Prairie Therapy Team

Back Row: Matt DeGooijer, Jeff Peach, John Reinbolt, Brandon Thome, Coel Perry Front Row: Christine Dixon, Kate Trippier, Cindy Gonzalez, Dani O’Reilly, Dr. Alanna (Lani) Pickering, Jessica Reinbolt Missing from photo: Ashley Dufour, Jeremy Kozuback

Ashley Dufour – Registered Massage Therapist

Ashley has been an R.M.T. since 2012. She completed the 3000-hour program at WCCMT, in New Westminster BC. She treats a variety of ailments, ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome to plantar fasciitis.

Ashley enjoys challenges thrown her way when it comes to manual therapy while bringing balance back to the body. She is very excited to be apart of the Prairie Therapy team and looks forward to meeting all of your treatment needs.

Cindy Gonzalez – Registered Massage Therapist, Traditional Chinese Medicine student

Prairie Therapy Osteopathy Christine

Cindy Gonzalez was born and raised in Calgary. She has always had a keen interest in body health.

In 2012 she graduated from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy. Cindy completed the 2200-hour program of anatomy, physiology, orthopedic assessments, passive and active stretching and various massage techniques. In addition to that, Cindy is also fully certified in A.R.T. (Active Release Technique).

Her approach and technique depend on a client’s lifestyle and health. She believes the body should be balanced, and we should always be aware of our asymmetries.

Russ Gothard – Physiotherapist

Russ believes the goal of physio should be helping people realize they are stronger than their problem or pain, and then help them become independent in achieving their goals.

His approach to rehab focuses on a whole-body approach. No part of the body works in isolation, and the site of the pain is often not the source. He uses dry needling and Neurokinetic Therapy, among other tools to analyze movement patterns and re-educate the brain. These tools effectively control the body, thus reducing pain and improving performance.

Before finding his calling as a physiotherapist, Russ was a psychology researcher, bartender, caregiver, framer, a social support worker for Canadian military families in Italy, and an amateur comedian (but only because nobody would pay him). If you’re looking for him on the weekend, he can often be found camping or paddling on a river, or playing music and watching bad movies with his cat Spike.

Dr. Alanna (Lani) Pickering – Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist

Prairie Therapy Osteopathy Christine

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 for helping others. In Calgary in 2013, she graduated from the Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She completed a three-month internship in Mian Yang, Sichuan, China, where she observed and trained with some of the most respected Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors. The placement included teachings in pediatrics, gynecology, 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.

Christine Dixon – Osteopathic Manual Therapist, Certified Athletic Therapist

Prairie Therapy Osteopathy Christine

Christine grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, and after high school attended the University of Regina. She eventually transferred to Mount Royal College in Calgary to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with an Advanced Athletic Therapy Certificate.

She became certified with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association in November of 2008. After graduation, she spent time working in claims management, however, returned to work with athletes at the University of Calgary in 2010. Christine completed the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner program through the Canadian School of Osteopathy Manual Practice.

She has experience working with all varsity athletics as well as clinically working on athletes who compete on the Women’s National Wrestling Team. Her 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, in addition to outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, and snowboarding.

Jackie Caione – Osteopathic Manual Therapist, 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. She 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 blends Athletic Therapy and Osteopathy. As a result, this allows her to provide her patients with a thorough assessment and treatment plan, which includes exercise therapy and active rehabilitation. Because Osteopathy works to release the tensions which cause dysfunction, Jackie believes healing must continue through movement, exercise and biomechanical correction!

Along with working with athletes, 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. In 2018 received his DO from IBO – Brazilian Institute of Osteopathy.

He was the Osteopathic Practitioner for Volleyball Maringá of the Super League in Brazil, which included members of the Olympic champion Men’s Volleyball Team. He has also worked with the Women’s Canadian National Volleyball Team during the Summer season in 2018.

Thiago is a member of Registro Brasileiro dos Osteopatas (DO MRO Br) and a full member in Osteopathy BC (Society for the Promotion of Manual Practice Osteopathy) and Alberta Association of Osteopathic Manual Therapist (AAOMT). Osteopathy BC and the AAOMT recognize him. Both are members of both the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths (CFO) and the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA). Thiago works with babies, children, youth, adults, seniors, athletes, and dancers.

Brandon Thome – Certified Athletic Therapist

Prairie Therapy Osteopathy Christine

Brandon grew up in Medicine Hat, Alberta. After high school, Brandon moved west to attend the University of Calgary. He became certified in 2005 and moved to Edmonton to work with the U of A Varsity Athletics.

Since then, he 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. For that reason, he has been a prominent member of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine Team for the past ten years.

Jeff Peach – Certified Athletic Therapist

Prairie Therapy Osteopathy Christine

Jeff Peach – Certified Athletic Therapist

Jeff Peach was born in Campbell River, B.C. He grew up in Calgary, where he graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology (majoring in Athletic Therapy) and an Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University. He 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.

Before settling into a full-time role as an athletic therapist, Jeff was a professional baseball player. He now enjoys coaching youth ballplayers out of Absolute Baseball Academy.

Matthew DeGooijer – Certified Athletic Therapist

Prairie Therapy Athletic Therapist Matt

Matthew grew up on a farm in Kelliher, Saskatchewan. After high school, he completed his undergrad degree in Kinesiology from the University of Regina. He finished the Athletic Therapy program at Mount Royal University in 2014. Matthew has spent time working with varsity teams from both the U of R and Mount Royal. He was the head therapist for the Northstars Midget AAA hockey team and is now an Athletic Therapist at Rundle College.

Majlis Sofia Theander- Certified Athletic Therapist

Majlis graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and the Athletic Therapy program at Mount Royal University. She has been certified with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association since 2016. Majlis has worked with a Calgary football club for several seasons as well as para hockey athletes.

John Reinbolt – Certified Athletic Therapist

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. John spends much time on the road with the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine Team, 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 –  (currently on maternity leave)

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 ski racing. After a series of injuries, she decided to quit ski racing and go to school full time at the University of Calgary for Kinesiology and Athletic Therapy. Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology and a major in Athletic Therapy in 2012. She became a Certified Athletic Therapist the following November.

Since graduating, she has worked with a variety of sports teams within Calgary. Jessica has worked in clinical 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. She has her clients involved with all aspects of the process.

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