A Rehabilitation Journey that Evolved Into a Passion For Helping Others
My passion for improving the quality of people’s lives with movement therapy and lifestyle coaching manifested from my personal journey struggling with a series of debilitating sports injuries and a history of substance abuse as a teenager. By the age of 18, I was suffering with chronic pain in most areas of my body, debilitating posture, and depression due to my lifestyle choices.
Realizing that I had to take responsibility for my state of affairs, I started studying kinesiology, nutrition, and lifestyle management to steer my life in a healthier and happier direction.
During the early phases of my education and career, I noticed the dominating focus on aesthetics over functional performance and wellness in the fitness industry. I witnessed trainers and their clients injure themselves in pursuit of a great physique. They did not invest time and energy into treating their injuries, correcting muscular imbalances, and improving the quality of their movement.
I decided to take my career in a direction that would also help my clients restore function to their bodies so they could look and feel great. As I started taking on clients with postural syndromes, disabilities, and chronic pain, I realized the need for a holistic approach to rehabilitation, lifestyle change, and physical conditioning. I pursued studies in manual therapy, yoga, and corrective exercise. The result is Primal Motion, my practice that integrates physical conditioning, manual therapy, corrective exercise, and yoga to restore physical function, build athletic physiques, and master movement as nature intended.
You can learn more about my Primal Motion training philosophy on the About Page.
Outside of weight lifting and yoga, I challenge myself athletically with bouldering (rock climbing) and parkour. I enjoy these sports because they challenge me to overcome my body’s own limitations to efficiently navigate through my environment. They provide me with a sense of freedom from the physical restrictions that once made me feel trapped in my own body. I also express myself creatively with circus flow arts in the form of fire spinning (dancing with fire). To celebrate my accomplishments and represent the results of my practice to my clients, I also have a part time career in physique modelling.
You can find my modeling portfolio online at:
I look forward to meeting you and sharing my passion for movement, wellness, and successful living with you!
Integrated Movement Specialist, Yoga Teacher, & Holistic Lifestyle Coach
School of Massage Therapy: (http://sutherland-chan.com/)
– College Diploma of Massage Therapy – August 2017
– Registration with The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario: Jan 2018
George Brown College: (http://www.georgebrown.ca/)
Advanced College Diploma of Fitness & Lifestyle Management – June 2010
– Graduated on Dean’s list with academic achievement awards in: Kinesiology, Muscle
Physiology, Exercise Physiology, & Client Centered Exercise Prescription
– Research Assistant for John Griffin (GBC Professor & Author of Client Centered Exercise
Prescription) for his Functional Mobility Screening in Adults 50-70 Years of Age project.
The Yoga Sanctuary Education: (http://www.theyogasanctuary.net)
Arm & Hand Balancing with Karen Cove (10 Hours) – December 2013
Pre & Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training with Cynthia Funk (15 Hours) – November 2013
Experiential Anatomy with Sue Ravazzolo (20 Hours) – September 2013
250 Hour Yoga Teacher Training – May 2013
CHEK Institute Education: (http://www.chekinstitute.com)
CHEK Practitioner: Level 1 – In Progress
Advanced Program Design – 2013
Equal But Not The Same: Considerations For Training Females – 2013
Scientific Shoulder Training – 2011-2012
CHEK Exercise Coach – March 2012
Scientific Back Training – 2011-2012
Scientific Core Training – 2011-2012
Program Design – 2011-2012
CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach – October 2011
NeuroKinetic Therapy: Level 3 – Oct 2014 (Level 1), Feb 2015 (Level 2), Dec 2017 (Level 3) (http://neurokinetictherapy.com/)
Functional Integrated Therapy: Fascial Abrasion Technique – April 2011
Functional Integrated Therapy: Performance Taping – Oct 2010
Eldon Z. Wingay: NeuroFlex Balancing – 2011-2012 (http://neuroflexbalancing.com/)
Movement Therapy & Fitness:
Can-Fit Pro: Personal Training Specialist – Aug 2007 (http://www.canfitpro.com/)
Kettlebell Training Specialist: Level 1&2 – Nov 2008 (http://kettlebelltrainingacademy.com/)
Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology: Certified Personal Trainer – March 2010
Paul Gagne: Test It, Fix It – Applied Posturology – May 2012 (http://posturalsportsperformance.com/)
Scientific Flexibility Training: PNF Stretching – May 2012
Thomas Myers: Anatomy Trains In Training – May 2013
Exercise Is Medicine Canada Certified – March 2016 (http://exerciseismedicine.org/canada/)
Current CPR & Standard First Aid – Renewed annually since Oct 2006