Sport Medicine Team

Natalie Ghobrial, HBSc. BEd., ATC, CAT(c)
Natalie Ghobrial is the Head Athletic Therapist and Clinic Supervisor at Trinity Western University, and has been with the Spartans since 2006. Natalie graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology & Health Sciences, a Bachelor of Education, and a certificate in Athletic Therapy from York University. Following her education and certification, Natalie also pursued and obtained her American designation in the field of Athletic Training.

Natalie was a member of the York University Sports Medicine Team as the Head Athletic Therapist of York's football program. In addition to working in the private sector in Toronto Ontario, Natalie has and continues to work with various provincial, national and semi-professional teams, such as the Canadian National Women's Softball team, the Canadian National Women's basketball team, National and provincial Soccer, NWHL, Jr. A. Lacrosse, and semi-professional baseball.

While caring for the Spartan athletes both on and off the field, Natalie utilizes various techniques in their rehabilitation. Manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue release and muscle energy are used alongside exercise rehabilitation and therapeutic modalities in the treatment of athlete's injuries.


Philippe Saucier, B.Sc., CAT(C)

Philippe is a graduate from Concordia University in Montreal, Québec where he received a Bachelor of Exercise Science specializing in Athletic Therapy. Upon receiving his certification in 2007, Philippe moved to Belleville, Ontario to start his own successful Athletic Therapy practice. He now joins the team at Trinity Western University for his first year as an Assistant Athletic Therapist with the Spartans’ Sport Medicine Team.

Through the years by working in athletic and clinical settings, Philippe has had the chance to work with high school, collegiate and elite athletes in multiple sports including: soccer, basketball, volleyball, rugby, hockey, figure skating and gymnastics. Using contemporary soft tissue rehabilitation techniques, therapeutic modalities, physical reconditioning, and supportive wrapping to promote optimal healing, he believes in the body’s resiliency and that all athletes can be safely integrated back into play.

 Deanna Schick, BSPE, MS, CAT(c)
 Deanna Schick has a Bachelor in Physical Education from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Science from the University of Calgary.  She is also a PhD Candidate in the Department of Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia.  Deanna came to Trinity to be the Head Athletic Therapist in 2000, but has since moved to the School of Human Kinetics.  She is a full-time professor and assists with the Spartan Sport Medicine Team.  Deanna uses a variety of soft tissue techniques; soft tissue mobilization, muscle energy, modalities and exercise during her work with athletics.

Deanna has been involved with many national and international sports organizations.  Recently, much of her time has been spent with rugby and she has worked with the BC Senior Women's team for several seasons.  She has also worked with the National Senior Women's team and National 7's team.  Deanna was on the Canadian medical team for the Beijing Paralympics.  Deanna is also the Supervisor of Athletic Therapy for Vancouver 2010, is on the SportMed BC Board of Directors and committees of the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association.          


Dr. Derek Hitchman, MD, CCFP
Dr. Derek Hitchman graduated from medical school at the University of British Columbia and from there continued on with family practice. Dr. Hitchman has been the campus doctor at Trinity Western University since 1992, when he initially came to the university to pursue seminary leading to medical missions work. Dr. Hitchman enjoys working with the health care team at the campus Wellness Center and finds high quality comprehensive health care integrated with a Christian worldview very rewarding. Dr. Hitchman has also had the privilege to be involved in short term medical mission work in Zambia, Mexico and Ecuador.



Dr. Jay Rennicks, BA, DC
Dr. Jay Rennicks graduated with honors from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College after completing his undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo Ontario. Following his chiropractic studies he studied a variety of soft tissue treatments including Active Release Therapy, Graston Technique, and Trigenics. Dr. Rennicks uses these techniques and his training as a chiropractor to treat problems related to the spine as well as other areas such as the shoulder or knee. Beyond the treatments, he places a great emphasis on rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise. He is passionate about staying on the cutting edge of rehab and manual therapy. Dr. Rennicks enjoys working with athletes, as they tend to respond well to care and are especially motivated to recover from injury quickly. Dr. Rennicks is in private practice at Glover Road Chiropractic and Sports Therapy in Langley where he focuses on neck and back pain, headaches, sports and overuse injuries.


Kristy Wiltshire, RMT, SMT (C)

Kristy Wiltshire is a Certified Registered Sport Massage therapist. Kristy joined Trinity Western University's Sports Medicine Team at the beginning of the 2007/08 varsity season, and is also currently a Registered Massage Therapist at Brookswood Massage Therapy.  Kristy received an Honours BA. in Kinesiology and Physical Education at Wilfred Laurier University and continued on to complete a 3 year medical massage certificate program at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. Kristy is also a Can-Fit-Pro Certified Personal Trainer.  Massage therapy is a vital technique in the health care field as it can help in the rehabilitation of various injuries, can be a part of an athlete's warm-up to help prepare muscles to fire more efficiently or can also help athletes recover more rapidly following a game or event. Some of the various techniques Kristy utilizes for her treatments include trigger point techniques, Myofascial release, Swedish massage and Muscle Energy.  Kristy has contributed her expertise to various events including WLU Swim team, Royal Victoria marathon, Canada Cup International Women's Fast Pitch, Kelowna Dragon Boats and the historic half in Fort Langley, plus many more.


Ron Mayne BA, RMT, SMT (II)

 Ron is a Level II Registered Sport Massage therapist working towards attaining his Level III designation. Ron graduated from the three year West Coast College of Massage Therapy program in 2008 where he was class valedictorian and received the Joe Kosac Memorial Award. Ron works in private practice at Glover Road Massage Therapy Clinic in Langley where he enjoys treating sport, orthopaedic and overuse injuries. Ron worked last year as a therapist for the 2008 USL champion Vancouver Whitecaps and prior to becoming a RMT, Ron studied Kinesiology and Human Physiology at SFU. He has a background in soccer and is an avid endurance athlete completing many marathons and triathlons including two Ironman Canada triathlons.