The Pinnacle Squad
We've worked hard here at Pinnacle to assemble a team of talented therapists who are caring, genuine and unique in their treatment styles and approaches to help get you to your best faster, and keep you there. Below you'll find some more information on each team so you can get to know them better.
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Tom Hughes

Owner

Tom is the Owner and Founder of Pinnacle Therapy & Sports Performance. While he specializes in athletic injury rehabilitation high-performance coaching he aims to help everyone who comes through the door reach their goals for recovery and performance. He understands that not everyone has the same view of what is considered successful which is why everyone is treated uniquely to their goals and circumstance. He aims to have space where everyone feels comfortable regardless of age, gender, athletic ability, and skill level.

When he's not at the clinic chances are he's trying a new sport, at a music venue or on another adventure.

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Emily Ahlf

Registered Massage Therapist

Emily is a registered massage therapist, the glue that keeps the team together.

She is a "Jack of all trades" dabbling in design, photography, outdoor adventures and has even been known to drive farm equipment on special occasions.

She graduated from a 3000-hour course with a passion for posture. Her personal approach helps clients find balance in their day to day, treating each client the way they should be treated, as a person and not a number. She is proud to offer relaxation, deep tissue and therapeutic massage to help increase joint mobilization and flexibility while reducing stress and muscle tension.

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Sarah MacDonald

Physiotherapist

MScPT, BSCKIN, RYT200

Sarah is a physiotherapist who operates on the philosophy that movement is medicine. Exploring the right pattern and progression of movement to help people alleviate pain, break down their barriers, reach their goals, and optimize their performance is her primary approach to treatment. A lifelong fascination with the human body and its amazing capacity for healing led Sarah into a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from California State University Fullerton and then a master’s degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Alberta. This passion for education now translates into a foundation of helping people understand and connect to their bodies. She has enjoyed many years working with sports teams, dancers, competitive skiers, and gymnasts. Having recovered from many injuries herself, Sarah embodies the concept that true healing must include considerations of not only the body but the mind and soul too. When she isn’t practicing in the clinic or hospital, you can find Sarah wandering the trails with her dog, flowing through a yoga sequence, or dancing away to the music in her head. If you’re in need of some movement medicine she is eager to help. 

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Jesse Ward

Registered Massage Therapist

Jesse Ward is a registered massage therapist with a 3000-hour advanced massage therapy course and is our resident fun guy. He specializes in joint mobilization dealing with chronic pain, sports injuries and postural issues. He is a vegetarian that collects all manner of hats. He spends his downtime dabbling in any craft or trade he can get his hands on including music, language, woodworking, standup comedy and auto mechanics. Jesse has a unique approach utilizing a combination of several modalities of massage. He provides in depth explanations for complicated conditions in a surprisingly easy to understand way. He will show you why a “deep tissue” massage doesn't need to cause you pain. Jesse gives a thorough home care routine, complete with stretches for shortened tense muscles and exercises for weak and elongated muscles. Book with him today for a treatment or a laugh.

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Matt Wessel

Athletic Therapist/Exercise Specialist

BSc [Kin-AT], BKin, CAT[C]

Matt is a Certified Athletic Therapist with dual degrees in Kinesiology (Sport Performance) and Kinesiology (Athletic Therapy). His personal approach involves educating and utilizing a variety of manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription to increase performance, correct the initial cause or precursor to injury, and to prevent injuries in the future. You can expect to learn a great deal about your injury and body biomechanics; but be warned, you should come prepared to sweat! Much of his experience comes from working with University or other higher-level athletes, however, he has much experience with a variety of populations. You can expect a tailor made treatment specifically for you; so you can get back to your specific sport, occupation, or recreational activity. Presently he is the Full Time Athletic Therapist at J Percy Page High School.  

In his spare time, you can catch him travelling, playing sports, exploring the outdoors (with a new-found passion for single track trail running), or taking in some live tunes.

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Kenisha Wilson

Student Massage Therapist 

Kenisha is our student MT at the clinic. Anywhere the good beats are, she is. She is super passionate about music, sports, poetry (reading and writing), and of course helping people wherever she can. She’s also kind of really a huge Disney nerd. If she’s not massaging, she’s dedicating time to her school work and family. Though she hasn’t exactly found her specialty for massage yet, she is still an amazing therapist who is super eager to learn and to show off her skills! 

Jay McMahon

RYT 500 

Over All Great Guy

Jay is a practitioner of all types of yoga and a 500 hour Certified Yoga Therapist. His yoga practice began with a Rodney Yee beginner VHS tape 15 years ago. As most journeys go there were ups and downs at times yoga was replaced with powerlifting, weight lifting, and Jui Jitsu but in his heart, he knew that yoga was where he needed to be. After a series of sports-related injuries, he decided to focus all his attention on yoga as a way to heal and strengthen his foundation. During the hundreds of hours, he has spent on his mat he found contentment, curiosity, and courage. He also discovered a desire to learn as much as he could about the yoga lifestyle. At the time he didn’t realize how yoga would help with his anxiety and depression and help him discover his Atma.  The Atma is the inner self or soul. He doesn't just practice yoga asanas, he feels the yoga in his body, soul, and mind. Yoga is a moving meditation and with the movement comes breath, life is breath and with the breath comes a calm mind. And while you’re doing all this, your strengthing your body in an incredibly efficient way. He teaches his classes hoping to help people feel the way yoga has helped him feel. 

Our team is always growing!

If you want to know if we are good fit for your career goals

send us your info at info@PinnacleTherapy.ca

14907 111 Ave

Edmonton, AB T5M 2P6