Innovative Sport Medicine is a multidisciplinary clinic providing expertise in effective diagnosis, comprehensive injury management and return to peak performance.
Our clinical staff consists of highly trained Sport Medicine Physicians, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Athletic Therapists and Massage Therapists.
Our team is passionate about providing the highest standard in evidence-based care for sport and active lifestyle injuries. We foster collaboration with members of our patient’s healthcare team in order to maximize the outcomes and facilitate positive experiences for our patients. We function as a leader in the education of health care professionals and other members of the community.
DR. MARCUS ROBINSON
SPORT MEDICINE PHYSICIAN AND MEDICAL DIRECTOR
BEng, MEng, MD, CCFP (SEM), Dip Sport Med
Dr. Marcus Robinson is a former engineer and a current Sport Medicine Physician practicing in Calgary, Canada. He earned his first degree in Materials Engineering from the University of British Columbia before working as a design engineer for IBIS Cycles in Santa Rosa, California. Following that, he shifted his focus to the aerospace industry working on projects for the Boeing Company and NASA.
Dr. Robinson then pursued a Master’s Degree in Biomechanics and Biomechanical Engineering and worked in biomechanics labs in Vancouver and in Hong Kong. Upon returning to Canada, Dr. Robinson was able to transfer his skills in motion capture to the entertainment industry. He was the motion capture studio lead for several movies and video games including Barbie: the Princess and the Pauper, Stuart Little 3, and Tony Hawk.
Dr. Robinson completed Medical School at UBC, his residency in Family Medicine in Calgary, and a fellowship in Sport and Exercise Medicine in Calgary. As a Sport Medicine Physician, he is the Chief Medical Officer for the Calgary Roughnecks (2014 - present), Team Physician for the Calgary Stampeders (2015 - present), and Team Physician for the Calgary Hitmen (2015 - present). He has also been part of the core medical team for multi-sport games including the PanAm Games (Toronto 2015), FISU World University Games (Taiwan 2017, Korea 2015, China 2011), and Canada Games (Prince George 2015, Sherbrooke 2013).
In his spare time, Dr. Robinson enjoys crate digging for records to add to his collection of 60’s soul records, wearing out his granny gear on mountain passes, and exploring the city 42.2 km at a time.
DR. KELLY BRETT
SPORT MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
BSc, MD, CCFP (SEM), Dip Sport Med (CASEM)
Dr. Brett began his career as a medical officer in the Canadian Forces including service with the United Nations in the former Yugoslavia. He has been practising sport and exercise medicine for 20 years and has been a team physician for the Calgary Flames, the Calgary Hitmen and the Calgary Cannons. He has also travelled internationally with Hockey Canada and the Canadian Men’s Rugby team as well as covering amateur sporting events in his home town of Calgary.
Dr. Brett has a special interest in childhood physical activity and has been actively promoting healthy lifestyles for children for two decades. His practice involves the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries in patients of all ages and athletic abilities. He has also completed a certificate program as a personal fitness trainer.
DR. WILLEM (WINNiE) MEEUWISSE
SPORT MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
MD, MPE, PhD, CCFP(SEM), Dip Sport Med
Dr. Meeuwisse is a sport medicine physician and is the Medical Director of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is also an Expert Member, Medical and Scientific Group of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical Commission.
He obtained his Medical degree from the University of Western Ontario and then did a Fellowship in Sport Medicine at the University of British Columbia, where he also completed a Master’s degree in exercise physiology. Upon coming to Calgary he obtained his PhD in clinical epidemiology, focusing on sport injury prediction and prevention. He went on to receive his CASEM Diploma in Sport Medicine and a CFPC Certificate of Added Competence (CAC) in Sport and Exercise Medicine.
Dr. Meeuwisse is the founder of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, which was one of the original 4 research centres in the world recognized by the IOC. He currently serves as a Senior Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine -Injury Prevention and Health Protection. He enjoys cycling, cross country skiing and just about any outdoor activity; preferably with family and friends.
DR. DARRELL YIP
SPORT MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
BScPT, MD, CCFP, Dip Sport Med
Dr. Darrell Yip is a Sport Medicine Physician practicing in Calgary, Alberta. He earned his first degree in physiotherapy from the University of British Columbia and has worked as part of a multidisciplinary team caring for acute stroke and rehabilitation patients. In addition to his work in the hospital, Dr Yip worked as a physiotherapist in an outpatient setting providing care for patients with musculoskeletal injuries. He was also involved in providing home care physiotherapy for patients with mobility impairments.
Darrell completed Medical School at the University of British Columbia with a residency in Family Medicine through the University of Calgary. He has obtained the CASEM Diploma in Exercise and Sport Medicine. As a Sport Medicine Physician, he has worked with a variety of organizations and sports including: Canada Men’s National Rugby Union Team, Canada Men’s National Para Hockey Team, Calgary Hitmen, Calgary Roughnecks, and Calgary Combative Sports Commission (mixed martial arts, boxing, and kickboxing).
Dr. Yip has been involved with sport since a young age and was a member of the Canadian Men’s Junior National Field Hockey Team and University of British Columbia Men’s Varsity Field Hockey Team. He is a NCCP certified level 3 coach and has worked with athletes at the local, provincial, and national levels.
DR. CHRIS LIPP
EMERGENCY / SPORT MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
MD, FRCPC, CASEM & IOC Dip. Sport Med.
In addition to Innovative, Chris works in the Emergency Departments in Calgary (FMC/SHC) and volunteers at sporting events or ski hills around Calgary. He was born and raised in Calgary, where he completed a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and Medical School (2013). He completed his FRCP Emergency Medicine and Fellowship in Sports Medicine in Victoria BC. He has completed the CASEM Diploma in Sports Medicine as well as the International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sports Medicine.
His interests are in paediatric sports medicine, wilderness/austere medicine, ultrasound and medical education. He is a native Calgarian and avidly loves trail running, nearly every sport, and any mountain adventure - preferably off any marked trail.
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING SPECIALIST
BSc, MKin, CSEP-CEP, CSCS, All-Canadian (track and field)
After moving from North Vancouver to Calgary in 2007, Adam studied at the University of Calgary’s Human Performance Lab, obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees in exercise physiology. Highlights of his time at the U of C included being named an All-Canadian while competing for the Dinos track and field team and interning with the Calgary Flames as a strength and conditioning coach. Following graduation, Adam worked as an Applied Sport Scientist in Vancouver, where he designed and implemented training programs for hockey, soccer, bobsleigh, road cycling, masters track and field and Red Bull athletes. Adam began working with tactical athletes from the Burnaby and Coquitlam Fire Departments in 2017, and returned to Calgary to complete a year working in the Wellness Clinic of the Calgary Fire Department.
Adam joins us with an enthusiasm for building strength in endurance athletes, and helping answer the question “how much should I be training?”. With a strong background in the science of strength and conditioning coaching, Adam is excited to expand the scope of care offered at Innovative and is looking forward to helping you reach your wellness and fitness goals. When not in the clinic, you can find Adam on the ski hill or in the kitchen trying to perfect his pad thai recipe (the secret is in the tamarind sauce).
CERTIFIED ATHLETIC THERAPIST, STRENGTH & CONDITIONING SPECIALIST
BKin, CAT(C), ATC, CSCS
Josh Guenther is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Specialist originating from Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 2012, he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, majoring in Athletic Therapy. Some of Josh's internships included working with the University of Manitoba men's hockey and basketball teams, as well as completion of an internship with the Winnipeg Jets hockey club during the 2012-2013 season.
Josh has spent the last four years working with various hockey teams and organizations, having responsibilities that included a strong focus on injury prevention, rehabilitation, first aid and emergency care. From 2013-2016, Josh assumed the position of Head Athletic Therapist for the WHL-Brandon Wheat Kings, who captured a WHL Championship and advanced to the Memorial Cup during that time period. In 2014-2015, he was also appointed as Head Athletic Therapist for Team WHL in the Canada-Russia Super Series Summit.
In 2016-2017, Josh relocated to Alberta to assume the role of Head Athletic Therapist for the WHL-Red Deer Rebels hockey club. Additionally, in 2016, Josh also had the privilege of being named Head Athletic Therapist for Hockey Canada at the U17 World Hockey Challenge in Sault St.Marie, Ontario.
Josh believes in a health model that consists of a multi-disciplinary approach with regards to assessment, treatment and correction of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions in both acute and chronic settings. He has a strong passion for designing and implementing rehabilitative and conditioning programs that are specific and adaptive to the needs of each individual to help support the patient's goals and desires in return to optimum function through sport, work and activities of daily living.
Melissa grew up in Montreal and completed a degree in Hotel Management. She used this degree to work and travel the world. This is how she discovered her passion for food, nutrition and cooking. Melissa obtained her Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition to become a Registered Dietitian. She is dedicated to helping people, which has always shown through her continuous community involvement, both locally and globally.
It is very important to her that people have the education and tools required to live a healthier lifestyle. She is a proud nutrition advocate and a strong believer in preventing and treating medical conditions with healthy living education and specifically tailored diets. Melissa believes that real health starts with real food, and not only should it be easy, it should be tasty and fun too!
LONG KIM (KEN) NGUYEN
PT, BKin, MScPT, CSEP-CEP
After graduating from the University of Calgary in 2010 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, Ken spent three years as a personal trainer at the UofC as well as performing fitness evaluations and pre-class physical training prep with the Calgary Police Service fitness unit. He went on to complete his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2016.
Since starting his practice, Ken has completed Level 1 Manual Therapy through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopedic Division, along with Level 1 Acupuncture and certified in Biomedical Dry Needling. He looks forward to obtaining his Certificate in Manipulative Therapy this fall. In his spare time, Ken enjoys cycling, weight-lifting and rock climbing.
PT, MSc, BScPT, (Gunn) IMS
Shari is a Registered Physical Therapist with 20 years of clinical experience. She has completed post-graduate certifications in sport, acupuncture, IMS and manual therapy. In 2013, she completed a MSc in Biomechanics. Shari enjoys educating people about injury prevention.
Her clinical practice focuses on addressing poor biomechanical movement patterns, imbalances in strength and flexibility and improving core stability to keep an active population doing what they love. Shari is currently a board member of Run Calgary (Calgary Marathon Society.)
BPE, BHScPT, FCAMPT, CGIMS
With over 23 years of clinical experience, Lori provides evidence-based and innovative physiotherapy services. She has worked with people of all ages with various musculoskeletal/orthopaedic injuries.
Lori graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE) degree from the University of Calgary in 1991. She was also a member of the varsity women’s soccer team and received the Gauntlet Sports Extra Effort Award and was named one of the Top Ten Academic Athletes at that time. She obtained her Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in Physiotherapy (BHScPT) from McMaster University in 1996. Upon completion of her degree, she went on to take numerous postgraduate courses. In 2000, she completed her Intermediate Manual Therapy exam (Part A) and obtained her Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) certification. She had the pleasure of taking the course by the founder himself, Dr Chan Gunn. She achieved the highest level of Manual Therapy certification, becoming a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT) in 2002. In 2016, Lori completed the Diagnostic Imaging course for physiotherapists from the University of Alberta.
Lori uses a combination of manual therapy, IMS, exercise prescription and education to help her clients achieve their goals and to live their best life possible. She enjoys the challenge that each new case presents and offers specialized physiotherapy solutions to meet her clients' individual and unique needs. In her free time, Lori enjoys spending time with her family, participating as a coach in their athletic pursuits and has been known to call the off-leash park her happy place.
PT, BKin, MSc, MSc PT
Talia graduated with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2016. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology as well as a Masters of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary where she specialized in the clinical gait analysis of injured runners.
Since starting her practice, she has completed Level 1 Kinetacore Dry Needling and Level 1 Manual Therapy through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Division. In her spare time, Talia enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Heather is a physiotherapist with a diverse practice and interests in several areas. Heather has many years of experience as a physiotherapist in Calgary. She has taken numerous post-graduate courses and continues to develop her practice to offer new and innovative treatments to clients. Heather is a certified Gunn IMS practitioner and resident of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy.
Currently, Heather has expanded her repertoire of rehabilitation and exercise prescription by working with the Redcord suspension system. This Norwegian founded system is effective for treating injuries by activating core muscles, correcting muscle imbalances and offering progressive strengthening through the use of the systems bungees and ropes. Heather firmly believes that once pain or injury is under control, one has to integrate new movements and strategies to keep up with the rest of their body. After all, life goes on. In her spare time, Heather is an avid and addicted golfer, and enjoys jogging, and making glass beads and jewellery.
HUMAN RESOURCES CONSULTANT
Caroline spent most of her career in healthcare administration starting with the Department of Surgery, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services. She also holds the current position of Executive Director of the Alberta Orthopaedic Society for over 20 years. Caroline has held management and senior management positions in the non-profit, private, and public sector over the last 25 years with a record of success in getting initiatives off the ground successfully throughout her career.
Caroline has extensive knowledge and experience in operations, leadership, human resources, organizational and financial management as well as Board Governance. Caroline completed Office and Healthcare Administration courses as well as completed her Business and Management Certificate Diploma in Professional Management while raising a family and working full time. Caroline has been recognized as a long service volunteer for the Canadian Orthopaedic Association serving them for over 15 years.
When Caroline is not busy working, she appreciates exploring nature, riding her motorcycle, travelling, watching movies and enjoys spending quality time with her family, friends and two miniature Dachshunds.
Tanya was born in Saskatchewan and moved here in 1999. In 2000 she completed her MOA/Office Assistant course.
Tanya has 11 years of experience working in Sport Medicine along the side of Sport Med Physicians, Orthopedic Surgeons and Physiotherapists. In her free time, Tanya enjoys staying active and spending time with her two kids and husband.
PATIENT EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR
Amanda was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. After graduating Amanda has gained valuable experience with over 8 years of working in customer service-based fields from the service industry to being a receptionist for beauty salons, Amanda is new to the field with only 2 years of experience working in a Multidisciplinary and Sports Medicine Clinic, Amanda has found passion in health and wellness and is excited to work with Innovative Sports Medicine with hopes to pursue a career in the field when possible.
Outside of work, you can find Amanda spending time in the sun barbecuing with her friends, boyfriend and her family or at home baking and cooking everything she can. She also enjoys going to the gym, staying active and hopes to travel and experience the world.
PATIENT EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR
Kathy has spent the majority of her career in office administration. Born and raised in Calgary, she graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education (Kinesiology) with a focus on athletic therapy and sports administration. Some of her early employment included administration at the Olympic Oval and then as an administrative assistant for Ken Read Consulting. While raising a family of 5 children, Kathy continued to work for the family business as office manager. She returned to the Health and Wellness field several years ago, working in dental and chiropractic offices.
Kathy enjoys being involved in the Calgary Arts scene and is a volunteer usher for several theatre companies. Other favourite pastimes include staying fit, skiing, hiking and travelling with her family, enjoying a great meal and reading a good book.
PATIENT EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR
Ashleigh was born and raised in Alberta. She completed her Bachelors Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Calgary and is currently working on her Bachelors of Education from Ambrose University.
Experience in caring-giving, customer service and a physiotherapy clinic caused Ashleigh to develop a passion to serve people. In her free time, she goes to the mountains where she hikes and rock climbs with her friends. She also enjoys spending time with her family, being active and exploring new places around the city.
Born and raised in Italy, where he also earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology graduating on the Dean's list in Sicily, Rocco's Canadian journey started almost 4 years ago. He obtained his 2200-hour Massage Therapy diploma here in Calgary. Rocco uses a variety of therapeutic techniques such as deep tissue, myofascial cupping, trigger point release and PNF, to treat soft tissue injuries and dysfunctions, and for overall maintenance and performance.
Rocco loves learning about the functional movements of the human body. His involvement in playing and coaching sports has helped him to better understand the connection between inefficient movement patterns and their negative impact on the body.
Rocco is confident that his patients will appreciate the attentive and professional care that he provides, in collaboration with the Innovative Sport Medicine Team. When he is not helping people to stay healthy, you can find him on the basketball court or in the weight room, biking and travelling all around the world, or simply cooking a delicious Italian meal for his friends.
Barb has been a registered massage therapist since 1997, when she graduated with an Honours Diploma from Kikkawa College. Barb believes a thorough assessment is an important step to providing individualized and effective treatment. Her skillful hands deliver a deep soft tissue massage enhanced with such techniques as myofascial and trigger point releases, joint mobilization, PNF stretching, neuromuscular therapy, manual lymph drainage and craniosacral therapy.
Over the years she has experience working and successfully treating clients who have recovered from surgery, sport injuries, chronic pain, frozen shoulder, spinal injuries, motor vehicle accidents, TMJ, headaches and many other conditions.
Barb continually works towards expanding her knowledge in order to provide her clients with the greatest level of care possible. She believes massage therapy plays a key role in dealing with many of life’s stressors and is essential for long-term health and wellness.
RMT, CSEP-CPT, BSc.Kin
Tim graduated from the University of Calgary in 2010 with his BSc in Mind Sciences in Kinesiology. During that time, he also pursued certification as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP). He has been working as a personal trainer since. Tim has been intrigued by massage therapy since he was in junior high. The opportunity to return to his interest in massage therapy in his adult years has been quite a blessing for him.
In 2016, Tim completed his 3000-hour massage therapy diploma in order to complement the work he was doing as a personal trainer. He believes that physical health is so dynamic that it requires multiple views and disciplines in order to bring about the best results for his clients.
He loves the concept of being part of a collaborative health team such as Innovative Sports Medicine, where all the facets of health can be approached and addressed in so many ways. Though having no formal training in dance, he enjoys dancing in his spare time and believes that dancing is a simple cure to feeling young. Tim also enjoys singing, hiking, indoor climbing, and photography.
RMT, Prenatal Massage, Traditional Thai Mat Massage
Jo-Ella has been in practice since 2008. Jo-Ella has worked with clients of all ages from children up to seniors. Jo-Ella enjoys the challenge of treating different conditions, from the stressed office worker, to the injured athlete to pre and post-operative clients.
After having personal experience in receiving massage during and after four pregnancies, Jo-Ella was trained formally in prenatal massage and enjoys passing that experience and knowledge on to other moms-to-be. Jo-Ella completed training in Thai Mat Massage in December of 2015 and applies that knowledge to traditional table massage. A “homework” regime of stretching and strengthening exercises are a very important part of her treatment protocol.
DR. CORRADO CULTRERA
BSc, DR, ART®
Dr Corrado Cultrera completed a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Calgary. He graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1999 with a special focus on Sports Performance and Injury Prevention in the youth athlete.
Dr Cultrera has received advanced training in soft tissue injury management and is fully credentialed in Active Release Techniques®, Graston Technique®, FAKTR-PM®, Kinesiotaping and Custom Foot Orthotics.
Dr Cultrera focuses on Athlete Optimization and Youth Injury Prevention. He has worked with AVP Professional and Collegiate volleyball players, the Toronto Argonauts, BC Lions, and has been part of the ART® treatment team at the Ironman Canada triathlon. Dr Cultrera is an active member of the triathlon community and Vice president of the Kronos Youth High-Performance Triathlon club.
CERTIFIED ATHLETIC THERAPIST
Jordan is a Certified Athletic Therapist who graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education majoring in Athletic Therapy. He is a former MRU Cougar who played on the Men’s Volleyball team. During his undergraduate degree, Jordan worked with university hockey and basketball teams in Calgary. Since graduating, Jordan has worked in the field with various sports including volleyball, soccer, football, rugby, and lacrosse.
Along with Innovative Sport Medicine, Jordan works with seniors designing individualized balance and fitness programs, as well as surgery, chronic pain, and trauma rehabilitation. His passion in Athletic Therapy is for injury assessment and education. He enjoys equipping individuals with the necessary tools and knowledge to lead a healthy lifestyle and overcome injury.
Jordan fills his time outside work hiking, snowshoeing, and biking with his wife, young daughter, and two big dogs. When not enjoying the outdoors, he is coaching university volleyball or playing in the semi-professional Canadian Volleyball League.