204-233-0419, 400 Tache Ave(LL) Winnipeg, MB R2H 3C3 dcphysio@mymts.net
Got Pain?  We can help!
Is Moving a Challenge?  We can help!
Got Pain?  We can help!
Is Moving a Challenge?  We can help!
Got Pain?  We can help!
Is Moving a Challenge?  We can help!

About Us

Doug Christie Physiotherapy and Associates (Physiotherapy Services at that time) was the first Private Practice Physiotherapy clinic to open in Winnipeg in 1978. During the 44 years the clinic has been operating we have seen over 50000 unique clients of all ages and provided hundreds of thousands of customized treatments. We have earned an enviable reputation in the medical community and with the general public for providing effective, comprehensive, timely and compassionate care for our clients.

Treatment of orthopedic medical and surgical conditions, sports injuries, work-related injuries and injuries suffered in car accidents has always been the focus of the clinic. You can imagine that many things have changed over the years, and we have grown with the advances that have been realized in the treatment of these conditions. In addition to pursuing ongoing education in manual therapy skills and complementary therapeutic techniques in these focused areas of treatment, our physiotherapists have trained in new areas of physiotherapy and have added to the repertoire of conditions that we now treat. Specialized training in vestibular therapy enables us to offer treatment for vestibular and concussion problems (balance and dizziness). And we are the only clinic in the province that has a physiotherapist trained in the Schroth Method for managing scoliosis in children and adults.

Our goal is to restore the highest level of pain-free function possible for each of our clients to allow you to enjoy the level of active living that you desire. In order to achieve this goal, we have well-qualified physiotherapists developing individualized treatment programs, a large and well-equipped facility, extended treatment times, and we are committed to communication with the health care team.

The clinic is located centrally, which makes it within reach of all areas of the city. We subsidize parking in the adjoined lot and nearby free street parking is available.

We would be honoured to have the chance to help you with your needs.

DCP Team: Physiotherapists

Doug Christie
Doug Christie founded Doug Christie Physiotherapy Services in 1976 and provided physiotherapy services to 1000s of clients until the day before his sudden death in Dec 2021.

Physiotherapy was Doug’s passion and he was delighted to be able to help so many people. He will be missed by a whole lot of people, but hopefully you take the time to embrace some of the special memories you have with Doug.

Cathy Christie, Physiotherapist dcpcathy@mymts.net

Cathy graduated from the University of Manitoba, faculty of Medical Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy in 1978, where she was honored with several awards for academic excellence.

During the first five years of her professional career she gained general experience in a hospital setting. Since 1983 she has worked in private practice at Doug Christie Physiotherapy.

Cathy has set a goal for herself to help everyone who comes under her care. To help achieve this goal, she has pursued extensive post-graduate training in a variety of approaches to manual therapy, exercise therapy, soft tissue manipulation techniques and most she recently has focused her post graduate training on the rehabilitation of dizziness and vertigo.

Exercise therapy is a passion of hers. She offers a specialized program for pregnant women. She also offers a program in healthy living instruction.

She is certified in acupuncture and has been using the technique for 25 years. She includes auricular acupuncture in her treatments regimes.

Cathy has volunteered her time to support the work of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Manitoba Branch, working on both the public relations and professional development committees. She has volunteered her time to offer several educational seminars to the public (athletic and senior groups) to the workplace and to physicians in training.

Cathy continues to be actively involved in sports (particularly volleyball, running, dance, racquet sports, golf, curling, and specialized exercise classes) and has firsthand experience with several injuries. Although she tries to be knowledgeable of the mechanism of injury and the recovery process for all injuries and conditions/ diseases that affect the physical functions of the body, she refuses to personally experience each one of them (although she will admit that she is personally gaining knowledge of the natural aging process !)

Darryl Penner, Physiotherapist dcpdarryl@mymts.net

Darryl graduated from the faculty of Medical Rehabilitation at the University of Manitoba in 1998. He has been practicing in Winnipeg since his graduation and has enjoyed working primarily in the private practice setting.

Darryl has had opportunity to learn from several outstanding clinicians by working alongside them, and has also been very aggressive in pursuing his postgraduate education.

He has taken dozens of courses in the areas of joint mobilizations and manipulations, soft tissue and dural mobilization, exercise guidelines and prescription, workplace ergonomics, orthotics and acupuncture. He has been certified in acupuncture since 2004 and has used this as another tool in his toolbox, as he treats people of all ages with many different musculoskeletal / orthopedic and neurological conditions.

Aside from Darryl’s work at the clinic he has volunteered at many local provincial, national and international sporting events.
Darryl loves spending his free time with his family. He also enjoys being active. He participates in/coaches many team sports – volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball, sponge hockey, ultimate and curling.

Stephen Braun, Physiotherapist dcpsteve@mymts.net

Stephen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Université de Sainte-Boniface prior to graduating from the University of Manitoba in 2013 with a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy. He has been working at Doug Christie Physiotherapy since graduation.

Stephen focused on achieving his dream of becoming a physiotherapist for 7 years post high school, and once he reached this goal he saw no reason to hold back on his pursuit of continuing his post graduate education to further develop his education and skills in the area of sports and orthopedic physiotherapy.  Stephen has now completed his certification to practice acupuncture.  He has attended several post graduate courses focused on manual physiotherapy (assessment and treatment skills). And he has attended special interest courses on running injuries, power lifting training, and pilates.  And he has no plans of slowing down!  He intends to continue to expand his knowledge in exercise and wellness and blend this knowledge with his manual therapy treatment approach for the patients he sees.

Outside of work, Stephen has a passion for golf, football, hockey, running, weight lifting, cooking and ever since going on a 3 month backpacking trip through Europe, he has developed a love of travel.

Trevor Christie, Physiotherapist dcptrevor@mymts.net

Trevor graduated in 2007 from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy. Since that time he has worked at Doug Christie Physiotherapy and Ste Anne Physiotherapy, and Lorette Physiotherapy, all of which are sister clinics.

Professionally, Trevor has focused his clinical work and his post-graduate courses on developing a high level of expertise in clinical reasoning and manual therapy skills.  His thirst for knowledge and his desire to help everyone who comes to see him inspired him to enroll in a Clinical Master’s program at the University of Western Ontario.  He trained with a group of highly respected and educated clinicians and professors. In July 2014 he successfully completed this program and has joined a small group of accomplished Physical Therapists in Canada who have achieved the designation of a Masters in Clinical Sciences in Manipulative Therapy and is now an FCAMPT (Fellow of Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy) therapist.  This advanced training, coupled with his certification in acupuncture, give him plenty of tools to accompany his efforts to help everyone he sees reach their personal goals of treatment.

Trevor has now reached the point where he looks forward to supporting the profession of physiotherapy by offering his time through mentoring and teaching others who are keen to sharpen their physiotherapy skills or achieve similar advanced level certification. He is passionate in his belief that physiotherapy is a profession that has much to offer to the public in keeping people active, productive and healthy in our work, play, hobbies and  in the so called ‘golden years’.  He is committed to keeping the profession a respected intervention in health care.

Personally, Trevor is surrounded by Christie physiotherapists; his father Doug, his mother Cathy and his wife Hilary.  Trevor and Hilary  welcomed their daughter Quinn to the world in October 2015.  As of now it is unknown whether she will join the profession.

In his spare time he likes to play hockey, golf, slow pitch, spongee, fish and socialize. He enjoys dabbling in home renovations, going to the Jets games, playing fantasy football and going to the lake in the summer.

Hilary Christie, Physiotherapist dcphilary@mymts.net

Hilary graduated from the University of Manitoba physiotherapy program in 2007. She has taken numerous post graduate courses in manual therapy, Pilates and Acupuncture. Most recently Hilary has decided to follow her passion and become a Schroth C1 Certified Physiotherapist to help people with scoliosis. Hilary’s bubbly personality and charm, coupled with her will to improve patients quality of life make her a great part of our team. Personally, Hilary enjoys her family cottage at Lake of the Woods, being active with her kids, attending workout and Pilates classes, and reading about health. When she’s not doing any of the above, she’s dreaming about the beaches and walking paths in Hawaii.

Our Services

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy involves the physiotherapist using their hands to impart treatment techniques to your body. These are skillfull and precise techniques in which physiotherapists have specialized training. The aim of manual therapy is to normalize and optimize the function of the joints, muscles and nerves in your body.

The physiotherapists at Doug Christie Physiotherapy are committed to advanced education in the application of and execution of these techniques. Manual therapy can involve mobilization or manipulation to your joints and soft tissues or massage techniques to your muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues, and treatment techniques to your nerves.

Exercise Therapy

We believe that the right exercise is a powerful treatment tool, but the wrong exercise is harmful.

Most physiotherapy treatment plans include instruction in the exercise that is appropriate for your body and your condition. Exercise may include strengthening exercise, aerobic exercise, core stabilization exercise, balance exercise and/or stretching exercises.

The clinic is well equipped with exercise equipment. And we provide personalized handouts for home exercise programs.

Pre and Post Natal Exercise

Exercise instruction and advice is unique for the pregnant woman. This instruction is available to guide you in safe and beneficial exercise and activity.

How To's For Healthy Living

Healthy living is a way of life. Exercise and sensible eating are key to a healthy lifestyle.

This program offers you personal guidance in evaluating your current lifestyle and understanding and implementing the changes necessary to help you achieve a healthy life style. This program may not be covered by your physiotherapy benefits in your private insurance.

Reconditioning Program

This program concentrates on improving the physical capabilities of the participant to meet the demands for the client’s work and personal activities. Physiotherapy treatment for an injured body part is included as necessary, but should not be the main focus of the program.

The program includes daily sessions of 2 to 4 hours in duration for a period of time (usually 4 to 6 weeks). Goals are set and a physical evaluation is performed at the start and end of the program.


Single use acupuncture needles are inserted to stimulate pain control and promote healing. Electricity may be connected to the needles for electro acupuncture.

Physiotherapists must have special training to be licensed to provide acupuncture.

Electrical Therapy

Ultrasound is used to promote healing.

Electrical muscle stimulation is used to promote muscle strength recovery or reeducation.

Interferential current and TNS are used to offer pain control.

Laser Therapy

This is a therapeutic laser. We use a terraquant laser machine which generates a super pulsed low level laser in combination with infrared light, visible red light and a safe dose of electromagnetic radiation. This unique combination of radiation has beneficial effects on the cells of the body, promoting tissue healing and providing pain relief.

Spinal Decompression

This is the trendy term for mechanical traction. The term is new, but the technique is not. We have offered mechanical traction for the neck and back for over 30 years.


We believe it is essential to promoting your timely recovery that we teach you what to do to reduce the strain on your body during daily activities.

And to help protect you from recurrent injury, we believe that educating you in exercise techniques, joint protection techniques, ergonomics and posture is important.


Protective taping can promote healing from injury by reducing the stress on the ligament or muscle. It can also be used to protect a joint from injury especially when one is returning to activity after an injury.

We also offer kinesio taping techniques used for muscle re-education.

Custom Orthotics

We use the footmaxx system. This involves an evaluation of the time and amount of pressure on your feet while walking.

This information is recorded while you walk across a sensitive force plate. The therapist will add to this information any relevant clinical information and all of this information will be used by the lab to make a pair of custom orthotics for you.

From the time you are scanned to the time you get the orthotics is usually within 5 to 10 days.

Some insurance companies are asking for a 3D image of the foot. In this case we will  use the new footmaxx 3 D scanner or a foam cast to supplement the force plate scan to meet the requirements for the insurance provider.

Vestibular / Balance Therapy

Dizziness, vertigo and reduced balance are common problems and should be treated by a therapist who has focused postgraduate training in this area. Compromised function of the vestibular system (inner ear) in a common source of these problems. Specific testing helps to determine the cause of the balance issues and determine the appropriate treatment plan. BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) is a debilitating dizziness that is very successfully treated with a variety of repositioning maneuvers. Other causes of reduced vestibular function respond well to specialized gaze stabilization exercises, habituation exercises and balance exercises.

Scoliosis Treatment/The Schroth Method

The Schroth Method is one physiotherapy treatment approach under the umbrella of Physiotherapeutic  Scoliosis-Specific Exercise (PSSE). This consists of specific exercises to retrain the brain and body to correct the alignment, as much as possible, and then strengthen the surrounding musculature in that corrected position. These exercises focus on breathing and specific muscle activation to affect the shape of the trunk and are performed in a variety of positions and with various pieces of equipment.

Reasons to Attend Physiotherapy

Examples of Conditions Treated:

Neck and back pain

Muscle and joint injuries and pain




Rotator Cuff injuries/pain

Healed fractures

Sprained joints/Joint stiffness

Nerve Impingements (eg carpal tunnel, sciatica)

Pre and Post joint replacement surgery

Plantar fasciatis, Heel spurs

Jaw pain

Work place injuries

Injuries caused by car accidents

Inactivity problems,  lifestyle review

Reduced physical fitness

Muscle imbalance

Poor posture


Vertigo/ Dizziness


Physiotherapy Rates Are:

Effective Since 1st January, 2022

Physiotherapy Fees & Billing
Physiotherapy is not covered by Manitoba Health, but is covered by MPI, WCB and most private insurance plans.

We will bill directly to the insurance companies that allow direct billing by physiotherapy providers.


Initial Assessment$90.00
Regular Treatment$70.00
Acupuncture Treatment$80.00
Multi-site Treatments$98.00
Vestibular Assessment$130.00
Vestibular Treatment$98.00
Home Physiotherapy$130.00 +
Custom Orthotics$320.00 to $400.00
Scoliosis Assessment$165.00
Scoliosis Treatment 60 Minutes$130.00
Scoliosis Treatment 45 minutes$100.00


Answers For Some Common Questions.

What Is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy (or Physical Therapy) is a direct access health care profession offering specialized assessment and treatment services for conditions that affect your physical health. Physiotherapy can only be performed by a university educated and licensed physiotherapist.

What Should I Expect At My First Appointment?

Your first appointment is called an assessment.
Expect to be at the clinic for about 60 to 90 minutes. Arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time to fill out paper work on your personal information and to set up direct billing to insurance if you choose to (make sure you have your policy numbers and appropriate forms).
During the assessment the therapist will ask you questions about your problem and do the indicated testing in order to arrive at a diagnosis of your problem. And in the event that your problem was not caused by an obvious trauma, the therapist will also look to identify what might be contributing to causing your problem, for example poor posture or poor muscle balance.
When the assessment is complete, the therapist will discuss with you the findings and a personal treatment plan.

Can My Insurance Company Be Billed Directly?

Third party insurance companies make their own policies for direct billing.
We will direct bill for all insurance companies that allow direct billing. Some providers do not allow direct billing. Some providers are starting to offer ebilling but this system is limited presently and still developing. Most insurance companies require a tedious method of manual submission of forms with original signatures from the client with each submission. If your provider does not allow for direct billing or if you prefer to submit to insurance yourself, you must pay for the treatments and you are provided with the necessary receipts to submit to insurance.
WCB, MPI and DVA do allow direct billing and all of these accounts are submitted directly.

Do I Need A Doctor's Referral?

Physiotherapy is a direct access medical profession, which means that you do not need a doctor’s referral to attend. If you see a physiotherapist and the therapist believes you should see a doctor for further medical testing (eg xrays) or for medication, the therapist will advise you to see your doctor. Some insurance companies require that you have a doctor referral for reimbursement, so you should check into your coverage.

Can Physiotherapy Help Me?

If you are experiencing pain, or your body parts just don’t seem to be working like they should, then there is a good chance that physiotherapy can help you. After you are seen for an assessment, your therapist will be able to tell you more specifically what treatment they have to offer and what would be the expected benefits. See Services for a list of some of the common conditions that benefit from physiotherapy. And if you are still wondering if physiotherapy might help you, give us a call at 204-233-0419.

Do I Have Coverage For Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy coverage is provided by:
Workers Compensation
Manitoba Public Insurance (auto)
DVA (Dept of Veterans Affairs)
Most organized sporting activities eg hockey, soccer, volleyball etc
Student accident insurance
Most work and private insurance policies (ex: Blue Cross, Great West Life, SunLife, etc.)

Manitoba Health does not cover physiotherapy at any private clinic.

Ask a Physio questions

Your questions will be answered as time permits. We DO NOT share or sell email addresses.

Welcome to the Doug Christie Physiotherapy Education Center

Educational  Print Material

Doug Christie Physiotherapy is NOW Seeing Clients in the Clinic

On May 4th 2020, Doug Christie Physiotherapy re-opened to treat clients in the clinic. We offer the same physiotherapy services we offered prior to the Covid-19 induced temporary shut down and we are committed to providing excellent service. We are also committed to following safety precatuions (including strict cleaning, social distancing, and personal protection equipment) for the staff and the clients at the clinic, and would be happy to provide you with a copy of these policies. 

We are excited to be able to, once again, offer physiotherapy services to those who are suffering from pain or reduced abilities from injuries or conditions affecting your muscles, bones and joints or your balance control systems. Call us at (204) 233-0419 or email Dcphysio@mymts.net to set up an appointment. 

Educational Video Clips

Plantar Fasciitis: Heal the Heel (April 2012 – with Cathy & Trevor Christie)

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