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MEET DR. GREER MACKIE, PT, DPT, OCS, PRC
 

Greer has been treating in Denver since beginning of 2021 after relocating from an 8-year career in Washington, DC. Originally a St. Louis native, she was excited to attend Washington University in St. Louis to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2013. Prior to, she received her B.A. in Biology at DePauw University in 2010 where she also played Div III NCAA Women’s Tennis earning All American titles. Her history of athletics and love of human biology propelled her towards a career in physical therapy. 

She holds an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) Board Certification granted by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). This certification was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills. Orthopaedic Clinical Specialists are experts in evaluating and treating musculoskeletal conditions, a distinguished honor that is shared by less than 5% of all physical therapists in the United States.

Through her education & career, Greer has gained extensive experience with patient populations all over the country as well as Guatemala. She has worked with all sports and orthopedics injuries of varying levels ranging from professional and collegiate athletes to individuals trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. She also works as an independent contractor for the USTA (United States Tennis Association) Pro Circuit travelling to various tournaments throughout the country to provide care to the players.  

She enjoys treating patients of all ages and has special interest in injury prevention, chronic pain syndromes, respiratory dysfunction, headache and post-concussion syndrome. She genuinely appreciates providing successful treatment to frustrated patients that have not found results through other medical and alternative treatments.

Continuing education continues to be a priority for Greer, particularly through the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI). She currently holds a certification through PRI that recognizes and identifies individuals with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute. 

 

She is a certified Functional Dry Needling practitioner, and has a history of clinical instruction to doctoral candidates in physical therapy. 

For fun, Greer continues to play competitive tennis through USTA leagues, take her dog, Sedona, for long hikes, trail runs and snowboard during the winter months. 

My Philosophy

My approach stems from my background in Movement System Impairment (MSI) training developed by Shirley Sahrmann at Washington University in St. Louis PT Program as well as continuing education with the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) developed by Ron Hruska.

The combination of these two complimentary philosophies give me an upper hand in successful outcomes for my patients. Both holistic approaches recognize the importance of treating the Movement System, the entire postural system including the nervous and musculoskeletal system and its effects on the rest of the human systems.

 

I focus on analyzing sustained postures and repeated movements performed during daily activities. If non-ideal movement chronically occurs in a specific direction it can cause stress to tissue resulting in musculoskeletal pain and injury. With the use of manual and non-manual techniques, we can retrain your body to correct impaired alignment and learn proper breathing mechanics, sitting and standing postures and movement patterns to decrease pain and prevent injury. Sometimes the most subtle positions and repetitive movements can be the provokers of pain. Part of a successful rehab is the ability to  isolate those specific factors.

 

Further, with PRI point of view, I have an understanding of the asymmetrical human movement patterns, given our anatomical differences between left and right diaphragms and brain hemispheres. Understanding this asymmetry, provides guidance on how impaired breathing, visual and auditory patterns can perpetuate movement dysfunction.

 

Additionally, Functional Dry Needling through Kinetochore and training in manual treatment from the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) and Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) program at Michigan State, can enhance retraining movement patterns.

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Borrowed from: Braz J Phys Ther. 2017 Nov-Dec; 21(6): 391–399. By Shirley Sahrmann

Published online 2017 Sep 27. doi: 10.1016/j.bjpt.2017.08.001

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Located within

Tower 1660 at 

1660 S. Albion St, Suite 309

Denver, CO 80222

PhysioDENinfo@gmail.com

Tel: 314 - 629 - 7403

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