Prairie Therapy Team
From left to right: Christine Dixon, Dr. Lani Pickering, Cindy Gutierrez, Russ Gothard, Brandon Thome, John Reinbolt, Dillon Hunter, Colby Fox
Missing from photo: Thiago Menon, Jackie Caione, Jeff Peach, Kayla Cordingley, Jessica Reinbolt, Kevin Jansen, Ally Schafer, Majlis Theander, True Cotton
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture
Dr. Allana (Lani) Pickering - Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Massage Therapist
Dr. Alanna (Lani) Pickering was born and raised in the small town of Vauxhall, Alberta. She moved to Victoria, BC to complete the 3000 hour RMT program and came back ‘home’ to further her passion in helping others. She graduated from the Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Calgary in 2013. She completed a 3 month internship in Mian Yang, Sichuan, China where she observed and trained with some of the most respected Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors. The internship included teachings in pediatrics, gynaecology, dermatology, oncology, cardiology, endocrinology, and cosmetology.
Dr. Pickering’s first experience with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine was during her years as a competitive dancer. First used for pain relief and then for chronic health concerns, it was soon apparent the many health benefits that acupuncture could bring.
She is excited to bring Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to Prairie Therapy with an ‘east meets west’ approach by combining her previous knowledge and experience of western medicine with her new and ever evolving TCM practice.
Russ Gothard - Physiotherapist
Physiotherapy works with you to meet your movement goal, whether it's getting out of bed pain-free, or climbing literal mountains.
Russ takes a global approach to physio. No part of the body works in isolation, and the site of the pain is often not the source. He uses tools such as functional movement analysis and neurokinetic therapy to identify what hurts (the site), and why (the source). Modalities and manual therapy give immediate relief and neuromuscular re-education and strengthening provide permanent results.
Russ has taken post-grad courses in: GLA:D hip/knee osteoarthritis rehabilitation program, advanced functional dry needling, TMJ/TMD dysfunction, modern manual therapy, neurokinetic therapy (level 3), functional movement systems, orthopedic division level 1, and more.
Before finding his calling as a physiotherapist, Russ has been a psychology researcher, caregiver, framer, bartender, and social support worker for Canadian military families in Italy. On the weekend, he can often be found climbing, camping, or paddling when it’s warm, or playing music and watching bad movies with his cats Spike and Dru when it’s cold.
Ally Schafer - Massage Therapist
Ally Schafer is from Medicine Hat Alberta, and graduated from the accredited massage therapy program in April 2020. Ally has always had the interest in helping people whether that is mentally or physically, she believes that both mental and physical discomfort coincide with eachother, and can affect your way of life if not kept on top of.
Ally specializes in Relaxation and Therapeutic massage. Ally listens with the intent to understand when approaching each treatment, and will work with you to get back to living your life as comfortably as you can!
Cindy Gutierrez - Massage Therapist, TCM student
Cindy Gutierrez was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She has always had a strong interest in body health. After graduating high school in '99, she took some time to discover her true passions.
She graduated from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy, June 2012. Cindy completed the 2200-hour program of intense anatomy, physiology, orthopedic assessments, passive and active stretching and various massage techniques. She is also an A.R.T (Active Release Technique) Practitioner, became fully certified in January 2015.
Her approach and technique depends highly on a client’s lifestyle and health. She believes the body should be balanced and we should always be aware of our asymmetries.
Kevin Jansen - Massage Therapist
Kevin attained his 2200 hour Massage Therapy Diploma with honours from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy. He is an active member of the Massage Therapists Association of Alberta (MTAA). Kevin became a Registered Massage Therapist to pursue a career which aligns with his passion of health and fitness. As an avid ultra marathon runner, Kevin has extensive knowledge and experience in evaluating and treating running related injuries, both chronic and acute.
Kevin approaches his treatment of each client with long term success in mind, by offering clients evidence based massage therapy techniques specifically tailored to the individual along with homecare instructions and patient education.
Kevin is planning to continue his education in other therapy techniques to add to his repertoire of viable strategies for helping each client reach their potential.
Osteopathic Manual Therapists
Christine Dixon - Osteopath, Athletic Therapist
Christine grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and after completing high school attended her first 3 years of university at the University of Regina then transferred to Mount Royal College in Calgary to complete her Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology with an Advanced Athletic Therapy Certificate.
She certified with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association in November of 2008. After graduation she spent time working in claims management, but returned to working with athletes when she was hired at the University of Calgary in 2010. Christine has completed the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner program through the Canadian School of Osteopathy Manual Practice.
Christine has experience working with all varsity athletics as well as clinically working on athletes who compete on the Women’s National Wrestling Team. Christine’s clinical interests include working on foot, ankle, and lower leg dysfunction, as well as pelvic, and lower back pain. When not working Christine enjoys playing volleyball, and ultimate Frisbee, as well as outdoor activities including camping, hiking, and snowboarding.
Jackie Caione - Osteopath, Athletic Therapist
Jackie is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Osteopathic Manual Therapist, having graduated from the Canadian School of Osteopathy, Manual Practice in Vancouver, BC in April 2018. Jackie has worked with The Edge School for Athletes since 2007, The Young Canadians at the Calgary Stampede since 2013, the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine team, and has been the Head Athletic Therapist for the Calgary Inferno, a professional women’s hockey team in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) from 2012- 2017. This team includes Olympic gold and silver medalists from Canada’s National Team.
Jackie has incorporated Osteopathic Manual Therapy techniques into her clinical practice over the last several years. Blending the two professions of Athletic Therapy and Osteopathy has allowed Jackie to provide her patients with a thorough assessment and treatment plan, which includes exercise therapy and active rehabilitation. As Osteopathy works to release the tensions which cause dysfunction, Jackie believes healing must continue through movement, exercise and bio-mechanical correction!
Although working with athletes is her passion, Jackie has a keen interest in working with pregnancy, babies and children.
Thiago Menon - Osteopathic Manual Therapist
Thiago Menon graduated as a Physiotherapist in 2004 and later completed his Osteopathy training at the Madrid School of Osteopathy. It took 6 years of study and practice to be able to pass the final exams. And in 2018 received your DO from IBO - Brazilian Institute of Osteopathy.
He works with babies, children, youth, adults, seniors, athletes, and dancers.
He was an Osteopathic Practitioner for Volleyball Maringá of the Super League in Brazil, which was comprised of the Olympic champion Men’s Volleyball Team. He worked with the Women’s Canadian National Volleyball Team during the Summer season in 2018.
Thiago likes to spend free time with his family, as well as exploring nature, hiking, travelling by car and walking/running with his dog Violet.
John Reinbolt - Athletic Therapist
John grew up on a farm in southwest Saskatchewan and went to high school in Medicine Hat, AB. After high school, John completed the Athletic Therapy Program through the University of Calgary.
He certified with the CATA that summer and worked with teams in the Calgary area before starting Prairie Therapy. Between working and travelling with the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine Team, as well as with other teams throughout the year; he spends a lot of time on the road, but with his time off he enjoys getting out of the city with friends and family.
John is also the current President of the Alberta Athletic Therapists Association. He is always looking for opportunities to discuss how Athletic Therapy can benefit you as an individual, a team, an association, or even in the workplace.
Brandon Thome - Athletic Therapist
Brandon grew up in Medicine Hat, Alberta. After high school, Brandon moved west to attend the University of Calgary. He became a certified athletic therapist in June of 2005 and that fall moved to Edmonton to work with the U of A Varsity Athletics.
Since then Brandon has worked at the U of C and the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League before starting Prairie Therapy. Brandon's long-term goal is to see athletic therapy thrive in rural settings. Fittingly, he has been a prominent member of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine Team for the past 15 years, and currently serves as the Executive Director.
Jessica Reinbolt - Athletic Therapist
Jessica grew up in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Throughout most of her teenage years, Jessica downhill ski raced. Once she finished high school, she moved to Calgary to continue to pursue the ski racing. After a series of injuries, she decided to quit ski racing and go to school full time at University of Calgary for Kinesiology and Athletic Therapy. Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology and a major in Athletic Therapy in 2012 and became a Certified Athletic Therapist the following November.
Since graduating, Jessica has worked with a variety of sports teams within Calgary. She has worked within clinic settings with WCB clients and private clients. She has continued to further her education with courses in muscle energy and Active Release Techniques.
Jessica would like to continue to help clients understand the injury and how to fix it. She takes a very active approach to the rehabilitation process and has her clients involved with all aspects of the process.
Dillon Hunter - Athletic Therapist
Dillon grew up in the small town of Kenton Manitoba. He moved to Regina where he completed his Bachelor’s of Kinesiology and completed the Athletic Therapy Program at Mount Royal University, where he received his Athletic Therapy Certification in 2016. Since certifying Dillon has worked with the Calgary Stampeders, Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine team, University of Regina Athletics and Crash Conditioning. Dillon just came back from Austria where he has spent the last two years working with the Okanagan Hockey Europe Academy as their Head Athletic Therapist and S&C coach.
Dillon believes in blending hands on treatment and postural & corrective exercises to help maintain a pain free life. By combining neurokinetic therapy (NKT) and dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS) Dillon will help get you back to your everyday activities. Dillon’s clinical interests include head, neck, scapular dysfunctions and low back pain.
Dillon enjoys playing hockey, baseball, going hunting and fishing. Dillon also enjoys getting back to Manitoba to see family and helping out on the family farm.
Colby Fox - Athletic Therapist, Osteopath student
Colby was born and raised here in Calgary where she completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology and Advanced Diploma in Athletic Therapy in 2014. After completing her studies she went on to work with athletes in many difference sports such as hockey, rugby, volleyball, wrestling, basketball, football and strongman.
She also enjoys working with clients who are dealing with any type of pain or dysfunction, whether it is from sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day or twisting an ankle while walking the dog.
Currently she is attending the Canadian College of Osteopathy to expand her knowledge on the body so she can better help her clients. Through the lens of Osteopathy she has become more focused on finding the causes and relationships in the body that create pain so that she can best help the body to express its health.
With the addition of her ongoing Osteopathy education to her current skills she learned through Athletic Therapy she looks forward to treating clients dealing with any injury or problem through manual therapy and rehabilitative exercises.
Jeff Peach - Athletic Therapist
Jeff Peach was born in Campbell River, B.C. and grew up in Calgary, where he graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology (majoring in Athletic Therapy) and obtained an Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University.
Jeff has spent time with the Edmonton Eskimos, U of C Sports Injury Prevention Research Centre, Volleyball Canada Centre of Excellence, Crash Conditioning, and U of C Varsity Athlete Clinic. Prior to settling into a full-time role as an athletic therapist, Jeff was a professional baseball player, and now enjoys coaching youth ballplayers out of Absolute Baseball Academy.
Majlis Theander - Athletic Therapist
Majlis graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and completed the Athletic Therapy program at Mount Royal University.
She certified with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association in 2016. Majlis has worked with a Calgary football club for several seasons and has also spent time working with para hockey athletes.
How is the Prairie Therapy Team Different?
The Prairie Therapy Team is dedicated to getting you back to doing what you love as quickly as possible and in the fewest number of visits. We believe that rehabilitation is not limited to the clinic - most of your recovery will happen at home. Our goal at Prairie Therapy is to get every patient back doing what they want to do in the shortest amount of time possible. Every team member frequently collaborates with other members to ensure you are seeing the best person for your situation.
"If we can't get you back to where you want to be, we will find someone who can."