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.
Physiotherapists are governed by their own code of ethical principles whose roles and responsibilities are identified by the national and provincial therapy associations. Organizations such as the Manitoba Physiotherapy Association and Canadian Physiotherapy Association define the roles of individual therapists relevant to the national health service delivery needs and ensure that they are consistent with accepted international guidelines set out by the World Confederation of Physical Therapy.
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.
Providing physiotherapy services for over 40 years, of which 35 have in the private out-patient sector. This has included commencing with the first private physiotherapy practices in rural Manitoba and the creation of past practices in Neepawa, Gimli, Armed Forces Base Shilo, and Virden. More recently, to accommodate the specific rehabilitation demands for more individual care needed in complex cases and pelvic floor health, Physio4U commenced operation in March 2016.
Areas of Professional Interest
Orthopaedic manual therapy for Temporomandibular Joint and Pelvic Floor. Health rehabilitation for both females and males, and lymphatic studies.
Bachelor of Physical Therapy
University of Manitoba, 1981
Diploma of Physiotherapy B.P.T.
University of Manitoba, 1976
Areas of Practice
Includes certification in orthopaedic/osteopathic manual therapy, acupuncture, pelvic health rehabilitation for women, men, and children, functional capacity evaluation, persistent pain/cognitive behaviours, and lymphatic drainage. The growing need to understand the fascial system, visceral certification is continuing.
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.
Rhiannon Bollman R.M.T.
Rhiannon Bollman is a Registered Massage Therapist under the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba. She has 2300 hours of training and is a graduate from Robertson College having graduated on January 17th, 2020 practicing therapeutic massage. Rhiannon has decided to become a Massage Therapist because she loves helping people and is passionate about health care.
Massage Therapy incorporates a variety of techniques such as Myofascial Release, Swedish Massage, Manual Trigger Point Release, and more. Massage Therapy helps to reduce muscle and joint tension, restrictions, and decreases stress while greatly improving overall health and well-being.
Scholarship with Brandon School Division
- That the scholarship in the amount of $300.00 be awarded to a Grade 12 graduate who is of Canadian citizenship and is seeking an active career in the profession of physiotherapy and meets the following criteria:
- That the scholarship shall be awarded annually to a student in the Brandon School Division with proven academic capabilities, having attained a standing of 85% or higher in all subjects in the current school year who intends to pursue the career of physiotherapy at any accredited Canadian university program.