Physiotherapy

A modern approach to physiotherapy, focussed on teamwork and education.

Our team is committed to the quality of your care

Our Physiotherapists demonstrate proficiency in both Advanced Manual Therapy and Advanced Exercise principles. This combination has proven highly effective in the treatment of acute and chronic orthopaedic musculo-skeletal disorders. We are proud to focus on the quality of each patient’s care, not the quantity of patients cared for – spending 60 minutes on assessments and 30 minutes on subsequent visits.

Physiotherapy at Pure is offered with a strong team dynamic. We mentor regularly as a team, challenging each other’s skills and knowledge with the end goal of making each and every patient interaction the best experience possible. We frequently discuss clients to ensure multiple views and suggestions on client’s treatment plans. We want you to get better as fast and as efficiently as possible! Let us help you!

As we believe strongly in progressive education, our therapists continually strive to use current trends and research principles in clinic. Among our staff, we are involved strongly with the College of Rehabilitation Services at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

We offer shadowing and mentoring opportunities, placements as well as internships to students or physiotherapists within the community. We are involved in the post-graduate advanced orthopaedic system for physiotherapists wanting to improve their manual therapy and clinical reasoning skills. We are also involved as instructors or guest lecturers at the school for advanced exercise principles, anatomy and injuries of the lower extremity, footwear, as well as advanced sports physiotherapy courses.

Our Physiotherapists

Aynsley Walker
Aynsley Walker

Aynsley comes from a very active family and has participated in sports all her life. After numerous trips to the physiotherapist for various injuries, she realized her deep interest in the field of physiotherapy. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (PT) degree in 2008 and has worked in private practice treating a wide range of orthopaedic conditions since. She is passionate about physiotherapy and loves helping people return to their pre-injury condition, or better!

“I can relate to the setbacks an injury can cause. It is extremely rewarding to help clients return to training and reach their goals.”

Aynsley is very dedicated to the profession of physiotherapy. She is committed to continuing her education through advanced exercise, manual therapy, and acupuncture courses, as well as mentoring students who are beginning their careers. She is enthusiastic, personable and loves the problem-solving component of her job. She believes that no two injuries are exactly the same and is committed to tailoring a customized treatment plan that includes exercise rehabilitation combined with manual therapy to meet each client’s individual needs and goals.

Physiotherapist
Maryline Lord
Maryline Lord

Maryline graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (PT) in 2011. Since then she has worked in private practice as well as a brief period in stroke and brain injury rehabilitation. Maryline has also been a team physiotherapist for the St. Vital Mustangs football team and the Manitoba Fearless women’s tackle football team as well as covering various other sporting events including the Roar of the Rings Curling Olympic Trials.

Growing up in the active community of Falcon Lake since she was 10, Maryline was involved with many different outdoor activities. These included biathlon, cross-country running, snowshoeing, cycling and snowboarding. It was her love of physical activity combined with her own experience as a client that made her decide to become a physiotherapist.

Maryline finds it so fulfilling to see her clients progress through injury, and how much physiotherapy can enhance their quality of life. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of exercise and rehabilitation, as well as providing hands-on therapy to help her clients achieve their goals and participate actively in all aspects of life.

Physiotherapist
Quinn Taylor
Quinn Taylor

Quinn took a relatively circuitous route to becoming a physiotherapist. As a business student at UBC, he spent most of his days dreaming of playing ultimate, his first true athletic passion. Quinn has had an accomplished ultimate career, playing for junior team Canada and a variety of national caliber teams at the junior, university, and club level, including Winnipeg’s General Strike.

When Quinn realized that his future did not involve sitting behind a desk, he chose to forgo law school and instead direct his energy towards studying human movement. Quinn became a respected CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting coach, and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Master of Physical Therapy in 2016.

Quinn’s energy and passion for teaching allow him to fit right in with the established team at Pure Lifestyle. He continues to pursue further education in manual therapy and advanced exercise progression, and is an active member of the Sport Physiotherapy Manitoba executive committee.

Quinn strives to practice what he preaches, and when not treating clients he can be found practicing the movements he prescribes. Outside of the gym, he enjoys exploring parks and trails around the province, spending time with family, and coaching weightlifters at local competitions.

Physiotherapist
Russ Horbal
Russ Horbal

A recognizable face in the physiotherapy community, Russ brings more than 40 years of sports medicine and rehabilitation experience to our team. He has a wealth of clinical and educational experience in caring for musculoskeletal injuries – particularly conditions of the foot and ankle. He has a passionate commitment to helping patients “make themselves better” and is dedicated to bringing leading-edge, evidence-based orthopaedic and sports medicine treatment options to both patients and professionals.

Russ was one of the founding partners and clinic co-directors of the Sports Physiotherapy Centre at the Pan Am Clinic. Today, when not treating patients at Pure, he serves as an instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

Russ believes strongly in the importance of continuing education and provides educational opportunities to fellow therapists through professional development events, conferences and workshops.

Russ greatly values giving back to the amateur sports community and has spent his life volunteering at local, provincial, national and international levels. (He can’t forget high school sports, junior football and hockey and university athletics – the places he planted his volunteering roots!) Lifetime highlights include being part of the Canadian Medical Team for three Olympic Games and numerous Pan American and World University Games. Russ served as Medical Services Coordinator for many local international-scale events like the ’99 Pan Am Games, ’99 World Junior Hockey Championships, Briers and World Curling Championships, Manitoba Marathons and PGA Tour Canada Players Cup.

In addition to his volunteerism, Russ has been involved in professional sports – first as an assistant trainer for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and later as head trainer for the Winnipeg Jets. He is presently the Physiotherapy Consultant for the Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club and the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club.

Russ actively gives back to his profession. He has sat on various physiotherapy and sports medicine related committees and boards locally, provincially and nationally. He is also the Past President of the Sports Medicine Council of Manitoba. Russ presently sits on the Sport Manitoba Concussion Steering Committee. Russ is a mentor and national examiner in the Education Committee of the Sport Physiotherapy Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

For his lifelong commitment to the profession, Russ was recognized by the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association by being awarded the Susan A. Macdonald Memorial Award in recognition of outstanding contributions, perpetuating excellence and positively influencing others towards higher levels of achievement in the physiotherapy profession. He was also awarded the Sport Physiotherapy Canada – Manitoba Membership Award that acknowledges contributions to the Sport Physiotherapy Community. Similarly, Russ received the Manitoba Athletic Therapy Association – Chuck Badcock Special Recognition Award in for outstanding contribution to the profession of Athletic Therapy.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to be part of the dynamic team at Pure Lifestyle. Their mission to provide thorough and evidence-based care through quality assessments and treatments and ongoing training and education completely matches my lifelong philosophy. My hope is to complement their team with my experience and passion.”

Physiotherapist
Sitha Soung
Sitha Soung

Sitha graduated from the University of Manitoba with his Bachelor of Kinesiology – Athletic Therapy degree in 2015 and continued on to complete his Masters in Physical Therapy in 2017.

During his studies, Sitha developed a keen interest in integrating principles of exercise and sports performance into individualized rehabilitation plans to help his clients return to function with an improved quality of life!

Sitha brings with him extensive experience working with athletes of all ages and skill levels. Over the years, Sitha has worked with the Manitoba Soccer Association Provincial soccer team, Bison’s football and soccer programs, and currently covers many Winnipeg high school football games. In addition, Sitha has covered a variety of international, national and provincial competitions in volleyball, baseball, triathlon, tennis, hockey, taekwondo, rugby, gymnastics, basketball, ultimate and golf.

Sitha’s commitment to quality care and active-based rehabilitation aligns perfectly with the philosophy at Pure Lifestyle. As a lifelong learner, Sitha is continually looking to advance his skills in manual therapy and advanced exercise and enjoys giving back to his profession by volunteering at the CoRS Open House, Siloam Mission, the Department of Physical Therapy’s MMI’s, and the WRHA Mobile Falls Clinics. In addition, Sitha is an active member of the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association’s Professional Development and Sport Physiotherapy committees.

“I am blessed and honoured to be given the opportunity to join the Pure Lifestyle team and to work alongside professionals who I consider to be leaders in our field. I strive to uphold the same quality of client-centered care to help our clients safely return to sport, work and function!”.

Physiotherapist
Steve Moerman
Steve Moerman

Steve completed his Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba in 2008, and then went on to complete his Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (PT) in 2013 also from the University of Manitoba. As a student he found his passion in orthopaedics, sports physiotherapy and advanced exercise. With 5 years of personal training experience, Steve thrives in the gym atmosphere that Pure provides.

“I have always had a passions for health, wellness and fitness. I love how at Pure we have bridged the gap between physiotherapy and fitness training. The two go hand in hand and I believe it is the future of our profession.”

In 2018 Steve completed a Master’s of Clinical Science in Advanced Health Care Practice (Manipulative Therapy) from the University of Western Ontario where he also became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists. Since then Steve has developed a passion for evidenced based practice and leadership within the physiotherapy profession.

Steve is extremely hard working, and takes pride in all the he puts his hands to. He loves the different opportunities that a career as a physiotherapist offers and is committed to lifelong learning.

Manager of Physiotherapy
Matthew Short
Matthew Short

Matthew graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree in 2017, then went on to complete his Master’s of Physical Therapy Degree in 2019 also at the U of M.

Growing up, Matt competed in various sports including volleyball, basketball, golf, baseball, badminton, and soccer, but it was the sport of ice hockey that he excelled at. He competed at the provincial level in Manitoba and has also worked as a goaltending coach for various organizations throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan. It was through hockey that he was first exposed to physiotherapy, as he sought physio services for many years due to a congenital hip condition.

Matt also brings several years of experience working as a strength and conditioning coach in multiple gyms throughout Winnipeg, including the University of Manitoba Bison’s weight room. It was in these positions that he developed knowledge and proficiency related to exercise prescription for various populations. This background experience has fostered Matt’s preference for an active-based rehabilitation approach to help clients return to, or surpass their previous level of functioning, and it aligns perfectly with Pure Lifestyle’s approach to care.

Matt believes strongly in the importance of continuing education and being a lifelong learner. He loves to regularly listen to podcasts and audiobooks relating to physiotherapy, exercise, nutrition and social psychology. He also plans to pursue further education and certifications relating to manual therapy, advanced exercise prescription, pain science and acupuncture. Along with some of the other Pure Lifestyle staff, Matt is an active member of the Sports Physiotherapy Manitoba executive committee and is excited to participate in its duties for the years to come.

Matt’s philosophy for care is straightforward: provide clients with the tools and education that will help them take control of their health, manage their injuries and gain confidence in moving.

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