Prairie Therapy Team
Back Row: Matt DeGooijer, Jeff Peach, John Reinbolt, Brandon Thome, Coel PerryFront Row: Christine Dixon, Kate Trippier, Cindy Gonzalez, Dani O’Reilly, Dr. Alanna (Lani) Pickering, Jessica ReinboltMissing from photo: Ashley Dufour, Jeremy Kozuback
Click on any of the names below to meet the Prairie Therapy Team members:
Ashley Dufour – Registered Massage Therapist
Ashley Dufour – Registered Massage Therapist – Calgary
Ashley has been working as a Registered Massage Therapist since she completed her training in a 3000 hour program at WCCMT, in New Westminster BC in 2012. She has treated a variety of conditions from head to toe, ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica to plantar fasciitis and headaches. Ashley has always enjoyed the challenges thrown her way when it comes to manual therapy and bringing balance back to the human body.During her education she completed a number of outreaches around the city, including the high risk pregnancy ward at BC Women’s Hospital, the burns and trauma unit at VGH, and the Canuck Place children’s hospice. She worked in the MS and pre/post natal clinics at school, and has treated a variety of athletes in all stages of training and healing.Ashley recently made the move back to Calgary to be closer to family and friends. She is very excited to be joining the team at Prairie Therapy, and hopes to meet all of your treatment needs.
Dr. Alanna (Lani) Pickering – Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist
Dr. Alanna (Lani) Pickering -Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Registered Acupuncturist, Registered 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.
Brandon Thome – Athletic Therapist
Brandon Thome – Certified Athletic Therapist
Brandon grew up in Medicine Hat, Alberta. After high school, Brandon moved west to attend the University of Calgary. He became certified 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 the Prairie Therapy venture. Brandon’s long term goal is to see athletic therapy thrive in rural settings. Thus we have started a satellite clinic in Rocky Mountain House. Fittingly, he has been a prominent member of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine Team for the past 10 years, and currently serves as Vice President.
Christine Dixon – Osteopathic Manual Therapist, Athletic Therapist (currently on maternity leave)
Christine Dixon – Osteopathic Manual Therapist, Certified 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.
Cindy Gonzalez – Registered Massage Therapist, Traditional Chinese Medicine student
Cindy Gonzalez – Registered Massage Therapist, Student of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Cindy Gonzalez 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.
Dani O’Reilly – Office Manager (currently on maternity leave)
Dani O’Reilly – Office Manager
What began as a casual reception position helping out has – three years later – turned into full time as our office manager.Dani grew up in Medicine Hat, AB and trained as a competitive gymnast until 2003. After high school she graduated from the University of Alberta in 2011 with a Bachelor of Education. After living in a few different cities and teaching elementary school, Dani and her husband moved back to Calgary in 2015. Casual help at Prairie Therapy seamlessly turned into part time work, and eventually led to full-time. Dani has recently returned to work after maternity leave with her first son. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and their dog and grabbing some wine with friends.
Jacinda Gilliland – Office Manager
Jacinda brings more than 10 years of management and leadership experience to the team. With her years of working in the health and wellness industry in leadership roles at large multidisciplinary clinics, Jacinda excels in helping patients make educated choices about all the Prairie Therapy’s services to assist them in their journey to good health.
Jacinda prides herself in creating a welcoming clinic environment where staff and patients feel the cohesiveness of the entire team and clinic. She’s motivated by numbers and big goals and has an innate ability to see opportunities. The leadership, mentorship and vision required to lead a successful team is another inspiration for her.
Jacinda is a board game and sci-fi nerd and a lover of true crime documentaries. Jacinda also loves working with animals and she volunteers her time with various animal charities in Calgary. When she is not engaging friends and new acquaintances in conversations over dinner or coffee, she enjoys hiking and taking long walks (also with company) and reading.
She is very excited to be a part of the Prairie Therapy team and looks forward to meeting you!
Jackie Caione – Osteopathic Manual Therapist, Athletic Therapist
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. 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.
Jeff Peach – Athletic Therapist
Jeff Peach – Certified 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 Sport 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 ball players out of Absolute Baseball Academy.
Jessica Reinbolt – Athletic Therapist – (currently on maternity leave)
Jessica Reinbolt – Certified 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.
John Reinbolt – Athletic Therapist
John Reinbolt – Certified 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.
Matthew DeGooijer – Athletic Therapist
Matthew DeGooijer – Certified Athletic Therapist
Matthew grew up on a farm in Kelliher, Saskatchewan. After high school, Matthew completed his undergrad degree in Kinesiology from the University of Regina. He completed the athletic therapy program at Mount Royal University and became certified with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association in 2014. Matthew has spent time working with varsity teams from both the U of R and Mount Royal. Matthew was the head therapist for the Northstars Midget AAA hockey team for years, and is now the Athletic Therapist at Rundle College.
Russ Gothard – Physiotherapist
Russ Gothard – Physiotherapist
Russ believes the true goal of physio should be helping people realize they are stronger than their problem or pain, and then helping them become independent in achieving their goals.
Russ’s approach to rehab is based 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 to more effectively control the body, thus reducing pain and improving performance.
Before finding his calling as a physiotherapist, Russ was at various times a psychology researcher, bartender, caregiver, framer, social support worker for Canadian military families in Italy, and 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 when it’s warm, or playing music and watching bad movies with his cat Spike when it’s cold.
Kristy Wu – Physiotherapist
Kristy completed her undergraduate degree in Foods and Nutrition at the University of Prince Edward Island in 2013, after which she graduated from the University of Alberta’s Master of Science in Physical Therapy program. Kristy continually seeks additional certification in her field, and has obtained her Level 1 Manual Therapy certification and Functional Dry Needling.
Kristy has always been involved in athletics, having competed as varsity field hockey player during her undergraduate degree, which has allowed her to gain a better understanding of sport related injuries and human kinetics. She believes successful rehabilitation is a combination of exercise, manual therapy, and hard work.
In her free time, Kristy enjoys running, biking, golfing and hiking.
What Can You Expect When You See a Prairie Therapy Team Member?
Every patient will receive a detailed description of your injury which includes: the anatomical structures involved, as well as a detailed home program to do on your own outside of the clinic setting. Your injury does not stop when you leave our office and neither should your rehab. Each patient will also receive injury prevention tips to prevent re-injury. Our goal at Prairie Therapy Inc. is to get every patient back in the shortest amount of time possible, this means we help through the entire rehabilitation process. If you injury is an injury that needs to be referred on to another health care practitioner, we will ensure you get to the proper provider as quickly as possible.
As a patient of the Prairie Therapy Team, you will receive one on one treatment from professionals with a wide range of experience. Our therapists have worked with programs such as the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Calgary Vipers, Abbotsford Heat, Canadian Pro Rodeo, as well as the University of Calgary and University of Alberta Varsity Athletes. Each patient will receive unique injury rehabilitation tailored to the individual and activity level taking into consideration their goals and needs, that will allow the patient to get better in the shortest amount of time possible.
How is the Prairie Therapy Team Different?
The Prairie Therapy Team is dedicated to getting you back to pre-injury status as quickly as possible and in the fewest number of visits. We believe that rehabilitation does not only happen in the clinic setting. In fact, we believe most of your recovery will occur in your own home. Every patient leaves our clinics with a detailed home program and instructions for what you should be until you see us again.
“If we can’t get you back to where you want to be, we will find someone who can.”