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David Festenstein

Coach and Professional Speaker

Severe stroke survivor

Communication Specialist with 15 years training in Neuro-linguistic Programming

Author of 7 Steps to Recovery Model

Coach and trainer to health professionals on patient centric care

Brief Bio and Relevant Credentials:

David is a communication specialist with 15 years training in Neuro-linguistic Programming, Coach and Professional Speaker who suffered a stroke in 2008 which left him paralyzed on his right side and unable to walk. He applied his communication training to drive his recovery process and made a remarkable recovery. David kept an extensive journal of his recovery process, which reflected his "Language of Recovery.”

David’s mission is to give back his gift of recovery by helping as many people as he can globally with his 7 steps to recovery model, which could be used with any form of severe health set back. David has become part of the Community User Engagement Team at The Centre for Innovation in Health Management at Leeds Business School, as well as being on the Executive Coaching Panel at Warwick Business School.

On the basis of his success, David has set up whole-day workshops, which have previously been attended by a wide variety of health professionals. He speaks often about the outstanding level of treatment he received from his health professionals and how it reflected the elements of patient centric care.

David also released 7 Steps to Recovery app. The app was produced in Association with Oxford Brookes University in the UK Clinical Health Department. The material was inspired by the very practical items he recorded in his diary and journal while in hospital, which helped him deal with the loss of half the movement in his body due to the stroke in addition to supporting and driving his recovery process. The app consists of 28 short videos of 1-4 minutes duration where he serves as "a coach in their pocket" giving people specific techniques to help them feel better and to get them to a point where they can take action. The app is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.

To learn more about his work, visit

Offered Presentations/Topics:

  • Seven Step Model to Recovery
  • Language of Recovery
  • The Patient Experience
  • A Stoke of Luck
  • The Patient's Perspective on the Fundamentals of Care

David can also provide provide presentations via webinars or teleseminars.

Speaking Fee/Honorarium: Varies based on event

Travel Restrictions: None

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