Meet Our Team

Brady Greening – Head Athletic Therapist

EXPERIENCE –  B.Ed, CAT(C)., B.Kin, P-DTR Advanced Practitioner

Brady began her career with Edge School in 2004 when she worked with their first ever Midget hockey team. Her entire athletic therapy career has focused on youth athletes in hockey, dance, soccer, figure skating and basketball. Her experience, professionalism and knowledge as the Head Athletic Therapist of Edge School is wide ranging. Between working on the bench with hockey and basketball, spending hours to understand the world of dance, and years as a senior high sports medicine teacher have accumulated into an all-encompassing amount of experience that she leans on to provide the best experience for her patients.

UNDERSTANDING

Brady’s entire world has revolved around competitive sports and keeping athletes healthy and doing what they love. Drawing on her experience as a young competitive figure skater – who had to quit because of a preventable injury – Brady’s treatment philosophy focuses on educating youth athletes about their own bodies, so that they can be the key drivers in their athletic health, wellness and athletic career. She knows communication between parents, coaches and athletes is key for successful injury management, and for helping athletes return to play at the right time. For Brady, this is an important piece of the rehab journey and she will always take the time needed to make sure everyone is on the same page.

EXPERTISE

Connection and education is where Brady shines. Her ability to connect with her patients and to help them understand why they are experiencing the dysfunction and pain of their injury is the key to her success. She recognizes the fear of the unknown that athletes experience when injuries occur, and her goal is to always empower athletes with knowledge that will help them get back to 100% and prevent future setbacks.

 

Kim Lee-Knight – Sport Physiotherapist

EXPERIENCE

Kim received her degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Saskatchewan in 1991. She has her Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy, Certificate in Manual and Manipulative Therapy (Part A), Certificate in Medical Acupuncture (U of A and Beijing Teaching Hospital), GunnIMS Certification (Dry Needling), Kinesiotape certification and the ability to order Diagnostic Imaging. Kim has been working with youth athletes at Edge School for 15 years, with many years’ prior within the community of Calgary.

UNDERSTANDING

As a mother of two athletes, Kim understands first-hand the pressures of being a high level athlete and how injuries can impact their overall well-being. Her son played quadrant hockey in Calgary then went on to play in the WHL before receiving a hockey scholarship to University of New Brunswick. Her daughter played high level soccer in Calgary and played her entire university career at StFX University.

EXPERTISE

Without a doubt, Kim is one of the most sought after physiotherapists in Calgary. Her wealth of knowledge, manual therapy skills and approach to patient care is unparalleled. Her philosophy revolves around how rehab is such an important aspect in an athletes career. It can help young athletes return to their peer group with an enriched identity and the healthy lifestyle that sport offers.

Charlotte Van Audenrode – Physiotherapist and Athletic Therapist

EXPERIENCE

Charlotte is a Physiotherapist and Certified Athletic Therapist entering her eighth year with Edge School and her third as a member of the Sports Therapy Clinic. Charlotte received her Master of Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney, Australia. She also has a Bachelor of Sciences in Kinesiology from McGill University, and an Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University. She has spent most of her career working with youth athletes –helping them develop and reach their future objectives as both athletes and students.

UNDERSTANDING

Charlotte was a competitive swimmer through most of her youth. She understands first-hand how complicated the life of a young student-athlete can be, and how demanding the training schedule can be. This greatly influences how she interacts and works with youth athletes. Her main objectives when working one-on-one with a youth athlete is to get them back to their sport, while also teaching them skills and ways of managing future potential physical issues. She prides herself on helping youth athletes reach the next level, and has immense joy and pride seeing them pursue their dreams.

EXPERTISE

Charlotte approaches each injury both specifically and in a generalized approach. Her ability to break down movements and look at overall body mechanics to individualize each treatment to specific youth athletes is very impressive. There is no problem too hard to solve for her. Since graduating, Charlotte has completed several continuing education courses and uses techniques such as dry needling, kinesio taping, graston, cupping and Pilates in her treatments.

 

Melissa Petryna – Athletic Therapist

EXPERIENCE

Melissa is a kinesiology graduate from the University of Calgary and graduated with honours from Mount Royal University with an Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy. She wrote her National Certification exam with CATA to become a Certified Athletic Therapist in 2012. While in school, she completed her school practicums at SAIT working with the men’s basketball team and also worked in the student-athlete clinic.

UNDERSTANDING

Melissa has been working with youth athletes since 2007. While completing her degree, Melissa worked with Calgary Bantam and Midget football teams as their team trainer. She also volunteered her time with multiple high school football teams and sports med programs including Saint Mary’s, Western Canada and Central Memorial. Since completing her post secondary and working as an Athletic Therapist, she works predominantly with athletes between the ages of 10 and 18. In the past four years she has also taken a particular interest in working with Irish dancers, where she has had the fortune of travelling to the World Championships of Irish dance in Glasgow, Scotland and Dublin, Ireland to work closely with these dancers.

EXPERTISE

Melissa joined Edge as one of the clinical therapists in the fall of 2017 and also helps out with Edge team coverage when needed. She enjoys the variety in the clinic working with youth athletes of all ages and across all different sports. Melissa strives to get to know the athletes and the particular sport or activity they enjoy. She really enjoys seeing them compete to see their personal results. Melissa’s philosophy is to educate youth athletes about their injuries, and stresses the importance of home programs to prevent further or future injuries.

 

Luke Kosowan – P-DTR Specialist and Massage Therapist

EXPERIENCE – BSc Kin, CSEP-CPT, P-DTR Advanced Practitioner, RMT

Luke has 15 years of experience as a Kinesiologist and Personal Trainer. His observations of clients’ experience with dysfunction and pain in his sessions led him to seek out becoming an Advanced Practitioner of P-DTR. He was the first in Canada to receive this certification and is known as the most experienced P-DTR practitioner in all of Canada. With this certification, he has focused on treating youth athletes and their sport injuries for the past five years. Luke most recently completed his education to become a registered massage therapist and is looking forward to adding these manual skills to his treatment approach.

UNDERSTANDING

Luke’s treatment philosophy when working with young athletes is to focus on the main problem, but also look at the body as a whole to make the body more efficient, improve performance and prevent future injury. His lifelong participation in soccer, basketball and tennis, and his 15 years as a personal trainer have provided him the background in sport to truly understand the challenges his patients may have when it comes to injury in sport and in the fitness centre.

EXPERTISE

Luke’s expertise is working with the nervous system using P-DTR. This unique approach to treating the nervous system is a brand new perspective in the rehabilitation field. It allows for rapid assessment of the issue, and treats the root cause of musculoskeletal issues, instead of simply treating the symptoms.

 

Brandon Thome – Athletic Therapist

EXPERIENCE

Brandon graduated from Mount Royal College in 2004 with an Athletic Therapy Certificate and the University of Calgary in 2005 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology – Major Athletic Therapy – Minor Sociology. Brandon has been working with an Edge hockey team since 2004 and continues to work closely with the U18 Prep team. He also has worked closely with hockey Alberta on both the mens and womens side for the past six years, all while owning and operating Prairie Therapy since 2011. In the past, Brandon has held the positions of Assistant Athletic Therapist at the University of Alberta and at the University of Calgary, as well as the Head Athletic Therapist with the Abbotsford Heat in the AHL.

UNDERSTANDING

Brandon stands by the treatment philosophy that assessment for the root of the problem is number one. His treatment approach is to assess the body as a whole and figure out where the problem is coming from, address the symptoms and then stretch or strengthen the areas that need to be addressed to prevent the problem from recurring. Exercise is one of his most valued modalities in treating most musculoskeletal problems.

As a younger athlete, Brandon was a hockey player, baseball player and golfer. He has coached hockey, baseball and golf, and as a therapist has worked hockey, football and baseball games at the professional level. He understands all aspects of the team game, as well as individual sport. Brandon has also worked closely with Alberta Ballet.

EXPERTISE

Brandon’s expertise is keeping his patients as active as possible throughout the entire rehab process. All patients are seen one-on-one and every patient is sent home with a program that can be done either at home, or in the gym to address the areas that are causing all issues. Having seen injuries from traumatic events through to the entire rehab process, his goal is to keep his patients active in some capacity while trying to rehab the issues. This likely means trying to keep them in practice unless their ability to compete is not safe. Brandon’s specific focuses or techniques he uses are muscle energy techniques, soft tissue release, trigger points and strain-counter strain. His main areas of interest are in treatment of knee and shoulder issues, but he’s very comfortable treating all sorts of musculoskeletal injuries.

 

Cadi Smit – Massage Therapist

EXPERIENCE

Cadi graduated in 2017 from the 2200 hour program with MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy in Calgary and is an active member of the Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association. She practices consistently at a multidisciplinary clinic alongside Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Acupuncture, and other RMT’s. Cadi has treated sport injuries, frozen shoulder, TMJ disorders, postural dysfunction, and general wellness needs among other things.

UNDERSTANDING

Cadi has a passion to help and guide people in their path to healing. She genuinely listens to your needs and creates an individual treatment plan that will benefit your overall health and wellness. Cadi believes that client education and encouraging self-care through remedial exercise is vital to healing and recovery.

EXPERTISE

Continued learning is important to Cadi to gain more knowledge and refine her skills. She has taken her Suction Cupping course which aids in increasing circulation and reducing fascial restrictions. Cadi is also interested in pursuing ART training to add to her manual skills.

 

Dr. Amber Wiens – Chiropractor

EXPERIENCE

Dr. Amber Wiens is a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, in Toronto, Ontario. As a professional dancer and aerialist, Dr. Wiens has learned first hand about the physical rigors of the professional athlete/ artist. Her Medical & Chiropractic knowledge base, along with (RAD) and Cecchetti training, has allowed Dr. Wiens to provide Dance Technique Coaching that has proved very successful with professional dancers locally, and internationally. This coaching helps dancers retrain aberrant movement patterns to reduce impact on their joints, and decrease the chances of re-injury.

UNDERSTANDING

Along with dancers, Dr. Wiens treats many other athletes, weekend warriors, and those who have been injured due to repetitive strain or acute injury in the workplace. After having two children of her own, Dr. Wiens has a special interest in treating pregnant mothers both pre and postpartum. Her approach to treatment is thorough, and along with continuing education she uses whatever resources necessary to bring her patients back to optimum functioning. Dr. Wiens often uses Active Release Techniques®, Acupuncture, Chiropractic manipulation, Rehab exercises, and Physiotherapy modalities to aid her patients in the healing process. Ultimately her goal is to give her patients the tools to assist in their own healing

EXPERTISE

Dr. Wiens has been a consulting Chiropractor for dancers at the Alberta Ballet Company, North Calgary Dance Centre, Edge School, Theatre Calgary, and Calgary Circus School. Outside of the office, Dr. Wiens is active in the dance community training, and performing. She also spends time travelling with her husband and two young sons.

 

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