After receiving my BSc in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, I went on to earn my M.D at the University of British Columbia. I then completed a five year residency in Anesthesiology. Since 2000, I have worked as an Anesthesiologist at Royal Columbian Hospital, a busy tertiary care trauma centre, in New Westminster, British Columbia. As an anesthesiologist I have had the privilege of working with a very broad range of patients. I have seen first-hand what modern anesthesia and surgery can do to help people, but I also recognize the limitations and challenges associated with these therapies.
In 2003, our oldest son was born with a rare genetic disorder characterized by moderate-severe global development delay, sensory processing challenges and being non-verbal. From an early age, we accessed intensive physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy to optimize his development. By the time our son was 9 years old, we wondered if there were other approaches that could help and support our son to develop his full potential. Through our research we discovered the Anat Baniel Method (ABM). ABM offered a very different approach to help our son move beyond his limitations. Rather than asking him to do what he could not do or trying to ‘fix’ him, thus reinforcing his limitations, it started with what he was able to do as a foundation on which to build. After the first lessons we were impressed by subtle but discernible changes and we knew that we had to continue. One year after our son started with ABM, I decided to undertake formal training in the Method. I completed my ABM Professional Training under the direction of Anat Baniel in 2015. I have also completed advanced Mastery Training for Children with Special Needs, in Vitality and Anti-Aging as well as for High Performers.
This ABM journey has been life-changing not just for our son, but also for our family and for me personally. It has helped me overcome years of chronic back pain. Our son has developed more confidence, is better able to regulate his emotional responses, has an improved ability to communicate with his peers, has dramatically improved his performance (both academically and on the playground) and focus at school, and he is now able to write his thoughts and ideas with some assistance to hold a pen.