What made you interested in becoming a kinesiologist?
My involvement with the sport and athletic community really sparked my interest in the health field. After some research, I felt that kinesiology was a perfect fit. I thought that helping people recover from injury, return to activities and achieve their goals would be a very interesting, challenging and rewarding career.
What is your favourite type of client or injury to work with?
I appreciate working with all my clients and learn something different from each individual. Whether I am helping someone return to their daily routine or pushing an athlete to return to their sport, I find enjoyment in seeing people reach their goals. I particularly like working with people who have shoulder and neck injuries. I have experienced quite a few of these injuries myself playing football in college and have come to understand this area of the body very well.
What do you do to keep fit and stay injury-free?
To stay fit I make sure that I exercise 3-4 times per week and use my foam roller twice a week at home. Most importantly, I am very aware of my posture and try to correct myself as often as possible. Sometimes life gets in the way and I do miss some exercise, but I am motivated to start exercising again because it helps manage any symptoms that arise from inactivity. I wish I could say that I stay injury free; however, I am very active in the sport community, playing flag football, snowboarding and hiking, so accidents occasionally happen. When I do suffer an injury, I am in great hands. I work with a fantastic team of physiotherapists and registered massage therapists who help me heal and return to sport as quickly as possible.
Where is your favourite place in the neighbourhood to grab a beer?
My favourite place to grab a cold one is at Kelly O’Bryan’s. They have a great atmosphere, good happy hour prices and I grew up eating at one of their original locations
If you were not a kinesiologist, what would you be?
If I was not a kinesiologist I think I would still have a career that involved teaching and helping others. I would likely be working as a physiotherapist, an orthotist, or a high school teacher and coach. I believe my skills are best utilized helping others succeed… and to be frank, it makes me feel great.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
People would be surprised to know that I take my cat for walks. I walked her on a leash originally, but now she no longer needs one and will stay right beside me or my wife.