Physiotherapists

Jennifer Cichon B.Sc K, M.ScPT, CAFCI

Jen is a physiotherapist and the proud owner of Chaparral Physiotherapy & Massage. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and went on to complete her Masters in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University in Kingston. She has been a practicing physiotherapist since 2006 and was the clinic director for a large company in Calgary. She is passionate about helping people get better and improve their quality of life. She believes in personalized, hands-on treatment as opposed to only machine based treatment.
Jen cares about her patients. This is reflected in each treatment and experience with her. She has completed Level 3 in Manual Therapy and is certified in acupuncture and hip rehabilitation. Jen has completed the Diagnostic Imaging course through the University of Alberta and has completed post graduate courses for the foot and the hips as well as myofascial release.

She enjoys skiing, hiking and is an avid runner having completed many half marathons over the years. She is a proud mother and loves spending time with her husband and children when she’s not helping people get better.

Dana Mitchell - BSc. Psyc. BSc. PT, IMS, Certified STOTT Pilates instructor

Dana is excited to be a part of the the team at Chaparral Physiotherapy & Massage and pursue her passion for helping others achieve optimal health.  Dana graduated with distinction with a BSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta and has over 20 years of experience helping clients of all ages and backgrounds.   Dana is dedicated to providing the very best care for her clients and strives to advance her skills with continuing education.  Advanced education and training allows Dana to complement her assessment and treatments with advanced manual therapy, functional dry needling (IMS), myofascial release, exercise prescription, education, advanced STOTT Pilates, Total barre & Zenga and very effective exercise prescription.  Core stability exercise is a special interest area and Dana implements this into her own and her family’s active lifestyle.

Charene Welsh-Mattson - MScPT, CAFCI, PgCPain, Balanced Body Pilates Certified Mat Instructor

Charene is a graduate of the University of Alberta Masters of Physical Therapy program and has been practicing since 2008.  She with traveled and worked overseas fine tuning her skills in Moscow, Russia; Singapore; and Houston, Texas!  She has been exposed to many cultures and practices of health care, incorporating them in her treatment approach.  Since graduating she has taken courses in manual therapy and exercise prescription, and has obtained many certifications over the years: acupuncture; Post Graduate Certificate in Pain Management; Balanced Body Mat Pilates; and Rock Tape Practitioner.  She has also taken further courses in Balanced Body Reformer Pilates and Core Align; hand therapy; and soft tissue release.  She likes to focus on whole body mechanics and turning treatment into prevention. 

Charene is excited to be back in Calgary with her husband and two wonderful boys, and particularly excited to be working at Chaparral with the freedom to spend time with clients, focusing on assisting clients with their therapy and lifestyle goals!

Andrea Ellis - Grad Dip Phys

Andrea is a UK trained physiotherapist with over 23 years of experience working in the industry. She has worked in hospitals as well as sports and private clinics in the UK and Canada. Andrea has treated patients ranging from eight months old to 80 years and older. She is comfortable with many conditions from simple strains and sprains, WCB and MVA patients, degenerative conditions, post-surgical and post-fractures just to name a few.


Andrea feels that one of the main reasons for her success is her ability to communicate and develop a great working relationship specific to the needs and lifestyle of her patients. Andrea is certified in acupuncture and uses techniques such as manual therapy, exercise therapy, Craniosacral treatments as well as various programs which can be taught privately or in groups.

Andrea prides herself in spending good, quality time with her clients teaching simple but effective techniques which address the whole body, therefore achieving optimum health and independence.

Diana Wilson - BKin, MScPT

Diana is excited to be part of the team at Chaparral Physiotherapy & Massage.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia and then went on to complete a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at the University of Alberta. She has since worked in both private practice and hospital settings.

 

Diana believes that in order for patients to get better, treatment plans must be individualized and focused on outcomes that are meaningful to the patient.  

There also needs to be open communication so the therapist and patient can work as a team towards a common goal. Diana uses a combination of education, hands-on techniques, and home exercise programs to get patients back to where they need to be. She has taken addition courses, including Mulligan Concept for the Lower Quadrant, and has completed the Orthopedic Division Level 1 Manual Therapy.

 

Diana strives to live a healthy, active lifestyle and enjoys running, hiking, and playing volleyball in her spare time.

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