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Mike Kirby Physiotherapist
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About me

When I was about 13 years old a physiotherapist had a very positive impact on me, when he was the only professional who was able to help me with my lower back injury.  It wasn't until about 10 years later that I actually made the decision to become a physiotherapist.  After following a completely different career path and becoming obsessed with ultramarathon running, I returned to school to do one thing and one thing only: become a physiotherapist.

After becoming a physiotherapist, the journey didn't end.  I continue to push myself to become a better physiotherapist every single day.  While I enjoy taking courses, most of my learning comes from picking up books and reading papers.  I have learned that a weekend course can help rekindle the fire to learn, but it is up to me to keep the fire going.

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Trail running and ultramarathons are a big driver behind my decision to become a physiotherapist.  I love running and have dedicated an entire site to it, which includes more information about me and many resources for runners.

Education

Registered Physiotherapist (PT)

Master of Science in Physical Therapy from University of Alberta (2016/17)

Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin)

Graduated from University of Calgary in 2014.

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Post-Graduate Training

  • Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling: Level 1

    Entry-level intramuscular stimulation (IMS) course that covers all low-risk muscles throughout the body.

  • Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling: Level 2

    Advanced intramuscular stimulation (IMS) course that covers more technical muscles.  After taking level 2 the therapist can needle most muscles in the human body.

  • Certificate - Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy: Level 1

    Comprehensive post-graduate educational system for physiotherapists focused on clinical reasoning, handling & assessment skills, therapeutic exercise, and manual therapy (hands-on) treatment techniques.  This course is focused on the lower body (lower back to feet).

  • Certificate - Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy: Level 2 Lower

    Comprehensive post-graduate educational system for physiotherapists focused on clinical reasoning, handling & assessment skills, therapeutic exercise and manual therapy (hands-on) treatment techniques.  This course is focused on the lower body (lower back, SI joint, hips, knee, ankle & foot).

  • Certificate - Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy: Level 2 Upper

    Comprehensive post-graduate educational system for physiotherapists focused on clinical reasoning, handling & assessment skills, therapeutic exercise, and manual therapy (hands-on) treatment techniques.  This course is focused on the upper body (neck, upper & mid-back, and arms).

  • Certificate - Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy: Level 3 Lower

    Comprehensive post-graduate educational system for physiotherapists focused on clinical reasoning, handling & assessment skills, therapeutic exercise, and manual therapy (hands-on) treatment techniques.  This course advances knowledge from level 2 and teaches more technical manual therapy skills.

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