Dennis Valdez , PhD, CAT(C), ATC

Dennis Valdez, Phd, CAT(C), ATC

Sport ICON - Sport Injury Consulting, Owner

 Dennis is a Certified Athletic Therapist and  Assistant Professor at Mount Royal University (Calgary, Alberta). He has over 17 years of experience in injury prevention, assessment, treatment and rehab; and emergency management.  Over the years, he has help people of all ages and of varying physical activity levels and abilities from the professional athlete to recreational runner to people who work daily in physically demanding jobs.

 Dennis is a holistic practitioner, seeking answers about one’s ailments in reference to their current injury details, past injuries, occupation, lifestyle habits, and environmental factors. He strives to inspire people to take an active part in their rehabilitation by providing appropriate exercise prescription supported by manual techniques and therapeutic modalities.

 Dennis has completed a multitude of continuing education courses and certifications to enhance and maintain the skills he needs in order to effectively help people. Currently, he teaches several courses in the Athletic Therapy and Personal Fitness Training programs at Mount Royal. He is also creating continuing courses and educational resources to help newly certified/licenced practitioners expand their skills.

 As a former university basketball player, referee, and coach, he seeks to understand each person’s individual needs, goals, and motivators. Using a collaborative approach with other health, fitness, and medical professionals in the Fitness Evolution family, he strives to provide the most efficient, user-friendly, and individualized plan.

 Certifications

  • Certified Athletic Therapist (Canadian Athletic Therapists Association)
  • Certified Athletic Trainer (National Athletic Trainers’ Association)
  • First Responder (Canadian Red Cross)

 Completed Courses

  • Concussion Assessment, Treatment and Management (R2P Concussion, Anne Hartley Agency)
  • Craniosacral Therapy I and II
  • Lymphatic Drainage Therapy I, II, III, Adv
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Myofascial Release (John Barnes, Anne Hartley Agency)
  • Myofascial Stretching, Articular Pumping (Somatotherapy)
  • Neurokinetic Therapy I
  • Reiki I and II
  • Strain-Counterstrain

 Education

  • · PhD in Medical Education, University of Calgary (Calgary, AB)
  • · MS in Exercise and Sport Science, University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
  • · BA in Kinesiology and Health Science, York University (North York, ON)