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What is Athletic/Sport Therapy Services?

Sport Therapy Services (STS) is a fee-for-service company that provides Athletic Therapy services to the Calgary sports community. STS uses Certification Candidates and Certified members CAT(C) in good standing with the Canadian Athletic Therapists’ Association (CATA) .  We provide on-field immediate care of athletic injuries by a Certified Athletic Therapist including:

  • injury assessment
  • basic emergency life support
  • recognition and management of acute traumatic neurological dysfunction
  • provision of first aid
  • preparation for entrance into appropriate health care delivery systems, or, where appropriate, utilization of techniques facilitating a safe return to participation
  • primary assessment and care of injured athlete(s)
  • first aid treatment
  • initial recommendations on athletic post-injury participation status
  • advice on entry into further levels of the health care delivery system
  • prophylactic taping
  • minor alterations and repairs of protective equipment

Your First Appointment

  • Arrive fifteen minutes early.
  • Bring a pair of shorts for lower extremity injury and back injuries.
  • Bring a sleeveless t-shirt or tank top for an upper extremity injury.
  • Bring your Alberta Health Care card if you are qualified under one of the AHC plans.

How to Make an Appointment

A notice of cancellation or re-scheduling of an appointment is required 24 hours prior to your appointment.  A cancellation fee may be applied if a notice of cancellation or re-scheduling is not made within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment.

Main Telephone 403-220-7065
Bonnie Sutter 403-220-7975
Kerri Downer 403-220-7036
Chris Linder 403-220-7036
Melissa Roth 403-220-7065

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Meet Our Team

Bonnie Sutter (Head Athletic Therapist)

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.

Kerri Downer (Assistant Athletic Therapist/Sport Therapy Services Coordinator)

Kerri grew up in Peterborough, Ontario and attended the University of Western Ontario (UWO) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Kinesiology in 1998.  She then went on to Sheridan College and graduated with her Diploma in Sports Injury Management in the spring of 2001.  She completed the CATA certification exam process in November 2001.  Kerri also became a Certified Athletic Trainer with the National Athletic Trainers Association's Board of Certification in the United States in 2009.  Click to read more.  (SMC 006 Downer)

Prior to joining the University of Calgary, Kerri worked in multi-disciplinary physiotherapy clinics, private schools, post-secondary institutions and worked with football, rugby, soccer, hockey (field and ice) and volleyball in those various settings.  Kerri has experience in disability case management as well as office ergonomics.

In the fall of 2007, Kerri joined the University of Calgary as the Coordinator of Sport Therapy Services (STS).  In the spring of 2008, her position was amalgamated into the university's athletics department and varsity team and clinical coverage was added to her job duties.   Since 2009, Kerri has been the head AT with the Dinos varsity football program. 

Since 2011, Kerri has also been provided the opportunity for part time coverage for the National Men's Waterpolo Team, travelling to Montenegro, Italy, Spain, Hungary and China for various training sessions and tournaments.

Kerri has been involved with the progression of the Athletic Therapy profession both provincially and nationally.  She was the Treasurer of the Alberta Athletic Therapists Association for three years.  She was a member of the CATA's Exam Review Committee from 2002-2007 and sat as a member of the CATA Board of Directors from 2005-2010, completing her service to the CATA as the 2009-2010 President. 

Kerri enjoys working with all injury types but has recently taken an interest in developing treatment techniques for chronic problems caused by visceral and cranio-sacral restrictions.  She has been involved with concussion research in validating new technology to aid in concussion diagnosis and treatment since 2011.

Kerri has always been active, playing volleyball, basketball and softball as well as skiing in the winter while growing up.  She has developed a passion for running half marathons the past few years and having made the move to Rocky Mountain country, she has added hiking and backpacking to her love of activities in the outdoors.


Chris Linder (Assistant Athletic Therapist)

Chris was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. He attended Concordia University and graduated in 2006 with a BSc in Exercise Science specializing in Athletic Therapy. He successfully completed the certification process of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association in 2006.

Chris’ professional experiences include working with hockey at multiple levels, baseball, soccer, and rugby.

Highlights from his career include working with the Edmonton Cracker Cats professional baseball team, Hockey Canada at the 2011 U-18 World Championships in Germany, 3 seasons with the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League and 2 seasons with the Calgary Flames American Hockey League affiliate the Abbotsford Heat. Chris also has experience in a variety of other sports having worked with the Canadian Paralympic Soccer Team, Ottawa Irish Rugby Club, and the BC U-18 Rugby Team.


Through continuing education Chris shows an interest in treating soft tissue injuries by developing rehab programs to correct dysfunctional movement patterns. Chris has taken the level 1 and 2 courses of the Functional Movement Screen and level  1 of the Selective Functional Movement Assessment.  He has also taken courses in Soft Tissue Release, Muscle Energy Techniques at the U of C, Chris is the head AT with the Dinos Men’s Hockey team. Chris also treats athletes from all the other Dinos teams in the sports medicine clinic.

As an athlete Chris grew up focusing on hockey playing junior hockey before pursuing an education. Chris is an avid cyclist, spending days off climbing up and racing down the Rocky Mountains on his mountain bike. Chris also dabbles in snowboarding, hiking, rock climbing, golfing, and soccer.

Melissa Roth (Assistant Athletic Therapist)

Melissa Roth is our latest addition to the Athletic Therapy team. She has been working with the Sport Medicine Centre since June of 2016. She has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology as well as the CAT (C) designation.