About Us

Meet the team.
  • krista
    Krista Paulson
    Physiotherapist
    Certified Hand Therapist
    Acupuncture Provider

    Education, experience and enthusiasm set Krista apart. From her first encounter with a physiotherapist as a pediatric burn patient, Krista realized the importance of the role of rehabilitation in health care. Her lifelong interest in Physiotherapy is apparent by her ongoing commitment to professional development throughout her career.

    Krista’s training at a glance:
    •Bachelor of Science degree: University of Winnipeg (1999). Graduated with highest academic distinction.
    •Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy: University of Manitoba (2005). Dean’s Honour List.
    •Acupuncture (2007)
    •Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation: University of Manitoba (2011). Dean’s Honor List.
    •Certified Hand Therapist: Hand Therapy Certification Commission (2013).

    Krista’s experience: Krista has been invited as an expert speaker with:
    •University of Manitoba Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program
    •D’Arcy Bain Physiotherapy Continuing Education Program
    •Manitoba Physiotherapy Association Continuing Education Program
    •Red River College Nursing Program
    •Manitoba College of Family Physicians
    •Pan Am Clinic Foundation

    She has been an active member of the Physiotherapy community including:
    •College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba: Board of Assessors
    •Manitoba Physiotherapy Association: Professional Development, Awards
    •Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators: National Examiner

    Due to her strong academic and clinical skills, Krista was awarded a prestigious Physiotherapy clinical placement at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden in 2004. In recognition of her professionalism and mentorship qualities, Krista was the 2012 recipient of the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association Leonore Saunders Award for acting as a role model and inspiration to her colleagues. Her passion for Hand & Upper Extremity Physiotherapy is obvious to colleagues and patients alike. Krista’s favorite conditions to treat include upper extremity fractures, wrist sprains, trigger finger and finger dislocations.

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  • leah
    Leah Bima
    Physiotherapist
    Certified Hand Therapist
    Acupuncture Provider

    Following her years as a competitive volleyball player, Leah knew she wanted to become a Physiotherapist. Having received therapy for shoulder and elbow injuries, Leah experienced first-hand the role that Physiotherapy plays in reducing pain and restoring function. Leah has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to advancing her clinical skills throughout her career.

    Leah’s training at a glance:
    •Bachelor of Arts in Physical Activity & Sports Studies: University
    of Winnipeg (2002). Awarded the Gold Medal for highest academic achievement.
    •Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy: University of Manitoba (2005)
    •Acupuncture (2006)
    •Low Intensity Laser Therapy (2012)
    •Certified Hand Therapist: Hand Therapy Certification Commission (2016)

    Leah’s experience: Leah has influenced the careers of numerous Physiotherapists:
    •University of Manitoba College of Rehabilitation Sciences: Clinical Instructor in Orthopedics (since 2007)
    •College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba: Mentor to new Physiotherapy graduates (since 2011)
    •Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators: National Examiner
    •Canadian Society of Hand Therapists: Manitoba Regional Representative

    Leah’s professionalism and enthusiasm are unmatched. Her strength lies in her unwavering commitment to the needs of her patients. She has the ability to use her exemplary communication skills to really listen to her patients, set attainable goals and inspire individuals to reach their maximum potential.
    Leah’s favorite conditions to treat include shoulder impingement, rotator cuff repairs, wrist fractures and tendonitis.

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    • Matthew
      Matthew Thiessen
      Physiotherapist
      Acupuncture Provider

      Matthew became interested in Physiotherapy when volunteering in the rehabilitation department at the Health Sciences Centre. He observed how even a seemingly small intervention could make a monumental difference in an individual’s quality of life. Matthew has pursued his career as a Physiotherapist with unwavering enthusiasm.

      Matthew’s training at a glance:
      •Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: University of Manitoba (2001). Graduated with honors.
      •Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy: University of Manitoba (2005)
      •Acupuncture (2006)
      •Currently a Certified Hand Therapist candidate

      Matthew’s experience: Matthew has devoted his career to excelling in clinical care and leadership in Pediatric Physiotherapy:
      •Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Ethics Council (since 2016)
      •Clinical Service Leader for Pediatric Physiotherapists (since 2014)
      •Clinical Advisor for Pediatric Physiotherapists (2009-2014)
      •University of Manitoba College of Rehabilitation Sciences: Clinical Instructor in Orthopedics (since 2007)
      •Sport Physiotherapy Canada Treasurer (2006-2007)

      Matthew has a special interest in working with pediatric patients and is a passionate advocate for Pediatric Hemophilia and Cancer awareness. He cycled across Canada in the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride in 2010 and traveled to India in 2011 and 2012 to educate local Physiotherapists and Physicians regarding orthopedic management and complications of Hemophilia. Matthew’s favorite conditions to treat include hand fractures, tendon repairs and elbow injuries.

    • Marlee
      Marlee Gallagher
      Physiotherapist
      Certified Hand Therapist
      Acupuncture Provider

      Marlee is an enthusiastic and dedicated Physiotherapist with a keen love of hand and upper extremity treatment. She has completed numerous professional courses to increase her skill set and knowledge base since graduating as a Physiotherapist.

      Marlee became interested in Physiotherapy in high school while receiving treatment for knee injury. She was fascinated by her physiotherapist’s vast knowledge of anatomy, and ability to restore function through a holistic process. Throughout her career, Marlee has proven to be both caring and thorough in her approach to pave the way for timely recovery and return to function for her clients.

      Marlee’s training at a glance:
      •Bachelor of Science: Brandon University (2010)
      •Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy: University of Manitoba (2013)
      •Acupuncture (2013)
      •Certified Hand Therapist: Hand Therapy Certification Commission (2018)

      Marlee’s experience: Even while pursuing her own career goals, Marlee has made time to influence the careers of future Physiotherapists.
      •University of Manitoba College of Rehabilitation Sciences: Clinical Instructor (since 2013)

      Marlee has been an active member of the Physiotherapy community including:
      •College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba: Standards Committee
      •University of Manitoba College of Rehabilitation Sciences: Interviewer for applicants to the Physiotherapy program

      Marlee’s treatment approach is tailored to the unique needs of each client to include the most appropriate therapeutic exercises and home advice. Her favorite conditions to treat include neck injuries, and post-surgical wrist and hand conditions.

    • Julie
      Julie Scarlett
      Physiotherapist
      Certified Hand Therapist

      Julie is a dedicated clinician who has worked internationally in the United States and Australia. From observing surgeries, to formulating rehabilitation protocols, to wound care, to expertly crafted custom splints, Julie has done it all.

      Julie became interested in Physiotherapy as a child growing up around a hospital where her mom worked as a medical records technician. Later, she experienced a number of injuries while competing as a University volleyball athlete. Her interest in the medical field became more focused toward rehabilitation and training athletes as a result.

      Julie’s training at a glance:
      •Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) degree: University of Alberta (1993)
      •Certified Hand Physiotherapist: Hand Therapy Certification Commission (2010)

      Julie has been invited as an expert speaker and professional mentor with:
      •University of Manitoba Orthopedic Symposium
      •Pan Am Clinic Foundation
      •Red River College Speech and Language
      •Dental Hygiene Annual Symposium
      •University of Manitoba Physiotherapy (2010-2017)
      •Mentor for Hand Therapy Certification Applicant (2015-2018)

      She is an active member of the athletic community including:
      •Dakota High School Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach
      •Assistant Team Manitoba Volleyball Coach
      •University of Winnipeg Jr. Wesmen Club Volleyball Coach
      •Dental Hygiene Annual Symposium
      •St. Boniface Flames Female Soccer Coach (2006)
      •St. Boniface Stars and Saints Hockey Coach (2012-2016)

      Julie is known for her individualized treatment approach to help her clients maximize their recovery and function. She has a demonstrated commitment to staying on top of current practices and sharing her knowledge as a presenter and mentor to other Physiotherapists.

      Julie is the newest addition to the ECPT clinical team and we could not be more thrilled to have her join us. Her favorite conditions to treat include wrist injuries, overhead athletic shoulders, and thumb conditions.


    • anita
      Anita Hatch-Giesbrecht
      Office Manager

      We at EastCity Physiotherapy are thrilled to have Anita join our team as the Office Manager. Krista and Leah have both worked with Anita in the past and could not be happier that she has chosen to join us in our new venture. Anita is an integral part of the EastCity Physiotherapy team, overseeing the daily operations of the clinic including reception and accounting.

      Anita’s training at a glance:
      •Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences in Sociology, Anthropology: University of Saskatchewan/University of Manitoba (2012)
      •Practice Perfect Electronic Medical Records Implementation Training (2013)

      Anita’s Experience:
      •Developed exemplary customer service skills through 15 years in the restaurant industry.
      •Introduced eClaims direct billing to 15 extended health insurance providers.
      •Responsible for the implementation of electronic medical records at four Physiotherapy clinics.

      Anita is here to help you with all of your questions from where to find us and how our direct insurance billing system works. Anita’s work ethic and enthusiasm make her a great asset to our team and her contributions are invaluable.

    • Joanne
      Joanne Ahlert
      Receptionist / Physiotherapy aide

      Joanne is a recent, and welcome, member of our team. From assisting in the treatment area, to interacting with patients at the reception desk, Joanne helps to keep your experience at the clinic smooth.

      Joanne’s training at a glance:
      •Numerous in-house training programs related to customer service, communication and supervisory skills

      Joanne’s Experience:
      •Gained exemplary administrative skills by working for over ten years in busy office environments.
      •Developed superior customer service skills through many years of experience in the restaurant industry.
      •Acquired strong mentorship skills through her proficiency as a staff trainer.

      Joanne’s experience and character make her a valued member of the EastCity Physiotherapy team.

    • Amanda
      Amanda Shuster
      Receptionist / Physiotherapy aide

      Amanda is a valuable member of our team. Amanda helps to keep our reception and treatment areas running smoothly.

      Amanda’s training at a glance:
      •Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (2016)

      Amanda’s experience:
      •Developed effective customer service skills through nine years in the restaurant industry.
      •Gained international cultural experience by working at a ski resort in Nagano, Japan.

      Amanda’s energy and positivity make her an appreciated member of the EastCity Physiotherapy team.

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