Prairie Therapy Team

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. Alanna (Lani) Pickering - Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Massage Therapist

Prairie Therapy Team - Lani Pickering

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.

Dr. Christina Appave - Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Massage Therapist

Christina's passion is to help her patients achieve their healthcare goals. After completing the Massage Therapy Program at Mount Royal University, she spent 2 years working on Princess Cruise Lines. During her 17 years practicing Therapeutic Massage, Christina completed her 4 year Acupuncture program at The Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Christina incorporates relaxation techniques in with Deep Tissue work, Myofascial release/cupping, Trigger Point Therapy. She also specializes in Reflexology & Acupressure.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping, snowboarding & snow shoeing

Physiotherapists

Russ Gothard - Physiotherapist

Prairie Therapy Team - Russ

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: spinal manipulation, 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.

Women's Pelvic Health Physiotherapists

Jamie Brims - Women's Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

Originally from Calgary, Jamie moved to Edmonton to complete her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta.  Following the completion of this degree she moved to the UK to pursue a Post Graduate Degree in Physiotherapy from Scotland’s’ Glasgow Caledonian University.  Jamie completed her Masters in 2012, and after enjoying several months of travel and adventuring she returned to Calgary to begin her career as a physiotherapist. 

Jamie has been working in private practice since her return to Alberta and has completed several courses to further her knowledge in orthopedic physiotherapy practice, including Dry Needling (also known as Intramuscular Stimulation or IMS), advanced manual therapy techniques, and K-Taping. 

After welcoming two little ones into this world, Jamie developed a keen personal interest in Women’s Pelvic Health Physiotherapy. She was fortunate to work with a fantastic Pelvic Health team who passed on their special interest in this field. She has since opted to focus her practice on this specific area of physiotherapy. Jamie has pursued courses and education focusing on incontinence (bladder and bowel), dyspareunia (pain with intercourse), pelvic pain, and perinatal care (treatment during and after pregnancy).  Jamie’s greatest joy is seeing her clients resolve their symptoms and return to their favourite activities and hobbies. 

When she’s not treating clients, Jamie enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, travelling, watching movies, and eating delicious food. She loves to bike, walk her dog, and get a good sweat on in spin and hot yoga classes.

Counselling and Mental Health Services

Alisha Datoo - MSW, RSW, CDWF - Social Worker

Alisha Datoo - Prairie Therapy - Counselling

Alisha identifies as she/her, cisgender, BIPOC with top values of: Courage, Growth and Harmony. She is inspired by both the community who have supported her throughout her social work journey over her 12 years in the field. She has a growing passion for teaching and facilitation fostered by her mentors, education and lived experiences. 

Alisha considers herself a post-modern social constructionist and aims to offer a fresh perspective on the therapeutic process by working with you to rumble with vulnerability and help you embrace authenticity in the way you engage with yourself and the world. She takes a solution focused and existential approach to help make sense of life. She is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with a Master in Social Work (MSW) and Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from the University of Calgary, Social Work Diploma from Mount Royal University and Certification as a Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF). She brings counselling experience working with individuals, couples, and groups from diverse backgrounds through various clinical roles including the Eastside Family Centre, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Justice & Solicitor General, medical social work roles.

She is the owner of Lumens Courage Consulting @lumensyyc. She has experience in both the public and private sector, holds a leadership position with a local not-profit agency, and teaches with the University of Calgary. Alisha has a passion for supporting people to lean into the discomfort and strive towards wholehearted living using the guiding principles of Collaborative Therapies, The Daring Way™ (DW) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). Through your collaboration she hopes to engage in critical thinking, dialogue, learning and healing. She looks forward to working with you on your wellness journey.

Massage Therapists

Kevin Jansen - Massage Therapist

Prairie Therapy Team - Kevin

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.

Dr. Christina Appave - Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Massage Therapist

Christina's passion is to help her patients achieve their healthcare goals. After completing the Massage Therapy Program at Mount Royal University, she spent 2 years working on Princess Cruise Lines. During her 17 years practicing Therapeutic Massage, Christina completed her 4 year Acupuncture program at The Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Christina incorporates relaxation techniques in with Deep Tissue work, Myofascial release/cupping, Trigger Point Therapy. She also specializes in Reflexology & Acupressure.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping, snowboarding & snow shoeing

Osteopathic Manual Therapists

Christine Dixon - Osteopath, Athletic Therapist

Prairie Therapy Team - Christine

Christine grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and after completing high school attended her first 3 years of post-secondary 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 enjoyed the atmosphere and challenge of working with athletes and completed her certification with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association and still maintains this membership.

Christine wanted to pursue further education and completed the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner program through the Canadian School of Osteopathy, Manual Practice in Vancouver. This is where she found her passion. She views the body as a whole, much like a puzzle, and loves helping people piece it back together when they aren't feeling 100%.

When Christine is not working she enjoys staying active with her young family and dog. Christine is married to a teacher (an outdoor enthusiast at heart) and is the proud mom to 4 sons (older brother, and triplets). Her clinical interests include working on foot, ankle, and lower body dysfunction. But her true passion is working with fertility, prenatal, and post-partum patients.

Athletic Therapists

Brandon Thome - Athletic Therapist

Prairie Therapy Team - Brandon

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. 

John Reinbolt - Athletic Therapist

Prairie Therapy Team - John

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.

Jessica Reinbolt - Athletic Therapist

Prairie Therapy Team - Jessica

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 

Prairie Therapy Team - Dillon

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. 

Jeff Peach - Athletic Therapist

Prairie Therapy Team - Peach

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

Prairie Therapy Team - Majlis

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.

Morgan Mills - Athletic Therapist

Athletic Therapist - Morgan Mills

Morgan graduated from Mount Royal University with her Bachelor of Health and Physical Education and a major in Athletic Therapy. During her time as a student she worked with athletes from Football, Basketball and Volleyball.

Morgan grew up in Millarville, Alberta and her love for sports started with rodeo. She decided to pursue a career in Athletic Therapy after noticing the need for better injury management and rehabilitation following her own sporting injuries.

Morgan enjoys working with individuals from all levels of activity. She works with her patients to help them understand the root cause of their injury and reach their health goals. In her spare time, she loves to hike, ride her horses, and spend time with family and friends.

Melissa Witzaney - Athletic Therapist

Melissa was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and completed a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education with a major in Athletic Therapy at Mount Royal University. Melissa has experience working with athletes from gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, football and hockey.

Melissa is passionate about helping patients return to pain-free living and doing activities that they love – whether that be competitive sports, or day to day activities. She believes in using manual techniques, exercises, and patient education to treat the cause of your injury or dysfunction and prevent future injuries.

When she’s not working, Melissa enjoys baking and spending time outdoors rollerblading and hiking.

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."