Meet Your Zen Team!
Meet Our Team
Owned and operated by two local licensed physiotherapists Rhea Tomlinson (née Rhea Dufort) and Nick Chiu. Offering a unique eastern meets western holistic approach to health. At Zen Physiotherapy there is no one size fits all model to health & wellness. Each client receives a unique individualized assessment and rehabilitation program to suit ones’ needs. Our diverse team offers a wide range of specialties and expertise to help each client obtain their goals.
Rhea Tomlinson (née Rhea Dufort) has a 3-year BA in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from the University of Winnipeg, and is a graduate of the School of Medical Rehabilitation Physiotherapy program at the University of Manitoba. Rhea has completed ongoing education in Pelvic Health, Yoga 200 hr RYT, Yoga Therapy Foundations, Acupuncture, Functional Dry Needling, Specific Functional Movement Assessment, Functional Movement Screen, Functional Capacity Evaluations (Metriks), Kinesiotape, Sport First Responder and much more. Rhea has a keen interest in pelvic health and has completed her Pelvic Floor Level 1, 2 & 3 in addition to other specialized male and female pelvic health courses. Most recently, Rhea completed her pediatric pelvic floor ongoing education to deal with common issues such as bedwetting and childhood incontinence past normal ranges.
Rhea completed her 200-hour teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga in Goa, India and has completed her Yoga Therapy Foundations course. This allows her to offer a yogic approach in her physiotherapy practice. Rhea has a strong background working with athletes on various platforms such as Fifa World Cup and the Canada Summer Games.
Rhea offers a unique approach to her practice which includes breath analysis, functional movement screens, pelvic floor physiotherapy, one on one yoga therapy sessions and group rehab yoga classes. With these blended trainings, Rhea feels she offers something truly unique to the Winnipeg Rehabilitation market. When Rhea is not working, she loves to spend time outside with her two little boys camping and staying physically active!
Nicholas is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medical Rehabilitation with a degree in Physical Therapy. Nicholas is certified in acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute and is bilingual in both English and Cantonese.
Nicholas has completed up to Level 3 Upper and Lower Manual therapy levels with the goal to complete his Fellowship of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT) in the future. Nicholas has also completed courses in Specific Functional Movement Assessment, Functional Dry Needling, Mackenzie Part A, Paris Custom Orthotic workshops, attended the PanAm wrist and hand symposium course, and various other courses. With his experience towards holistic healing systems and advanced manipulative therapy, Nicholas feels ready to pursue his own practice, and bring Winnipeg a unique approach to healing.
Nicholas is an advocate for active based rehabilitation programs, prescribing exercises for all his patients to promote healing, improve strength, and educate the body. Nicholas is also trained in functional capacity evaluations and reconditioning programs.
Nicholas’s passion is physiotherapy and food! He loves to cook and if he isn’t practicing physiotherapy he is trying new recipes to nourish the body and satisfy the soul.
Tracey Sayas is a graduate of the Massage Therapy program at Evolve College. Tracey has received training in relaxation, myofascial work, deep tissue, and sports massage, with clinical experience at the Evolve College Speciality Clinic, Sports Manitoba and Zen Physiotherapy. Tracey is passionate about helping clients’ in healing to ease their discomfort and promote their overall health.
In the future, Tracey has plans to attain ongoing education for certification in specialized modalities, including acupuncture, cupping, lymphatic massage, and pre and post-natal massage. As a growing Remedial Massage Therapist (RMT), she looks forward to expanding her knowledge and honing her practical skills to provide the best possible care for her clients.
When Tracey is not at the clinic, she loves spending time with her dog, Prince, and her family. She also enjoys staying active through sports and exercise, such as basketball, volleyball, and weightlifting.
Nikki Donald is a graduate of the School of Medical Rehabilitation Physiotherapy program at the University of Manitoba, and also has her Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences.
Nikki is certified in acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute, has her Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy Courses – Level 2 upper quadrant completed. She has taken multiple other continuing education courses on the hip, shoulder, myofascial release techniques, and has taken additional training on the temporomandibular joint (jaw).
Nikki loves being active and plays competitive women’s volleyball, baking, and spending time with her family.
Physiotherapist Exam Candidate
Janice Huang graduated from The University of Manitoba with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. Having rehabilitated from sports-related injuries as a teenager, Janice developed a strong and passionate interest in helping people to enjoy an active physical life.
Janice believes in a client-centred approach to physical therapy, and takes the time necessary to understand her client’s injury and the challenges in the rehab journey. Based on all the information gathered, she designs a customized exercise program to facilitate the clients in achieving their goals. Janice provides her clients with education, guidance in short-term management, long-term maintenance programs, injury prevention, and performance enhancement.
Janice is certified in cupping through Cupping Canada, as well as participated in the data analysis of a research project on long covid as part of her Masters program. Janice treats a wide variety of conditions including: motor vehicle accidents (MPI), work-related injuries(WCB), return to work programs, sports injuries, fall prevention for older adults, post hip/knee replacement, and long Covid management. Janice employs a variety of treatment methods including manual therapy, modalities, taping, cupping, and individual exercise programs. Janice will be pursuing further studies in the near future including acupuncture, dry needling, and pelvic floor physiotherapy.
Outside of Physiotherapy Janice is passionate about badminton and she established the Winnipeg Lucky Badminton Club. Janice is also actively involved in many outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and canoeing. Janice is fluent in English and Chinese and can provide treatment in Cantonese or Mandarin.
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