Amanda McLean Physiotherapist / Owner
Amanda is a graduate of the University of Manitoba program and has been practicing physiotherapy since 2005 in both rural Manitoba and Winnipeg. She started working in private practice with Heather Howdle in 2007, began her partnership with Heather Howdle in 2009 and took over sole ownership in 2010. In 2014 she took on another business partner, co-worker Mandy Connell.
Amanda's vision is to use her many skills to successfully treat her patient injuries/conditions and also give them the tools and education they need to maintain a pain-free and healthy lifestyle. She has taken multiple continuing education courses in the areas of Vestibular Rehabilitation, Concussion Management, Jaw/TMJ therapy, Orthopedic Manual therapy, Myofascial release, and is licensed to practice Acupuncture. Amanda is also trained in Stott Pilates Instruction.
In Amanda's spare time, she enjoys leading an active lifestyle with her family; husband Tyler, son Hayden and her dogs Nala and Molly.
Mandy Connell Physiotherapist / Owner
Mandy’s university career began while on a tennis scholarship at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. She returned to Canada to complete her physiotherapy degree from the University of Manitoba in 2000, and has worked in private practice physiotherapy since then. In 2009 she began working at River Heights Physiotherapy and in 2014 she joined Amanda McLean as co-owner. She has been a Certified Fitness Instructor since 1995, has since become a yoga instructor, and running enthusiast. Her passion and knowledge in sports, and exercise instruction have been invaluable to her physiotherapy practice.
Since the beginning of her career Mandy has followed current research and has done many continuing education courses to enhance her expertise in treating orthopaedic injuries. She has advance training in treating jaw disorders, and has built up an extensive and rewarding practice in this area. Mandy is licensed to practice acupuncture and is trained in the management of osteoporosis. Consequently, she applies a wide variety of treatment techniques in the areas of manual therapy, specific therapeutic exercise, acupuncture, and education.
Mandy feels strongly about promoting the profession of physiotherapy. On multiple occasions she has been invited to educate other health care professionals about the role of physiotherapy in treating the jaw. She has taught back care education and exercise classes and educational seminars for walkers and runners.
Mandy enjoys treating clients of all ages and physical activity levels. She believes in empowering her clients to take an active role in their rehab, and teaching them how to take care of their bodies in order to live long, healthy, active lives.
Megan Silcox Physiotherapist
Megan graduated from the University of Manitoba at the top of her class in 2005. She spent the majority of the first part of her career at Pan Am Clinic. There she gained experience treating patients of all ages and activity levels, with both acute and chronic conditions. In 2012, Megan and her husband left Winnipeg and moved down to Peru for a couple years, returning in late 2014. They settled in River Heights, where they now live with their two young children.
Over the years, Megan has pursued continuing education in many fields including manual therapy, exercise prescription, neuropathic pain, biomechanical foot assessments and custom foot orthotics. She is also licensed to practice acupuncture and prefers to use a multi-faceted approach to helping her patients recover from injury to reach their full potential. Megan enjoys the teaching aspect of her profession and believes strongly in the value of educating her patients about their condition/injury, helping them take ownership of their recovery and play an active role in it.
In keeping with her choice of profession, Megan's hobbies have always centered around active living. Running, road cycling, yoga, and walking the beautiful streets of River Heights help keep her busy when she isn’t working.
Nayla Carruthers Physiotherapist
Nayla is a University of Manitoba graduate with a Master’s of Physical Therapy and a Bachelor of Science. Growing up, she played many sports including volleyball, basketball, badminton, figure skating, snowboarding and baseball. Nayla currently stays active by taking in spin, barre and yoga classes. She also loves hiking and taking her dog, Charlie, for frequent walks.
Nayla has a passion for helping people return to what they love to do. In her practice she uses manual/hands-on techniques, exercise prescription, acupuncture, and therapeutic modalities to treat and help prevent future injury. Providing comprehensive education to patients about their condition/injury is very important to Nayla, and with that knowledge her patients are able to play an active role in their recovery. Nayla has taken additional training in the area of vestibular rehabilitation. Vestibular conditions include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, and Meniere's disease.
Jessica Ness Physiotherapist
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Manitoba. Her joy for physiotherapy began while playing soccer for Manitoba, she greatly valued the profession and wanted to be able to assist individuals in a way she once was. Besides soccer Jessica has a passion for track and field, basketball, and for half marathon running.
Jessica believes in a holistic approach to client centered care, combining myofascial release, mobilizations, manipulations, exercise and education in the rehabilitation programs individualized for each client. Jessica is very passionate about helping her clients return to what they love doing by empowering them through improving their physical literacy and assisting clients in taking an active role in their recovery. She loves working with clients of all ages, especially clients with low back and knee pain.
In her free time Jessica enjoys staying active by going to the gym, running, hiking, and playing soccer. She also enjoys staying up to date on fun new exercises for clients to try.
Angela Asselin Massage Therapist and Acupuncturist
Angela received her Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy in 1998 from the Wellington College of Massage Therapy. She has taken many post graduate courses and has extended her experience in pelvis, sacrum and spine assessment, whiplash injuries and TMJ dysfunction as well as pre and post-natal massage treatments. Her long career in Massage Therapy has developed a passion for wellness for the body as a whole and she decided to complete her degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine to become an Acupuncturist. Angela earned her diploma in Acupuncture from Hua Xia Chinese, Herb, Massage College in 2019. The three year curriculum consists of over 2600 hours training in acupuncture, practical clinical exposure, internship and adjunct therapies which include moxibustion, cupping, electrical stimulation, ultrasound and auricular acupuncture. Her treatment philosophy is to treat the body as a whole, addressing all aspects of patients’ lives. By forming a team with her patients, and bring back balance to all areas of the patients life, physical, mental, spiritual, health and lifestyle habits.
In 2007, Angela earned her Certificate in Teaching and Adult Education from the University of Manitoba and was a teacher at the Wellington College for many years. Angela has been working at River Heights Physiotherapy for over 10 years and is passionate about the philosophy of overall body wellness that we deliver. When she is not busy with her practice, Angela enjoys spending time at the cottage with her family as well as practicing hot yoga.
Nishi Baliyan Massage Therapist
Nishi was born in India and that is where she completed her degree in Physiotherapy and worked as a Physiotherapist for 8 years in the areas of rehabilitation and orthopaedics. In 2016 she moved to Canada, and after much consideration she decided that instead of working towards her Physiotherapy certification in Canada she would change therapies and pursue her Massage Therapy Diploma. Her fields of interest include deep tissue massage, trigger point release, and swedish massage. She looks forward to completing further training in prenatal massage, cupping and hot stone therapy.
In her free time she loves to spend time with her two children walking and biking in the outdoors. She also loves taking long drives exploring her new Province!
Sarah Dartiailh Occupational Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Sarah is a University of Manitoba graduate with a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Occupational Therapy. She furthered her education studying Complete Decongestive Therapy, to become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist as well. She has worked with all ages and in many settings, including schools, hospitals, and in the community.
Sarah is passionate about helping others do what is meaningful to them. She strongly believes in working together with her clients to regain skills and develop new ones, by providing education, resources, and creating an environment that promotes independence. She is always working to expand her knowledge, and has continued her education in areas such as fine motor skills and sensory integration for children, wheelchair seating, falls risk management and home safety, dementia care, wound care, and brain injury.
When not working, Sarah stays active with her husband, son, and dogs with many walks and trips to the dog park.
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