Sara Lawson – Physiotherapist
Sara received Bachelor of Science (Biology) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degrees, and then a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Saskatchewan. Sara has worked in sports, orthopedic, surgical, and vocational rehabilitation areas and has completed post-graduate courses in performing arts physiotherapy, McKenzie lumbar spine mobilization, chronic pain, pelvic floor rehabilitation, sport first responder training, K-taping, sports therapeutic taping, functional capacity evaluations, Graston Technique, the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (CAFCI), and Level 3 Upper & Lower courses through the Orthopedic Division, Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Sara’s dance background includes certificates in Advanced Tap and Jazz Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association (CDTA), Advanced Tap and Jazz Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT), Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Grade 8 Award, and RAD Advanced 2. Sara then when on to complete the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) program through the RAD to receive registered teaching status, and is also designated as an Associate of the RAD and assigned the designation of a tutor for the CBTS RAD program. She is a member of the CDTA Saskatchewan Branch-Stage Division and Associate Member-Ballet and Modern Divisions. She is a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor. She is also a certified Yoga Instructor through Namaskar Yoga. Sara has taught for over 18 years in multiple dance genres and continues to freelance across Canada. Sara is honoured to be working with the Alberta Ballet Company and School of Alberta Ballet this dance season.
Dr. Philip Nelson - Chiropractor DC
Dr. Phil Nelson grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree, where he was also the varsity basketball trainer. Furthering his education, Dr. Nelson graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto before chasing the mountains and arriving in Calgary. On his days off, Dr. Nelson can be found doing a multitude of activities including hiking and skiing. He is an active member of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine Team, a patroller with the Canadian Ski Patrol and is the official Chiropractor of the Alberta Ballet. Dr. Nelson has always been passionate about health and he is a firm believer that “pre-habilitation”, proper biomechanics, and education will lead to a happier, healthier life.
Karen Vito - Registered Massage Therapist RMT
Karen's passion for dance and her recovery from a dance-related injury led her to become a Massage Therapist, graduating from MaKami College as a 3,000 hour Registered Massage Therapist. She saw the amazing benefits of regular massage for maintenance, injury prevention and recovery. Karen is certified in relaxation, therapeutic, sport massage, TMJ massage and hot stone massage, to name a few. In addition to completing her RMT designation, Karen has also completed her Fascial Movement Taping Certification.
Karen also dances and performs in contemporary, modern and ballet productions. With her experience in dance, knowledge in massage therapy and personal training, she hopes to help clients with their sport related injuries.
Karen also attended the University of Calgary and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Language Studies.
Dr. Stephanie Yaremko - Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Stephanie Yaremko is a naturopathic doctor and family wellness expert. Her travel and work in many countries give her diverse and extensive experience. As the primary care naturopathic physician with Natural Doctors International in Nicaragua, she worked with pediatrics, infectious disease, acute illnesses and chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and arthritis. She also led the DIOSA program, a women's health program aimed at empowering and educating women about their health, and increasing cervical cancer screening. Dr. Yaremko has contributed to the life experiences of young children and families in Canada, Nicaragua, the Middle East and Asia. She recognizes the influence that culture and society have on personal health.
Dr. Yaremko is passionate about dance. She performs with a semi-professional dance ensemble and is the naturopathic doctor to the Alberta Ballet. She recognizes that health is not merely an absence of disease, but rather a dynamic process involving mind, body, spirit and community. She works to educate her patients and the public about the tremendous power they have for their health and lives. She firmly believes that a person's lifestyle is the greatest modifiable effector of health. She cherishes the connections made with people while attending their health journeys and looks forward to creating more. Dr. Yaremko is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and a Chancellor's Club scholar from the University of Calgary. She is currently the Registrar and Vice-President of the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta.