Dr. Nikita A. Vizniak
Dr. Vizniak is an globally recognized best-selling author, professional speaker and clinician. He is an honors graduate of the University of Western States, professor and Chair of Physical Medicine, director of Professional Health Systems and certified yoga instructor. His passion is derived from his love of practical teaching and sharing evidence-based knowledge. Dr. Vizniak’s textbooks, youtube videos and CE courses have been translated into many languages and are used by 100,000s of students, instructors, therapists and doctors around the world. His work centers around evidence based, best practices of integrated multidisciplinary patient centered management and results based outcomes. Patient bookings can be made here.
A regular student favorite, Dr. Vizniak teaches topics including anatomy, soft tissue mobilization, orthopedics, diagnostic imaging, joint mobilization, IASTM, exercise therapeutics and numerous advanced myofascial therapies. He has also has trained in minor surgery, obstetrics, phlebotomy, acupuncture, botanical medicine and clinical nutrition. His professional experience outside of private practice includes; sports medicine, working as a subject matter expert on exam and continuing education committees for numerous colleges, universities and professional licensing bodies. Dr. Vizniak provides an entertaining lecture full of enthusiasm and positive student learning opportunities, as well as a safe place to ask questions and make mistakes (Dr. Vizniak’s Top Tips for instructors can be found here).
He has also taught standardized exam preparation for MCAT (pre-med), PCAT (pre-pharmacy), DAT (pre-dental), OAT (pre-optometry) and various nutrition & botanical medicine educational series. His professional experience outside of private practice, also include working & volunteering in hospital ERs and cancer wards and as a standardized patient simulator, trainer, national board exam clinical scenario developer & proctor for the NPLEX, CCEB, Medical Council of Canada & UBC standardized patient program. Dr. Vizniak has also served as a subject matter expert on medical legal litigation and continuing education committees for numerous colleges, universities and professional licensing bodies.
When not engaged in practice, research or clinical academics, he enjoys wood working, organic farming, Brazilian jujitsu, circuit training, archery, target shooting, soccer, floor hockey, biking, hiking, golf, watching documentaries and spending time enjoying the outdoors with his friends & family.
Throughout my entire undergrad I have survived by basic memorization and regurgitation. This didn’t translate to retention or application of information. Dr. Vizniak is the only professor that I have encountered that was so invested in constantly remodeling and updating his teachings to ensure his students were getting the best possible learning experience. His investment in his students is unparalleled. His styling of teaching was unlike any I had ever seen before and I wish he could teach others to teach the way that he does. He makes learning easy, fun and engaging, but above all he inspired me to want to change the way I study outside of class. This was honestly the first time I didn’t just have just have the material memorized, but I understood it and can apply it to real life. This is what I have striven for for a long time. It was an honor to learn from you. Thank you.
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“Dr. Vizniak is one of the best professors I have had in my 12 years post high school academic career. I appreciate his passion and knowledge and his real world clinical experience, and his patience with our constant questions. He makes learning easy and exciting”
Hi Dr. Nik, I just wanted to say that some of our phys med classes this term have been so powerful. Your ability to humanize conditions and convey the true meaning of “patient centered care” has been potent on a deep level. I was talking to a counseling professor one day after school and voiced that we often learn slide after slide of condition after condition in so many classes and that there is rarely space to think about the person behind the condition because we are too busy learning the “history, signs and symptoms” etc. Not to say that that isn’t important….it is vital….but having a deeper understanding and empathy is often lacking across the board. You teachings give me a lot of hope that there will be doctors out there that “get it” and can better relate, understand and ultimately help their patients. – Dr. Krystal R.
“Dr. Vizniak makes me want to learn and become the best clinician I can be.”
“Dr. Nik understands how much information students can retain from each class and respects it – he is always prepared and entertaining”
“I look forward to every class because I learn so much from it”
“I recently arrived at the physical medicine chapter in board exam study manual and begrudgingly (only due to the fact that it is by far the largest chapter) began to study it. But then, as I made my through it, I realized it was the quickest and easiest chapter of all…barely having to highlight or make notes on a single topic. I know this stuff cold…and that’s because of You! Your passion and abilities as a teacher are truly gifts to us all…as students, doctors and the patients we treat – Thanks for being an amazing teacher!” – Dr. Gerann M. New Westminster, Canada
“Dr. Nik uses fun role-play scenarios – “Is there a doctor in the house – loved the “difficult patient” scenarios and an emphasis on clinically relevant practical information”
“Dr. Nik offers immediate feedback, SAFE environment for learning (ok to make mistakes) made things humerus (pun intended) – Very friendly and approachable – always answers questions extremely well.”
“Dr. Nik is by far the best instructor I’ve ever had. He was animated, engaging, and always made sure the class was hands on – his passion is contagious and the fun environment that makes it easy to learn”
“Dr. Nik – you have a very keen ability to gauge personalities and traits of your students and you teach uniquely to address ad facilitate personal needs”
“Dr Nik is very knowledge, such a sweetheart, understanding, and is one of those people who inspire you to become a better student and brings out the best in you”
“Thank you for making the classroom a safe place to make mistakes – practical exams and being put on the spot was challenging – but when it came time for board exams it made the process so much easier – I feel much more ready for practice, Thank you!” – Dr. Aubrey S.
“Dr. Nik! Last night the fire alarm went off. [We] rushed outside with a few belongings. Thankfully the fire was contained to the underground parking but we realized where our priorities lay. When there’s a fire, you grab what’s most important.”