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About Us

Clearwater Physical Therapy is a locally owned private clinic operated by a registered Physical Therapist. The organization has its roots in the   Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and has proudly served the public there for over 17 years.  Our centrally located clinic in Fort McMurray, AB., with a convenient location in Thickwood, serves the community with our great team of Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists. 

 

Our founder, Shellene Dirk, has followed her expansion dream to the Okanagan with a clinic in the heart of Vernon, BC. Our growing team of Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists are excited to serve the public and experience all that this great community has to offer. 

 

 We believe in the value of our employees and their contribution to the organization’s success. and are grateful for the old and new relationships we have created within our team, our clients and our community. Our clinic environments are purposefully open and inviting to facilitate the sense of belonging to our Clearwater group.  Family and friendship are very important to all of us and we strive to create that feeling of belonging for every client that trusts us with their health and wellness. At Clearwater Physical Therapy, we don't just treat your injury, we treat you. 

Mission Statement

To empower our team and clients   to experience their best lives. Collaboration with our allied health professional network, referral sources and business colleagues contribute to our client focused model for optimum health and wellness. 

Below are the core values upon which our clinic stands:

Integrity

Acting with integrity in the relationships with our employees, our clients, our community and our professions.

Transparency

Operate with transparency by communicating internally and externally honestly and responsibly.

Respect

Respecting ourselves, our colleagues and our clients to facilitate a nurturing and positive environment for everyone to succeed and have fun!

Happiness

We are committed to being courageous to create the best environment and culture for our team and our clients.

Courage

We strive to continuously engage with our team and our clients to foster happiness and a sense of general well-being.

Meet the Teams

Fort McMurray

Chantelle Reid

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BKin, MPthySt

Born and raised in Fort McMurray, Chantelle graduated from the University of Queensland with a Masters of Physical Therapy Studies. She completed her Bachelors of Kinesiology at the University of Alberta.

During her time at Clearwater Physical Therapy, Chantelle has completed her Level 3 acupuncture training with Acupuncture Canada and is a certified Complete Concussion Management and Pelvic Health practitioner. Chantelle focuses her treatment on functional exercise, education and manual therapy to get you back on track!

Chantelle loves the city of Fort McMurray, the people and the sense of community. She enjoys staying active by playing recreational ringette, hockey and soccer.

Brendan Smith

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MScPT, CAFCI

Originally from Gander NL, Brendan attended St. Francis Xavier University and graduated with an Honours degree in Kinesiology in 2008. After working for a year in St. John’s in the health and wellness field, he attended Dalhousie University and graduated in 2011 with his Master’s degree in Physiotherapy.

Brendan has been with Clearwater Physical Therapy for 8 years and now calls Fort McMurray home. He has always lead an active and healthy lifestyle as a former competitive swimmer and university level lacrosse player. He is currently an active member of the Northern Lights Triathlon Club and in the midst of training for a half Iron Man triathlon in 2016. His other interests include cooking, reading, travelling and watching hockey.

Brendan believes leading a healthy and active lifestyle is the best long term solution for everyone and part of his treatment is education and advice on home exercise so his clients are empowered to help themselves and reach their goals. Along with the education, his in-clinic treatment focuses primarily on manual therapy and needling techniques (both acupuncture and dry needling) for pain control and functional restoration.

Allie Wait

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MScPT

Allie has a special interest in pediatric physiotherapy and has been catering her practice to help kids starting from birth to be the best they can be and to achieve their goals. Previous experience working at Northern Lights Regional Health Center and at Alberta Children’s Hospital has allowed Allie to develop skills with a variety of neurological, and orthopedic conditions including but not limited to cerebral palsy, spina bifida, global developmental delay, down syndrome, autism, developmental coordination disorder, scoliosis, idiopathic toe walking, brachial plexus injury, plagiocephaly and torticollis.

 

Helping families and children attain goals and milestones through play and fun makes working with children a constantly changing and exciting job to have!

Kemi Ogunmuyiwa

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MScPT

Kemi graduated from the University of Lagos, Nigeria with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2010.  

Kemi enjoys helping her clients with a client centered treatment approach using manual techniques and exercise focused treatments. 

Kemi has recently joined the Clearwater team from Calgary.  Kemi and her family are happy to call Fort McMurray their new home and she is enjoying all that  Fort McMurray has to offer. 

Sky Craig

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BKin, MScPT, RYT 200

Sky completed her Master of Science in Physiotherapy in London, England and she holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia.

Originally from Vancouver Island, Sky loves the outdoors. She enjoys the scenery and activities Fort McMurray has to offer, although she is still adjusting to the cold winter temperatures. In her spare time she can be found lifting weights, cycling, snowshoeing, quading or on the way to the mountains for a weekend of hiking or snowboarding. Sky is also an avid yogi and is a certified instructor in vinyasa and yin styles.

Sky is very excited to be offering physical therapy services with her strong background in exercise and fitness.

Katharine Haywood

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RMT

Katharine received her diploma in Massage Therapy in 2004 from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon, BC. before moving to Fort McMurray.  Katharine joined the Clearwater team in May 2016.  When Katharine isn't working, she is out spending time with her family, camping or at the ski hill.

Katharine specializes in deep tissue therapeutic massage, pre and post natal massage, myofascial release, headaches, back/neck and shoulder pain. Katharine offers relaxation massage as well.

Kelie Slaney

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RMT

Kelie received her diploma for Massage Therapy  in 2010 from Academy Canada in St. John's NL. She registered with the MTAA in 2011 and worked in Brooks, AB.  before moving to Fort McMurray in 2013 and joining the Clearwater team!

Kelie likes to include a combination of Swedish Massage techniques, soft tissue release, trigger point therapy and cupping into her massage treatments. Her main focus is deep tissue/therapeutic massage but can also offer excellent relaxation techniques.

Kelie has additional certification in pre/postnatal massage and taping, cesarean scar massage, breast massage focusing on breast pain/congestions. blocked milk ducts during lactation as well as post surgical (mastectomy, augmentation/reduction), non-internal pelvic health, TMJ dysfunction and aromatherapy massage.

Setshego Seloro

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RMT

Setshego is a welcome addition back to the Clearwater team!  She has completed her training in 2019  at Alberta College of Massage Therapy in Fort McMurray and is enjoying her new career immensely!  She values client interaction and strives to ensure each of her clients receives a great treatment every visit to her table. 

Vernon

Shellene Dirk

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BScPT, MClSC, FCAMP

Clearwater Physical Therapy owner Shellene became a health-minded entrepreneur in 2003 and has ambitiously managed and worked within her own company ever since. A native of Turtleford, Sask., she graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Saskatchewan.

Shellene moved to Fort McMurray, AB in 1999 as a practicing Physical Therapist but felt the region was lacking a clinic with heart. Clearwater Physical Therapy opened its doors as a clinic where patients, employers, and employees felt empowered to pursue positive objectives. Shellene and her clinic’s intentions have always gone far beyond injury treatment with a collaborative focus on patient wellness.

Lucas Hampel

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BSc (Hons), MScPT, RYT 300

Born and raised in Kamloops, British Columbia, Lucas has been steeped in the outdoors and wellness communities throughout his entire life. An early practitioner of yoga and meditation, he took and completed his Masters of Physiotherapy in London England in 2021 to further develop his practice and understanding of movement and activity.

Lucas's keen interest in health and wellness has drawn him to exploring an array of other fields of wellbeing, including Chronic Pain management, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for mental health or physical disability, and discussing alternate modalities that can benefit one's recovery journey. Come in and have a chat with Lucas if you ever want to explore what aspects of your lifestyle could be impacting your recovery.

Brittany
Niemantsverdriet

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MScPT, Intuitive Coach, Energy Practitioner

Since graduating in 2011 from the University of Alberta with her Master’s in Physical Therapy, Brittany has been exploring and expanding her knowledge of the physical body and how it heals. She has discovered through personal and professional experience that approaching the body holistically, as a multi-layered being, allows us to improve our capacity to heal and pursue the things we love. For her, that means having the freedom and ability to travel and explore nature, and being in alignment allows her to do those things in abundance. 

 

Brittany has designed a unique blend of Physical Therapy, Intuitive Coaching, and Energetic Healing to guide you back into alignment in your physical, emotional and spiritual bodies and get you back to the things you love with ease. With this approach, she guides you to the root issue of your pain, providing you with an individualized roadmap to heal your body.

Nicole Strachan

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BSc, MScPT

Nicole is Okanagan born and raised, living in Kelowna for most of her life. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. She also holds a Bachelor of Human Kinetics in Clinical Exercise Physiology with a minor in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

Throughout this schooling experience, she has learned the importance of activity in mental and physical wellbeing. As such, she has always tried to lead an active lifestyle and has a background in a variety of activities, including classical dance where she trained for 14 years. As well, she plays volleyball, and enjoys running, skiing, hiking, and biking. Exercise has been her solace throughout the years and believes it is important in whole body and psychological wellness.

Her approach to physiotherapy treatment is to empower clients to take control of their rehabilitation journey. Nicole applies a client-centered approach in treatment and care planning as she believes is vital to the recovery process. She will work with you to determine what your physiotherapy needs are and keep you engaged in the process of care. Her approach incorporates the benefits of hands-on manual therapies with exercise and home exercise programs to help create lasting changes.  

Andrea Bremner

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BSc (Kin), Reception, Administration

Hello! I am Andrea, our receptionist and front desk manager!