Staff

Pugazhenthi (Pugi) Narasimhan, Physiotherapist

"Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it."
- Gautama Buddha (563-484 BC)

Objective
  • To enhance my acquired skills of manual therapy in an orthopaedic, sports and neurological clinical setting.
  • To build extensively on my current clinical experiences in post concussion management, vestibular rehabilitation, chronic headaches, and to delve further into its intricacies.
  • To research and enhance my knowledge in pain physiology and persistent (chronic) pain management.
Professional Highlights
  • International experience in the musculoskeletal field with a focus in orthopaedic manual therapy and sports specific training/conditioning and rehabilitation since 2000.
  • Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT)
  • Current member of college and association of Alberta in good standing since 2003.
  • Experience in managing clientele with work related injuries (WCB) and motor vehicle accidents since 2003.
  • Experience in functional capacity evaluation, pre and post employment screening since 2004
  • Experience in dry needling (Certified in Acupuncture and Gunn IMS)
  •  Special interest in running injuries - prevention and management
  • Special interest and experience in post-concussion and vestibular rehabilitation.
  • Evidence based persistent pain management.
  • Among the first group of physiotherapists to be able to order diagnostic imaging in Alberta (2011).
Education
  • Currently pursuing Doctorate in Science in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (D.SC.PT), Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.
  • Master of Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal), University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, 2000.
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy, The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai, India, 1998.
Post-Professional Education
  • Persistent Pain Management Program, 2018
  • R2P - Post Concussion Management Course, 2016
  • Visceral Manipulation by Barrel Institute, 2015
  • Manipulation Concepts, Edmonton, 2014
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation by METRIKS 2014
  • Running Injuries - Prevention and Management 2014
  • Manual Therapy on Fascia, Edmonton 2014
  • Gunn IMS Review course, Calgary, 2013
  • TMD (Temporo-mandibular joint Dysfunction) and Orofacial Pain Mini Residency, University of Minnesota, 2012
  • Advanced Clinical Reasoning, Swodeam Institute, Instructed by Mr. James Meadows, 2012
  • Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation Course, Emory University, 2012
  • Peripheral Manipulation Course, Swodeam Institute, Instructed by Mr. James Meadows, 2011
  • University of Alberta's Diagnostic Imaging in Physical Therapy Course, 2011
  • Certification in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), 2009
  • Certified in Acupuncture, CAFCI, 2008
  • Spinal Manipulation Course, Swodeam Institute, Instructed by Mr. James Meadows, 2005-2006

 I have always felt that my true calling lay in pursuing a vocation which would enable me to serve and continue to evolve experientially and pedagogically. This helped me choose my career in Physiotherapy. I believe that the traits of empathy, compassion, communication, evidence-based problem solving and collaborative practice are essential prerequisites for any medical professional and should serve the practitioner across the spectrum. Furthermore, my international education and clinical experience in three different countries has exposed me to diverse educational environments and taught me the importance of self directed experiential learning.

I graduated in India in the year 1999. I then went on to complete my Master's degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from Australia. Currently, I am doing my Doctorate in Science in Orthopaedic Manual therapy at Andrews University, Michigan, USA. I have taught and practiced manual therapy in India for a couple of years. This entailed assisting students and interns in developing clinical reasoning strategies through the examination and management process. I was also involved in conducting workshops on advanced management strategies and skills in managing Neuro-musculoskeletal disorders with special emphasis on the selection and application of manipulative Physiotherapy techniques. As the saying "To teach is to learn twice" goes, my aforementioned experiences helped to sharpen my understanding of the science and "hands-on" skills required in this profession.

I moved to Canada in the year 2003 and have been working in Grande Prairie, Alberta, as a private practitioner in Physiotherapy since then. I have had the opportunity to visit the surrounding rural communities and witness firsthand, the influence of local culture and belief systems that dictate their way of life. My volunteering and participation in local activities have also strengthened my personal and professional ties in Grande Prairie and the Peace country region.

Continuing education through my working career (via specialized manipulative courses and Alternative therapies) has helped me flame the fire of knowledge and diversify my practice to the benefit of my patients. Learning Acupuncture and Intramuscular Stimulation have been my most enjoyable clinical/ academic experiences in the past 2 years. These techniques have contributed enormously to my practice. They are both forms of dry needling albeit with different paradigms. Coming from a physical therapy background, it has been a challenge to learn and practice these invasive treatment techniques but well worth the investment in terms of both time and intellect. The two techniques have taught me the importance of thinking outside the box and viewing non-traditional treatments in a different light. The doctorate program that I am currently enrolled has helped me to further delve into the intricacies and nuances of research methodology, pain management and "function focused" physiotherapy practice. My research in cranio-cervical conditions and persistent pain management has been an enlightening journey thus far.

On the extracurricular front, "Living in the moment" is a personal Mantra that has helped me focus and indulge wholly in the activities that I do. My passion for photography, hiking, playing sports (Badminton, squash, cricket), my love for Music (Western classical, Carnatic), reading (philosophy, new age spirituality) gardening, and cooking has helped me immensely in rejuvenating myself for my professional tasks.

I have had a wonderfully rewarding career, academically and professionally as a Physiotherapist in India, Australia and Canada since 1998. It would be both a challenge and a joy to incorporate the basic tenets that I have imbibed over my career in the varied spheres of Physiotherapy practice. My personal passion for this field and realization of contributing to the Northern communities in Alberta which require specialized services is the prime motive behind my journey.

My personal experiences in three countries have been enriching. India, my country of birth taught me the values of peaceful co-existence, spirituality, deference to elders, recourse to nature, artistic expression, strong family ties, joyousness and hospitality. An international academic experience, evidence based practice, self directed learning and friendships forged for a lifetime were my gifts from Australia. Canada, my adopted homeland has strengthened my belief in equality, freedom, peace and respect for cultural differences. My work experiences here have improved my knowledge of The Canadian health care system, community based rehabilitation, conflict resolution and working in harmony with the medical community and stakeholders. I have also realized the need for equipoise in the face of praise and criticism and the value of cultural and psychosocial factors in influencing health, especially in small town communities. These experiences I trust would guide my amazing journey...

Garry Rawat, Kinesiologist

  • BSC in Kinesiology
  • First Aid
  • CPR-C/AED

According to current research, nearly 60 % of Canadian adults are obese or overweight. Current health standards state that people need to exercise throughout the week to avoid chronic conditions such as : high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes, osteoporosis and so on. My goal is to help my fellow Canadians explore their passion toward exercise by guiding them in setting new goals, reaching these goals and staying motivated to continue making progress.

Takisha Lester, RMT

Mission Statement: To positively impact every client that comes into contact with me by educating them on the power of touch, while being compassionate, patient, optimistic and creating a safe and beneficial treatment plan for each individual.

My passion for the power of touch began when I was just a small girl. My father worked the trades, standing in his heavy work boots all day. He would come home, set his lunch bag down and unlace the thick leather boots. I would sit on the kitchen floor, and proceed to give his tired feet a well-deserved rub. As initiative, it was our agreement that after his foot rub, I could have whatever change was in his pocket. Some days there were only pennies, other days my hard work and dedication would pay off in the form of a loonie or two. As the years went by, my interest in touch continued to develop. Going to school for massage therapy was something I kept in the back of my mind for many years after graduating high school. It wasn’t until 2016 that I decided to take the plunge. Upon discovering MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy, I knew I had found the right place to turn my passion into my career. My first day of classes I knew that I had made the right decision. It was a beautiful thing to learn the science behind what I had intuitively been doing for all those years. As a 2018 graduate of MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy and an active member of the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta I am ready to hit the ground running by being the first RMT with Junction Point Physiotherapy. In the coming months and years I plan on continuing my education in the fields of Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release and Craniosacral therapies to further benefit my clients.