Spring 2021 Featured Practitioner
Zachary Hum Physiotherapist
Tonume's newest feature online is a fun Question and Answer with one of our practitioners/staff.
This month we feature one of our newest practitioners Zachary Hum, Physiotherapist.
Q: What are your favourite recreational activities?
A: Sports and staying active is a big part of my life – so if I’m not working, you’ll see me either playing basketball, exercising at home, or bouldering (rock climbing) at the gym. However, since moving to Vancouver, I have grown to appreciate hiking and enjoying the great outdoors. When I’m not up and about, I also enjoy reading books and playing guitar.
Q: What is your favourite Restaurant on the Drive?
A: Surprisingly as someone who is a meat lover, Bandidas Taqueria (a vegetarian Mexican restaurant) is one of my favourites.
Q: What are your favourite travel destinations and why?
A: One of my favourite destinations would be the Canadian East Coast. It was super fun to go with my brother as we did a 5 hour bike ride to sight see the landmarks and try out different seafoods.
Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: Growing up as a kid, I really enjoyed being active and playing basketball and so I wanted to get paid to play sports! Safe to say that didn’t pan out, but I got to choose the next best thing - working in an active profession – physiotherapy!
Q: What got you interested in becoming a Physiotherapist?
A: My dad played a huge influence as he himself was a physiotherapist (matter of fact, my brother and sister are physiotherapists as well!). It was fascinating to see him work and build relationships with patients, while also seeing their progress under his care. As I also grew older and played sports, I myself got injuries. This lead me to learn how intricately the body was created and made me excited to learn more and how I too could help people as well.
Q: What do you like most about being a PT?
A: I really enjoy problem solving with people and helping them understand more about what their body is experiencing. By understanding what is going on, things that seem odd, off, or weird can be simply answered. What I also appreciate about PT is being able to open people’s horizons of what they can achieve. Sometimes I hear patients say that they just have to deal with the pain for the rest of their lives, but I think with careful planning, dedication, and hard work, these situations can turn around.
Q: You, like our other Physiotherapist Julie, use a lot of P-DTR in your treatments. What got you interested in P-DTR, and why does it help with patients' pain and dysfunction?
A: As a health care practitioner, I have run into many situations where clients have not gotten better and I’m left wondering why. I have successfully treated a condition with “XYZ” and when I saw another patient with the same condition, “XYZ” didn’t work. I was frustrated and discouraged with the results clients were having until I was recommended to learn about P-DTR. I think P-DTR brings clarity and precision to why certain treatments work during certain situations and not during others. What makes it unbelievable is how simple yet effective the treatment is. It is a pain free technique that “resets” the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. By doing so, the body can function more optimally and experience improvements in strength, flexibility, decreased pain and so much more!