Our Physiotherapists are movement specialists! We are not your average physiotherapists. Our Clinicians are skilled enough that they don’t have to rely on the temporary feel goods of passive modalities (machines and gadgets). Did you know 82% musculoskeletal pain is rapidly reversible? Most clinicians do not know how to identify these responders. Our clinic is the only Certified Mechanica...
Our Physiotherapists are movement specialists! We are not your average physiotherapists. Our Clinicians are skilled enough that they don’t have to rely on the temporary feel goods of passive modalities (machines and gadgets). Did you know 82% musculoskeletal pain is rapidly reversible? Most clinicians do not know how to identify these responders. Our clinic is the only Certified Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment Clinic in Western Canada. We have years of experience and practice as a team. If you are in pain, we can help. If your mobility is limited due to injury, arthritis, deconditioning, or disease we can help. We are primary care, direct access, musculoskeletal experts that can assess, diagnose and treat any musculoskeletal problem. We can also diagnose when something is not musculoskeletal or mechanical and get you a referral to the right place.
Our amazing team of massage therapists each has over 3000 hours of formal education plus years of experience in treating clients. Our MT's work as a key part of the rehabilitation team by providing hands-on treatment which consists of mechanical manipulation of the soft tissues in the body to help hasten healing, increase metabolism, increase the activity of the circulatory and the lymphatic sy...
Our amazing team of massage therapists each has over 3000 hours of formal education plus years of experience in treating clients. Our MT's work as a key part of the rehabilitation team by providing hands-on treatment which consists of mechanical manipulation of the soft tissues in the body to help hasten healing, increase metabolism, increase the activity of the circulatory and the lymphatic systems. Massage also serves to relax and refresh muscles, relieve pain and help maintain healthy skin. Massage therapy has the additional benefit of calming the nervous system, promoting a sense of relaxation and a renewed energy and assisting in reducing tension and relieving fatigue.
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Julian earned his Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2016 at McMaster University while volunteering as a Student Clinical Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach with the varsity basketball and football teams. He completed his Masters of Physiotherapy program at Western University in 2019.
Julian’s clinical approach prioritizes exercise, load management, and client empowerment. His treatment philosophy revolves around finding ways to keep you doing what you love, staying active through the rehab process, and making sure you’re involved every step of the way. Julian is particularly interested in the complexity of pain and understands that you are not your diagnosis.
Julian is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. In addition to working with various club and varsity teams, he has worked extensively as a personal trainer. You can find him at the gym every morning, lifting weights or shooting hoops. Music is a cornerstone of his life, and you’ll never catch him without a good book on the go.
Julian earned his Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2016 at McMaster University while...
Dave Cochran is a registered massage therapist with the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta. He is also certified in Kinesio-taping and a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher with the Canadian Yoga Alliance. Dave believes prevention is the best medicine and customizes his approach to ensure each client receives individualized care. He enjoys working with clients of all types, including relaxation, therapeutic, athletic, and injury specific. Dave enjoys practicing “strong man” events with his son and doing anything active and outdoors with his wife and their puppy Freyja in his spare time.
Dave Cochran is a registered massage therapist with the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta....
Sherrie graduated from the Mount Royal Massage Therapy Program in 2007 and has been a registered member with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) since. Sherrie has extensive experience in treating a wide variety of conditions including whiplash, headaches, repetitive strains, sports injuries, and a variety of postural related symptoms. She enjoys treating clients across every age group, from children to those suffering with arthritis and other age related conditions. Since joining the team at Bonavista Physical Therapy in 2010, she has enjoyed collaborating with the Physical Therapists to ensure a consistent therapeutic treatment for each client. Sherrie knows that no two people are the same and will adapt every treatment to the individual needs and comfort level of each client. Whether it be to find relief from pain or simply to have a relaxing massage, Sherrie is passionate about the positive effects of massage therapy, both physically and emotionally.
Sherrie graduated from the Mount Royal Massage Therapy Program in 2007 and has been a registered ...
MPT, Cert. MDT
Sarah graduated in 2013 with her Masters of Physical Therapy degree from Western University in London, Ontario. Prior to this, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Mary’s University in her hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sarah is a driven and compassionate therapist who strives for excellence in all areas of patient care. Sarah has been a key member of our team since 2017. She takes her time with each person in order to give her patients the tools, education and motivation to recover and thrive after any injury. Since taking her first McKenzie course in 2015, she was so excited to continue learning the system ; she completed the four main courses and then passed the certification exam in 2018. She has also completed other post-graduate training that includes Manual Therapy level one, Mulligan techniques for the lower extremities, and other recent courses to supplement shoulder and foot injury management and a clinical skills update for mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT). Although Sarah grew up by the Atlantic Ocean, she has settled nicely in Calgary and enjoys exploring the mountains and the city with her husband and dog (Nova), and enjoys doing some yoga along the way!
Sarah graduated in 2013 with her Masters of Physical Therapy degree from Western University in Lo...
Kari Lambden Braun
BSc.PT, Cert. MDT
Kari graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and in 1994, she became an owner of Bonavista Physical Therapy Clinic. She has taken numerous post-graduate courses, getting her Certificate of Medical Acupuncture (University of Alberta) in 1998, and the Intermediate Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy (Part A) in 2005. She became credentialed in the McKenzie Method (MDT) in 2008, and has been doing orthotics for 13 years. Over the past few years, Kari has developed a special interest in seniors health and arthritis management. Kari has been instructing the GLA:D program for patients with hip and knee arthritis for past 5 years in Calgary.
Kari graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Physi...
BSc.PT, Dip. MDT
Audrey is kindly referred to as the “back (or neck) lady” and is committed to the motto
that “movement is medicine”. Audrey is currently rehabilitating her own ACL knee injury. She opted out of surgery and
fully understands that nobody wants to stop doing the things they love to do. Audrey uses
her 30+ years’ experience to help people understand and sort out their pain issues. She
especially enjoys the challenge of doing the ‘detective work’ necessary to sort out conditions
that are linked to each other or that can mimic each other (neck and shoulder, or back
and hip/knee problems). She investigates pain using the McKenzie Method In 1993 Audrey traveled to New Zealand to attend the advanced
level of McKenzie training and earned a Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment.
Audrey now teaches courses on this method to therapists across Canada. She has
published four scientific papers on back pain and currently consults with a team investigating the
link between neck stiffness and headaches. Audrey is recognized internationally for her
expert knowledge and is a sought after speaker at conferences.
Audrey has been officially recognized by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association as a
Clinical Specialist in MSK (Musculoskeletal) and is also qualified to order X-Ray, MRI and
Ultrasound studies for her clients if indicated. Combined with her expertise as an
instructor in the McKenzie Method (MDT), Audrey has been an invaluable member of our team
since 2001, mentoring and assisting with more challenging patient cases and providing
ongoing education to our entire team.
Audrey is kindly referred to as the “back (or neck) lady” and is committed to the motto
MPT, Cert. MDT
Rachelle graduated with a Master’s of Physical Therapy from the University of Saskatchewan in 2014 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2012. Rachelle has been a key member of our team since 2015. She is fully credentialed in the McKenzie Method having completed all four courses and the written/practical exam. She also plans to pursue further education in manual and manipulative therapy and to complete her certification in acupuncture. Rachelle enjoys collaborating with her patients to develop an individualized treatment plan to help reach their rehabilitation goals and improve their quality of life. She believes in an exercise-based approach to therapy, as this allows her patients to become actively involved in their care. When Rachelle is not at work, she enjoys snowboarding, travelling, playing sports and watching the NFL.
Rachelle graduated with a Master’s of Physical Therapy from the University of Saskatchewan in 201...
Kathy graduated from Makami College of Massage in 2017 and has been working full time as a Registered Massage Therapist ever since. Kathy’s priority is building long lasting relationships with clients. She strives to help relieve pain and tension through various massage techniques and help prevent avoidable injuries from work and life. Kathy is committed to life-long learning and improving her skills. She is certified in Ceriax Friction by Dr.Salami and Cervical Therapeutic Treatment by Dr.Robert Libbey and his L.A.S.T (Ligamentous Articular Strain Technique). She is experienced in treating whiplash, neck and back strain, and sports injuries. Kathy is fluent in both English and Vietnamese.
Kathy graduated from Makami College of Massage in 2017 and has been working full time as a Regist...
Adriana is originally from Colombia and graduated in 1996 as a production technologist at University of Colombia. In 2006 she came to Canada and in 2017 she graduated from Makami College in Advanced Clinical Therapy (3000 hour program). She has certificates in Advanced Treatment of Soft Tissue Injuries and Alligne and Refine Selfcare for Upper and Lower Body. Adriana is skilled in pregnancy massage, therapeutic massage, hot stone massage, and lymphatic techniques. She loves to help people dealing with pain through manual massage techniques and advice on healthy living. Adriana plans to continue her post graduate massage training and education to further advance her range of skills. Adriana is fluent in Spanish and English.
Adriana is originally from Colombia and graduated in 1996 as a production technologist at Univers...
Laura graduated from the University of Regina in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, prior to pursuing a Masters in Physical Therapy at the University of Saskatchewan. With a strong background in anatomy, physiology and movement analysis, she is dedicated to helping patients recover from injuries, manage chronic conditions and optimize their physical well-being.
Laura is passionate about her work and believes in empowering her patients to take an active role in their own recovery. She prioritizes patient education, as well as working together to develop personalized treatment plans, with her clinical approach being a combination of therapeutic exercise and manual therapy.
Laura is currently advancing through the Orthopedic Levels and has completed McKenzie Part A, with plans to pursue further education in Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy. She has extensive experience in treating temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, as well as a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.
When she is not working, Laura enjoys playing basketball, traveling, snowboarding, hiking, making pottery and watching the NBA.
Laura graduated from the University of Regina in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, prio...
Yogi has a total of 11 years experience in the field of Orthopedic Physical Therapy and specializes in the treatment of severe back and neck conditions. He also has a special interest in treating scoliosis.
Yogi’s way of explaining injuries and recovery to patients as well as his expertise in quickly diagnosing musculoskeletal conditions is a big reason why he is such a valued member of our team and why his patients recover so quickly. Yogi completed his Master of Physical Therapy from Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad, Haryana, India and Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. He also completed his Diploma in Osteopathic Manipulative Theory and Practice affiliated to Osteopathic College of Ontario and completed certification in Mechanical
Diagnosis and Therapy (aka McKenzie Method) from McKenzie Institute International. He has personally
mentored many Physical Therapists in the treatment of back & neck pain. Yogi has also taken courses in
Vestibular rehab, concussion rehab, TMJ management and Dry needling/IMS methods of treatment.
Awards & Recognition:
- Winner of Toughest case award for year 2017 to 2018 from QI Spine Clinic, India
Gold Medalist for academic and clinical skills from Manav Rachna International University
In Yogi’s free time he enjoys singing and listening to music, driving, and playing cricket. He and his wife love everything about Calgary except for the cold winter days!
Yogi has a total of 11 years experience in the field of Orthopedic Physical Therapy and specializ...
Gordon graduated in 1989 from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Medicine (Physical Therapy) with Distinction. Post-graduate specialization has included Certification in McKenzie MDT (2011), Medical Acupuncture (1999), and Gunn IMS Acupuncture (2005). His areas of clinical specialization include McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT) of orthopaedic conditions and sports injuries, acupuncture, & IMS/dry needling. Gord is an avid golfer and hockey player. Gord worked with our Canadian National Men’s hockey team as a physiotherapist at several international tournaments and worked with a professional hockey team in Sweden for 3 years. Gord has been a key member of our team since 1999.
Gordon graduated in 1989 from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitat...
Merrylee graduated in 2009 from the University of Alberta with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy with Distinction. She has pursued advanced training in several areas and has attained the highest level of accreditation (Diploma) in Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (McKenzie Method), travelling to Scotland to complete her training. Merrylee is also trained in Acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (CAFCI)and has also been trained in treating vestibular conditions which result in dizziness and balance disorders. She is able to cast orthotics to help with foot issues and various postural issues. With a Bachelors of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary and a long history of competitive athletics including figure skating and track and field, she loves to work with athletes on rehabilitating and preventing injuries. However no matter what type of injury or condition being treated, Merrylee is most passionate about educating individuals on what is causing the injury, how to rehabilitate it and how to prevent it from happening again. Merrylee has been a key and valued member of our team since 2010.
Merrylee graduated in 2009 from the University of Alberta with a Masters of Science in Physical T...
Vinnie Palumbo graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with distinction. Wanting to further understand the intricacies of human movement and rehabilitation led him to pursue his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta. Vinnie enjoys getting to know his patients and helping them return to their favorite activities. While he loves all sports, he has a keen interest in both hockey and golf having played both for over 15 years. Vinnie’s obsession with golf has grown over the past few years, which has led him to further study golf-related injury rehabilitation and prevention. After the gyms were shut down due to Covid, Vinnie also developed a love-hate relationship with running. Learning the hard way about running injuries and the best ways a physiotherapist can facilitate a patients’ pain free return to running. Vinnie believes in a simple and big picture approach to rehabilitation using the McKenzie Method, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercises in his treatment plans.
Vinnie Palumbo graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology w...
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