Professional Bio

  • Currently enrolled in PhD, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Regis University, 2005
  • Fellowship in Manual Therapy, Regis University, 2006
  • Bachelors, Physiotherapy, Sydney University Australia, 1994

A lifelong learner in the field of physical therapist practice, seeking to consistently excel in practice, research and in professional development to be able to capture the core elements of Jesuit education. Fortunate to have served ten+ years as an affiliate faculty member in the Regis school of Physical Therapy – interim and now current coordinator of the post-graduate Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. Educator to over 35 clinical interns, over 100 Fellows in training and multiple orthopaedic residents.

Certifications and Expertise

Clinical Certifications
  • Board Certified in Orthopedics, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) #5237
  • Board Certified in Geriatrics, ABPTS #557
  • Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy,  Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) #482

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT), President Program Director Special Interest Group
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Colorado Chapter, President, 2015-2018

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests
  • Foundational history of physical therapy
  • Foundations of manual therapy, manual therapy
  • Orthopedics
  • Geriatrics

Recent Publications

MacDonald CW. Hip Manual Therapy for Aging and Older Adults. (2015) Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. 31(3); 1-8.

Masaracchio, Ohja & MacDonald CW. Thoracic Spine Manual Therapy for Aging and Older Individuals. (2015) Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. 31(3); 188-198.

Recent Presentations

Short S, Short G, Strack D, MacDonald C.  A combined treatment approach emphasizing impairment based manual therapy and exercise for hip-related compensatory injuries in elite sports: A case series. American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Section Meeting (Sports).  San Antonio, TX. Poster Presentation. February 14-17, 2017.

MacDonald CW, Mirza S, Smith M. Manual Therapy in the Aging Population - It's Never Too Late!  American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Section Meeting San Antonio, TX.  Educational Session presentation.  February 14-17, 2017. 

MacDonald, CW. Dynamic Clinical Decision Making in a Patient Centered Model – Case Example in Pediatric Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. Paper presented at: International Meeting of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists; July 5, 2016; Glasgow, Scotland.

O’Reilly S, MacDonald C, Bade, M.J.  A multimodal treatment approach emphasizing impairment-based manual therapy for a pediatric distal fibular fracture with persistent dorsal-lateral pain during ambulation:  a case report.  The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) Annual Conference.  Abstract presented.  October, 2015.

MacDonald CW. Management of Hip Intra-articular impairments. Educational session at APTA NEXT conference, June 2015.

MacDonald CW. Recognizing the 200 year history of OMPT. AAOMPT Conference, October 2013.

Awards and Recognition


  • Bob Doctor Service Award 2009 – Service award for outstanding service to the Colorado chapter of the APTA.
  • Excellence in Research Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists 2006 - J Cleland, P Glynn, J Whitman, S Eberhart, Cameron MacDonald & J Childs


  • 2008 Jack Walker Award – Best Article in Clinical Practice Published in 2007 in Physical Therapy - The Short-Term Effects of Thrust versus Non-Thrust Manipulation Directed at the Thoracic Spine in Patients with Neck Pain. Cleland, Glynn, Whitman, Eberhert, MacDonald, Childs.  
  • George J. Davies & James A. Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry 2006 – for research published as a case series or similar format in JOSPT. MacDonald et al hip case series.
  • Excellence in Leadership in PT – Regis University 2005

Community Involvement and Service

Service to Community

  • Multiple presentations and legislatives endeavors in Colorado to support the citizens of Colorado in access to quality and affordable healthcare (as current president of the Colorado chapter APTA)
  • Multiple community presentations for optimal aging in Colorado Springs