Our Clinics

St. James Location
120-3025 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB

Phone: 204-889-8769

Our Staff

Mieke Vonderbank, BMR(PT)

Physiotherapist

Mieke knew from an early age that she wanted to be a Physiotherapist. Mieke enjoys working with people from various backgrounds and ages. She is committed in helping her patients reach their full potential by using her Physiotherapy skills and by inspiring others to be as active as possible. Mieke was born and grew up in Breezand, a town in the Netherlands, which provides the largest number of Tulip bulbs shipped around the world. In her spare time, Mieke likes to stay active. She enjoys strength training, swimming, biking, hiking and camping. She takes pride in taking care of her garden and loves cooking for her family. 

Education:

  • Graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy) Degree in 1986. 

Advanced Training:

  • Certification in Acupuncture
  • Runs a weekly post-op knee and hip replacement physiotherapy class
  • Completed manual therapy courses early in her career and got her Part A Manual Therapy Certification in 1990
  • Over the years, Mieke has taken numerous continuing education courses and continues to take advanced courses related to her daily practice.

Professional Involvement:

  • Over the years, Mieke has volunteered at various sporting events, worked with Riding for the Disabled and she has been a board member at the Horse Connection.  Currently, she is leading weekly dryland training sessions for a ringette team.

Laurie Ostash, BMR(PT)

Physiotherapist

Laurie enjoys treating a wide variety of musculo-skeletal conditions including MVA and work-related injuries. She is experienced in post-op shoulder, spine and joint replacement rehabilitation, and has a particular interest in providing patients suffering from back, neck, and upper limb pain and overuse syndromes with the tools they need to restore pain-free function and maintain active lifestyles. Laurie employs an active approach to treatment, combining education, manual treatment and exercise prescription specific to each client’s need. Laurie is a lifelong Winnipegger and is an enthusiastic consumer of local dance, theatre and live music. She is an avid reader and enjoys yoga, cooking for family and friends, gardening, camping, hiking and summer weekends at Black Sturgeon Lake.

Education:

  • Graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1987 with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation.
  • She has been practicing physiotherapy for over 30 years and has been working at D’Arcy Bain Physiotherapy St. James location since 2001.

Advanced Training:

  • Acupuncture Certification (1996)
  • Over the years she has taken many post-graduate courses to further her knowledge and support her practice. Most recently completed advanced courses in shoulder and hip rehabilitation.

Sheri Legault, BMR(PT)

Physiotherapist

Sheri wanted to a be a physiotherapist at an early age. She loves her job because it allows her to get to know people, problem solve and help her patients. Sheri believes in getting to know the patient as a whole, to be better able to combine hands on/manual treatment with specific exercise, modalities and acupuncture to facilitate full recovery. She enjoys treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries, post-op patients, joint replacements, MPI, WCB and sports injuries. Sheri’s passions outside of work include camping, cycling and hiking with her husband and two kids, yoga and spin classes. She recently has returned to cross country skiing over winter.

Education:

  • Graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy in 1993.
  • Early in her career she enjoyed some work experience at Children’s Hospital, then pursued her interest in sports injuries and has worked in private practice now for 27 years.

Post-Graduate Education:

  • Acupuncture Certification
  • Dry Needling Certification (2019)
  • Sheri has gone on to further her training in orthopedics, taking many courses specific to spinal pain and sports related injuries throughout the years.  She has taken a number of courses related to running as this was a passion of hers. Over the past few years, she has furthered her training with courses in the foot and ankle, hip and neck.  

Nicole Carswell, BKin, MPT

Physiotherapist

Nicole’s interest in the profession of physiotherapy started at a young age from her involvement in a variety of sports. Being somewhat accident prone, she received her fair share of physiotherapy for an assortment of injuries. This inspired her to pursue a career where she could provide the same level of care and attention she received. Nicole believes in treating patients as a whole and working together to help them achieve their rehabilitation goals. She is passionate about physical activity and the use of exercise to help patients rehabilitate from injuries and enrich their wellbeing. Nicole has a keen interest in manual therapy and working with the pediatric population. She is dedicated to continuing education in order to provide her patients with the most up-to-date evidence-based care. When she is not working, you can find Nicole going for runs, at the gym, or on the ice either coaching or playing hockey. She also enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Education:

  • Graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2018 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology.
  • Graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2021 with a Masters of Physical Therapy.

Post-Graduate Education:

  • Currently completing Level courses for the Orthopaedic Division 

Michael Sofillas, MPT

Physiotherapist

Michael was born and raised in Morden, Manitoba. Growing up, Michael had a passion for all sports including baseball, soccer, golf and primarily hockey. He played in the World Under 17 Hockey Championships as a member of Team West. He then played 4 years in the Western Hockey League before finishing his hockey career with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Men’s Hockey Team. Michael prides himself on building strong personal and therapeutic relationships with all his clients. He believes that client comfort and trust in their therapist provides greater health outcomes. Michael’s treatment style is founded on his athletic and kinesiology background which includes a strong component of exercise as well as having the client involved in creating a personalized treatment plan. Michael enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephews as well as participating in recreational sport activities. Michael also has a passion for coaching and has spent time coaching youth hockey and running hockey camps. When fortunate enough to, Michael also enjoys travelling!

Education:

  • Graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science
  • Graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2021 with a Masters of Physical Therapy.

Jessica Ross, R.M.T.

Massage Therapist

Education:

  • Graduated from Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapy in 2012.

Advanced Training:

  • Hot Stone
  • Aromatherapy
  • Somatic Re-Education Workshop
  • Sports Massage
  • Athletic Proprioceptive Taping
  • Upledger Institue Bioflex Laser Therapy Certification