Banff Sport Medicine

Our Team

Below lists our Surgeons, Sport Medicine Physicians, surgical assistants and administrative support team.

Banff Sport Medicine is a teaching facility as such you may encounter a fellow or resident working with our surgeons and physicians.  Our fellows are fully qualified and accredited surgeons.  Our fellowship training program offers these surgeons the opportunity to gain experience in sport-related musculoskeletal trauma and reconstructive surgery. We also periodically take on short-term residencies.  Residents are medical trainees enrolled in a recognized specialty or sub-specialty training program accredited with one of the University of Calgary postgraduate medical education offices in Canada.  Our surgeons and physicians are honored to be involved in educating new surgeons and medical students.

Surgeons

Dr. Mark Heard

Dr. Mark Heard

Mark received his Medical Degree from the University of Calgary, completed an orthopaedic residency at the University of Ottawa, and a Clinical Fellowship in Arthroscopic Surgery and Sport Medicine at Carleton University in Ottawa.

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Mark has worked as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in Banff since 1992 and he is currently a consulting surgeon for Canadian Alpine and Snow Sports, and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. Mark is involved in a number of sport medicine organizations including the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee and Orthopedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA), and the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM). He is a past member of the Canadian Whitewater Kayak/Canoe Team. Mark continues to make the most of many outdoor adventures including skiing, biking, kayaking, and mountaineering.

Marta – Medical Office Assistant to Dr. Heard

403-760-2897 Ext 1

Dr. Greg Buchko

Dr. Greg Buchko

Greg received his Medical Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, completed an orthopaedic residency at the University of Ottawa, and a Clinical Fellowship in Arthroscopic Surgery and Sport Medicine at Carleton University in Ottawa.

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Greg has worked as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in Banff, Alberta since 1995. Greg is a member of various Sport Medicine Associations including the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) and the Arthroscopy Association of Canada (AAC). Greg’s interests have included coaching hockey, football and baseball teams, and he continues to coach handball. He is a former University football player but now sticks to gentler sports like golf, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and road biking.

Katie – Medical Office Assistant to Dr. Buchko

403-760-2897 Ext 2

Dr. Laurie Hiemstra

Dr. Laurie Hiemstra

Laurie obtained her Medical Degree from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, completed an orthopaedic residency at the University of Manitoba, and a Clinical Fellowship in Orthopedic Sport Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. She also attained a PhD in Neuromuscular Physiology.

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Laurie has worked as an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Banff Sport Medicine since 2005. She previously worked at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre from 2001 – 2005 and holds a Clinical Lecturer appointment at the University of Calgary. Laurie is an active member of many sport medicine organizations including the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee and Orthopedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA), the Arthroscopy Association of Canada (AAC) and the International Patellofemoral Study Group. Laurie lives in Banff with her three sons. She is active in sport including mountain biking, road biking, cross country skiing and hiking.

Delphine – Medical Office Assistant to Dr. Hiemstra

403-760-2897 Ext 3

Dr. Michaela Kopka

Dr. Michaela Kopka

Michaela received her Medical Degree from the University of Toronto, completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Calgary and a Clinical Fellowship in Arthroscopic Surgery and Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

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During her Fellowship working with Dr. Freddie Fu at the University of Pittsburgh, Michaela worked as a team physician with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins. She then travelled to Europe to complete an AO Trauma Fellowship at King Charles University in Prague. Her professional memberships include the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), the AO Trauma Society, the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA), the Canadian Academy of Exercise and Sport Medicine (CASEM), and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Michaela is a former NCAA Division I volleyball player but now prefers to climb and ski in the Canadian Rockies.

Marta – Medical Office Assistant to Dr. Kopka

403-760-2897 Ext 1

Dr. Jessica Page

Dr. Jessica Page

Jessica obtained her medical degree from the University of Toronto then completed her residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Calgary. She has completed a combined clinical fellowship in lower extremity arthroplasty (joint replacement) and trauma surgery at Dalhousie University under Drs. Chad Coles and Ross Leighton.

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She joins the Banff Sports Medicine group this year for a clinical fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopic reconstruction. Jessica’s professional memberships include the Canadian Orthopedic Association (COA), Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM), the Orthopedic Trauma Association (OTA), the AO Trauma Society, the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). She enjoys hiking, snowboarding, geocaching, and spending all the time in nature that she can.

Orthopaedic Administrative Team

Marta

Marta

Medical Office Assistant for Dr. Heard and Dr. Kopka
Katie

Katie

Medical Office Assistant for Dr. Buchko

Dr. Buchko’s Office

403 760 2897 ext #2

Delphine

Delphine

Medical Office Assistant for Dr. Hiemstra

Dr. Hiemstra’s Office

403 760 2897 ext #3

Stacy

Stacy

Referral and Booking Coordinator

Bookings Office

403 760 2897 ext #7

Man-Yi

Man-Yi

Office Adminstration Assistant

Nicole

Banff Office Manager

Manager’s Office

403 760 2897 ext #4

Sport Medicine Physicians and Administrative Team

Dr. Andy    Reed

Dr. Andy Reed

Andy received his medical degree from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK in 1994.

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He then trained as a family physician and pursued a career in Family Medicine and Sport Medicine in the UK, Regina and then in Canmore. He began a full time sport medicine practice in 2012 in Canmore. He is certified by the Canadian Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine. Andy has been the Lead Team Physician of the Canadian National Biathlon, Cross Country and Paranordic ski teams since 2005. He has a keen interest in the utility of MSK ultrasound for the diagnosis and management of sports injuries. As an elite level ultra distance trail runner, he has a lot of experience in the prevention and management of running related injuries.
Dr. Matt McIsaac

Dr. Matt McIsaac

Matt received his medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008, and then pursued a rural family medicine residency in Red Deer through the University of Alberta.

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He did extra training in Sport Medicine throughout his residency, and started full time Sport Medicine practice in 2011 in Saskatoon with the Saskatoon Orthopedic and Sport Medicine Centre. He is certified by, and a member of, the Canadian Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine. He has recently completed the qualification for Emergency Medicine competency through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is also a member of the Wilderness Medical Society, and has an interest in performance medicine. Throughout his practice he has worked with varsity hockey at the University of Saskatchewan, and more recently with Canada Junior Snowboarding. He now resides in Canmore with his wife. He loves snowboarding and mountain biking, and otherwise spends a lot of time hiking, cooking, and in the gym.
Dr. Chris Irving

Dr. Chris Irving

Chris received his Medical Degree from the University of Manitoba and completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of Calgary.

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He then pursued further specialized training and completed a 1-year Sport Medicine Fellowship at the University of Alberta, and also completed a Family Practice Anesthesiology fellowship at University of Calgary. Chris practiced Sport Medicine in Calgary from 2005 until 2011, and also practiced Sport Medicine in Banff part-time from 2006 until 2011. Chris moved to Canmore in 2012 and is now working full-time in the Bow Valley. He was lead physician and medical director of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team from 2006 until 2011, went to the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver as part of the Canadian Olympic team medical staff, and has been involved as team physician in various other sports. He is a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine, and the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ society. Chris lives in Canmore with his wife and 2 daughters and enjoys many sports including running, skiing, canoeing, biking, hiking, and hockey.

Katherine, Man-Yi, June-Ann and Beth

Medical Office Assistants to the Sport Medicine Physicians

Sport Medicine Office

403 678 1271

Surgical Assistant Physicians

Dr. Patricia Edgar

Dr. Neil Cooper

Dr. Chris Irving

Dr. Andy Reed

Dr. Devin Neilsen

Dr. Matt McIsaac