Ben believes in providing focused, evidence-based therapy that will empower his clients to achieve their health & performance goals & is humbled every day that he gets to be a part of getting somebody back to doing what they love to do. His background has allowed him to tailor unique rehabilitation programs to his clients regardless of their current fitness level.
Growing up, Ben played just about every sport under the sun and as one of the more injury-prone kids he subsequently found himself spending a lot of time at the physiotherapy clinic. This sparked an early passion for the importance of proper movement mechanics, injury recovery, and the healing power of movement. He has experience working with diverse patient populations, including elite and recreational athletes, pre- and post- surgical patients, geriatrics, and paediatrics.
Ben is one of our homegrown therapists, having completed his Fitness & Health Promotion Diploma at Red Deer College before obtaining his Bachelor of Physical Education with a Major in Sport Performance from the University of Alberta. He then moved to Vancouver to complete his Master of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Ben spent time working in both private and public practice in the Lower Mainland before returning to Central Alberta.
Ben is a fully qualified McKenzie MDT, Mulligan and IMS practitioner. He has obtained his Orthopaedic Division Level 2 certifications and a Certificate in Spinal Manipulative Therapy. He is also a Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (FRM) Affiliated Clinical Educator with the University of Alberta.
Ben is authorized by Physiotherapy Alberta to order diagnostic imaging, including conventional radiographs (x-rays), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diagnostic ultrasound.
Outside of the clinic, Ben can still be found playing various sports like hockey, golf, tennis, beach volleyball and surfing (when he travels back to the West Coast), as well as trying to keep up with his 2 children.
Ben MacDonald joined the Collegiate Red Deer Downtown team in July 2018 as a Physiotherapist.