Waterloo Sports Medicine is a multi-disciplinary healthcare facility that focuses on the management, treatment and prevention of sports and activity-related injuries. Our unique clinical setting allows our sports medicine professionals to collaborate and ultimately provide patients with the best treatment for their recovery.
Waterloo Sports Medicine History
WSM is comprised of two multi-disciplinary facilities, WSM University Square Plaza and WSM at RIM Park, that utilize a variety of health services to manage sports and activity-related injuries. Our unique clinical setting allows our sports medicine professionals to collaborate and ultimately provide patients with the best treatment for their health and recovery.
Waterloo Sports Medicine Centre has helped treat athletes and active individuals in the Kitchener-Waterloo community for over 32 years.
1986 – WSM, headed by Dr. Forest Caldwell, opened its doors with the goal of providing quality sports medicine services to people of all ages and abilities, not just the elite and competitive athletes. Dr. Caldwell recognized the need to expand sports medicine services beyond the varsity level to the thousands of other athletes in the growing community of Kitchener-Waterloo. Our first clinic was a 2,700 square foot facility located in the same mall as our present location, University Square Plaza at the corner of University Avenue and Weber Street in Waterloo.
1996 – Dr. Robert Lee joined the medical staff along with several new physiotherapists, including Randall Helm, the now-owner of the physiotherapy side of WSM, and transformed the centre, expanding the clinic, as well as increasing the number of therapist and services WSM provided for Waterloo Region.
1999- WSM underwent a major expansion from 3,500 sq ft to 8,900 sq ft.
2001 – WSM opened WSM at RIM Park, a second location in Manulife Financial Sportsplex, part of Waterloo’s state of the art RIM Park sports and recreational facility. WSM was happy to have Mike Clermont join the team as managing partner of the RIM Park location.
2009 – In July, the University Square Plaza location expanded again with new facilities for Massage therapy and a renovation of the existing space.
2010 - In late fall, WSM at RIM Park took over a neighbouring space to increase treatment area by 50%
2012 - Physiotherapy expanded again into the space next door. Today, WSM is one of the largest and most comprehensive sports medicine centres in Canada. Our two facilities have a combined 12, 500 sq. ft. of space. Our practice includes 10 Registered Massage Therapists, 14 Physiotherapists, 2 Sports Medicine Physicians, 1 Physiatrist, 2 Pedorthists, 1 Naturopathic Doctor, 1 Occupational Therapist for hand splinting, 13 support staff and numerous kinesiology students/volunteers.
2018 - Dave Galloway joined Kim and Randall Helm as a partner in the physiotherapy practice at WSM.
Since 1986, over 100,000 athletes and active individuals have relied on the experience and expertise of the various clinicians at WSM who work together as a team.
Waterloo Sports Medicine at RIM Park History
In 2001, the City of Waterloo moved ahead with its plans to build RIM Park; a new multi-sports complex in the northeast end of town. Waterloo Sports Medicine Centre, with a strong contribution from Dr. Robert Lee, successfully won the bid to open a physiotherapy clinic within RIM Park's main building (Manulife Financial Sportsplex and Healthy Living).
On November 3, 2001 WSM at RIM Park was officially launched and ready for business.
Starting with one full-time physiotherapist, Mike Clermont, WSM at RIM Park began offering high quality physiotherapy service that is associated with the Waterloo Sports Medicine name. As the demands for more physiotherapy grew, over the course of the next few years, the clinic hired more physiotherapists.
In 2014, WSM at RIM Park underwent a major face-lift, taking over the empty suite next to its current location, expanding the square footage of the clinic to better accommodate the increasing number of clients. WSM at RIM Park now offers both physiotherapy and massage therapy.