Meet the Staff at Kinesis Physical Therapy Corp
Kinesis Physical Therapy Corp has been in business since 2005 helping patients in Grande Prairie and the surrounding area with their musculoskeletal pain. We are a physical therapy clinic offering physical therapy and rehabilitation services for all types of orthopedic conditions. Our practice is family-run and has grown to five physical therapists and moved to a stand-alone location three years ago. The owner is a physical therapist in the clinic which means our business is focused on patient care. We are here for you when you need us. Contact us today to book an appointment.
Dave Hurta – Physical Therapist, Clinic Owner
Dave graduated from the University of Alberta‘s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 2001. Since graduation, he has built an extremely busy private practice in Grande Prairie, AB and he is currently the owner of Kinesis Physical Therapy Corp.
Dave has a special interest in the management of sports injuries, temporomandibular joint dysfunction and complex spinal conditions utilizing a combination of manual therapy techniques, targeted rehabilitative exercise and dry needling. Having completed extensive post-graduate education in the area of orthopaedics and having achieved internationally recognized qualifications in hands-on manual and manipulative therapy, he was awarded fellowship standing with the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2011 (FCAMPT).
Along with working in private practice, Dave has worked as a consultant for the Grande Prairie Storm hockey team and the Grande Prairie Driller’s football team. He has volunteered his medical expertise with Team Alberta at numerous Arctic and Canada Winter Games, was Medical Services Coordinator for the 2010 Arctic Winter Games held in Grande Prairie and has served on the advisory board for the Alberta Sport Development Centre – Northwest and the Grouard-McLennan Covenant Health Community Board.
Dave has also worked as a sessional instructor at the Grande Prairie Regional College in the Department of Physical Education and Kinesiology (PEAK) and currently sits on the PEAK Department advisory board. Dave enjoys balancing the responsibilities of being a husband, father and physical therapist.
Steven Novakowski – Physical Therapist
Steven was raised in Grande Prairie, and returned to the city in 2015 upon completing his education. He graduated from the University of Calgary in 2013, obtaining a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology, with Distinction. In 2015, he completed his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta.
Steven has a professional interest in concussion management, vestibular rehabilitation, and manual therapy. He is an R2P and SHIFT Certified Concussion Management Provider, and is looking forward to further professional development opportunities within his areas of interest. Steven currently manages the Concussion Rehabilitation Program at Kinesis Physical Therapy and has presented extensively on Concussion Rehabilitation throughout Northwestern Alberta. He also has a passion for sport and adapted physical activity; he previously spent two years as a coach, trainer, and manager with the Calgary Sledge Hockey Association, has worked as a rehabilitation consultant for the Grande Prairie Storm Junior hockey team, the Grande Prairie Drillers football team and is currently the trainer for the Grande Prairie Athletics Senior Hockey Team.
Steven is most excited to be in the Peace Country with his wife and three children, “because it’s home.” Whether he is working in sport, lifestyle, or community rehabilitation, Steven is ultimately committed to helping patients reach their goals and get back to doing the things they love.
Brodi Lockhart – Physical Therapist
Brodi Lockhart was born and raised in Beaverlodge, AB, where he developed a lifelong passion for physical activity and sport. Brodi attended the University of Calgary, receiving a Bachelor of Kinesiology, with Distinction. He then completed his Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta.
Brodi has a professional interest in manual therapy, and has a goal of receiving certifications in acupuncture and Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS).
Brodi was driven to pursue a career in physical therapy following his extensive sporting background in hockey, volleyball and golf. He is excited to be back in Grande Prairie where he can help people achieve their functional goals and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and is proud to be working in his hometown at the Kinesis Physical Therapy – Beaverlodge Office.
Kayla Richer – Physical Therapist
Kayla graduated with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta. She knew that physiotherapy was her passion after seeing the positive impact physiotherapy had on her grandma’s life. Additionally, years of coaching gymnastics introduced Kayla to her love of helping others achieve their athletic goals and maintain healthy lifestyles. Kayla aims to advance her physiotherapy practice by taking courses in acupuncture, manual therapy, and pelvic health treatment. She is licensed to practice pelvic health physiotherapy and manages Kinesis Physical Therapy’s Pelvic Health Rehabilitation Program.
Kayla has enjoyed her time volunteering with various organizations and age groups including: PARDS, the QEII, You Can Ride 2 Adaptive Bicycles, Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton, Alberta Hospital Edmonton North, and the GP Public Library. In her spare time, Kayla loves playing with her nieces, dogs, and kayaking.
She’s happy to be working in her home community of Grande Prairie to provide services as a Physical Therapist.
Sarah Hudson – Physical Therapist
Sarah was raised in Grande Prairie and is pleased to return to the area to contribute to the community. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology, with Distinction and a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy. She plans to pursue continuing education in manual therapy, therapeutic yoga, and complex pain management. Sarah’s interest in physiotherapy began after benefitting from treatment as a dancer. Her passion for active rehabilitation expanded while working as an adaptive swim instructor for the City of Grande Prairie and continued to grow as a student trainer for University of Alberta’s Pandas Volleyball team. Sarah enjoys swimming, hiking, Olympic weightlifting and downhill skiing. She looks forwards to helping patients move better and feel better.
Gale Antaya – Physical Therapist
A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, Gale completed her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1989. She completed her Craniosacral Techniques Certification Exam through The Upledger Institute in 2014. Gale has spent the past 30 years focusing on the assessment and treatment of acute and chronic orthopedic conditions. Her interest lies in a holistic, hands-on approach incorporating conventional mobilization and manipulation techniques, Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, myofascial release and pain management. Her passion lies in assisting her clients in achieving the best rehabilitation outcomes possible.
Gale acts as a consulting physiotherapist with Kinesis Physical Therapy and also operates a Multiple-Hands Craniosacral Therapy practice. She is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the International Association of Healthcare Providers. She is the author of “The Princess and the Pea: A Holistic Approach to Orthopedic Manual Therapy”.
Caitlin Baker – Physical Therapist
Caitlin graduated with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta. She has a passion for sports rehabilitation and is currently working as the team therapist for the Canadian National Paralympic Volleyball Team. She has also worked with the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves athletic teams.
Caitlin’s goals to advance her practice include completing courses in acupuncture and Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and to pursue advanced training and certification in manual therapy. Through leading an active lifestyle from a young age, she developed an interest in pursuing physiotherapy as a career in order to help people to get back to the activities they love.
She enjoys staying active through basketball, volleyball, yoga, and hiking.
Katie MacFarlane – Physical Therapist
Originally from Nova Scotia, Katie graduated from Dalhousie University with degrees in Kinesiology and Physiotherapy. Since graduation, she has worked in a variety of treatment settings throughout the East Coast and Alberta.
After a few years of work in Calgary, she is excited to be in Grande Prairie where she works as a pediatric consultant at Crystal Park School and part time at Kinesis Physical Therapy.
Katie utilizes a variety of treatment approaches including manual therapy, functional dry needling, myofascial release and targeted exercise to help clients achieve optimal outcomes.
Manager, Clinic Owner
Progressive Treatment for Your Pain
Kinesis Physical Therapy Corp provides physical therapy, injury rehabilitation, and concussion management in Grande Prairie.