Dennis Valdez, PhD, CAT (C)

Academic Title:
Associate Professor

PhD (Medical Education), University of Calgary
MSc (Exercise and Sport Science), University of Florida
BA - Kinesiology and Health Sciences, York University

Contact Information
Email: dvaldez@mtroyal.ca
Phone: 403-440-8669


Dr. Valdez teaches Adv. Emergency Management, Orthopedic Assessment, and Therapeutic Modalities in the Athletic Therapy program. He also teaches courses in the Personal Fitness Trainer's Program, and allied health professional development courses through MRU Continuing Education. Dr. Valdez also sits on the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association Board of Directors. His research interests include chronic dysfunction and pain management, with a special interest in chronic sport injuries and post-concussion syndrome. His scholarly work challenges traditional, current, and popular treatment and management strategies. As a Certified Athletic Therapist, he treats patients with a long history of chronic pain and dysfunction, hoping to provide high impact and effective treatments in fewer treatment sessions.

Areas of Instruction:

  • Athletic Therapy Program
  • Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma Program
  • Community Professional Development Courses

Areas of Scholarship:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Injury treatment and management
  • Concussion evaluation, management and treatment

Selected Presentations:

  • "An Athletic Therapists' Perspective: Facilitating injury recovery and return to "sport". (CSEP Professional Development Day).
  • "Shoulder Wellness for Life". (Fitness Alberta Webinar Series).
  • "Sport Injury Rehab: Pain." (UC Sport Injury Rehab )

Relevant Community Service

  • Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, Board of Directors
  • SAIT-MRU Workshop: Spinal Management on Ice.