At Performance Physiotherapy, Acupuncture and Massage, we have a growing team of very dedicated and knowledgeable professionals! We are always looking to welcome new members to this terrific team, so please contact us if you feel you have some skills to offer!
Rhonda Missikewitz, BSc.P.T., CPMA
Rhonda graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Alberta in 1996. Since then, she has spent a few years in out-patient physiotherapy departments, but most of her work has been done in private practices throughout B.C. and Alberta. In 2003, Rhonda attained level V4 of the Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy Courses. As well, Rhonda has achieved her Certificate in Medical Acupuncture (CPMA) through the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension in 2006 and her Gunn IMS certification in 2012. She has taken numerous other post-graduate courses on a variety of subject matter such as low back pain, core stability, running injuries, urinary incontinence and pelvic pain.
In addition to physiotherapy, Rhonda is an NCCP level III certified figure skating coach. After 17 years of coaching she retired from her coaching career in December of 2008 to give more time to Performance Physiotherapy and her family of three children. Outside of work, Rhonda enjoys parenting, running, outdoor sports, and spending time with friends and family.
Mathijs Hamelink, BSc.P.T.
Mathijs "Matt" Hamelink joined our team in April of 2012 direct from Holland. He was born in Breda in 1987 and spent some time here in Canada when he was 16 years old. He decided he liked Canada so much that he knew he eventually wanted to move here. When he graduated from Saxion University of Applied Sciences Physiotherapy department in August 2011 he decided to do an internship in South Africa for 3 months then went back to Holland to pursue employment options in Canada. Since joining us, he has continued to further his education with many post graduate courses and has become quite skilled in manual therapy and vestibular treatments (dizzyness, headaches, concussions).
Matt's good nature paired with his out going personality makes him an asset to performance. He spends his spare time enjoying life with his fiancee and a variety of different sports and culineray activities.
Emma Graham, BSc.P.T.
Emma was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland and moved to Alberta in 2013 as she was keen to leave the big city life and experience the relaxed atmosphere of rural communities. She graduated as a Physiotherapist from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2012 and has been working in private practice clinics ever since. In addition to this, she has her AFCI acupuncture certification, Sports Massage and TRX Sports Medicine Rehab certifications, and a special interest in treating children.
In her spare time, Emma enjoys horse-back riding and fitness classes. She competed in show jumping and cross country events back in Scotland and is now embracing Alberta culture and learning to ride western style. She just completed her first power lifting competition and finished first in her event!
Nicole Doan, RD
Contracting Registered Dietitian
Nicole graduated from the University of Alberta in 2008 as a registered dietitian, and has been a certified diabetes educator (CDE) since 2009. She a
nd her husband both grew up in the Stettler area, so she moved back following convocation. She has worked as an RD at the Diabetes Education Program in Red Deer, Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital in Castor, and the Big Country Primary Care Network in Stettler, Coronation, Consort, Trochu, Three Hills and Drumheller.
Nicole has been passionate about nutrition for many years. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in grade one and celiac disease in grade 8, and the majority of her free time growing up was consumed with playing sports. As a result, nutrition has always been a big part of her health and livelihood.
The areas of nutrition that Nicole has the most experience in and passion for include weight loss, sport nutrition, pre/postnatal nutrition, and chronic diseases such as diabetes, dyslipidemia, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Nicole happily spends the majority of her time at home with her four young children. They enjoy many activities together such as ice skating, bike riding, swimming, horseback riding, tobogganing, and playing at the playgrounds.
Grace Sorensen, RMT
Contracting Registered Massage Therapist
Grace grew up in the Stettler area, on her family farm. She was an active member in the Byemoor 4-H Beef Club for 9 years. (Not including the years she spent helping her older brothers with their projects.) She graduated as a RMT in June 2015 from Alberta Institute of Massage in Red Deer, Alberta and has been an extremely valued team member at Performance ever since. In fact you really have to book in advance to get the 'healing touch' of Grace's hands!
Grace enjoys spending time out at the farm with her long term boyfriend, her cows and horses. But nothing is more important than her family and two nephews!!!
Austin Hodinsky, Bkin
Fitness Coordinator/Personal Trainer
Austin has joined our team in the fall of 2016. He grew up in Cold Lake Alberta where he was eagerly involved with almost every sport possible including hockey, lacrosse, football and all the usual school sports. After High School his love and passion for sport directed him to the University of Alberta where he graduated with a degree in Kinesiology. During his degree program, he concentrated in two specific areas of study; sport performance and physical activity. Also during his time at university he completed his AFLCA-CFT certification and gained experience working with a very diverse population of people in a large variety of settings. He has worked as an Exercise Therapist where he was introduced to individuals with numerous types of of chronic injuries/illnesses, age, and growth development levels. Austin has considerable experience working from a bio-mechanical framework with a focus specific muscle recruitment so should be a great asset for our rehab clients transitioning to strength programs as well as for the uninjured population looking to improve their performance on anything from daily activities to high level sport.
Outside of work or school Austin has caught the travel bug from recent excursions outside of North America but also enjoys being outside doing anything from camping,hunting,fishing and hiking. He is a 'small town guy' and is excited to get active and involved in his new community of Stettler!
Robyn Potter, Bkin
Fitness Coordinator/Personal Trainer
Robyn is a recent University of Alberta graduate with her Bachelor of Kinesiology. She was born and raised on a farm in Pincher Creek with her twin and older sisters. Robyn participated in the local 4-H beef club for 6 years before she graduated high school to pursue law enforcement in 2006. After graduating with her Criminal Justice at Medicine Hat College, she worked between the Medicine Hat and Edmonton Remand Centre for five years. It was in 2013 that Robyn decided to pursue her passion for health and fitness.
Outside of Robyn’s academic career, Robyn has been competing in powerlifting since 2009 and has set numerous squat and deadlift records. Robyn also enjoys spending time with her husband and miniature daschound, traveling, hiking, and hanging out with her eight nieces and nephews.
Office Manager/Personal Trainer
(currently on Maternity Leave)
Melissa graduated with her diploma in Kinesiology through Red Deer College 2008. She became a certified Personal Trainer through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists in 2009 and became a STOTT PILATES® certified instructor through Calgary Pilates Centre in January 2011. In September 2013 she became certified in Kettlebells through Agatsu and later pursued her total body joint mobility certification through them as well. With such a variety of skills, Melissa is able to provide us with a diverse range of services here at Performance! She is currently off on maternity leave but usually works as an office manager/Physiotherapist assistant, as well as a fitness/Pilates instructor, teaching different classes and working one-on-one, Pilates style (matwork or reformer). Melissa is very passionate about STOTT PILATES® and helping people reach their goals.
She is originally from Manitoba, but met her husband Ryan in Red Deer who brought them back to Stettler. While growing up, dance was a big part of Melissa's life. She Ukrainian danced for 14 years and took Ballet on and off for many years. Any free time Melissa gets she enjoys golfing and hiking in the summer, and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Recreationally she enjoys being active and loves the outdoors-camping, overnight hiking & biking are all among her favourites.
Randi joined us at Performance in 2013, as a native Stettler resident having graduated from Wm. E Hay in 2010. Randi has already held a few positions on our team, starting out as a physiotherapy assistant. In May of 2017, she agreed to step into the role of office manager, and has been doing a terrific job. Further education is on her heart, however, and in January 2018 she starts training at the Alberta Institute of Massage to become a Registered Massage Therapist! She will keep her hand in the office one day per week, and hopefully return full time (when her schooling is done) in yet another role.
Randi is very close with her family and she is frequently seen beside her mom and dad at the hockey rink cheering on her two brothers. Randi has been on skates since the age of 3, making figure skating a huge part of her maturing years. She recieved her Quad Gold and she loved coaching the younger girls.When she does have some downtime, you can find her helping her longterm boyfriend build another house;).
Eileen Scheerschmidt, Y.A.A.
Eileen's interest in Yoga began in 1993. She started attending workshops, retreats, as well as yoga classes. In 2003, Eileen was accepted in the teacher training program through the Yoga Association of Alberta, and achieved the prestigious YAA certification in May of 2008. Eileen has a special interest in Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga and has completed well over a 100 hours of classes with this focus alone. She continuously pursues ongoing education and is currently working towards another certificate for Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson-Lassiter, a world reknown PhD physiotherapist with 30 years of yoga experience. Eileen teaches Restorative (therapeutic) Yoga, and Gentle Hatha Yoga with an emphasis on core stability, meditation, and breath work.
When not instructing yoga, or practicing herself, Eileen enjoys keeping fit with activities like cross-country skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. She retired a few years ago, after 21 years as the Head Librarian at the Stettler Public Library. Retirement has made room for a little more time with her husband Ross, and of course more yoga training. She recently attended a week long workshop in California with one of her daughters, combining work, leisure and family time. What a balance!
Y.A.A. Yoga Instructor
Nadine Lamb is one of our YAA certified yoga instructors. YAA (Yoga Association of Alberta) certification is recognized across the country and throughout North America. This training requires 300 hours of training initially, and ongoing continuing education as they have to recertify every three years. Alberta is the only province in Canada that offers a provincial certification. These instructors are sought after for all post-secondary and university level yoga teacher training. Nadine first became interested in the art of yoga by attending classes herself at ‘The Yard’ in Red Deer, where she was encouraged to pursue the training to instruct. A natural at teaching, Nadine excelled quickly, and has now been instructing for over a decade all over Central Alberta. It has been noted by other staff, that her mere presence emits a sense of calm in the room. Nadine enjoys sharing her yoga skills with all ages and abilities from toddlers through to seniors. She is also very good at adapting and modifying poses to simplify or challenge depending on what is needed. When not teaching yoga all over the country, Nadine resides in Mirror. She leads a busy life with her husband and three school aged children, including one set of twins.
Pilates Fitness Instructor
Born and raised in Stettler, we are so lucky to have such a talented local in our midst! Sara has recently retired from a 25 year career as a dance instructor. Well, she has sort of retired. After many years of juggling essentially two full-time jobs, she has significantly decreased her hours. She still works full time for Alberta Employment and Immigration, but instead of instructing childrens dance classes for a few hours most days after work, she has paired it down to a few hours per week of pilates classes. She was first introduced to pilates through the dance world, and she was persuaded to share her passion for pilates with the broader community over 5 years ago. Her dance background and personality make for the perfect pilates instructor. She uses her repertoire of analogies, her patience and her experience to ensure that all participants understand and perform the exercises with correct technique.
In addition to her own interests and careers, Sara is married to a local high school teacher, so most waking hours are spent giving to the community in one way or another. Sara is very active in Stettler’s community theatre group with a variety of roles both on and off the stage. Her and her husband have one ‘grown’ son, and in whatever remains of Sara’s spare time you can find her practicing pilates and yoga for herself, or knitting dolls!
Tannis has been a long time supporter of Performance being active with us in many a morning fitness class. She also dropped off her children at tot time, and this fall she decided to join our team as a tot time supervisor. Tannis’ happy, warm and inclusive personality is a great asset to our tot time room.
Tannis grew up in central Alberta and moved into our community when she met her husband Clint. They have been married for 15 years and spent the last 12 years as the resident stay at home mom for their three children. While that time was fulfilling she is looking forward to bringing her talents here. On her off time you can find her at her children’s activities such as hockey and dance. While she loves to be where her kids are she also enjoys reading, camping and spending time with her numerous friends and family.