As a board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Mackey treats adults, children, and infants using traditional osteopathic manual medicine and injection techniques. Dr. Mackey services include Osteopathic Manual Medicine (OMM), Biodynamic Cranial Osteopathy, Prolotherapy and Neural Therapy Injections, and Primary Care influenced by holistic and functional medicine approaches. She has trained with Dr. James Jealous, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, and also collaborates with dentists to treat patients using ALF and other appliances.
As a yoga instructor and former competitive snowboarder, Dr. Mackey learned the importance of a holistic approach to healing and medicine. This experience led her to attend osteopathic medical school in the Bay Area and complete her training at the University of Nevada Reno. Dr. Mackey returned to the Tahoe/Reno area after years of working in private practice with Dr. Stefan Hagopian in Los Angeles.
"Dr. Mackey is a very special practitioner. She is compassionate, intuitive, deeply versed in her field, and sharp as a whip. She earns your trust, meets you where you are, and works with you to heal as a whole, rather than piece by piece...Dr. Mackey's practice is an amazing blend of Eastern and Western philosophies - she has a firm grounding in allopathic medicine, but approaches from a holistic perspective. She also educates you as a patient about her philosophies, what she notices in your body, and how your systems may be working together (or not working together) to keep you sick. I cannot say enough about the structural manipulations. They are truly amazing. I had no idea what an impact my spine, my lymph system, and my cranium were having on my overall health. It's incredible to learn that I do not need to live in pain - I can get to the root of the complaints in my body and address them. I learn more and more about my body and what it needs every time I go. Take a chance on this branch of medicine and on this very special doctor. It is life-changing!" -Sascha A.
"Dr. Kirsten did some amazing work on our 9 month old daughter, the only regret I have is not going to her sooner. All our daughters problems (not being able to nurse, constipation, flat head due to stiffness) were probably caused by a birth trauma and I loved that it could be solved by holistic treatment. Dr. Kirsten is amazing, we will definitely go see her again if any of us needs it and I can't recommend her enough." - Ellen B.
"I have been seeing Doctor Mackey for about six months after having chronic shoulder pain for over a year not helped by PT and a myriad of docs who were all stumped by my symptoms...Her adjustments are amazing, next to miraculous! Her nature is very calm and intuitive and she approaches me as a partner, always making sure to ask me how I am doing." -Sam W.
"Kirsten was amazing at correctly diagnosing an issue with my back/shoulder that flared up unexpectedly while traveling, causing me excruciating pain. She worked with me for a session and confidently indicated that I'd be feeling better within a few days.... and sure enough, she was right! Had I not encountered Kirsten, I would have likely tried to get an appt with my GP, gotten a referral to a specialist, gone in for an MRI and done a bunch of unnecessary tests, all of which would have taken much longer and been much less straightforward than working with her." -Heather C.