Testimonials for Keith Isabey

“I found Dr. Keith Isabey through the Backfitpro website. I have had severe pain down my leg and into my toes for the best part of a year and was a candidate for surgery at 37. I did not want to go through such a big surgery so young. Dr. Isabey performed a lengthy assessment and advice session over almost 4 hours. Then, included in the assessment fee, was weekly video call follow ups where we would discuss my pain diary and get tips on my exercises. I couldn’t be more happy with the care I received. My back is 98% better and I am so glad I did not go through with the surgery. Dr. Isabey is a very caring and talented practitioner and a true asset to your organization. I recommend the Back Mechanic book and Dr. Isabey to anyone I can. I am thankful to you all.”
– Sam


“I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am to have found the work of Stuart McGill, and to have had the opportunity to be guided through the rehabilitation program by Keith. Keith always jokes that he can’t take credit because I am the one doing all the hard work, and it is because of comments like this that I genuinely feel that Keith cares about my health. He is teaching me the tools I need to be able to manage my own injury and change my daily habits and routines so that I can live a pain free life. He’s always made it clear that I was welcome to text or call him at any time if I needed guidance or was just having a pain flare up and needed to talk it through. I also really appreciated that he let my husband join my in-person appointments so that he could learn the program with me and better support me on this long recovery journey. I can’t think of the right words to fully express my sincere gratitude. This journey has been humbling, but thanks to the work of Stuart McGill and the guidance of Keith Isabey I have a rejuvenated appreciation for my bodies miraculous ability to heal on its own with the right rehabilitation program.”


“Before I met Keith I was in excruciating pain. I couldn’t walk, sit or lay down without having acute nerve and back pain. I saw my doctor, massage therapist, physio therapist and chiropractor. No one seemed to be able to help. I was reaching a dark place emotionally and physically. Someone mentioned Back Mechanic by Stuart McGill. I started reading. I then found Dr. Keith Isabey, a McGill master clinician. Keith saved my life. He took time to listen and test my back function and to properly diagnose the symptoms that were causing so much pain. He created a plan that I have followed religiously. He was available anytime via text, phone or email for follow-up questions. He checked in on me to see how I was progressing. I am so happy to say that I am back to backcountry skiing and motorcycle riding. Most importantly I am not in constant pain, and I know how to maintain my spine health moving forward. Thank you Keith!” – Marzia Bottoni


“Dear Dr. McGill,

I am a police K9 handler in BC and a patient of Dr. Isabey. My job is very physically demanding and in November 2020 I suffered a back injury at work. My recovery was slow, confusing, and frustrating. I discovered your program and went through a very thorough assessment with Dr. Isabey in Vancouver. I came out of the assessment with a full understanding of what caused my injury and how to prevent future injuries. Dr. Isabey has been very engaged in my rehabilitation as we meet regularly to assess and adjust the program as needed. I feel like I now have the best possible chance of recovering and getting back to the job I love. Big shout out to Dr. Isabey and your program.”


“When I met Dr. Isabey 1 year ago my disc injury was back after having a lumbar surgery in 2017. I overtrained and my L5-S1 disc was torn again. The disc was protruding and I had horrible nerve pain down my leg and foot. I was desperate for good care and most of all, for hope. All I could hear from physicians was surgery – a fusion of the disc (with invasive methods). They told me that I had to stop participating in sports, and I had to stop lifting. Basically, I had to stop doing what I love most.

Then I met Dr. Isabey. I had never seen someone that cared that much for his patients. He was always confident that one day I will be pain-free without surgery. Dr. Isabey gave me hope and accompanied me through this very tough period of pain and adaptation. Three words to describe Dr. Isabey: empathy, professional and competent.

Today the work is not finished, but I am pain-free almost all the time. Pain does not drag me down, Dr. Isabey taught me how to control it with 0 medication, as well as how to train smarter, not harder. Most importantly, Dr. Isabey made me understand all of the above and that pain is a signal that should never be ignored! Trust in the process is key. It sounds very simple, but honestly, it got me where I am today.

I could not be thankful enough for what Dr. Isabey has achieved with me. I am looking forward to improving even more.”



“Dear Dr. Isabey,
I have been meaning to write for some time. Things have been going well. I finally got back into a power cycle and have been hitting some PR’s again. I have not had any significant back pain. I really appreciate your help in identifying the triggers. Forward flexion is something I really need to watch out for and have been very diligent in keeping it to a minimum. I keep deadlifts spread out and squats only once a week with any weight. I am squatting more than I ever have and feeling pretty good about my form. Occasionally I am off and just don’t push it on those days. I do the McGill big three exercises as a warm-up or just as a light day.”

Thanks for all your help so far,