David Wolynec is a WCCMT graduate from 1995, back when WCCMT New West was WCCMT Vancouver. He currently practices in Kamloops with a strong focus on rehabilitation.
What originally sparked your interest in Registered Massage Therapy?
Way back when I was considering massage therapy, I saw that it was an up and coming profession in the medical world. It allowed alternative healing without medications. It also allowed diversity and specialized practice.
What do you enjoy the most about being an RMT?
I enjoy being a medical professional who works within the medical community and is an integral part of my patient’s rehab.
What brought you to decide to open your own practice and what lead up to that point?
I opened my own practice to build my rehab philosophies and work with other medical personnel. It allowed me to be relevant in the rehab community with having several practices while also providing me with financial stability
What drew your interest to your current areas of focus?
My focus in my practice was developed by my passion as an athlete and my understanding of the importance of having a good rehab team to be part of my success. I also developed my practice with interest from within my community and being part of the athletic community.
Can you explain your philosophy and what makes your practice unique?
My philosophy in my practice is to treat the whole patient and not just their symptoms. I strive for a wellness model which includes self-awareness in one’s own recovery.
What advice would you have for someone who would like to start their own practice and what advice would you have for someone considering becoming an RMT?
My advice to someone starting a new practice would be to find meaningful partnerships that will benefit the practice and the people in the practice. Being a sole owner is challenging as you wear all hats in the business, and that is not a very effective model and leads to many hours of work.
My advice to someone thinking of becoming an RMT would be to research the field and try massage therapy sessions to make sure it’s what you love. Be active in your health and wellness and be in good health yourself, as you will become an influential person to your patients.
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