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Our Team

Arri,Physiotherapist and owner

Arri McWatt, physiotherapist, owner

Arri graduated with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2010 from the University of Alberta. Prior to his Masters, he completed Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology from the University of Victoria in 2007. Arri grew up in small Northern Alberta town of Fairview where he was involved in many sports in Fairview and Grande Prairie. He played hockey, volleyball, golf, soccer, and squash. Currently he stays busy by being involved in hockey, golf, CrossFit, running, biking and squash. He is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and coaches at a local gym in west Edmonton. Arri has taken part in several charity and adventure sporting events year after year such as the Canadian Death Race, Run for the Cure, City Chase, Down and Dirty Mud Race, Med Cup Hockey Tournament, as well as the CrossFit Open and small local CrossFit events.

Arri has extensive experience working with patients from all ages ranging from 5 to 95 and all levels of mobility and function. His passion for physiotherapy is driven by variety and challenging himself to create unique treatment plans to optimize outcomes for each individual.

Physiotherapy Credentials:

  • Certificate in Medical Acupuncture by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute
  • Certified in Spinal Manipulation (Jim Meadows) with the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta
  • Level 1 and Level 2 components of the Advanced Orthopaedic and Manual Manipulative Physiotherapy program offered through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • Muscle Mobilization and Deep Tissue Massage
  • Mulligan Mobilization with Movement
  • Fascial Movement Taping (RockTape/K-Tape)
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation Certified
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment Level 1
  • Finalist for YEG Fitness Physiotherapist of the Year 2016
  • Certified in SIGVARIS compression clothing fitting
  • Physiotherapist for CrossFit Armoury athletes at Western Regionals 2014, 2015 and 2017

Aaron, Physiotherapist and owner

Aaron Norris, physiotherapist, owner

Aaron graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Prior to completing his Physical Therapy Degree, he acquired a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with Honors from Memorial University in his hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Aaron has been involved in athletics his entire life with many years of experience in baseball, hockey, basketball, volleyball, cycling, golf and rowing at the high school and amateur level. He has been highly involved in CrossFit for the past 5 years and was fortunate enough to attend the 2013 Canada West Regional as a member of the CrossFit Armoury Team. He is also a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and coaches at a local gym in Edmonton part time. 

Aaron has a great deal of experience working with patients of all age groups. He has a passion for physiotherapy, which is clearly evident in his positive attitude and energy that is brought to the clinic everyday.

Physiotherapy Credentials:

  • Voted YEG Fitness Physiotherapist of the Year 2016
  • Level 1 and Level 2 components of the Advanced Orthopaedic and Manual Manipulative Physiotherapy program offered through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • Certified in Spinal Manipulation (Jim Meadows) with the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta
  • Muscle Mobilization and Deep Tissue Massage
  • Fascial Movement Taping (RockTape/K-Tape)
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment Level 1
  • Physiotherapist on the rehab team of the Edmonton Rush Lacrosse Club of the NLL from 2011-2013

Daniella, Physiotherapist experinced with pediatric patients

 Daniella Ongaro, physiotherapist

Daniella graduated with a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta in 2015. In 2012, she achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Anthropology. Daniella grew up in a sporting household and has a deep appreciation and belief in the power of sport and physical activity. She came to physical therapy because of her deep belief in the importance of exercise, improving and maintaining mental and physical health. Her desire to make life more accessible for all people, from getting people back into the activities that they love, to introducing others to the benefits and joys of being active. She has previous experience in acute care, at the Stollery Children's Hospital, and now in pediatrics at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Her most recent endeavors have given her a passion for working with pediatrics. Daniella is able to work on everything from infant development, post-operative management, concussion management and ACL research.

Danielle loves traveling around the world (when she can get out of work!) She enjoys being outside hiking and camping. When she’s not busy taping ankles for her teammates, she’s playing hard on the soccer pitch. She’s also an avid cyclist, yoga enthusiast, and nature lover.

Daniella loves working at Optimize because there is a lot of emphasis on great patient care. There is no pressure to get someone every 15 minutes, they let you work, treat, and learn at your own pace and really encourage growth and professional development. It's also just a great team that has a lot of fun and a passion for optimizing patient care.

 

Physiotherapy Credentials

  • Level 1 Advanced Orthopedic and Manual Manipulative Physiotherapy program offered through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association

 




Jack, Physiotherapist

Jack Haworth, Physiotherapist

Jack grew up in England where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. He then went on to complete his Masters in Physiotherapy from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013. For his final placement, Jack elected to come to Alberta to explore the profession overseas. He instantly found it a great fit and decided to move here in January 2014. He enjoys CrossFit, rugby, golf and exploring the great outdoors. 

 
Jack's approach to rehabilitation is to identify mechanical, biomechanical or central barriers to sporting performance. He has a strong belief in functional rehabilitation. His treatment model is to facilitate tissue adaptation by prescribing appropriate exercise. This is aimed at increasing tissue extensibility and joint range of motion with stretching and flexibility work, or to increase neuromuscular recruitment along with the associated strength benefits from a progressive loading program. He believe's that alongside traditional techniques such as joint manipulation, dry needling and muscle energy techniques, that functional rehabilitation offers the best potential outcome for all athletes and patients.
 

Physiotherapy Credentials:

  • Certified in Spinal Manipulation (Jim Meadows) with the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta
  • Certified in Medical Acupuncture by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute 
  • Certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling (Jim Meadows)
  • Certified in Peripheral Joint Manipulation (Jim Meadows)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association - CSCS
  • Certified in Weightlifting for Physiotherapists (Blaine Mackie)
  • Sport Taping Certification
  • Elite Injury Management Certification - Concussion Management in Sport
Taman, Physiotherapist

Taman McWatt, Physiotherapist

Taman graduated from the University of Alberta with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. Taman enjoys treating active individuals of all ages. He has a special interest in screening athletes for potential injuries and developing exercise plans aimed at reducing injury and maximizing performance.

Since graduating Taman has continued to develop his skill set by taking a number of courses on assessment, treatment and even dry needling. 

A former hockey and volleyball player, Taman now stays active doing Crossfit, Olympic Weightlifting, mountain biking, rec hockey and coaching mobility classes in the community. The rest of his spare time is spent hanging out with his wife, friends and dog. Taman's hope is to help people return to the activities they enjoy free of pain and with the tools and knowledge to prevent future injury.

Physiotherapy Credentials:

  • Level 1 Advanced Orthopaedic and Manual Manipulative Physiotherapy program offered through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment Level 1
  • Biomedical Dry Needling


Victoria, RMT

Victoria Wood, Registered Massage Therapist

Victoria graduated with honors from Alberta Institute of Massage in Red Deer and MH Vicars School of Massage in Edmonton in 2011. She has acquired 3200 hours to become a registered massage therapist through National Health Care Practitioners of Canada.

Victoria was born and raised in Victoria, BC, and found her way to Alberta in 2009Having experience in emergency medical services Victoria discovered she has always been dedicated to helping people and very intrigued by human anatomy.

Being involved in sports her whole life and now CrossFit in the last few years thus having an extreme passion for health and fitness. Victoria believes massage therapy is an effective tool for treating pain and injury, as well as injury prevention. 

Currently, Victoria is furthering her career in EMS, spending time with her rescue dog and having the time of her life working at Optimize with the greatest team anyone could ask for!

She incorporates various techniques into her individualized treatment plans with all types of clients!

Massage Credentials:

  • Deep Tissue Massage 
  • Sports Massage
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Myofascial Massage
  • Prenatal Massage
 
 
Brinttany, RMT

Brittany Bouma, Registered Massage Therapist

Brittany graduated in 2013 from Makami College with a diploma of 3000 hrs in Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy. She is registered with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC). 
 
After completing her massage diploma she went on to receive both a diploma in Physiotherapy Assistance and a Bachelors Degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. 
Brittany is extremely passionate about helping others reach their fullest potential and reduce any pain they may be experiencing. She has been avidly involved in many sports with her favourite being competitive swimming. She swam for 15 years and coached for 3. Within this time she gained a wealth of knowledge about the human body and how it works. Brittany is currently continuing her education at Grant MacEwan University working towards becoming a Registered Acupuncturist.
 
She is looking forward to tailoring her massage treatments for each individual client in order to help them reach their fullest potential! 
 

Massage Credentials:

  • Deep Tissue Massage 
  • Sports Massage
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Myofascial Massage
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage
Jenny, Registered Nutritionist

Jenny Brown, Registered Dietician, Founder of FoodMed Inc.

Born and raised in Alberta, Jenny started learning from an early age about the effects of diet on your health. Her father was a family doctor and so naturally had a very graphic description of how foods influenced our physiology. Her mother was an excellent cook and gardener and prepared healthy, home-grown meals every day for a family of six. She educated her children of all of the important vitamins and minerals in the foods she prepared. But with her British accent, the word ‘vitamins’ was pronounced a bit differently!

Once she eventually discovered my calling to be a dietitian, I earned my degree at the University of Alberta and became registered with the College of Dietitians of Alberta. She has since gained experience in a wide variety of clinical nutrition areas at several Alberta hospitals. Her desire to counsel and guide others in nutrition for everyday life inspired me to start up her own business to serve clients in Edmonton and surrounding areas.

On her own time, she enjoys learning about sustainable living practices, such as permaculture and urban farming. She likes to keep active with yoga, wall climbing, hiking and skiing. And to relax, she can usually be found with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other…or seen dancing at one of Edmonton’s live music venues!

Jenny's approach to determine a nutrition plans is based on each individuals personal goals and lifestyle. She believes in looking at the big picture to help promote a positive relationship with food and healthy behaviors for life.

A positive relationship with food means not seeing certain foods or food groups as the enemy. The ‘all-or-nothing’ mentality, the severe calorie restricting regimes and the idea of ‘the perfect diet’ are thankfully becoming trends of the past. Current dietetic practices are promoting mindful eating, where the focus is listening to your body and enjoying a variety of foods every day.

Make an appointment with Jenny and you can work together to set some realistic goals and make some sustainable changes.

Visit Jenny's Website at http://foodmed.ca/services/

Ashley, Clinic Manager

Ashley Potter, Clinic Manager

Ashley has been working in a Physiotherapy clinic for the past 6 and 1/2 years. She has been Clinic Manager at Optimize since day one. Prior to working in a Physiotherapy clinic she worked as an Interior Design Technologist designing kitchens. Ashley enjoys working in an atmosphere with a close group of like minded people. She values the support that is given to her by Arri and Aaron, whether it’s work related or personal. She is currently working towards getting her Elementary Education Degree. Ashley plans to contribute to the growth and development of Optimize as she finishes her degree. Once her degree is completed she hope's to begin a career as an Elementary School Teacher. In Ashley's spare time she play's slo-pitch, hockey and she recently has began playing ringette again.

Meaghan, Front Desk

Meaghan Jenner, Clinic Assistant

Meaghan really enjoys being apart of the Optimize team. She loves getting to help people and values getting to know each client. Meaghan, like the rest of the team, is a huge dog lover. Meaghan and her husband have 3 dogs of their own. She is an open book and finds working with Optimize team is so easy and enjoyable.Meaghan also like to spend her summers camping, playing ringette or you may even find her getting crafty. Meaghan is always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, be sure to say hello to her the next time you are in the clinic.

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