams, was part of the winning provincial team for soccer in 2005-2006, and received Athlete of the
Week in 2007. After stepping back from organized sport, Sarah-Anne accomplished the Riding Mountain Triathlon and the Manitoba half and full marathon. Sarah-Anne now uses these skills
gained in sport to coach and mentor inner-city children. Her previous education in theatre and film
led her to roles in such films as the Don Cherry Story and Goon, as well as many theatre productions in Winnipeg. In her spare time, Sarah-Anne enjoys being at the lake, hiking, kayaking, and riding her bike. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge in sport and massage and is excited to be joining the Sport Medicine Centre team.
Kirk Cook, BKin, Dip Ped-Certified Pedorthist Canada
Kirk graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2008 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology. He went on to attain a Diploma in Pedorthics from the University of Western Ontario in 2011.
Working as a Certified Pedorthist in a private practice, Kirk enjoys being part of the overall treatment plan to help get people back to doing the activities they enjoy. It is exciting to now be able to work as part of the Sport Medicine Centre team to help people resume their every day activities.
Kirk’s role as a Pedorthist includes evaluating footwear and assessing the need for over-the-counter insoles or custom insoles. Kirk also recovers old or existing custom insoles and adjusts insoles using a metatarsal pad or bar.
Kirk enjoys outdoor activities including running marathons, cross country skiing, canoeing, hiking, camping, and biking. His current motivation is to train for endurance-focused events that involve a variety of physical skills.
Chris Hyde RD, B.Sc.HNSc - Sport Nutrition Consultant
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.
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.
He helps athletes and teams 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.