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 16 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


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

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

​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!


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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