Director, Physiotherapist

East End (2017 Danforth Avenue)

Mitchell Starkman

Practice style (Philosophy)

Mitchell’s focus is managing and treating the “desk jockeys”. This population constantly challenges their bodies behind a desk or computer for over 40 hours a week (more than any athlete trains at the gym); in addition to staying active at the gym or playing their favourite recreational sports. Mitchell focuses on priming their bodies to sustain long periods in sitting positions, and optimizes postural mechanics to help them transition from desk work to competitive play without the risk of sprains or strains. Given his passion for integrative practice, Mitchell’s goal is to understand how the site of pain is impacted by the entire body, rather than pinpointing a specific area of weakness. Within this perspective, he strives to optimize movement to help attain relief on a whole-body level and fulfill performance goals using activity-specific strengthening exercises, acupuncture and dry needling, and manual therapy techniques. He couples these techniques with training in Advanced Manual Therapy techniques, Functional Stability courses, soft tissue release, and Concussion training. Mitchell is also the founder and creator of Desk Jockey Physio – a website to help empower people to better manage and treat their injuries and achieve their functional goals. This platform provides access to movement assessment videos, targeted exercises, as well as specialized video series which aid in empowering people to take their health and injury prevention in their own hands.

Unique Facts

With an interest in on-field sports coverage Mitchell also had the unique opportunity to take part in the 2015 Pan Am Games (as a member of the medical team) where he provided on-field injury management services to golf, softball, table tennis, and baseball athletes.

RPT, FCAMPT, MScPT, HBSc (KIN), Cert Sport Ad

  • Desk-Work Injuries
  • Cervical and Lower Back Radiculopathy
  • Medical Acupuncture Provider


Registered Physiotherapist
FCAMPT (Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual and Manipulative Therapy).
Medical Acupuncture Provider
Master of Science in Physical Therapy (Queen’s University)
Bachelors of Science – specialization in Kinesiology and Exercise Science (York University)
Certificate in Sports Administration (York University)