Latest Review: Aaron Valizan has been my brother, Shawn’s personal trainer and “life saver” for a couple years. Shawn was a NCAA two time Men's rings gymnastics champion, and was a personal trainer himself up until he had his 2 strokes.
Shawn is only 55 years old. A few years ago, had two strokes which left him incompacitated and unable to:
• Remember anything
• Walk on his own
• Eat his meals without help
• Make it to the bathroom
• Remember where is living
He has stayed at two Skilled Nursing Homes:
San Marino Manor for 6 months
Glendora Grand which is where Shawn has resided for two years.
I decided that Shawn needed someone who could relate to his background and understand his illness and physical handicaps. It was very difficult for Shawn because he did have a vague memory of being a PT and thought he still had clients that he worked out with.
I started researching Personal Trainers in his area and found Aaron Valizan. He was highly recommended, and I also found out he had 10 years of nursing experience in the hospital setting, so I set up a time for him to come out to Glendora Grand convalescent home to meet Shawn. They hit it off right away.
Shawn was actually smiling for the first time in years.
I started booking their appointments. Shawn showed progress after only a few weeks.
Then, Shawn caught MRSA, which is a highly contagious disease. He was transported to Inter Community Hospital where he was put into an isolated department with a private room. Aaron visited Shawn (wearing scrubs, gloves and booties to protect him from contracting the disease). He immediately lifted Shawn’s morale which in turn got him to start to eat. The hospital staff was really impressed with how well he worked with Shawn.
Aaron started organizing some training sessions for Shawn for when he returned to Glendora Grand.
Within one month, he had Shawn out of the wheel chair and walking on his own (Shawn’s disease was gone).
Every time Aaron walked into Shawn’s room, his fact lit up and he was ready to “go work out”.
When Shawn was feeling better, Aaron decided to sign
him up at a local gym, giving Shawn a lot more to look forward to do. His symptoms improved on a regular basis. He remembered that he had appointments at a gym and could not wait to go. I could not be more happy!
Today, Shawn has improved on a regular basis. Aaron has kept up their appointments at the gym and coming by to work with him at Glendora Grand. Shawn looks forward to every appointment.
Honestly, I have been so impressed with Aaron and thrilled with the amount of time and patience he takes to work with Shawn. I think we are beginning to see “The Light at The End of the Tunnel” and hope that Shawn will improve on a regular basis.
I cannot thank Aaron enough for all that he has done for my brother. He has literally “saved his life”!
Thank you, Aaron!!
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