Mike completed a Bachelor of Physical Education at Otago University in 1979. He then owned and operated a gym in Palmerston North for 12 years. His interest in sports injuries led him to study Osteopathy in New Zealand and Physiotherapy at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, graduating in 1995.
Mike went on to complete his Masters in Sports Medicine at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia in 2002. Mike is also a registered Acupuncturist.
Mike is a Francophile and will regale anyone who will listen in French. His other passions include rugby and his cows. He breeds Lowline Angus cattle and with 150 stock on hand it is more than a lifestyle hobby.