WinSport Medicine Clinic

call us at 403-202-6565
The WinSport Medicine Clinic is located on level 1 of the Markin MacPhail Centre beside the Guest Services desk. Our staff of professionals take an integrated approach to treating injuries. Our team includes physicians, orthopedic surgeons, physiotherapists, athletic therapists and massage therapists certified from the Canadian Academy of Exercise & Sport Medicine (CASEM). We also have a developmental optometrist, registered psychologist and registered dietitian.

All of our services are open to the public, with the exception of our Sports Medicine Physicians, which require a referral from your doctor.

Please note that we do not accept WCB or MVA patients, and we do not have a physiotherapy contract with Alberta Health.
  Patients are treated using state-of-the-art equipment and specialized therapy techniques which include underwater and anti-gravity treadmills, shockwave therapy and real-time ultrasound.

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SPORT MEDICINE
Sport medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with physical fitness and the treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. Our physicians have specialized training and skills to treat activity-related injuries and conditions and work closely with each patient to develop a treatment plan that result in a return to normal levels of activity quickly and effectively.

Our physicians are certified with the Canadian Academy of Exercise & Sport Medicine (CASEM) and work with national and professional athletes and teams. Patients require a referral from their doctor or qualified practitioner to see our Sport Medicine Physicians.        

DR. BRIAN W. BENSON
MD, MSc, PhD, CCFP, Dip. Sport Med.

Dr. Brian Benson has extensive experience and certifications in the world of sports medicine. He has a clinical consulting practice in sport medicine and is an Adjunct Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Faculty of Medicine, Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary. 

Dr. Benson completed his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Calgary with a focus on concussion prevention in ice hockey and has a special clinical and research interest in studying acute sport-related concussions.  

He serves as a member of several concussion executive committees in North America and is Chief Medical Officer and Director of Sport Medicine at the Canadian Sport Institute in Calgary, as well as the head physician of the Canadian national bobsleigh, skeleton and luge teams.  

Dr. Benson has also been the head physician of the University of Calgary Dinos football team and several Canadian national men’s ice hockey teams representing Canada at the Under-18 World Championships, World Junior Championships and Men’s World Championships.

DR. JIM THORNE
MD, BSc, CCFP, Dip. Sport Med.

Dr. Jim Thorne has had a long time interest in sport medicine through covering several sports events and performing sport medicine consultations since 1998. Dr. Thorne has been a primary care family physician for 30 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1978, a medical degree in 1982 from University of Alberta and obtained his diploma in sport medicine in 1995.

He has a clinical interest in acute sport medicine injuries, chronic sport-related injuries and the non-surgical management of osteoarthritis.

Jim has had the privilege of working with countless professional and national athletes and teams, including Team Canada hockey, bobsleigh, luge, skeleton, freestyle skiing, and badminton as well as the Calgary Stampeders and Calgary Flames.

He is a born and raised Calgarian and is married with one daughter. He is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys several activities including hockey, badminton, hiking, biking, skiing  and general fitness. 

DR. IAN AULD
MD, Dip. Sport Med.

Dr. Auld earned an honours Kinesiology degree from the University of Victoria in 1995 and went on to study medicine at the University of British Columbia.  Upon graduating in 1999, a family medicine residency brought Ian out to Calgary. He has been working in the field of sport medicine for the last 13 years and is currently a team physician for the Calgary Flames, Calgary Stampeders, Calgary Hitmen, Calgary Roughnecks and Hockey Canada’s men’s and junior programs. Dr. Auld is married with two children and is a competitive cyclist in his spare time.

DR. KATIE MacGREGOR
MD, CCFP, Dip. Sport Med.

Dr. Katie MacGregor is a Canadian Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) trained sports medicine physician. She has a clinical consulting practice in Sports and Exercise medicine at Winsport Medicine clinic and at the University of Calgary.  

Dr. MacGregor is the Chief medical officer and lead sport medicine physician with Alpine Canada and covers local University of Calgary events as well as local and international Ski events.  

She has an interest in acute sport medicine injuries, acute sport-related concussion, injury prevention and return to play as well as female athlete issues. In her spare time, Dr. MacGregor enjoys downhill skiing, mountain biking and soccer. 

  • Dr. Stephen French, MD, FRCS(C), Dip. Sport Med.
PHYSIOTHERAPY
Physiotherapy is a type of treatment for injuries based on an in-depth understanding of how and why movement and function take place in the human body. Our physiotherapy specialists provide comprehensive assessment and treatment programs which focus on injury prevention and returning clients to optimal performance. One of the keys to successful recovery is early intervention, which may reduce the severity of an injury, allow a faster return to participation and help prevent the recurrence of injury.


Our services
  • Sport specific performance and rehabilitation programs
  • Preoperative and postoperative education and rehabilitation
  • Manual therapy
  • Vestibular therapy
  • Post-concussion management

  • Injury prevention and screening programs
  • Modalities (acupuncture, ultrasound, electrotherapy, game ready)
  • Prophylactic, athletic and kinesio taping
  • Rehabilitative exercise programs
Our Equipment
  • Hydroworx underwater treadmill®
  • Alter-G Anti-Gravity Treadmill ®
  • Shockwave®

LISA HOFFART
P.T., BScPT, BScKin, CAFCI, FCAMT

Lisa became a physiotherapist 20 years ago because she believes maintaining an active lifestyle is a key component of a complete life.  That spirit continues to drive her practice today, and Lisa feels treatment should always be a positive experience in a supportive and engaging atmosphere.

Lisa has worked extensively with athletes competing in world class amateur and professional sports ranging from baseball to wrestling and most everything in between.  She has worked with lacrosse teams at world championships and provided treatment for the Calgary Roughnecks professional lacrosse team for over ten years.

In addition to her physiotherapy degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Lisa has a degree in Kinesiology and has acquired advanced designations in the areas of biomechanics, manual and manipulative therapy, radiology and needling. 

AMY BAUERLE
PT, MScPT, BScKin

Amy has been a physiotherapist since 2005, working in private-practice clinics in both Ontario and Alberta. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2003 and a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto in 2005. Amy is a certified Sport Physiotherapist and has taken advanced courses in orthopedic manual therapy and dry needling.

A former competitive figure skater, Amy is a physiotherapist with Hockey Canada working with the Under-18, Under-22 and National Women’s Hockey Teams. Amy also works with the CalAlta Figure Skating Club and has worked with figure skating and rugby athletes at the National level.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys travelling, biking, golfing, downhill skiing and spending time with family and friends.

DARREN MAZZEI
MPT, BScKin.,CDN, CMT

While studying Kinesiology at the University of Victoria, Darren competed as a varsity track and field athlete. Chronic injuries during his career inspired Darren to move to Saskatoon and complete a Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of Saskatchewan. Following graduation from his Masters, Darren worked as a consultant with Nike Oregon Track Club Elite. This experience gave Darren the opportunity to work with elite runners in a highly specialized setting.  Darren now enjoys working with a wide range of ages and athletic populations. He integrates manual treatment with movement based programming to help his patient’s lead active lifestyles. 

JENNIFER DELICH
MPT, BSc., CGIMS, CPMA

Jennifer graduated from the University of Queensland with a Master’s degree of Physiotherapy. For the last four years, Jennifer traveled full time on the World Cup circuit as a physiotherapist with the women’s Canadian Alpine Ski Team. She was also the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics physiotherapist for the Canadian Alpine Ski Team.  Jennifer is a former member to the Canadian Ski Team herself and attended the University of New Mexico where she was an NCAA ski champion.

Jennifer’s experience as an elite level athlete gives her a unique perspective in injury prevention and rehabilitation.  Her holistic approach to wellness includes manual therapy, Pilates, acupuncture and precise exercises.

JUSTIN PICKERELL
MPT, BASc

Justin is from the West Kootenay City of Nelson, B.C.  Here he gained an interest in sports including skiing, hiking and hockey. His interest in the body and mind lead him to an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology & Psychology. Justin furthered his education by attending UBC in Vancouver where he completed a Masters degree in Physiotherapy. Justin is passionate about working with athletes, spending time in the mountains, and travelling the world. These interest lead to him to a position with Alpine Canada as the head physiotherapist for the technical team where he has worked for the past two years. Prior to this, Justin worked in a private sector assisting all demographics with both acute and chronic ailments. Justin’s practice primarily consists of manual therapy, functional dry needling, and acupuncture techniques with a strong base in exercise science and client education, with all client populations.

SARAH ROBINSON
MScPT, Bkin, CAFCI

Sarah grew up in the mountains in Canmore and adopted an active lifestyle at a young age. As a former cross-country ski racer, she sought out physiotherapy treatment to rehabilitate injuries and developed an interest in sports therapy. She completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology degree at the University of Calgary with a focus in Athletic Therapy, followed by a Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree at the University of Alberta in 2011. 

Sarah has been working with the Canadian Alpine Ski Team for the past two years, joining them at various destinations around the world. When treating clients, Sarah often uses a combination of manual therapy techniques, exercises, functional dry needling, and acupuncture as part of an effective program.

DUSTIN FRASER

Dustin Fraser graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy in 2012. Since graduating, Dustin has achieved certifications in Functional Dry Needling (FDN) and Selective Functional Movement Assessments (SFMA). He currently works for the Canadian Sport Institute seeing national level winter sport athletes and works with Alpine Canada as a therapist for the Men’s Alpine Ski Team.
  • Eugene Marte
MASSAGE THERAPY
The WinSport Medicine Clinic focuses on rehabilitation and prevention of injuries, both athletic and medical in nature. Your massage therapist will suggest homecare and specific protocols that will help in recovery and help you to achieve your fitness and wellness goals.

Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for treating chronic aches and pains and contracted areas with symptoms including a stiff neck, upper and lower back pain, leg muscle tightness and sore shoulders.

When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation resulting in inflammation, pain and limited movement. Deep tissue massage physically breaks down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.

LAURIE FISHER
BA, MKin, RMT

Masters Degree in Kinesiology
  • Registered Massage Therapist - 2200 Hour Diploma
  • Levels 1 & 2 Kinesiotaping®
Laurie is a Kinesiologist and Registered Massage Therapist practicing in Calgary, Alberta. Her interest in kinetics and functional muscle movement began as a collegiate athlete at the University of Calgary during her undergraduate degree. This passion lead to the pursuit of a Master of Kinesiology degree. Upon graduation she continued her sport involvement with the Canadian Sport Centre in Calgary and both the competitive and recreational sport communities. This is where she focused on rehabilitative and functional therapies.

Laurie specializes in therapeutic, rehabilitation, deep tissue, pre and post surgical, sport and trigger point massage.

Currently a member in good standing with the Remedial Massage Therapy Association of Alberta, she is also pursuing certification with the Canadian Sports Massage Therapists Association.  
Practitioners
  • Jessica Bateman, RMT
  • Kirsty Collard, RMT
 
SPORT PSYCHOLOGY
Sport psychology is designed to help athletes reach their potential through mastering the mental skills necessary to perform consistently in training and competition.
Sport psychologists are trained in clinical or counselling psychology and have expertise in individual and team interventions.  They help athletes with a broad range of behavioural or emotional issues that can interfere with athletic performance. Some of these issues include how to cope with injuries and deal with the pressure of competition, how to improve communication and how to develop a competitive edge. Sport psychologists can also facilitate team cohesion and address group dynamics.
Further information about sport psychology can be found at the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Sport and Exercise Section  Click here for more information »


Dr. NATASHA KUTLESA, R.Psych.

Dr. Natasha Kutlesa is a Registered Psychologist specializing in sport psychology. She works at the WinSport Medicine Clinic and in her private practice with athletes, teams, and coaches, including Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Her expertise is in post-concussion management, recovery from sports injuries and eating disorders, but she also helps athletes with other areas of sport psychology such as performance enhancement (visualization, self-talk, relaxation techniques, team dynamics, etc.) and coping with the pressure of competitions. She also helps athletes plan ahead for a career after sport.

Dr. Kutlesa completed a B.Sc. in Psychology at University of Toronto, her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at University of Western Ontario, and a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary. Her dissertation research focused on overcoming perfectionism among university students.

Dr. Kutlesa is registered with the College of Alberta Psychologist (CAP), Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) and the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists (CRHSP). Further information about Dr. Kutlesa  Click here »
SPORT VISION THERAPY
Sports vision training is quickly gaining attention as the next frontier in sports training. It involves improving an athlete's performance by training visual skills such as eye-tracking, peripheral awareness, eye-hand coordination, reaction time and depth perception. Dr. Debbie Luk and her team offer sports vision training, baseline concussion assessment and neuro-vision rehabilitation for post-concussion vision syndrome. Comprehensive vision examination is also available for all ages.


DR. DEBBIE LUK
BSc (Hons), OD, FCOVD

Dr. Luk is one of the few residency-trained and board-certified developmental optometrists in Canada to provide vision therapy and training. Her specialty lies in sports vision, traumatic brain injuries, lazy eye and visual perception. Dr. Luk completed her doctor of optometry degree with honours at the University of Waterloo where she served as president for four years. She is the recipient of the American Optometric Foundation Carl Zeiss Vision Fellowship and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development Award for Clinical Excellence in Vision Therapy.

Dr. Luk’s post-doctorate studies include a vision therapy residency in New York City. She is a Board Certified Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Dr. Luk serves as a clinical adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and is a member of the Alberta Association of Optometrists' Vision Development Rehabilitation Committee.

For more information on baseline concussion vision exams or sport vision therapy  Click here »
For more information on comprehensive eye exams  Click here »
SPORT INJURY CLINICS
The WinSport Medicine Clinic offers both Hockey and Alpine Injury Clinics. Clients can book expedited appointments with our experienced sport medicine physicians on a non-referral basis for any injury sustained within a four week period. When booking, please indicate whether you are interested in the Hockey or Alpine injury clinic.

Our physicians and service providers have experience treating our national athletes, elite athletes and the public. Please note, clients must be at least 13 years of age to see a physician.

Injuries treated at the hockey injury clinic include:
  • Concussions – through utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach
  • Any acute musculoskeletal (MSK) injury sustained while playing hockey
Our physicians:
  • Dr. Brian Benson
  • Dr. Jim Thorne
  • Dr. Ian Auld
  • Dr. Katie McGregor
Concussion Clinic
The Benson Concussion Institute (BCI) at WinSport is led by a physician experienced in concussion working together with a multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals, including leading specialists from sport medicine, optometry, physiology, nutrition, chiropractic, psychology, athletic therapy, and physiotherapy. A seasonal subscription service model is used to operate a high-performance sport concussion program unlike any other in the world to facilitate specialized uninsured medical services.

Baseline (pre-injury) evaluations are conducted by a trained health care professional during the pre-season. Baseline evaluations are used to assess an athlete’s brain function, including concussion-like symptoms, concentration, attention, memory, reaction time, balance, cognition, visual-spatial skills, coordination, reaction time, and judgment. Should an athlete sustain a concussion during the season, comparing post-injury results to baseline results can assist health care professionals with identifying areas of impairment due to the concussion and help with individualizing management strategies and return to sport decisions.

Three packages are available, all of which include comprehensive or advanced baseline assessments, post-concussion clinical services, and monitored return to play programs.

Please contact the WinSport Medicine Clinic for pricing information.

GOLD
Advanced baseline assessment, extended post-concussion clinical services, 1 season of coverage
SILVER
Advanced baseline assessment,
1 season of coverage
BRONZE
Comprehensive baseline assessment,
1 season of coverage


DR. BRIAN W. BENSON
MD, MSc, PhD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.

Dr. Brian Benson has a clinical consulting practice in Sport Medicine at WinSport Medicine Clinic in Calgary, Alberta, with a special interest in acute sport concussion. He is an Adjunct Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Cumming School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary. Dr. Benson completed his MSc and PhD in Epidemiology from the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, focusing on sport concussion prevention. He is the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Sport Medicine at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, and team physician of the Canadian National Bobsleigh, Skeleton, and Luge teams. Dr. Benson has also been the team physician for several high performance sport teams including the University of Calgary Dinosaur Football team (2006-2013) and several Canadian National Men’s Ice Hockey Teams representing Canada at the Under-18 World Championships, World Junior Championships, Deutschland Cup, Spengler Cup, and Men’s World Championships.
SPORT NUTRITION
Sport Nutrition is an area of nutrition science as it relates to athletic performance.  It helps athletes understand the food and fluid quantity, quality and timing to ensure optimal health and performance.

Whether you are a professional or amateur athlete, our Registered Dietitian will ensure your nutrition decisions maximize your performance potential.

KELLY DRAGER
MSc, CSSD, ISAK Level 1

Kelly Drager is a Sport Dietitian at the Canadian Sport Institute in Calgary where she works with various levels of athletes. She is the lead dietitian for the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association, Bobsleigh Skeleton Canada, and the Canadian men’s water polo team. She also consults for Alberta Sport Development Centre Calgary, Mount Royal University Athletics, and Talisman Centre for sport and wellness.
 
Kelly completed a Bachelor of Physical Education, Exercise Physiology honors degree from the University of Calgary. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from the University of Alberta. Her MSc in Exercise Physiology at the University of Alberta investigated energy availability and the female athlete. She also is a Level1 ISAK accredited anthropometrist.
 
Kelly’s passion revolves around mountain sports which includes climbing, back country skiing, mountain biking and trail running. She has been team captain of a competitive climbing team in Calgary since 2010 and continues to compete at local, national and international bouldering competitions.