Our Calgary Physiotherapist Team

Downtown Calgary physiotherapist offering more than 80 years of combined experience in helping patients recover from their injuries

Our clinicians at Calgary Core Physiotherapy have extensive post-graduate training and are continually updating their skills and knowledge. Our team works closely together, where we communicate with each other on more difficult or complex injuries. With your approval, your primary physiotherapist may even have another physiotherapist confirm a finding during your treatment session, or refer you to another clinician for a more specialized treatment or therapy if needed. Getting you better is always our focus; and for some cases, we believe the best approach is having “all hands on deck”.

Carolyn Carey

BScKin, BScPT, cGIMS

Calgary Physiotherapist

Carolyn CareyCarolyn was born in Montreal, Quebec, but grew up in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. She attended Dalhousie University and completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 1998 and Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 2002. Carolyn has worked in physiotherapy clinics in Nova Scotia, Australia, and Cochrane, as well as being casual staff at the Alberta Hip and Knee Clinic (a clinic that focuses on osteoarthritis) and the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She has worked in downtown Calgary since 2005 and joined Calgary Core Physiotherapy in 2014.

A life-long learner, Carolyn has spent many years developing a wide range of skills and certifications to add to her physiotherapy practice, including Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation, Acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute, Craniosacral Therapy, and the Hypopressive Method (an exercise-based program targeting core stability and pelvic floor muscles).

An avid athlete, Carolyn played competitive soccer at the provincial and university level, and coached competitive youth players. During her time at Dalhousie, she was named an Academic All-Canadian, and was a member of the first women’s soccer team to win a national title (who were inducted into Dalhousie’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2012). Carolyn continues to enjoy an active lifestyle that includes soccer, running, skiing, hiking, biking, and chasing after her 2 busy toddlers.

Elliott Goldman

BSc (SportScience), MScPT, AACP, cGIMS

Calgary Physiotherapist

elliott-goldman-calgary-core-physiotherapyElliott is originally from London, England. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Sport Science and Physiology at Leeds University in 2003 and his Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Northumbria in 2006.

Elliott has a keen interest in Sports Physiotherapy and Injury Prevention, spending several years working for semi-professional and elite English rugby teams (the Newcastle Falcons), as well as the Royal Air Force. He has also written and published a journal article in 2010 on the prevention of hamstring injuries, and ran in-service training sessions for top English Premier League Soccer teams. With his solid British training and experience, Elliott focuses on a hands-on approach to treatment, backed up with the most up-to-date knowledge of exercise prescription and evidence-based practice. He has been practicing Acupuncture since 2010 after achieving his certification in the UK, and is also a certified Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) practitioner. Elliott is authorized by the Physiotherapy Alberta College to refer patients for diagnostic imaging tests, if required.

Elliott moved to Canada with his wife in 2013. After working for two years in Saskatchewan, they moved to Calgary in 2015 to join Calgary Core Physiotherapy. In addition to being a dad with a young family, Elliott loves to run recreationally and keep fit in the gym.

Ian Goodwin

BScPT, FCAMPT, DipManipPT, cGIMS, MATS

Owner | Calgary Physiotherapist

Ian GoodwinIan is originally from Prince Edward Island. He graduated from Dalhousie University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy. After completing his degree, Ian was a clinical instructor in Dalhousie’s undergraduate physiotherapy program. He successfully completed his Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2004 and became certified in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) in 2008.In 2003, Ian left his clinical practice in Halifax to work as a physiotherapist for the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil. For four years, Ian traveled around the globe with the touring show, Alegria, treating injuries of the 60 elite acrobats and helping them achieve their amazing skills.

During his time with Cirque du Soleil, he was exposed to Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT).  Developed and widely-used in the United States, MAT is a “hands-on” treatment system that seeks to identify and address muscle imbalances. Ian became the first physiotherapist in western Canada to become a certified MAT Specialist (2010). In addition to his many other skills, he has found MAT to profoundly improve his success in treating injuries. Ian is authorized by the Physiotherapy Alberta College to refer patients for diagnostic imaging tests, if required.

Ian enjoys spending time with his young family and staying active. Ian now calls Calgary home and has been practicing in the downtown core since 2007.

Eric Lavoie

NP, MN, FAA

Nurse Practitioner

Eric LavoieEric is licensed as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in the province of Alberta. Prior to becoming an NP, Eric worked as a Registered Nurse in the emergency room in Ottawa, Inuvik, and Calgary. He also worked for Health Canada as an out-post nurse in a remote northern Alberta community. Eric went on to complete a Clinical Masters Degree, which gives him the ability to diagnose, order laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging, prescribe medications, and perform advanced invasive techniques.

In addition to his generalist training as an NP, Eric furthered his studies by completing additional practicum training in ultrasound-guided regenerative medicine. He is one of only three medically trained practitioners to offer ultrasound-guided injections to the spine in Alberta. He has a particular interest in musculoskeletal injuries and pain that originate from muscles, ligaments, or tendons.

Eric is regarded as a clinical expert in his field and has given presentations on this subject at the University of Calgary, Canadian Bar Association, and multiple physiotherapy clinics throughout Calgary. He enjoys working closely and collaboratively with other health professionals, throughout Alberta and BC, in treating patients suffering from more complex pain.

Eric, his wife, and his two boys enjoy spending time together in Alberta’s great outdoors.

Timothy Lee

BScPT, FCAMPT, DipManipPT, cGIMS, CAFCI

Owner | Calgary Physiotherapist

Timothy LeeTim is originally from Mississauga, Ontario and has lived in Calgary since 2001. He is a proud Queen’s University Alumnus, graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 1998. Since graduating, Tim has acquired a Certificate in Acupuncture with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada, a certificate in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), and is a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists with an Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy.

Outside of the clinic, Tim worked as a selected physiotherapist for the Canadian Men’s Rugby Team for five years, helping the team with their numerous injuries on rugby tours around the world.  He also worked as the Team Physiotherapist with several other provincial and national teams at World Cup and World Championship competitions.

In addition to his experience with sports injuries, Tim has a special interest in neck and low back pain. He worked at the Advanced Spinal Care Centre for six years, collaborating with the highest calibre of physiotherapists, radiologists and physicians specialized in spinal care. Tim is authorized by the Physiotherapy Alberta College to refer patients for diagnostic imaging tests, if required.

When not chasing after his two young daughters, Tim likes to maintain an active lifestyle with running, tennis, and skiing. He has been working in the downtown core since 2010.

Alex Loach

MScPT, MScKin, FDN

Calgary Physiotherapist

Alex Loach | Calgary Physiotherapist | Calgary Core Physiotherapy

Born and raised in Calgary, Alex grew up playing competitive hockey; this led to his passion for the field of physiotherapy. Alex holds both a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with Distinction from the University of Calgary and a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta. Alex is nearing completion of his Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. He is fully certified in Functional Dry Needling/Intra-muscular Stimulation (IMS). Alex is an avid learner and continually pursues training to advance his practice, to the benefit of his patients and colleagues.

Prior to becoming a physiotherapist, Alex comes from a personal training background, working at the Bankers Hall Club in downtown Calgary. This background gives him the ability to treat all aspects of a patient’s recovery, from the beginning stages of an injury all the way through to a patient’s full return to sports and activities.

Alex continues to play hockey, golf, ultimate frisbee, and downhill skiing. Alex enjoys strength and conditioning training and runs one to two races a year, including his latest half marathon. He loves being a part of the Calgary downtown community.

Brad Merkley

BMR (PT), COMT, FDN

Calgary Physiotherapist

Brad Merkely Calgary Physiotherapist | Calgary Core PhysiotherapyBradley grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy. After working in several orthopaedic and sports physiotherapy clinics in Ontario, he made the move out west and has made Calgary home since 2013.

Throughout his career, Bradley has made clinical education a priority. He pursued a Certification in Functional Dry Needling and achieved a Post-Graduate Certificate in Manual and Manipulative Therapy from Curtin University in Perth, Australia. He is authorized by the College of Physiotherapy Alberta to perform dry needling and spinal manipulation.

Brad joined the team at Calgary Core Physiotherapy with a focus on providing the most up-to-date research and treatment skills to his practice. He thoroughly enjoys helping his patients understand their pain and injury and is highly motivated to see them feel better. As a physiotherapist, Brad knows the importance of staying fit and is an avid gym enthusiast.