Alison Bonnyman, BScPT, MScRS

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Physical Therapy
Academic Program Coordinator, Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program

Department of Physical Therapy
160-500 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1V7

Phone: 416-978-5682
Fax:       416-946-8562

Alison Bonnyman is a physiotherapist, completing her BScPT at the University of Toronto, in 1985, and MScRehabilitation Science at McMaster University, in 2011. She is the Academic Program Coordinator of the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program since it's start at U of T in 2012. Alison is the founder of the Canadian Aquatic Rehab Instructors, CARI, lecturing, consulting and teaching aquatic therapy in Canada and abroad.

Marinho-Buzelli AR, Zaluski AJ, Mansfield A, Bonnyman AM, Musselman KE. The use of aquatic therapy among rehabilitation professionals for individuals with spinal cord injury or disorder. J Spinal Cord Med. 2019. Oct;42(sup1) :158-165.

Clinical Commentary on Kalu et al. Clinical Commentary on Kalu M et al. Clinical Performance Scores of Internationally Educated Physical Therapists during Clinical Education in a Bridging Program. Physiother Can, 2019 Summer;71(3):285-286.
Marinho-Buzzelli AR, Bonnyman A, Verrier M. 2014.The effects of aquatic therapy on mobility functions of individuals with neurological diseases: A systematic review.Clin Rehabil. V29(8):741-751

Clinical Commentary on Gibson AJ, Shields N. Effects of aquatic therapy and land-based therapy versus land-based therapy alone on range of motion, edema, and function after hip or knee replacement: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Physiother Can, Vol 67(2) 2015. DOI: 10.3138/PTC.2014-01-CC

Bonnyman A, MacIntyre NJ. State of the evidence regarding the effect of water exercises on bone outcomes in postmenopausal women with osteoporotic vertebral fractures" for the journal "Critical Reviews™ in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine". Begell House Publishing. Submitted June 2012.

MSC (REHABILITATION SCIENCE) THESIS, Bonnyman, Alison M., "Assessment of Bone Geometry in Postmenopausal Women with Osteoporosis of the Spine Before and After a 6 Month Aquatic Exercise Program" (2011). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 6317.

Bonnyman A, Webber CE, Stratford PW, MacIntyre NJ. Intra-rater reliability of the dual energy X-ray absorptiometry-based measures of vertebral height in postmenopausal women. Journal of Clinical Densitometry. 2011.

MacIntyre NJ, Bennett L, Bonnyman A, Stratford PW. Optimizing reliability of spine curvature measures in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis of the spine: An illustration of the use of Generalizability Theory. ISRN Rheumatology, vol. 2011, Article ID 571698, 8 pages, 2011. doi:10.5402/2011/571698.

Alison has been involved in student research on Bridging education, patient perspectives, telerehabilitation. She is a reviewer/commentator for PM&R and PhysCan journals. She has partnered with colleagues at KITE UHN to continue aquatic research in Canada. Her Master's thesis investigated spinal bone geometry before and after 6 mo. aquatic exercise program in women with vertebral fractures.

As Academic Program Coordinator of the OIEPB Program, Alison is responsible for the overall development and implementation of the curriculum for the Bridging Program and teaches in the program. Her role includes tutoring and supporting graduates through the licensing process and transition to workplace. Alison teaches the Aquatic Therapy component in the MScPT Program. As Founder and lead instructor of Canadian Aquatic Rehab, Alison teaches advanced aquatic therapy across Canada

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Physical Therapy
Academic Program Coordinator, Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program
International Aquatic Therapy Faculty