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Mark joined the Lifemark team in 2003. In 2004 Mark began a management role with the company in addition to being a practicing physiotherapist. Mark holds two Bachelor of Science Degrees, majoring in Biology at St. Francis Xavier University and in Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University. He graduated with distinction on the Dean’s List at both universities.
Mark has continued his education following University by taking many courses in Manual and Manipulative Therapy, movement disorders and acupuncture. Mark has successfully completed the Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy Examination and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. This internationally recognized designation has given Mark the tools to mentor less experienced physiotherapists within his region in patient management, exercise prescription and hands on therapy.
In addition to continuing to treat patients, Mark currently holds the position of Director of Quality for the Atlantic region. This senior position is primarily responsible for assuring the integrity, compliance and quality of our programs and services promoting clinical excellence and best practices, informing product development priorities, assuring client focused service, and maximizing staff and customer satisfaction.
Between 2010 and 2012 Mark was a member of the National working group that developed the Lifemark Occupational Rehabilitation Program. This program developed a framework to assist therapists in a best practice approach for a patient with a goal of return to work. The program included a standardized chart format including letters to communicate with physicians and insurance adjusters and stressed the importance of a team approach for more challenging cases. Mark was also an instructor who went to various regions to teach this program to therapists so that they could implement it in their practices immediately.
An avid sportsman, Mark enjoys basketball, water-skiing, hiking, downhill skiing, weightlifting and volleyball. He was a member of the PEI Canada Games volleyball team when in high school, has coached numerous volleyball teams at the Junior and Senior High School levels and was the assistant coach for two university women's volleyball teams.
Mark's passion for sport and exercise is carried through to his work. "I believe that an active healthy lifestyle is essential in keeping a well body. Therefore, in addition to hands-on manual therapy, I generally incorporate exercise as part of my treatment.