Rickie Walkden, BMR (PT) – Director/Senior Therapist
Rickie brings over 17 years of experience in sport medicine, successfully rehabilitating everyone from the recreational athlete, to the “weekend warrior”, and the elite athlete.
After graduating from the University of Manitoba, Rickie moved to Minneapolis and for 11 years worked in Sports Medicine. She focused her practice in the rehabilitation of post-operative shoulder rehab, and shoulder injuries, and rehabilitation of the runner including video analysis. Rickie has worked with many professional athletes including the Minnesota Twins, elite marathoners, and Ironman triathletes.
Making the move back home to Winnipeg in late 2008, Rickie began working with orthopaedic surgeons from Pan Am Clinic establishing a Shoulder Rehab Program unique to Winnipeg. She also continued her goal directed program initiated in the US, designed for the rehabilitation of the runner from the newbie to the ultra-performer.
Rickie is excited about the opportunity for Sport Medicine in Manitoba that is offered at the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre and looks forward to helping you reach your goals whether they be to return to work or return to sport.
Holly Allen, MScPT - Physical Therapist
Holly graduated from the University of Alberta in 2010 with her Masters in Science - Physical Therapy. Since then she has worked in both Calgary and Edmonton in a private practice/sport medicine environment. She is certified in acupuncture and is presently completing her Level 3 for Manual therapy. In addition, she is certified in Gokavi Transverse Technique (Intramuscular needling).
Holly's treatment approach is very holistic and combines exercise principles from her Kinesiology degree, with strong manual therapy skills. She believes it is very important not only to treat the acute injury, but to ensure that a treatment plan is put into place to avoid re-injury in the future.
Holly has worked with a number of high level athletes, including the NLL Edmonton Rush Lacrosse Team and Junior National Diving Team. She loves to treat all athletes, especially adolescents and the weekend warrior.
Outside of work, Holly is an all around athlete and enjoys competing in basketball, ball hockey and especially golf. She is an avid runner and being from Calgary, loves country music and two-stepping.
Brian Buffie, MPT, BKin, TPI - Physical Therapist
In the Fall of 2014, Brian had the privilege of being a member of the inaugural graduating class of the Masters of Physical Therapy program at the University of Manitoba. This graduate degree marked the end of his successful studies at the University of Manitoba campus, where he completed his Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2009 and was named an Academic All-Canadian in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Brian wore his brown and gold colors proudly as he competed on his alma mater’s golf team for four years. His avid love for golf has driven him to obtain certification with the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). Brian has a strong desire to work not only with the injured golfer but is dedicated to identifying physical limitations that may be keeping all golfers from reaching their full potential.
Brian has attained his level two manual therapy orthopaedic level. His treatment approach is simple: respect and consistency yields results. He relies heavily on hands-on manual therapy skills and his strong foundation of exercise knowledge. Brian continues to improve his skills through various continuing education courses and plans on attaining all of his orthopaedic manual therapy levels.
Hailing from the steel city, Selkirk, MB, Brian is excited to be a part of the Sport Medicine Centre team and looks forward to meeting you!
Sarah Hall, MPT - Physical Therapist
Sarah graduated from The University of Alberta in 2007 with her Master of Science – Physical Therapy. Since that time she has worked in Edmonton at both private practice clinics and also in acute care at the University of Alberta Hospital. She is certified in Spinal and Peripheral manipulative therapy and is presently completing her Level 3 for manual therapy. In addition, she is certified in acupuncture and Gokavi Transverse Technique (Intramuscular needling). Sarah’s treatment approach combines a strong manual therapy background with a thorough knowledge of exercise prescription. In addition, the use of needling adds another dimension to treatment particularly with sports injuries and chronic pain.
As a former Kinesiology student and member of the University of Western Ontario varsity volleyball team Sarah developed a strong interest in sport and sports injuries. She is also certified in Kinesiotaping, a practice used by many Olympic athletes.
Outside of work, Sarah has many other interests and passions which include live music – regularly attending concerts of all sizes and of all genres of music; Kayaking – having completed an ultramarathon (Yukon River Quest) with her husband Nathan in 2010; and traveling – including most of Europe, New Zealand, Mexico, Hawaii, and all across North America.