Dave_KervinMy name is Dave Kervin, and I’ve been a Registered Massage Therapist for over 16 years, working at Trent Health in Motion for the past 11.

From a very young age I’ve always had an interest in sports, fitness, health, and living an active lifestyle.   My parents encouraged me throughout all my childhood sports ranging from rep hockey to track and field.  Through high school as my love for sports increased I knew I wanted to pursue a career in health and fitness.  After landing onMassage Therapy as the right path for me, I pursued my post secondary education at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, in Newmarket, ON.  From there I had the opportunity to travel to Corner Brook, Newfoundland to work with the Core Medical team at the 1999 Winter Canada Games.

With that first taste of working with athletes, I knew I wanted to direct my clinical focus in this direction. I became the Sports Outreach Supervisor at Sir Sanford Fleming College with their Massage Therapy Program in the fall of 2003 and then progressed into instructing there with the 3rd year students in Clinical Treatments.  In the fall of 2005 when Trent Health in Motion opened its’ doors, I read about the clinic opening in the newspaper and knew I had to contact Kylie Gibson (Head Physiotherapist) to pursue working with her and in the setting that the University clinic was providing. Through its’ growing student population and Varsity athletic programs, it was clear to me that it was the right fit.

Starting from a very small clinic space, THIM has grown to a beautiful, multidisciplinary clinic, over-looking the Trent Severn Waterway, with a fantastic team of knowledgeable, competent health care providers, ranging from Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, a Chiropractor and a Kinesiologist working in our state of the art Swim-Ex Therapy Pool.  We also share our clinic space with one of our provinces leading Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Dobson, specializing in hip and knee repair/replacements.

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Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of working with a variety of clientele, ranging from paraplegic individuals, MVA (motor vehicle accident) victims, TKR (total knee replacement) individuals, all the way to sports injuries varrying from the average weekend warrior, to elite level National team members. I have completed my ART (Active Release Techniques) for the lower extremity, my HCP level First Responder, Advanced Sport Massage Course, Advanced Dynamic Taping, Sports Injuries of the Upper and Lower Extremity Course, and am currently a Certification Candidate with the Canadian Sport Massage Therapist Association.  I have experience working with National level cyclists, former and current NHL players, National level track and field athletes, triathletes, and wide variety of other sports.  In 2007, with the opening of our new Varsity Stadium field, Trent University and Trent Health in Motion hosted the Women’s World Lacrosse Championships where I was part of the Host Medical Team, working with players from all over the world.

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I would have to say the past 2 years have been the most exciting for me with my career. In December of 2014, I received an offer to travel to Florida with members of our National Swim Team to be their Therapist for a training camp in Pompano Beach.  I spent a week working with some of our nations top swimmers, keeping them injury free and getting a glimpse of what the daily routines of a full time athlete is like.  In March of 2015 I returned to Florida for a 2 week camp with the swim team to work with them once again, aiding in the preparations for the upcoming Pan Am Games in Toronto that summer.  I managed to be a part of Mission Staff for Team Canada at the Pan Am Games in the Athletes Village for the 2015 Pan Am Games, working with a variety of our countries top athletes…….truly an experience I will never forget.  This past April I was also able to work at our Canadian Olympic Swim Trials where I had the opportunity to work on one our youngest female Olympic medalists to date.  This being the recent accomplishment of her strong swim performance at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  Between working championship rowing competitions, working with ‘Row to Podium’ athletes here at THIM and keeping our Varsity athletes on top of their games, it’s truly been an exciting time in my career.  I feel very lucky to work with some talented therapists both within the THIM clinic as well as those at the National level.

I love the challenge of working with individuals to determine the right course of treatment for them…

 

I am currently in the midst of developing of research project to show the physical outcomes/benefits of Trent Varsity Soccer players using Manual/Massage Therapy on a regular basis during pre-season and competition season play.  I aim to complete the process of becoming a Certified Sport Massage Therapist with the Canadian Sport Massage Therapist Association within the next couple of years and continue to keep the Peterborough community and Trent University population active in all aspects of their life.

 

I feel very lucky to work with some talented therapists both within the THIM clinic as well as those at the National level. 

 

It’s been an incredible career so far, I love the challenge of working with individuals to determine the right course of treatment for them, and having that incredible sense of accomplishment when they can return to living an active, healthy lifestyle, or make the podium in competition thanks to treatment that I’ve given them.  I really look forward to the next chapter in my career, it’s been truly amazing so far!

 

Dave Kervin, RMT, SMT(cc), ART Provider
Trent Health in Motion
Trent University