Meet the team at Active Physiotherapy in Calgary
Laura MacFarlane, MSc PT (Physiotherapist), BKin, Gunn IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation), CAFCI (Acupuncture), Full Body ART Provider (Active Release Techniques Spine, Upper & Lower Body & Long Tract Nerve Entrapments Certified), K-Tape Certified & Clinic Owner
Laura received her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and previously her Bachelors in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta. Being a native Calgarian, it was an easy choice for her to return to Calgary upon graduating. She has treated clients with a wide variety of injuries and conditions whereby she learned the importance of continued education and an integrated treatment approach. Laura has completed several post-graduate courses to provide more comprehensive treatment to her clients including acupuncture, manual therapy, Gunn intramuscular stimulation (IMS) and active release techniques. Post graduate courses are important to her as they enable her to provide a more comprehensive treatment approach to her clients. Her clientele includes a variety of individuals from the young to the elderly with issues arising due to inactivity all the way up to those from being elite level athletes. Her treatment approach combines a thorough analysis of each individual’s issues to identify the cause of the problem in order to find the solutions. Treatment therefore incorporates therapeutic exercises and stretches, hands on manual therapy, Active Release Techniques (ART), Gunn IMS (GIMS), the potential of Acupuncture to enhance recovery and electrotherapeutic modalities to decrease pain and inflammation. She enjoys treating all injuries and conditions but has a special interest in shoulders, the spine and the knees as well as pre and post natal issues and sports related injuries. She herself enjoys a variety of recreational, sport and fitness activities including running, yoga, pilates, climbing, swimming, cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and the benefits of regular strength training. Her idea of health and wellness is achieving the right balance in all facets of life and when she is not at work she is enjoying life with her husband and daughters.
Shane Besler, BKin Health & Exercise Physiology
Shane Besler graduated from the University of Calgary, with a degree in Kinesiology - Health & Exercise Physiology. Shane demonstrated a passion for sport from a young age when he began participating in many team and individual activities. He later focused his energy on competitive swimming throughout University as a member of the varsity team. Shane combined his love of swimming with cycling and running after graduating and began a successful Triathlon career in which he represented Team Canada at the World Olympic Distance Championships. He later raced 7 Ironman's 3 of which were World Championships held in Hawaii each year. During this time Shane shared his passion and knowledge for Triathlon and Swimming by coaching a number of Teams both in swimming and triathlon here in Calgary. His clients have gone on to have successful marathons, olympic distance & long distance triathlons including Ironmans. Shane's thirst for adventure has turned to mountain biking, cross-country skiing and Xterra events. When Shane is not out on the trails enjoying the mountain air he enjoys spending quality time with his wife and daughters.