Meet Our Fully Registered & Licensed Therapists
The therapists at Pleasantview Physiotherapy Clinic have a deep passion for helping and healing their patients. With over 100 years of combined experience, the physical therapists have treated a wide variety of injuries. The team is constantly trying to improve their skills through post-graduate education in new methods of treatment. Browse below to meet our team members and to find out more about them.
Since receiving her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2006 and becoming co-owner of Pleasantview Physiotherapy Clinic, Brianna has continued expanding her knowledge base by completing a variety of postgraduate-level courses. This training has included topics ranging from manual therapy and functional dry needling to acupuncture.
In 2007, Brianna completed comprehensive vestibular-rehabilitation training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. As such, she has a special interest in treating individuals with vertigo, dizziness, imbalance, and other complex issues involving inner ear disorders. She has experience working at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in the Vestibular Disorders Clinic.
She is also passionate about working with those who suffer with chronic headaches/migraines, spinal disorders, and athletic injuries. In addition to her coursework, she is an examiner with the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators where she can play an active role in examining the competency of entry-level physiotherapists.
On A Personal Note
In her life outside the clinic, Brianna enjoys various outdoor activities: cross country skiing and backcountry hiking. She is a travel enthusiast with recent trips to Japan and Africa. Besides the outdoors and travel, Brianna also actively participates in serving both on a local and international level with her church.
Co-owner of Pleasantview Physiotherapy Clinic, Chris is a graduate from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Edmonton and began working in private practice. He continues on a lifelong path of learning and has completed a variety of postgraduate courses including Gunn IMS, acupuncture, functional dry needling, and TMJ management. He has also completed numerous mobilization and manipulation courses. His special interests lie in treating the elite and aging athlete, complex motor vehicle accident patients, chronic pain conditions, TMJ problems, and headaches.
Outside of work, Chris is a devoted husband and father of small two children. In his free time, he loves to golf, snowboard, and play basketball.
Ellen graduated from University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1990. Since graduating, she has worked in both hospitals and private practice settings. Ellen has completed numerous courses including diagnostic imaging, dry needling, acupuncture, manual therapy, neuroproprioceptive taping, and exercise therapy. She is authorized by the College of Physical Therapist of Alberta to order diagnostic imaging, in the use of dry needles, and to perform spinal manipulation. She is currently employed at 2 jobs: one at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital working in conjunction with physiatrists at the peripheral nerve injury clinic, and with amputees and complex musculoskeletal services, and part-time at Pleasantview Physiotherapy treating orthopedic conditions.
Ellen is fluent in Cantonese. Her special interest lies in treating musculoskeletal injuries and movement disorders such as Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, and tension neck and back syndrome. Ellen has been active in her profession as a Clinical Associate Professor of the University of Alberta and the examiner for the Physiotherapy National Exam Board.
Ellen is an avid traveler outside of work. She enjoys hiking, swimming, music, painting, and sharing the company of good friends.
Anne has been a physical therapist in private practice since graduating from the University of Alberta in 1997. She is invested in continuing education and over the years has done additional training in specialty areas like chronic pain, sports assessment and evaluating the jaw. In 2016 Anne completed a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Science and published a paper on rotator cuff tears in the shoulder.
In addition to treating all traditional physiotherapy problems like sprains/strains, car accidents, post-surgery or post-fracture problems, Anne has several areas of interest in her practice.
Exercise and Self Management
Function and performance are big priorities for Anne, and exercise is part of everyone's treatment. As an avid road and trail runner (and recovering CrossFitter!) she knows the importance of self maintenance. Learning how to help people take care of their own body and develop an exercise habit is her goal. She also offers Healthy Athlete assessments to look at specific movement and strength related to a person's sport or activity to offer guidance and treatment before an injury happens.
Anne has had a lot of success treating chronic pain in areas like the neck, shoulder, back and hip, often using Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). She has been a certified Gunn IMS practitioner since 2003 and has training in Active Release Techniques and other hands-on treatment methods.
TMD and Headaches
Another area of specialty for her is treating orofacial pain. This includes headaches, face pain and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain. She can also work with your dentist to help sort out these issues.
Jo-Anne did her Physiotherapy schooling in Ontario, where she was born into a family of Dutch immigrants. She began with a diploma from Mohawk College and McMaster University, later earning her BHScPT from McMaster. She has worked in hospitals, home care and private practice. Private Practice has been her home now for almost 30 years. Jo-Anne has been married for 35 years to her husband Richard and together they have 3 awesome adult children. When she is not at work at Pleasantview Physio you can find her working for her husband's Engineering company. Jo-Anne loves to cook and bake for her family and friends, read fiction and cookbooks, and tries to exercise regularly. Jo-Anne is very involved in her community church as well. She loves to travel whenever possible. Jo-Anne still enjoys her work after all these years and looks forward to meeting and working with every new client.
Rakesh is a committed, caring, and friendly physiotherapist with a great passion for helping people of all ages. He has 2 years of experience in supporting a variety of patients who are recovering from injuries and movement disorders. He is passionate about treating knee and shoulder injuries.
He has always been passionate about learning new things and the human body which led him to his bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy in 2012. From his experience, he strongly believes in creating individualized treatment and exercise programs.
Rakesh has a certificate to use Biomedical Dry Needling.
Outside of work Rakesh likes to play cricket and likes spending good quality time with family.
Jessica has a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University. She is proficient in treating a variety of injuries and conditions of the musculoskeletal (muscles and bones) system, including but not limited to low back and hip pain, TMJ dysfunction, post-surgical and osteoarthritis. She has a particular interest in working with individuals who have neurological conditions with dizziness and balance disruptions to improve falls prevention. With her background as a competitive varsity track & field athlete, she enjoys treating clients with sports injuries including running, jumping and throwing injuries. Additionally, she enjoys treating injuries related to the lower body including knee, ankle and foot.
Jessica is certified in pelvic health physiotherapy. As a pelvic health physiotherapist, Jessica works with women of all ages who have prolapse, pelvic pain (including pain with intercourse) and bladder/bowel dysfunction (including leakage/incontinence, urgency and frequency).
Jessica has a growing interest in working with mothers and parents during and post pregnancy. She enjoys helping them feel supported throughout their gestational journeys.
Jessica’s treatment plans utilize an active approach to rehabilitation with a primary focus on therapeutic exercise, education and strategies for nervous system regulation. A large part of her treatments are geared towards helping her clients understand, reconnect, and reclaim their bodies, empowering them to self manage their conditions. Health promotion and prehabilitation (to prevent injury) are vital to her clinical philosophy. When appropriate, she also incorporates manual/hands-on therapy: deep tissue massage, stretching, and joint mobilization.
When Jessica is not helping others achieve their functional goals, she is out putting her mind and body to the test running and biking Edmonton’s river valley, hiking in the Rockies, weight-lifting, sprinting, and performing the three-legged dog in her self led yoga practice. She is always looking for the next adventure and finding new ways to move. She is an avid traveller, having been to 21 countries (so far!), and enjoys a cozy coffee shop with a good book (usually a physio-related one that helps her further broaden her knowledge and skills!). Most importantly, she loves spending time with friends and family, especially her seven nieces.
Registered Massage Therapist
Trish graduated from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy in June 2018.
As a Functional Range Conditioning (FRC®) mobility practitioner and, a RAPID Neurofascial Reset practitioner, Trish helps everyone from office workers to athletes to increase and optimize range of motion; reduce everyday aches and pains, and minimize the risk of injury.
As a lifter and paddler, Trish understands the muscle tension and injuries that can accompany an active lifestyle. She enjoys working with people of all ages and stages of life, to achieve their individual movement and pain reduction goals.
For best results, prepare to be actively involved in each treatment session and be in ongoing communication with your therapist.
Registered Massage Therapist
Jocelyn graduated with Honours in 2019 from MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy. She is a member in good standing with MTAA.
Each of Jocelyn’s treatments is personalized to your daily needs, as well as long-term goals. She truly believes that home care is one of the most important aspects of pain management and a healthy lifestyle, and loves to give practical, accessible home care routines specific to you!
Jocelyn specializes in treating chronic pain, post-op recovery, TMJ dysfunction, and overuse/tendonitis. She enjoys using dynamic cupping to treat all of these conditions and more, as well as Gua Sha, when appropriate.
Jocelyn’s deep-rooted drive to foster both physical and mental well-being means your mind will feel just as good as your body by the time you leave her table!
Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
Peri completed her Physical Therapy degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Medical and Health Sciences, India. She holds a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy from Guru Nanak Dev University, India. She is currently working towards her license to practice physiotherapy in Canada.
Peri has 3+ years of experience working as a Physiotherapy assistant in Canada and has worked at Pleasantview Physiotherapy from July 2016.
Peri is hardworking, ready to take up any challenge of life abreast with the latest trends and is a team player with excellent communication skills. Peri is fluent in English, Punjabi and Hindi.
Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
Patient Care Coordinator
Tirah is a Patient Care Coordinator at Pleasantview Physiotherapy, just one of the voices behind the phone when you’re calling into the clinic.
She has worked in customer service for over 10 years, which comes with a high standard to make sure each patient leaves feeling as though they were treated with optimal care. In her spare time, Tirah enjoys photography, gardening, and spending time with her husband, son & two dogs!
Samantha is our weekend admin. She is a rare sighting in the clinic during the weekdays but you can find her smiling face at the front desk on weekends.
Guided by a desire to help others who are struggling, Samantha graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in psychology from the University of Alberta in 2017. Over the years, this developed into a particular interest on the impact of brain injuries and illness towards mental health and daily functioning. When it comes to health, she believes it is important to consider all aspects of life, including mental, physical, and social.
During her free time, Samantha likes to surround herself with stories from books, movies, and TV series. She gives equal love to all genres, and upon occasion will make her own attempts at writing some fiction. Good food and great conversation are two things Samantha finds difficult to resist.
As Clinical Director, Dawn is usually tucked away behind the scenes ensuring the clinic runs smoothly. However, from time to time you will find her working the front desk assisting patients or answering the phones.
Always passionate about helping others, Dawn graduated from Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Care, in 2012. Dawn moved to Canada from Ireland in 2015 and spent some time in hospitality management before joining the Pleasantview team.
When she’s not at the clinic, Dawn enjoys getting outdoors with her partner and their two dogs, socializing, and traveling.