Notable Alumni: Agnes Makowski

Agnes is a difference-maker in the lives of active individuals of all abilities, within the areas of injury prevention, exercise medicine, musculoskeletal health and sport physiotherapy. She enjoys collaborating with others in a co-ordinated team effort in helping people reach their health, activity and performance goals.  Being mindful and respectful of diversity, Agnes has made the integration of best evidence principles a focus of her professional practice.

Agnes collaborated with Sport Physiotherapy Canada (SPC) and the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) in developing the First Responder program for Health Care Professionals (HCPs).  She has travelled across the country teaching others and sharing knowledge transfer regarding Emergency Care in Sport Medicine.  The SPC First Responder program is a top training partner with the CRC and has expanded its team of physiotherapy instructors.  Agnes has also mentored colleagues in completing post-graduate certification in Sport Physiotherapy.  She has been recognized by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) with a national mentorship award.  Agnes gives back to her University of Toronto roots as a member of the Rehab Sciences Alumni Association.

Passionate about the role of physiotherapy in sport, Agnes has contributed to the Health Sciences Teams at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.  She currently serves as the Chief Physiotherapist for Skate Canada and contributes to the Integrated Support Teams (ISTs) of Gymnastics Canada and Wheelchair Basketball Canada.  Agnes also provided Sport Physiotherapy Leadership to the Wheelchair Basketball Venue at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto this past September.

Agnes is inspired by the philosophy of “Exercise Is Medicine” and promotes this with patients and team members of all ages and abilities.  She enjoys keeping active outdoors, is grateful for the opportunity to learn through travel and promotes the power of physiotherapy globally.