The Therapeutic Collective Crew
Andrew Nemeth CRT, RMT
Andrew has been practicing Massage Therapy for more than 24 years. He has been treating clients in a variety of therapeutic settings, from owning and operating busy practices in the Lower Mainland, touring with professional football (soccer) teams in Africa and Europe, and has most recently specialized in working with our senior citizens.
In the past 15 years is focus has been in the field of Geriatrics, with specializing on maintaining mobility and pain management with our aging population. Andrew has presented at symposiums across the lower mainland discussing issues regarding the health of our seniors going forward and how Massage Therapy play a role in healthy living. He continues to be the lead in the advanced peer group research of Massage Therapy treatment for seniors in his profession.
Andrew always brings a level of passion, learning, and curiosity that serves his patients and colleagues extremely well. His approach to treatment or philosophy is examining each patient globally. He always examines the whole person in an attempt to better understand and determine the root causes of any ailment or conditions presented. Stress on our bodies often has a musculoskeletal component that affects the soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, fibrous tissues, and synovial membranes).
The soft tissue neuro-muscular response component can often result in, and is not limited to, the soft tissue structures retracting, and becoming immobile, etc. These soft tissue patterns often lead to muscular shortening and thickening resulting in discomfort and pain for the patient. Most times these patterns are longer term and chronic in nature. Releasing the soft tissue and fascia decreases and eliminates pain and discomfort; it also can help in lengthening and restoring one’s correct movement.
A healthy lifestyle is something that is important to Andrew. He often shares the benefits of a well- balanced lifestyle including staying active, incorporating healthy nutrition, good quality sleep, emotional wellness and some form of spirituality. In his spare time, on a regular basis, he partakes in running, weight lifting, Tough Mudders and any other activities that keep him moving. Andrew looks forward to the opportunity of working with you and will do his very best to help you return to optimum condition and, “get you moving.”
Andrew Graduated from CCMH Registered Massage Therapy Program in 1996, and Completed the SFU Rehabilitation Program in 2004. He is the Peer lead in Gerontology through the RMTBC and was a speaker on the future of care in Geriatrics at the symposium on Aging in 2016. He continues to educational inservices at Long Term Care Facilities throughout the lower mainland, discussing functional mobility with residents and injury and fall prevention. He is presently continuing his university studies through the SFU online program. As a life long learner Andrew prides himself on exhausting all resources available to help his patients to regain function and prevent injuries.
Karl Dahan RMT
Karl believes that communication and trust are essential in a therapeutic environment. His success and patient loyalty are due to his ability to listen, assess, have a clear discussion with his patients and provide appropriate therapy. He loves to work deep, but his experience with the elderly has allowed him to develop the ability to adjust his pressure to the comfort level of any demographic.
Karl works hand in hand with other therapists to give you the best possible care, and is a strong believer in the positive effects of patient education. He feels that every patient should have a clear understanding of why they are feeling what they’re feeling, and what needs to happen in order to see improvements. He welcomes pre and post natal massage patients as well as difficult cases – as he loves thinking outside the box – and hr always ensures that every patient is comfortable and at ease on his table. He doesn’t just massage, he treats!
Karl graduated from the 3000hr program at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2009. During his studies, he fell in love with the anatomy and mechanics of the human body. In his previous sales and marketing career, he developed excellent communication skills which have greatly helped his patients understand their conditions. His passion for providing effective therapy and relief to his patients continues to grow, as does his knowledge and understanding of the human body.
Areas of Practice
For over 10 years, Karl has worked in various sports and physiotherapy clinics from the Tri-Cities to North Vancouver. He has a continued interest in sports massage, providing deep tissue treatments as well as myofascial release, joint mobilization, Trigger Point Release, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation and many more modalities. He has also spent years helping the elderly manage their pain and maintain their mobility and independence. He has shown great results treating ICBC patients, athletes and weekend warriors suffering from whiplash-associated disorders, frozen shoulders, herniated discs and an array of orthopedic conditions. He has worked with Ballet BC, at National Sports events and with several Team Canada athletes competing in Track and Field, Kendo and Bobsledding.
Karl is fluent in French and English as he is originally from Montreal, but in 1999 curiosity took him to the west coast where he began his therapeutic career. Here he met amazing friends, his incredible wife and started a family. His leisure time is spent playing with his son (who is the love of his life), but when he’s able to take some time for himself, he enjoys doing home renovations and auto mechanics, playing volleyball, hiking the Coquitlam Crunch or rowing. Being married to a nutritionist and having an active little boy has allowed him to live a fun, healthy and active lifestyle, and where better to do that than in beautiful British Columbia.