Sandra graduated from the University of Alberta with a Masters of Physical Therapy which was preceded by a Bachelor of Kinesiology with a major in Mind Sciences from the University of Calgary.


Sandra's strengths include being a NCCP certified Competition Coach in English riding through Oxtoby Equine.  She is a Grand Prix dressage rider, who has competed internationally and was long listed for the 2015 Pan American Games in the small tour.  She has also competed at the highest level at the World Championship of Western Dressage, coming home with a reserve World Championship and Top 5 title.  


From a physio perspective, she has her Level 1 Manual Therapy from the Orthopedic Division of Canadian Physiotherapy.   She is certified in Biomedical Dry Needling and has a special interest in, but not limited to: biomechanical interaction of rider and horse, shoulder injuries, and SIJ dysfunctions.  She is the Past Chair (2017 - 2019) of the Animal Rehab Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, working on advocacy of physio for animals. She also is the Knowledge Translation (KT) representative, which connects researchers internationally in animal physio world with clinicians in practice.  In May 2019 she now sits on the board of International Association of Physical Therapists in Animal Practice as the secretary.  She is a Federation Equestrian International (FEI) permitted therapist.

Speaking Events

  • Montreal, Canada Nov 2018- Canadian Physiotherapy Association

  • Geneva, Switzerland May  2019 - World Congress of Physical Therapists



  • Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, 2014

  • University of Calgary, Bachelor of Kinesiology major in Sports Psychology, 2010

  • Orthopedic Level 1 Manual Therapy: 2014

  • Biomedical Dry Needling Certification, BDN: 2015

  • CPR – Healthcare Provider: 2019                             

  • Introduction to the Equine Patient- Independent Study: 2014       

  • Introduction to the Equine Rehabilitation:2015

  • Advanced Equine Rehabilitation:2017

  • Diploma in Equine Rehabilitation:2020

  • Diploma in Canine Rehabilitation:2019

  • Bracing and Casting the Canine Patient:2016

  • Making Head Way - Concussion eLearning Series (NCCP):2012

  • Rider Level Evaluation (Level 1-7) - Alberta Equestrian Federation:2015

  • Equine Dissection Collaboration: Energy Equine + Inhand Equine: 2018 & 2019

  • Concussion: prevention, detection and management - Université Laval:2019

  • Advanced Low Back Pain Assessment, Triage and Care Pathways Workshop’: Foothills Primary Care Network: 2019

  • Ultrasound Guided Dry Needling for Tendinopathy: 2019

  • Toward Optimized Practice (TOP) Guidelines for Low Back Pain - Cochrane: 2020

“Work on a horse and that horse gets better.  Work on yourself and all your horses get better" - 


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