Our team is committed to the quality of your care
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!
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.
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Pure Lifestyle is a leader in ACL rehabilitation. Through our therapist’s experiences with assisting to teach ACL courses to physiotherapists and athletic therapists, to presenting at various conferences and extra-curricular courses, we understand the most effective and efficient way to get you back to sport.
Each rehabilitation program will follow activity progressions including knee mobility, gait re-education, hip and knee stability exercises with progression to plyometrics and sport specific movement patterns when appropriate. Our therapists understand that incorporating sport specific exercise into the rehabilitation process is critical to improve athlete confidence. Regardless of the competitive level or type of sport or activity, at Pure we will tailor your rehabilitation program to optimize your athletic performance.
Foot and Ankle Injuries
Thanks to an important combination of staying on top of the most current research as well as having a great deal of Pure is fortunate to have leading experts in the field of injuries arising from the foot and ankle. We will work hard towards helping you with your pain and get you back to the activities you enjoy.
Some common foot and ankle problems that patients present with are plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinitis, shin splints, ankle sprains and big toe pain. Rehabilitation of the foot and ankle is based on a thorough biomechanical assessment of how your whole body works. With this assessment, specific problems of how your body works are identified. A thorough rehabilitation program follows to help diminish pain, stretch out tight structures, strengthen weak structures, get parts moving in a more efficient way, and assist the retraining of specific movement patterns.
A complete treatment program for your foot and ankle problem may include, but may not be limited to: therapeutic modalities, manual therapy, stretching/strengthening, biomechanical re-education exercises, instruction on proper footwear, and the use of orthotics or braces.
As an important part of the treatment, we’ll attempt to educate you on what your problem is, why it’s happening and what we can do to improve the situation together. Treatment intervention will be initiated within the clinic but more importantly is the inclusion of a home exercise and care regime. We’ll direct you on what you need to do, and what not to do (at home, at work, with daily activities and with your fitness regime) to improve you symptoms and function. We at Pure, can apply therapeutic techniques try to help you get better but more importantly our philosophy is that we’ll point you in the right direction to “make yourself better”.
Chronic Low Back Pain
Our physiotherapists and kinesiologists are trusted by Winnipeg’s top orthopaedic spinal surgeons to deliver spinal rehabilitation programming.
Our consistent communication with the orthopaedic surgeon allows us to understand the entire picture and treat your back to the fullest extent.
A high percentage of patients that eventually get a consultation with a spinal surgeon will learn that they are not considered a candidate for surgery. This is a long wait to learn that therapeutic exercise and lifestyle counselling will aid in their recovery. Whether you need surgery, or are suffering from a long-standing back injury that does not require surgical intervention, we can help. What sets us apart is the role we play in our clients’ ability to achieve long lasting success when it comes to back pain management, even as they wait for a consultation.
We strive to exceed expectations when it comes to functional restoration of the patient.
We know manual therapy and how it needs to be applied to help you regain your range of motion and your function. Your goals are at the forefront and we love helping you get back your activities of daily living, get back on the golf course, and get back to playing with your children or grand-children. We apply exercise physiology and therapeutic exercise principles to encourage positive lifestyle changes in order to get the best treatment with the fastest results.
Return to Work Programs
Physiotherapy has been working directly with insurance companies since our doors opened. We have extensive experience working with individuals and their case manager/rehabilitation specialists and are ready to help you get back to work quickly and efficiently, while reducing your pain and improving your function.
Some insurance companies we deal closely with to ensure the best rehabilitation process for you:
- Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba
- Manitoba Public Insurance
- HEB Manitoba
- Great West Life
- Veterans Affairs Canada
- Manitoba Teachers Association
Manual physiotherapy is a hands-on approach done to mobilize or manipulate joints where we combine this with advanced post-degree knowledge of clinical reasoning. With the right application and the right clinical reasoning, manual therapy can change a movement pattern from painful to pain free, all thanks to better joint mobility!
To ensure you maintain the range of motion gains achieved at each appointment, your therapist will provide you with exercises to further increase your range of motion. Our goal is to teach you how to optimize your range of motion so that you can go back to your day with better function!
Keeping in mind that this is one piece of the treatment puzzle, it is a powerful tool and we make sure it’s done at its best by having the highest quality education in post-graduate physiotherapy. When you come to Pure Physiotherapy, you know that it is nothing short of high quality.
One tool that Pure physiotherapists use to speed up your recovery is acupuncture. Acupuncture is the insertion of extremely fine needles through the skin at specific points on the body to stimulate specific structures and promote healing. We use acupuncture to effectively control pain, reduce inflammation, provide regeneration, restore physical functions, and normalize nervous system activities. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which results in pain relief, relaxation, and balance of the body’s energy, thus promoting general health and well-being.
We believe that acupuncture is especially beneficial when combined with other aspects of your physiotherapy program, such as manual and exercise therapy. We commonly use it to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as joint sprains, muscle strains, tendonitis, disc injuries, osteoarthritis, headaches, and many more. In addition, we make sure you have an appropriate exercise program to maintain all benefits gained!
We don’t charge any additional fees for acupuncture. If we feel you would benefit from it, we will discuss it with you and potentially include it as part of your treatment. If you have any questions or are wondering whether acupuncture would be an appropriate treatment option for you, feel free to ask us!
We offer highly qualified individual rehabilitation for clients with neurological conditions. At Pure Lifestyle, clients will learn to optimize function, independence, and motor performance in an environment that bridges the gap between the hospital and the ‘real world’. This allows clients to increase their confidence and therefore enhance their quality of life.
Areas of focus include, but are not limited to:
• Overuse shoulder injury prevention
• Overall general strengthening/home fitness programs
• Cardiovascular fitness
• Balance training & core strengthening
• Integration into activities of daily living
• Post stroke/brain injury rehabilitation
Military Member Rehabilitation
Pure Lifestyle is proud to be one of Winnipeg’s physiotherapy clinics with the privilege of working with our Canadian Armed Forces. Our expertise has lead to a great success in the treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions for our military men and women.
Returning to work can be a challenge when you are faced with an injury. This can be an even bigger challenge when you have a physically demanding workplace with high activity demands throughout the week. For this reason, our military members need the best! We understand this and deliver top quality interventions to get our members back to work promptly and ready for the highest demands.
An exceptional facility and extensive experience, allow us to advance our military clients from “symptom-free” to high performance! The aim for our patients is to graduate from our sessions with less pain, improved overall fitness, and a reduced chance of re-injury.
Confidence is a critical component to any athlete’s success. However, a crucial component to maintaining confidence is knowing that your body is prepared to take on anything your sport may throw your way. Sport rehabilitation involves rebuilding that confidence just as much as it involves rebuilding any damaged or weakened tissues.
When we say Sport Physiotherapy, we mean just that – from assessing risk factors related to potential injuries, to working with an integrated team of sports medicine physicians, kinesiologists, and massage therapists, our physiotherapy department has all the tools needed to get you back to sport.
As part of your assessment and treatment program, we will evaluate your unique biomechanics and offer insight into how to improve your movement patterns in order to prevent re-injury and optimize performance. We can also use video analysis to show you potential inefficiencies that may be holding you back on game or race day. We also offer sport taping and bracing solutions where necessary.
Dizziness and balance problems are some of the most commonly reported symptoms and can be caused by a variety of different conditions. It’s important to have a thorough assessment to determine the underlying cause.
One area that could be involved is the vestibular system. The vestibular system (sometimes known as the “inner ear”) is a complex apparatus that is highly involved with perception of head movement and position. Signs and symptoms of vestibular dysfunction include nystagmus, vertigo, imbalance or compromised gaze stability.
One common vestibular condition is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). There are small “crystals” in the vestibular system that perceive position and movement. It’s possible for these crystals to get dislodged and settle in the wrong canal. This can cause vertigo that often occurs during position changes. The treatment for BPPV can be done in clinic by our therapists who will perform repositioning techniques for the crystals.
Other vestibular conditions include:
- Vestibular neuritis/labyrinthitis
- Migraine associated vertigo
- Meniere’s disease
- Perilymphatic Fistula
- Acoustic neuroma
Behavioural Activation Programs
Physical activity has consistently been shown to be associated with improved physical health, life satisfaction, cognitive functioning, and psychological well-being. Studies have shown that as an adjunctive treatment, exercise can be effective and cost-efficient alternative or adjunct treatment for a variety of depression and anxiety related disorders.
Our physiotherapists and certified exercise physiologist work directly with insurance companies to help employees who are dealing with mental health struggles optimize function, mood and independence, with the goal or helping them re-enter the workplace.
Jean-François BérardVice President & Chief Allied Health Officer
Before graduating as a practicing therapist, JF knew that he had to make a difference in his future profession. With a strong passion for his career choice, as well as a true belief in what physiotherapy can bring to those in need, he has proudly integrated his philosophy into Pure Lifestyle. JF practices an ‘off-the-grid’ type of therapy that only uses heat, ice and acupuncture as modalities when deemed necessary. All the methods of intervention revolve around educating clients, hands-on skills, and tailored therapeutic exercise applications. Years later, Pure is now proudly continuing this style of therapy with the help of an amazing team that believes in its effectiveness.
“I love what I do and I am always extremely excited to share that knowledge with someone who cares about helping themselves. It is a privilege and one that I do not take lightly. I also make sure to practice what I preach, and lead by example for my clients.”
Jean-François’ clients will appreciate his incredible attention to detail, starting with a comprehensive assessment, which he believes is the basis of any effective treatment plan. He takes time to educate clients about their injury and treatment plan in order to help them move towards pain free function. Teamwork between the client and therapist throughout the entire process is key and allows for proper progression and recovery.
EducationMClSc – Masters of Clinical Science (Manipulation)
BMR PT – Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation Physical Therapy
BSc – Bachelor of Sciences
CEP – Certified Exercise Physiologist
FCAMPT – Fellowship of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists
Assistant in the advanced post-graduate orthopaedic level system
Guest lecturer for advanced exercise principles and application to U of M Masters program
Co-instructor in Running Performance course
Clinic offers student practicum and internships
Presenter at various local, national, and international physiotherapy or exercise conferences
Mentor for physiotherapists seeking to achieve advanced post-graduate orthopaedic standing
Awarded the Joan K. Edwards award in 2013 through the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association in recognition of his outstanding contribution within the first five years of his career in the physiotherapy profession.
Recognized as a Leader in Physiotherapy by the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association in 2015
Awarded the Susan A. McDonald award in 2017 through the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association recognizing physiotherapists in their mid-career who provide inspiration to colleagues by acting as role models for their profession.
AccomplishmentsAchieved the rank of second degree black belt in Karate
Completed several ultramarathons from 2016 to present ranging from 50km to 100 miles
Completed 2011 Leadville 100 mountain bike race
Accomplished adventure racer
Successful business owner specializing in manual therapy, injury prevention and therapeutic exercise
Steve MoermanManager, Physiotherapy
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.
EducationMClSc – Masters of Clinical Science in Advanced Health Care Practice
BMR PT – Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy
BSc – Bachelor of Science
Functional Movement Screen Level 1 (FMS)
Licensed in Acupuncture
NCCP Level 2 Olympic Lifting
FCAMPT – Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists
CCMI Certified Therapist
Camping, fishing, hiking
Carpentry and home renovations
AccomplishmentsBoard member of the National Orthopaedic Division Executive - 2018-2020
Awarded the Joan K. Edwards award in 2018 through the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the profession within the first five years of his career
Assistant in the advanced postgraduate orthopaedic level system
Guest lecturer for Sport Physiotherapy Canada - MB Section
Co-founder of @strengthphysios who lecture to CrossFit gyms on injury prevention and performance enhancement
Clinical Instructor for University of Manitoba Physiotherapy students
Board member of the MB-Section of Sport Physiotherapy Canada 2010-2017
EducationBMR PT – Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy
Functional Movement Screening Level 1+2 (FMS)
Licensed in Acupuncture (CAFCI)
Work Hardening and Conditioning Training
Mentor for Physical Therapy Students
Examiner for the Canadian Physiotherapy Competency Exam
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.”
EducationBMR.PT – Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy (Manitoba/83)
BPE – Bachelor of Physical Education (Manitoba/77)
ED(cert.) – Education Certificate (Brandon/78)
CAT.(c) – Certified Athletic Therapist
Diploma – Sport Physiotherapy
Registered International Sport Physical Therapist (RISPT)
Licensed in Acupuncture
Certified Sports First Responder
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!”.
EducationBachelor of Science in Athletic Therapy (BSc)
Master of Physiotherapy (MPT)
Certified Athletic Therapist (CAT(c))
Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-Cpt)
Licensed in Acupuncture (A & S)
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.
EducationMaster of Physical Therapy (MPT)
Bachelor of Kinesiology (B.Kin)
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Sam grew up in a very physically active and health-oriented family. Following in her parent’s athletic footsteps, Sam grew up as a gymnast where she competed at the national level. Unfortunately, her gymnastics career was cut short due to an A.C.L tear in her knee at age 13. Her frequent visits to physiotherapy during her gymnastics career sparked an interest in physiotherapy as a career path for Sam.
After her knee rehab was complete, Sam picked up an interest in pole vaulting. She was granted a scholarship to the University of Guelph where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Human Kinetics and a minor in Nutritional and Nutraceutical Science. Alongside completing her degree, Sam placed 2nd at the Canadian Nationals (CIS) for pole vaulting in 2015.
Before starting her Masters of Physiotherapy, Sam worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Focus Fitness where she found her passion in sharing her love for exercise with others. This was where Sam was able to bridge the gap between being an athlete herself and training others for injury prevention, rehabilitation, and goal-oriented exercise.
“I know first-hand how frustrating injuries can be on not only our physical health but on our mental health as well. I just want to help people get back to doing what they love, and I truly think exercise is the best medicine.”
Sam loves using her exercise knowledge and athletic background to help others of all ages reach their rehab goals. Sam is certified in acupuncture and has a special interest in pelvic floor physiotherapy. She is also passionate about being a lifelong learner where she plans to continue her education in manual therapy. Sam loves to tailor rehab programs for the individual through a problem solving, goal oriented, and team approach.
EducationBachelor of Science with a major in Human Kinetics (B.Sc HK)
Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)
Licenced in Acupuncture
Certified in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Track and Field