Our Story

Our Core Purpose:

To Optimize Your Lifelong Performance in Work, Life and Play

We Provide you the Highest Quality Therapies and Sports Medicine through our Compassionate Professional Team

Our Core Values: Integrity – Relationships – Learning – Health – Responsibility


Our Story

Our clinic owner Melanie has experienced Therapy as an Athlete and as a part of Sports Medical teams. She experienced excellent treatment and had been treated poorly as well. She took these years of experience to Craft the Collegiate Philosophy of Excellent client centred care. The model that elite sport uses to care for it’s athletes is what Collegiate brings to you! (Everyone) & we mean it.

  • We don’t cut corners
  • We truly “assess” & truly “listen” like we are trained to do
  • We educated and teach so you truly understand your problem
  • We go through the process with you to give you courage

Our Clinic owner Melanie was a little injury prone as a young person, so she was doing hands on research from an early age. Broke her wrist in junior rodeo, ankle sprains, shin splints, PFPS & a finger fracture from high school volleyball, back sprains and SI issues from figure skating, an ACL tear from varsity volleyball and the list goes on…. She herniated L4-5 disc laying sod at a golf course one summer and finally realized she had found her calling… All of the doctors and therapists she had been treated by had been true inspirations to her. Dr. David Reid at the U of A had started to treat her knees when she was in high school as he was the Orthopedic surgeon for the Oilers & Eskimos. What an experience. Judy Chepeha and Nancy Jette were two physiotherapists in teaching roles at the UofA and both worked on her and provided even more of an impression. Melanie attended the UofA for Athletic Therapy & worked summers as a therapist on the sidelines for Rugby (Edmonton Clansmen) and Winters as the head therapist for hockey – AAA Midgets & NAIT Ooks. After graduation, she moved to Bonnyville to work Jr A Hockey with the Pontiacs. Then got an opportunity to move on to the BC Jr Hockey League (Nanaimo Clippers), worked Jr Football with the Abbotsford Airforce and ….

Collegiate Sports Medicine opened its doors in 2003 as the first and only private sports medicine clinic in Central Alberta with Certified Athletic Therapists. The clinic was originally planned to be on campus at Red Deer College, where Melanie taught (15yrs) and worked as the college’s head athletic therapist. It was there, and while doing her master’s degree at the University of Alberta, that the business plan & needs assessment was developed. Red Deer College I moved ahead and opened privately based on the model developed; knowing there was a need for these services in Red Deer & knowing Red Deer College was not positioned for the expansion at that time. Our innovative clinic now offers inter-disciplinary services coordinated to minimize the running for people, with a mandate to better meet the sports medicine needs of Central Alberta’s growing athlete population.

Our sports medicine team is dedicated to achieving positive results and enhancing performance and quality of life through a multidisciplinary, professional approach. We continue to learn and reach beyond our capabilities for the benefit of the client.

Our clients include anyone with motivation to get better and stay active. We see farmers, construction workers, police officers, oilfield workers and of course athletes of all kinds from grassroots to professional.