David holds a Bachelor of Science (Physical Therapy) degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has spent his career practicing in the area of orthopaedic physiotherapy. David has achieved extensive post-graduate training, including his Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy, certification in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and coursework in manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and functional capacity evaluation. David was an owner and program manager of a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation centre in Saskatoon prior to moving to Halifax and opening Kachan Physiotherapy in 2007.
Alongside his practice, for 17 years David was a clinical consultant to the Saskatchewan Worker’s Compensation Board, providing clinical opinion and collaborating with colleagues on treatment plans for injured workers. In addition he developed best practice guidelines and performed program evaluation and quality assurance for care of injured workers in Saskatchewan. David has recently stepped down from this role to focus on clinical care and mentoring.
Since 2007, David has been a clinical instructor at Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy.
“When I opened Kachan Physiotherapy, I wanted to create a clinic that combined the best elements of care I had observed through my professional experience. My guiding principles were simple: spend time with patients to understand their problem; consider their needs when developing a treatment model; and, educate them to achieve realistic goals. Success is achieved when a patient understands their problem, the problem is resolved and the patient is empowered to self-manage and, hopefully, prevent recurrence.”
David is a proud Haligonian and deeply entrenched in our community through active volunteer work. He has served on a number of committees for the College of Physiotherapists of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association. David received the 2020 Canadian Physiotherapy Mentorship Award and the 2021 Canadian Physiotherapy Medal of Distinction which recognized 100 physiotherapists who have impacted physiotherapy as the profession marked their 100th Anniversary in 2020. In his spare time, David is an enthusiastic cyclist, runner and traveller. David’s greatest joy, however, is spending time with his family.