College of Medicine School of Rehabilitation Science

Research Area(s)

  • Telehealth, Remote Presence Robotics and Virtual Healthcare
  • Use of Teams and Technology to Enhance Access to Care for Rehabilitation
  • Culturally Responsive Healthcare
  • Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy
  • Chronic Back Disorders

Current and Past Projects

Musculoskeletal Health and Access to Care logo

Current Positions

  • Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science
  • Associate Member, Department of Surgery 
  • Associate Member, Canadian Centre for Rural and Agricultural Health
  • Director of Virtual Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Virtual Health Hub


Selected Publications


  • Zhang T, Dorion R, Sewap S, Johnson R,  Foulds H, Bath B, Lovo S. (2024). Community-Directed Assessment of pain in a northern Saskatchewan Cree Community International Journal of Circumpolar Health. 83 (1): DOI: 10.1080/22423982.2023.2300858 Role: senior and corresponding author. 40% - research design and planning, community relationships development and maintenance, data analysis, supervision and oversight of lead author, manuscript development and editing. 



  • Crockett K, Lovo S, Irvine A, Trask C, Oosman S, McKinney V, McDonald T, Sari N, Carnegie B, Custer M, McIntosh S, Bath B. Experiences of Health Care Access Challenges for Back Pain Care Across the Rural-Urban Continuum in Canada: Protocol for Cross-sectional Research. JMIR Res Protoc 2022;11(12):e42484
  • Hurtubise K, Gaboury I, Berbari J, Battista MC, Schuster T, Phoenix M, Rosenbaum P, Kraus De Camargo O, Lovo S, Pritchard-Wiart L, Zwicker JG, Beaudoin AJ, Morin M, Poder T, Gagnon MP, Roch G, Levac D, Tousignant M, Colquhoun H, Miller K, Churchill J, Robeson P, Ruegg A, Nault M, Camden C. Training Intervention and Program of Support for Fostering the Adoption of Family-Centered Telehealth in Pediatric Rehabilitation: Protocol for a Multimethod, Prospective, Hybrid Type 3 Implementation-Effectiveness Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2022 Oct 28;11(10):e40218. doi: 10.2196/40218. PMID: 36306158; PMCID: PMC9652740.
  • Reichert M, Sawatsky R, Favel R, Boehm G, Breitkreuz L, Dickie K, Lovo S. Communities Needs Assessment for Rehabilitation. File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council and All Nations Healing Hospital. 2022 Feb  
  • Bishop S, Bath B, Wiechnik C, Mendez I, Johnson R. & Lovo S. Use of Virtual Care Strategies to Join Multidisciplinary Teams Evaluating Work-Related Injuries in Rural Residents. Journal of Telemedicine and E-Health. 2022 May. 
  • Lovo S, Harrison L, O'Connell Megan E, Rotter T, Bath B. A Physical Therapist and Nurse Practitioner Model of Care for Chronic Back Pain using Telehealth: Diagnostic and Management Concordance. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2022 May
  • Angarita-Fonseca A, Lovo S, Gomez-Diaz IC, Bidonde J, Hijeulos-Cardenas ML, Basualdo M, Premkumar K, Busch A. International continuing education for rehabilitation healthcare workers in Honduras: a pretest-posttest evaluation. Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development Journal. 2022 Feb



  • Lovo Grona S, Oosman S, Bath B. Bridging Health Care Access Gaps in a Remote Indigenous Community. Physiotherapy Practice. 2018 Aug;8(4):17-19
  • Lovo Grona S, Bath B, Busch A, Rotter T, Trask C, Harrison L. (2018). Use of videoconferencing technologies for physical therapy in people with musculoskeletal conditions: A systematic review. Telemedicine and Telecare. 24(5): 341-355.


  • Lovo Grona S, Bath B, Busch A, Rotter T, Trask C, Harrison E. Use of videoconferencing technologies for physical therapy in people with musculoskeletal conditions: A systematic review. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. April 2017. 
  • Lovo Grona S, Bath B, Bustamante L, Mendez I. Case Report: Use of a Remote Presence Robot to Improve Access to Physical Therapy for People with Chronic Back Disorders in an Underserved Community. Physiotherapy Canada. 2017; 69 (1): 14-19. 


  • Bath B, Lovo Grona S, Milosavljevic S, Sari N, Imeah B, O’Connell ME. Advancing Interprofessional Primary Health Care Services in Rural Settings for People with Chronic Low Back Disorders: Protocol of a Community-Based Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Research Protocols. 2016;5(4):e212. Open access paper available here
  • Bath B, Jacubowski M, Mazzei D, McRae J, McVittie N, Stewart S, Lovo Grona S. Factors Associated with Reduced Perceived Access to Physiotherapy Services among People with Low Back Disorders. Physiotherapy Canada. 2016 June 1-7: e1-7. E pub 2016 Jun.    


  • Bath B, Lovo Grona S. Biopsychosocial Predictors of Short-term Success among People with Low Back Pain Referred to a Physiotherapy Spinal Triage Service. Journal of Pain Research. 2015 Apr;2015(8):189-202. Open access paper available here


  • Lovo Grona S, Bourassa R, Bath B. Hidden in Plain Sight: A Case of Pituitary Adenoma Presenting to a Physiotherapy-Led Spinal Triage Program.
    Orthopaedic Division Review, 2014, 27(2), 1-5. 


  • Bath B, Lovo Grona S, Janzen B, A spinal triage program delivered by physiotherapists in collaboration with orthopaedic surgeons. Physiotherapy Canada. 2012; 64(4): 356-66.