Meet our highly skilled and passionate team of Client Care Providers and Coordinators
TJ Unger - Physiotherapist
After graduating from the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology program in 2010 and then the Masters of Physical Therapy Program in 2012 from the University of Saskatchewan, TJ accepted a position at the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre Rehabilitation Department and was quick to call Cold Lake home.
TJ has a diverse care experience including acute care, long term care, post surgical/fracture, neurological, cardiac care, chronic condition management, pre/post natal care, sporting injuries and treating muscle, joint and nerve conditions. TJ continued her educational pursuits completing courses in Kinesiotaping, Functional Dry Needling (Level 1 & 2), McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy and Orthopedic Manual and Manipulative Therapies (Level 1 & 2 Lower).
TJ fell in love with the Physiotherapy profession and prevention based approaches to healthcare while studying at the University of Brisbane, Australia. While there she had the opportunity to work as a Sport Trainer along side an Adolescent Sport Physiotherapist. Rural health disparities has always been another area of interest after growing up in Northern Saskatchewan. She believes that people who live in rural areas should have access to the same opportunities for healthcare as their urban counterparts. There in lies the premise of Elevation Health. To offer a coordinated multi-disciplinary care innovative facility to Cold Lake and surrounding communities.
Continuing with her love of sport and physical activity she has been the Volunteer Coordinator for the Run for Ronald Macdonald House Charities Northern Alberta for the past two years and has had the opportunity to assist coaching in the Jr. and Sr. Female Volleyball Programs at Cold Lake High School the past several years. When TJ is not busy you will most likely find her doing some form of outdoor adventure activity, such as paddleboarding, white water canoeing, snowboarding or her new favorite past time, hiking mountains with her young family.
Angela Plaquin - Physiotherapist
Angela Plaquin was born and raised in the Lakeland region. Always involved in athletic pursuits, she grew up as a jock. Using her body through sport was a form of self-expression. This love of movement combined with the desire to be in a helping profession led her to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. Following graduation with distinction from the U of A in 2000, she settled for a few years as a newlywed in Fort McMurray, AB. Being a PT in the remote city provided her with exposure to a rich variety of clientele. She worked in both private and public practice, in outpatient orthopedics, inpatient medical, surgical, pediatric and intensive care wards, burns, amputees and more. Following the arrival of baby boy #1 in 2006, she and her husband chose Cold Lake as the place in which to raise their family, which was rounded out by baby boy #2 in 2008. After a brief stint at the Cold Lake Health Centre, she spent 10 rewarding years working with Alta-Sask Wellness. In her continued pursuit for learning and development, she has represented the profession as a board member for the Alberta Physiotherapy Association, participated in a research study relating to inter-disciplinary collaboration. She is Level II AFCI acupuncture and spinal manipulation certified and often works often in the field of Woman’s Health. Angela is fond of and has a knack for public speaking, and uses this skill one on one and in groups to help
educate people about their bodies. She feels strongly that an individual will have more success in recovery if they understand their condition and how they must be active participants in their care. Her approach to rehabilitation is largely based on functional anatomy, looking at the interaction of whole systems and tailoring treatment to each individual’s needs. She is known for her positive outlook, suddenly breaking out into song, random jokes and her desire to make clients laugh as part of their journey to wellness.
Where you will often find Ang, is on her yoga mat practicing or leading a class at Yoga Cold Lake, of which she is co-owner. An avid yogi of 15years, she finds physiotherapy and yoga endlessly complimentary. She is looking forward to this next chapter in her
professional life as a member of the Elevation Health Team.
Candice Van Der Voot - Registered Massage Therapist
Candace Van Der Voort attained her Bachelor of Arts Degree through the faculty of Kinesiology with a major in Athletic Therapy in 2005 from the University of Winnipeg. While in university she worked with the Wesmen Women’s Volleyball team for 3 years, several club football teams and spent many hours in the University’s Athletic Therapy clinic. Her program focused on the importance of proper assessments and rehabilitation of injuries and ignited her passion for integrating massage techniques into treatment sessions.
After university she moved to Lake Louise to work at the ski resort and volunteered at a local athletic therapy clinic working alongside Canadian Olympic cross country ski athletes. There she was introduced to the effectiveness of active release techniques. The diversity in treatment strategies that she was learning sparked a yearning to sharpen her emergency management skills. She then completed her training as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) followed by Emergency Medical Technician from the Canadian College of EMS. Later that winter she put her skills to the test as ski patrol at the Snow Valley Ski Resort. She moved back to Bonnyville in 2007, where she still resides, and accepted a position as a physiotherapy assistant at Health First Physiotherapy. There she gained invaluable experience rehabilitating clients involved in motor vehicle collisions, worker’s compensation cases, local athletes and general public. On weekends, when she wasn’t in the physiotherapy clinic, she was working for the Bonnyville Municipal Ambulance, both of which she dedicated 7 years. During her years in physiotherapy she worked alongside an amazing massage therapist who inspired Candace to become one herself. In 2013 she completed her massage therapy diploma from Alberta Massage Training and moved her practice to the Oasis Spa in Cold Lake. In that time, she has worked alongside some great professionals and met many wonderful people and is looking forward to continuing to learn and grow at Elevation Health!
Massage is definitely Candace’s PASSION! She will tell you that she loves her career and this is what she is meant to do! All of her education and experiences have culminated to make your massage experience thorough and unique. She integrates her assessment and rehabilitative experience with massage techniques. Massage therapy is very dynamic, no two therapists are alike, they choose the path that best compliments their interests and techniques to compliment client treatments. Candace defines her approach as “therapeutic”, a mixture of relaxation and deep tissue, with complimentary adjuncts such as myofascial cupping, hot stone therapy, kinesiotaping, and athletic taping. Amongst these disciplines she also provides pre and post natal massage. The drive and pursuit for lifelong learning at Elevation Health is making us all Freakin’ Amazing Muscle Whisperer’s! When Candace isn’t at the office she loves to spend time with her friends and family cooking up a storm, playing games and enjoying life!
Tobi Mahar - Personal Training Specialist | Client Care Co0rdinator
Tobi Maher put her needles away as a lab assistant and joined us to became part of our Elevation Health team in January 2018 as one of our Client Care Coordinators. She received her Personal Training Certificate through Canfit Pro this spring and has been enjoying the opportunities to help people on their own fitness journey’s.
Tobi was an overweight child who consistently battled with her weight. She was the child who begged her mother to write her a note to get out of gym class. She has yo-yo dieted from one fad to another, trying everything and anything! Only to be defeated and put all the weight back on, and then some. Everything changed for her when she finally found the magic secret… that there is no magic secret! You need to fuel your body with good food and put in the time to exercise. It needs to become a lifestyle!
Tobi lost over 50lbs following the birth of her son in 2013. She hired her own personal trainer and learned to work out efficiently and effectively in her own home. She found a love for running and has even completed a full marathon! She has had an amazing fitness journey that has positively impacted her life on so many different levels. Her desire to help people find their own path and be successful in a healthy lifestyle drives her to continue to push the boundaries every day.
Whether you just aren’t sure where to start or you are looking for that extra push from your already established fitness routine, Tobi can help you keep things exciting and challenging. She knows how important accountability is. Tobi looks forward to helping you achieve your fitness goals
Rachel de Volder - REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPIST
“Every body is unique.”
Our physiology is intricate, interconnected and individual; thus, pain can arise in areas seemingly disconnected from the actual source.
As a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), Rachel uses her comprehensive education and broad clinical experience to tailor each treatment session to your unique needs. Rachel strives to alleviate chronic pain, facilitate recovery from injury and provide integrated home care strategies for stress and tension relief.
Cranial Sacral Therapy, Active Myofascial Release, Myofascial Cupping, Dr. Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage and Visceral Mobilizations are some of the specific techniques used to target your deep tissue restrictions, connective tissue adhesions or chronic pain. When such techniques are used in therapeutic combinations specific to your unique body, you feel the difference.
Katie Zimmer - Physiotherapist
Katie was always interested in the human body and how it moved. Growing up playing soccer, tree planting her way through University and traveling the world to learn about yoga are some of the accomplishments that sparked this interest. She pursued her Kinesiology degree and Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where she was born and raised. She started her career there working at a private clinic with a wide variety of clientele. Everything from work place injuries, car accidents, sports injuries, chronic conditions, to rehabilitating pre and post-surgical candidates. Since starting her career, she’s taken courses in functional dry needling, orthopaedic manual and manipulative Therapies (level 1 &2 lower), Running Injury Prevention and Recovery, and attended a Glut Lab seminar put on by Bret Contreras. She’s comfortable in her new home of Cold Lake enjoying activities like camping, hiking, cycling, fishing, snowboarding, and strength training.
Brenna Seymour - Kinesiologist | Certified Personal Trainer
Brenna was born and raised in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. After spending two years in Red Deer, she moved her education to Edmonton and has recently completed her Undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. In May of 2018, Brenna completed her CPT as well. As an avid athlete and lover of all things related to fitness, Brenna hopes to help others better themselves and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Her practicum requirements will be fulfilled through Elevation Health and she is excited to start this chapter in her career!
From a young age, activity in sport was important to her and her family. Brenna became highly interested in volleyball, basketball and track. In high school, her passion for basketball turned into a scholarship and post secondary play in Red Deer. After a physically and mentally difficult season in 2014, she took her second year there to focus on her studies. Brenna then moved to Edmonton to complete her degree.
Brenna is looking forward to working at Elevation Health; to learn from her colleagues, deepen her knowledge in various areas of Kinesiology and work to pin point an area where she would like to take her Masters degree.
She continues to have a love for fitness and competition, spending a lot of her time at the CrossFit gym. On the weekend, Brenna can be found at the lake with family doing something active.
Bethany Roberts - Physiotherapist
Bethany has always had an interest for helping others and being active while growing up in a small town in Newfoundland. Throughout her entire life, she has been involved in playing sports, coaching, outside activities and volunteering within her community. Her decision to pursue physiotherapy as a career came from being fascinated with the function and movement of the human body. After graduating from Memorial University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, she then went on to complete her Master’s of Science in Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University.
Bethany’s approach to rehabilitation focuses on education, manual therapy and exercise prescription to achieve functional outcomes and goals. She is a strong believer of continued education and research, and is very motivated take more courses to enhance her knowledge and skills in order to provide the best quality of client care and evidence based treatments. She is looking forward to helping her clients and working through individual challenges.
Bethany has just recently moved to Cold Lake and is looking forward to starting new adventures. Outside of work, you will see her spending time outside, at the gym, travelling, or with family and friends. She is looking forward to joining the team at Elevation Health!