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Our Professionals

Wade Bierbach, Physiotherapist, BScPT, ACSM, ES, CAFCI, ES, co-owner

Wade Bierbach received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in 1995.

He completed numerous post-graduate certificates including acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation Canadian Institute, IMS, Active Release TechniqueR (ART) provider and Exercise Specialist from the American College of Sports Medicine.

Wade gained experience in both inpatient and outpatient service delivery including cardiac rehabilitation and outpatient orthopedics.  Wade puts his energy into making sure your orthopedic needs are met so that you can live an active lifestyle.  

In 2003, he and Sharla Butler opened Excel Physical Therapy.

Wade is married to Jayda and has two fun-loving girls, Anya and Annika.

He serves on several community boards and is a sports enthusiast.  Wade fills his spare time with hunting, golfing, hiking and playing with his Pooch.

 

Sharla Butler, Physiotherapist, BScPT, CPMA, co-owner

Sharla Butler graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1992. She also received her diploma in Registered Nursing from Lethbridge Community College in 1989.

She has completed post graduate courses in orthopedics, acupuncture, concussion rehabilitation and vestibular dysfunction, ergonomics, industrial rehabilitation, functional capacity evaluations, and pre-work screens.  In 2004 she received her Certificate in Medical Acupuncture from the University of Alberta.  She is certified through Workwell Systems to provide pre-work screens, functional job analysis and functional capacity evaluations.

Sharla likes to treat the complex patient. While orthopedics is near and dear to her heart, she also likes treating neurological patients (think concussion, dizziness, stroke, etc.)   Tried lots of other things that didn't work?  Give her a call.

In addition to her work at Excel Physical Therapy, she is an instructor with the Therapy Assistant Program at Medicine Hat College.  She enjoys gardening, golf and trying to train her Airedale Terrier, Flynn and her partner in life, Wayne…one of them is easier to train than the other ;)

 

Stephanie Toews, Physiotherapist, BScPT

Stephanie graduated from the University of Alberta in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.  She began her career at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital in 2001, treating a variety of post-surgical and fracture cases.  She has completed post-graduate courses in orthopedics, manual therapy, myofascial release, lymphedema management, running, and neck exercise.  She started working at Excel in 2008 and is passionate about helping you achieve your goals.  She is known for her hands-on approach, and will provide you with education and the exercises you need to help yourself along the way.

Stephanie is married to Steve, and has two young children, Emily and Watson who love to MBX.  Stephanie enjoys playing music and has experience in running, golfing, weight training, and Karate.

 


Megan Sehn, Physiotherapist, MScPT

Megan was born and raised in Medicine Hat, graduating from McCoy High School and completing the first two years of her undergraduate degree at Medicine Hat College. Megan is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan having received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Great Distinction) in 2014 and Masters of Physical Therapy in 2016. While completing her masters, she was a Member of the Physical Therapy Students’ Society where her duties included representing physical therapy on the Health Sciences’ Student Association. The research project Megan contributed to, Exploring the Development of Cultural Humility Practice Approach Among MPT Students.  During her time at the U of S she volunteered for the SWITCH (Student Wellness Initiative toward Community Health) clinic in the Saskatoon core, and was in the Huskie Student Trainer Program providing event coverage for a variety of sports, with her focus being on women’s volleyball.  Megan loves orthopedics and feels most passionate about treating knees, hips, shoulders and ankles.  Having trouble with maintaining your activity level?  Reach out to Megan.

Megan’s background and other interests include playing as well as coaching volleyball for the local SEAVC program, slo-pitch, fastball, strength training as well as fostering dogs.  News flash!!!  Megan is a failed foster...yup, she adopted a lovable French Bulldog who quickly stole her heart and claimed a place in her home.


Preston Sloan, Physiotherapist, MScPT

Preston completed his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Alberta in 2014. He continued at the UofA to finish his Masters in Physical Therapy in 2016. During his education, Preston assisted in research projects: one studying low back pain; and another, the conservative management of Scoliosis. Preston is a certified acupuncture provider (Acupuncture Foundation of Canada), and has also taken continuing education courses in concussion management and orthopedics.  He enjoys helping patients of all ages and abilities achieve their functional goals.

Preston is happy to return to Medicine Hat and give back to the community that has supported him through his life. He is passionate about treating post-surgical clients with a particular interest in knee rehab.  Outside of work, Preston enjoys playing tennis, attending local sporting events, and spending time with his wife, Kenidy and their two boys and one daughter.

Kaden Johnson, Physiotherapist Intern, BScKin, MScPT

Kaden first came to Medicine Hat to play volleyball for MHC in 2006.  He then went on receive his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (2012) from the University of Saskatchewan.  Kaden was a trainer for the UofS Men's hockey team for 2 years before moving to Scotland to further his education and obtain a MSc in Physiotherapy.  He also worked with the Chinese Winter Olympic speedskating and figure skating teams.  Kaden has joined our team as an Intern Physiotherapist and invites you to book an appointment with him for your physiotherapy needs.  He is energized by helping people with knee, shoulder, ankle and hip problems return to an active lifestyle.

Kaden enjoys traveling with his wife, Mackenzie.  He spends his spare time golfing, fishing and playing volleyball.

Robyn  Zemp, Physical Therapist Assistant

Robyn Zemp graduated from Lethbridge College with a Diploma in Exercise Science, and then transferred to Medicine Hat College to complete the Physical and Occupational Assistant Program. She received an honor recognition and a certificate in Athletic Therapy.

Robyn participated in colligate soccer for five years at both institutions and continues to play as a personal hobby.

Her responsibilities at Excel Physical Therapy include assisting the physical therapists, working with modalities, educating clients and creating home exercise programs.

She assists with administration, inventory and maintenance of the clinic. Robyn is trained in Nordic/Urban Pole Walking. Robyn enjoys traveling with her husband Justin and hiking with her dogs.  She is loving being mom to a determined toddler too!

Amber Stigter, PTA

Amber is a graduate of the Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant program at Medicine Hat College (2018).  She joined our team in May 2018 and brings with her sunny disposition and a great background in sport.  She had to make a decision to play volleyball or basketball for MHC, and chose the white ball sport for the last 3 years. She is currently working part-time with us, and completing her 4th year of eligibility with the MHC Women's Rattler Volleyball team.  Amber is part of our pre-employment screening team. 

Cierra Matsalla, PTA

Cierra played basketball for the Medicine Hat College while completing her diploma in the Occupational and Physical Therapy Assistant program.  She joined our team in August 2018 bringing two years experience with her.  She enjoys golf, volleyball, slowpitch, and basketball in her spare recreational time.  You will find Cierra wearing a few hats at the clinic, sometimes at the front desk and sometimes in the treatment area.  Either place, she will do her best to help make your experience at Excel PT fantastic!

Mamai Sumo, PTA

Mamai (say 'mama') is a graduate of the MHC Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant program (2018).   She joined our team in April 2018.  She has continued her learning here, and has completed extra training in various areas including pre-employment screening, mask fitting and more.  

Joanne Taylor, Office Administrator

Joanne Taylor joined Excel Physical Therapy in 2009 as Office Administrator after 23 years of experience in the financial industry.  Her roles including herding physiotherapists and (attempts at) keeping them on schedule, booking appointments, processing benefits and managing Motor Vehicle claims.

She enjoys seeing how our patients progress and get moving again. She is normally the first person you meet when you come into the clinic.

When she is not working, Joanne and her husband Scott enjoy golfing, travelling and camping with their daughter Megan and dogs Mocha and Minnie.

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