Our Team

Laurie Plouffe

BScPT

Physical Therapist

Laurie graduated from the University of Alberta in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Since graduating she has worked in private practice treating patients with a variety of injuries from sports injuries, motor vehicle-related injuries, chronic pain and other soft tissue injuries. Laurie has taken many post graduate courses in order to better treat her patients: Gunn IMS, Acupuncture, neuroproprioceptive taping, manual therapy, pregnancy related pain problems, and running analysis education are just a few techniques that she uses. She has a special interest in treating chronic pain, sports related injuries, and is an advocate and speaker on running related issues. Outside of work Laurie is a very active mom, to date has completed 6 Ironman races, is a CrossFit enthusiast, and enjoys running and spending time with her family outdoors.

Find her on Twitter: @propelphysio

Shelley Ibrahim

BScPT

Physical Therapist

Shelley graduated from the University of Alberta in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree, with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology. In 2002, she graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. Since then Shelley has worked in private practice in Edmonton and Sherwood Park. She has undertaken post-secondary training in manual therapy for the spine, peripheral joints and the TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint), treatment of movement impairment syndromes, vestibular rehabilitation, and running analysis and injuries. Shelley has completed her medical acupuncture diploma taught by Dr. Aung, through the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension. She has also taken Dr. Gunn’s Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) Course and is certified to do IMS and Acupuncture. Her special interests are traditional Chinese medical acupuncture, IMS, sport-related injuries and post-surgical patients. On her days off, Shelley likes to work out, attend yoga classes, run, golf, ski, snowboard, roller blade, and read. She likes to spend her time doing many outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and camping. But her most favourite past time activity is spending it with her husband and young daughter. Shelley is an avid traveller and has so much more of the world to see.

Christina Ammann

BScPT

Physical Therapist

Christina received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2005. She has worked with lots of post-operative patients including hand, shoulder, hip and knee patients. Her more recent experience is treating pregnancy and post-partum pelvic pain, treating women with urinary incontinence and prolapse and people following motor vehicle accidents. The post-graduate courses that Christina has taken include the Philadelphia Hand Rehab course, Medical Acupuncture, Management of Urinary Incontinence in Women, and a Pregnancy related Pelvic Girdle Pain course. Her interests are treating pregnancy related pain and urinary incontinence and prolapse in women. Christina loves spending time with her 2 young children, running and travelling.

Kayla Clarke

MScPT

Physical Therapist

Kayla graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland with her Msc. Physiotherapy; and previous to this she completed her B.Sc Kinesiology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia – Kayla has recently moved out west and landed herself in Edmonton, trading up the ocean for mountains! She has completed post-graduate courses in  the SFMA, Dry Needling, and manual therapy.

Growing up, Kayla was playing hockey, soccer, and softball, and now is an avid gym-goer. She has worked with multiple sport teams throughout school and early in her career.

Outside of work, Kayla is either at the gym, travelling, hiking, snowboarding, or generally exploring the west coast.

Whatever your goal is, she wants to help get you there.

Jill Saban

MScPT

Physical Therapist

Jill graduated from University of Alberta in 2014 with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Physical Education with a focus on sports performance. Since graduating Jill has worked in private practice treating patients with a variety of injuries, everything from sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, post-surgical rehab, back and neck pain and other soft tissue injuries. Jill especially enjoys treating sports injuries as she has always been very involved in sports, especially basketball, which she played for 5 years in university. Jill has taken several post-graduate courses including acupuncture (CAFCI) and dry needling (Kinetacore). Outside of work, Jill enjoys spending time with her husband and new baby girl, playing basketball, working out, and travelling.

Robyn Davidson

MScPT

Physical Therapist

Robyn graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2012 and again in 2014 with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy. Robyn is excited to be continuing her learning through post-graduate courses; she has pursued courses in manual therapy and SFMA. In addition to her work in private practice, Robyn works as a pediatric therapist helping to facilitate physical literacy for children of all abilities.

Robyn is constantly in the pursuit of self-development and living authentically. On the top of her priority list includes spending quality time with her husband, volunteering, reading, and spending time outdoors.

Alex Young

BScPT

Physical Therapist

Alex graduated from University of Alberta in 2005 with a BScPT.  Since then Alex has worked in private practice treating patients with a variety of injuries, including sports-related injuries, MVA, chronic pain and post-surgical to name a few. 

Alex has taken many post-graduate courses including Gunn IMS, Acupuncture, SFMA, manual therapy, Soft tissue mobilization, and running injuries and prevention.  Her special interests lie in sports-related injuries but really just loves helping people reach their goals whatever they may be.  A former University basketball player and 5-time Ironman finisher Alex loves staying active and training for events.  Now being a mom, she loves spending her time outside of work being active with her daughter and husband.  

Brent Kastelic

MScPT

Physical Therapist

In 2016, Brent graduated from the MScPT program at the University of Alberta. Prior to his Masters degree, he completed a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and Human Performance and Fitness, graduating with distinction in 2013.
In addition to his educational background, he has experience working with clients of all ages and fitness goals as a personal trainer and treating various musculoskeletal injuries in the clinic. Brent is continuing to expand his skill set and knowledge as he’s pursuing his manual therapy skills via post-graduate courses through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Brent is passionate about health and fitness. You can catch him at the gym lifting weights, running stairs in the river valley or in and out of the hockey rink. In terms of treatment style, he is technical when it comes to manual therapy techniques and corrective exercises. He can relate to the athletic population, as he once was a former high-level hockey player who received multiple injuries throughout his career. He was sidelined for weeks at a time and underwent intensive rehab in order to return to the game with that same physical and mental edge prior to injury.

In addition to working with athletes, Brent welcomes clients of all ages and injury types. He looks forward to getting to know you, sharing his passion of health and fitness and helping you reach your rehab goals.

Sarah Tsang

MScPT

Physical Therapist

Sarah graduated from Queen’s University with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Physical Education with distinction. She has received a number of post-graduate training, including Contemporary Medical Acupuncture with McMaster University and also with the Advanced Orthopaedic Manual & Manipulative Therapy program. In addition to Sport Physiotherapy Canada training, K-Taping Pro, and Soft Tissue Release certifications, Sarah is also a registered running specialist with the Running Clinic and a Complete Concussion Management Healthcare Practitioner.

Sarah’s studies have taken her around the world, from Duke University, to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, to the mountains of Whistler. Growing up in an active background, this has shaped her belief that no treatment plan is one-dimensional and that the most effective results come from the most personalized care. Faith, family, and friends are very important to Sarah. You will often find her exploring the local coffee scene, backpacking through the Rockies, and jumping on any opportunity to run.

Sarah believes that physiotherapy is neither passive nor reactionary. Rather, physiotherapy is positioned at the forefront to inspire change on how we view movement and conditions. She looks forward to teaming up with you to meet your goals!

Erica Vargo

MScPT

Physical Therapist

Erica graduated from the Masters of Science in Physical Therapy program at the University of Saskatchewan in 2013. Prior to finishing her Masters she completed a Bachelors of Science in Toxicology, graduating with Honours. Since graduation she has completed many post graduate courses expanding her knowledge and ability to offer the latest treatment techniques in evidence-based practice. She has completed Levels 1, 2, and 3 in manual therapy through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopedic Division. Erica is a certified Pelvic Floor therapist and a Functional Dry Needling provider.

Erica uses a patient-centred care model to deliver the best outcomes for her clients and is dedicated to helping them reach their goals and maximize their function. She has a special interest and a developing expertise in treating women’s health issues including pre and postnatal care, pelvic pain, incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. She is actively involved in expanding her practice in this area and looks forward to welcoming new clients.

Outside of work Erica enjoys spending time chasing after her son, practicing and teaching yoga, or curling up with a good book.

Brie Grandfield

BScKin, RMT

Massage Therapist

Brie (Goran) Grandfield graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2004 with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology while playing NCAA Div. I Volleyball. In 2008, Brie graduated from the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba with a diploma in Advanced Massage Therapy. Brie’s massage treatments include: Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports massage (Pre and Post-Event), Hot Stone Massage, Myofascial Release, Myofascial Cupping, Joint Mobilization, PNF Stretching and Pregnancy and Infant Massage. Brie is registered with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC). Brie still enjoys playing both indoor and beach volleyball, spending quality time with her young son & husband, and reading.

Emily Dirk

RMT

Massage Therapist

Emily graduated from the CDI Advanced Massage Therapy Program with honours in 2009. Emily’s treatments include: deep tissue, sports massage, motor vehicle accident recovery, active release, myofascial release, TMJD massage and pregnancy massage. Emily is registered with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC). In her spare time, Emily enjoys golfing, ballet and snowboarding.

Dino Meger

RMT

Massage Therapist

Dino is due to graduate his second year at Makami college in August. Born and raised in a small town outside Stockholm Sweden, massage was introduced to him at a young age through school. Dino offers a wide variety of treatments including: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Myofascial Release, Cupping, Hot Stone, Cross Fiber Frictioning, Prenatal, Sports Performance Massage, TMJ release as well as introduction into Intraoral Massage and more.  Registered member with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada, ready to tend to your needs with a drive to heal, and knowledge to help reach your personal goals. Outside of massage, Dino is also passionate about Snowboarding, hockey, lacrosse, fitness, as well as music, playing DJ gigs around Edmonton’s music scene and song writing for an acoustic album on the side.

Moni Taron

BscKin, RMT

Kinesiologist
Massage Therapist

Moni graduated from the University of Alberta in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Since graduating from the UofA, she has also taken Selective Functional Movement Assessment and maintained her certification as a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer. Moni enjoys helping a variety of people with exercise programs and finds it rewarding to see patients improve when they are motivated to take part in their recovery.

In 2016, Moni also graduated from the 2200 hour Massage Therapy Diploma Program at MacEwan University. Her clinical experience ranges from relaxation massage to sports massage to treating chronic conditions and pre-natal massage.

Moni enjoys incorporating tools from her Kinesiology background into massage treatments, such as PNF stretching and RockTape, and is eager to get you back to function and activity! She strives to develop treatment plans that are individualized and effective. 

In her free time, Moni loves spending time outdoors, camping, and running in Edmonton’s beautiful ravines and river valley.

Karly Russell

BScKin

Kinesiologist

Recently graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Kinesiology. Currently working towards a certification in Exercise Physiology (CSEP-CEP) with the ultimate goal of finishing a Masters degree in Occupational or Physical Therapy. Avid traveller with a passion for working with people and seeing them progress. Karly is very involved in sports, having played varsity track and field in university and is now a Red Bull Crashed Ice athlete.

Brennan Pratt

BScKin

Kinesiologist

Brennan graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelors of Kinesiology with a major in Sport Coaching and holds a degree in Social Science with a Sport and Leisure major from Vanier college. Originally from Montreal, Brennan moved to Edmonton to complete his undergraduate degree and explore Canada while getting closer to the mountains. He also holds a hand full of coaching certifications and a side from working at Propel he coaches competitive snowboarding during the winter season. He enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds who are motivated to work as a team to reach their recovery goals. In his spare time he can be found in the Rocky mountains snowboarding, hiking or climbing adventure.

Karen Weran

General Manager

Karen has been at Propel since the opening of the Heritage Valley location in 2008.  She is now the General Manager for both locations.  Prior to working at Propel, Karen was a stay at home Mom and was actively involved in volunteer activities at school, hockey and football.  She is the proud Mom of two sons and daughters in law.  Outside of work, Karen and her husband and family are avid mountain bikers and make yearly treks to Utah and Whistler for biking holidays.  Karen loves to travel and her favourite European destination is Austria.

Amy Phillips

Clinic Manager

Amy has been working in Administrative Roles for the past 5 years and loves organizing team events and helps out with management duties at the Whitemud Clinic. Amy is currently working toward her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Concordia University. Amy loves being with family and friends, and in her spare time can we found playing slow pitch Soft Ball, traveling to her family Lake or adventuring with friends!

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