Melanie Talastas-Soriano BA-Kin, CAT(C), ISSA-CFT, CRK-level I, ZI
2000 Juvenile Basketball
Provincial Team Member
Bronze medalist: Nike Juvenile Basketball
National Championships, B.C.
2001 High School Division 1 Athlete of the Year
2001 Senior Provincial Basketball Team Member Canada Games, London Ontario
2001-2006 Lady Wesmen Basketball Team Member, Point-guard. CIS Women's Basketball Great Plain Division Finalist
2002 Bronze Medalist CIS Women's National
Basketball Championships, Hamilton, Ontario
2003 Silver Medalist CIS Women's National
Basketball Championships, Hamilton Ontario
2004 Bronze Medalist CIS Women's National
Basketball Championships, Winnipeg MB
2005 Silver Medalist CIS Women's National
Basketball Championships, Winnipeg MB
2006 Basketball Duckworth Challenge: Athlete of the Game. CIS Women's Basketball Great Plain Division Finalist
2008 Senior Women's Basketball NABA Finalist, Winnipeg Manitoba
Melanie Talastas, a former Wesmen basketball player, is a Certified Athletic Therapist with additional qualifications in fitness training. As both a student and a certified athletic therapist, Melanie has experience working with recreational, high school, university and national team athletes involved in many different sports. In addition to her athletic therapy experience, she is also a Certified Fitness Trainer, and is qualified to provide personal training in a group or one-on-one setting.
Strength Coach / Athletic Therapist:
- CIS Wesmen Women's Basketball Team 2010-2012
- MCAC Wesmen Women's Basketball Team 2010-2012
- Manitoba Midget Girls Provincial Team
- Manitoba Juvenile Girls Provincial Team
- Oak Park Raiders Varsity Girls Basketball Team 2012
- Westwood Collegiate Girls Varsity Basketball Team 2011
- Panthers Basketball Grade 7-8 Team 2011
Taylor Post is a Certified Athletic Therapist who recently joined the INSAHYU team. During her time as a student at the University of Manitoba she worked with a number of Bison sports teams, including Track & Field as well as Football. She is currently involved with Rugby Manitoba as the Athletic Therapist with the U18 girls program.
Taylor plays rugby for the Sturgeon Creek Rowdies, and has also been selected to represent Manitoba and Team Prairies at National Tournaments across Canada. Her other sport is soccer, playing for both indoor and outdoor teams in the city.
Taylor brings her love of sports into her work as a therapist and loves the challenge of working with athletes and making rehab as sport specific as possible. She also has clinical experience working with individuals who have suffered injuries at work, in motor vehicle accidents and other various non-sport related injuries. She believes in an active approach to therapy and rehabilitation and helping her clients set and achieve goals that are important to them.
Kat Friesen is a Certified Athletic Therapist and a student of Osteopathy. Her passion for helping people pushes her to better her knowledge of the interrelationships of the body to help her clients through issues such as sprained ankles, tendinitis, headaches and indigestion. Through her education she brings together an holistic approach through Osteopathy with the active approach of Athletic Therapy to provide treatments for her clients. Kat is also certified as a strength and conditioning specialist.
Kat played competitive soccer throughout her teens on three Premiere teams as well as the Manitoba provincial team. Having experience as a competitive athlete and having gone through the rehabilitative process through three knee surgeries has helped Kat understand the other side of treatment and what her clients are going through. She has had the privilege of working with all levels of high school football with the Sisler Spartans, ‘AAA’ midget, junior and professional hockey, professional tennis, and numerous other events and tournaments for various sports. With each team came new experiences and demands from splinting broken bones and taping up ankles to sport specific strength and conditioning training.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a hands-on holistic approach to healing. It focuses on the interrelationships between structure and function to restore the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. Assessments focus on the body’s position, mobility and quality of the tissues to allow the practitioner to provide full body health to the patient.