Rundle Physiotherapy

Profiles

Physiotherapists

Danielle Frere

Danielle Frere graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta in 2003. Since that time she has been working as a physiotherapist in Canmore. She began Rundle Physiotherapy in 2015. The clinic was designed to offer one on one patient focused treatments, enabling therapists to spend more time with their patients.

Danielle is certified in acupuncture, Gunn IMS and has received her advanced diploma of manual and manipulative therapy making her a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. Most recently she has become a graduate of the ConnectTherapy program offered by Linda Joy Lee. She has also taken a variety of other post graduate courses including Ktaping, Fit for Golf, Mobilization of the Nervous System and New Advances in Hip Rehabilitation. Danielle has treated a wide variety of patients through her career, from the pediatric to geriatric and the weekend warrior to the Olympic athlete. Her treatment philosophy focuses on educating the patient and discovering the causative factors to treat and prevent future injury.

On a personal note, Danielle is a mother of two and enjoys a multitude of activities, including, but not limited to: mountain biking, road biking, running, hiking, canoeing, camping, snowboarding, downhill skiing, cross country skiing and yoga.

Ryan Wilkinson

Ryan graduated with his M.Sc. in Physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2007. Since this time, he has been actively working with clients here in the Bow Valley. His focus is in musculoskeletal injuries related to sports injuries, work related injuries and motor vehicle injuries. Additionally, Ryan has a strong interest in treatment of injuries using GunnIMS and Acupuncture. Ryan continues to actively expand his knowledge and skills and has completed courses in Manual and Manipulative Therapy, Vestibular and Concussion Rehabilitation, taping, SICI certified Bike Fitting and Orthotics.

As a physiotherapist, Ryan has worked with a range of clients including the Canadian Mountain Bike Team, National and Olympic skiers and biathletes through to recreational athletes. Additionally, Ryan has a great love of athletic pursuits including a background in competitive Nordic skiing and cross country running. Currently, Ryan is an avid mountain biker, cross country skier, and backcountry skier. All of this translates into a desire to see his clients return to the activities that are important to them and to continue to achieve their activity and athletic goals.

Liza Pye

Liza has been working in the Bow Valley since she graduated from McMaster University with an M.Sc in Physiotherapy in 2008. Throughout her career she has worked in both the private and hospital settings with a wide variety of clients including national or development team nordic and alpine skiers, elite ultrarunners and climbers, children with disabilities, geriatrics, and the everyday people of the Bow Valley. She has a strong foundation and interest in using manual therapy and education to treat musculoskeletal injuries and manage pain. Her toolbox of skills includes Manual and Manipulative therapy, Dry Needling, gait analysis, visceral manipulation, vestibular rehab and concussion management, and orthotics. As Rundle Physiotherapy's Pelvic Health Specialist she treats both men and women for pelvic pain and dysfunction (including incontinence) and is passionate about helping women transition into motherhood with their pelvic floors intact.

Liza's greatest professional satisfaction comes with knowing she has made a positive impact on her client's lives. She believes that through helping her patients understand the source of their pain or discomfort, she can empower them to achieve their goals, whether that be being able to lift their grandchild or reach the top of the podium.

When not at work, Liza can be found spending time with her young family zipping around the mountains on mountain bikes, nordic or backcountry skis, in her running shoes, or digging in the garden.

Catherine Vipond

Catherine completed her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at the University of Alberta and has additional post graduate courses in dry needling, manual therapy and concussion management. Originally from Ontario, Catherine moved west after completing her Bachelor of Science specializing in Life Sciences from Queen’s University to pursue her athletic dreams. She competed as a professional cyclist and represented Canada as a member of the Canadian National Mountain Bike Team at several World Championships. Injury cut her cycling career short, but time spent in physiotherapy allowed her to fall in love with the profession. She has a strong interest in musculoskeletal injuries, injury prevention and concussion management. Since moving to the valley in 2011 as a cyclist, Catherine has expanded her activities and can often be found in the mountains on foot, skis or two wheels with her husband Matt.

Samantha Hammond

Sam graduated with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta in 2012. Since then she has taken several courses in manual therapy, dry needling, concussion management and exercise prescription. Her post graduate training also allows her to perform spinal manipulations. Over the years, Sam has enjoyed working with a wide variety of clients with musculoskeletal conditions caused by athletic injuries, work related accidents and motor vehicle collisions. Her treatment approach utilizes a combination of manual therapy, dry needling and neuromuscular stabilization exercises to help her clients decrease pain, improve strength and regain function.

Her interest in physiotherapy developed from a background in playing elite level ringette where she attended multiple Canadian National Championships and won gold with team Alberta. Currently outside of work you can find Sam in the mountains hiking, running, golfing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing and ski touring.