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 was the 2019 recipient of the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association Leonore Saunders Award for acting as a role model and inspiration to her colleagues. 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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    • 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 Therapist: 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.

      Her favorite conditions to treat include wrist injuries, overhead athletic shoulders, and thumb conditions.

    • 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.

    • Caitlin
      Caitlin Ryan
      Physiotherapist
      Acupuncture Provider

      Caitlin’s passion for Physiotherapy grew over time. Her first exposure came while working as a Physiotherapy aide during her undergraduate degree. Caitlin’s passion for lifelong learning and interest in helping others steered her in the direction of Physiotherapy as a career.

      Caitlin’s training at a glance:
      •Bachelor of Business Administration: University of Winnipeg (2015)
      •Master of Physical Therapy: University of Manitoba (2020)
      •Selective Functional Movement Assessment (2020)
      •Pursuing Acupuncture certification in fall 2021

       Caitlin’s experience:
      •Completed clinical placements at Morden Physiotherapy, Grace Hospital, Wellness Institute, Brandon Regional Health Centre and Elite Sports Injury
      •Over 6 years of experience as a Physiotherapy Aide
      •Worked as a Research Assistant studying upper extremity functional performance testing
      •Over 7 years of experience as a volunteer assistant athletics coach

      Caitlin has a special interest working with geriatric patients and strives to help her patients maintain and restore functional independence. She is eager to continue to learn from patients and colleagues alike. Caitlin’s favourite conditions to treat include: rotator cuff tendinopathies and wrist fractures.

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    • Patricia
      Patricia Nitchie
      Office Manager

      As Office Manager, Patricia is an essential part of the EastCity Physiotherapy team. She oversees the daily operations of the clinic including reception, insurance billing and accounting.

      Patricia’s training at a glance:
      •Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Studies: University of Manitoba (1992)
      •Canadian Securities Course (2004)
      •Canadian Conduct and Practices Course (2004)

      Patricia’s Experience:
      •Developed exemplary office management skills in a variety of industries including healthcare, banking and legal.
      •Responsible for opening and establishing a new Physiotherapy clinic location.
      •Has ample experience with scheduling appointments, invoicing and direct billing private insurance companies.

      Patricia is here to help you with all of your questions from where to find us and how our direct insurance billing system works. Her wealth of experience and her warm personality make her a great asset to our team and her contributions are integral to clinic operations.

    • Sharla
      Sharla Wojcik
      Receptionist / Physiotherapy aide

      Sharla is a valued member of our support staff. From assisting in the treatment area, to interacting with patients at the reception desk, Sharla works to ensure that your experience at the clinic is efficient.

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

      Sharla’s Experience:
      •Gained exemplary administrative and organizational skills by working for nine years as a senior receptionist.
      •Developed superior customer service and interpersonal skills through more than ten years of experience in the automotive and restaurant industries.

      Sharla enjoys working in a team atmosphere, and it shows. Her experience and personality traits make her an appreciated part of the EastCity Physiotherapy team.

    • Kristy
      Kristy Comeau
      Receptionist / Physiotherapy aide

      Kristy enhances the friendly and welcoming energy at our clinic while keeping the reception and treatment areas running well. You will find Kristy buzzing about the clinic, taking care of many things.

      Kristy’s experience:
      •Gained ample administrative experience through 15 years in the records management and benefit administration fields.
      •Cultivated exceptional problem-solving and communication skills while handing numerous calls and enquiries per day.
      •Developed excellent customer service skills by working with retail customers, insurance clients and patients.

      Kristy’s positivity and kindness are apparent from the moment you meet her. She is a very welcome addition to the ECPT team.

    • AmandaShuster
      Amanda Shuster
      Receptionist / Physiotherapy aide

      Amanda has been a valuable member of our team for many years. Amanda strives 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.

    • April
      April DeMeule
      Receptionist / Physiotherapy aide

      April is well known to the ECPT team and we are glad to now have her on staff. She assists with keeping our reception and treatment areas running smoothly in the evenings. Working at the clinic aligns nicely with her long-term career goal.

      April’s training at a glance:
      •University of Manitoba: currently enrolled as an undergraduate student in Kinesiology and Recreation Management

      April’s experience:
      •Developed effective communication skills through several years of coaching in gymnastics and providing child-care.
      •Trained in effective cleaning and sanitization techniques as a gym cleaner.

      April is friendly, organized and efficient. She fits in so well with our team.

    • Savannah
      Savannah Mowat
      Receptionist / Physiotherapy aide

      Savannah helps to keep the clinic reception and treatment areas running well. From greeting you when you enter, to assisting your Physiotherapist, to helping you book your next appointment, she does it all.

      Savannah’s training at a glance:
      •University of Manitoba: currently enrolled as an undergraduate student completing pre-requisites for Medical Sonography

      Savannah’s experience:
      •Developed excellent customer service skills through many years of experience in the retail industry.

      Savannah is energetic and has a strong work ethic. We are glad to have her as part of our team.

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