Donna LaRocque BScPT, CAFCI, CCRT
I graduated in 1979 from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. This was only the beginning of my lifelong love affair with physiotherapy and learning. I have been privileged to work with and treat many people over the years that have challenged me and caused me to grow in ways I would never have dreamed of 35 years ago. I have developed an interest in the complexities of treating chronic pain, children, Women’s Health issues and animal rehab. These areas of interest have led me to take many additional areas of training such as acupuncture, chronic pain and pelvic pain courses, body awareness courses, and to become certified in animal rehab among many other courses. I teach Canine and Equine Rehabilitation and it has become an exciting part of my career.
I love being a physical therapist and working with people and animals to help them met their goals to the best of our collective ability. I look forward to working with you to help you met your goals.
Marla Merkus, RMT
I am small town girl that has always had a passion for helping people. After years in the disability field being a front line worker I made the choice to go back to school to become a massage therapist. After a lot of research I decided to continue my journey with the MH Vicars School of Massage gaining my 2200hr diploma. I am very eager to start my career and help people as they need.
Kim Barrett, BScPT
Kim Barrett is thrilled to join the Phoenix Physiotherapy team. She graduated from Dalhousie University with her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2007 and had previously completed her Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology in 2004. She has been working at the Glenrose Hospital in the Specialized Geriatrics program for 10 years. In this position, she has treated a wide variety of conditions, both neurological and musculoskeletal. She has been involved in the Glenrose persistent pain interest group, health ethics, and professional practice councils.
Kim has many interests and can’t wait to help you reach your goals with physiotherapy. She has taken lots of additional training (I.E. in the areas of chronic pain, K-taping, vestibular issues (i.e. vertigo), acupuncture and low back treatment methods).
Kim has a strong interest in animal rehabilitation and recently completed her Diploma of Canine Rehabilitation through the Animal Rehab Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and been designated a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) from the Canine Rehab Institute.
Kim volunteers as treasurer for the Animal Rehab Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She also volunteers her time with various animal rescue groups and loves to foster. In her spare time, she loves to take dance classes, listen to audio books and see lots of live music.