Melanie MacKinnon

HBScKIN, MScPT, MClSc (Manip)
Registered Physiotherapist
Founder Strive Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine

Registered Physiotherapist
Member of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy
 certified by Acupuncture Canada
Dry Needling certified by Integrated Dry Needling
FITforeGOLF™ Trained Practitioner
MelioGuide™ Trained Practitioner
Academic Appointment, University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy; Lecturer and
Co-coordinator Advanced MSK
Instructor and Mentor Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopedic Division
Instructor, Examiner and Mentor University of Western Ontario, Department of Physical Therapy, Master in Clinic Science Manipulative Therapy Program

Instructor Integrated Dry Needling

Secretary and Treasurer, Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists


Melanie MacKinnon grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. For her undergraduate training, she headed out east to Halifax where she graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology (HBScKIN) from Dalhousie University. She then returned to Ontario and received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy (MScPT) degree from the University of Toronto.  Four years later, she advanced her Physical Therapy training by completing her Masters in Clinical Science Manipulative Therapy (MClSc MT) degree from the University of Western Ontario. She was extremely proud to become a Fellow with 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. Melanie is proud to be a Fellow of this association, and to have been involved with teaching and mentoring the other FCAMPT Physiotherapists who work at Strive Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine.  

Melanie 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 mobilization of the nervous and fascial systems. She has a completed a number of population specific courses related to specific activities such as running and golf, and others that address specific conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis. To complement the skills she learned in these programs, Melanie has completed a certification in acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (AFCI), as well as dry needling from the Integrated Dry Needling (CIDN), programs. Integrating this knowledge and skill, Melanie creates individualized exercise programs, 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 University entry-level Physiotherapy program and at the post graduate level. She holds an academic appointment at the University of Toronto where she is 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. She also teaches and mentors within both the Orthopedic Divisions’ Advanced Integrated Manual and Manipulative Physical Therapy program and Western University’s post-graduate Masters in Clinical Science Manipulative Therapy program. With a desire to become more involved within the National and International Physiotherapy community, Melanie is the current Secretary and Treasurer for the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists. 

Melanie enjoys working with individuals of all ages, athletic or not, helping each one to move better, with less pain and get back to enjoying the activities that they choose to do. Driven to build a team of like-minded and highly skilled clinicians, and to serve the community where she works, Melanie created Strive Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine.