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Canadian Aquatic Rehab Instructors


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aquaticrehabpt@gmail.com

2014

CREDENTIALS

 

 Educational Background

Masters of Science, Rehabilitation Science, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

Thesis, Aquatic Exercise effect on Bone Geometry in osteoporosis.                                                                         2009-2011

 

Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario                                                         1983-1985

Employment

Academic Program Coordinator, Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

Responsibilities include:  curriculum development and teaching; academic evaluation, career transition; collaboration

with stakeholders to ensure the successful achievement of the OIEPB Program. The scope of work includes managing

the day-to-day operations of the Bridging Program within the University of Toronto’s academic framework..  

The Program’s goal is delivery of comprehensive education to assist internationally educated physiotherapists in

moving measurably towards licensure.                                                                                                                2012 to present

 

Founder and Instructor, Canadian Aquatic Rehab Instructors       

Mission to organize  and promote courses, manage registration, develop content. Provide advanced aquatic therapy

education (4 to 7 courses per year), applying  hydrodynamics, with interventions based on the most recent evidence. 

Provide consultation to healthcare professionals.

Manage, develop, grow and support a network of aquatic therapists across Canada.                                                2012 to present

 

Aquatic Rehabilitation Private Practice, Mississauga                                                                                   2005 to present

1:1 therapy in warm water pool; varied caseload.

Clinical employment since 1985 available on request.

Teaching Designations

University of Toronto OIEPB Program

Teaching in the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program                                               2012 to present 

University of Toronto, MScPT Program 

Lecturer,Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine                                                                                2009 – present

Aquatic Physical Therapy Lecture and Practicum

McMaster University 

Associate Clinical Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University                                                    2011 to present

Osteoporosis Lab, OSCE Examiner

Canadian Aquatic Rehab Instructors                                                                                                            2011 to present

Instructor, Teaching evidence-based advanced aquatic therapy across Canada.

Research and Scholarly Activity

PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Marinho-Buzelli AR, Zaluski AJ, Mansfield A, Bonnyman AM, Musselman KE. The use of aquatic therapy among rehabilitation professionals for individuals with spinal cord injury or disorder.J Spinal Cord Med.2019. Oct;42(sup1) :158-165.

 

Clinical Commentary on Kalu et al. Clinical Commentary on Kalu M et al. Clinical Performance Scores of Internationally Educated Physical Therapists during Clinical Education in a Bridging Program.Physiother Can, 2019 Summer;71(3):285-286.

 

Clinical Commentaryon Gibson AJ, Shields N. Effects of aquatic therapy and land-based therapy versus land-based therapy alone on range of motion, edema, and function after hip or knee replacement: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Physiother Can, Vol 67(2) 2015. DOI: 10.3138/PTC.2014-01-CC

Marinho-Buzzelli AR, Bonnyman A, Verrier M. 2014.The effects of aquatic therapy on mobility functions of individuals with neurological diseases: A systematic review.Clin Rehabil.V29(8):741-751

Bonnyman A, MacIntyre NJ. 2011.State of the evidence regarding the effect of water exercises on bone outcomes in postmenopausalwomen with osteoporotic vertebral fractures. Critical Reviews in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine v23:195-212. DOI: 10.1615/CritRevPhysRehabilMed.v23.i1-4.140

MSc (Rehabilitation Science) Thesis, Bonnyman, Alison M., "Assessment of Bone Geometry in Postmenopausal Women with Osteoporosis of the Spine Before and After a 6 Month Aquatic Exercise Program" (2011). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 6317. http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/opendissertations/6317

Bonnyman A, Webber CE, Stratford PW, MacIntyre NJ. 2012. Intra-rater reliability of the dual energy X-ray absorptiometry-based measures of vertebral height in postmenopausal women. Journal of Clinical Densitometry15(4):405-412

MacIntyre NJ, Bennett L, Bonnyman A, Stratford PW. Optimizing reliability of spine curvature measures in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis of the spine: An illustration of the use of Generalizability Theory. ISRN Rheumatology, vol. 2011, Article ID 571698, 8 pages, 2011. doi:10.5402/2011/571698

 

PEER REVIEWED ABSTRACT ACCEPTED FOR PRESENTATION AT SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS 

(*presenting author)

Marinho-Buzzelli AR, Bonnyman A*, Verrier M. The effects of aquatic therapy on mobility functions of individuals with neurological diseases: A systematic review – AnUpdate.International Congress, Comprehensive Aquatic Therapy Put into Practice.Quetero, Mexico, Oct 29-31, 2016

Bonnyman, A*, Ottensmeyer, A*, Switzer-McIntyre, S*.  Diversity, Flexibility, and Respect: Meeting the diverse learning needs of internationally educated physiotherapists.  Canadian Physiotherapy AssociationCongressHalifax, NS, June 2015 (1 hour workshop)  

Switzer-McIntyre, S*., Bonnyman, A, Quesnel, M.  Bridging for Success: Lessons learned by the Ontario Internationally Educated Physiotherapy Bridging Program.  World Congress Physiotherapy,Singapore, May 2015

Switzer-McIntyre*, S, Bonnyman, A, Quesnel, M, Percival, N. Bridging for Success: Highlights of the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program.  Ontario Physiotherapy Conference, Niagara Falls, March 2013

Bonnyman A*, Webber CE, Stratford PW, MacIntyre NJ. Assessment of Bone Geometry in Postmenopausal Women with Osteoporosis of the Spine Before and After a 6 Month Aquatic Exercise Program. European Conference on Evidence Based Aquatic Therapy2013, Biannual Scientific Meeting, March 21-23, Izmir, Turkey

Bonnyman A*, Webber CE, Stratford PW, MacIntyre NJ. Assessment of Bone Geometry in Postmenopausal Women with Osteoporosis of the Spine Before and After a 6 Month Aquatic Exercise Program. UHN Current Concepts Conference, January 25, Toronto, ON

Bonnyman A, Webber CE, Stratford PW, *MacIntyre NJ.  Intra-rater reliability of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry-based measuresof vertebral height and consistency of vertebral deformity classification in postmenopausal women. American Society for Bone and Mineral Research2011 annual meeting. September 16–20, San Diego 

4. *BonnymanA, Webber CE, Stratford PW, MacIntyre NJ. Are DXA-based measures of vertebral height reliable? Canadian PhysiotherapyAssociation2011 Annual Scientific Meeting. July 14-17, Whistler, BC. (poster)

*Bonnyman A, Webber CE, MacIntyre NJ. Isometric Back Extensor Strength is Associated with Vertebral Body Geometry. OntarioPhysiotherapy Association2011 Annual Scientific Meeting InterACTION, April 9, Ottawa, ON (poster) 

 *MacIntyre NJ, Bennett L, Bonnyman A, Stratford PW. Application of the generalizability theory for determining inter-rater and inter-trial reliability of spine curvature measures in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis of the spine using the flexicurve rulerand digital inclinometer. Arthritis & Rheumatism2010:62(10):S547-8 (poster)

 

PEER REVIEWED POSTER PRESENTATIONS

The effects of aquatic therapy on mobility functions of individuals with neurological diseases: a systematic review of literature revealing gaps in evidence in spinal cord injury (sci) aquatic rehabilitation.Top poster abstract in the Patient Care category for Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – UHN’s 6th National Spinal Cord Injury Conference, October 2014. Presented by first author, AR Marinho-Buzelli

Intra-rater Reliability of DXA-based Vertebral Height Measures in Women with Osteoporosis, McMaster School of Rehabilitation Science, Poster Presentation,

June 8, 2011

3. Lumbar SpineGeometry and Back Extensor Strength, Ontario Physiotherapy Association InterAction Conference, Ottawa, March 9, 2011

 

PEER REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS

Promoting Healthy Aging through Aquatic Exercise.  Canadian Physiotherapy Association Healthy Aging Forum, Charlottetown, PEI, June 2019

Intra-rater Reliability of DXA-based Vertebral Height Measures in Women with Osteoporosis, McMaster School of Rehabilitation Science, Poster Presentation,

June 8, 2011

Lumbar SpineGeometry and Back Extensor Strength, McMaster School of Rehabilitation Science,Research Rounds, February, 2011

 

Intra-raterReliability DXA-based Vertebral Height Measures in Women with Osteoporosis, Centre for Appendicular MRI Studies (CAMRIS) Bone Scholars Meeting, Hamilton, December 9, 2010.

 

NON-PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES or Presentations

Aquatic Therapy ShopTalk November 2019, CPA website blog.

EHR Update, Perspectives, Fall 2019.

Aquatic Therapy for Arthritis. Arthritis Society Online Newsletter, Spring 2018.

Osteoporosis Guidelines for Primary Healthcare Team Physiotherapists in Ontario. An OPA initiative. 2015

Seniors Health Division of CPA, Online access, Winter 2015

Post-Graduate Opportunities, A presentation for Westgate District OPA, September 2014

Osteo-Circuit Website article, August 2014

Oncology Division of CPA, Online access, Winter 2013

Aptei Update on Aquatic Rehabilitation, Spring 2013

Workshops and Continuing Education Presentations

First Canadian Aquatic Therapy Conference, Presented on BRRM, Documentation, Foundations of Aquatic Therapy, Deep Water Aquatic Therapy and a conference organizer. October 18-20, 2019. Fairview Seniors Centre, Cambridge.

CPA 2 Minute-2 SlidesClinical Pearl– Presented at CPA Halifax Congress 2015. “Aquatic Therapy – an Amazing Tool in your Clinical Toolbelt”

Aquatic Therapy – Evidence-Based Practice: A Dry-Land Workshop; at QEII Hospital, Halifax, NS. June 2015

Aquatic Rehab Interest Group, meet 4 times per year, practical session at Clarkson Warm Water Pool

Health Force Ontario, April 2014, Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy. What Does That Mean for me? Toronto, ON

 

OSCE and MCQ Exam Skills Preparation 1-day Workshops, on-site - Toronto. October, 2013; April, 2014, October 2014. Development, management and implementation of Mock OSCE practice

Community Teaching/Consulting 

Community Talks to MS Society and Fibromyalgia Group, , Mississauga,                                                                  2010 to present

Program Consultant, Group Instructor, Aquatics Department, City of Mississauga,                                                    2004 to 2010

Service and Professional Leadership

Ontario Physiotherapy Association, member of Board of Directors                                                                          2017 - 2021

U of T Medical Faculty Council Member                                                                                                               2014 - 2016

Neuromusculoskeletal Modular Advisory Committee, OIEPBP                                                                                 2014-5

Interprofessional Education Facilitator. Health Mentor Program, U of T                                                                    2014 to present

CardioRespiratory Modular Advisory Committee, OIEPBP                                                                                       2013

Ontario Physiotherapy Association, Westgate District President                                                                              2012 to 2018

Canadian Representative, Aquatic Physical Therapy International (APTI), Division of WCPT                                      2011 to present

Professional Affiliations

Member of WCPT Aquatic Physical Therapy International, Canadian Representative                                                 2012 to present

Member of Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA)                                                                                            1985 to present

Member of Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA)                                                                                          1985 to present

Honours

Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto., Teaching Recognition Award                                               2014, 2015, 2016, 2018

School of Rehabilitation Science, Knowledge Translation Award, McMaster University                                                2011

Post-Graduate Physical Therapy Education

Transformational Learning

Digital Pedagogy, UTSC                                                                                                                                     2015

CTSI Educators Workshop, U of T                                                                                                                       2014

12-day Comprehesive Aquatic Certification Course, Valens, Switzerland; J. Lambeck                                                2012

AquaStretch™ Fundamentals, Newmarket; C.Jasinskas                                                                                         2012

Evidence-Based Aquatic Therapy, Minneapolis; A.Salzman,                                                                                    2009

Previous courses from 1985 available on request.

 

Interests

Sailing, Fitness, Family of 3 adult children.