Eric Duchene - Exercise Therapist

Eric graduated with Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2003. He started his career with personal training and fitness equipment sales. In 2008, he began his employment at the FIT For Active Living Program.

Eric played football for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies from 1999 - 2003 and was a coach with the team from 2013 - 2015. He was an academic All-Canadian and two time CIS All–Canadian. He is an active father of two children and enjoys playing hockey, touch and flag football, and strength training.

Michelle Duchene - Exercise Therapist


Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 1999 and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Exercise Therapy from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001. Michelle has been employed with the Fit For Active Living Program since 2001.

Michelle has been involved as a medical trainer for football at the local, provincial, national, and international level. She is a founder/General Manager/Trainer of the Saskatoon Valkyries and RUSH Football. Michelle is a member of the Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame with the Saskatoon Hilltops. In 2015, she received the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in the Athletics category. She is a mother of two active children, including being a coach, manager and fan. She enjoys playing football, strength training, golf, volunteering and is an avid sports fan – Go Patriots!

Dr. Marc Sheckter - R.D. Psychologist

A graduate of the University of Alberta (B.A. 1991) and University of Saskatchewan (M.A. 1997, Ph.D. 2001) and a full-practice member of the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists (Reg. #526, 2002 – present), Marc has been with the FIT Program since 2002.  Marc’s work at the FIT Program includes assessment and treatment of clients’ mental health in relation to their motor vehicle crash injuries.  The mental health problems Marc commonly sees in relation to his work at the FIT Program include depression, vehicular anxiety, PTSD, fear of pain and/or reinjury, and difficulty with adjustment to losses/changes post-MVC.

Marc strongly believes that close collaboration with clients, other members of the FIT Program interdisciplinary clinical teams, and various other stakeholders (including clients’ families, their family physicians, and the insurer) yields the best opportunity for clients to achieve a successful outcome in their rehabilitative efforts.  Marc has also supervised extensively, including psychologists in the process of provincial registration, junior Ph.D. students from the University of Saskatchewan, and senior Ph.D. students from the Saskatoon-based pre-doctoral residency program in the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

Outside of his clinical and supervisory work, Marc has lectured to graduate students on issues related to working with third-party payers, and professional identity development, and he has lectured to front-line interdisciplinary healthcare providers on how to work effectively with challenging patients.

John Marshall – Physical Therapist


John Marshall obtained his Bachelor of Science Physical Therapy degree in 1990 from the University of Western Ontario. He acquired his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Western Ontario in 1995.

John worked in a range of clinical physiotherapy settings in Ontario prior to moving to Saskatchewan in 1996. He currently works in the role of Research & Quality Coordinator for the FIT for Active Living, Kinetik and Spine Pathway programs located on the 8th floor of Saskatoon City Hospital. He maintains a clinical faculty appointment in the School of Physical Therapy at the University of Saskatchewan. He has contributed to a number of organizations in a volunteer capacity including his favourite sport of triathlon.

Natalie Doepker – Occupational Therapist


Natalie graduated from the University of Alberta in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked extensively in the area of vocational rehabilitation since graduation. Natalie has also worked in the clinical areas of chronic pain education, mental health and addictions, and extended care. Natalie’s clinical interests are in the areas of chronic pain management, the utilization of activity analysis in treatment approaches and engaging clients in meaningful and productive activities. She lives in Saskatoon with her husband and two children.

Cindi Pederson – Physical Therapist


Cindi graduated with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 1984. She has continued to expand her expertise in spinal and peripheral joint rehabilitation through numerous post graduate courses and conferences including receiving a Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy from the University of Curtin, Perth, Australia; competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; and advanced training in functional capacity evaluation. Cindi is a member in good standing with the Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapists (SCPT).

Cindi has practiced in acute care as well as in a multidisciplinary private practice with a varied musculoskeletal and vestibular caseload of acute and chronic conditions. She was also a clinical teaching assistant at the University of Saskatchewan. Presently, Cindi is a Senior Physical Therapist for the FIT for Active Living Program. When work is not the priority, Cindi’s time is occupied by family, friends and many interests – hiking, biking, canoeing, woodworking, organic gardening and farming, singing, and photography.

Michelle Cruz – Physical Therapist

Michelle Cruz graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001. Michelle worked in private practice for five years before joining the FIT For Active Living Program in 2006 and has been a Senior Physiotherapist with the FIT program since 2009.

Michelle has taken several physiotherapy continuing education courses over the years, focusing on the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. In 2009 she completed an eight month certificate program in medical acupuncture through the University of Alberta Extension Division, training under Dr. Steven Aung. In 2008 she completed a nine month yoga teacher training course in Saskatoon, training under Jan Henrikson, and integrates yoga principles into her physiotherapy practice. In recent years, Michelle has taken course in vestibular therapy, concussion management, and pelvic floor therapy. In 2018, she became certified to provide dry needling/intramuscular stimulation (IMS).

Michelle has a special interest in treating and educating individuals with persistent pain from widespread musculoskeletal injuries and thrives on learning more about this field to further her practice.

Heather McKnight – Physical Therapist


Heather received her Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2007. Following that she worked as an exercise therapist in Saskatoon for three years, moving on to work for the Heart and Stroke Foundation as their manager of Secondary Prevention before returning to university to pursue a career in physical therapy. Heather graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2012 with a Master of Physical Therapy.

Following graduation, Heather moved to Melfort, Saskatchewan and was able to work in both inpatient and outpatient settings. This allowed her to practice all areas of physical therapy including orthopedics, neurology, and cardiorespiratory.

Heather has since returned to Saskatoon and is now focusing on her interest in orthopedics. As part of this clinical interest Heather is pursuing the Orthopaedic Levels offered through the Orthopaedic division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Sarah Baxter – Occupational Therapist

Current clinical practice at Kinetik Rehabilitation Services   

Sarah Baxter graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Augustana University in 2006. She then worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton. This sparked her interest to return to school for further education in the field of Occupational Therapy.

Sarah returned to the University of Alberta to the Occupational Therapy program and received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2011. Following graduation she worked in rural Alberta for two years prior to relocating to Saskatoon with her family.

Sarah joined the FIT for Active Living Program as an Occupational Therapist in 2017. She has completed advance ErgoScience training in Functional Capacity Evaluations. She has received additional training in ergonomics with a focus on practical applications for improving work station design as well as improving safety in the workplace. Sarah's work at the FIT program includes the assessment and treatment of clients' functional abilities related to home and work activities. This includes objective functional testing, functional conditioning, work hardening/simulation, ADL activities, and return to work programming. 

Natalie Pieczonka – Occupational Therapist

Natalie graduated from the U of S with a BA honors degree in Near Eastern Archeology, and from the U of A with a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy in 2015. She enjoys running, snowboarding, travelling, and hanging out with her dog.  

Miranda Hall – Occupational Therapist

Miranda graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2005 and with a Bachelor of Education, with Distinction, in 2007 from the University of Saskatchewan. She then taught grade 4 & 5 in Leoville, SK from 2007 to 2009 and then returned to Saskatoon and worked for the Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan (LDAS) until the summer of 2010.  Miranda returned to university to pursue a career in occupational therapy and received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2012.

Following graduation, Miranda worked at St. Paul’s Hospital on both an acute care medicine and surgical unit until 2014. She has been employed with the FIT for Active Living program since 2014 and has received advanced ErgoScience training in Functional Capacity Evaluations.  Miranda’s work at the FIT program includes the assessment and treatment of clients’ functional abilities related to home and work activities.  This includes objective functional testing, functional conditioning, work hardening/simulation, ADL activities, and return to work programming. 

Miranda has volunteered with the Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists (SSOT) on a standing committee since 2015 and has been in the volunteer Registrar position since 2016.

Michelle Parker - Rehabilitation Coordinator

 

Linda Bouchard – Physical Therapist

Linda is keenly interested in orthopedics and musculoskeletal wellness and has worked in this area since obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (with Distinction) in 1991 from the University of Saskatchewan. She has gone on to achieve specialized training and certification in the following areas:  Canadian Physiotherapy Association- Orthopedic Manipulative Therapy (Part A, 1995), Intramuscular Stimulation Certification (1997), Certificate in Medical Acupuncture (University of Alberta, 1998), Gokavi Transverse Technique (GTT) Certification (2006) and Certification with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (2008).  Linda is a member in good standing with the Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapists and a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. As a Senior Physical Therapist with the FIT For Active Living Program for more than 20 years, she has had opportunity to share her special interest in Acupuncture and Dry Needling with her clients on their journey to recovery.

Linda is active in the Saskatoon community as a school, community association and charity volunteer and spends her free time running, travelling, home renovating and enjoying a variety of outdoor activities with friends and family.  Linda lives in Saskatoon with her husband and 3 active children.   

Brad Cooper – Psychometrist

Brad Cooper graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan in 1990 and a Post Graduate Diploma (Educational Psychology) in 1998. It was also in 1998 that Brad joined the FIT for Active Living Team. During this time he has become a Board Certified Specialist in Psychometry (2008) and has worked mainly in the capacity as a resource and support to psychology staff.

Dr. Bruce McMurtry - R.D. Psychologist

On leave until Summer 2020

Dr. Selina Zaluski – R.D. Psychologist

 

Chris Sturge – Exercise Therapist

Current clinical practice at Kinetik Rehabilitation Services