About Us

Clearwater Physical Therapy is a locally owned private clinic operated by a registered Physical Therapist that has been a proud member of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo for over 17 years.

Centrally located in Fort McMurray with a convenient location in Thickwood; our clinical team consists of registered Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists.

In addition to offering a full range of Physical Therapy services, we also provide acupuncture and dry needling, massage therapy, concussion management, and Employer Services just to name a few.

At Clearwater Physical Therapy we don’t just treat your injury, we treat you.

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Shellene Dirk

BScPT, MClSc, FCAMPT

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.

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Brendan Smith
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.

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Allie Wait
MSc PT

​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!

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Chantelle Reid

Physical Therapist

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 recently completed her Level 1 and 2 acupuncture training with Acupuncture Canada and is a certified Complete Concussion Management 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 and soccer.

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Kemi Ogunmuyiwa

Physical Therapist

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. 

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Kelie Slaney

Registered Massage Therapist

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 fo 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.

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Katharine Haywood

Registered Massage Therapist

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. 

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Natasha Johnston-Bellamy

Registered Massage Therapist

Natasha graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario in 2015.  She is now registered with the CMMOTA and resides in Fort McMurray.  Natasha offers both relaxation and therapeutic massage.  Each treatment plan is tailored to your individual needs using a broad range of pressure and techniques.

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Setshego Seloro

Registered Massage Therapist

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. 

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