Stephan Bourassa BMR(OT), OT Reg. (Sask), SIPT
Milestones is owned and operated by Stephan Bourassa, BMR (OT), O.T. Reg. (Sask).
I am currently on sabbatical in France (August 2018-August 2019) with my family. Although physically away, I continue to manage Milestones and consult with my close colleague Rikia Trischuk and clients remotely via telepractice.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy) degree from the University of Manitoba in 2001, I enjoyed an eleven year career as a private practice Occupational Therapist working in a large insurance based industrial rehabilitation clinic.
My professional interests and motivation evolved to focus on child health and wellness after being inspired by the arrival and development of my own children. In response to my growing desire to contribute to the wellbeing of children, especially those struggling to achieve their developmental milestones, I decided to make a giant leap out of the world of industrial rehabilitation focused on injured adults, and have landed with two feet squarely on the ground in the remarkable world of children!
After a twelve month hiatus in 2011 from active practice to undertake intensive study and structured course work in pediatric Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment including the Sensory Integration Certification Program through the University of Southern California, I have dedicated my clinical practice to children’s health and wellness.
My experience is that juggling a busy household with three young children requires constant changes in direction. Sometimes you need to kick it up, sometimes you need to slow it down and you need to when to change gears. I bring these same skills to my clinical life, seamlessly switching between high energy motivator to soft spoken caregiver as the needs arise.
I bring a passion to my clinical life rooted in the intrinsic pleasure of the satisfaction seen on children's faces when they achieve. This is only matched by the pride shown by Mom and Dad when they witness the same accomplishment. Sometimes the attainment of the simplest actions speak the loudest. Small gains are big gains with children and I celebrate them all.
Outside of my professional life, I strive to maintain and model an active and healthy lifestyle for my children through competing in triathlons, running events, and enjoying multiple outdoor pursuits with my family such as canoeing, cross country skiing, hiking, and camping.
Rikia Trischuk BScKin, MScOT
Rikia Trischuk joined Milestones in February 2018. She hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped since! Rikia is a multi-talented Occupational Therapist who brings a wealth of life and clinical experience to Milestones. Born and raised in Saskatoon, she excelled in athletics, parlaying her skills on the volleyball court to a full Division 1 NCAA scholarship with Temple University in Philadelphia. Not to be outdone, she even made the rowing team!
She completed her career at Temple University with the completion of her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology (honours) degree. She was then accepted to the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Alberta. After graduation, she cut her teeth in the world of pediatrics by working in both community and school settings in Camrose with Alberta Health Services. There, she worked with a diverse population of children, families and educational teams focusing on both physical and mental health concerns.
Rikia continues to build her tool box with continuing education pursuits related to a broad range of populations and functional difficulties including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Trauma, Sensory Processing, Self-Regulation and neurodevelopmental difficulties to name a few. In addition to her in-clinic work with families, her portfolio with Milestones includes leading multiple therapeutic groups including SuperKidz Yoga, SuperKidz Running, and SuperParentz: The Executive Parent Groups. She is integral to the development of our community outreach initiatives including partnerships with Special Olympics Saskatchewan and Children’s North Early Intervention Program in La Ronge, Saskatchewan.