Garth Van Gaalen
Kinesiologist & Owner
As a Kinesiologist, I get to help people achieve their fitness, strength, or athletic goals. I enjoy building a connection with my clients to motivate and encourage them to exercise outside of their comfort zone. By combining in-depth knowledge of movement with client-customized plans and a positive, calm approach, I guide clients toward achieving their goals.
I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley, while competing on the University Volleyball team. I believe it is important to continue to learn so I am certified in Functional Movement Systems (FMS), Precision Nutrition, Yoga Alliance 200, and golf fitness through the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI).
For as long as I can recall, I’ve been drawn to sport, and believe that participating in a variety of movement activities is one key to having a fit, healthy body. I strongly believe strength training is an important component of fitness but hiking, climbing, paddling, and swimming are also great when done outside in the amazing natural environment we call home.
When we decided to open Pacific North Wellness, Lianne and I knew that we wanted to create a space where both our clients and our team feel valued and connected to a community. I am excited to see our community grow and continue to provide high level service.
Maddison earned her Bachelor of Human Kinetics (Kinesiology) in 2018 from Trinity Western University, and spent her first few years after in a more clinically supervised exercise setting. Her extensive experience working with individuals with various acute and chronic health conditions (including hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, weight-management, and more) not only allow her to prescribe exercise programs that foster physical fitness, but also promote a deeper sense of health and well-being that sometimes get left out.
Maddison appreciates that her role as a Kinesiologist allows her to work in different settings and paces. Whether 1-on-1, in duos, or in groups, she recognizes that each person is different from the next, and that this should also apply to the way Kinesiologists assess, goal-set, encourage, and work with each individual.
When away from the clinic, Maddison often enjoys her time outside in the fresh air with a coffee. She also likes to play soccer, hit golf balls at the driving range, and learn new card games with her hubby.