Meet Dr. Ivan
Live Better, and Recover From Knee Injuries and Lower Back Pain
A certified Specialist in Selective Functional Movement Assessments, Dr. Hernandez feels that teaching gives him purpose. “Teaching gives me an opportunity to educate those that are eager to help others, as well as giving me personal fulfillment in knowing that I’ve contributed positively to humanity,” says Dr. Hernandez, who has been teaching for more than 10 years. Dr. Hernandez opened his practice, Executive Park Orthopedic and Sports Therapy in Yonkers, NY in 2006. He serves both men and women, all ages, all ethnicities who seek to move better, live better, recover from injury, eliminate pain and maintain optimal wellness. According to Dr. Hernandez, “I see the patient as a whole and not the sum of one’s parts. I’m not just treating the knee, but I’m treating his entire kinetic chain so that he can go up a flight of stairs, squat to lift his daughter, and run with exuberance, all having an ultimate purpose, which is allowing one to enjoy life.”
Achieving Enlightenment Through Life’s Obstacles
Dr. Hernandez wants to help people achieve their ultimate fitness and wellness goals. “We are arguably the richest country in the world yet we are ranked 43rd in life expectancy rates,” says Dr. Hernandez. His personal fitness principles are centered on the idea that he wants to be a physical image of empowerment. In 2014, Dr. Hernandez, who appeared to be a pillar of health suffered a mild heart attack due to overwhelming life stress. His life changed severely; personally, financially, mentally, and physically. Family illnesses, legal turmoil, and spiritual attacks on his mental state, Dr. Hernandez turned pain into productivity. He focused on working out and a high level of fitness in order to keep his sanity and supplement his anger. Now, as a father of two boys, ages 14 and 8, he is prepared to share his story in hopes it will empower and inspire others. “Life will inevitably cast stones at you, but it depends on your perception of these obstacles because often times when perceived the right way, decoded, and stripped from its exterior shell, are stones that align themselves to form a path that leads to elevated horizons and personal fulfillment,” says Dr. Hernandez.
Optimizing Health and Wellness For The Public
Currently, he is working on his first book which will focus on four areas of wellness: financial, spiritual, mental, and physical. In addition to writing, running his successful physical therapy practice, Dr. Hernandez is embarking on building and expanding his brand through television, social media, product development, and motivational speaking. He is determined to take his message and passion for health and wellness to the masses. His speaking topics include; entrepreneurship, fitness, health, performance, wellness, injury, pain, altered movement, stress management, weight loss, and empowerment.
Continuing Wellness Through Marketing and Project Development
Dr. Hernandez continues to work with professional athletes, celebrities as well as integrating a unique brand expansion by working on a fitness column entitled, “Body Remix” on Soulbounce.com. In 2016, he launched several programs which include a Health is Wealth campaign, the Get Up and Walk movement (to discourage people from sitting too much), the S.L.A.B Life (Surmounting, Life’s, Adversities Boldly) video series, and Dr. Ivan’s Perseverance Platform (activity, wellness, strength, agility, weight loss, nutrition) and several other products are set to roll out in 2016. From business to philanthropy, his charitable background includes helping underserved children, serving youth who have lived in fatherless homes, breast cancer awareness, and obesity prevention.