The Excel Team

Excel Health is doctor-owned and operated. Every member of our team – from our physicians and specialists to our office managers and partners – are committed to delivering a seamless and comprehensive health care experience personalized to you.

OUR PHILOSPHY

Comprehensive, Coordinated and Continued Care

In line with the College of Family Physicians of Canada, Excel Health’s vision is offer comprehensive, coordinated, and continuing care to patients by providing unprecedented access to health care, enabling them to live their best life

YOUR HEALTH CARE TEAM

Excel Health is made up of a trusted and experienced team of physicians, nurses, specialists, dietitians, pharmacists and other professionals who take a patient-centered approach to care.

DR. ZEPH WEISENTHAL

FAMILY PHYSICIAN

 

Dr. Zeph Wiesenthal graduated from the University of Manitoba medical School in 1984. A yen for country life then led him to spend many years in full service rural family practice in Gimli, Manitoba. Concurrent with this he also provided on-site remote northern medical services on an itinerant basis for the First Nations and Inuit health branch of the Federal Government, mainly in the community of Tadoule Lake, Manitoba. He moved to Alberta in 2014 and has continued to provide patient-centered, holistic and caring general practice services to the people of Calgary with an emphasis on preventative strategies.

DR. MELISSA KOTKAS B.SC. CCFP FCFP

FAMILY PHYSICIAN

Dr. Melissa Kotkas graduated from the University of Calgary Medical School in 1991, followed by a residency in Family Medicine at the Foothills Hospital. Prior to that she graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. with Distinction. She holds her CCFP and FCFP designations. She has always had a passion for women’s health beginning her career with low risk obstetrics then working at a Well Woman clinic for the past 12 years. Since 2012 she has been a NAMS member dedicated to promoting health and quality of life for all women during the midlife, menopause and beyond.

DR. BRIAN SCEVIOUR MD, CCFP

FAMILY PHYSICIAN

 

Dr. Brian Sceviour is a certified Family Physician who earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from McMaster University and completed his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Calgary.  Dr. Sceviour is committed to bringing exceptional healthcare services. As his patient, you will enjoy our beautiful family practice and walk-in clinic state-of-the-art medical facility. After your visit with your family doctor, you may have your blood drawn, meet with a pharmacist, get an x-ray, ultrasound and other services on-site.

DR. LINDIWE NYATI MD DCH (SA), FCPAEDS(SA), FRCPC

PEDIATRICIAN

Dr. Nyati has been a pediatrician for over 17 years and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.  Dr. Nyati completed her medical education and post graduate training in Pediatrics in South Africa. Her experience in community and hospital pediatrics spans across several countries including Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

JENNIFER MCDOUGALL

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jennifer is dedicated to client care at Excel Health. She oversees the coordination of the entire health team and ensures all of your needs are met during each and every visit to the clinic. Jennifer is passionate about providing unbeatable customer service and prides herself In knowing that each and every client receives the very best care and service 100% of the time.

With over 25 of years professional experience in management of healthcare organizations, Jennifer has developed a strong understanding of human relations and accounting.  She previously held the Executive Director position at the Alberta Hip and Knee Clinic as well as management roles within two Calgary area Primary Care Networks.  She has participated at a provincial level within AHS sitting on the Alberta Bone and Joint Strategical Clinical Network Working Group, Alberta E Referral Implementation Committee, Alberta Provincial Transformational Improvement Project (TIPS) on the Rockyview General Hospital group and is listed as a co-author for Arthritis Research and Therapy November 2015.  In Jennifer’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter. She also loves to travel the world.

TAMMY MCKENZIE

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND CLIENT CARE ADVISOR

Tammy possesses a rare combination of experience in business marketing and client management but also is a CAMRT certified radiation technologist and ultrasound technologist with over 25 years’ experience in Alberta regional hospitals and large outpatient care facilities.  She is also a certified Mammography technologist with advanced training in breast biopsy. With this, she is able to assist our clinical team in formulating the most efficient and effective preventative, diagnostic and treatment plans for our clients. Our clients will find Tammy to be a compassionate and knowledgeable steward that will guide them seamlessly through their health care journey at Excel Health.

ANDREA CLARKE

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Andrea is a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Alberta at Excel Health.

She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from Acadia University in Nova Scotia. Having developed a keen interest in chronic disease and weight management throughout her career, Andrea has helped hundreds of clients meet their health and wellness goals. Whether you are looking for guidance on navigating a specific condition, want to optimize your current diet, or heal your relationship with food and your body, Andrea will answer your questions and coach you through every step of the way. She has a strong focus on the mind-body connection when counselling, and offers a holistic approach to finding true health. Also a Registered Yoga Teacher, Andrea weaves mindfulness practices off the mat and into her work as a nutrition therapist to guide you back to a peaceful relationship with food. She is a true “foodie” and loves to inspire others to make healthy food choices. Outside of work, she loves to get messy in the kitchen, practice yoga, climb mountains, play netball, and perfect her at-home latte art.

MICHELLE PRATHER

EXERCISE THERAPIST

Heavily involved in competitive gymnastics, Michelle Prather’s love for fitness began at a young age. Intrigued by the science behind how the human body works, her desire for more knowledge took her to the University of Alberta where she studied Physical Education and Sports Studies (now called Kinesiology) in the early nineties. In 2002, she continued her education at Mount Royal University enrolling in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. She knew that her passion was to teach others how to reach their fitness or weight loss goals and really wanted to specialize her efforts.

After gaining a significant amount of weight during her pregnancies, Michelle was faced with her own challenges. By using her extensive background in physical fitness and nutrition, she put together a program and despite the challenge of having four children, four years old and under, she lost those 50 pounds in less than 6 months! She has extensive experience working at gyms, private businesses and teaching boot camps for over 20 years and recognizes her passion lies in training people for weight loss and functional movement.

KATELYN BARRONS

PERSONAL TRAINER

Katelyn Barrons is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and ACE Certified Health Coach. Katelyn’s passion for fitness began at a young age with involvement in many different sports and her love of nutrition grew during her time at Kansas State University while studying Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition. She believes that both exercise and nutrition are key for developing a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Katelyn has competed in bodybuilding, powerlifting and crossed running a marathon off her bucket list. She loves helping people discover the strength and confidence that comes with realizing what their body can do. With 7 years of experience in the fitness industry, Katelyn has helped people lose over 100 pounds, complete their first pull up and fit exercise into their busy schedules and is excited to continue supporting people in whatever their fitness goals may be.

SPENCER POOTZ

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

As a physiotherapist, Spencer believes deeply in helping people get and stay active in a way that is meaningful to them. His goal is to get you doing what you love again, whether it’s evening walks, keeping up with your kids, or a competitive sport. He is passionate about the benefits of physical activity and approaches treatment with the mentality that we were born to move. He believes that great care involves active recovery, empowering clients to contribute to their treatment, and treating underlying causes as well as symptoms.

As a lifelong competitive athlete himself, Spencer struggled early on with nagging injuries that affected his participation and enjoyment of sport. Discovering the science and theory behind movement and biomechanics naturally led him to a Bachelors of Kinesiology in Calgary, and then a Masters in Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta. His experiences in physiotherapy have broadened his perspectives and taught him that active treatment approaches benefit everyone, not just athletes. He feels modern physiotherapy shifts the focus of recovery to the attainment of health rather than merely the absence of injury.

Spencer continues to run and cycle competitively in Alberta, while also participating in hockey, backcountry skiing, and hiking. He has bicycle-toured across Canada, as well as other multi-week touring adventures in Australia, New Zealand, and the US. He is an experienced professional bike fitter which, combined with his physiotherapy training, makes him uniquely qualified to assist cyclists. Career highlights included working local professional triathletes, international level para-athletes, and excellent public health experiences at Foothills, Rockyview, and Peter Lougheed Hospitals.

LUKE FERNANDES

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Luke first became aware of physiotherapists at an early age after suffering a shoulder subluxation while playing soccer. His first physiotherapist was in fact legally blind and Luke was amazed at how with just the use of his hands, the physiotherapist was able to reduce the subluxation and help Luke get back on to the playing field. Sports have always provided an outlet for Luke to challenge his body and has more than his fair share of injuries to show for it. From ankle, back and neck sprains to requiring surgery on a torn ACL in 2010, Luke has first hand experience as to how injuries happen, how they feel and how they can be treated.

He owes this vast amount of personal experience due to his time playing competitive soccer at the youth level of Leicester City Football Academy, racquet sports including Badminton and Squash, to combat sports including Boxing. That being said, Golf is his ultimate love and has received extensive training with the Titleist Performance Institute who largely make up medical teams that support professional golfers on the PGA and LPGA tour.

Luke has over 10 years of experience in physiotherapy. He received a Batchelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Manchester Metropolitan University in England in 2007 and began working on a neurorehabilitation ward in Leicestershire assisting stroke patients on their road to recovery. He moved to Calgary, AB in 2008 and worked primarily in privately owned orthopaedic settings. He has over 5 years in leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, psychologists and kinesiologists demonstrating his belief that patients stand to be given the best of care when they are surrounded by a team working for them and their individual goals. The sum of all parts is greater than an individual.

Luke’s post education training has consisted of gaining his acupuncture certification (CAFCI), functional dry needling, CPA Level 2 Manual Therapist and is listed on the Spinal Manipulation roster. He has taken numerous courses on sports and postural taping and the Titleist Performance Institute Level 2 for Golf Medical Rehab.

Education, personal experience and a analytical mind help Luke to identify your body’s driver for pain. Whether you want to move better or hit that driver an extra 10 yards, come see Luke for an assessment to help achieve your goals.

Jon Gabbai

Physiotherapist

Having originally trained as a Physiotherapist in Manchester, England, Jon worked in Acute Neurology at North Middlesex Hospital in London; he also built on his skills of sports medicine and rehabilitation working for the youth academy at Manchester City Football Club. Jon then moved to Canada and spent several years working in Neurological Rehabilitation at the Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary.

He has further moved into the field of education spending four years as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta’s Calgary campus teaching the next generation of physiotherapists across Alberta. As well as being a registered Physiotherapist having practiced in both hospital and sports settings, and in the United Kingdom and Canada, Jon has achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Physiotherapy Practice, Intra-Muscular Stimulation (IMS) training, running Injury Prevention and Neurokinetic Therapy courses, is a certified manipulative therapist, as well as the basic and full-certificate NDT/Bobath Neurological Rehabilitation course.

Jon’s professional athletes have ranged from soccer players now representing club and country, as well as leading the injury prevention team for the Junior-Elite high-performance triathlon program in Calgary. Furthermore, Jon has consulted for professional cycling team Bora/Argon 18 during their Tour of Alberta campaign. Jon’s holistic approach comes from a substantial understanding and passion for the clients it support; Jon trains regularly and is a member of the Talisman Triathlon Club in Calgary; he participates in triathlons, has run a marathon and enjoys team sports such as soccer.

As a new dad, Jon spends most of his time outside of work with family, trying to stop his son chewing all the dog toys and in all the other free time, trying to stay active in practicing what he preaches.

RON COMEAU

Ron is a 2008 graduate of Atlantic College of Therapeutic Massage in Fredericton ,NB

In addition to the 2200 hour program, he also obtained his Sports Massage Certification.

His techniques range from Relaxation treatments , Deep Tissue and experience in
Pre and Post Natal treatment. Also, advising clients on stretch and strengthening exercises to compliment their treatments !

From 2011 to 2013 he attended Active Release Techniques ( A.R.T.) courses and became a
Full Body Certified A.R.T provider, which has elevated his ability to identify and deal with Nerve entrapments and restore free motion of any related soft tissue.

 Ron stays active primarily playing Squash and Padel Tennis as well as running and cycling

ZANE WEBBER

PSYCHOLOGIST

Mr. Webber has over 15 years experience – His training is in Marriage and Family Systems Therapy and he provides therapy to individuals, adolescents and families. His area of expertise includes anxiety, anger, depression and stress. He has a great deal of success working with kids and teens, and their parents for many childhood issues. Zane lived abroad in Asia for 13 years, running a practice in Seoul, South Korea, and so has a unique insight into cross-cultural issues.

Zane uses a meaning based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach as an underlying therapeutic foundation, as well as narrative therapy. Zane is also the National Supervising Psychologist for Mensa Canada.

Mr. Webber’s Alberta Registration number is 2651.

SHAUNA PUPP

PSYCHOLOGIST

Ms. Pupp has almost a decade of experience specializing in children and adolescents, family issues, parent/child conflict, trauma, crisis intervention and critical incident stress management (CISM). In addition, Ms. Pupp focuses on counselling and therapy for First Responders. She has a special interest in relationship counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety, depression, and adjustment.

Ms. Pupp’s Alberta Registration Number is 3557.

KARI TANNAS

CLINIC COORDINATOR

Shannan is a medical office assistant at Excel Health Executive Clinic. She has several years’ experience working within family medical practice and brings a positive and caring attitude to our office. Shannan loves working in the healthcare industry and values the opportunities it creates to learn and grow as an individual.

Outside of work, Shannan enjoys music, movies, gardening and spending time with her three daughters

SHANNAN HILL

MEDICAL OFFICE ASSISTANT

Shannan is a medical office assistant at Excel Health Executive Clinic. She has several years’ experience working within family medical practice and brings a positive and caring attitude to our office. Shannan loves working in the healthcare industry and values the opportunities it creates to learn and grow as an individual.

Outside of work, Shannan enjoys music, movies, gardening and spending time with her three daughters

TAMMY HOMAN

MEDICAL OFFICE ASSISTANT

Shannan is a medical office assistant at Excel Health Executive Clinic. She has several years’ experience working within family medical practice and brings a positive and caring attitude to our office. Shannan loves working in the healthcare industry and values the opportunities it creates to learn and grow as an individual.

Outside of work, Shannan enjoys music, movies, gardening and spending time with her three daughters

JODY KRAMER

MEDICAL OFFICE ASSISTANT

Shannan is a medical office assistant at Excel Health Executive Clinic. She has several years’ experience working within family medical practice and brings a positive and caring attitude to our office. Shannan loves working in the healthcare industry and values the opportunities it creates to learn and grow as an individual.

Outside of work, Shannan enjoys music, movies, gardening and spending time with her three daughters

ALEXIS PICKERING

MEDICAL OFFICE ASSISTANT

Shannan is a medical office assistant at Excel Health Executive Clinic. She has several years’ experience working within family medical practice and brings a positive and caring attitude to our office. Shannan loves working in the healthcare industry and values the opportunities it creates to learn and grow as an individual.

Outside of work, Shannan enjoys music, movies, gardening and spending time with her three daughters