Bonnie Sutter hails from the small farming community of Carberry, Manitoba. She attended the University of Manitoba where she attained a BPE in 1991, and BEd in 1993. She completed her Athletic Therapy certification in 1994 with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. In the fall of 1993 she accepted an eight month term position with Dinos Athletics as the Assistant Athletic Therapist. She has never left and took over as Head Athletic Therapist in 2004. After taking leaves of absences to have a family in 2006, she once again took over as head Athletic Therapist in the fall of 2009. In 2010, she completed her Osteopathic Manual Practitioner designation (DOMP) from the College D’etudes Osteopathiques. Click here to read more. (SMC 005)
In her position at U of C, Bonnie has a broad base of experience working with all varsity teams but has specific experience with football, hockey and wrestling. Bonnie has held the position of a therapist with the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine team, National B Volleyball team , Hockey Canada women’s under 22 and Senior Teams. She has worked as the Safety Coordinator for Hockey Alberta, and helped to revamp Hockey Canada’s Trainer Safety program. In 1999 when discussion on Concussion management was in its infancy, she worked with the Sport Medicine Council of Alberta to develop the Heads up for Hits Concussion Awareness program. She has held the position of President, Vice President, and Ethics Chair for the Alberta Athletic Therapists Association, and is a Supervisory Athletic Therapist and examiner with the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association. In 2012 she headed the Therapist Committee for the Canada West Athletics Association to revamp the medical policies and procedures for CIS competition in Canada West.
Bonnie has a broad based clinical practice and had developed a specialty working with concussed athletes. The areas she typically enjoys working the most with are wrist, knee and back injuries. Her biomechanical background paired with her Osteopathic Manual training lends itself to dealing with chronic injuries. She enjoys combining manual therapy with neuromuscular retraining.
In her younger days, Bonnie competed in volleyball, basketball, track, dragon boat racing and curling. She has evolved to more of an outdoors enthusiast and enjoys backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, skiing and gardening.