We understand your need to return to work, sports, recreational activities and/or daily activities unrestricted and without pain. We will provide you with the highest level of rehabilitation care possible with our primary goal being to return you to your lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible. We at Cochrane Sport Physio strive to achieve this in a way that fits into your busy schedule.
Serge Tessier BSc.P.T., CFDN, CAFCI
Clinic Director/Owner/Senior Physiotherapist
A University of Alberta graduate, having earned an honors with distinction degree in Physical Therapy, from the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Serge has worked as Senior therapist and clinic director in Cochrane since 2001. As Clinic Director and Senior Therapist his role has focused on balancing direct client care and the growth of our rehabilitation team to include the multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers that currently work in both of our two locations.
As a Physical Therapist, Serge has developed his treatment approach through a variety of professional experiences, which include his post-graduate training in; manual therapy techniques, acupuncture, dry needling and exercise prescription. Work experience as physical therapist and trainer for the NAIT men’s hockey program and Edmonton rugby union, as well as personal experience as a Boston Marathon qualifier, Ironman and World Championship Half Ironman Triathlete. Serge believes that only through patient education and a thorough client centered rehabilitation program can an individual achieve their goals; be that return to sport or simply to be pain free for life. He strives to have clients truly understand the nature of their condition and how both hands-on treatment combined with an individualized home based program can facilitate the change their body needs to overcome their injury or impairment.
With nearly 20 years of experience working closely with the Physicians, Surgeons, Massage Therapists, Chiropractors, Nurses, Pharmacists and Dentists serving Cochrane and it’s surrounding area Serge is very proud of our teams role in providing Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Bracing and Orthotic services to this towns health care needs.
“As a long standing resident of Cochrane, raising two active boys and having experienced all of what this town has to offer, I can confidently say there is nowhere else I would want to raise my family or work as a Physical Therapist.”
Lisa Tennant BSc. Kin, MSc. PT, CAFCI, CGIMS
Lisa graduated from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia with her Masters of Physiotherapy Studies in 2009. Previously, Lisa attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 2007. Over the years, she has refined her physiotherapy skills through additional courses including Diagnostic Imaging in Physical Therapy Practice (University of Alberta), Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (University of British Columbia CGIMS), Acupuncture (Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute), Graston Technique, and Level 1 and Level 2 Upper Manual Therapy courses (Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association). In addition, Lisa has held the position of Education Coordinator for the Southern Alberta Orthopaedic Unit since 2011.
Lisa is a compassionate therapist who is enthusiastic to share her knowledge and assist her clients with achieving their rehabilitation goals, big or small. She uses an array of treatment options to personalize the treatment, depending on her clients’ needs. She believes that long-term success is achieved through addressing the source of the problem, as well as engaging her clients in the recovery process, through exercise and self-management strategies. Lisa enjoys many sports, including snowboarding and mountain biking, and she has a keen interest in outdoor activities, as well as spending time in the mountains with her family and friends.
Madeliene Collins MPhty, BAppSc (Ex&SpSc)
Madeliene graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Exercise and Sports Science from The University ofSydney, and continued on to complete her Masters of Physiotherapy Studies atThe University of Queensland in 2011. Her training in Clinical Pilates at The Pilates Institute of Queensland in 2011 and combines these principles into her clinical practice with most of her clients.
Madeliene’s interest in this field began while she was playing soccer for her home state of New South Wales, Australia, where she dealt with a number of niggling injuries herself. She’s passionate now about returning the favour to her patients that seek to return to the physical activity pursuits they love. Madeliene particularly enjoys analyzing movement patterns in an effort to enhance their efficiency, assist with injury repair, and prevent recurrence of injury in the future.
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” – Albert Einstein.
Away from the clinic, I live with my partner in Canmore where we spend our leisure time playing in the mountains.
Tyler Kowalchuk BSc Kin. MSc PT
Tyler graduated from the University of Alberta with his Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Prior to this, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Alberta. His interest the profession began during his recovery from a broken arm when he was 16. He was amazed by the difference that his physical therapist made in his life and decided that he wanted to make that same difference in the lives of others!
He is an energetic therapist with a keen interest in shoulder injuries,who cares deeply about providing quality patient care. Tyler enjoys treating a broad patient population ranging from infants with muscular torticollis, young athletes and weekend warriors, to seniors. His treatment style places emphasis on addressing client concerns, providing concise education and prescribing evidence based therapeutic exercise. Tyler’s continuing education courses include Complete Concussion Management, Acupuncture Canada Functional DryNeedling Level 1 & 2 and Canadian Physical Therapy Association Orthopedic Division Level 2 Lower Quadrant Manual Therapy.
Tyler is new to Cochrane and enjoys being active and spending time in the mountains with his wife. In the summer months he enjoys golfing, playing slow-pitch,mountain biking and hiking. In the winter months he enjoys snowboarding, playing hockey, weight lifting and cross-country skiing.
Althea Lacasse BSc., RAc., R.M.T.
Massage Therapist and Acupuncturist
Althea’s training spans many disciplines, as a result, she is able to offer various techniques, perspectives, and knowledge to help guide her clients to a more balanced life.
With her Traditional Chinese Medicine training and over 15 years of experience, she can address many issues including but not limited to pain, stress, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, depression, menstrual and fertility issues, digestive complaints, and help to stop smoking. Some of these techniques include Acupuncture, Acupressure, Cupping, Tuina massage, Moxibustion, Gua Sha, earseeds, and Chinese Dietary Therapy. In addition to a gentle traditional needling technique, she also uses motor point and trigger point needling to address musculoskeletal issues.
Althea’s training in massage includes Deep Tissue, Mysofascial Decompression, Cupping, and Relaxation techniques. She offers separate treatments in Acupuncture or Massage as well as the opportunity to blend the treatments together in a Blended treatment.
Dr Frank Johnson M.D., Dip. Sports Med.
Dr. Frank Johnson’s brings cutting edge treatment techniques to his new hometown of Cochrane that he has learned in the USA and in London, England.
Dr. Johnson currently focuses on providing Stem Cell Stimulating treatments for these 5 conditions:
1) Knee Injuries and Arthritis
2) Hip Injuries and Arthritis
3) Shoulder Injuries and Arthritis
4) Rotator Cuff Tendonitis and Elbow Tendonitis
5) Achilles Tendonitis and Patellar Tendonitis
Originally only available in major cities in the USA and Europe, these Stem Cell Stimulating Treatments, such as Platelet-Rich Plasma and Prolo therapy, trigger the body’s own Local Stem Cells to kick-start a natural healing response to injury and arthritis.
As an athlete, he won 4 Provincial Team Championships with the University of Windsor Track and Field Team in the late 1990's as a High Jumper and Decathlete. He then went on to complete his medical training in Netherlands Antilles (St. Maarten), the United Kingdom (London), and the United States (The University of Arkansas and St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado), before returning to Canada in 2010.
Back home in Canada, he completed his qualifications in Sports Medicine and was chosen to work at the Canadian National Track and Field Championships in 2011 and 2012 before being selected as the Athletics Canada Team Physician for the IPC Paralympic World Championships in 2013 in France. Most recently, he has worked with the best Triathletes in the world at the world-famous Ironman World Championships in Hawaii in 2016 and 2017.
Candace Zwaagstra R.M.T.
Registered Massage Therapist, graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.A. (History/Psychology) and seeing the importance of health and vitality in her own life and that of others, coupled with a strong desire to help people, she decided to pursue a career in manual therapy. Candace completed her RMT certification with Advanced Sports Massage at the Alberta Institute of Massage Therapy. In her spare time, Candace enjoys cycling, hiking and generally just being in the great outdoors! She believes the best way to achieving optimum health and performance is through balance and listening and responding to the body's needs in a healthy and consistent way. Candace enjoys working with athletes of all levels and abilities and being able to offer her assistance in helping her clients achieve their personal training goals while maintaining optimum health and performance. Candace believes massage is a great way to minimize stress on the body and to speed up the healing process. She utilizes a variety of techniques and incorporates general Swedish massage, myofascial release, cupping, deep tissue, sports massage and strengthening/stretching into her treatment. Candace is also a Reiki Master practitioner and certified yoga instructor. Candace feels she can help you to reduce stress while helping you to maintain a healthy mind and body. Depending on whether the client has symptoms related to stress, tension, postural imbalances, neuromuscular symptoms, trigger point release or MVA, all treatments are customized based on the client's needs.
Ashley Huolt R.M.T.
Iwas raised in the Okanagan and move to Cochrane 5+ years ago. I have beeninterested in movement and the human body since I was a teen, and when Ifinally settled down, I decided to go back to school. I started the Massageprogram at Mount Royal University in 2016 part time. I am currently about ¾ of the way through theprogram and scheduled to graduate in June 2020.
Iam looking to put my new knowledge and skills in to practice and gainexperience while I am in my last year of school, so that the transition tofully registered Therapist is smooth. I am quite excited to start working withclients and help them to feel their best.
In 2010, Chelsea graduated from the 3000 hours program at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in Vernon BC. She then worked in Penticton with athletes, including ones training and competing inIronman Canada. Later on, she moved to the lower mainland where she began working in multidisciplinary clinics with other professionals such asChiropractors and Kiniseologists. She recently moved to Alberta in November, 2019.
Her treatment focuses on deep tissue but incorporates many other modalities. These include Myofascial Release Technique, Trigger Point Release, Sports Massage and more. She has done continuing education through out her career in human anatomy and systemic deep tissue treatment.
When she's not working, she's chasing her two little ones around. Her and her family enjoy camping in the summer and plan to learn some winter sports now that they are here.
Jodi long B.Sc., Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist
Jodi received her Bachelors degree from Acadia University in Wolfville, NS, followed by an 18 month internship at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, AB. She has been a clinical Dietitian with Alberta Health Services for over 15 years. She has worked in many clinical settings to provide nutrition guidance in Heart Health, Cancer care, Transplant, GI nutrition, Diabetes, Weight management and Mental Health. She also has a passion for Sport Nutrition and healthy living, with love for the outdoors, running and practicing yoga.
As a busy mom of 3 young kids Jodi understands the challenges of planning healthy meals, taking time for activity and following through, but believes the results will be worth it for your bodyand your mind!