Sport Medicine Centre


Physical Therapists

Physical Therapists

Rickie Walkden, BMR (PT) – Director/Senior Therapist

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Rickie brings over 20 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 in 1997, 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 (Currently on maternity leave, returning in December 2019)

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Holly Stevens Headshot 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.

Read Holly's professional tips on Pain Free Running.

Brian Buffie, MPT, BKin, TPI - Physical Therapist

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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!

Read about Brian's Golf Performance Program.

Read Brian's article on Preventing Golf Injuries.


Sarah Hall, MPT - Physical Therapist

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Sarah graduated from The University of Alberta in 2007 with her Master of Science – Physical Therapy. While in Edmonton she worked in both private practice clinics and also in acute care at the University of Alberta Hospital. After moving to Winnipeg she began working at the Sport Medicine Clinic in 2012. She is certified in Spinal and Peripheral manipulative therapy and has completed her Level 3 for manual therapy.  As a member of the clinic Sarah has been treating concussions since 2013 being Shift accredited and an Impact Trained Physical Therapist (ITPT).

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 sport 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 sport 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 spending time with her children, live music, volleyball, downhill skiing, water sports and travelling.

Collin Rody, MPT - Physical Therapist

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Collin graduated from the University of Manitoba with his Master’s of Physical Therapy in 2018. While completing his studies, Collin gained experience working with diverse clientele and settings from your average person to high-level athletes through a variety of clinics in Winnipeg and events such as the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

His interest in physical therapy stemmed from his many injuries and years in sports which he uses today to better understand the needs of his clients. Collin has a strong interest in combining manual therapy and education and takes an active exercise-based approach to his patient management.Collin Rody

He strives to provide an enthusiastic and individually tailored plan to his clients and plans to continue furthering his physical therapy education through ongoing certifications and courses.

Outside of work, Collin's interests and hobbies include spending time with family and friends, going to the lake, fishing, home DIY projects, travelling, and playing sports.  

Born and raised in Manitoba, Collin is excited to be a part of the Sport Medicine Clinic team and looks forward to being part of your recovery!

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