Meet Our Team of Athletic Therapists in Winnipeg
Melanie Talastas-Soriano BA-Kin, CAT(C)
Melanie Talastas-Soriano is a Certified Athletic Therapist with 20 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!
Admin / Massage Therapy Student
Jessica is a 2nd year student at Evolve College of Massage Therapy and will be graduating this coming June. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (Kinesiology) and completed the Athletic Therapy Program at the University of Winnipeg in 2020.
After completing the Athletic therapy program she found herself going down a different path than expected, but found a greater passion for manual therapy along the way. Now she will be finishing up her last semester of the program and is excited to combine her knowledge in both Athletic Therapy and Massage Therapy!
She will be starting her student practicum at Insahyu Training + Therapy starting Jan.30th and will be taking in clients for 1-hr massages at a student rate every Tuesday and Saturdays.
She is excited to share this new path with you all!
Samantha (Sam) enjoyed being active growing up, participating in sports and outdoor physical activities with friends and family. She also spent a lot of time watching sports on tv and currently, loves watching NBA basketball. Sam played two years on her high school volleyball team and presently, enjoys walking indoors and outdoors and working out at-home.
In high school, she visited the UofW Athletic Therapy Centre and this piqued her interest as a potential career. Samantha is a Certified Athletic Therapist; graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Athletic Therapy) and she was on the Dean’s List, 2015, 2016, 2017.
As a student therapist, she worked with various sports teams for field practicums such as:
• MCAC RRC’s women’s and men’s basketball and soccer
• Sisler High School’s varsity and junior varsity football
• Senior Woman’s League rugby
• U17 AAA hockey
• MCAC CMU’s women’s and men’s basketball She completed her clinic practicums at the University of Winnipeg’s Athletic Therapy Centre and Insahyu Training and Therapy. Sam looks forward to working with patients to help them get back to being active! Active enough to do what they need to or want to do; “Active” may be different for everyone, because it could mean active for their job, daily, leisure or physical activities.