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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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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Lydia Heng

Lydia was born and raised in Calgary, AB and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary. She later called Ontario home when attending Queen's University in Kingston when completing her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Her experience involves over 10 years working professionally with children in areas such […]

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Alex Hayvren

Alex grew up just outside of Calgary in the hamlet of Bragg Creek. Alex graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy at Queen’s University in and holds a Bachelor of Health Science Degree from Mount Royal University. Prior to moving to Kingston, Alex spent time working and volunteering with programs and individuals […]

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Camilla Weyland

Camilla graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has experience working with preschool kids with speech & language delays, adults with neurological conditions, and children with feeding & swallowing disorders. She also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities […]

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Shaun Pearson

Shaun obtained his Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from McGill University. He is passionate about helping his clients of all ages improve their communication skills. Shaun is a fun, energetic, and dedicated clinician, who loves to “think outside the box” during therapy to motivate his clients to communicate. Shaun has worked with a […]

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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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Chelsea White

Chelsea was born and raised in Calgary, AB. She graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor's of Health and Physical Education with a major in Physical Literacy and a minor in Psychology. Chelsea started as a practicum student and later hired as a therapy assistant. She started her journey by working in clinical and […]

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Kaitlyn Shrum

Kaitlyn was born and raised in Calgary, AB. She’s currently enrolled at Mount Royal University completing a degree in Physical Literacy and a minor in Business. Physical Literacy is similar to Kinesiology, but it also incorporates elements of physical activity, and mental and social well-being while fostering the motivation, and confidence to lead a healthy […]

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Claire Rockliff

Claire graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in Biomechanics and will be pursuing a Master of Occupational Therapy in fall 2023! In fall 2022 she completed a practicum with us through the Faculty of Kinesiology, and since then has joined our team as a part-time Therapy Assistant. The multi-disciplinary, dynamic, […]

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Brooklyn Choo-Foo

I was born and raised in southwest Saskatchewan and moved to Calgary in 2021 to attendMount Royal University. I am in my third year of the Health Science and Physical Educationdegree. I have just completed my Fall 2022 practicum with SMILE therapy and I am very excitedto continue learning as a therapy assistant for the […]

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Luiza Gimenes

Luiza was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor degree in Physical therapy from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and completed her specialization in Pediatrics in 2018. Over the past 6 years, she has worked with children with developmental disabilities and respiratory conditions, mainly in hospitals, […]

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Grace Smith

Grace grew up on the beaches of east coast Australia. After completing a 12 month exchange program at Mount Royal University Calgary, in 2019, she decided to make Canada her permanent home in 2021. Graduating with a Bachelor of Health Science from Griffith University, Gold Coast, Grace is currently pursuing a Masters of Occupational Therapy. During her undergraduate studies, […]

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Alyssa Macphail

Alyssa was born and raised in Calgary, AB and has graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Rehabilitation Therapy. She has previously had a placement with SMILE therapy and was eager to return to the clinic. Alyssa has always loved working with children and being in a hands-on environment to help people. She […]

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Jessica Gelderland

Jess grew up in Red Lake, a small town located in northwestern Ontario. She spent 4 years at Western University in London, Ontario completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology.  After graduating in the Spring of 2021 Jess decided to make the move to Alberta where she chose to enroll in SAIT’s Rehabilitation Assistant program. It […]

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Emma Dreyer

Emma grew up in a mountain town outside of Edmonton. She has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology; she has plans to continue her education in a Master of Occupational Therapy. Through volunteer work, Emma has found a passion working with children and creating a positive and encouraging atmosphere for them. When […]

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Katie Martens

After graduating with a BA (Hons) in English and a brief stint in digital marketing, Katie started working as an aide for Zoe, an incredible kid and SMILE client. That job was only meant to be temporary, but the friendship grew and now Zo is stuck with Katie forever, probably. It was a happy coincidence when […]

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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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