James Dean, PT, BScPT

jdnewbio.jpgJames Dean graduated from the University of Alberta in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.

He worked for 2 years in home care in Beaver County and in St. Albert, while also working part-time at Callingwood Physical Therapy and Central Rehabilitation Centre. 

In 2001, he started St. Albert Physical Therapy & Sports Injury Clinic as a small four-bed clinic in Tudor Glen. 

It took some time and learning, but the clinic began to grow. In 2004, James was awarded the Young Entrepreneur Award of Distinction by the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce.

He then expanded the practice into Edmonton, where he was helping some clients with home visits.  He along with fellow physiotherapist, Ed Shields, opened Kensington Physical Therapy in 2004.  As St. Albert Physical Therapy grew, it moved across the parking lot and doubled in size.

In 2006, James was approached by some individuals and was encouraged to bid for a space in Servus Credit Union Place. In October 2006, James along with fellow physiotherapist, Kendra Wilson, opened Dynamic Sports Physiotherapy located in St. Albert's own Servus Credit Union Place. In 2011, a fourth location was opened in Fort Saskatchewan. In February 2018 saw the opening of Magrath (South Edmonton). We are excited for our sixth clinic location, in the Sturgeon Medical Building, opening in July 2020.

While very busy professionally, James has found the time to serve his profession through volunteer work.  

He has served on the Alberta Physiotherapy Association private practice committee, the 2001 IAAF World Championships in Athletics as a physio, the 2004 Racquetball and Squash Nationals as a physio, an examiner since 2001 for the Physiotherapy National Competency Exam, an interviewer for the University of Alberta Physical Therapy MMI interviews, as a Clinical Associate Professor with the Faculty of Rehabilitation, a fourteen-time practicum supervisor for the Faculty of Physical Education, a physio for the St. Albert vs. England Rugby in 2009, a physio for the 2009 Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials, physio for the Alberta 55+ Alberta Winter Games, and physio for the ITU World Cup of Triathlon & World Championship ITU Grand Final.

Outside of the physio world, James volunteers as a Knight of Columbus with the local St. Albert Brother Anthony Council. He is also the Chief Councillor for the Annunciation Squires, a youth group in the West End of Edmonton. He canvases for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, is a donor with the Red Cross and volunteers for local events such as the St. Albert Kids of Steel Triathlon, and was the Race Director for the St. Albert Triathlon from 2013-2014 and is currently the Race Director of the St. Albert Road Race.

James and his wife Dr. Celine Gannon, have raised over $50,000; and collectively the group raised over $2 million dollars for the Alberta Division of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.  In recent years, along with fellow staff member, Graham Glennie, they collectively raised $34,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation as they competed in the 125km Canadian Death Race in Grande Cache.  The Active Physio Works Death Race team finished second overall. James has also proudly rode with the Active Physio Works Team Rehab in the MS Bike Leduc to Camrose. The group has raised over $250,000 for the MS Society of Canada.

James also enjoys competing himself.  He is a 4-time Ironman finisher, with a personal best of 10:08 at the Ironman Coeur D'Alene.  James is aProvincial Aquathon Champion as well as a Sprint & Olympic Distance National Triathlon Team member and competed in the 2015 World Championships in Edmonton. He is a former Canadian Long Course Triathlon Team member and has completed over 25 marathons with a personal best of 3:03 in Birch Bay, Washington.  

He is a CAT 2 cyclist, riding for Active Physio Works Cycling Team which he founded in 2017. James adventures around the world and has found success in City Chase, where he was the World Champion in 2006 (Chicago), 2007 (Rome, Italy) and runner up in 2008 (Marrakech, Morocco). James is a seven-time National Champion and two time runner up and is the current Campus Chase Champion along with his wife, Dr. Celine Gannon.

James lives in St. Albert along with his wife and 4 young children, Samuel (born July 2007), Zachary (born May 2009), Zoë (born May 2011) and Isabelle (born October 2013) along with his husky, Rocky.



• Small Business Young Entrepreneur Award of Distinction in 2003
• 2001 IAAF World Championships in Athletics Physio
• 2001 to present Examiner of the Physical Therapy Competency Exam
• Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Alberta=
• 2009 Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic Curling Trials Physio
• Owner of Active Physio Works
• 2011 Recipient of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40
• 2012-2017 ITU World Triathlon Series, Edmonton Physiotherapist & Captain
• 2014-2017 Tour of Alberta, Physiotherapist


• St. Albert Kids of Steel Triathlon 2001 to Present
• St. Albert Triathlon 2002 to Present
• St. Albert Road Race 2002 to Present
• Run for the Cure 2009-Present
• St. Albert Youth Shelter
• St. Albert Senior Citizens Centre
• Youville Holmes Golf Tournament 2003 to Present
• Sturgeon Hospital Foundation 2005 to Present
• Edmonton Link Pink, for the Alberta Division of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
• Make-a-Wish Foundation

• Knights of Columbus Knight of the Year
• Squires Counselor of the Year
• Red Cross Blood Donor
• Canvasser Heart and Stroke Foundation
• St. Albert Triathlon Race Director 2013-2014
• Sponsorship Director for both St. Albert Road Race and St. Albert Triathlon

• CAT 2 Cyclist with Active Physio Works Cycling Team
• Current National Team member of the Canadian Sprint & Olympic Distance Triathlon Team
• National Long Course Triathlon Team Carded Professional
• Seven-time National Champion Adventure Racer
• Two-time World Champion Adventure Racer  

Follow James on Twitter: @JamesDeanPT

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