Mike Cleary is vocationally registered in Musculoskeletal Medicine.
He graduated from Otago in 1978.
He has since worked in several areas of medicine, including Anaesthetics, General Practice, Military, Musculoskeletal and Occupational Medicine.
After working in the UK he returned to NZ in 1985, to work in General Practice in Feilding.
In 1996, prompted by the changes to Section 51, he quit General Practice Obstetrics and completed the Diplomas of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Occupational Medicine.
In 2002 he left General Practice to work in Musculoskeletal and Occupational Medicine.
In 2003 with a GP colleague he started the Palmerston North Hospital Musculoskeletal Medicine Clinic which has significantly reduced the Orthopaedic Waiting List.
Since 2004, when he completed the requirements to become a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine, he has accepted referrals from colleagues.
In 2008 he moved to Whangarei to work in a referral based Musculoskeletal Medicine practice where he is learning the skills of interventional spinal injections and diagnostic spinal blocks.
To maintain his interest in Occupational Medicine he works part time for an occupational health company.