The mission of Evidence Sport and Spine is to be leaders in the delivery of safe, evidence-based, collaborative management of individuals with MSK pain through effective delivery of:
- Multidisciplinary clinical services
- Education and knowledge translation
- Clinical research.
Heidi Osborne BSc.PT, GunnIMS, Part A
Heidi Osborne graduated with a Bachelor of Science with honors in Physical Therapy in 1997 from the University of Alberta. Heidi has worked in multidisciplinary inter-collaborative sports and private practices in North Vancouver, Whistler, Calgary and Cochrane. She has pursued several post graduate qualifications in sports and orthopedics. Heidi has achieved her Certificate of Advance Orthopedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy (Part A) from the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (2003), Advance Spinal Manipulation course V4 (2008), SPC Sports First Responder certification (2009), certification in Gunn IMS (2006) as well as training in medical acupuncture (2001). Over the past 17 years, Heidi has been making custom thermal plastic hand and wrist splints, OA and ACL custom knee braces and custom orthotics.
Heidi has worked and travelled with many sports teams including the National freestyle team (1998-2001) and the National Snowboard team (2006-2012). She was the Western Physiotherapy Coordinator for the Canadian Snowboard Federation and went to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics as the team physiotherapist.
She treats a wide cross section of clients from children to seniors, Olympic to recreational athletes. Heidi’s areas of special interests are treatment of spinal conditions, concussions, sport and dance injuries. She enjoys educating individuals about their injuries and maximizing their performance in sports, work and play. She enjoys skiing, mountain biking, ballet and yoga. Heidi is very grateful for the opportunity to work with the experienced Physiotherapists, Physicians and Nurse Practitioners at Evidence Sport and Spine.
Geoff Schneider - Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy PhD, DSc, BScKin, BHScPT, DipManip(PT), cGIMS
Geoff is a clinical specialist in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. He is a partner at Evidence Sport and Spinal Therapy and Centric Health in Calgary, Alberta. Geoff is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Radiology, Cumming School of Medicine, at the University of Calgary. He also holds adjunct faculty appointments at Andrews University and the University of British Columbia in their respective Departments of Physical Therapy. Following completion of his Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University, Geoff completed his Fellowship in Manual and Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT) in 2002. He also became certified in GunnIMS in the same year. Geoff completed his doctoral studies (DSc) from Andrews University. His research involved cervical spine facet joint mediated pain and its effect on sensory hypersensitivity in chronic whiplash patients. He has presented at numerous conferences and clinical rounds and has taught post-graduate courses across Canada and the United States. He is a co-developer and instructor of a modular based, evidence-based course in the management of whiplash associated disorders. Geoff has a strong interest in clinical epidemiology, in particular diagnostic accuracy in cervical spine disorders. As a result, he is pursued further doctoral studies, a PhD, at the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Medicine. He completed his PhD in May 2013 and his research involved the derivation of a clinical prediction guide in the diagnosis of facet joint mediated pain in the cervical spine. Geoff was awarded a CIHR doctoral research award Canada Graduate Scholarship. Geoff has published numerous peer-reviewed papers in the area of musculoskeletal pain. He completed a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta. His postdoctoral research is in the area of advanced physiotherapy practice and spine care management. Through his passion for life-long education, his vision is to see physiotherapists continue to advance their involvement and expertise in multidisciplinary environments for the betterment of patient outcomes world-wide.
Kathryn Schneider - Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy PhD, DSc, BKin(hons), BHScPT, cGIMS
Kathryn Schneider is a physiotherapist in Calgary, Alberta and graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Physiotherapy in 1998. She has completed her Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (2004), certification in Gunn IMS (2002) and a certification program in Vestibular Rehabilitation (Emory University), an Advances In Vestibular Rehabilitation (Duke University), and a Doctor of Science degree (DSc) (Andrew’s University) (2008) with her research focusing on dizziness and cervical spine dysfunction. She completed her PhD at the University of Calgary in November 2012 studying the effects of multimodal physiotherapy and vestibular rehabilitation in athletes who have sustained sport-related concussions.
Kathryn has presented at numerous conferences, clinical rounds and has instructed courses on vestibular rehabilitation, whiplash and cervical spine pain. She was a member of the expert panel of the 4th International Consensus on Concussion in Sport in Zurich, Switzerland in November 2012.Kathryn was selected by Avenue Magazine as one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40.
Ashley Smith - Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy PT, GradDipManip (PT), PhD
Ashley has returned to clinical practice in Calgary following completion of his PhD and 3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow studies at RECOVER Injury Research Centre within The University of Queensland, Australia. His research studies focus on the processes underlying central pain mechanisms for those individuals injured in road traffic collisions, and how these processes can be modulated, especially with exercise or physical activity. Ashley has been an invited speaker at several international conferences to discuss his peer-reviewed publications on whiplash, the cervical spine and pain mechanisms.
Ashley has an extensive history as a physiotherapy clinician, with over 25 years of experience, primarily providing consultations for individuals with persistent musculoskeletal pain following motor vehicle trauma. He achieved the designation of Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Canada) in 2011 and was admitted as a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2001.
Ashley has a strong preference for guiding patients towards evidence-based care that will significantly improve pain and function that is meaningful for each individual. He believes collaboration with other healthcare professionals is essential to assisting patient’s gaining the care they require.
Vicki Dancek BScPT, FCAMPT
Vicki graduated with a Bachelor of Science with honors in Physical Therapy in 1996 from the University of Toronto. Vicki has completed her manual therapy fellowship diploma (FCAMPT) and her Medical Acupuncture Certification, (University of Alberta and University of Beijing, China). Vicki has a special interest in treating headaches, neck and back pain. She also loves working within the multidisciplinary team at Evidence, to provide an appropriate solution to ongoing musculoskeletal problems, which may involve providing referral for prolotherapy evaluation/treatment, or interventional radiology procedures; as well as providing physiotherapy management before, during and after such procedures. Vicki also has an interest in work station ergonomics and core stabilization/postural retraining.
Robert Holmes BScPT, MClSc, FCAMPT, cGIMS
Rob has moved his physiotherapy practice to Evidence Sport and Spine and expanded his hours.
I have over 20 years of experience in physiotherapy and have been fortunate to work with a wide number of patients as well as their friends and family. While a large part of my practice is complex spine, hip and shoulder pain, I see all musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. I also have a special interest in headaches and running injuries. All patients are welcome.
I am passionate about providing thorough assessment and diagnosis and taking time to help people understand their injury and treatment options. My rehabilitation interests are hands-on manual therapy, effective self-management options, therapeutic exercise and intra-muscular stimulation/dry-needling. In addition to traditional conservative rehabilitation, I have years of experience in providing consultation for and rehabilitation during medical procedures such as prolotherapy, PRP and interventional radiology procedures.
I graduated from McGill University in 1996 and received my Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2003. I completed a Masters in Clinical Science and Manipulative Physiotherapy from Western University in 2008 and am also certified in Intra-Muscular Stimulation/dry-needling.
In addition to clinical practice I am enthusiastic about teaching and I have had the privilege of mentoring many physiotherapists in advanced practice orthopaedic physiotherapy.
Jeff Habberfield BKin, MScPT, FCAMPT, cGIMS
Jeff graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2005, followed by a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2008. Jeff has completed his Diploma in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT) and is a certified Gunn IMS practitioner.
Jeff is very grateful for the opportunity to learn from and work with the experienced Physiotherapists, Physicians and Nurse Practitioners at Evidence Sport and Spine. He has a special interest in spinal conditions and motor vehicle accidents. Jeff enjoys the opportunity to work with all disciplines to provide the best possible outcome for each patient.
Tanielle Garcia MPT, BKin Hons
Tanielle Garcia graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2010. She graduated from the University of Regina in 2008 with her Bachelors in Kinesiology-Fitness and Lifestyle Honors Degree with a research component looking at the effects of neurofeedback on sport performance, as well as played university women’s hockey in the CIS (2003-2008). Tanielle is also a graduate of the Athol Murray College of Notre (2003).
Tanielle’s experience includes working in multi-disciplinary, private practice clinics where her case load includes a variety of musculoskeletal, orthopaedic conditions from children to the elderly population with a special interest in athletes. Tanielle has started to gain increased experience and training in the assessment and management of concussions and vestibular rehabilitation, and continues to increase her experience in manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription. Tanielle has also gained experience working as a volunteer physiotherapist with a non-profit organization called World Spine Care (WSC). She travels to their clinics in Botswana, Africa annually (started in 2012) providing physiotherapy treatment and education to people in underserved regions.
Susan Massitti - Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy Diploma Manip PT &Sports Physiotherapy; UBC Gunn IMS, Certificate of Medical Acupuncture, Classical Pilates Instructor
Susan Massitti is happiest helping others and is passionate to empower people to be aware of and to connect to their body, to prevent injuries, to heal and to move optimally. She provides a wealth of knowledge, innovative and integrative solutions and strategies to stimulate the body’s innate wisdom to heal.
Our role as physiotherapists is ultimately to work in collaboration with you (and other professionals) to restore your physical wellness. Injuries and pain can challenge our physical and emotional capacities. This is as true for a soccer player experiencing a knee injury, as for an adult who is dealing with chronic neck or back pain. Susan’s expertise has helped many including Olympic and recreational athletes, musicians, parents and professionals restore their health.
Susan is a skilled clinician and educator. She instructs at the Advanced Coaching Diploma at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary and at UBC Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation postgraduate training. Susan was privileged to learn acupuncture from the gifted Dr. Aung, which she integrates in her treatments. Susan is a “student of movement”, and shares her expertise as Classical Pilates teacher, her participation in numerous activities and sports (Susan competed in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics in long track speed skating), and all that she has learned from coaches and students.
Rob Ruddick BHKin, BScPT, FCAMPT, cGIMS
Rob completed his Human Kinetics degree at UBC in 1998 and went on to study Physiotherapy at the University of Toronto, graduating in 2001. He has called Calgary home since 2002.
Rob strongly values his professional relationships with Physiotherapy colleagues, Sport Medicine Physicians, Physiatrists, and Orthopedic Surgeons. He has worked at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre since 2008 and for the EFW Advanced Spinal Care Centre with Dr. Arun Gupta since 2014. He is thrilled to join the team of experienced Physiotherapists and support staff at Evidence Sport and Spine North.
In 2009 Rob completed his certificate in Gunn IMS (cGIMS) and in 2011 his Diploma in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). He blends exercise prescription with manual therapy, needling and acupuncture to help his patients achieve their rehabilitation goals. Rob’s additional interests include cycling related injuries and shoulder and knee injuries.
Melissa Kuehner BscPT, FCAMT, GunnIMS
Melissa graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She joins the team at Evidence with over 20 years of clinical experience in dealing with musculoskeletal injuries both simple and complex. She obtained her Advanced diploma in Manipulative Therapy ( FCAMPT) and was certified in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation in 2001. She has attended numerous courses and conferences over the years that have added to her expertise as a therapist.
Melissa has a hands on approach to treatment. She feels the right combination of manual therapy, dry needling, specific exercises and client participation will help the client reach their fullest potential.
Kerry Worbets - Pelvic Health Physiotherapist MScPT, Bkin, Cert. Contemporary Medical Acupuncture
Kerry graduated in 2014 from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Physical Therapy. She completed her Bachelors in Kinesiology from Acadia University in 2012, along with completing their Sports Injury Assessment and Management Program. Through this program she worked as an athletic therapist with the varsity men’s hockey team and the women’s soccer team where her passion for rehabilitation began. Kerry is committed to further developing her knowledge and skills within the field of physiotherapy. She attended McMaster University for Contemporary Medical Acupuncture and is also certified in functional dry needling/IMS. She is continuing her education in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy and has taken courses in assessing functional movement including the SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment). She has completed advanced training in pelvic floor rehabilitation and is joining the team at Evidence Sport and Spine as the Pelvic Health physiotherapist.
Kerry treats a broad variety of pelvic health dysfunctions in men and women including bowel and bladder incontinence, overactive bladder, constipation, pre- and post-natal conditions, pelvic organ prolapse, pre and post surgical patients, and chronic pelvic pain. Kerry approaches treatment in a holistic manner with a focus on hands-on manual therapy, acupuncture, exercise and education. She is very excited for the opportunity to learn and work with the team at Evidence Sport and Spine.
Bio coming soon!
Dr. Todd Gash MD, Dip Sport Medicine
Dr. Gash has been a practicing physician at the Advanced Spinal Care Center, now Evidence Sport and Spine, for the last 7 years with a primary focus in treating chronic musculoskeletal disorders using ultrasound guided regenerative injection therapies including dextrose prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma injections.
Dr. Gash has a background in Sports and Occupational Medicine. He has been practicing in Calgary since 1998 after completion of his military service as Battlegroup Medical Officer for NATO in Bosnia-Herzegovna. He completed his medical training at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1993 and a family medicine residency at McGill University in 1995. He obtained his Diploma in Sports Medicine from the Canadian Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine in 2005.
Dr. Adrian R Gretton MD, CCFP, FCFP, CIME
Dr. Gretton has a particular interest in musculoskeletal assessment as well as pain and injury management. His primary focus at this clinic is Prolotherapy treatment, which effectively treats injuries and degenerative changes in ligaments, joints, and tendons. He also offers platelet rich plasma injections.
Dr. Gretton has a background in family medicine and occupational medicine, as well as chronic pain. He enjoys teaching and life-long learning, and is a community-based clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary, where he completed his medical training in 1986.
Dr. Tony Giantomaso DC, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Giantomaso is a Calgary-based Physiatrist who primarily works with Musculoskeletal and Brain Injury associated problems. He has a special interest in Post-Traumatic neck pain, Post-traumatic Headaches, and Migraine Headaches. His focus is in the use of Botox, trigger-points and other interventional pain management techniques for the treatment of Spinal pain and Migraine and post-traumatic Headaches. Dr. Giantomaso also has extensive experience in medico-legal medicine and has worked with many law-firms as a Medical Expert and expert witness in chronic post-traumatic pain.
Dr. Giantomaso has extensive experience in Community-based chronic spine pain, athlete and non-athlete chronic musculoskeletal issues, Interventional Spinal Procedures, and Brain Injury Rehabilitation. He enjoys teaching in his role as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary in Undergraduate Medicine. He completed his Post-Graduate Medical Residency at the University of Alberta, followed by a year of interventional spinal management training. Dr. Giantomaso's credentials include Fellowship of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2008, his Medical Doctorate in 2003 at the University of Saskatchewan, and his Doctor of Chiropractic, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1999, and Bachelor of Science at the University of Calgary, 1995.
Dr. Jonathan Chow - Musculoskeletal/Family Medicine BSc, DC, MD, CCFP
Dr Chow, originally from Saskatoon Saskatchewan, did his undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary and went on to Western States Chiropractic College to train as a sports chiropractor. He had a busy sports therapy practice in Calgary prior to returning to the University of Alberta to pursue medicine. He returned to Calgary for his Family Medicine residency. His clinical interests include musculoskeletal injuries, sports therapy, and regenerative injections. Outside of clinic he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, as well as hiking, climbing, skiing, and practicing martial arts.
Eric Lavoie BScN, MN, NP, F/AA
Eric is licensed as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the province of Alberta. Prior to becoming an NP, Eric worked as a Registered Nurse in the emergency room in Ottawa, Inuvik, and Calgary. He also worked for Health Canada as an out-post nurse in a remote northern Alberta community. Eric went on to complete a Clinical Masters Degree in Advanced Nursing Practice, which gives him the ability to diagnose, order laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging, prescribe medications, and perform advanced invasive techniques.
In addition to his generalist training as an NP, Eric furthered his studies by completing additional practicum training in ultrasound-guided regenerative medicine at Calgary's Advanced Spinal Care Center. He is one of only a few medically trained practitioners in the province to offer ultrasound-guided injections to the spine. He has a particular interest in musculoskeletal injuries and pain that originate from muscles, ligaments, or tendons.
Eric is regarded as a clinical expert in his field and has given presentations on this subject at the University of Calgary, Canadian Bar Association, and multiple physiotherapy clinics throughout Calgary. He enjoys working closely and collaboratively with other health professionals, throughout Alberta and BC, in treating patients suffering from more complex pain. He is also the current president of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Alberta (NPAA). The NPAA is the professional voice for NPs and sees him working with government, politicians, and key stakeholders to improve Alberta's healthcare system.
In his personal live, he is married to a wonderfully supportive and understanding wife, Kristine, and has three children: Eli, Owen, and Colette.
Lisa Loos - Registered Massage Therapist RMT, BKin
Lisa graduated with a 2,200-hour Massage Therapy Diploma from Mount Royal University in 2016. Prior to completing her diploma, Lisa attended the University of Calgary, obtaining a Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree. Her passion has always been in injury prevention and rehabilitation, and has become educated in taping a multitude of injuries, including ankles and wrists. As her passion continues, Lisa looks to obtain certifications in sports massage therapy, lymphatic drainage, and myofascial release techniques. In her spare time, Lisa loves getting involved in sports, whether it be out there participating, volunteering behind the scenes or cheering from the stands. Lisa also enjoys music, writing, photography, and spending time with friends and family.
Tara Zwicker - Office Manager B.Sc (Hons)
Tara graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario and has over 5 years experience working in health and wellness support roles. Additionally, she has a variety of alternative experiences gained while travelling in Latin America and India. She loves connecting with her team members and meeting a variety of patients through her work. Tara is also an avid reader, a plant-based foodie, cyclist, henna artist and a nature lover.
Kimberly Phair - Office Manager
Kim graduated from Olds College in 2006 with a diploma in Administration. She later attended Canadian School of Natural Nurition's diploma program to compliment her passion for holistic wellness in body, mind and spirit. Kim has travelled to India and Peru to study yoga, meditation and plant medicines. She facilitates meditation workshops to assist in bringing balance to our busy lives. Kim also loves spending time outdoors with her two young children and sharing her passion for cooking!
Working in the health industry has given Kim an opportunity to witness recovery and healing on a first hand basis which is both rewarding and fun! She enjoys building rapport with patients and helping them feel supported throughout their journey towards optimal health.
Linda Moynes-Hill - Office Administrator
Linda joined the Evidence team in March 2015. She brought with her abundant experience in customer service and enjoys the challenge of a busy office. Linda looks forward to developing a rapport with the clinic patients and working productively with the fantastic group at Evidence.
Lois Chester - Office Administrator
Lois enjoyed a highly successful Massage Therapy practice for over 16 years before joining the Evidence team as the Administrative Assistant to the Doctors. She continues to have a keen interest in learning more about health and wellness and teaches raw food cookie, cracker and green smoothie workshops. Lois enjoys hiking in and around the Rockies, spending time with family and friends and has taken up cross stitching to explore her artistic creative side.
Glenda Houghton - Office Administrator
Glenda has many years of experience within the health care field in an administrative position. She manages Dr. Giantomaso's chronic pain clinic, loves any challenge that comes her way, and really enjoys working in the health care field. In her spare time Glenda dances in a troupe, has a variety of hobbies and loves to spend time with her family.
Lady Fe Medel - Office Administrator Assistant
Lady Fe has a degree in Business Administration from the Philippines and just completed her Medical Office Assistant program at Bow Valley College. She has been working in the customer relations industry for three years. She loves to travel alone and loves to spend time with her family and friends whenever she can.