Our Team

Laurie Plouffe


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


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


Physical Therapist

Christina received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy with Distinction from the University of Alberta in 2005. She has worked with post-operative patients including hand, shoulder, hip and knee patients. Christina began practicing women’s pelvic health in 2010 and it has been her sole practice area since 2013. She has years of experience in treating prenatal and post-partum pain, urinary incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain. She is passionate about optimizing quality of life for her patients in the prenatal and postpartum phase of their lives. The post-graduate courses that Christina has taken include Medical Acupuncture, Management of Urinary Incontinence in Women, Pregnancy related Pelvic Girdle Pain, and a Fundamentals course in the Hypopresive Method. Christina loves spending time with her 3 children, running, travelling and learning to play hockey.

Kayla Clarke


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


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.

Alex Young


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


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


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


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.

Lewis Anderson

MScPT & BScKin

Physical Therapist

In 2018, Lewis graduated from the University of Alberta with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy (MScPT). Prior to completing his masters degree, Lewis kick started his post-secondary education with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BScKin), where he adopted a passion for human movement.

In addition to his many years of studies, Lewis was a gymnast up until the age of 18. Through the sport of gymnastics, he was able to witness what the human body can achieve if you train it properly. Lewis understands the importance of proper technique and how it can impact one’s performance, whether it be within sport or within one’s life. He continues to coach gymnasts of varying ages and disciplines part-time, which has reinforced how important it is to take an individualized approach to therapy when treating the intricacies and differences among patients. Lewis would love to work with anyone in order to help them reach their goals; whether it be to help them decrease pain when stair climbing, to improve their scapular stability during a skill or to set them up with an exercise program for postural correction – you name it, he’ll help you.

Outside of work, Lewis enjoys participating in weight lifting, hot yoga, hiking, camping and more. He truly believes that good movement equates to good health. Team up with Lewis to begin your journey of moving better and more importantly living better!

Dr. Briana Botsford


Dr. Briana Botsford, ND is Edmonton’s Women’s Health and Performance expert. She helps active people and athletes achieve their health and performance goals through finding the root cause of health issues. She works to balance hormones, improve energy, sleep and digestion through natural treatments. At your first visit, Dr. Botsford takes a full health history and will recommend lab testing as needed to determine the cause of your health issues.

Dr. Botsford is experienced in providing prolotherapy injections. Prolotherapy is the injection of a solution into a joint or muscle, used to heal cartilage, tendons and ligaments. Injections are done to support your physiotherapy treatment plan.

Brie Grandfield


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


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


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

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.

Jennifer Adair


Massage Therapist

Jennifer graduated from the 2200 hour diploma program at MH Vicar’s School of Massage therapy in 2011. Before that, she gained knowledge and experience as a volunteer trainer with several amateur sports teams dealing with injuries on the field and rehabilitation afterward. Her interest in injury assessment and treatment began in high school with a course in Sports Medicine and translated into a lifelong passion. Jennifer has worked with athletes in basketball, wrestling, hockey, ringette, rugby, soccer and baseball. As a massage therapist, she relies heavily on her palpation skills to identify and treat the various issues her patients present with.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her young son, husband and their two dogs. She enjoys yoga, hiking, camping and playing baseball in the summer.

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 Management and Administrative Roles for the past 7 years. She has a passion for organizing Propels community and team events. Amy has completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Concordia University and has volunteered for many Mental Health charities over the years. In her spare time, Amy can we found trying new recipes, playing slow pitch Softball, spending time with friends and family, and traveling to abroad to immerse herself in different cultures.


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