Mike Poling has been a long member of the healthcare community in Thunder Bay since beginning to work with patients as a Kinesiologist in the early 1990’s, completing a research Master’s degree in Sports Medicine and Biomechanics after his undergraduate degree. In 2002, he returned to academics to complete a second Master’s degree in Physiotherapy.
Since starting his journey in treating patients, he has taken over 150 post-graduate courses, from Level III manual therapy with the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association to being fully credentialed with the McKenzie Institute International. He had the privilege of taking his first set of courses from Robin McKenzie himself. He has completed all neurodynamic courses from David Butler, Lorimar Mosley and Michael Shacklock, Acupuncture certification from Acupuncture Canada (formerly AFCI), Mulligan training in movement based manual therapy from Jack Miller and certifications in spinal care, gait analysis, functional capacity evaluation and ergonomic evaluation and prescription. He also had the chance to study personally with Nikolai Bogduk, Gordon Waddell, Robin McKenzie and Hamilton Hall, legends in the field of spinal care.
With a special interest in lower extremity and spinal conditions, Mike helped to pioneer protocols for the Canadian Back Institutes across Canada, The Saskatchewan and Alberta WCB, SGI and the Alberta and Saskatchewan Ministries of Health and consults with numerous professional athletes and teams on spinal and lower extremity injuries in Canada and the US.
More recently, in Ontario, he was involved in the ISAEC (Interprofessional Spine Assessment and Education Clinics) program running in Thunder Bay, Toronto, and Hamilton as an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist in Spinal Care. He is now involved with the Spinal Care Network, a provincial and federal group of healthcare professionals standardizing and improving spinal care in Canada by working with specialty surgeons, physiotherapists, chiropractors and many other healthcare professionals to undertake research and advancements in assessment and treatment procedures.
Mike is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Science at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and has been there since the school opened, sharing his passion for many aspects of medicine with students and faculty. He has been nominated several times for providing outstanding education.
As a Practice Assessor for the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, Mike is also responsible for traveling throughout Ontario to evaluate the practice of physiotherapists and offer them advice and oversight on their practice. He is passionate about improving the effectiveness and skills of physiotherapists across Canada.
When not working, Mike enjoys his time with his family and his home on the big lake. His young children keep him busy and entertained, while his wife keeps him grounded, organized and sane.
Michael Poling, M.Sc.(Kin), M.Sc.PT, Cred. MDTPhysiotherapist/Owner – Fairway Physiotherapy
Asst. Professor – Northern Ontario School of Medicine