About Dr. Mahmoud Zaerian


Dr. Zaerian is the owner and operating doctor at FOCUS, where he practices as a Chiropractor, provider of Contemporary Medical Acupuncture and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

Mahmoud graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and holds an Honours Degree in Kinesiology from York University. He also holds a certificate in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture from McMaster University, recognized by the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (ABMA) and by the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA).

Complementing his manual medicine and acupuncture training, Mahmoud is also Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, recognized internationally. Dr. Mahmoud Zaerian has been working in the field of health and fitness for over 17 years working with some of the city’s top amateur athletes and national Olympians.

Understanding that there is more than the individual parts of our body, Dr. Z approaches the care and conditioning of his patients with an integrative approach to therapeutic care as well as placing special attention on specific corrective and performance based exercises to enhance recovery. As the creator of F.I.T. (FOCUS Intensive Training), Dr. Z utilizes strengthening and rehabilitative methods to restore optimal functional movement patterns within the body in a mindful and intentional way.

Dr. Z is a Neuro-functional Sports Performance Practitioner and is considered a leading edge practitioner providing a neuro-functional approach to the assessment and treatment of movement disorders and pain problems. This approach emphasizes assessing the body as a functioning system, and integrating a multi-level approach to the recovery of pain problems. 

Dr. Z is a senior instructor in the McMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture course and is the Course Director for the Functional Therapeutics and Movement Assessment & Palpation courses run in the city and throughout Canada.   This approach is taught at McMaster University as part of the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program where he is a senior instructor.

Dr. Z works with various athletic organizations including the Gymnastics Canada and Ontario Gymnastics.

Dr. Z also has a passion for teaching and pursues this through the many workshops he runs for personal trainers and fitness instructors as well as other health professionals from Chiropractors, Naturopathic Doctors and Physiotherapists.

Dr. Z has been featured on day time shows as well as reputable journals, such as ORAL Health. He also spends a great deal of time presenting at various conferences and clinics, speaking at various personal training conferences, and the ODA Annual Spring Meeting.

Recently, Dr. Z has written The Dental Manual: A complete guide to the health of the dental professional, which can be found for purchase on the site.

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