Alberta Association of Physiotherapy

Sandra Oxtoby


Sandra graduated from the University of Alberta with a Masters of Physical Therapy which was preceded by a Bachelor of Kinesiology with a major in Mind Sciences from the University of Calgary.  Sandra’s strengths include being a NCCP certified Competition Coach in English riding through Oxtoby Equine.  She is a Grand Prix dressage rider, who has competed internationally and was long listed for the 2015 Pan American Games in the small tour.  She has also competed at the highest level at the World Championship of Western Dressage, coming home with a reserve World Championship and Top 5 title.  From a physio perspective, she has her Level 1 Manual Therapy from the Orthopedic Division of Canadian Physiotherapy.   She is certified in Biomedical Dry Needling and has a special interest in, but not limited to: biomechanical interaction of rider and horse, shoulder injuries, and SIJ dysfunctions.  She is the Past Chair 2017-2019 of the Animal Rehab Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, working on advocacy of physio for animals. She also is the Knowledge Translation (KT) representative, which connects researchers internationally in animal physio world with clinicians in practice.  In May 2019 she now sits on the board of International Association of Physical Therapists in Animal Practice as the secretary.  She is a Federation Equestrian International (FEI) permitted therapist.In May 2021, Sandra was the youngest honorary recipient of a Medal of Distinction at the 100th Anniversary of Canadian Physiotherapy Association for her innovation in practice.  This was awarded to 100 physiotherapists across Canada out of 25,000.
Speaking Events
Montreal, Canada Nov 2018- Canadian Physiotherapy Association
Geneva, Switzerland May  2019 – World Congress of Physical Therapists
Calgary, Alberta – October 2019 – Canadian Institute of Equine and Canine Body Workers
Online – Embodia Academy May 2021 Instructor, Animal Rehab Division

Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, 2014
University of Calgary, Bachelor of Kinesiology major in Sports Psychology, 2010
Orthopedic Level 1 Manual Therapy: 2014
Biomedical Dry Needling Certification, BDN: 2015
CPR – Healthcare Provider: 2023

Introduction to the Equine Patient- Independent Study: 2014
Introduction to the Equine Rehabilitation:2015
Advanced Equine Rehabilitation:2017
Diploma in Equine Rehabilitation:2020
Diploma in Canine Rehabilitation:2019
Bracing and Casting the Canine Patient:2016
Making Head Way – Concussion eLearning Series (NCCP):2012
Rider Level Evaluation (Level 1-7) – Alberta Equestrian Federation:2015
Equine Dissection Collaboration: Energy Equine + Inhand Equine: 2018 & 2019
Concussion: prevention, detection and management – Université Laval:2019
Advanced Low Back Pain Assessment, Triage and Care Pathways Workshop’: Foothills Primary Care Network: 2019
Ultrasound Guided Dry Needling for Tendinopathy: 2019
Toward Optimized Practice (TOP) Guidelines for Low Back Pain – Cochrane: 2020
Heliosol Foundational Technique – 2020
Equestrian Canada: Concussion Awareness (2021)
Equestrian Canada: Safe Sport Training (2021)
Pain Catastrophizing Thinking, AHS 2022
Heliosol More & Additional Techniques, 2022
Shockwave Therapy: Indications and Uses, Shockwave Canada

Treatment Type: Animal Rehab, Dry Needling / Intramuscular Stimulation, Electrical/Thermal Modalities, Exercise Therapy – Individualized, Exercise Therapy – Group Classes, Manual Therapy – Soft Tissue/Massage, Manual Therapy – Mobilization, Multidisciplinary Clinic, Shockwave

Condition: AHS Post Operative/Post Fracture Funded Physiotherapy, AHS Total Joint Replacement Post Operative Group Sessions, Chronic Pain, Motor Vehicle Accident/Whiplash Injuries, Musculoskeletal – Spine, Musculoskeletal – Shoulder, Musculoskeletal – Hand and Wrist, Musculoskeletal – Foot and Ankle, Musculoskeletal – Hip, Musculoskeletal – Knee, Musculoskeletal – Temporomandibular Joint, Sports Injury, Workplace Injury/Workers Compensation Board

Language: English

Clinic: Equus Physio

Address: #16 205 1st St E, Cochrane, Rocky View County, Alberta  T3E 2S5

Telephone: (587)-493-0444


Accessibility: Private Rooms Available, Accommodate Bariatric Clients, Mobile/In-home Assessments/Treatments, Virtual Options Available, Service Animals Welcome, Wheelchair accessible clinic

Payment Options: Online Payments, Credit Card Payment, Direct Billing for Insurance Claims, Motor Vehicle Accident Claims, WCB Claims, Contracted Physiotherapy Clinic/Publicly Funded

Walkins/Referrals: Online Booking, Evening Hours

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