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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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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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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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Luke Gilmore

Coach & Practicing Kinesiologist

A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Luke majored in Clinical Exercise Physiology and has a Bachelors of Human Kinetics.

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Luke Gilmore's Full Bio

A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Luke majored in Clinical Exercise Physiology and has a Bachelors of Human Kinetics.

A practicing Kinesiologist certified under the BC Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK) Luke has a passion for movement and is an advocate of functional health. He believes that you can prevent and rehabilitate from most injuries with proper movement and strength training. A belief that he strives to prove to every client that he has the pleasure of working with.

Prior to joining the BIM Coaching Team, Luke spent time volunteering in a physiotherapy clinic – where he gained experience with patients with a wide range of functional abilities and injuries.

A former competitive swimmer and hockey player, today Luke enjoys keeping active with Cycling, Hiking and strength training.

Whatever your training goal, Luke can help you work towards and achieve it.

FUN FACT: Luke once had a VERY close encounter with a bear while hiking in the Callaghan Valley. Ask him about it. It’s rather terrifying.

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Kirby Marchand

Coach & Practicing Kinesiologist

Kirby Marchand is a graduate of UBC with a Bachelor of Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology. She is a practicing Kinesiologist, certified under the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK). Kirby specializes in active rehabilitation of soft tissue injury through exercise and athletic performance training.

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Kirby Marchand's Full Bio

Kirby Marchand is a graduate of UBC with a Bachelor of Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology. She is a practicing Kinesiologist, certified under the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK). Kirby specializes in active rehabilitation of soft tissue injury through exercise and athletic performance training.

Kirby has experience with injury assessment and treatment from her work with the Women’s basketball Team at UBC as a Student Athletic Therapist. She has also worked with ICBC clients as an Exercise Rehab Specialist.

With a passion for anatomy and injury mechanics, Kirby provides thorough assessments to understand the root of pain or malfunction. She is invested in a client’s success and designs a tailored program to address any imbalances or weaknesses.

Kirby is also a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the American College of Sports Medicine. She is passionate about helping her clients set and achieve goals that they may not have thought possible.

Her passion for fitness stems from her extensive athletic background. Kirby plays basketball, volleyball and soccer and spends her free time snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, cycling, running and swimming.

Kirby works with clients at all fitness levels, whether it is your first time in a gym or you are training for competition. She coaches in a Personal, Semi-Private or Group Training environment.

FUN FACT: Kirby has an identical twin!

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Michael Jaehwan Lee

Coach & Practicing Kinesiologist

Michael is a bilingual (Korean & English) practicing Kinesiologist in Vancouver B.C.

He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Rehabilitation Science. He has experience working as a student athletic therapist with Waterloo’s varsity Volleyball and Squash teams, and he is currently certified under the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK).

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Michael Jaehwan Lee's Full Bio

Michael is a bilingual (Korean & English) practicing Kinesiologist in Vancouver B.C.

He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Rehabilitation Science. He has experience working as a student athletic therapist with Waterloo’s varsity Volleyball and Squash teams, and he is currently certified under the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK).

Sports and physical activities have been a huge part of Michael’s life. He has experienced a wide range of sports & activities, such as: swimming, ice hockey/ ringette, golf, kendo, football, wrestling, badminton, volleyball, and more. He is currently focusing his training for competitive powerlifting.

He developed an interest for rehabilitation after overcoming sports-related injuries. Having to go through rehabilitation processes himself allowed him to see how physical activity can positively impact the quality of lives. Physical activities are not limited to sports, but also for general functional health. This experience further piqued Michael’s interest in the study of Kinesiology, to dabble into the sciences of human movement, whether it’s for sports or general activities of daily living.

He is currently looking out for further education in strength and conditioning as well as studies within rehabilitation sciences and sports medicine.

During his free times, he also likes to spend time with photography, videography, drawing, cooking new dishes, eating, playing badminton and volleyball recreationally. Often pretty open to various activities.

FUN FACT: Michael fell off a ski lift as a child. Fortunately, he left the mountain completely uninjured.

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Ivana Sy

Coach & Practicing Kinesiologist

Passionate about helping people improve their overall well-being through exercise, Ivana is currently in her 3rd year at the University of Waterloo. Where she is working towards a Bachelor of Science in the Honours Kinesiology program.

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Passionate about helping people improve their overall well-being through exercise, Ivana is currently in her 3rd year at the University of Waterloo. Where she is working towards a Bachelor of Science in the Honours Kinesiology program.

Ivana comes to us through the BIM Internship program, where she honed her skills as a coach and discovered a new passion for helping people Go Beyond Better.

When not at BIM or in school, Ivana likes to participate in ultimate frisbee and recreational volleyball.

FUN FACT: Lauren has met Chris Hemsworth. Don’t believe her? Ask to see the photo!

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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 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 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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