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David Forrest

David Forrest, BHScPT, BKin, CIMT, CSCS

Registered Physiotherapist

Kinesiologist

Certified Integrated Manual Therapist

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

David's passion for physiotherapy and fitness led him to open PhysioFit, in 2010, where he could continue his passion for physiotherapy and rehab while allowing him to also stay true to his lifelong athletic roots and train and develop athletes of all ages.

David holds a degree in Physiotherapy and Kinesiology and has been practicing physiotherapy for over 17 years with a primary focus in manual therapy and corrective exercise prescription. He focuses on finding the true origin of a client’s symptoms, treating them with a hands on approach followed by neuromuscular retraining and corrective exercise to maintain and restore proper movement.

Prior to obtaining his degrees, David was an athletic and personal trainer spanning personal clientele through to high performing athletes. It is this experience of helping others attain their goals that formed David’s decision to become a physiotherapist. David worked and managed, from its inception, the onsite Chrysler rehabilitation clinic for 11 years. Working in this environment treating between 3000- 4000 orthopaedic clients shaped the way he treats clients today.

In 2000 David became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association in the United States and has attended several conferences and special interest group seminars. Along with Physiotherapy and a passion for helping his rehabilitation clients David’s other passion is training athletes of all ages. David is a firm believer in long term athletic development when it comes to training young athletes. The priority is to develop proper movement skills, age appropriate strength and sport applied skill development. Moreover, proper athletic training is critical in preventing injuries. When a young athlete learns properly they will enjoy what they do, mitigating youth attrition rates in sport.

In 2008, as a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist, David had honed his assessment and treatment techniques and he went on to be an instructor with the Great Lakes Institute of Manual Therapy, teaching evaluation, treatment and manual therapy techniques to physical therapists in cities across the United States.

As a life long athlete David played hockey at the junior level, and was a successful provincial level athlete in track and field, volleyball and cross country running. His experiential knowledge of sport from an athletic perspective provides an advantage when it comes to treating and training athletes. David is currently working on obtaining his Youth Fitness Certification through the IYCA.

David lives in Belle River with his wife Jennifer and their 3 young children. When Dave is not working at the clinic he can be found at the gym or supporting his children on the soccer field, the ice rink and the basketball court.

Continuing Education

  • Youth Fitness, Strength, and Conditioning Certification (2015 in progress)
  • FMS Certified Exercise Professional Level 1 (2014)
  • Youth Athletic Training and Development Symposium. Chicago, Illinois (2010)
  • Certified Integrated Manual Therapist with the Great Lakes Institute of Manual Therapy. Ann Arbour, Michigan (2008)
  • Evaluation and Treatment of the Cervical and Thoracic Spine. Detroit, Michigan (2007)
  • Evaluation and Treatment of the Lumbar Complex. Columbus, Ohio (2007)
  • Assessment and Treatment of Sacroiliac Dysfunctions. Detroit, Michigan (2008)
  • Comprehensive Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder. Traverse City, Michigan (2006)
  • Comprehensive Evaluation and Treatment of the Knee. Detroit, Michigan (2006)
  • Comprehensive Treatment of the Foot and Ankle. Bowling Green, Ohio (2007)
  • Extremity Mobilization. Charleston, South Carolina (2006)
  • Myofascial Release. Detroit, Michigan (2008)
  • Advanced Dynamic Anatomy. Detroit, Michigan (2008)
  • Functional Strength. Detroit, Michigan (2008)
  • Synthesis- 2-day Examination. Ann Arbor, Michigan (2008)
  • Work Hardening Programming Conference. Chicago, Illinois (2007)
  • Perform Better Strength and Conditioning Symposium. Los Angeles, California (2005)
  • Lumbar Stabilization and Ultimate Back Fitness course. Toronto, Ontario Dr. Stewart McGill (2004)
  • Level 3 Manual Therapy Course. London, Ontario. (2003/2004)
  • Peripheral joint manipulation course. London, Ontario. (2003)
  • National Orthopedic Symposium featuring the “Industrial Athlete”. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. (2002)
  • Level 2 Manual Therapy Course. Toronto, Ontario. (2000/2001)
  • Level 1 Manual Therapy Course. Toronto, Ontario. (1999)
  • Level 1 Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment Course. Toronto, Ontario. (1999)
  • APTEI- Series of one-day training seminars including all spinal and peripheral musculoskeletal injuries. Toronto, Ontario. (1999-2004)
  • McKenzie trained therapist. London, Ontario (Part A, B)