Meet Your 2014 JTC Ball Hockey Therapists

Sarah Bleichert BMR-PT, CAFCI, CGGTP
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Sarah was recommended for the 2010 JTC program from Manitoba Ball Hockey where she has traveled with the team to the Men’s Nationals since 2007. This will be Sarah’s third tour with the JTC Program and first as our Chief Physiotherapist.

Sarah graduated from The University of Manitoba in 2008 with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy. She is certified in acupuncture, intramuscular needling (Gokavi Transverse Technique) and is currently completing her Masters of Clinical Sciences in Manipulative Physiotherapy and Advanced Orthopaedics at the University of Western Ontario. Sarah has worked in orthopaedics and sport physiotherapy since graduating and also as a therapist with teams including the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Winnipeg Bantam AAA Hockey League, Manitoba Major Football League and with Junior Team Canada Ball Hockey at their World Championships in 2010 and 2012. She was also Chair of Sport Physiotherapy Manitoba from 2009-2013. Personally, Sarah has an athletic background that includes gymnastics, swimming and paddling. As a Manitoba provincial team kayaker, she won a bronze medal at the Canadian Championships in 2002. With her education and experience, Sarah is an asset to the JTC team and a great supporter on and off the floor.

Ryan Bennett BPHE, Dip. SIM, CAT (C), ATC, CSCS

No stranger to treating hockey players, Ryan has an extensive backgrounds working in the OHL, AHL and NHL. He graduated from Brock University with a degree in Physical & Health Education and from Sheridan College with a diploma in Sports Injury Management. He is certified as an Athletic Trainer (US), Athletic Therapist (Canada) and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.

He has worked with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL for the past 6 seasons and is presently their Head Athletic Therapist. His high-level experience includes being the Athletic Therapist for the 2010 Canadian Men’s U18 World Hockey Championship team in Belarus, the Belleville Bulls (OHL), Erie Otters (OHL), Edmonton Oilers (NHL), Toronto Roadrunners (AHL), Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL), Original Stars Hockey League and the Brad May and Friends Challenge. With his strong hockey related and overseas travel experience, he is a strong addition to the JTC family.

Geneviève Renaud BSc. PT, Diploma Sport Physiotherapy, CAFCI

Geneviève lives in Cole Harbour NS, and graduated with her B.Sc in Physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa in 2008. Since graduating, she has been practicing orthopeadic and sport physiotherapy in a multidisciplinary setting at LifeMark Physiotherapy in Dartmouth, NS. She is certified in acupuncture, advanced athletic taping and K-Taping, and is currently completing her Masters of Clinical Sciences in Manipulative Physiotherapy at the University of Western. She obtained her Diploma in Sport Physiotherapy and is currently the chair of the Nova Scotia chapter of the Sport Physiotherapy division. Geneviève has worked with many sports teams including the Halifax Rainmen basketball club and the NS female hockey team at the 2011 Canada Games. She has also worked for 5 years with Hockey Nova Scotia’s High Performance Program and acts as a mentor within Sport Physiotherapy Canada’s program. She’s coached Special Olympics swimming for 7 years and enjoys volunteering on different committees including the “Réseau Santé Nouvelle-Écosse”, a group that aims to improve the delivery of French health care to francophones across Nova Scotia. She also plays soccer in a senior women’s league and dances with FUNKtion Dance Company. With her extensive work in sport physiotherapy on and off the field, Geneviève is a valuable addition to the JTC team.

Rolland Heider RMT
U16, U18 & U20 MASSAGE THERAPIST (Ontario)

After competing in Rugby at Wilfrid Laurier University and rowing competitively at both Laurentian University and the University of Victoria, Rolland pursued a professional career in Massage Therapy. Rolland has garnered clients including national track and field team members, national team rowers, top tri-sport athletes, top rock climbers, top golf professionals, NCAA and professional basketball, CIS football, and national level gymnasts, as well as a host of amateur sports participants. He has also worked at a variety of events such as the Canadian National Track and Field Championships, OFSAA Basketball Championships, the Canadian Masters Tennis Tournament, and the Canadian Senior Men’s Soccer Championships.

Rolland is a familiar face to the CBHA as he was the Massage Therapist for the Canada Xtreme Master Men’s team in 2010 at the Masters Worlds in Bratislava, as well as the Massage Therapist for the U16 & U18 JTC Ball Hockey teams in 2012. He has worked at high levels of hockey, most recognized with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. With over 12 years experience working in sport, Rolland is a valuable asset to the players again this year.

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