Heather Lewis (Owner) BPE, CAT(C)
While still in high school, Heather took an Athletic First Aid and Taping and Strapping course through the Sport Medicine Council of Alberta and used her new skills to help her high school women’s’ rugby team. She was hooked.
Heather has been a Certified Athletic Therapist (CAT(C)) since 2002 after completing a combined Bachelor of Physical Education/Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy degree program offered through the University of Alberta and Mount Royal College.
It was a dream come true to open Fernie’s 1st Athletic Therapy Clinic in the fall of 2006. Prior to moving to Fernie in 2005, Heather was working in Edmonton, AB as the Medical Coordinator for the 2005 World Masters Games and a clinical Athletic Therapist at NorMed Therapies in Sherwood Park, AB. Winter 2005 in Fernie she worked as a dispatcher at Fernie Alpine Resort and used her Advanced First Aid skills and Athletic Therapy knowledge to assess the carnage that rolled into the First Aid room.
Heather has spent many years “working on the sidelines/on the bench” and consulting for numerous teams, clubs and events. Examples include hockey, football, lacrosse, gymnastics, skiing and snowboarding, track and field, figure skating and rugby. Fernie Athletic Therapy has been the “Official Clinic of the Fernie Ghostriders” since 2007. More recently, Heather enjoys keeping the Elk Valley’s local athletes injury free as they train for their races, events and games such as Bloomsday, Wasa Triathlon, Elkford Triathlon, Transrockies, TR3 and the Elk Valley Bulls Rugby Football Club.
In her spare time, Heather likes to hike, mountain bike, snowboard and plays women’s hockey. She and her husband Simon adore their two daughters, Penny and Rachel, and experiencing the outdoors with them!
Kayla Neufeld BSc(Kin), BAHSc, CAT(C)
Growing up in Leduc, Alberta, Kayla has always had a passion for sports. She ran competitively with Leduc Track Club for 12 years and played high school volleyball and basketball. She attended the University of Alberta and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. It was during these 4 years that she discovered a passion for working with athletes and teams and became interested in sport injuries and rehabilitation. She then went on to pursue her Athletic Therapy degree at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, graduating in 2009. Kayla successfully completed certification in July 2009, becoming a Certified Athletic Therapist (CAT(C)).
Kayla joined Fernie Athletic Therapy and the Fernie Ghostriders team in October of 2009 and has never looked back.
Kayla has advanced her education and knowledge with courses in Concussion/mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Kinesio Taping, Soft Tissue Release (similar to ART), Muscle Energy Techniques and Custom Foot Orthotics. Highlights of her career thus far include traveling to Nova Scotia with Team BC high school football in 2011, Jasper Downhill Sevens Rugby tournament and of course working with the Fernie Ghostriders.
Outside of Fernie Athletic Therapy, Kayla thoroughly enjoys everything this beautiful valley has to offer, in particular trail running, CrossFit, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, camping, hiking, biking, and most recently fishing.
Heather Lewis (left) and Kayla Neufeld (right).