Mark Van Thournout
Mark is passionate about everything to do with endurance sports. Whether it’s swimming, cycling, or running, Mark loves to help people perform at their best. As a four-time Ironman and five-time marathon finisher, Mark’s background in racing helps him to understand the complexities around long-distance events.
Mark’s previous career involved spending a lot of time on the trading floor in downtown Calgary. He found physiotherapy to be his passion, discovering it after running his way into multiple injuries and experiencing the benefits of manual treatment by a dedicated expert. He decided to make a major life change and switched the trading floor for his medical profession.
After graduating from the University of Alberta’s Master of Science in Physical Therapy program, Mark pursued further education in dry needling techniques as well as completing the BikeFit Canada Level 1 course. He is excited to help people find their perfect bike fit, whether for comfort, performance, or to manage injuries.
His approach to treatment primarily consists of exercise mixed with hands-on techniques like manual therapy or dry needling as appropriate. Education is a cornerstone of his practice. He empowers every patient to walk away from a session understanding exactly what the issue is, how to treat it, and what the timeline for recovery looks like. He strives to centre his sessions around each person’s goals, helping them work towards achievements that are meaningful to them.
Outside of work, Mark spends his time chasing his two boys around the house or out and about on a bike. He loves watching Formula 1 racing, reading fantasy novels (his particular favorite being The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss), and eating sushi. He’s travelled to Iceland and looks forward to exploring more places ahead.