January 19, 2020 – Cleveland Clinic Martin Health welcomes board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Michael MacKechnie, MD. Dr. MacKechnie specializes in orthopaedic sports medicine surgery and performs many minimally invasive procedures to help people stay active.
Dr. MacKechnie is now accepting new patients at the Martin Health office in Palm City, located at 3066 SW Martin Downs Boulevard; and his St. Lucie West office at 1095 St. Lucie West Boulevard. Patients may call 772.781.2735 to request an appointment, or they may also do so online at martinhealth.org/orthopaedic.
Dr. MacKechnie earned his medical degree from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Quebec. He completed the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program at University of Toronto. Dr. MacKechnie completed the Clinical Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine program at University of California – Los Angeles, where he worked as the assistant team physician to the Los Angeles Lakers and the UCLA Bruins football team. Dr. MacKechnie has a wide experience of working with athletes, from social to high school to college and professional.
From a teenager playing soccer to a senior who enjoys tennis, Dr. MacKechnie understands that everyone’s goals vary. He takes time to include patients in the decision-making process.
"I want to speak with patients and use my expertise to craft a treatment plan that works well for their lifestyle, while following the latest guidelines and research," he said.
It’s that ability to help people get back to the things they want to do that Dr. MacKechnie says he loves most about his job. Among the skills that help him do that is arthroscopic surgery, including hip arthroscopy, which is a minimally invasive approach used to repair or reconstruct the hip joint. This newer surgery is typically only performed by surgeons with fellowship experience.
"The benefit to patients is that they have faster recovery, lower chance of infection, less pain, and overall better results," he said.
Prior to joining Martin Health, Dr. MacKechnie has practiced as an orthopaedic sports medicine surgery attending physician in Maine, and was a Clinical Instructor at Dartmouth College’s Faculty of Medicine.