Physiotherapists

Joanna Smith

I graduated from the University of Alberta in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Since graduation, I have completed post-graduate courses in manual therapy, GunnIMS, acupuncture, the McKenzie Method and pelvic floor rehabilitation.

I can help you restore optimal function and teach you how to prevent re-occurrence of your injury; whether you have injured yourself in a motor vehicle accident, at work, playing sports, with pregnancy and delivery or during your day-to-day activities. I often see clients with headaches, neck and back pain, shoulder dysfunction, knees injuries, repetitive strain injuries and women’s health concerns (i.e. bowel and bladder dysfunction, cystocele/rectocele/uterine prolapse, pelvic pain).

I also have a special interest in Infant Head Shape, Congenital Muscular Torticollis, and women's health. There has been a notable increase in head shape changes (plagiocephaly/brachycephaly) in infants since recommending they sleep on their backs. Get treatment early for the most optimal results if notice your baby has a change in head shape, facial asymmetry, or looks in the same direction all the time. In my spare time I love to workout, ski, bike, garden, travel and most of all spend time with my family!


Joey Kristoffersen

Joey has been a staple at Northern Hills Sport Physiotherapy since he received his Master's in Physiotherapy at the University of Alberta in January 2008. His unique perspective of diagnostic troubleshooting has made him a valuable resource for team members and clients alike.

Joey reluctantly continues to work as needed but without a doubt would rather make a living playing his guitar in front of sold out stadiums with his band Don Coyote and filling free time with his biking and travelling passions.

We have seen Joey develop as a PT, a father, an avid outdoor enthusiast and a performer over the last decade and are very proud to have him onboard!

Having the consistency ot Joe on staff keeps his happy clientel referring his expertise and the machine rolling along. 

He has currently added IMS / Dry Needling ot his treatment repitrior.  


BreAnne Henry

As a graduate of the MScPT program from the University of Alberta, I have been fortunate to have surrounded myself with many amazing Health Care Practitioners, and continue to do so amongst the amazing team of professionals at Northern Hills Sport Physiotherapy.

In my life, the line between career and hobby has become very blurry. My passion for physiotherapy stems from a combination of wellness-fed hobbies and a strong desire to help others achieve their best. I have worn many hats- from being a group fitness instructor, to a lifeguard, to a dance teacher, to conducting concussion-related tests on hockey players. I believe in evidence-based practice and by being part of the research community, I am able to remain up to date on the newest treatment techniques and principles. I have always been involved in team activities, and that is how I choose to base my treatment. We become a team. You share your background and your rehabilitation goals and I share my knowledge. Together, we progress you back to the activities that you enjoy. This creativity and teamwork within individualized treatment plans is a key principle to success. My background as a competitive dancer has enabled me to effectively ‘choreograph’ your treatment plan to best suit your needs and your unique lifestyle. I enjoy treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries, vestibular conditions, and am a Certified Complete Concussion Management Provider.

I am originally from the flatlands of Saskatchewan, and moved to Calgary 7 years ago to be closer to the mountains. Outside of the physio clinic, I enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and taking every opportunity to enjoy nature’s beauty. I find that running helps to clear my mind, and dancing makes my heart sing. My hope is that through treatment of your injury/condition, together we can get you back to what you love to do as well. I look forward to learning more about you!


Stephanie Lahey


Stephanie graduated from the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England) in 2018 with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy. 

Before completing her physiotherapy degree, Stephanie attended university in North Dakota on a softball scholarship. Playing high level softball, as well as her participation in various other sports has allowed her to develop a further understanding of rehabilitation of athletes. Stephanie’s participation in sports throughout her life has led her to develop a strong passion for healthy living, active rehabilitation and a career in Physiotherapy. 

 In addition to her focus on muskuloskeletal injuries, Stephanie has a passion for treating paediatric populations. She has experience treating children with autism, cerebral palsy, and various other developmental delays. Stephanie also has experience treating Congenital Muscular Torticollis and plagiocephaly in infants. 

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys travelling, hiking, running, snowboarding, cross country skiing, playing volleyball, softball and anything else to keep active! 


Magda Schlegel

Magda is a good U of Sask grad...Go Huskies!!!  

I graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2010 and from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015 with a Masters of Physical Therapy. Since graduation from Physiotherapy I have continued to take courses to further my skills in manual therapy having completed the Level 2 courses with the Orthopaedic Division of Canadian Physiotherapy Association and biomedical dry needling certification.

I have strong background in exercise physiology and exercise prescription from working as a kinesiologist in cardiac rehabilitation as well as completing the ACSM - Certified Exercise Specialist and the CSEP - Certified Exercise Physiologist certifications. I truly believe that exercise is medicine!

My love for movement comes from my background as a dancer and dance teacher here in Calgary. I have completed the Grade 8 Royal Academy of Dance examination with Distinction and I have a special interest in working with dancers. I am also a member of Healthy Dancer Canada.

Currently, I enjoy staying active by running, hiking, kayaking, and downhill skiing.

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Vikram Arora

I graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from DAV Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation in the city of Jalandhar, province Punjab in India. DAV is the oldest and pioneer institutes in northern India affiliated to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences. After graduation, I worked for five years in a tertiary level hospital, SPS hospitals in India where I had a chance to work with a variety of patients ranging from acute musculoskeletal and neurological injuries, geriatrics, pediatrics, obs and gynae as well as chronic injuries, post-surgical rehab and with patients in Intensive care units.

My major areas of work are musculoskeletal injuries and post-surgical rehab. I use my expertise to treat MVA and work-related injuries as well as acute sports injuries. I use manual therapy, Acupuncture, Dry Needling/IMS, Peripheral Manipulation and K-taping in my clinical practice. The key focus is on patient education, injury prevention and what to do and not do after any injury/problem, along with providing adequate treatment for full function in daily life. I believe that a home exercise program also keeps patients active and brings out the best results, if followed diligently.

I believe effective communication is the key to success and I speak Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu in addition to English. I am a firm believer in life-long learning and I am very keen to develop my skills by taking a lot of post-graduate courses to learn new techniques and advancements in patient care. The recent one I took is Concussion: Prevention, Detection and Management.

When not working, I enjoy going for long drives and appreciate the beauty of nature. I love to spend time with my family and friends.

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Hannah Williams


Hannah Williams graduated with honours from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science then completed a Masters of Science in physiotherapy at Dalhousie University. She has completed additional post-graduate training including functional dry needling, myofascial release, and concussion management. She has further developed her orthopaedic skills with active rehab courses with a specific focus on shoulder and hip injuries. 

Hannah combines techniques such as IMS and myofascial release with her expertise in anatomy and functional exercise to provide active rehabilitation programs individualized to meet her patient’s unique goals. In addition to her focus on orthopaedic injuries, Hannah also has a special interest in paediatric physiotherapy, helping individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, or developmental delays to improve their ability to physically engage with their community and achieve their goals. When not working, Hannah uses every opportunity to be outdoors, either hiking, snowshoeing, or back country camping. 

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Tiny Jacob

Tiny Jacob is passionate about the wonderful healing methods of rehabilitation medicine, started his career as a Physiotherapist in India. He worked as a chief physiotherapist for more than a decade in a super specialty hospital in India, before moving to Canada. In Canada he was introduced to Canadian health care system as a Physiotherapy assistant while he was preparing for his license exam. Tiny worked as a Physiotherapist in B C health and later moved back to Calgary to join as a Physiotherapist in the Clinical settings. He is experienced in treating musculo-skeletal and neurological conditions and strongly advocates evidence based practice.

Apart from work, Tiny enjoys exploring nature, fishing, biking and spending time with his lovely family. He is also keen in learning languages and Church history.

Tiny strongly believes in the magnificent words “Listen to your body, cure lies within you”.

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Sage Singh

Born and brought up in Himalayas, I graduated from HNB Garhwal University in Dehradun, India.

During my Internship I completed postings that include working in Intensive care unit and surgery to working in paediatrics, geriatrics and psychiatry. Thereafter I gained clinical experience in various outpatient settings and sports centres to treating patients in inpatient hospitals. I had chance to observe and help in multiple live surgeries, all of which helped me in gaining insight view and to understand the human body and its functionality in a much better way.

My experience includes treating a wide spectrum of patient population from top level sportsmen to everyday office going population. I have seen and helped individuals recovering from a wide range of acute injuries and surgeries to individuals addressing lifelong chronic ailments.

I use manual therapy, exercise and electrotherapy, myofascial release techniques and education to work with my clients. I have training in Mulligans concept manual therapy for spine, upper and lower limb.

I believes that truly listening to what our bodies are telling us is the key to the process of faster recovery. 

 

I was involved in various sports in school. Injuries sustained during those times and subsequent recovery were the main reason behind my interest for physical therapy as a healing science, which subsequently became my profession after that. I don't miss a chance to travel and hike outdoors. As an avid sports enthusiast, I watch all sports. I love playing soccer and cricket. Capturing nature and  wildlife with my camera is another of my passion.

I love attending various events around town with family and friends.

I am fluent in English, Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu.

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Graham Matheos

I am the founder and owner of Northern Hills Sport Physiotherapy. I was initially interested in Physiotherapy, like a lot of other PT's after being treated for several injuries as a younger adult. The profession enticed me with the work environment. I found PT clinics to be a laid back environment to work in and an environment where the therapists were faced with a variety of challenging issues to deal with thus continuing to keep them on their toes and not allowing them to get bored with working on the same thing over and over. 20 years into my career I have found that I really enjoy my job, the social interaction and being able to help individuals has been an added bonus.

I was trained in my home town of Saskatoon at the U of S, yes I bleed green (Go Riders!!!) and furthered my skills with manual courses including being a Manipulative Therapist. I am a certified acupuncture and Intra muscular Stimulation (IMS) Practitioner which has been a huge asset to my practice. I emphasize client input to their rehab and educate them on anatomy, injury pathology, home programs, ergonomics with regards to not only work but home and recreational activities. I find that the more involved a client is with their own rehab, the better they do in achieving and maintaining optimal health. In the end it all adds up to being able to do what you love and being pain free doing it, thus allowing you to enjoy it as much as possible.

I think this is my goal. I love work but I love to play even more. Mostly that is being able to play hockey, hike, surf, wakeboard, snowboard, mountain, motor and road bike and horseplay at a level that my kids are pushing me to. As they get older I find that my years of being able to beat them at everything is limited and I plan on giving them a run for their money for years to come. As a result, my own rehab and maintenance is important and I practice what I preach for the most part and so far so good. So bring it on Joey, Ellie, and Sammy!

Owning a clinic has been a great challenge for me in the past 18 years. Business has been something that I have learned on the go and I have found that the saying, 'you are only as good as your weakest link' holds true. I know that Northern Hills Physiotherapy has been a great place for patients, and workers alike due to my success in staffing. I pride myself in this aspect and put a lot of emphasis on who I hire to ensure a great work environment and a great place for people to receive treatment. I hire high level therapists, with personalities that fit our professional, relaxed and productive atmosphere. This has resulted in a culture that people like to work in and where clients get results!