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Meet The Team

Andrea Lawson

BIM Founder + Head Kinesiologist

Andrea founded Balance In Motion in 2008, and has since grown it into one of the Lower Mainland’s top high performance and injury rehabilitation facilities.

Known for helping clients achieve goals they never thought possible, Andrea is a practicing Kinesiologist under the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) who loves helping people overcome the injuries or limitations preventing them from reaching their full potential.

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Andrea Lawson's Full Bio

Andrea founded Balance In Motion in 2008, and has since grown it into one of the Lower Mainland’s top high performance and injury rehabilitation facilities.

Known for helping clients achieve goals they never thought possible, Andrea is a practicing Kinesiologist under the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) who loves helping people overcome the injuries or limitations preventing them from reaching their full potential.

An advocate that one should never put fitness on top of dysfunction, Andrea is a certified Medical Exercise Specialist (MES) through the American Academy of Health Fitness & Rehabilitation Professionals. She is also a certified Functional Movement Systems™ provider.

She has dedicated her life to helping people ​reach their health and fitness goals​,​ regardless of the barriers that may currently be holding them back.

As testament to her dedication, Andrea is ​constantly increasing her knowledge-base​ – ​obtaining ​new ​certifications that will allow her to continue to give ​clients the highest level of training available, while improving their quality of life.

Andrea writes and oversees many of the training programs offered at Balance In Motion and is the current Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Richmond Rapids’ Senior National Development Team and the YVR Fire Department. She is the former coach of VolleyBall Canada and Seafair Minor Hockey.

She is also a part of the StrongFirst™ kettlebell community, having received her Level 1 Instructor Certification in June of 2015.

FUN FACT: Andrea can back any vehicle into a parking spot no matter the size or difficulty. She also drives a truck and can squat one too!

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Jen Booton

Senior Trainer + Practicing Kinesiologist

Jen has been an integral part of Balance In Motion since day one.

A practicing kinesiologist, certified under the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK), Jen specializes in active rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries through exercise and athletic performance training.

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Jen Booton's Full Bio

Jen has been an integral part of Balance In Motion since day one.

A practicing kinesiologist, certified under the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK), Jen specializes in active rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries through exercise and athletic performance training.

Since graduating with a degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia in 2012, Jen has obtained a number of additional certifications in order to give her clients the highest level of coaching available.

She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. A certified Functional Movement Systems™ provider, with level 1 and 2 credentials. An active part of the StrongFirst™ kettlebell community. And is currently working towards a credential with the Postural Restoration Institute.

With a passion for restoring movement to rehabilitate injuries, enhance athletic performance and improve quality of life, Jen takes a corrective approach to addressing muscular imbalances, restoring proper breathing patterns and improving posture to help her clients achieve the best results possible.

Jen is one of the lead trainers here at BIM, working with Personal, Semi-Private and Group Training clients.

She is also a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Richmond Rapids Senior Provincial and National Age Group swim teams, and has worked with Richmond Youth Soccer – providing strength and conditioning coaching to their selects teams.

FUN FACT: Jen is an avid closet puzzler. She also enjoys terrible puns, the cheesier the punnier.

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Andrei Obraztsov

Coach & Practicing Kinesiologist

Andrei is an active rehabilitation specialist. He’s also the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.

A graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Kinesiology program, and certified under the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK), Andrei enjoys guiding his clients to their fitness goals by making exercise meaningful and fun.

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Andrei Obraztsov's Full Bio

Andrei is an active rehabilitation specialist. He’s also the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.

A graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Kinesiology program, and certified under the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK), Andrei enjoys guiding his clients to their fitness goals by making exercise meaningful and fun.

With a wide range of experience, Andrei has helped everyone from healthy adults, youth groups and seniors, to people with developmental and physical disabilities achieve their training goals safely and effectively.

As part of Andrei’s personal mission to give his clients the highest level of coaching available, he has acquired a number of industry certifications. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA), a Qualified TRX Suspension Training Instructor, and a certified Functional Movement Systems™ provider.

A firm believer in the healing power of exercise, Andrei has spent several years volunteering with rehabilitation staff at residential care facilities, where he helps residents maintain an active lifestyle.

Andrei works with clients at all fitness levels, coaching them to success in a Personal, Semi-Private or Group Training environment.

FUN FACT: Andrei is a Russian speaking audiophile. He knows more about speakers than anyone we know.

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Aly Habib

Coach & Practicing Kinesiologist

Aly loves coaching his clients toward their personal fitness goals in a safe and productive way.

A graduate of Simon Fraser University, Aly holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology, majoring in Active Health and Rehabilitation. He also has a certificate in Health and Fitness.

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Aly Habib's Full Bio

Aly loves coaching his clients toward their personal fitness goals in a safe and productive way.

A graduate of Simon Fraser University, Aly holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology, majoring in Active Health and Rehabilitation. He also has a certificate in Health and Fitness.

Committed to providing his clients with the resources, knowledge and technique necessary to lift better, move better and ultimately live better, Aly is a practicing member of the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK) and a certified Functional Movement Systems™ provider.

He is also an athlete, competing at a high level in field hockey, soccer and table tennis.

Aly coaches clients at all fitness levels in a Personal, Semi-Private or Group Training environment.

FUN FACT: Aly played competitive table tennis at a national level for Kenya.

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Alex Laroux

Coach & Practicing Kinesiologist

Alex strives to help people achieve a healthy active lifestyle.

A graduate of Saint Francis Xavier University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Kinetics, Alex’s passion is foundational movement and injury prevention.

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Alex Laroux's Full Bio

Alex strives to help people achieve a healthy active lifestyle.

A graduate of Saint Francis Xavier University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Kinetics, Alex’s passion is foundational movement and injury prevention.

He is a certified personal trainer with the CPTN (Certified Professional Trainers Network) and has volunteered with a wide spectrum of individuals, ranging from elite athletes to people with disabilities, young children to older adults.

Alex also has a strong athletic background, having competed at high levels in swimming, soccer, baseball and golf. Sports that he still participates in at a recreational level.

FUN FACT: Alex self-identifies as an "amateur vexillologist." He can name over 150 country flags just by seeing them.

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Ian Nelson

Coach & Practicing Kinesiologist

Ian obtained his Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia, and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the Health and Fitness Federation of Canada. Currently working towards his Exercise Physiologist Certification, Ian also holds a supervisor position at ICORD’s Physical Activity Research Center. Where he works with individuals who have sustained a spinal cord injury.

Ian is passionate about using physical activity to improve a person’s quality of life. He invests himself in his clients’ progress and wellbeing, and works with everyone from athletes to injury rehabilitation clients and individuals who are just looking to feel better. When working with a client he meets them at their level and guides them towards their goals, using research guided exercise prescriptions and practical experience.

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Ian Nelson's Full Bio

Ian obtained his Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia, and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the Health and Fitness Federation of Canada. Currently working towards his Exercise Physiologist Certification, Ian also holds a supervisor position at ICORD’s Physical Activity Research Center. Where he works with individuals who have sustained a spinal cord injury.

Ian is passionate about using physical activity to improve a person’s quality of life. He invests himself in his clients’ progress and wellbeing, and works with everyone from athletes to injury rehabilitation clients and individuals who are just looking to feel better. When working with a client he meets them at their level and guides them towards their goals, using research guided exercise prescriptions and practical experience.

An avid sportsman, Ian enjoys cycling, skiing, hockey and hiking. Currently, he trains the YVR Airport Authority, Seafair Hockey team and Richmond Rapids swim team.

Before beginning his studies at UBC, Ian was a competitive mountain biker who rode on the North Shore mountain biking team.

FUN FACT: Ian is a handyman extraordinaire. He will take a stab at fixing just about everything with a motor.

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Marianne Brimmell

Coach & Practicing Kinesiologist

Marianne graduated from the University of Victoria in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science, honours in Kinesiology and minor in Psychology. She is a practicing member of the BC Association of Kinesiologists and has worked with a wide variety of populations, including athletes, ICBC clients, cardiac and respiratory rehab patients in a hospital setting, as well as personal training clients. Marianne is passionate about helping individuals rehabilitate from injuries, meet and surpass their fitness goals and increase their overall quality of life.

Marianne was born and raised in Victoria, BC and grew up living an active lifestyle in this beautiful city. She played a variety of sports growing up and was a dancer for many years. She now enjoys strength training, running, hiking, spinning, yoga and snowboarding. Having recently moved from Victoria to Vancouver, Marianne is loving all that Vancouver has to offer – especially its flourishing fitness community.

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Marianne Brimmell's Full Bio

Marianne graduated from the University of Victoria in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science, honours in Kinesiology and minor in Psychology. She is a practicing member of the BC Association of Kinesiologists and has worked with a wide variety of populations, including athletes, ICBC clients, cardiac and respiratory rehab patients in a hospital setting, as well as personal training clients. Marianne is passionate about helping individuals rehabilitate from injuries, meet and surpass their fitness goals and increase their overall quality of life.

Marianne was born and raised in Victoria, BC and grew up living an active lifestyle in this beautiful city. She played a variety of sports growing up and was a dancer for many years. She now enjoys strength training, running, hiking, spinning, yoga and snowboarding. Having recently moved from Victoria to Vancouver, Marianne is loving all that Vancouver has to offer – especially its flourishing fitness community.

Our newest addition to the BIM Coaching Team, she is excited to share her passion for fitness with her new clients!

FUN FACT: Ask Marianne about her previous life. Once upon a time she was an elite ballet dancer.

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Jessica Holmes

Nutrition Coach

Jessica is dedicated to helping clients master the nutritional habits and behaviors necessary to meet their individual goals and make lasting changes to their health and wellness.

A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She has also completed graduate work in both education and administration. Jessica has been active in the area of developmental coaching and assessment and is working towards her Precision Nutrition Coaching Certification.

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Jessica Holmes's Full Bio

Jessica is dedicated to helping clients master the nutritional habits and behaviors necessary to meet their individual goals and make lasting changes to their health and wellness.

A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. She has also completed graduate work in both education and administration. Jessica has been active in the area of developmental coaching and assessment and is working towards her Precision Nutrition Coaching Certification.

In high school Jessica played basketball and continued to stay active in university, playing different intramural sports. As a wife and mother of five, much of the last two decades has been spent raising her family and teaching all ages in diverse learning environments. After living in Mississippi, California and Nevada she is excited to be back home in Richmond.

Jessica is approachable and passionate about walking alongside those who are ready to explore all the benefits at proper nutrition at all stages of fitness.

FUN FACT: Jessica once auditioned for the Mickey Mouse Club but lost her spot to two no name celebrities… Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. (True story)

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Elyse Dwight

Administration

Elyse graduated in 2011 from Douglas College with a certificate in Medical Office Administration and has been working at BIM since 2015. She enjoys working alongside such an awesome and inspiring team whose main purpose is helping people achieve their fitness goals, or recover from an injury. She loves welcoming new and returning clients, as well as getting to know people.

Currently, Elyse is working towards an Associate of Science degree in Environmental Studies at Langara College. When she's not at the office, or studying, you will find her biking, climbing, caving or planning her next trip.

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Elyse Dwight's Full Bio

Elyse graduated in 2011 from Douglas College with a certificate in Medical Office Administration and has been working at BIM since 2015. She enjoys working alongside such an awesome and inspiring team whose main purpose is helping people achieve their fitness goals, or recover from an injury. She loves welcoming new and returning clients, as well as getting to know people.

Currently, Elyse is working towards an Associate of Science degree in Environmental Studies at Langara College. When she's not at the office, or studying, you will find her biking, climbing, caving or planning her next trip.

FUN FACT: Do you Catan? Elyse sure does. She’s our resident Settlers of Catan expert.

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Ellie

BIM Mascot

Ellie is Andrea’s super friendly, and a little bratty, 9-year-old Siberian Husky cross.

Since day one, Ellie has been motivating clients to Go Beyond Better in her own special way.

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Ellie's Full Bio

Ellie is Andrea’s super friendly, and a little bratty, 9-year-old Siberian Husky cross.

Since day one, Ellie has been motivating clients to Go Beyond Better in her own special way.

When not greeting people at our studio door, she can be found offering encouragement to clients working through their training program, or making herself available for pats and treats pre, post, and sometimes during training sessions.

Ellie lost her leg to cancer a few years back, but hasn’t let that slow her.

She has shown that being strong in the greatest moments of weakness takes moving forward with everything you have now, instead of looking back on what you once had.

She may not know it, but she is one inspiring lady.

FUN FACT: Ellie will do anything for food. This is not an exaggeration.

Milton

BIM Greeter

Milton is 2-year-old shepherd cross that Jen rescued as a puppy.

It didn’t take long for Milton to adopt the role of official BIM Greeter. One could even say that he was born to do it. His happy go lucky disposition is infectious, making it impossible not to smile when he’s around.

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Milton's Full Bio

Milton is 2-year-old shepherd cross that Jen rescued as a puppy.

It didn’t take long for Milton to adopt the role of official BIM Greeter. One could even say that he was born to do it. His happy go lucky disposition is infectious, making it impossible not to smile when he’s around.

A regular on our social media channels, Milton loves helping his mom teach clients new exercises and demonstrate proper exercise form.

He also knows how to lay it on thick when he wants bum scratches and will remember you forever if you feed him (we’re not kidding!)

FUN FACT: Milton hates vacuums. We think it’s because they eat up all of the floor treats.

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