Our Clinics

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

Phone: 204-889-8769

Our Staff

Wayne Lacko, B.M.R. (PT), FCAMPT

Physiotherapist

As a clinic coordinator with 35 years of clinical practice specializing in musculoskeletal problems, his treatment approach involves integrating the disciplines of skillful manual therapy (specific hands on treatment) with functional exercise and patient education. Wayne cares for patients, mindful in his belief that physiotherapy is founded on the science of evidence-based practice and that its successful delivery is an art. With a varied caseload of WCB, MPI, and private clients, his areas of interest include spinal conditions, neck and back rehabilitation, orthotics assessment and shoulder rehabilitation. Outside of the clinic, Wayne enjoys spending time on the water and is an avid angler year round. He keeps fit maintaining a market garden and woodlot on the century old family homestead. Cycling, photography home darkroom, scuba diving and adventure hiking are among his active pursuits. He is married to a good woman and is so very proud of his sons.

Education:

  • Graduated from Red River Community College with a Civil Engineering Technology Diploma in 1980
  • Graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy) Degree in 1986
  • Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1999

Advanced Training:

  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy, FCAMPT (1999)
  • Acupuncture Certification (1989)
  • Life long learning through numerous continuing education opportunities has enriched his treatment skillset.

Professional Involvement:

  • Past registered instructor for the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA)
  • Past Chair of the Manitoba Orthopaedic Division CPA
  • Served on the board of the Manitoba Cycling Association and helped establish their High Performance Program

Mieke Vonderbank, B.M.R. (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, B.M.R. (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, B.M.R. (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.  

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