Blaine Mackie, B.Sc.(Bio), B.Sc.P.T., Dip.Manip.P.T., F.C.A.M.P.T., C.F.T.II
Owner & Physiotherapist
Blaine graduated from the University of Regina, Canada, with a bachelor's degree in biology. With the science-base that he acquired, Blaine entered into the Physiotherapy program at the University of Saskatchewan. Upon graduation in 1992, Blaine became a licensed practitioner in Saskatchewan. He practiced for two years in Rapid City, South Dakota, where he achieved McKenzie Part A and B spinal certification and the upper and lower quadrant manual therapy certification through NAIOMT. He then returned to Saskatoon to practice in the outpatient orthopaedic setting for nine years. In 1997, Blaine completed the Part A diploma in advanced manual and manipulative physiotherapy and in 1998, he completed the Part B diploma in advanced manual and manipulative physiotherapy with credit (distinction) through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Through these courses, as well as other specialized classes, he has achieved a high degree of specialization in manual therapy. He is also a fellow in the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy.
On January 2, 2002, he opened Mackie Physiotherapy P.C. Inc. in Saskatoon, Canada. He practices physiotherapy for musculoskeletal injuries from all walks of life, using advanced training in orthopaedic manual and manipulative physiotherapy and specialized strength training. Currently, Blaine oversees and works with challenging cases of spinal pathology, including complicated low back and neck pain, which is his area of special interest.
He spent ten years as a senior instructor in the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, but has since chosen to design his own unique strength course that integrates manual therapy and advanced strength movements which can be modified as required and used for most pathologies, acute and chronic, and for patients of all ages.
Blaine has travelled extensively, from Russia to China and across the United States, to experience and learn advanced manual therapy and strength training from other professionals. His passion for these disciplines continues to fuel his desire for learning and he will always be a student for the sole purpose of bringing more knowledge and experience to his patients.
Blaine's background in orthopaedic manual therapy, and keen interest in strength training, has allowed him to combine the two philosophies to advantage and empower his patients to achieve levels of recovery that were not previously attained.
Blaine has established an Advanced Manual Therapy Mentorship Program at Mackie Physiotherapy. This program enables and empowers all Mackie Physiotherapists to excel at musculoskeletal diagnostics and treatment, and challenges them to think critically outside the box and use uniquely developed treatment techniques to manage patients that have difficult musculoskeletal dysfunction. He enjoys watching Mackie Physiotherapists grow into amazing high-level manual therapists.
Blaine is involved in many guest speaking engagements for a variety of groups and organizations and has lectured internationally.
He completes his weeks with powerlifting, which is his other passion, and occasionally competes. When you don’t see Blaine working or with his family, you will see both him and his wife, D’Arcy, hoisting heavy weights all weekend.
He tries to keep up with his family of three children, who are all adults now, and have their unique directions in life. He thanks all three kids for understanding the time that was required to build Mackie Physiotherapy. Blaine also thanks his wife, D'Arcy, who runs both Blaine’s life and Mackie Physiotherapy. D'Arcy is the business manager at Mackie Physiotherapy and fuels Blaine's never-ending hours of responsibility to his business; for this he is infinitely grateful because he knows that his life would not be possible without her. Throughout Blaine’s career she has taken care of him and their three kids, and still managed to be a full-time business owner. Somehow, she still finds time to lift heavy in her powerlifting and is the matriarch of the Mackie Physiotherapy family.