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Christopher Zarski, PT, MEd, BSc PT

Clinical Assistant Professor, MScPT Coordinator, Augustana

Rehabilitation Medicine

Physical Therapy

About Me

Credentials
BSc - Physical Therapy – University of Alberta, Canada - 2003

MEd - Health Science Education - University of Alberta, Canada - 2015

Background

Following graduation, Chris worked in private practice in Edmonton and Sherwood Park for five years. Throughout those five years he also completed locum work in long term care, home care and plastics.

In early 2008, the opportunity to develop community based health and wellness programming along with leadership in the physical therapy profession attracted Chris to the former East Central Health region. There he worked as a community health therapist and as a Professional Practice Lead.

Over the past thirteen years, Chris has completed his acupuncture certification through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada, has been Certified in Gunn IMS, and has taken several courses in manual and manipulative therapy. He has also developed and instructed several inter-professional therapeutic exercise courses, ergonomic safety courses, fall-prevention seminars, general health and wellness seminars, along with being a Sessional Instructor at the U of A in the spring of 2009. 

While originally committed to the private practice and orthopedic/sports world of physical therapy, his new found passion is in the areas of health science education and assessment along with community based physical therapy and health promotion.

In August of 2009, Chris began working full-time with the Physical Therapy Department in developing and implementing the Augustana MScPT Project in Camrose, Alberta.  This exciting initiative was designed to increase rural exposure to students who have an interest and aptitude in the unique aspects of rural living and rehabilitation practice.  This distributed education project will utilize the latest technologies and teaching tools to create a very unique and diversified learning environment.



Teaching

Current Teaching and Project Work

  • Professional Issues
  • Clinical Therapeutic Exercise
  • Numerous TA assignments in orthopedics, foundations and lab work
  • Development and implementation of Augustana MScPT Satellite Project
  • Physiotherapist for Augustana Athletics and Coordinator of Augustana Varsity Trainers