The inside of the Reach sports physiotherapy and hand clinic in Edmonton.

ABOUT US

Reach was created in 2021 out of our desire to bring specialized advanced skills in hand therapy and sports physiotherapy to a community-based clinic. We want to help Edmontonians be their best selves and get back to doing what they love.

OUR TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY

TEAM PLAYERS

Reach believes in an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to treatment. Each therapist has a unique set of skills and experience and we will make sure to pair you with the therapist who is best equipped to meet your needs. As you progress through your journey and your needs change, your therapist may connect you with another Reach therapist to ensure you always have the best team around you.

We also believe in the active involvement of our clients in their treatment. Your goals are our goals which is why we need you to be an active participant in your rehabilitation. We are here to give you the tools to succeed. Whether you are attending hand therapy or sports physiotherapy, be ready to get moving!

EDUCATION = EMPOWERMENT

At Reach, we believe that education is the key to success. Understanding your injury, what caused it and how we are going to fix it is the basis to your successful long-lasting outcome. We are also committed to pursuing our own education to always provide you with evidence-based practice and cutting-edge treatments.

NO ONE LIKE YOU

Our therapists are experts in their field and are well versed in the most recent research and protocols. Our years of experience allow us to customize each protocol and treatment technique to your specific needs. No two injuries are exactly the same and therefore no two clients should be treated exactly the same. Our comprehensive assessment will allow us to understand your injury and, by listening to you during valuable 1-on-1 sessions, we can develop your perfect customized treatment plan.

MEET THE TEAM

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AUDREE FOSTER

MScOT, OTR, CHT

Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist, Owner

Audree is originally from Montreal where she graduated in 2011 with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Montreal. Early on during her postgraduate studies, Audree knew that hand therapy was the branch of occupational therapy that was meant for her. Audree spent over 6 years as a part of the University of Alberta Hospital Outpatient Surgery Department working with hand therapy patients before creating Reach with Steven and Nicole. Audree is currently certified with the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists and the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists (USA) and is a member of the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. Audree obtained her Certified Hand Therapist designation in 2020.

You will often hear Audree describe hand therapy as the perfect mix between healthcare and arts and crafts. Despite not being a very crafty person outside of work, Audree uses her knowledge of the biomechanics of the hand and upper extremity to create inventive orthoses to meet her clients’ needs. Audree strives to help her clients regain maximal function by listening and understanding who they are and what matters to them.

Audree believes that attitude is a strong factor in determining the outcome of any situation, especially following an injury. Audree is a very positive person who will do everything she can to bring joy, positivity and smiles to her clients throughout their often difficult journey.

 

Outside of the clinic, you can find Audree running with her dog Piper, enjoying a glass of wine or hopping on a flight to a far away country.

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NICOLE NILSON

BScOT, BScKin, CHT

Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist, Owner

Nicole grew up in Edmonton where she attended the University of Alberta. Nicole’s interest in anatomy and physiology led her to obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2006. Knowing she wanted to pursue a career in health care, Nicole continued her studies and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2008. After graduating, Nicole immediately began working in the Outpatient Surgery Department at the University of Alberta Hospital specializing in hand therapy. Nicole spent 13 years at the University of Alberta Hospital working as a hand therapist prior to opening Reach with Steven and Audree. Nicole is currently certified with the Alberta College of Occupational therapists and is a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists as well as of the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists. Nicole obtained her Certified Hand Therapist designation in 2021.

Nicole’s approach to treatment is one of collaboration, from the initial assessment to the time of discharge.  Nicole believes that if her clients have a clear understanding of their diagnosis and treatment plan, it will set them up for success. Nicole focuses on providing her clients with specific tools which include orthoses fabrication, manual therapy, and exercise programs to achieve goals meaningful to them. Nicole continues to seek out the latest evidence-based research to ensure her clients are being provided the most current information.

 

When Nicole is not in the clinic, she spends her time working out, running, biking, walking her dogs and enjoying several summer weekends camping with her family.

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STEVEN CINDRIC

BScPT, COMT, MBA

Physiotherapist, Owner

After graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia, Steven started working for the public health sector and private practice both in Australia and in Canada. Steven has extensive knowledge and experience in treating sporting injuries and strives to provide his clients with relief from upper and lower limb injuries, headaches, as well as neck and back injuries.  While living in Cairns, Australia, Steven had the privilege of working with some of the professional basketball players from the Cairns Taipans (National Basketball League), as well as working as the lead physiotherapist for the Australian National Inline Hockey team.

In 2010, Steven completed his Certificate of Manual Therapy (COMT) from Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. Steven has also taken courses specializing in manual therapy, neck and back pain, neuro dynamics, shoulder rehabilitation, medical acupuncture (TCM) and dry needling. Steven is currently certified with the Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association. Steven has worked at the University of Alberta hospital as the Professional Practice Lead for physiotherapy as well as in clinical roles in hand therapy and orthopedics. Steven also worked as the interim Physiotherapy Team Lead for the Stollery Children's Hospital Outpatient Pediatric Services. Steven completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Western Australia in 2021.

 

In his free time, Steven enjoys being an early riser, going to the gym, gardening, camping, and skiing. Most importantly, Steven enjoys going for a bike ride or to the park with his two young daughters and coaching their soccer and hockey teams.

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NATHAN SCHMIDT

MScPT

Physiotherapist

Nathan completed his Masters in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta in 2019. Previously, he completed a Bachelors of Science with a Psychology Major in 2016. Since his completion of the physiotherapy program, Nathan has enjoyed working with a variety of patient populations in his local community, including athletes, post-operative patients, chronic pain patients and vestibular patients.

Nathan was drawn into the profession of Physical Therapy after suffering from a number of sports injuries in his youth. Physical Therapy helped him achieve full recovery, allowing him to get back to the activities he loves, and has kept him passionate about helping others do the same.

Nathan’s treatment approach focuses intently on patient education, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and patient empowerment to help individuals get back to the things they love doing most in their lives. His goal is to give you the tools you need to live an active and healthy lifestyle. Nathan is fully certified and has received post graduate training in Dry Needling, Spinal Manipulation, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Concussion Rehabilitation and Chronic Pain Management.

In his free time, Nathan likes to stay active at the gym with an emphasis on strength training and enjoys picking up casual soccer and hockey games with friends. He can often be found walking trails in the river valley with his dog Baxter.

 
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