Our advisory team is made up of professionals who want to increase awareness about the importance of exercise during pregnancy.  Our education, experience and diversity allows us to bring a variety of ideas and information to this site.  Information about joining our team can be found at the bottom of this page.

Aileen Hunt

Aileen is the owner operator of Fit 4 Two Winnipeg West in Manitoba.  With a bachelor’s degree in modern dance, Aileen has had a lifelong passion for movement. Her love of aqua fitness, and personal experience of the benefits of exercise during her twin pregnancy inspired her to bring Fit 4 Two classes to Winnipeg. She is passionate about supporting and encouraging women to exercise throughout their pregnancies. Click here to follow her on Facebook.  You can also contact her at aileen@fit4two.ca  

Related Education
Bachelor of Arts, Theatre/ Dance, University of Winnipeg & School of Contemporary Dancers
MFC Group Fitness, Aqua Fitness, Yoga Fitness
Fit 4 Two® Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist

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Jamie Angus, BMR PT, Physiotherapist, Winnipeg Manitoba
Jaime advocates to reduce the occurrence of incontinence and pelvic pain in women through early intervention prenatally and post-partum, and speaks regularly in the community to women and to professionals to increase awareness about these topics. As a component of the women’s health services she provides, Jaime also develops exercise programs for prenatal and post-partum women as well as those with osteopenia and osteoporosis.  Jaime is also a Pilates instructor working with individuals recovering from cancer or from various injuries, as well as with the healthy population.

In the past 7 years Jaime has successfully completed extensive training and study in the areas of myofascial release, cranial sacral therapy and visceral therapy.  These techniques are proving to be very effective as a component of treatment for the pelvic floor as well as the body in whole.  

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Dr. Donna McLchlan MD, City View Medical Clinic, Vancouver B.C.
Dr. McLachlan is a well-loved family doctor who specializes in obstetrics.  She believes that an active pregnancy plays an important role in a healthy and comfortable pregnancy.  Dr. Mclachlan is also an impressive role model for her patients.  After several years of putting family and work ahead of her own health, Donna lost 40 lbs and has been committed to regular exercise for three years.  Currently practicing in Australia for one year, Donna and her kids enjoy paddle boarding, swimming, running and surfing.  Dr. McLachlan encourages her patients to choose an active lifestyle and is known to 'prescribe' Dr. Mike Evan's persuasive video 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?  Her favourite mantra is, "Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly plants."

Dr. Margie Davenport PhD, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Dr. Davenport is an Assistant Professor in the faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta as well as the Director of the The Program for Pregnancy and Postpartum Health (PPPH).   “As a mother of two young daughters I understand the importance, difficulties and benefits of healthy living during pregnancy. Our goal is to provide women with the knowledge and guidance to achieve a healthy pregnancy. After all, a healthy pregnancy lays the foundation for a healthy future for you and your baby."

 

 

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Dr. Michelle Mottola PhD FACSM, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

Dr. Mottola is a university professor and researcher at the University of Western Ontario.  She is also the director of the R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation Exercise and Pregnancy Lab.  Areas of interest include  the effects of maternal exercise on carbohydrate metabolism and fetal outcome;  the effects of nutritional intake and maternal exercise on gestational diabetes; and the prevention of childhood obesity through early intervention during pregnancy and post-delivery.  Dr. Mottola is actively involved in the Nutrition & Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program (NELIP) for overweight and obese pregnant women and the Be Healthy In Pregnancy (B-HIP) study with Nutrition and Exercise (with McMaster University).  We can also thank Michelle for her dedication to keeping the PARmed-X for Pregnancy form current.  You can learn more about Dr. Mottola here.

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Melanie Osmack MA

The founder of Fit 4 Two®, Melanie has dedicated the last 12 years of her career to the field of pre and postnatal fitness.  Fit 4 Two began as a small community based program in 2003 and now offers pre and postnatal fitness programs at over 50 community centres and facilities in Western Canada.  Each location is locally owned and operated, therefore providing sustainable services.

Due to the demand for more perinatal fitness specialists, Melanie created the Fit 4 Two® Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist Certification in 2007.  She has since gone on to develop curriculum for over 25 perinatal fitness workshops; organize and annual pre and postnatal fitness conference in Vancouver, B.C.; and present at conferences for the B.C. Pregnancy Outreach Program Conference, canfitpro and the BCRPA

In 2012 Melanie was still finding that many women were unaware of the many benefits of exercising during pregnancy.  In fact, many were afraid to exercise. In an effort to increase awareness, she dubbed February as Pregnancy & Exercise Awareness Month.  Excited to see the impact one month of the year could make, Melanie and her colleagues decided to create this website.  You can contact her at melanie@fit4two.ca

Related Education
BCRPA Group Fitness, Personal Training, Yoga, Aqua Fitness
Canfitpro Fitness Instructor Specialist, Personal Trainer Specialist, Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist
Fit 4 Two® Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist
Aboriginal Health and Community Administration Certificate, University of British Columbia
Masters in Applied Linguistics for Adult Education

 

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Marina Lundquist

Marina is the owner operator of Fit 4 Two Abbotsford in British Columbia.  A strong believer in lifelong learning, Marina is constantly challenging herself to grow in her field.  A topic of particular interest for her is managing and rehabilitating Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD).  Marina loves using social media to engage and educate new moms and moms-to-be about the benefits of an active lifestyle.  Click here to follow her on Facebook.  You can also contact her at marina@fit4two.ca

Related Education
BCRPA Group Fitness
Fit 4 Two® Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist

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Dr. Stephanie Bonn BSc, BPHE, DC
Dr. Stephanie is dedicated to optimizing health and wellness through chiropractic care. Her interest in family practise began with a degree in Science and Physical & Health Education at Queen’s University, where she completed a thesis on prenatal fitness. After receiving her Doctor of Chiropractic from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, she continued to study prenatal, postnatal and pediatric care with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

From newborn to adolescence to adulthood, Dr. Stephanie uses techniques specific to the individual to bring balance to the spine. Spinal alignment  helps the body grow, develop and heal naturally as well as adapt to unavoidable everyday stresses and strains.

Dr. Stephanie is dedicated towards helping families have healthy pregnancies and births. As a mother of three following doula and midwifery-assisted homebirths, she supports attachment-parenting and helps families through the challenges of breastfeeding, co-sleeping and baby-wearing. Through chiropractic, infants and children are assisted naturally through their milestones for optimal growth and development.

 

Join Our Advisory Team

We are looking for advisory team members who have the following attributes:

Outlook
We are looking for team players who are dedicated to increasing awareness about pregnancy and exercise.  

Education & Experience
We would like to see appropriate variety on our advisory team.  Our vision includes but is not limited to: fitness professionals, family doctors, midwives, OBGyns, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, physiotherapists, health directors and community workers.  

Expectations
You will proudly and actively promote the Pregnancy & Exercise Awareness Movement online and in person; attend quarterly teleconference meetings and contribute at least 2 blog posts/year.  

To Apply
Please send a cover letter describing why would feel you would be a valuable member of our advisory team.  Include a current resume with at least 2 references.