To improve the health and wellness of residents of all ages throughout Saskatoon and our province.
North 49 opened in Saskatoon in 2010, but its roots go back to the 1980’s when a high school athlete in Saskatoon, by the name of Kregg Ochitwa saw a need. His teammates, when injured, often had no idea of what to do. He therefore developed a curiosity as to how to help his teammates get back to sport in a safe and timely manner. Fast forward to 2009, and Kregg has been a physiotherapist for over 14 years. He continued to have a passion for helping individuals get back to the important things in life after being injured or hampered by a medical condition. However, with time he wanted to work in an environment where there was not only a strong focus on customer service, but also in serving through giving back to the community. In 2009, he started taking steps to open up North 49.
When North 49 opened in 2010 there was a team of two, but over the years the clinic has attracted other highly skilled and experienced team members. The clinic now not only treats the typical injuries related to sports, work, and automobile accidents, but has increased its service streams to include injury prevention services, as well assist those dealing with:
- Dizziness and/or balance problems
- Temporomandibular Disorders – pain and/or stiffness of the jaw
- Torticollis and Plagiocephally – with infants
- Hand Injuries
- General inactivity and deconditioning
The clinic now also provides one-on-one counselling services with an exercise therapist and nutritionist. Team members have also been asked to present on their area of expertise both locally and nationally.
Moving forward, the clinic will continue to look for new and innovative ways to provide health care services to our province, as well as educate other health care providers.
With giving back to the community North 49 has been fortunate to partner with many great local community organizations and professional sports teams to improve the quality of life for Saskatchewan residents. Team members, themselves, have mentored physiotherapy, kinesiology, and high school students. Not only that, but team members have also given their personal time to assist with local events and charity organizations.
Given North 49’s unique blend of service it was honoured to be named a finalist in the 2018 and 2019 SABEX Awards (includes businesses throughout Saskatoon) in both the Customer Service and Business of the Year Awards. Along with this, North 49 was named a finalist in the Customer Services category at the 2018 ABEX Awards (includes businesses throughout Saskatchewan).