Episode 68 - Yvonne Body, part 1: Seeking Mastery not "Success"

Yvonne Body PT Dip, MDT

Yvonne Body graduated from Mount St. Mary’s College in 1990 with a B.S. in Physical Therapy and a B.A. in Psychology. She was formally introduced to the McKenzie approach in 1996.  She attended the Diploma Program in 1999 and received the Dan Morgan Award of Excellence from the Institute. Yvonne has bee a faculty member of the McKenzie Institute USA since 2001 and teaches the entire educational series of courses given by the McKenzie Institute. She is currently in active clinical practice with OrthoSport Physical Therapy in San Diego, CA.



Show Notes


Personal Background

Yvonne lives in sunny southern California in the San Diego area.  She enjoys running, cycling and gardening.


Professional Background

She studies physical therapy in Los Angeles at Mt St. Mary’s College.   She learned Maitland and Cyriax-based and some myofascial manual therapy early on.  Later she was exposed to the McKenzie courses when she took a position that encouraged her to go through the course work.  She took the Diploma program in Coons Rapid, Minnesota.  She began probationary faculty work by 2001.  She’s recently began teaching the McKenzie Module at the St. Augustine campus in southern California and also teaching in the cadaver lab and teaching the modalities course.  Most recently she’s begun a doctoral program. 



Yvonne relates the idea of comparing success to mastery. Success is proposed to be driven externally but mastery is more related to an internal motivation.  She believes that may be why the McKenzie Method method is often referred to as a best kept secret.  You can see the TED talk that developed some of this thought for Yvonne here:



Patient Story

Yvonne shares a patient experience with a patient on Halloween.  She was decked out in a Batman costume and this particular patient presented with a hard shift.  Through that shift correction technique she shed a lot of her costume due to the hard work that was required but she was successful.


Greatest Challenge

The view of many in healthcare that Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy is too simple and cannot be complete enough to address spinal and extremity disorders is one of the greatest challenges we face.


Greatest Strength

Our ability to use a mechanical assessment to differentially diagnose is one of our greatest strengths especially from a safety perspective.