Physical therapists apply a variety of manual therapy and modalities such as acupuncture to address secondary issues of pain, and limited range of motion.
Syn.ap.tic delivers intensive exercise-based therapy that focuses on the principles of neuro protection, neuro recovery and neuro plasticity. With the understanding that our brains can remap, we help forge connections that allow the brain and body to potentially reconnect and relearn functional movements.
Regardless of the neurological condition, improvements have been seen in strength, range of motion, endurance, and mobility thus enhancing overall quality of life. As people take part in active therapy, there is also a decrease in secondary complications such as obesity, osteoporosis, pain and an increase in health, wellness and independence.
Although the focus is exercise based therapy, Syn.ap.tic also offers access to complementary therapies to address any concurrent issues. All our therapists share in the philosophy of holistic health and a collaborative approach is taken to maximize results. They also have a specialized understanding of neurological conditions and work to deliver treatment in a neuro supportive manner.
Meet the Syn.ap.tic Team of Professionals
Uyen comes from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Bachelor of Science of Physical Therapy degree. She started her career in the world of orthopedics and had a primary focus on athletes.
From weekend warriors to professional athletes to Olympians, she worked with people who had the intense desire to optimize their health and performance.
As her practice shifted to clients with more diverse and complicated health issues, she continued her education in acupuncture to be able to approach complex problems from a more holistic perspective. Uyen completed her certification in medical acupuncture, sports medicine acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture along with an advanced post graduate acupuncture program in Beijing, China.
It is truly her highly diverse experience in healthcare that has brought her to Syn.ap.tic today. As one of the founders of Syn.ap.tic, she was excited and challenged by the emerging progress in the world of neuro rehabilitation. Understanding that our brain is the circuit board controlling all other functions, Uyen wanted to become a part of the rehab movement that focused on the principle of neuroplasticity.
She continued her mission with further education to become a certified trainer with Project Walk, as well as Therastride gait training with the Neuro Recovery Network. Most recently, she completed the PWR!Moves certification which addresses exercise for people with progressive neurological conditions.
Uyen continues to treat neurological as well as non-neurological patients and truly embraces the learning opportunities in her diverse case load.
In her bit of free time, she loves to travel, be outdoors, stay active and read geeky books on nutrition and neuro science.Collapse Bio
Sudeepta is just finishing his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. He was recently accepted into the School of Physical Therapy at U of C. He worked briefly at Crowfoot Physio before coming to volunteer at Syn.ap.tic.
Sudeepta has been at Syn.ap.tic since 2014 and was initially interested in being a part of the team because he knew he wanted to pursue graduate studies in Physiotherapy and wanted to get some experience working alongside physiotherapists and other health care professionals to see what it was like. He feels that it is a pleasure and an honor to be able to help make a difference in the lives of Syn.ap.tic’s patients.
Sudeepta plays cricket with his major achievement as representing Canada U20s in the Youth world cup in UAE last winter. He also wrestled for the University team for his first three years.Collapse Bio
Laura graduated from the University of Calgary with her Bachelors’ Degree in Kinesiology in 2013. Laura also has her NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certificate and is also a Certified PWR! Therapist.
Laura’s previous experience includes exercise-based therapy and rehabilitation for individuals with TBI and youth with developmental disabilities. Laura joined the Syn.ap.tic team in late summer 2013.
Laura feels grateful to be a part of Syn.ap.tic because she works with some of the most determined and hard-working people she has ever met. She loves to see people surprise themselves by achieving goals they didn't think were possible. She also loves that everyone at Syn.ap.tic helps her to continually learn and grow as a trainer.
Laura spends as much time outdoors as possible. Her favourite place to be is out in the mountains, hiking or climbing.Collapse Bio
Marnie is originally from Saskatoon, SK, where she grew up and went to school. She began her career in the administrative/finance field straight out of high school at the age of 18 and has been very fortunate to have learned her diversified skill set during her years of work experience.
Although she has enjoyed positions in various industries, she is most passionate about the health care industry, where she has been for the past 13 years.
Marnie moved to Calgary in the summer of 2012 to join the team at Syn.ap.tic, just a few months after their doors were officially opened. She was certain that her experience in the health care field would prepare her for this new and exciting endeavor, but she had no idea how much of a positive impact the challenges that awaited her would have on her life.
In her spare time, Marnie and her very good friend have partnered up to create a side business which allows them to utilize their creative sides of "repurposing" old and forgotten furniture and other household items to give them a funky, shabby chic look.Collapse Bio
Erika graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2002. She is a holistic clinician and promotes health by enabling individuals to perform meaningful activities.
Her focus is to assist individuals in becoming more independent in everyday activities such as bathing, dressing and grooming, as well as increasing independence with transfers and mobility.
Erika has a special interest in neurology and has been providing rehabilitation for neurological conditions for the majority of her career. She has experience providing neuro rehabilitation for Spinal Cord Injury, Brain Injury, Stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Erika was the first Occupational Therapist in Calgary to specialize in LSVT®BIG, an exercise program designed for Parkinson’s disease. She has also completed the PWR!Therapist certification for people with Parkinson’s. With Erika’s vast experiences, she comes to us with great knowledge of cognitive rehabilitation, and rehabilitation for the upper extremity, including splinting, fine motor skills and dexterity. Erika is also qualified to complete home assessments and equipment prescription. She is an active member of the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT), and the Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists (SAOT).
Erika’s practice is client-centered and provides individualized and customized intervention to improve a person’s independence and ability to perform daily activities. When Erika is not with us at Syn.ap.tic, she enjoys watching her children in activities, spending time outdoors and camping with her family.Collapse Bio
Natalie grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Her passion for wellbeing began at a young age as a competitive dancer. She attended York University in Toronto, ON for Kinesiology and Health Sciences and the Fine Arts program.
During her time in University, Natalie worked as a Personal Trainer which allowed her the opportunity to work with a diversified population. Helping others reach their fitness goals make healthy lifestyle changes was so rewarding that Natalie decided to further her education in health and wellness. Natalie obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2010.
Upon returning to Calgary, Natalie began working at Uthrive, where she met a very special patient with a spinal cord injury. While working with this patient, Natalie soon realized the benefit that exercise therapy had on improving the function and quality of life for those with neurological impairment. Natalie attended Project Walk in Carlsbad, CA and obtained a certification as a Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Trainer (CSRT). She has also completed Therastride gait training through the Neuro Recovery Network. Most recently, Natalie received her PWR! Therapist certification which expands her exercise knowledge for people with neurological conditions and more specifically Parkinson’s.
She is grateful for the opportunity to incorporate her education and chiropractic background to provide the best restorative therapy for people with neurological impairments.
Natalie enjoys time with her family and is a busy young mom with two adorable little girls, Ella who is almost 2 and Shea who was born on May 27, 2015.Collapse Bio
Jasmine is a graduate of the University of Calgary, having received a Bachelor of Science with distinction in Kinesiology. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer (PT) associated with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) and a Bone Fit™ Trained Professional.
Jasmine works as a Fitness Contractor for Health Systems Group, as well as with Spinal Cord injury patients doing intensive rehabilitation to promote highest functioning possible at Syn.ap.tic. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta, graduating in 2016.
Jasmine’s mission statement is
"to enhance the well-being, independence and safety of those who are affected by physical or mental impairment, in hopes of finding what is meaningful for each person and how it can foster inspiration and healing”. Jasmine feels that Syn.ap.tic is an incredible environment, not only for the clients, but also for the therapists working there – they play a direct role in her mission statement. She has worked at Syn.ap.tic since she was completing her undergraduate degree and she has found the knowledge and commitment of the staff to be unmatched."
One of her favorite sports is soccer - she has played for over 15 years, along with other personal interests like wakeboarding, baking, camping and being outside rain or shine!Collapse Bio
Cody has recently completed his Bachelor of Science degree majoring in kinesiology at the University of Calgary. He first started at Syn.ap.tic as a practicum student and then became an employee when he finished school.
Cody is pursuing a career in physiotherapy and hopes to be accepted in to one of the Canadian universities.
Syn.ap.tic has given Cody a great opportunity and more importantly, an amazing work experience. The staff and the clients he works with at Syn.ap.tic are all incredible people and it makes every day truly meaningful. He appreciates the time with people who push him to learn and grow both professionally and personally. Being at Syn.ap.tic has given him an opportunity to work with people with great obstacles and helping them gives him a true sense of purpose and an opportunity to make a profound impact in the lives of others.
Cody grew up on a farm near a small town in Southern Alberta. He originally came to Calgary for school, however he loved the city so he decided to stay! Cody is an avid sports fan and enjoys playing hockey in the winter and baseball in the summer. He also loves to travel and he plans to visit a wide variety of locations in order to gain some fantastic life experiences.Collapse Bio
Tracey Reed is skilled in the practical application of making dietary changes. As a holistic nutritionist, she creates recommendations on how to use food to help your body function optimally and to create wellness.
Tracey educates her clients about how to use food to reach their health goals, and provides the necessary guidance and support to ensure success.
Supporting plasticity through diet is a unique approach that Tracey has developed to enable people to get the most out of neurological and motor therapies. Her approach benefits people who are using any type of therapy that has the goal of creating new brain and motor pathways.
Additionally, Tracey has a strong focus on addressing gut health through diet, and works with clients suffering from autoimmune conditions, neurological conditions, food sensitivities, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and other conditions where the health of the digestive and intestinal systems are an underlying contributing factor. Tracey is one of the co-founders of the Calgary Gut Health = Good Health Support Group. She is also a certified GAPS practitioner.
Tracey received her B.Ed from the University of Alberta, and her CHN designation from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She is a CAHN-pro member in good standing.
When Tracey isn’t busy nourishing her family and clients she enjoys pilates and Bollywood dancing.Collapse Bio