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.
Emily Ratzlaff Physiotherapist
Emily completed her physiotherapy degree in Dublin at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where she was awarded with the Irish Society of Physiotherapists Research award and was published in the Royal College Medical Journal. Prior to studying physiotherapy, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
Emily has worked in a variety of settings in both Winnipeg and Ireland, including many diverse areas of physiotherapy, such as orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, surgery, and geriatric rehabilitation. She is skilled at treating all areas of the body and people of all ages, with a special interest in physiotherapy for children and adolescents. She has gained unique pediatric experience treating a variety of different orthopedic and neurological conditions.
Emily is an avid marathon runner in her spare time. She has completed 9 full marathons and was the female winner of the 2017 Manitoba Marathon.
Elizabeth Hammond Physiotherapist
Elizabeth has been a practicing physiotherapist since 2002, and has worked in a wide variety of settings. She is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), and has a research Master’s of Science (MSc). In 2018 she completed her Doctoral degree (PhD) from the Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science at the University of Manitoba. Her PhD thesis evaluated the role for physical therapy treatment in the management of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy in patients with breast cancer. She believes strongly in the importance of being active for disease prevention and recovery. Her research interests are in exercise and physical therapy in the treatment of all causes of peripheral neuropathy.
Elizabeth’s current physiotherapy practice is geared towards all causes of nerve damage to the arms and legs and cancer patients. Her research and clinical interest is preventative and restorative exercise during chemotherapy to improve the side effects associated with cancer treatment, reduce disease burden and improve quality of life.
When not involved in physical therapy Elizabeth can often be found on the River Heights streets walking her kids to school with her golden doodle. When taking a break with the family they are either scuba diving or off the beaten path in an RV exploring Canada.
Angela Asselin Massage Therapist
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 extensive experience in pelvis, sacrum and spine assessment, whiplash injuries and TMJ dysfunction as well as pre and post-natal massage treatments. She is currently taking her training to become a Traditional Chinese Acupuncturist.
In 2002 Angela earned a Certificate in Teaching from the Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapy, and in 1992 finished her Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Manitoba. She has 7 years of teaching experience from Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapy teaching a wide array of courses including Exercise Rehabilitation, Exercise Concepts, Physiology and Medical Terminology. Her passion is Massage Therapy and in 2008 received honors from the Wellington College for her dedication to the students and the Massage Therapy field.