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.

Eyal Okin - B.PT, CMS, Dry Needling

Eyal is a University of Haifa graduate and holds a degree in  Physiotherapy (2006). He is certified in manual therapy and has the dry needling certification for treating chronic myofascial and neuropathic pain in the spine and extremities.  He brings experience working as a physical therapist with a variety of athletes, including those playing elite level soccer, baseball, and crossfit.

Eyal has a keen interest in treating shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries, knee injuries and surgeries, neck and back spinal pain, chronic spinal nerve related pain, multiple trauma and chronic pain as a result of motor vehicle accidents.  He believes in integrating manual therapy, dry needling, myofascial release, taping and exercise prescription in a multi-modal approach to treatment for success in healing and recovery.

Eyal is fluent in English, Russian and Hebrew.

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

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, Dry Needling, 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, Acupuncture

Andrea is an English trained physiotherapist with over 26 years of experience working in England and Canada. She has worked in hospitals and industry as well as sports and private clinics in the UK and Canada. Andrea has treated patients ranging from 5 years old to 80 years and older. She is experienced with many conditions from helping clients maintain general health and active lifestyles simple strains and sprains, WCB and MVA patients, degenerative conditions, post-surgical and post-fractures, 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 clients. Andrea is certified in acupuncture and uses techniques such as manual therapy, exercise therapy and Craniosacral therapy 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.

Erin Marshall - BSc, M.Sc.PT, CAFCI

Erin graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and went on to complete her Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Alberta. She’s trained in acupuncture, Jim Meadows spinal manipulation, hip rehabilitation, dry needling and level 3 manual therapy. 

Since graduating in 2009 she has worked primarily in a private practice setting treating sport injuries, repetitive use injuries, injuries from motor vehicle accidents and more.  She has a special interest in shoulder injuries as well as pain due to postural dysfunction.  She believes in the importance of building a strong rapport with her patients and fully understanding their concerns and goals in order to develop a treatment plan unique to each person.  

Growing up as a competitive gymnast as well as competing in varsity track and field taught Erin the importance of a sport/work/activity specific therapeutic exercise program and she loves getting creative with her exercise prescription in order to achieve this.  When not working, Erin enjoys staying active, travelling, and spending time with her husband and 3 little girls.

Lindsay MacKay - M.Sc.PT, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

Lindsay graduated with a Master’s of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in 2012 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She is level 2 certified in Functional Dry Needling, as well as having completed the Level 1 and 2 lower post graduate course in manual therapy from the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She has also completed training in Women’s Urinary Incontinence from Uro Sante in Montreal, Level II and III Female and Male pelvic pain courses from Pelvic Health Solutions, as well as specialty courses from Pelvic Health Solutions including, Pregnancy and the Pelvic Floor, Pelvic Girdle Pain and the Pelvic Floor, and Mobilization of Visceral Fascia for Treatment of Pelvic Dysfunction- Level 1: The Urinary System.  

 

Her post-graduate career goal has always been to work with Women’s Health/ Pelvic Floor clientele. After practicing for 3 years in orthopedics, she made that goal a reality. Lindsay’s practice focuses on treating women’s urinary incontinence, prolapse, and Male and Female pelvic pain through education, manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription. She is continuing to expand her professional knowledge, with her primary focus on Pelvic Health, as well as staying on top of new literature and techniques that are being developed in order to provide the best possible care to her clients.

Lindsay was born and raised on the east coast and her true passion outside of her practice is spending family time with her husband and young son. She also avidly enjoys downhill skiing, sailing, running, yoga and spin classes.

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Massage Therapists

Randilee Farnquist

Registered Massage Therapist 2200Hr (Independent Contractor)

Randi is excited to be working with such a great health care team at Chaparral Physiotherapy & Massage. She has been working as a registered massage therapist since 2010 after studying the two year program of massage therapy at Lethbridge College and is certified with 2200 hours. She moved to Calgary from Lethbridge in 2012. Randi has worked alongside physiotherapists to better treat and offer more preventative care since she relocated to Calgary. She is also registered with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada.

Randi enjoys promoting a healthy lifestyle by biking, rollerblading and the many yoga classes she attends to keep herself in shape to give the best care to her clients.

Olga Chernykh

Registered Massage Therapist 2200Hr (Independent Contractor)

Olga is very happy to be part of the Chaparral Physiotherapy & Massage team. She is a former personal fitness  trainer and aerobics instructor.  Her 4 years B.Sc. of Physical Training from Russia is the perfect background to complement her 3000 hours diploma in Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy from MaKami College in Calgary.

She has a true passion for therapeutic massage.  Olga is very skilled in recognizing painful spots and to treat her clients with great care. Pre/post-natal massage, deep tissue, cupping and myofascial release are among her favorite techniques. 
 

In her free time Olga likes painting, cooking, and enjoying outdoors activities.  

 

Olga is fluent in English and Russian.

Stacy Wood

Registered Massage Therapist 2200Hr (Independent Contractor)

Graduated with honours from Alberta College Of Massage Therapy completing the 2200 hour massage therapy program. Stacy likes to incorporate relaxation massage techniques with myofascial cupping, deep tissue work and trigger point therapy to provide a therapeutic yet relaxing treatment. She also enjoys working with prenatal clients to help reduce muscular discomfort that accompanies pregnancy. Stacy is also trained in TMJ massage which includes releasing muscles intra-orally and more recently lymphatic drainage.

She has a passion for helping people and is excited to continue her education in the future.

 

In her free time she enjoys hiking, skiing and wake surfing with her husband and 2 kids. She is also an avid runner completing in marathons.

Sharina Birney

Registered Massage Therapist 2200Hr

Sharina is a graduate the 3000hr Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy program offered at Makami here in Calgary, she is excited to be joining our team at Chaparral Physiotherapy & Massage.

 

Sharina worked with at risk youth for 16yrs before deciding to enter the field of massage therapy. A large part of her selfcare regime was massage, this heavily influenced her decision to become a therapist. She is still in a healing field, still helping others help themselves. 

 

Sharina enjoys assisting her clients in making each day just a little better. She is skilled in deep tissue, therapeutic,  relaxation, pre/postnatal massage, cupping, myofascial release and has completed her TMJ precision level 1.

 

In her spare time Sharina enjoys baking, reading, crafts,  but mostly spending as much time as possible with her grandson.
 

Angela Lemme

Registered Massage Therapist 3000Hr (Independent Contractor)

Angela is a 3000hr registered massage therapist who graduated from Makami College, where she studied Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy.  Angela is a true believer of the healing benefits massage therapy can provide and is always looking to educate herself and improve her skills. She is trained in therapeutic massage, deep tissue, relaxation, cupping and prenatal massage.


When she is not working, she is spending time with her family, going to the mountains for a hike or a walk around the neighborhood or trying out new restaurants. She enjoys being active, and in addition to her little one keeping her moving, she enjoys long bike rides or a great yoga class!

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Pedorthists

Erika Schultz BKin, C. Ped (C)

Pedorthist

Erika was born and raised in Banff, AB.   She completed the Honours Kinesiology program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario then studied Pedorthics at Western University in London, Ontario.  She has worked with Rob Sunderland for two years. 

 

Erika is very passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle and helping patients get back to doing the activities they enjoy.  

 

Outside of work Erika enjoys running, hiking, skiing and snowboarding. 

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Administration

Shayla Oldfield

Office Manager

Shayla is a graduate from the school of business at SAIT

Shayla grew up in Calgary and has many years of experience in medical field. 

Roxanne Anderson

Receptionist

Roxanne was born and raised in Canmore, AB. She has recently (2018) moved to Calgary for a change of pace, however still enjoys her frequent visits to her hometown! Roxanne Is enthusiastic about midwifery along with natural healing. She aspires to take on the occupation of a Midwife to help mothers through some of their toughest of times. She looks forward to meeting new people here at Chaparral Physio and hopes to be here with clients through their physical healing processes!

 

Outside of the office Roxanne enjoys hiking, skiing and having down town with friends and Family.

Melanie Carson

Office Administrator

Melanie was born and raised in Calgary and has over 10 years of medical office experience. 

 

In her spare time she enjoys home renovation shows, camping and spending time with her family.

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