Hi my name is Daniel and I am a team leader at Absolute Balance. I’m originally from NSW but I’ve called Perth home for over 18 years with my parents and older brother and sister (as well as a large extended family). My path to becoming an Accredited Exercise Physiologist started with a love of sport and human biology at high school. Naturally, I started an Exercise and Sports Science degree however after one semester I was unsure if this was the right path for me. I decided to defer semester 2 and started a job as a brick labourer. I realised that university was the right choice, so I re-enrolled the following year and continued to work as a brick labourer throughout my studies. During this time I sustained injuries to my back, hamstring, knee and ankle through sport and work. These injuries intensified my interest into understanding the biomechanics of movement and how to use exercise to fix musculoskeletal issues. Prior to this I was leaning towards post-graduate study in strength and conditioning.
I graduated as an Exercise Physiologist in 2011 and I’ve been working as an AEP ever since. The most satisfying part of my job is connecting with my clients and helping them make a positive change in their life. I believe adopting a holistic approach is so powerful as a balance between physical activity, food/fuel, sleep/rest and enjoyment/socialising is important to a healthy and productive lifestyle. I also have a keen interest in exercise rehabilitation for shoulders and lower back injuries and optimising physical function.
Outside of work I love spending time with family and friends and embracing the outdoors. Over the summer I made the most of the great weather with camping in Albany, Yallingup and Dunsborough, plus stand up paddle boarding, hiking and plenty of time at the beach. For me being outside is a great way to keep active, enjoy the fresh air and an important part of being healthy. A big passion of mine is traveling as I love exploring new places, learning about different cultures, and appreciating the great opportunities that we have back home. Some highlights of mine are living abroad in Canada (amazing scenery and wildlife), Norway (again amazing scenery through the fjords), visiting the National Parks in USA and sailing around Croatia. One of the challenging experiences I had whilst living abroad was when my van broke down in a tiny ‘town’ in Montana. Aside from the place I broke down being in the middle of nowhere, it was a long weekend so there was no chance of my van being fixed for 3 days. After freaking out for a while, I decided to embrace the opportunity and made friends with some other travellers and ended up exploring a nearby national park. Thankfully my van was fixed after 3 nights and I was back on the road.
The experiences I’ve had from traveling, living abroad and different jobs have opened my eyes and shaped me into the person I am today (I know I sound cliché). I hope to keep exploring new places and help make a difference to other people’s lives as an AEP for many years to come.
BSc(ExerSc&Rehab) AEP ESSAM
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