Our Team

A hard-working crew that is here to help your child in every manner possible. 
Jo-Anne Weltman

Jo-Anne was one of the first three physiotherapists in the World to be accepted to complete the Level III course in Cuevas MEDEK therapy, a very specialized technique in Physiotherapy for children. She has since also founded her own therapy modality inspired by CME, called Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI). Jo-Anne’s objective has always been to […]

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Brian Banderk & Julie Rubin

Brian and Julie's world was turned upside down when in February of 2019, at 3 months old, their baby boy, Kaleb, received an unexpected and frightening diagnosis of Lissencephaly. This diagnosis meant that he was born with a very serious brain malformation, which ultimately was leading to him having severe cognitive and physical delays. Since […]

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Sarah Wiebe

Sarah supports families through the journey of maximizing access to services and funding to the needs of their unique child (including FSCD), to assisting with booking and planning of intensive visits, to helping SMILE celebrate its brave warriors through IG and other media, to assisting with emotional regulation and distraction during therapy sessions. Not only […]

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Emma Bolt

Emma, born and raised in Calgary, graduated with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta. During her schooling, Emma discovered a passion for working with paediatric populations through multiple experiences at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Shortly after graduation she began working with paediatric special-needs children, and families, in a school […]

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Taylor Yuzdepski

Taylor was raised in Calgary, AB from a young age and graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology in 2015. Later moving to Kingston, Ontario to attend Queens University, completing her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2017. Over the years, Taylor developed a strong desire to work […]

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Dipika Shah

Dipika has a Master’s degree in Neuro-Pediatrics, completed her PhD in Pediatric Physiotherapy in 2018, and was Assistant Professor and in charge of the Department of Pediatric Physiotherapy in Charusat University in India. Over the years, she has taken part in numerous speaking engagements and has presented her research on a global level. She has worked […]

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Trevor Anderson

Trevor graduated with his Masters in Physiotherapy in 2013 from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Prior to that, he completed his Bachelor in Physical Education from the University of Alberta. Trevor spent the first 5 years of his physiotherapy career honing his manual handling and hands-on skills in the musculoskeletal side of the […]

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Mel Bergmann-Bishop

Mel graduated with her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2006 from Minot State University.  Prior to her journey through graduate school, Mel earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, and began working as a behavioural aide in a specialized preschool for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  In her 15 years as a speech-language pathologist […]

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Alyssa Coulas

I'm originally from Ontario but call Calgary home now. Over the years, I've worked with organizations such as Best Buddies and Special Olympics and I've enjoyed every minute of working with people with special needs. I have a background in personal training, where I trained some of my Special Olympics Powerlifters outside of the season. […]

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Andrea Murty

Andrea graduated with Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) from Robert Gordon’s University in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2012. Originally working in an acute hospital setting, she gained experience in respiratory medicine, orthopaedics, acute stroke and surgical wards working at a fast pace for all age groups in respiratory distress. During her time in the UK, she completed an […]

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Renée Gray

My life began a new journey when our beautiful daughter Leila was born with a very serious condition called Polymicrogyria. This is a brain malformation that caused her to have Global Delay, Cerebral Palsy and an extreme regressive form of epilepsy called CSWS and Lennox Gastaut Syndrome. After receiving a very grim prognosis I decided […]

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Dianne Harrison

Dianne was born and raised here in Calgary, AB. She’s currently an Occupational Therapy student at the University of Alberta and received her undergraduate degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from the University of Calgary. Over the past 7 years, she has worked in a variety of settings supporting individuals with disabilities. The majority […]

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