Growing up in Yorktown, Virginia, Michael McFarland has always loved helping people. In college, he was drawn to a career in the medical field, and aimed for a path that allowed him to spend time with patients, getting to know them as individuals. Michael also knew how to work and play hard. A former high school soccer player, he later took up ultimate Frisbee and running, worked as a camp counselor for the YMCA and even took a job at a masonry company.
After earning his undergraduate degree at Old Dominion University, Michael stayed on to complete physical therapy school there. During graduate school, he performed in-home physical training for a 12-year cerebral palsy patient for two years. He joined TPTI’s Executive Drive clinic after finishing PT school in May 2012. In November 2013, he moved to the clinic’s Magruder location.
“I like to be hands on with my patients, and work with them to come up with goals that are important to them,” Michael says. “I love that physical therapy allows me to get to know my patients as people and not just view them as a diagnosis. I try to get each patient to smile before they leave.”
Michael is received his Dry Needling certification in 2014 and continues to devote himself to continuing education in his profession. In his spare time, he runs, plays guitar and bass in both local bands and at church, and occasionally volunteers for church service projects.
Many of the physical therapists at Tidewater Physical Therapy Inc. hold Direct Access Certification through the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy.
Mike holds Direct Access Certification and is available to evaluate and treat patients without a prescription from a physician.