MJHL to the WHL: Success Story

Darren Gisti: Portland Winter Hawks

Darren Gisti: Portland Winter Hawks

This young man has been a patient of mine and client of AC since he was 13. He has been signed by the Portland Winter Hawks in the WHL (Western Hockey League) and I could not be more thrilled.

Over the years I have worked with many of his injuries, for the minor “Chelsea my shoulder hurts” to the more involved ones that can happen when playing elite level sports.

When he was thirteen he would join his dad Kevin for personal training with a Gill Chitty and join in on our boot camps including off-season hockey with Devon.

He has been a joy to work with, always sporting a bright smile and a fun loving disposition.

This is one of the moments that makes me so happy to be an Athletic Therapist. Not just the rehab of bringing them back to the high level of sport they love, but to have watched them grow athletically and as a person.

It is a beautiful thing to work with kids like Darren.


Future of Athletic Therapy: Ashley Phommarath

Ashley Phommarath (fondly referred to as “little Ashley” by our patients) has been interning at the AC clinic for 1.5 years now. She started with us during her clinical practicum her knowledge and clinical skills continue to grow as she continues in the clinic collecting her hours for certification. Ashley’s passion for athletics, injury prevention and rehabilitation continues to flourish as she is in her  practices for the third season with the Fort Gary Twins (MMJHL) and Churchill High School Bulldogs as their student Athletic Therapist.  As a true believer in off season training and injury prevention, she puts her heart into the clinical and field application of AT. This is evident with her commitment to her teams, from bringing her foam roller and lacrosse balls to all her hockey and football practices, to setting up mobility and off season hockey training for the Twins. She has become very involved with the AC family, expanding her knowledge of strength and conditioning by mentoring with Devon Lyon while he did the off season hockey training for the Fort Gary Twins.

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Future of Athletic Therapy: Brendan Corr

Brendan is currently finishing his Athletic Therapy degree at the University of Winnipeg (UW); he has been working for AC as one of our knowledgeable personal trainers for the last year and a half. Brenden has first hand experience understanding the importance of injury prevention, management, strength and conditioning from years of playing hockey himself. Over his academic career he has honed his field skills while working as a student therapist with the UW’s Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) men’ s and women’s wrestling team, UW’s Manitoba Colleges Athletics Conference (MCAC) men’s basketball and the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League’s (MMJHL) St. Vital Victorias. Brendan has been a great addition to the AC team and we are excited to be part of his evolvement in the rehabilitation and strength and conditioning field.

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Future of Athletic Therapy: Arlyn Guevarra

Arlyn started as a student therapist in the AC Athletic Therapy clinic over 2 years ago. Over that time she has proven to be an invaluable resource and integral part of the Advantage Conditioning team. When she is not in the clinic she is out front working as our Administrative Assistant. Arlyn graduated in June from the Athletic Therapy program at the University of Winnipeg and is currently collecting her field and clinical hours in preparation for her certification exam in June 2017. Along with being knowledgable about injury assessment and rehabilitation, she has additional training in custom brace fitting and orthopedic products. We are very lucky to have Arlyn on the AC team.

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