Alison Taylor - Physiotherapist, Clinic Director MScPT, BSc.
Alison is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Dalhousie university and followed that up with her Master’s of science in physiotherapy also at Dalhousie university. Alison has completed many post graduate courses including specialized running injury courses, shoulder courses, and manual therapy courses. Alison has also completed her Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling - Level 1 to help relieve pain and restore function. Alison has a passion for working with endurance athletes of any kind whether it be runners, swimmers, cyclists etc. Soft tissue injuries, repetitive strain injuries, and sports therapy are some of her specialties. Outside of work Alison is an avid runner herself and has completed 8 half marathons to date, most recently the Calgary half marathon in May! In the community She runs a youth running club at the local YMCA, has volunteered with the Alberta Ballet, and volunteers at any sporting event possible. Alison will always strive to get the best results with her patients and is fully committed to returning her patients to a pain free and happy state!
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.
Leah Peterson - Physiotherapist (Coverage) MScPT, BSc (Kinesiology)
Leah graduated from the Physical Therapy program at the University of Alberta after completing her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She enjoys working with all patient populations, including athletes, post-surgical, joint replacements, and chronic pain. Leah has a special interest in treating dancers due to her personal experience training and competing in multiple styles of dance. Leah has been a patient herself in physiotherapy, both pre and post-surgery, and she is excited to bring this unique perspective into her practice. She plans to complete further educational courses in dry needling, vestibular rehabilitation, and manual therapy levels. Outside of work, Leah enjoys participating in dance, spin, and barre classes as well as a variety of sports including volleyball and slow-pitch.
Katja Ruohio - Registered Massage Therapist RMT
Katja graduated from the massage program at Mount Royal University in June 2009. She does various types of massage including Deep Tissue, Therapeutic/Sports Massage, Myofascial Cupping, TMJ, Prenatal, and some relaxation. She tends to specialize more in Deep Tissue, Therapeutic/Sports Massage, and Myofascial Cupping. She looks forward to extending her knowledge about massage and finding new ways in which she is able to help others. She is quite passionate about helping others and this is what drew her to being a massage therapist. She also loves being able to help teach people about their bodies.
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.
Joy E. Robinson - Registered Psychologist MSc.,R.Psych.
Joy has been interested in human behavior for many years and is a Registered Psychologist. Her therapeutic approach stems from her belief that the Mind and Body are intricately connected while being based in the science of the brain and behavior. She is influenced by the traditional Medical Model as well as the Attachment theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and Interpersonal therapeutic approaches, while acknowledging the symbiotic relationship of Alternative and Complementary approaches to aid the psychological concerns of the body, mind, and spirit. She is a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists (1999) and also completed an additional Masters of Science in Mind Body Medicine from Saybrook University of Oakland, California in 2016. She received her Masters in Educational Psychology from the University of Calgary in 1999. She is also trained as a social worker and holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary after completing a Bachelor of Arts with a Specialization in Psychology from the University of Alberta.
Joy works with all ages and enjoys assisting each individual to pursue of their personal best. She has many years of experience working with adolescents, their families, and adults. She has significant training and experience in facilitating groups, specifically, Mind Body Skills groups, Collaborative Parenting groups, Self-Esteem groups, Body-Image groups, Psychotherapy groups for Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, and Stress Management and Wellness.
Joy started her career working in the Addictions and Mental Health field and is a trained Substance Abuse clinician. As well, she has extensive experience (over 15 years) with all forms of Eating Disorders. She worked for 6 years with the Eating Disorder Program in Calgary and has continued this work in her private counselling practice. She works well with teenagers who are struggling with anxiety, depression, their identity, and their place in the world and is an Adolescent Specialist in Mental Health. As well, she has a strong base in working with anxiety and depression with Adults and assisting their families in understanding these difficult illnesses. She has worked with parents struggling with the mental health concerns of their children and family members, and is able to help them understand and support their loved ones. Joy is flexible in her approach working with children, youth, adults, and their families and is willing to work together to find solutions that may not easily be discovered. She is an advocate for children and youth and will work with other systems including schools, mental health professionals, the medical community, hospitals, to find the best community resources for her clients. Joy is passionate about deconstructing the stigma of Mental Illness and goes above and beyond for her clients.
Joy is currently practicing at our Momentum Health Mission location:
#909-2303 4th Street SW, in the Mission Centre building.
Kim Friesen - Office Manager
Kim Friesen, experienced in patient care, is the Office Manager at Momentum Health Mission. Kim graduated in 2013 from Reeves College, where she completed a Medical Office Assistant Diploma Program with Honors. This is added to her many years of customer service and previous post- secondary education in the optical field. Kim is an organized, creative and resourceful person who enjoys taking on a challenge and finding new ways of solving problems. Along with her outgoing personality, she strives to create a positive environment for both patients and co-workers. Kim is a team player and is looking forward to playing an important role in the success of the clinic and more importantly, your recovery!
Jan Graza Kinesiologist/Office Administrator BHPE
Jan graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor's of Health and Physical Education majoring in Physical Literacy. Jan is an advocate for physical activity and overall healthy lifestyle in the community. She has volunteered as a Fitness Trainer and as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach to help athletes improve their performances. She has also volunteered as a Kinesiology Intern and has learned multiple skills in the field throughout her school year. As a competitive Olympic Weightlifter Athlete, she uses her knowledge about how the body performs to improve at the sport. She joined the team in March 2015 and is excited to be challenged and to further enhance her knowledge in this field.
Meagan Stewart - Office Administrator BSc.Kin
Meagan Stewart is a recent graduate from the University of Lethbridge where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She moved to Calgary with her husband in August and is enjoying being so close to the mountains. When not at work she loves playing all sports but her passions are soccer and volleyball. She also enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog and her family. She is excited to work with the team at Momentum Health!