Melanie MacKinnon

Melanie MacKinnon MCISc Manip, MScPT, HBScKIN,  FCAMPT, CAFCI, CIDN
Registered Physiotherapist
Director of Therapeutic Services

Registered Physiotherapist
Certified Manual & Manipulative Therapist
Acupuncture AFCI
Trained PractitionerMelioGuideTM Trained Practitioner
Assistant Instructor Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Division
Adjunct Lecturer & Lab Demonstrator Appointment University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy
Mentor University of Western Ontario, Department of Physical Therapy, Master in Clinic Science Manipulative Therapy Program

Melanie MacKinnon graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology (HBScKIN) from Dalhousie University. She continued her studies at the University of Toronto where she received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapydegree, (MScPT). She advanced her Physical Therapy training by completing her Masters in Clinical Science Manipulative Therapy degree, (MClScManip) from the University of Western Ontario.  She was extremely proud to become a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists (FCAMPT) in 2009. Being a FCAMPT represents a commitment to ongoing learning, self-reflection and evidence based medicine. FCAMPTs are not only in Canada, but are part of an international organization, representing Physical Therapists from around the world. She is proud not only to be a Fellow of this association but to also have hired and mentored the other FCAMPT Physiotherapists who work at HPSM.

To complement the skills she learned in these programs, she chose to completea certification in acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI), as well as dry needling from the Integrated Dry Needling (CIDN), programs. She has completed a variety of other complementary post-graduate physiotherapy courses relating to the diagnosis and treatment of movement impairment syndromes, mobilizations of joints with movement as well as the mobilization of the nervous and fascial system. She has also completed a number of population specific courses related to specific activities such as running and golf and others that address specific conditions such as osteoporosis.

She is passionate about Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and is deeply invested in teaching and mentoring at the entry level as well as post graduate level. She is currently the Co-coordinator and Lecturer for the Advanced Musculoskeletal Unit in the Masters of Science, Physical Therapy program, MScPT, in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She also teaches and mentors within both the Orthopedic Divisions’ Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physical Therapy and Western University’s post-graduate Masters in Clinical Science Manipulative Therapy programs.

With a desire to become more involved within the National and InternationalPhysiotherapy community, Melanie has recently taken on a new role as incoming Secretary and Treasurer for the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists.

Melanie enjoys working with individuals of all ages, athletic or not, helping them to move better, with less pain, and get back to enjoying the activities that they want to do.