About Us

Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy is an essential part of the health and community/welfare delivery systems which provides individuals with services to restore and maintain maximum movement and functional ability throughout their lifetime. We, as physical therapists, operate not only as members of health service provider teams in hospitals and other facilities but also as independent practitioners. We have an extensive body of knowledge to assess, diagnose and treat numerous medical conditions and injuries. Furthermore, we are involved in the promotion of health and well being, prevention and modification of environmental, home and work barriers to ensure full participation in society.

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In the province of Manitoba, as in other provinces, we, as physiotherapists, are able to act as first contact practitioners, and patients/clients may seek direct services without a referral from another health care professional.


Marita Dowsett B.P.T.

Marita has provided physiotherapy services for over 45 years, of which 40 have in the private out-patient sector. This commenced with the first rural private physiotherapy practices in rural Manitoba and the creation of private clinics in Neepawa, Gimli, Armed Forces Base Shilo, and Virden. To accommodate the specific rehabilitation demands for more individual care needed in complex cases and pelvic floor health, Physio4U began to operate in March 2016.

Areas of Practice

This includes certification in orthopaedic/osteopathic manual therapy, acupuncture, pelvic health rehabilitation, functional capacity evaluation, persistent pain, lymphatic drainage, and techniques for the fascial system. The growing need to understand the fascial system, visceral certification is continuing.

Areas of Professional Interest

Orthopaedic manual therapy for Temporomandibular Joint and Pelvic Floor. Health rehabilitation for all ages and lymphatic studies.


Bachelor of Physical Therapy
University of Manitoba, 1981

Diploma of Physiotherapy B.P.T.
University of Manitoba, 1976

Paula Moreira B.Sc., BMR.PT, MCISc. FCAMPT

Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy

Paula Moreira is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy. She completed a Master of Clinical Science in Physical Therapy, Manipulative Therapy at the University of Western Ontario and is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). She has lived in rural Manitoba and has worked in various rural private practices for over 20 years. Generally, she treats a mixed patient population ranging from pediatric to geriatric individuals with the majority of her work centered around complex neuro-musculoskeletal or orthopaedic conditions as well as persistent pain.

Areas of Practice

Orthopaedic manual and manipulative therapy, post-operative rehabilitation, sports injury treatment, persistent pain treatment, acupuncture, exercise development and prescription, and reconditioning.

Areas of Professional Interest

Orthopaedic manual and manipulative therapy, chronic neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, scoliosis, exercise physiology and instruction.

Melissa Wishart  B.Sc., M.P.T.

Melissa completed her Bachelor of Science Undergraduate degree at Brandon University in 2012 where she majored in biomedical sciences.  She then moved to Winnipeg to study at the University of Manitoba where she obtained her Master’s of Physical Therapy in 2014.

She has completed additional courses in Acupuncture, Orthopedics, and Pilates Mat Instruction.

In 2021:                She completed the Level requirements for Pelvic Health:

Level 1:                 The Physical Therapy Approach to Anyone Experiencing Urinary Incontinence

Level 2:                 The Role of Physiotherapy in the Treatment of Anyone Experiencing Pelvic Pain Through a Trauma Informed Lens

Level 3:                 Biopsychosocial Reframed.

Experience and course work has been acquired regarding Pregnancy and Pelvic Girdle Pain.

She is presently completing residency/practical programs under Marita Dowsett, B.P.T.

Areas of Practice

Pelvic Health for women and men of all ages.  Pilates instruction and exercise prescription.  Orthopaedic Manual Therapy.  Acupuncture.  Persistent Pain Management.  Trauma informed care.

Areas of Personal Interest

She is a member of the Women’s Health and Animal Rehabilitation divisions of the Canadian Physical Therapy Association (CPA) and serves on the Legislative Committee for the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba.