Anita Cassidy


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passion for making a difference


  • Physiotherapist
  • Kinesiology, Masters in Physical Therapy (with distinction), University of Alberta
  • Medical Acupuncture Certification (Dr. Aung), University of Alberta
  • Gunn IMS Certification, Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain, British Columbia – 2009
  • Radial Shockwave Certification – 2008
  • Graston Technique Certification – 2009
  • Snowboarder, runner and “insane hiker”


Anita’s passion for physiotherapy started in the twelfth grade after suffering a crushing knee injury that required many months of intensive therapy.  After developing another crush, this time on her physiotherapist, she decided that if it meant hanging out with good looking people all day, then this was the career for her.  Unfortunately, that dream soon fizzled into reality, and now she works with Grant. Anita is inspired to make a difference in the lives of her patients and the community.

  • Favorite books –  Kite Runner, Celestine Prophecy, The five people you meet in heaven, Ishmael, Harry Potter
  • Music – “anything my husband puts on my Iphone, because I sure don’t know how to load it and of course, Grant’s singing!”
  • Movies she loves – Ghost, Usual Suspects
  • Favorite activities – running, snowboarding, wakeboarding, hiking, mountain biking
  • Pet Peeves at the clinic – Scott
  • Physio nickname – Bruiser
  • What her physio assistants say about her “ compassionate ….but you might not feel it during your treatment”
  • Did you know? she has many different laughs, which depend on the degree of funniness!
  • Super human trait – The ability to transform into a red and white patched creature following a work-out or embarrassing moment that lasts for HOURS after.
  • Community connections – Anita has blood relations to the vast majority of Sturgeon County.  In fact, if you’re not related to her, someone you know probably is.
  • More Edge in the Community – besides her deep roots, Anita spends time speaking to runners in the community and at several St. Albert schools about sports injuries and physical therapy. She has spent countless hours as the race director of our annual RunWild Leading Edge Event helping to raise more than $350,000 for charity.


Anita graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and completed her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2006. She has practiced exclusively in St. Albert since her graduation and has strong community ties, having been born and raised in Sturgeon County. She is an avid runner, snowboarder and outdoor enthusiast. She has also studied under Dr. Aung completing her Certificate in Medical Acupuncture from the U of A and is Gunn IMS Certified.  Anita studied the Graston Technique in 2009 and utilizes her post-graduate training for the care of her patients’ sports injuries, acute and chronic pain.

What does Anita think makes Leading Edge:

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