Ben MacDonald

Collegiate Sports Medicine (Red Deer Main)

Ben MacDonald, PT

Ben was born and raised in Red Deer, where he completed a Fitness & Health Promotion Diploma from Red Deer College before obtaining his Bachelor of Physical Education with a Major in Sport Performance from the University of Alberta. Ben worked for a number of years in Edmonton before moving to the west coast to complete his Master of Physical Therapy at UBC. He spent time working in both private and public practice in Vancouver before returning to Central Alberta.  He 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. Ben is authorized by Physiotherapy Alberta to order diagnostic imaging, including conventional radiographs (x-rays), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diagnostic ultrasound.

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. His previous experience as a group fitness instructor and performance trainer, teaching everything from spin class to kettlebell boot camps, allows him to tailor unique rehabilitation programs to his patients regardless of their current fitness level. Ben believes in providing focused, evidence-based therapy that will empower his patients to achieve their health and performance goals and is humbled every day that he gets to be a part of getting somebody back to doing what they love to do.

Outside of the clinic, Ben can still be found playing various sports like ice hockey (keeping that NHL dream alive), beach volleyball, golfing, snowboarding, tennis, cycling, and surfing (when he’s near the ocean)!

joined the Collegiate Red Deer Main team as a Physiotherapist in July 2018.