Dr. Kelly Brett - Sport Medicine Physician BSc, MD, CCFP (SEM), Dip Sport Med (CASEM)
Dr. Brett began his career as a medical officer in the Canadian Forces including service with the United Nations in the former Yugoslavia. He has been practicing sport and exercise medicine for 20 years and has been a team physician for the Calgary Flames, the Calgary Hitmen and the Calgary Cannons. He has also traveled internationally with Hockey Canada and the Canadian Men’s Rugby team as well as covering amateur sporting events in his home town of Calgary. Dr. Brett has a special interest in childhood physical activity and has been actively promoting healthy lifestyles for children for two decades. His practice involves the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries in patients of all ages and athletic abilities. He has also completed a certificate program as a personal fitness trainer.
Dr. Willem (Winne) Meeuwisse - Sport Medicine Physician MD, PHD, CCFP(SEM), Dip Sport Med
Dr. Meeuwisse is a sport medicine physician with clinical interests that range from recreational to elite athletes. He is currently the Medical Director of the National Hockey League. He is also an Expert Group Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical Commission and has had a long career in research on sport health screening, risk analysis and injury prevention. He is the founder of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary and currently serves as a Senior Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine -Injury Prevention and Health Protection. He enjoys cycling, cross country skiing and just about any outdoor activity; preferably with family and friends.
Dr. Marcus Robinson - Sport Medicine Physician BEng, MEng, MD, CCFP (SEM), Dip Sport Med
Dr. Marcus Robinson is a former engineer and a current Sport Medicine Physician practicing in Calgary, Canada. He earned his first degree in Materials Engineering from the University of British Columbia before working as a design engineer for IBIS Cycles in Santa Rosa, California. Following that, he shifted his focus to the aerospace industry working on projects for the Boeing Company and NASA.
Dr. Robinson then pursued a Master’s Degree in Biomechanics and Biomechanical Engineering and worked in biomechanics labs in Vancouver and in Hong Kong. Upon returning to Canada, Dr. Robinson was able to transfer his skills in motion capture to the entertainment industry. He was the motion capture studio lead for several movies and video games including Barbie: the Princess and the Pauper, Stuart Little 3, and Tony Hawk.
Dr. Robinson completed Medical School at UBC, his residency in Family Medicine in Calgary, and a fellowship in Sport and Exercise Medicine in Calgary. As a Sport Medicine Physician, he is the Chief Medical Officer for the Calgary Roughnecks (2014 - present), Team Physician for the Calgary Stampeders (2015 - present), and Team Physician for the Calgary Hitmen (2015 - present). He has also been part of the core medical team for multi-sport games including the PanAm Games (Toronto 2015), FISU World University Games (Taiwan 2017, Korea 2015, China 2011), and Canada Games (Prince George 2015, Sherbrooke 2013).
In his spare time, Dr. Robinson enjoys crate digging for records to add to his collection of 60’s soul records, wearing out his granny gear on mountain passes, and exploring the city 42.2 km at a time.
Morris Boyer - Certified Athletic Therapist BPE, CAT(C)
Morris has recently been appointed as athletic therapist for Hockey Canada 2018 Men's Olympic Team. Previously he had spent over 17 years in the NHL as an Athletic Therapist with his primary responsibilities including injury prevention, care, rehabilitation and emergency services. In 2003, 2010 and 2013 Morris had the privilege of being chosen as Athletic Therapist for Hockey Canada at the Men’s IIHF World Championships. In 2003 they captured the gold medal at the World Championships in Finland. In 2012 he was chosen by the NHL-PHATS society to serve as Athletic Therapist at the NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa, Ontario. Morris has worked over 1300 regular season NHL games.
Morris has helped numerous elite athletes recover from their injuries over his career, in the clinic and with teams. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Physical Education majoring in Athletic Training and Conditioning. In 1991 he achieved his certification in Athletic Therapy from the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. He also has 14 professional development courses under his belt acquiring skills to utilize in every day practice. Morris has also served on many committees over his career most recently he was a member of the NHL-NHLPA emergency medical standards committee.
Upon graduation, Morris worked with Volleyball Canada, for the National Men’s Volleyball team, the Canadian Professional Rodeo Sport Medicine Team, Edmonton Brick Men Soccer Club, Red Deer College and the Sports Medicine Clinic at Durham College. In addition, he was a member of the athletic therapy staff for the 1993 World University Games and 1995 PAN-AM Games in Argentina.
Morris has a passion for corrective exercise and hands-on manual therapy.
Dr. Cory Wowk - Sport Medicine Physician MD, CCFP, Dip Sport Med
Dr. Cory Wowk is a sports medicine physician from Calgary, Alberta.. Dr. Wowk completed his medical studies at the University of Calgary. His sports medicine and injury management experiences include over 10 years of working directly with the orthopedic surgeons at the hospitals in Calgary (orthopedic resident extender) and 9 years in working as physician for the Calgary Fire Department where he manages many acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries and challenges. Previously, he received his first degree in education and taught junior high for two years before transitioning to medical school, where he uses his teaching skills in his practice.
His team based highlights as physician include: Team physician 2017-18 Team Canada World Junior Men’s Hockey Team, Okotoks Dawgs 2017 baseball team, 2016 Hockey Canada Men's World Championship Under 18 team and the 2014 Hockey Canada Men's World Under 17 teams. He has worked with various other local teams in the past as well.
Credentials: Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine; Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of Calgary; Certification in Family Medicine, University of Calgary; Bachelor of Education (with Distinction), University of Alberta
Dr. Puja Chopra - Sport Medicine Physician BSc, MD, FRCPC, Dip Sport Med
Dr. Chopra is a Calgary based Emergency Physician who also specializes in Sports Medicine. She completed her medical training at the University of Calgary Medical school and then completed her Post-Graduate Medical Residency in Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine in Calgary as well. Dr. Chopra enjoys teaching medical students and residents in her role as clinical lecturer at the University of Calgary in Undergraduate Medicine. Her credentials include; Fellowship in Emergency Medicine, Diploma of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Science Double Honors. Dr. Chopra has a special interest in acute sports injuries, musculoskeletal assessment, team sports, and women in sports medicine.
Charley Hasselaar - CATA Certification Candidate BKin, CATA Certification Candidate
Charley Hasselaar is an CATA Certification Candidate from Calgary Alberta. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, majoring in Athletic Therapy in 2016. She has worked with a variety of sports teams including the University of Calgary Dino’s Football team, Women’s Soccer team and wrestling. She also has experience with various hockey, rugby and lacrosse teams in Alberta.
Throughout her undergraduate degree and into her early career she worked at the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre as a Clinical Research Coordinator with a strong focus on Concussion research. As well, she worked as a Non-Physician Expert at the Acute Sport Concussion Clinic at the University of Calgary assessing sport related concussion patients. Charley has a passion for injury assessment and developing a multi-disciplinary approach for each individual patients needs, to ensure that they have a safe return to their sport and activities of daily living. In her spare time, she enjoys barrel racing, playing soccer and anything to do with being in the mountains.
Josh Guenther - Certified Athletic Therapist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist BKin, CAT(C), ATC, CSCS
Josh Guenther is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Specialist originating from Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 2012, he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, majoring in Athletic Therapy. Some of Josh's internships included working with the University of Manitoba men's hockey and basketball teams, as well as completion of an internship with the Winnipeg Jets hockey club during the 2012-2013 season. Josh has spent the last four years working with various hockey teams and organizations, having responsibilities that included a strong focus on injury prevention, rehabilitation, first aid and emergency care. From 2013-2016, Josh assumed the position of Head Athletic Therapist for the WHL-Brandon Wheat Kings, who captured a WHL Championship and advanced to the Memorial Cup during that time period. In 2014-2015, he was also appointed as Head Athletic Therapist for Team WHL in the Canada-Russia Super Series Summit.
In 2016-2017, Josh relocated to Alberta to assume the role of Head Athletic Therapist for the WHL-Red Deer Rebels hockey club. Additionally in 2016, Josh also had the privilege of being named Head Athletic Therapist for Hockey Canada at the U17 World Hockey Challenge in Sault St.Marie, Ontario.
Josh believes in a health model that consists of a multi-disiplinary approach with regards to assessment, treatment and correction of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions in both acute and chronic settings. He has a strong passion for designing and implementing rehabilitative and conditioning programs that are specific and adaptive to the needs of each individual to help support the patient's goals and desires in return to optimum function through sport, work and activities of daily living.
Sunny Chhokar - Physiotherapist MPhty (Musculo), MPT, BSc Kin
Sunny graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor in Kinesiology in 2008, followed by a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2010. Following 3 years of private practice experience, Sunny moved to Brisbane Australia where he successfully completed his Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy degree in 2014 and has completed his training to perform IntraMuscular Stimulation/Dry-needling.
Sunny is very passionate about musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy and enjoys the challenge of treating a wide range of conditions. He is excited to work within the multi-disciplinary team in providing consultation for patients with acute or chronic conditions. Sunny is eager to continue with his post-graduate education as well as working with the great team at Innovative. Outside the clinic, Sunny enjoys going to the gym, basketball and snowboarding.
Lindsey Walker - Physiotherapist MSc.PT, B.HKin
Lindsey graduated from the University of Alberta with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy after completing a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from Trinity Western University. Since starting her practice, she has completed Kinetacore Dry Needling, Selective Functional Movement Assessment, and Level 1 Manual Therapy through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Division. Prior to her career in physiotherapy, Lindsey worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and continues to integrate her knowledge of exercise and movement retraining into her daily practice. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys Olympic Weightlifting, golfing, and spending time at the lake with family and friends.
Long Kim (Ken) Nguyen - Physiotherapist BKin, MScPT, CSEP-CEP
After graduating from the University of Calgary in 2010 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, Ken spent three years as a personal trainer at the UofC as well as performing fitness evaluations and pre-class physical training prep with the Calgary Police Service fitness unit. He went on to complete his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2016. Since starting his practice, Ken has completed Level 1 Manual Therapy through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopedic Division, along with Level 1 Acupuncture and certified in Biomedical Dry Needling. He looks forward to obtaining his Certificate in Manipulative Therapy this fall. In his spare time, Ken enjoys cycling, weight-lifting and rock climbing.
Shahin Pabani - Physiotherapist BSc.Kn, DPT
Shahin Pabani is a Physiotherapist who has been working with our company since June 2012. Originally she worked at our first clinic in Creekside and now she is working at our Mahogany location. She graduated from Pacific University in Oregon, with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and has a Bachelor of science in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. Shahin has specific interest in orthopedics, clinical and program development, and would also like to promote physical activity with the youth and elderly. Not only has she been successful academically, but Shahin also played Collegiate Division 1 soccer for Stephen F. Austin for 4 years. In her spare time, Shahin enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing soccer, softball, tennis, and volunteering with various community initiatives.
Carly Bursey - Kinesiologist BKin.
Carly grew up in Prince George, BC prior to moving to Calgary to pursue a double major in a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting and a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary. She grew up playing competitive soccer and hockey and has since continued her involvement in athletics with rockclimbing, weightlifting, hiking and volunteering as a coach and trainer for various hockey teams. She is excited to further her knowledge in therapeutic exercise and progress further into the sports medicine field.
Bryan Lentz - Registered Massage Therapist RMT
Bryan Lentz, former Calgary Flame massage therapist, has been a practicing Registered Massage Therapist since successfully completing his Massage Therapy course in 1996, and has had the privilege of working with athletes of all levels for the majority of his career. Bryan obtained his Physical Education degree from Augustana University College, where he worked as the Trainer with the A.U.C. Vikings Hockey Team. After graduating he then spent two seasons as Head Trainer with the Olds Grizzlys (AJHL), winning the Centennial Cup National Championship in 1993-94. He then went on to study Therapeutic Massage and has been focussed on massage since.
Bryan served as the massage therapist with the Calgary Flames Hockey Team for 15 seasons, the last 10 years as a full-time, travelling member of the medical team. During this time he had the opportunity to work with a vast range of management and coaching staff, a very talented group of medical personnel, and hundreds of NHL, Minor League, and Junior players.
Although hockey has been his main focus, Bryan was invited to work for the Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Team's training camp, preseason games, and selected regular season games. This was a great experience working with a different group of athletes. Bryan continues to provide massage therapy treatments in a clinical setting, for athletes and the general public, helping clients achieve their goals of accelerated rehabilitation, recovery, and improved performance.
Kaaren Brooks - Registered Massage Therapist RMT
Kaaren Brooks is a 1994 graduate of the Sutherland-Chan School in Toronto.In the 23 years of her practice, clients have varied in ages and occupations: from the young student to the professional student, and the office professional to the professional athlete. Whether for maintenance or a specific problem, she regards massage therapy as an integral piece of overall wellness
Rocco Cambareri - Registered Massage Therapist RMT
Born and raised in Italy, where he also earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology graduating on the Dean's list in Sicily, Rocco's Canadian journey started almost 4 years ago. He obtained his 2200-hour Massage Therapy diploma here in Calgary. Rocco uses a variety of therapeutic techniques such as deep tissue, myofascial cupping, trigger point release and PNF, to treat soft tissue injuries and dysfunctions, and for overall maintenance and performance. Rocco loves learning about the functional movements of the human body. His involvement in playing and coaching sports has helped him to better understand the connection between inefficient movement patterns and their negative impact on the body. Rocco is confident that his patients will appreciate the attentive and professional care that he provides, in collaboration with the Innovative Sport Medicine Team. When he is not helping people to stay healthy, you can find him on the basketball court or in the weight room, biking and travelling all around the world, or simply cooking a delicious Italian meal for his friends.
Dr. Jonathan Okrainetz - Chiropractor BSc.Kin., DC; Contemporary Acupuncture Practitioner
Dr. Okrainetz grew up in Saskatoon, graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor in Kinesiology in 2012. He then relocated to Toronto where he successfully completed his his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and received training in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture through McMaster University before relocating to Calgary in 2016. Dr. Okrainetz uses an evidence based approach to diagnosing and treating various neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the spine and extremities. As a diversified chiropractic practitioner he utilizes a combination of spinal and extremity manipulations, various soft tissue therapy techniques, electroacupuncture, and rehabilitative exercises to manage both acute and chronic injuries, helping his patients eliminate pain and become active participants in their health and well being.
A former national competitor in ice dance, Dr. Okrainetz has developed a passion working with figure skaters, gymnasts, and dancers, helping them perform at their best while avoiding common injuries associated with their sports. As a result of his work with skaters and dancers and personal injuries he sustained during his competitive career, Dr. Okrainetz has developed a special interest in the management of hip and lower body injuries. In his free time, Dr. Okrainetz remains actively involved with figure skating, working as a technical official for Skate Canada. When not in the clinic or at a rink, he enjoys getting outdoors to hike and loves to play any sport recreationally, to various degrees of success.
Dr. Corrado Cultrera - Chiropractor, ART® provider BSc., DC, ART®
Dr. Corrado Cultrera completed a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Calgary. He graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1999 with a special focus on Sports Performance and Injury Prevention in the youth athlete. Dr. Cultrera has received advanced training in soft tissue injury management and is fully credentialed in Active Release Techniques®, Graston Technique®, FAKTR-PM®, Kinesiotaping and Custom Foot Orthotics. Dr. Cultrera focuses on Athlete Optimization and Youth Injury Prevention. He has worked with AVP Professional and Collegiate volleyball players, the Toronto Argonauts, BC Lions, and has been part of the ART® treatment team at the Ironman Canada triathlon. Dr. Cultrera is an active member of the triathlon community and Vice president of the Kronos Youth High Performance Triathlon club.
Tanya Atton - Team Support Office Manager
Tanya was born in Saskatchewan and moved here in 1999. In 2000 she completed her MOA/Office Assistant course. Tanya has 11 years experience working in Sport Medicine along the side of Sport Med Physicians, Orthopedic Surgeons and Physiotherapists. In her free time Tanya enjoys staying active and spending time with her two kids and husband.
Janna Irvine - Team Support Office Manager
Janna graduated from the University of Calgary in 2015 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology. Having played competitive soccer for most of her youth, she really empathizes with those recovering from sport related injuries, having dealt with the rehabilitation of injuries herself. Janna brings many years of administration and sport and recreation knowledge, and strives to ensure every patient has a positive experience during their time at the clinic.
Robyn Mazzei - Team Support
Robyn was born in Saskatchewan and moved to Alberta when she was ten years old. Robyn graduated from the University of Alberta in 2010 with a Biological Sciences Degree with Distinction, majoring in Animal Biology. She has seven years experience in administration and over seven years working in hospitality as well. Robyn worked for two years at a Sport Medicine Clinic in Red Deer before deciding to move to Calgary in the fall of 2017. As an avid traveller, Robyn has previously lived and travelled abroad for 3 years and has visited 34 countries so far. Robyn has completed 3 sky-dives in Australia and is also a fully certified Advanced Open Water scuba diver. Robyn has many hobbies which include spending time with family and friends, yoga, cooking, snorkeling, scuba diving, running, hiking, visiting new places and meeting new people. She also enjoys learning about health and nutrition.
Aundréa Pullein - Office Administrator
Originally from Kelowna, BC, Aundréa earned her Medical Office Assistant diploma in 1996, and spent a number of years working in physiotherapy and sport medicine clinics in Kelowna and then Victoria. Four kids, a move to Calgary, and 15 stay-at-home years later, she is thrilled to be working with people again. When she’s not focused on her kids and their various sports and activities, she enjoys creating fancy cakes, genealogy research, and reading.