Background & Specialties
David’s specialty is deep tissue massage and this treatment can be especially beneficial for those with chronically tight or painful muscles, postural problems, repetitive strain injuries, or for individuals recovering from injury. David is thrilled to have joined the Healing Hands team and to add his skill-set to that of his colleagues!
Having worked as a Licensed Massage Practitioner since 2003, David decided he wanted to expand his education and was accepted into the Athletic Training Department at Washington State University in 2009. After completing this program in 2012, he graduated with his Bachelors Degree and Board Certification in Athletic Training. He enjoys working with athletes at all fitness levels and is a true advocate for the healing benefits that can be achieved through manual bodywork and therapeutic massage techniques.
David is passionate about education and teaching and has always enjoyed invitations to teach at WSU. In 2015, he was thrilled to partner with Mandi Denning and open Altura Massage College. Outside of work, David enjoys spending time with his wife, friends and family. He enjoys participating in all types of sports, outdoor recreation, reading, playing board games and grilling on the BBQ. Both he and his wife are WSU Alums and huge Cougar fans for life.
Certified & Licensed Athletic Trainer
Licensed Massage Therapist:
Washington State | MA00020101
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You probably have seen many Athletic Trainers in your lifetime, but just didn’t realize it at the time. For example, when a camera pans to the benches, dugout or field sidelines during an athletic event or competition, there are a host of professionals next to the athletes. Often called the “unsung heroes in sports medicine”, the ATs are typically the very first to respond to any injury that occurs. They are crucial to injury rehabilitation and prevention, providing one-on-one treatments under the direction of a physician in order to get an injured athlete back to 100% again. Because they are on-site and engaged in practices and events, they are able to better address injuries and provide specialized care.
What is Athletic Training?
Work with an Athletic Training for Life & Sport!
The field of Athletic Training is often confused with a personal trainer; however, there is a great deal of differences between these two fields. These differences include education, skillset, job duties, scope of care, and more.
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition.
Athletic trainers provide physical medicine, rehabilitative and preventative services. They care for and treat a wide variety of patients, including but not limited to: professional, college, secondary school and youth athletes, dancers, musicians and military personnel. Athletic trainers can work in a variety of locations including schools, physician clinics, hospitals, etc.