Meet Our Team of Athletic Therapists in Winnipeg
Melanie Talastas-Soriano BA-Kin, CAT(C)
Melanie Talastas-Soriano is a Certified Athletic Therapist with 17 years of experience working with recreational, high school, university and national team athletes in a variety of sports as both a student and professional. She graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2005 with a bachelor in Kinesiology & Applied Health and in 2009 she became a Certified Athletic Therapist after completing the national examination. She is passionate about helping people recover from their injuries and providing them with tools to help prevent further injuries.
During her time as a University of Winnipeg Wesmen basketball player, Melanie learned the importance of taking care of yourself and discovered her passion for helping others with rehabilitation, stretching and to live an active lifestyle.
Melanie is grateful for the opportunity to help her clients live pain free and healthier lives and is excited to continue the tradition of serving the community through fitness knowledge, injury prevention and rehabilitation.
2000 Juvenile Basketball
Manitoba Provincial Team Member
Bronze medalist: Nike Juvenile Basketball
National Championships, B.C.
2001 High School Division 1 Athlete of the Year
2001 Senior Manitoba 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
Emilie Smale BSc. - Kin CAT(C)
Certified Athletic Therapist
Emilie is a Certified Athletic Therapist originally from Brandon, Manitoba and a recent graduate from the University of Winnipeg. During her time as a student therapist at the UofW, Emilie worked with several sports teams such as the MCAC Wesmen Men’s Basketball Team, the USports Wesmen Women’s Volleyball team, and high school and seniors' league rugby. She is currently working as an Athletic Therapist with a AAA Bantam II Hockey team.
In high school, Emilie enjoyed playing basketball and was the captain of her team. Currently, she continues to stay active by working out in the gym and trying out different fitness classes.
Emilie loves working with a wide variety of patients from elite athletes all the way to the everyday athlete, i.e.., the stay at home parent, trades worker, or the weekend warrior. Her practice involves hands-on manual therapy, sport/daily life specific exercises, and most importantly; education of the injury.
Emilie is currently accepting new patients and is very excited to get to know you and help you with any performance or injury needs!
Athletic Therapy Certification Candidate
Jessica is an Athletic Therapist Certification Candidate at the University of Winnipeg. She is completing her degree in the Fall of 2020 and will be certifying June 2021. Jessica has worked with a variety of sports such as Sisler High Schools’ football team, Sturgeon Creek Rowdies rugby team, and has two years in experience with the Winnipeg AAA Hockey league. The previous team Jessica was a part of was the Provincial Winnipeg Wild Hockey team who travelled across Manitoba and the States.
Jessica has 10 years of experience in customer service. She has the ability to assist clients and partake in giving clients a wonderful experience during their visit at Insahyu Training & Therapy. She is very approachable and can definitely accommodate clients to their needs.
She is a driven individual who is determined to help and encourage others to become a better version of themselves either mentally or physically. She enjoys meeting new people and learning from others as well. She is very open-minded and loves learning new things. Although she enjoys playing basketball and volleyball, she is very artistic. She enjoys singing, writing short stories, drawing and just recently found a love for plants.
Jessica is currently working at Insahyu Training & Therapy as a rehabilitation assistant/ administration person and will assist you during your visits on Wednesdays and Thursdays afternoons.