-- MEET THE TEAM OF INSTRUCTORS AT PILATES ON CORYDON --
Donna Sarna obtained her Bachelor in Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy from the University of Manitoba in 1992. Her career began in private practice focusing on the areas of orthopedics and sports injury. Early on in her career, she was privileged to have the opportunity to work with a team of health care practitioners in a multi-disciplinary chronic pain program. This experience inspired a change in her philosophy as she learned the importance of looking at an individuals as a whole, and that optimal health involves not only the body, but also the mind and the connection between the two. In 2000, she began her own practice to support this change in philosophy which made a holistic approach in her care of her clients possible. She combined this endeavor with the pursuit of her Masters degree in Science in Medical Rehabilitation which she completed in 2005.
In 2002, Donna pursued Pilates training, which she incorporates into her daily practice. Concurrently, Donna began extensive training in the treatment of pelvic floor pain and dysfunction. She is qualified to perform internal pelvic floor assessments for dysfunction related to incontinence, pelvic floor organ prolapse and/or pain conditions. She also provides prenatal and post-partum assessment, education and treatment to optimize the health and outcomes for new moms. Over the last 8 years Donna has also completed many courses in the areas of myofascial release, visceral mobilization and craniosacral therapy. Donna's philosophy and approach to her practice is that you can never have too many tools in your toolbox as every client is unique. She is a "hands on therapist" and continues to treat a wide variety of clients with orthopaedic conditions, sports injuries, pelvic floor dysfunction and chronic pain. Her tool box includes a variety of manual techniques, acupuncture, exercise prescription and education.
Jaime Angus graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2000 with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy. Her early career focused on pediatric therapy at the Children’s Hospital working in burns, plastics and orthopedics. In 2001, her focus switched to adult orthopedics in private practice working with a variety of work and sports related conditions, as well coordinating rehabilitative reconditioning programs. Since 2002, she has pursued considerable postgraduate training in the treatment of incontinence, prolapse and pelvic and low back pain secondary to pelvic floor dysfunction. She is qualified to perform internal pelvic examination/treatment and integrates the retraining of the pelvic floor musculature as part of her holistic approach to global health. Jaime advocates to reduce the occurrence of incontinence and pelvic pain in women through early intervention prenatally and post-partum, and speaks regularly in the community to women and to professionals to increase awareness about these topics. As a component of the women’s health services she provides, Jaime also develops exercise programs for prenatal and post-partum women as well as those with osteopenia and osteoporosis. Jaime is also a Pilates instructor working with individuals recovering from cancer or from various injuries, as well as with the healthy population.
Mike Wheeler graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2009 with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy. Prior to working at Donna Sarna Physiotherapy, Mike spent just over 3 years in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, where he worked as a community therapist. There he gained experience in many areas of physiotherapy with clients of all ages, which include orthopedic and sports injuries, geriatric and neurological rehabilitation and pediatric developmental. Mike’s primary area of experience is in orthopedics and has attended many post grad courses and training to build on his assessment, manual therapy and treatment skills, which include the Mulligan Concept, muscle energy techniques, acupuncture, and therapeutic taping. Mike will continue to advance his orthopedic skills as well as gain experience and advanced training for pediatric physiotherapy. This past year he attended a very informative course on myofascial release for children and infants. Mike also enjoys teaching the Wednesday morning Circuit Class and loves coming up with creative and challenging circuits for the participants.
Jana Loney graduated in 2011 from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy. Since graduation, she has pursued a variety of courses including principles of exercises, chronic pain, acupuncture, myofascial release and Pilates. Physiotherapy has always been a part of her life because of her dance background. Her passion for dance has led her to pursue treating dancers, particularly children. Jana also enjoys instructing an entry level STOTT Pilates class weekly. She has had the pleasure of working in conjunction with other health care providers such massage therapy, chiropractic care and athletic therapy. This has stressed the importance of treating the individual as a whole for optimal care and recovery. A favorite aspect of her job is educating clients about safe body mechanics while exercising and providing programs to increase strength and overall well-being.
Kim Szajkowski has been active in a variety of sports her entire life but has been particularly passionate about soccer. She has been playing soccer for over 25 years and has represented Manitoba at numerous National Championships, including the Canada Games. At a fairly young age Kim grew to respect and admire physiotherapists as they had helped her overcome a multitude of injuries. Those experiences combined with a love of working and helping other people led her to pursue physiotherapy. She graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2002 with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy. Her career has been focused in orthopaedics in private practice. Her post graduate training includes a variety of soft tissue and joint mobilization courses, including an advanced course in the assessment and treatment of the TMJ (jaw). She has taken a variety of exercise courses including Stott’s Pilates and therapeutic yoga. She is certified in acupuncture and has taken advanced acupuncture training.
Jenna McLeod joined the Donna Sarna Physio team in 2011 as a physiotherapy aide. In 2014, she graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and began working as a Kinesiologist to facilitate reconditioning programs for patients. Jenna was quickly inspired by the incredible benefits of Pilates and completed the STOTT Pilates Mat course in January 2016. Jenna is passionate about health and wellness and loves working with clients to achieve their goals through exercise and pilates.
OTHER TEAM MEMBERS AT DONNA SARNA PHYSIOTHERAPY
Denisha Thompson obtained her Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation degree in 2007 from the University of Manitoba. Her first position was assisting in a return to work rehabilitation program in a private clinic. Following this, she had the privilege of working at Health Science Centre in the out-patient orthopedics department. Always seeking new challenges and experiences, Denisha decided to embark on a new adventure by moving to Ontario in 2010. In Ontario she completed her certificate in Medical Acupuncture, and variety of post-graduate orthopedic courses for assessment and treatment of spinal, shoulder, and muscle imbalance conditions. She has also competed her level 1 and 2 orthopedic levels. Denisha is passionate about health, wellness and fitness and as such obtained her personal training certificate to supplement her interest of implementing exercise based classes and training. She also completed her level one, two and three Pelvic Floor Health Physiotherapy courses. Denisha moved back to Winnipeg in 2015 and joined the Donna Sarna Team shortly after. She continues to practice both orthopedic and pelvic health physiotherapy, as she has seen the positive impact that both can have.
Emilee Thiessen joined the Donna Sarna Physiotherapy team in 2006 as a physiotherapy aide and in 2012 as a massage therapist. Emilee has interests in myofascial release, prenatal massage and treating musculoskeletal injuries. She works together with her clients and other members in their healthcare team to achieve their goals toward wellness.
NEW TEAM MEMBERS:
Pooja Patel joined the Donna Sarna Physiotherapy team in October of 2016. She completed her Master of Science in Physiotherapy at McGill University and moved to Winnipeg in the fall of 2016. She has completed her advanced pelvic floor therapy and pediatric pelvic floor therapy.
Lindsay Clarke joined the Donna Sarna Physiotherapy team in November of 2016. Lindsay joined the team with a large scope of post-graduate training including acupuncture, joint mobilization courses, advanced shoulder courses, Yoga for pain relief, movement preparation for the athlete, and soft tissue/myofascial management of the pelvic and thoracic regions.