The BIM Team

Andrea Lawson

BHK, CSCS, SFG Level 1, MES

Andrea is the owner and founder of Balance In Motion, which opened its doors in 2008. Behind her expertise, BIM has established itself as Richmond’s go-to high performance and injury rehab facility – helping clients and athletes of all walks of life recover from injury and achieve their desired health, fitness and performance goals.

Andrea is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and has been the strength and conditioning coach for the Richmond Rapids’ Senior National Development Team since 2009. She also currently works with VolleyBall Canada, Seafair Minor Hockey, and the YVR Fire Department.

Known for helping her clients ‘Go Beyond Better,’ Andrea is ​constantly increasing her knowledge-base​,​ ​and ​obtaining ​the ​certifications that continue to allow her to give ​clients the highest level of training available. She is apart of the Strong First™kettlebell community, having achieved her Level 1 Instructor Certification in June of 2015, a certified Medical Exercise Specialist (MES) through the American Academy of Health Fitness & Rehabilitation Professionals, and a practicing kinesiologist under the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK). She​’s​ also a certificated Functional Movement Systems™ Provider.

Prior to opening Balance In Motion, Andrea received her bachelor degree at the University of British Columbia in 2007, graduating with a bachelor of Human Kinetics Exercise Science. She has dedicated her life to helping clients ​reach their health and fitness goals​,​ regardless of any barriers that may be holding them back, so that they can rehabilitate from injury, feel great and reach their peak level of performance.

Functional movement is Andrea’s passion, and BIM ​​was created ​to help people achieve it.

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Chad Cardoso

BKIN, CSCS, CSEP-CEP

Chad graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2012 with a bachelor of kinesiology focusing on exercise physiology and prevention of sports injuries. Chad is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP), and is also Functional Movement Systems™ Provider. Chad brings a wide range of experience from clinical rehabilitation to high performance training.

Chad specializes in athletic performance training, active rehabilitation through exercise prescription, and preventative injury strategies. He is also proficient in Olympic weightlifting and kettlebell training. He has worked with Seafair Minor Hockey, Richmond Rapids Swim Club, and Richmond Men’s Baseball. In addition to his education and experience, Chad has also competed at higher levels in several sports such as basketball, football, and volleyball, and continues to compete recreationally in ice hockey and golf.

Chad is dedicated to developing comprehensive, personalized action plans for each client and strives to help his clients achieve their health and fitness goals.

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Jen Booton

BKIN, CSCS

Jen is a Practicing Kinesiologist, having graduated with a degree in Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia in 2012. She is a practicing member of the BC Association of Kinesiologists and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She has completed her FMS level 1&2, is a Functional Movement Systems™ Provider and has completed Kettlebell training through StrongFirst. She is currently working towards a credential through the Postural Restoration Institute.

Jen has provided active rehabilitation and training services in clinical and community-based settings to a diverse range of clientele. She specializes in active rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries through exercise prescription and athletic performance training.

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

Jen is passionate about restoring movement to rehabilitate injuries, enhance athletic performance and improve quality of life. She takes a comprehensive approach of addressing muscular imbalances, restoring breathing and improving posture to help you achieve the best results possible!

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Andrei Obraztsov

Andrei is a 2014 graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Kinesiology program. He tailored his course selection to reflect the need for active rehabilitation and personal training services at community centres and recreation facilities.

Andrei 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.

During university, Andrei was actively involved in providing personal and group training at community centres and recreation facilities in the City of Richmond. He has experience working with healthy adults, youth groups, seniors and people with developmental and physical disabilities. Andrei also spent several years volunteering with rehabilitation staff at residential care facilities, where he assisted residents in maintaining an active lifestyle. He currently volunteers and instructs physical activity classes for people with early stage dementia.

Andrei enjoys guiding his clients through their physical activity pursuits by making exercise meaningful and fun.

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Kalen O’Brien

Kalen is a certified personal trainer with the CSEP (Canadian Society of Physiologists) and graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Kinesiology program, where he focused on sport’s injury prevention. He has experience providing functional fitness, strength and conditioning, as well as active rehabilitation services to diverse populations, ranging from the clinical and aging, to elite athletes.

In addition to his education and experience, Kalen has competed in a number of high level sports, including volleyball, soccer and Karate. Kalen is committed to taking an individualized and client-specific approach to every program that he coaches, and passionate about working with a variety of clientele – using physical activity as a means to help each individual meet their specific health and physical performance goals.​

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Leo Shaw

Leo graduated from the University of Victoria’s kinesiology program in 2015. Throughout his degree he gained valuable experience from a number volunteer and work experiences. These experiences allowed him to work with a variety of populations ranging from top tier athletes, to those with intellectual challenges, to individuals suffering from degenerative diseases. In doing so, he was fortunate enough to work with a broad scale of age groups from as young as 5-6 years of age, to individuals well into their 90’s. Through these experiences he was able to see the role that exercise may play in the ​bettering of an individual’s life.

Whether exercise is a means of pre-rehabilitation from a joint replacement, to improve athletic performance or to help continue to live an​ independent lifestyle, Leo is dedicated to helping individual’s reach their goal.

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Kelly Mostat

Kelly is the mastermind behind the desk at Balance In Motion, handling all of our administrative needs. Before joining our BIM family, Kelly managed a veterinary practice and provided bookkeeping services. With a background in aesthetics and a passion for health and fitness, Kelly is currently pursuing her CFES Personal Training certification. In addition, she recently obtained her Precision Nutrition Sport and Exercise Nutrition Certification.

Kelly started with Balance In Motion as a client in 2014, which sparked her latest endeavours. Being a part of the BIM family has helped her achieve her own fitness goals, and continually inspires her to help other achieve theirs.


Lawrence Lam

RMT, B.Sc. Kinesiology

Lawrence graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2004 with a degree in Kinesiology, where his focus was promoting fitness and health. However, he found his true passion in injury rehabilitation and graduated as a massage therapist from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2007. His work has taken him from Vancouver to Hong Kong and back to Vancouver again.

Since then, he found experience as an assistant trainer with the Vancouver Canadians Baseball team and as a sports massage therapist for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian Women’s Rugby Sevens team. In addition, he has extensive experience treating work injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and other causes of pain and dysfunction from everyday life.

His treatment revolves around a combination of myofascial release, gentle mobilizations, and deep tissue massage to treat dysfunction and pain. The goal of his treatments is to identify functional deficiencies in patients and treat them with massage as well as prescribed exercise programs.

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