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Downtown Business Spotlight: Collegiate Sports Medicine


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We turn our business spotlight on Collegiate Sports Medicine Main Clinic, located at 51 21 47th St. This exceptional downtown business is leading the way in sports medicine in central Alberta. The clinic offers a wide variety of treatment options to everyday people and the team at collegiate strive to help everyone get back to being their best through knowledge, training, and expertise. We spoke to Melanie Tuck, founder and owner of Collegiate Sports Medicine to learn more!

What is your business?

We are Collegiate Sports Medicine. The word ‘collegiate’ means like a college so it has to do with teaching and continual learning.

We are an interdisciplinary clinic that is collaborative based. The idea came from the sport model of care where an athlete will receive access to services and collaborative teams of care providers immediately after an injury. For example, an athletic therapist with the team can assess the injury, will immediately talk to the team doctor, will contact imaging or a surgical consult if needed, and get back to the therapist who is doing the rehab.

So, the process is very timely and collaborative, and in keeping with the sport model of care, we are educating the athlete.

From that perspective, we felt very strongly that every person, whether they are an athlete or not, deserves the same level of care. We wanted to advocate on behalf of the client and bridge the gap between clients and other health care professionals.

We are always striving to be better for our clients, they in turn push us to stay educated on new and better treatment options to give them the best possible outcome in their recovery.

When did your business open?

Our original location on Ross St opened in 2003. This location opened in 2013.

What makes your business unique?

We are a values-based organization and strive to hire people with the same mindset and aligned philosophies such as learning/teaching, responsibility, ethics, and integrity. To us, that’s more important in our hiring then if they have the right credentials. We tend to look for people that live an active lifestyle and have backgrounds in sport, kinesiology, and movement sciences. It is what sets us apart.

What are some products/services that you offer?

Our primary services are physiotherapy, athletic therapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic with a sports specialty. The practitioners that specialize in these disciplines offer additional services:

  • Injury assessment & rehabilitation
  • MVA treatment
  • Manuel & manipulative therapy
  • Headache & TMJ treatment
  • Postoperative treatment
  • Male & female pelvic health
  • Injury specific client education and home programming
  • Personal training/rehabilitation
  • Acupuncture/IMS/dry needling
  • Chronic pain & acute injury care
  • Running gait analysis and biochemical eval
  • Gait and posture assessment
  • Active release techniques
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Functional capacity evals
  • Myofascial release and cupping
  • Cranial sacral therapy
  • Sport and therapeutic massage
  • Deep tissue & trigger point massage
  • Courses/workshops
  • Athletic, k taping, and taping for dysfunction
  • Vestibular rehabilitation therapy
  • Custom foot orthotics & custom knee bracing

We have a store in our main clinic that carries items such as sports medicine supplies, a variety of braces as well as exercise and rehab equipment. We only carry high-quality items, that are sports specific and that we endorse.

Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?

I was honestly just looking for a place and came upon the original location. We remained in downtown because our clients found the location central for them to get too.  We were able to move to this current location and offer our clients free parking which was the issue on Ross St. We are well-positioned here.

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

I think the arts and entertainment that is available, the things that were added recently such as the flowers, music, sculptures, and restaurants. As well, the patio that was put in for people to have more outdoor seating in the summer, the markets, and the sandwich boards that are out in front of businesses, all give it a small-town feel and I think people really like that.

I love Downtown Red Deer because… It is where we started our business! We have extended outside of downtown with a clinic in Olds and at the college but downtown holds a special feeling because it is where we began.

Along with the downtown location, Collegiate Sports Medicine has two other locations to serve you!

Red Deer Campus

Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

Unit 104 – 120 College Circle in Red Deer

And in Olds:

5114 – 51 St.


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We serve approximately 500 businesses and property owners in Downtown Red Deer, Alberta. Our Mission is to build an engaged Downtown community, develop a Downtown brand and enhance the Downtown experience.

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Former student lovingly remembered by classmates

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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

A former Father Henri Voisin School student, Julie Burke, was lovingly remembered today through an outdoor blessing and dedication ceremony.

The Julie Burke Memorial Bench was unveiled to the Father Henri Voisin School community and blessed by Father Jan. Julie’s family, division senior administration and Grade 5 student leaders were in attendance in a socially distanced manner.

The memorial bench will be a friendship bench for students.

Julie’s former Grade 4 teacher, Jessica Maloughney, fondly remembers Julie as a girl who was full of kindness and bravery, despite her illness, and says that the bench will, “be a symbol of Julie’s love and bravery. Even though Julianna is no longer here with us, she lives on in all of our hearts. When a student is brave enough to sit on the bench, waiting for a friend – Julie will be there with them. When one of you sees someone sitting on this bench, and invites them to play – Julie will be with you too.”

Father Henri Voisin School Principal, Jeff Tuchscherer, added, “we feel extremely blessed and privileged to have been provided this bench by the Burke family. It will honour Julie’s memory and provide a powerful reminder of the value of friendship, as well as the importance of bravery. Present and future students will vastly benefit from this legacy of a child that lived her life with steadfast love in her heart for all.”

The Julie Burke Memorial Bench faces the school playground and will serve as a reminder to all the students at Father Henri Voisin School that nothing is more important than friendship and kindness, just like Julie believed.

Father Henri Voisin School serves over 385 Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 5 students in Red Deer. As a learning institution, Father Henri Voisin School is committed to serving students with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings.

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Great organization marking milestone anniversary

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Story by Amelia Schofield

Photo by Yolanda Genu:

Richelle Belzerowski, Executive Director, Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, Kim Storey, Senior Operating Officer at the hospital and Tracy Reberger, Acute Care Manager, stand next to one of the isolation carts purchased in 2018 by the Friends. The carts store the personal protective equipment staff require on their rounds.

Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre celebrate milestone

This month marks 40 years that the Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre (RDRHC) have supported the facility to the tune of around $10 million raised to date toward patient comfort and care.
“We’re thrilled to celebrate our 40th anniversary. This is an important milestone, and speaks to the commitment and dedication of our staff, volunteers and board members,” says Richelle Belzerowski, executive director of the Friends.
Since 1980, the group has focused its efforts on fundraising for equipment, supplies and services to enhance care for patients and families.
Over the years, their contributions have ranged from purchasing televisions and tablets for patients to enjoy, comfort items for moms and dads suffering the loss of a child, and enhancements such as new hospital furniture, blanket warmers, blood pressure monitors and more.
“We’re so thankful to the Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre for their long-time support of our hospital,” says Kimberly Storey, Senior Operating Officer, RDRHC.
“Their contributions over the past four decades, along with those of the groups before them, have had a tremendous impact on the care we provide our patients. We couldn’t be more grateful for their support, and look forward to our continued partnership for years to come.”
Tracy Reberger, Acute Care Manager for the Palliative Care and Oncology unit at RDRHC, has worked at the hospital for more than 25 years and has witnessed first-hand the difference these contributions make for patients.
According to Reberger, the Friends have supported the purchase of several pieces of equipment for her unit over the years. More recently, their donations funded new over-bed tables for each patient, specially-designed mattresses to prevent pressure wounds as well as bedside baskets to provide nurses with easy access to pulse oximeters, thermometers and blood monitors.
“Our patients are some of the sickest in the hospital, and are often facing the scariest time of their lives,” says Reberger.
“The contributions from the Friends help us provide them with the most comfortable stay we can, and go a long way to lifting the spirits of our patients.”
The Friends currently has more than 120 active volunteers who raise funds predominately through a gift and flower shop, and two cafes on-site at the hospital. They also participate in charitable gaming and hosting events like their recent Friends of the RDRHC Charity Garage Sale.
“We also want to thank the community for their ongoing support of the Friends. Our heart and soul is invested in improving the experience of patients, and supporting our hospital’s staff. It’s with their contributions that we’re able to fulfill that mission each and every day,” says Belzerowski.
The Friends’ roots reach all the way back to 1904 at the Red Deer Memorial Hospital, where they were then known as the Hospital Women’s Aid, truly a visionary group for its time. Later, their name changed to the Women’s Auxiliary to the Red Deer General Hospital, before eventually becoming the Friends of the RDRHC.
For more information on the Friends of the RDRHC and how to get involved, visit or call Richelle Belzerowski at 403-343-4520.
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