- Eric Duchene
- Michelle Duchene
- Dr. Marc Sheckter
- John Marshall
- Natalie Doepker
- Cindi Pederson
- Michelle Cruz
- Dr. Amy Hampton
- Natalie Pieczonka
- Miranda Hall
- Michelle Parker
- Linda Bouchard
- Brad Cooper
- Denise Maurer
- Dr. Selina Zaluski
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.
Dr. Amy Hampton – Registered Doctoral Psychologist
Dr. Amy Hampton attained a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree at the University of Calgary followed by a Master’s in Arts and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Regina. As a part of her training, Dr. Hampton completed a pre-doctoral residency at the Ottawa Hospital, where she worked at the Chronic Pain Program, various Rehabilitation Outpatient and Inpatient Programs, Psychosocial Oncology Program, and the Psychological Consultation Services for Inpatients. Her research background has focused on furthering the understanding of the pain experience through a biopsychosocial framework.
After completing her doctoral training, Dr. Hampton returned to the prairies and worked at Regina Mental Health and Addictions services until she shifted back into Health/Rehabilitation Psychology and joined the FIT team in 2020. She is a Registered Doctoral Psychologist with the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists (#1074) and is trained in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.
Dr. Hampton is passionate about forming strong working alliances with clients and their healthcare teams. She provides evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment to adults with a range of treatment goals. At FIT, she most often works with adults experiencing depression, vehicle anxiety, posttraumatic stress, fear of pain and/or reinjury, and challenges adjusting to losses and changes following an injury/collision. Also as part of her work at FIT, she is involved in providing supervision to Ph. D. Clinical Psychology students from the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon-based pre-doctoral residency program with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Both in her clinical work and personal life, she strives to empower those around her to realize their personal strengths in order to cope with difficult life events and achieve their personal goals.
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
Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto in 1995 and with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1995 from the University of Saskatchewan. She worked as a staff Occupational Therapist in acute care at The Toronto Hospital for one year.
Michelle has been employed with the FIT for Active Living program since 1996; a week before the program opened as a three year pilot project. She completed ErgoScience training in Functional Capacity Evaluations. She worked as a Staff Occupational Therapist for 3 months and then as a Senior Occupational Therapist for 18 years. She was involved with extensive program planning for the FIT for Active Living Program including Tertiary treatment and assessments, Work Site Evaluations, Home Evaluations, WCB Treatment and Assessment later to become the Kinetik Program, Residual Capacity Evaluations, and Enhanced Resource Program later to become the Chronic Pain Program. She covered an 8 month temporary leave as Assistant manager and began working as Senior Rehabilitation Coordinator from 2014 to present.
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.
Denise Maurer - Rehabilitation Coordinator
Bio coming soon...
Dr. Selina Zaluski – R.D. Psychologist
Dr. Selina Zaluski obtained her B.A. Honours (First Class Honours in Psychology) degree from the University of Calgary in 2006. She achieved her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), where she obtained diverse clinical training experiences and completed dissertation research that employed quantitative and quantitative analyses to understand the transition to adulthood for 18-29 year-olds from different vocational settings. For her dissertation, Dr. Zaluski was awarded by being named a 2012 Laureate of the Canadian Psychological Association. In 2010-2011, Dr. Zaluski completed her Predoctoral Residency in Clinical Psychology at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. During that residency year, Dr. Zaluski completed training in the Youth Psychiatry Partial Hospitalization Unit (primary rotation), Operational Stress Injury Clinic (secondary rotation), and Integrated Forensic Program (secondary rotation - neuropsychological assessment). Dr. Zaluski’s training experiences have also taken place in the field of sport psychology, and she has previously been a Mental Performance consultant for the Sports Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan. Her interest in applied sport psychology connects to her own background in coaching and high performance competition in long track speed skating and road cycling.
Dr. Zaluski first joined the FIT for Active Living Program in 2012, enjoying the opportunity to apply her experiences and skills within FIT’s comprehensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation environment. From 2014-2018, Dr. Zaluski returned to the U of S where she provided urgent and non-urgent mental health care to students at the Student Wellness Centre. Within her roles at the Student Wellness Centre, Dr. Zaluski was an active member of the Eating Disorders Treatment Team. She was also involved in training a practicum student from the U of S Clinical Psychology Program. Dr. Zaluski rejoined the FIT for Active Living team in 2018, where she has devoted the majority of her clinical work to helping maximize the rehabilitation potential of individuals who have been injured in motor vehicle collisions. She has also been involved in on-site training of psychology practicum students and predoctoral residents. In addition to her work at FIT, Dr. Zaluski has assisted Saskatoon’s Kinetik Physical Rehabilitation team in providing psychology assessment and treatment services for injured workers. Duties in that position have involved meeting the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by adopting virtual care models to enable ongoing delivery of mental health and rehabilitation services to workers across the province of Saskatchewan. Dr. Zaluski has been registered as a full practicing member of the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists (#896) since 2013, which includes holding an Authorized Practice Endorsement for diagnosis. In her clinical work, Dr. Zaluski applies cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, and mindfulness therapy orientations within a broader biopsychosocial model of health and wellness. She finds it a great privilege to witness the intensive daily efforts that her clients put into their recoveries, and being present for these journeys alongside other FIT team members in the hospital setting provides Dr. Zaluski with ever-renewed enthusiasm for her work with clients, her professional relationships, and her own growth as a scientist-practitioner.