Who We are

The mission of Evidence Sport and Spinal Therapy is to be leaders in the delivery of safe, evidence-based, collaborative management of individuals with MSK pain through effective delivery of:

  1. Multidisciplinary clinical services
  2. Education and knowledge translation
  3. Clinical research.

Physiotherapists

Kelly Barrie

BHSc(PT), BPE, FCAMPT, CAFCI, cGIMS

Kelly graduated from McMaster University in 1995 with an undergraduate degree in physiotherapy (BHScPT) and has spent over 17 years practicing as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Additionally, Kelly is acertified Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) Practitioner and she has both a Diploma in Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT) and a certificate in acupuncture (CAFCI). She has special interests in acute and chronic spinal rehabilitation, shoulder injuries and exercise programs specifically focused to her client’s goals.


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.


Karyn Fereday

Karyn Fereday

BScPT, MScPT

Karyn's aim is to treat each and every client as an individual, to focus on optimising their function and performance, and work closely with them to achieve their goals. Karyn has both an Undergraduate and Masters Degrees in Physiotherapy and has spent over 15 years practising as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. She is a certified Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) practitioner and a fellow of the Canadian Association of Manipulative Therapists.

In this time, she has developed specialized skills in the accurate assessment and treatment of both spinal and peripheral conditions. Karyn believes that pain and injury can disrupt all aspects of life; therefore the primary goal of treatment is to return the patient to their activities as quickly and effectively as possible. Karyn uses her background in manual therapy, intramuscular stimulation/trigger point dry needling and functional movement to help her clients return to the life they want to lead. Whether she is working with an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, or a patient with complex/chronic pain, Karyn is continually inspired to challenge herself to provide effective solutions to allow her patients to reach their true potential.

Karyn is also passionate about teaching and instructs throughout Canada and the United States on trigger point dry needling.


Robert Holmes

BScPT, MClSc, FCAMPT, cGIMS

Rob has been a consultant at Evidence Physiotherapy since 2005. He graduated from McGill University in 1996 and received his Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2003. Rob completed a Masters in Clinical Science and Manipulative Physiotherapy from the University of Western Ontario in 2008 and is also certified in IntraMuscular Stimulation/dry-needling.

Rob’s main clinical interest is the assessment and treatment of acute and chronic spinal pain. After thorough assessment and education about the diagnosis, treatment options include manual therapy, IMS/dry-needling therapeutic exercise, and education on self-management strategies. In addition, Rob has several years of experience in providing consultation for suitability for prolotherapy treatment and interventional radiology procedures as well as physiotherapy management before, during and after such procedures in conjunction with the medical team.


Geoff Schneider

Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
PhD, DSc, BScKin, BHScPT, DipManip(PT), cGIMS

Geoff is a clinical specialist in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and a consultant at Evidence Sport and Spinal (located at the Advanced Spinal Care Centre (EFW Radiology). 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. 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 currently pursuing further doctoral studies, a PhD, at the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Medicine. His research will involve the derivation of a clinical prediction guide in the diagnosis of facet joint mediated pain in the cervical spine. Geoff has been awarded a CIHR doctoral research award Canada Graduate Scholarship.


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
BAppSc(PT), GradDipManip(PT), cGIMS, PhD(c)

Ashley achieved the designation of Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2011. He originally graduated in 1990 with a Baccalaureate Degree in Applied Science (Physiotherapy) and made his way from Australia to Canada (via the UK) in 1996. He subsequently achieved his Fellowship in Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT) in 2001.

Ashley is the director of Evidence Sport & Spinal Therapy, a multi-disciplinary clinic within the Advanced Spinal Care Centre in Calgary, Canada, where he pursues his clinical work as a physiotherapy consultant. He has a passion for achieving the correct diagnosis on each individual who presents to the clinic and providing appropriate evidence-based treatment options to allow individuals with complex clinical presentations to improve their quality of life in a timely fashion – particularly in the field of whiplash injuries, nerve-related symptoms (e.g. sciatica) or complex widespread pain conditions.

Ashley is currently pursuing his research-based PhD through the University of Queensland in Australia (as a remote student performing the research in Calgary, Alberta, Canada). This is being performed under the expert tutelage of Prof. Michele Sterling and Prof. Gwen Jull. His PhD is investigating the effects of peripheral nociceptive generators on the physical and psychological presentation of individuals with persistent WAD symptoms.

Ashley has also achieved certification for medicolegal evaluations through the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME) and is a member of the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators.

Ashley has been an invited speaker, and his peer-reviewed publications on pain mechanisms; the cervical spine and lumbar spine have been accepted, at local, national and international conferences/congresses.

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 Spinal Therapy. 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 Hilderman,

MPT, BKin Hons

Tanielle Hilderman 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.


Physicians

Dr. Todd Gash

MD, Dip Sport Medicine

Dr. Gash has been a practicing physician at the Advanced Spinal Care Center, now Evidence Sport and Spinal, 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.

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.


Massage Therapist

Stewart Angus

RMT

Stewart graduated in 1993 from the North Western Institute of Massage Therapy in Calgary. Since that time, he has specialized in postural analysis and the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal problems, mostly in physiotherapy clinics in Calgary and Victoria BC.

Stewart is an Instructor with Mount Royal University in their Massage Therapy Diploma program. He also supervises the Student Clinic for senior students.

For a period of four years, Stewart worked with Canadian sprinters in Calgary, two of whom achieved gold medals at the Canadian Track and Field Championships and represented Canada in the World Athletics Championships.

Stewart has also studied at the Canadian Acupressure Institute, Victoria, British Columbia achieving a diploma in Acupressure. This complements his training in: Craniosacral Therapy, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Therapeutic Touch, Zero Balancing, Myofascial Release, St John Neuromuscular Therapies, Pregnancy Massage, Neuromuscular Integration and Structural Alignment.

Academically, Stewart is also a contributing author for Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, writing a chapter on Massage therapy for Sprinters and Runners.


Nurse Practitioner

Eric Lavoie

BScN, MN, NP, F/AA

Eric is a nurse practitioner (NP) who has a special interest in musculoskeletal injuries and pain. After obtaining his BScN from the University of Ottawa in 2007, Eric worked as a nurse in the emergency department and as a rural remote outpost nurse before deciding to obtain his NP. He recently graduated from Athabasca University’s Primary Care Masters of Nursing program, and is licensed as a Nurse Practioner. As an addition to this training, he did practicum training focusing on regenerative injection therapy, also known as prolotherapy. Alongside Evidence Sport and Spinal Therapy’s physicians and physiotherapists, Eric offers medical treatments including prolotherapy, neural prolotherapy, and trigger point injections. Eric also works in a general family practice in Calgary’s northwest. He is proud to be an NP, and hopes to increase the public’s awareness of their role as independent practitioners who offer holistic care with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.

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