Michael Malvar, PT
Michael Malvar graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Unciano Colleges, Antipolo City, Philippines. After obtaining his Physiotherapy License in his native country in 2003, Michael decided to enter a teaching career and became a Personal Support Worker classroom and clinical instructor. In 2006, Michael migrated to Ottawa and began working as a Physiotherapist Assistant/Exercise Therapist. In 2017, Michael received his Physiotherapist License with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and began full time practice as a Physiotherapist thereafter.
Michael was inspired to become a Physiotherapist by his uncle and his father. When Michael was in high school, his uncle suffered a stroke and sought the help of a Physiotherapist. Michael observed how the therapy his uncle was doing with the Physiotherapist was making a positive difference in his mobility. From at-home exercises, to teaching him how to be independent in some aspects of the activities of daily living, the quality of his uncle’s life was improving. In addition, Michael’s late father, who was a Physician, also had an influence with respect to his decision to choose a career in the healthcare field.
Michael firmly believes that being a Physiotherapist is not only his career, but most significantly, his vocation. Finding the root cause of a patient’s problem, by conducting a thorough assessment, is his primary focus of each treatment. In addition, Michael believes that good communication between the patient and himself is of key importance in helping them achieve their goals. By listening to each patient carefully about their concerns and symptoms, an individualized, evidence-based treatment plan can be created and implemented to support them in the achievement of their goals.
Michael has vast experience assessing and treating patients of all ages in the areas of orthopedics, sports medicine, motor vehicle accidents and workplace injuries. He has also engaged in post-graduate training and certification in a number of areas including Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ Dysfunction), Trigger Point Dry Needling, Acupuncture, Cupping and M2T Blade (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization). His focus is more on manual therapy rather than using therapeutic modalities.
When he’s not at work, Michael enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and taking long drives with his wife.