Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz

Orthopedic Surgeon and Medical Director practice@acumenclinic.com acumensportsandshoulder.com

Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz is a Royal College Certified sports and shoulder surgeon specializing in arthroscopic and open surgeries for shoulder, knee, elbow and sports-associated conditions.

Dr. Slade Shantz has focused his career on both being at the cutting edge of surgical techniques and delivering the experience patients expect in terms of communication, punctuality and customer service within the healthcare system. Because of his unique approach Dr. Slade Shantz has been invited to educate other surgeons on current surgical techniques and speak about entrepreneurship and health system transformation.

Edmonton, Calgary, Kelowna

Francesca Sebastian

CEO francesca@acumenclinic.com

A brief background:

Francesca has an extensive background in clinical management and quality improvement facilitation. Francesca earned her Bachelors of Technology in Technology Management with a Minor in Health Promotion and a diploma in Biotechnology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. From there she gained experience in the field as a Biochemistry Lab Administrator, a Clinic Manager of an ARP Community Health Centre and as a Quality Improvement Facilitator for the Primary Care Network.  She feels pride in working with the Acumen Clinic Team, building partnerships and transforming health care one patient at a time!

Edmonton, Calgary, Kelowna

Dr. Don Dick

Orthopedic Surgeon and Medical Director practice@acumenclinic.com

Dr. Don Dick is a practicing orthopaedic surgeon in the Edmonton Zone. His focus in on hip and knee replacements through the Edmonton Musculoskeletal Centre and the Orthopaedic Surgery Centre – Royal Alexandra Hospital.

He divides his time between clinical medicine and healthcare administration. He has had numerous leadership positions in bone and joint health – locally, provincially and nationally. He is presently working part-time for Alberta Health Services in Appropriateness and Health Outcome Analysis.


LeeAnne Gullett

Athletic Therapist, Acumen Director leeanne@acumenclinic.com acumenreconditioning.com

A brief background:

LeeAnne is a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Athletic Therapist. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association and the Canadian Athletic Therapist’s Association. She has a vast interest in Patient Education and making orthopedic care a smooth transition for patients. LeeAnne obtained her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training and Health Science at Castleton University in Vermont. She practiced as a Certified Athletic Trainer in the states for 6 years with various sports teams and orthopedic clinics (NECBL, Dartmouth Hitchcock, Vermont Orthopedic Clinic to name a few). She then went on to pursue her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology at Mercyhurst University. While in Erie, PA she worked as a Division I Women’s Ice Hockey ATC where going to the Frozen Four was one of her favourite memories.

LeeAnne has specialized in treating the shoulder, knee and elbow over the past 6 years. She enjoys the post operation rehabilitation stages and assisting in transition to return to play. Post operation surgeries she specializes include: Tommy John (UCL reconstruction), ACL reconstruction, Shoulder instability, and Rotator Cuff.

LeeAnne relocated to Canada with her husband where she worked as an Orthopedic Research Coordinator at the PanAm Clinic in Winnipeg, MB. They kept moving west and they found themselves in Edmonton and joined the Acumen Team. They now have 2 children and 2 dogs!


Chris Sharkey

Performance Enhancement Specialist and Conditioning Coach, Performance Manager chris@acumenclinic.com acumenstrengthandperformance.com

Chris comes to the Acumen Reconditioning team with enthusiasm, keenness, knowledge and experience. As an athlete, Chris experienced the benefit and rewards provided by a personal trainer/coach himself. Chris played competitive hockey and worked his way throughout his career at the AAA, JR.A, and WHL levels. He understands the steps needed during this important journey to get to the “next level” and ensures maintenance of high-level performance.


Cayla Galarneau

Athletic Therapist cayla@acumenclinic.com acumenathletictherapy.com

As a competitive athlete and outdoor enthusiast, Cayla Galarneau decided she wanted to play an active role in helping people achieve an injury-free lifestyle to pursue their adventures without limitations. Cayla completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary with an Advanced Certificate in Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University and became a Certified Athletic Therapist in 2010. While at UofC Cayla supported the wrestling athletes preparing for nationals, Olympic trials and won ACAC championship working with the women’s hockey team.


Whitney Dikoume

Athletic Therapist, Calgary Manager whitney@acumenclinic.com movebywhits.com

Whitney comes from a very athletic family and she knew from a young age that she wanted to be involved in sport whether it was as an athlete or as a medical staff. She was heavily involved in soccer until an injury when she was in her early teens, disrupted her path. After recovering from it, she was heavily fascinated by how people would get season ending injuries and sometimes come back even better than they were before. This was one of the reasons why she decided to study Kinesiology and major in athletic therapy.


Brian Oudyk

Athletic Therapist brian@acumenclinic.com

Brian arrives at Acumen having worked in the Performance Medicine department at Cirque du Soleil for the past 15+ years. He joined Cirque du Soleil’s Performance Medicine department in 2006 and has bridged two cities and six shows during such time. He completed his Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Alberta, and his Diploma in Sports Injury Management from Sheridan College. He holds a Diploma in Sports Physical Therapies from the International Olympic Committee and a Certificate in Workload Management in Football from the Barcelona Football Club. He is a dual credentialed Canadian Athletic Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer. Brian has served as an Emergency Action Plan consultant, and assisted at training camp medical day, for the Vegas Golden Knights since their inception. He spent two seasons as a student Athletic Therapist with the Edmonton Elks, before joining the Toronto Blue Jays in 2004 on a full season internship. Brian returns home to Edmonton after a long hiatus, and is joined by his wife and fellow Athletic Therapist, Miranda, and their two incredible children.


Dr. Brian Boisvert

Chiropractor brianboisvert@acumenclinic.com

Brian started his health career at the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Health Physiology.  He then moved to San Jose, California to get a Doctorate of Chiropractic at Palmer College of Chiropractic West.  Brian treats various populations including elite athletes, weekend warriors, and anyone looking to improve their overall health.  He is also an active member and Chiropractic Coordinator for the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine Team, traveling and treating rodeo and bull riding athletes.

Brian has a passion for collaborative care – drawing on the strengths of those around him to create ideal patient outcomes.  He believes quality care should attempt to achieve patient goals in as few appointments as possible.  He takes time to listen and understand patient concerns and compliments that with thorough evaluations.

Brian is certified in Active Release Techniques, Graston Technique, FAKTR, and Titleist Performance Institute Golf Evaluations and performs diversified manual manipulations and exercise prescription.


Michelle Friesen, PT

Physiotherapist Michelle@acumenclinic.com

Michelle is a Physical Therapist who is passionate about movement and transition from injury to day to day life. She has practiced in a variety of settings, Orthopedic private practice, Shoulder Rehabilitation in collaboration with Orthopedic Surgeons and Women’s Health with a special interest in running and the female athlete. She enjoys teaching and recently has enjoyed the opportunity to instruct Musculoskeletal screening with the Alberta Kinesiology Association.

Michelle obtained a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta. She has pursued certification in Advanced Clinical Reasoning, Functional Dry needling, Reconciling Pain and Biomechanics, Shoulder dysfunction and treatment, Evaluation and Management of Running injuries, Female Pelvic floor dysfunction and Training the Female Athlete.  She enjoys running, hiking, paddle boarding and more recently her main hobby is Super fan to her three boys as they chase their sporting dreams.

My overall philosophy is there is no one size fits all approach. I like to consider the person as a whole, their goals through the lifespan and build a rehabilitation program to help reach those goals.


Michael Kicia

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) michael@acumenclinic.com acumensportandperformance.com

Mike has spent his 11 year career as a strength and conditioning coach working with one of the most recognizable organizations in North America, the New York Yankees. Here, Mike spent 7 years working within the Yankees Player Development System coordinating everything from rehabilitation of acute and chronic injuries, strength and power development, speed and agility development with players in both the Major and Minor Leagues. He also assisted in implementation of numerous strength and conditioning camps and had the opportunity to work 8 Major League Spring Trainings while with the Yankees.


Dustin Oranchuk

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) dustin@acumenclinic.com acumenscienceandstrength.com

Dustin Oranchuk brings 13 years of excellent experience. His most recent, completing a stint abroad in New Zealand and Australia earning a PhD in Sports Science, with a focus on neuromuscular adaptations to resistance training. 

Dustin Oranchuk has a deep background as a strength and conditioning specialist, and as a researcher in several areas of exercise physiology, biomechanics, and sports science. Dustin has worked with teams in the private sector, Canadian Olympic, NCAA, and U-Sports systems. He has also published over 25 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and presented at several national and international conferences.

After years of competing in football and weightlifting, Dustin began following his passion in the field of Strength and Conditioning during his Bachelors of Kinesiology studies at Mount Royal University and University of Calgary. Following his undergraduate degree, Dustin had a brief stint working with the Canadian Sports Institute, and later as a Strength and Conditioning coach at a private hockey training facility in Connecticut, USA. Dustin then completed a Master of Science degree in Colorado while serving as the head Strength and Conditioning coach for the University’s swimming, volleyball and basketball teams. He then returned to Calgary and served as the Head Strength and Conditioning coach for Dino’s football team. 

Dustin enjoys utilizing his scientific background to achieve results while educating each athlete/client and navigating ways to make training an enjoyable experience regardless of the goal. He aims to merge his scientific and practical experiences to help Acumen provide a top-notch, comprehensive sports performance system and utilize the scientific method to drive intelligent change. 


Nicole Johnston

Kinesiologist nicole@acumenclinic.com

Meet Nicole! Nicole grew up living a very active lifestyle, whether that was hiking and enjoying the outdoors or playing sports. She was involved in competitive sports from a young age and saw how much of an impact proper exercise, training and rehabilitation for injuries could have on her game and quality of life. This is where her passion for the study of the human body started. Nicole is highly intrigued on how the body moves, how it operates and functions, and how in turn, to properly train these muscles and movements.

Nicole grew up in Sherwood Park and carried on to University of Alberta where she obtained her Bachelor of Kinesiology. She has spent the past years working in health and wellness and is also the Athletic Trainer for minor hockey. In the hockey setting she focuses more on reducing the risk of injury, communication with Physiotherapists and Athletic Therapists and carrying on proper integration of exercise and rehabilitation for athletes. Nicole has found a special interest in concussion management in sports and playing an integral role in athletes return to play progression. She also loves working on mobility for athletes. This means assisting those in need with their ability to move actively through range of motion.  Nicole accomplishes this by identifying imbalances, correcting and educating limitations and supplying proper exercises for improvement to affect one’s activities of daily living and performance. 


Travis Martell

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist travis@acumenclinic.com

Meet Travis! His story starts in Edmonton, as he is an Alberta native by birth. He moved to Kelowna, British Columbia at a young age where he played hockey for the local teams from the moment he could skate. Growing up, he continually heard the same thing from coaches “you need to improve your foot speed and strength”.

At 17, while playing Junior B hockey, he had hoped to climb the ranks the following season.

Without putting in the off-ice effort needed, he returned to play another year of Junior B. He watched others succeed and surpass him as a result of their improvements from, likely, proper training. This is the beginning of Travis’s personal motivated training career and what soon drove his interest in the Exercise Science world.


Miranda Sallaway

Certified Athletic Therapist and Athletic Trainer mirandasallaway@acumenclinic.com

Miranda is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Athletic Trainer originally from Peterborough, Ontario. She has a degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph and a Diploma in Sports Injury Management from Sheridan College. Miranda is also a credentialed Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). An internship at the National Ballet of Canada piqued an interest in pursuing a career in High Performance and Performing Arts. Miranda worked in Montreal at Cirque du Soleil’s International Headquarters on the creation of 4 new shows before moving to Las Vegas to work at Ka at MGM Grand as a Head Therapist. She spent 14 years in Las Vegas and wouldn’t have predicted she would get married by an ordained Circus clown or have 2 wonderful children in the City of Lights. She finished her days in Las Vegas working at “O” at the Bellagio. Cirque du Soleil provided the experience and taught Miranda the flexibility to work with anything from Contortionists, Dancers and Synchronized Swimmers to former Professional Wrestlers.  Miranda enjoys working in High Performance but also takes great satisfaction from helping people achieve their everyday goals that they weren’t able to achieve following an injury.


Anthony Butkovic

Mental Performance Coach anthony@butkoviclifecoaching.com

Anthony Butkovic is a Mental Performance coach working with professional and amateur athletes, business professionals, and organizations. His clients include: CFL, NHL, WHL, and Pro Rodeo athletes. He is certified in many areas including: Strategic Intervention, Neurolinguistic Programming, and Life Coaching.

As a former Professional Football Coach with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL), Anthony has developed a unique style to get results quickly for his clients.

In addition to Mental Performance, Anthony is a sought-after industry specialist for Disability Management and return to work. Over the course of his career, he has assisted thousands of people across Canada overcome their injuries / illnesses to return to a normal way of life. This is accomplished from an understanding of how mindset can have a major impact on recovery.

A fan of the comeback story, Anthony works with clients to help them understand how they create limitations, fears, and negative beliefs that keep them from achieving their comeback. More importantly, how his clients can use this information to create a vehicle in achieving the outcome they seek.

Anthony specializes in:

  • Return to sport and work from injury or setbacks
  • Athlete performance issues/anxieties
  • Workers Compensation claims management and appeals



Surgical and Clinic Coordinator kelly@acumenclinic.com

A brief background:

While pursuing an early Nursing Degree, Kelly learned the important tools needed to work for large healthcare organizations. She learned how to better serve patients, offer exceptional customer service and client care.  As the Patient Care Coordinator at Acumen Clinic, she is committed to making a difference in people’s lives and making sure they are put at the centre. Kelly has a passion for helping others and takes the time to listen and understand the unique needs of each patient. 


Jenna Lefebvre

Accounting / Human Resources Coordinator jenna@acumenclinic.com

Jenna comes to Acumen with a background in nursing. She spent 3 years at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital specializing in Geriatric/Stroke rehab, as well as Pediatrics and Psych. She has always had a passion for taking care of others and being a part of their recovery journey. She started at Acumen as a Patient Care Coordinator and eventually moved into our HR/Accounting role. Whether it be patients- or the Acumen Team- Jenna loves to take care of people, and most importantly ensure that everyone is happy! She believes in the Acumen model, and is happy to help in any way she can to see it grow!


Mary Pless

Patient Care Coordinator, Performance & Reconditioning Account Coordinator, Performance Coach mary@acumenclinic.com

Meet Mary! Mary has joined the Acumen Team as our Patient Care Coordinator but you will also find her in the gym as a Performance Coach. Growing up in Edmonton Alberta, Mary has always been involved in sport. She found a love for volleyball, basketball and track in her youth, but decided to shift her focus to volleyball in high school. She then committed to the University of Alberta as part of the Pandas Volleyball Team in 2015, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She understands the importance of coordinating with team members and forming meaningful connections with those around her. In her role as the Patient Care Coordinator for Acumen Reconditioning and Acumen Performance, Mary works to connect new and current clients with our team to help them achieve their health and wellness goals.

Athletic Therapy

Kennadi Mighton

Patient Care Coordinator kennadi@acumenclinic.com

You will be glad to meet Kennadi as our Patient Care Coordinator.  Kennadi comes to us with enthusiasm and attentiveness as she guides patients and clients at Acumen Clinic in their journey to health.  Her attention to detail ensures communication between patients/clients and practitioners is seamless and a positive experience overall.  She is a great educator due to her previous experience at Supplement King helping clients with choosing the right product for their lifestyle.  Kennadi wishes to pursue her studies being a Paramedic in the near future.