Melanie MacKinnon graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology (HBScKIN) from Dalhousie University and then continued her studies at the University of Toronto, receiving her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy (MScPT). She advanced her Physical Therapy training by completing her Masters in Clinical Science Manipulative Therapy (MClSc MT) degree from the University of Western Ontario and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapists (FCAMPT) in 2009.
To complement the skills she learned in these programs, she chose to complete a certification in acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI), as well as dry needling from the Integrated Dry Needling (CIDN), programs. Clinically, Melanie enjoys working with individuals of all ages and athletic abilities, incorporating dry needling, acupuncture and hands on treatment techniques to address muscle, joint and nerve injuries and disorders. These techniques are complemented by an individualized exercise program, to help her patients move better, with less pain, and get back to enjoying the activities that they want to do.
Melanie has a passion for teaching, 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. Driven to create a team of like-minded and highly skilled clinicians, Melanie is co-owner of a multi-disciplinary Sports Medicine practice in mid-town Toronto, where she practices 4 days a week.