THE TEAM

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Mike Derkach

BKin, CATA(C), CSCS

Mike obtained a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from the University of Manitoba in 2007 and became a Certified Athletic Therapist shortly after.  In the early years, he spent time working as an Athletic Therapist and Strength Coach for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Football Club, Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Team and Canadian National Teams for baseball and soccer.  For the last eight years, Mike has shifted his focus to the private sector working with people of all ages and fitness levels as an Athletic Therapist and Personal Trainer.  Over the years, he has come to realize the importance of developing a strong, well rounded foundation for his younger clients as well as helping adult populations adapt their fitness regimens  to help manage busy work and home lifestyles.  Mike specializes in working with people who want to live active, healthy lifestyles but may be dealing with acute or chronic injuries that are limiting their progress.  Those limitations can include low back pain, shoulder stiffness, lack of mobility or even the inability to run around and play with their family. ​

 

Brian Collins

BKin, CSCS

Brian graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2018 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, majoring in Sport Coaching. In 2019, he received his NSCA – Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) to become a full-time personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Brian developed his love of strength training over the past decade with the notion that anybody can develop strength. He has trained amateur & professional athletes, as well as spent a vast majority of his time with the general population. Currently, he specializes in working with youth athletes as well as small groups.

 

In his spare time, Brian coaches soccer with the Bonivital Soccer Club as well as playing men’s & co-ed in adult soccer leagues.

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Madi Ridgen

BSc - Kin, CAT(C)

Madi graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Athletic Therapy. In 2021, Madi certified with the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association (CATA). A passion for rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries was first established at a young age, due to Madi going through her own injuries tearing her ACL and meniscus. During the journey of rehabilitation from her ACL reconstruction surgery, she spent time learning and understanding the process to get back on the field. 

 

Madi is currently working for the Winnipeg Freeze in the MJHL as their Athletic Therapist for the 2021-2022 season as well as working with the Winnipeg Thrashers AAA hockey program. In 2018, she began working with the Vincent Massey Trojans football program, while also performing several stints with the Pro Prep Academy flag football league, Eastman Selects hockey club, and the Bonivital Flames Soccer Club. As an Athletic Therapist, Madi has covered other various programs such as Special Olympics and Seven Oaks School Division. 

 

Madi’s philosophy for rehabilitation is a patient-centered approach, with a focus on patient education, teaching proper exercise technique, hands-on treatment modalities, supporting the development of her client’s confidence and ensuring they return to work, sport or daily activities safely. Madi loves treating youth athletes, high level athletes, aging and the general population.

 

In Madi’s spare time, you will find her playing Division 1 women’s soccer, taking her family’s dogs to the park, training in the gym and spending time furthering her education in the field of Athletic Therapy.

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