Why did I become a Manual Osteopath?

I had been plagued by low-back pain, digestive issues, and headaches for as long as I can remember. I had seen many MDs and therapists between by teens and
early 30’s, with some successes, but my symptoms always came back.
In 2007 I was by far the worst I had ever been; I had to quit manual labor, was eventually given an MRI, and received a diagnosis. I declined a low-success surgery option and spent a few more years searching for answers.
Eventually, a friend suggested I talk to Manual Osteopath, who ended up changing my life. They were the first therapist to see and understand all of my health problems as a whole, and showed me a path to taking back control of my body.
After a few visits, I knew I had to share this amazing therapy with others, and enrolled to become a Manual Osteopath.

Why did I choose NAO?

I chose to train at the National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO), because of their 12 month, full-time option, their evidence based curriculum, their use of online lectures, and their diverse staff and alumni.

Most Manual Osteopathy programs take 4+ years to complete, but the in classes typically only run about 5 day / month, with summers off.  I wanted to fully immerse myself in Osteopathy and start helping people as quickly as possible.

NAO has a wide variety of teachers and students which provided many different perspectives, where ideas where challenged from many different aspects.  I learned from, and studied with, Manual Osteopaths, Osteopaths (DO), MDs, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, alternative therapists, Massage Therapists, and many more!  These people had a wide array of backgrounds, from young Canadians to mature MDs from war-torn countries.  Their  many different experiences shaped many different perspectives, which made for many interesting discussions, and these discussions highlighted the strength of NAO’s evidence based curriculum.

Another benefit of training at NAO was that it also provides all of its’ lectures to students online.  This allowed me to study at my own pace; finishing the subjects that were easier to me right away, then spending much more time on the harder subjects.


Mark MacKenzie, DOMP
Rocky Mountain Osteopathy
Golden/Invermere, BC
Graduated 2015


here is a link to a PDF of an article I wrote for the Golden This Week newspaper about Osteopathy and my practice. Marks Nourish Intro