Maximizing Function while dealing with a Neurological Disorder
"I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome 23 years ago which left with residual lower limbs weakness/paralysis. I was looking for a kinesiologist who had a strong understanding of human anatomy and could modify exercises for strength training bearing in mind my limitations. A colleague referred me to Daehan.
Working with Daehan was a very rewarding experience for me. He modified the exercise programs to fit my unique limitations with a focus to help me build and gain strength. In addition, I found his understanding of neuroscience and biomechanics was an added advantage because he could apply his expertise in creating a unique program for me.
I cannot but comment on his attention to detail and his ability to go the extra mile. I remember precisely during the early stages of our sessions he had reached out to my treating physiatrist with the details of the exercise program he had created for me wanting her input on things that he could do better. He was always very encouraging especially when I was disappointed with my slow progress and helped me understand the need to focus on the long-term goals and consistency.
I highly recommend Daehan to anyone who wants a kinesiologist that goes beyond just creating an exercise program but one that applies his knowledge of the science behind the human movement to his treatment plan."
"I’ve had the good fortune of working with Daehan for several months now and he has had a huge impact on my recovery from what my surgeon called “a horrific injury” to my right knee over a year ago. I spent several months in a wheelchair, walker and on crutches.
The progress I’ve made since working one-on-one with Daehan is incredible. He is brilliant, very creative, innovative and knowledgeable about the intricacies of the human body and how it heals. My progress has been impressive.
Daehan has a wonderful way of inspiring me to work even harder, to fight my fears from the accident that still haunts me, to overcome them and move forward. I highly recommend him to you if you or someone you love who has had an injury that has compromised their quality of life or they’ve experienced trauma from an accident or injury."
Leadership Director, Sandra Schmirier Foundation
"I trained with Daehan early in November 2015. When I first saw him, I was having difficulty walking, limping quite noticeably, after total hip replacement surgery. My case was more complex because I had a repeat surgery after the unsuccessful initial surgery followed by two dislocations. I was a lot worse off than after simple hip replacement surgery because I had also had back surgery 6 months before my initial hip replacement surgery.
Daehan is a very well qualified and very committed Kinesiologist. I’m very impressed with Daehan's very professional approach to assessing and training his clients. In less than two months of training with him, there was a marked improvement in my walking and in my balance. And after less than three months of training, I was walking almost normally! Before I started to train with Daehan, I used a cane frequently. I never use one now in my regular daily activities. What a thrill to be at this place, after having limped quite noticeably for over three years following my hip surgeries!
I attribute this very significant improvement to the commitment of my Kinesiologist, Daehan, who not only trains me but also puts in lots of extra time researching appropriate additional exercises to do with me in the following sessions. Daehan has demonstrated exceptional caring and commitment, unlike anything I’ve experienced before in the many years of training and working out that I experienced prior to my surgeries.
One additional bonus for me from getting back into training with Daehan has been realizing that becoming more fit involved not only the training I did with him but also had a lot to do with my health generally. Fitness and being healthy have become a real priority in my life. It’s hard not to be that way when you get the fitness bug from Daehan Kim. His friendliness and commitment to his clients are “infectious”, in a very good way! Thanks, Daehan!
I should add that I offered to write this testimonial because I was so pleased with the results Daehan has achieved with me, not because I was asked to write one. I’m a thoroughly satisfied client. I love training with Daehan!"
Jack Huberman, QC (Queen's Counsel)
Retired Executive Director, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia
Pain Management and Active Rehabilitation after a Motor Vehicle Accident
"I am a middle-aged woman who has had an office job for the past 30 years. I was rear-ended while stopped at a red light. As a result of this accident, I experienced soft tissue injuries which included a high level of discomfort on the left side of my neck, shoulder blade, and hip. Prior to being referred to Daehan, I had been treated weekly through massage and physiotherapy and definitely received some relief from these therapies. However, there were things in my day to day life that I would do that would aggravate these soft tissue injuries. For example, carrying groceries would hurt my neck and my shoulder, going for a walk would hurt my hip and even my shoulder and neck and doing my job responsibilities at work would at times be challenging because of the repetitive motion I would be doing for several hours at a time.
By the time I saw Daehan I didn’t think it was a possibility for me to ever feel the way I do today. I have had 12 visits with Daehan during which time he has given me strengthening exercises to support my injuries. My visits with him have provided me with relief from these injuries that I never thought was possible. I have found Daehan to be very easy to talk to about my injuries and the pain and lack of mobility that I suffer from and it seems right away he knows the target areas to work on. Daehan has been very supportive throughout my treatments with him which has provided me with a lot more self-confidence while working out. I would highly recommend Daehan."
Paralegal, Nathanson Schachter & Thompson LLP
"I feel fortunate to have been referred to Daehan after trying a number of treatment methods after my car accident. Daehan is patient and knowledgeable, offering just enough push to keep me motivated and challenged. Daehan ensured that I understand the exercises so that I can keep them up at home. I have been encouraged and feel stronger and hopeful that with continued work, the negative impact of my injury will be a distant memory. I highly recommend Daehan."
Interior Designer & Project Manager
"Daehan Kim was my Kinesiologist from July 27 to November 15, 2015. Daehan played a huge role in helping me get better and cope with my Motor Vehicle Accident injuries. He was very professional and knowledgeable about his profession. He was detail-oriented and patient. When I was feeling down, he was very understanding and became a shoulder to cry on.
I had previous experience with other Kinesiologists in the past but nobody came close to Daehan’s caliber. I highly recommend Daehan Kim to anybody."
Remedios (Remy) Poirier
Breaking the Cycle of Injuries and Pain
"I started working with Daehan about 4 months after my back injury. I was in bad shape. I had been seeing a physiotherapist, chiropractor, and massage therapist with some improvement but not where I knew I could be. I felt that my service providers were all separate and so a complete picture of my recovery wasn’t clear. I had never worked with a Kinesiologist before. With Daehan’s help, I was able to streamline my service providers and have a much more noticeable improvement for my back injury. With my bi-weekly and now monthly appointments with him, I have enough time to practice all of his exercises that he and my new physiotherapist give me. Regular face to face and text message check-ins help me feel supported if I have a question or a new quirk pop up in my recovery. I know that I have a way to go still but I am so confident that going from being bedridden to being able to lift a 10lb box that he knows exactly how to work with my multifaceted injury. He’s also super nice and works really hard for his clients. I’ll continue working with him long term. Thanks, Daehan!"
"After many years of over being very active in high impact sports, I entered a repeating cycle of constant injury. I began suffering from chronic pain in my back, knees and other areas. Abdominal surgery created additional issues for me. I went from being strong and fit to not being able to do much of anything. My visits to health care people seemed to always consist of my being told to rest and what movements not to do, which seemed to add up to my not moving at all. The less I did, the worse I felt and the more the pain would increase. I had always pushed through pain and injury, but there came a point where my body wasn't having it anymore. I began visiting a few different facilities and meeting with different trainers to try a gentle approach to return to exercise but unfortunately, those attempts led to further injury. I spent years in the cycle of injury and pain. I began feeling hopeless and afraid that I would never be able to exercise again because whenever I attempted to do anything, the pain would get worse.
When I met with Daehan first time, I was at my lowest point. Daehan immediately put me at ease and created a program to gently get my body moving again. He is extremely knowledgeable, endlessly patient and full of understanding. He is a good listener and knows when to push and when not to. Since I have been meeting with him, within just a few short months, the pain has decreased and my confidence is slowly increasing. I feel stronger and more capable week after week. I feel very grateful and fortunate to have such a dedicated, caring Kinesiologist looking after me. I love my workouts and look forward to every session. I feel hopeful again about my health and future and cannot say enough positive things about Daehan. I look forward with optimism to continuing on this healing path!"
North Vancouver, BC
"I’ve been working with Daehan for a year now. I am +50, active but struggling with recurring injuries. Daehan is working with me not just to rehab the injuries but to identify the structural weaknesses that trigger my injuries. His exercises are simple but effective. He follows up with pictures and videos so I can do them at home, properly! He adapts the program on the fly as needed. When I arrived with my broken hand in a cast, he kept me moving forward. He “MacGyver-ed” the rowing machine so I could row one-handed without sacrificing form. He is knowledgeable, passionate about his work, personable and enthusiastic. He is a great Kinesiologist and a Strength Conditioning Coach!"
West Vancouver, BC
"I have been learning from Daehan for over two years. I have extensive fitness experience but have never had comparable intelligent, customized and beneficial advice from any trainer. Daehan is always prepared and eager to share his insights and a wide range of knowledge. I have no hesitation in highly recommending Daehan as a kinesiologist and I intend to continue to benefit from his guidance."
West Vancouver, BC
"I have been working out with Daehan for 1 year. He has helped me retain and improve my mobility, balance, and strength. I have osteoarthritis in both my hips and his customized exercises have improved the flexibility and reduced the pain in my hip joints. If an exercise does not have the desired result, he adapts it to accomplish the goal. My improved muscle strength has improved my swimming times. It has been an enjoyable year.
Thank you Daehan!"
North Vancouver, BC
"I worked with Daehan for over a year and he was great! He is very attentive to details and his clients’ needs. He worked with me on an exercise program and when I injured my lower back, he correctly identified the source of the pain and gave me a set of exercises to correct the imbalance. I am fine now and continue to build my core strength. I highly recommend Daehan for anyone wanting an experienced kinesiologist who gives his all to his clients!"
Executive Director, Ken & Oli Johnston Foundation