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Founded in 2002, Family Physiotherapy Clinic in Sanford, Manitoba has a reputation for delivering effective, evidence-based care in a warm and welcoming atmosphere where patients feel like they are #1.

Patients come from Sanford and communities in the RM of Macdonald - Oak Bluff, La Salle, Brunkild, Starbuck, and all points in between.  In fact, most patients live within a 30 minute radius of the Clinic.

You do not need a doctor’s referral to access our services which include Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, and Custom Orthotics.

We treat patients of all ages, from infants to seniors.  Orthopaedic and neurologic treatment is a big part of what we do.  We have a contract with MPI for motor vehicle accident rehabilitation, and with WCB for work-related injury treatment.  We always love to see kids and teens for treatment related to difficulties at birth, growth, or sports injuries.  

Our experienced Physiotherapists and Massage Therapists are dedicated to getting you back to the active living that you enjoy as quickly as possible!


Our Team

Sandra Thompson

Sandra Thompson
- Physiotherapist, Clinic Owner

Sandra Thompson, owner of Family Physiotherapy Clinic, has a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy) from the University of Manitoba (1992).

She has been a Physiotherapist for 29 years.  That is a lot of experience!

Additionally, she is Certified in Acupuncture by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (now Acupuncture Canada).

She has taken extensive orthopedic, neurological, and acupuncture training for the treatment of adults and children.

After Sandra graduated as a Physiotherapist, she worked for one year at St. Boniface Hospital in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, and then as a pediatric Physiotherapist at Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg from 1993-2005.

In 2002, Family Physiotherapy Clinic was born. We are having our 20th birthday this year!

When she is not working, she loves to spend time with her husband relaxing at their home at the Lake, and exploring the country on their motorcycle.  Spending time with her 3 grown-up kids who are going to University or working is always great.  See some of her stained-glass work up in the Clinic windows!

Joanne Gross

Joanne Gross
- Physiotherapist

Joanne Gross graduated in 1990 with her Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy) from the University of Manitoba.  She joined Family Physiotherapy Clinic in 2007.

She is certified in Acupuncture by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada (now Acupuncture Canada) and has a Sports Certificate and Part A (Intermediate) Certification.

She continually takes courses on the most current evidence-based physiotherapy treatments, especially related to orthopaedics and fitness.

She gained a wealth of experience serving 15 years as a physiotherapist for AAA and Junior Hockey, working at St. Boniface Hospital and Boundary Trails Health Centre, and in private practice in Winnipeg.

When Joanne is not working, she enjoys travelling, biking, reading, Barre and yoga, spending time with her husband and their three daughters and their activities - running, gymnastics, and figure skating.

Kate Tod

Kate Tod
- Massage Therapist

Kate graduated from Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapies.  She also has certification in Hot Stone Therapy and Cupping.

She will set you at ease with her friendly manner and skilled therapeutic massage techniques.

When she is not working, Kate loves to spend time with her husband and their family.  Two busy little boys keep them on the go!

Carrie Barkman

Carrie Barkman
- Receptionist and Physical Therapy Assistant

Carrie Barkman traded in a nursing career for full time parenting in 1998, and then re-entered the health care field as Receptionist and Physical Therapy Assistant at Family Physiotherapy Clinic in 2013.

Carrie is accomplished at making clients feel comfortable and answering all their questions, answering the phone, scheduling appointments, helping clients with paperwork and insurance (to set up direct billing), assisting clients with exercise programs set up by the Physiotherapists, and keeping the clinic neat and clean.

When she is not working, Carrie and her husband love getting outside, spending time at Clear Lake in the summer, watching their son play volleyball, and keeping in touch with their grown-up girls who are working and studying in Canada or abroad.

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