Leading Industry Standards For Over 40 Years!
Dave is one of the country’s top Aquatic Therapy practitioners. For over four decades, he has helped hundreds of clients to radically heal and transform their lives.
Dave’s background is both extensive and divinely inspired. He began his career in 1988 with “Fortune 500 Best” company Recreational Equipment, Incorporated (REI), working his way up the corporate ladder to become the youngest vice president in the company’s then history. By 2001, he sensed a calling toward a new path—one that married his passion for people with his interest in the spiritual dimension. Seeking further clarity with a professional life coach, he undertook a profound inquiry process, during which he awakened a deep spirituality as well as a clear mission: to help people heal and transform their lives through connecting with their own inner divine potential.
Dave’s aquatic therapy quest began back in 2002, after his first aquatic therapy treatment at the Canyon Ranch SPA in Tucson, Arizona. The experience was so transformational that he felt called to learn and facilitate this modality as well. In the months that followed, he studied with the industry’s best teachers, including the founder of WATSU®, whereupon he earned his national license, and certification by the Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association.
By 2010, Dave founded and served as Executive Director of the nonprofit Wave Academy (since renamed Healing Wave Aquatics), a San Diego-based organization that utilizes aquatic therapy to treat PTSD-diagnosed veterans and their caregivers. Created with the goal of reducing the then-suicide rate of 22 veterans per day, the organization went on to help hundreds of clients and raise over $1.4 million in grants and donations. It also undertook a groundbreaking research evaluation study with Johns Hopkins University to measure the reduction of Post-Traumatic Stress through aquatic therapy under Dave’s leadership. In addition, Dave shaped the WATSU® treatment services at the world class Golden Door SPA from 2004-2010, while also managing the aquatic therapy team at the “World’s Best” destination fitness ranch and spa, Rancho La Puerta, in Mexico, from 2010 to 2022.
In his personal life, Dave lives what he preaches. He embodies living life to the fullest, pushing past boundaries and connecting with the elements—from scaling high-altitude peaks to meeting with medicine men in Africa to drawing inspiration from Buddhist masters on the Tibetan Plateau. Along the way, whatever the endeavor, Dave is guided by divine grace and the sincere intention to help others heal and transform.