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 is currently a coach with the defensive backs. 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, and national level. She attended the Women’s Tackle Football World Championships in 2010 in Sweden and 2013 in Finland. She is a founder/General Manager/Trainer of the Saskatoon Valkyries – 4 time WWCFL champions. 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 touch and flag football, strength training and volunteering; and she likes deflated balls – Go Patriots!

Dr. Marc Sheckter, R.D. Psych.

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 pre-doctoral residency program based in the Saskatoon Health Region.

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.

Dr. Trevor Olson, Ph.D., R.D. Psych

Dr. Olson was born and raised in Saskatoon. He has two degrees from the University of Saskatchewan: B.A. Honours (with High Honours; 2002) and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology (2008). He completed his 1 year predoctoral clinical internship at the Center for Psychological Services at the University of Ottawa in 2007-2008, where his clinical training focused on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions. Following completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Olson moved to Montreal to complete a 2 year postdoctoral research fellowship through McGill University. The fellowship focused on psychotherapy research, primarily from psychodynamic and CBT frameworks. He returned to Saskatoon to join the FIT team in August 2010. Dr. Olson primarily works from a CBT framework in his current clinical work, but is also well versed in psychodynamic psychotherapy and research. He is a Registered Doctoral Psychologist with the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists (#817) and has had an Authorized Practice Endorsement for diagnosis since April 2011.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Olson enjoys conducting psychology research. His general research interests are personality assessment and psychotherapy. Much of his previous research has been focused on defence mechanisms, which are automatic ways that individuals cope with stressors. Dr.Olson is an author on 7 peer-reviewed journal articles as well as 2 book chapters. Since 2001 he has been an author on 73 national or international research presentations given at conferences of organizations including the American Psychoanalytic Association, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Canadian Psychological Association, Society for Personality Assessment, and the Society for Psychotherapy Research. He continues to be involved in a variety of research projects in his spare time.

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), and also a member of the SCPT council; and is registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

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 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 her yoga knowledge into her physiotherapy practice.

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.