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     Student Appreciation

     Here at Optimum Health Center we would like to thank all of the hardworking students who've helped us out over the years. Without their help we      would surely not be as successful as we are today. These students range from high schools to universities all with interest in health care. We would also like to thank their placement supervisors for allowing us the opportunity to impart some of our knowledge and inspire their future career choices.

     ​Danièle has always been a very passionate and motivated individual which has helped her in pursuing her many educational achievements as well as opening and operating the Optimum Health Center for over 7 years.   

     The Optimum Health Center is a multidisciplinary clinic within the health care industry.  This center which encompasses different health care professionals will strive to help patients with any need that they require. Together she wishes to bring better overall health to all who would require these services.  She envision a place where the patient comes first and where integrity is of the utmost concern.  She will continually work with all the other professionals either through referral or within her clinic to help injured patients get back to activities of daily living, sporting events and even work.  Danièle's mission statement is to get you back into your optimum health!

     Danièle's has gained many experiences through her years of work including but not limited to high level competition, fundraising and volunteering.  She has volunteered within the community doing fundraising with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Sudbury, volunteering at different local sporting events as well as working with National Level athletes at the Canada Winter and Summer Game as well as the Pan American Games. She hopes to one day make to the big stage and work at an Olympic event.  

     Danièle’s outstanding work ethic can be demonstrated through her exemplary recommendations from her peers but also in her commitment to each patient that she is assigned to.  Her endless ambition for success and being the best in this field is purely demonstrated by the simplest of statements:  She takes great pride in her work. 

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  • Jordan Villeneuve
  • Jocelyn Simon
  • Lindsey Bonas
  • Maddy Laframboise
  • Maxine Gauthier
  • Morgan Bialleowski
  • Marc Antoine
  • Nichelle Thomson
  • Pamela Steck
  • Sophie Benoit
  • Stephanie Fortier
  • Tiffany Oliveira
  • Vanessa Berube​​


Donna Smrek 

  • B.H.K Applied Kinesiology 
  • ​Personal Trainer
  • ​Can Fit Pro Certified
  • Nutrition & Wellness Specialist 

Lisa Godin

  • Certified Yoga Instructor

  • ​Certified fitness instructor 
  • Aerobics Trainer 

Karen Sheppard (Shep)

  • ​Personal Trainer
  • ​Can Fit Pro Certified

          I was fortunate to have grown up active in sports. I was encouraged to 'go outside and play' and to 'join all the teams at school: they were free’. It gave me the opportunity to see what I could do and appreciate that the more I did, the more I could do. 

          This point was really brought home for me when I started to train for the Canadian Iron Distance Triathlon (4 km swim, 180 km bike, 42.2 km run). I had watched these events on television and was always in awe of the women that challenged themselves and completed these events. I wanted to be one of those women that did one of those events!! As I started training I learned to make small changes; improve my swim technique, add strengthening exercises, clean up my nutrition habits, I found that all the small stuff began to add up. My body showed me that if I asked it to do just a little more today than it did yesterday, it would respond. I learned to treat my body well and it would do its best to help me achieve my goals.  I took a goal that seemed impossible and broke it down into steps, steps that took me from one level, to the next, to the next, until I was standing at the finish line….I had completed one of those events. Change is not always easy however you can make it happen, one step at a time. 

         Optimum You is a class designed to help you ‘Do Your Best to Be Your Best’.

        My health and fitness journey began in 2000. Prior to that, I was a busy mom raising our two children and worked as an educator. I never really considered myself athletic, but with the guidance of two wonderful mentors, Steve Trembley and Donna Smrek, I have been able to achieve what I thought was impossible.  They encouraged me to get active and to challenge myself.  Steve convinced me to take my bike out of the shed and to ride. He also trained me to run. In 2000, I ran my first 5k race and I have completed numerous 5K and 10k races.  In 2006, at the age of 50, I completed my first half marathon and I continue to run long distances. Donna Smrek, brought out the passion I have for health and fitness. When I retired in 2013, she persuaded me to come out of retirement and get my certification in Personal Training and Fitness Instructor which I did. I had the opportunity to work at TriStyle, a fitness studio in Sudbury and I am a leader for a 5km clinic at A365.

      This year, I will celebrate my 60th birthday and my goal is to complete a Triathlon Sprint. Swimming has now become my new challenge.  I have learned that “age is not a factor” and Quitting is not an Option, to achieve success!  I am living proof!   ​

        Sheena has been teaching fitness classes since 1997.  She graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education. Sheena went on to complete her 500 hour Hatha/Ashtanga Yoga Instructor in India. She also also completed additional 50 hours of yoga training in Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark, 20 hours in Restorative Yoga and 75 hours in Pre and Post Natal Yoga. She is also a fully certified STOTT Pilates instructor and Exercise Physiologist (CSEP) and Personal Trainer. Sheena is an Instructor Trainer with the Ontario Fitness Council offering many courses in northern Ontario. She also teaches a 200 & 500 hour Canadian Yoga Alliance instructor program.​

  • ​Valerie Liard
  • Alyssa Guimond
  • Amanda Trudeau
  • Audrey Carriere
  • Alex Schryer
  • Bella Croisier
  • Brittni Rorison
  • Bre-Ann Viau
  • Courtney Philips
  • Danika Denis
  • Dylan Ransom
  • Janelle Pitre
  • Jimmy Ilunga
  • Justin Vautour
  • Julie McPhee


Learn about our Optimum Health Family!

Erica Pomeroy

  • Registered Massage Therapist 

  • ​Thai Massage Certificate
  • Sport Massage Certificate

      Lisa Godin has been a certified fitness instructor/personal trainer for over 30 years. She has taught high impact aerobics, low impact and medium slow impact aerobics. In most recent years she has indulged in her love for everything fitness into the practice of yoga.
She is now a  certified yoga instructor looking forward to sharing this wonderful practice with others who are looking for the stress relieving benefits that yoga offers.


Michelle Lavallee

  • Administrative Manager

  • Student Supervisor
  • Marketing Leader



Sheena Killpatrick

  • ​Personal Trainer
  • ​Can Fit Pro Certified

Danièle Gervais

  • Certified Athletic Therapist 
  • Registered Kinesiologist 
  • Registered Massage Therapist 
  • ​Sport Massage Candidate
  • Contemporary Medical Acupuncture for Health Professionals Certification
  • Assessment treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Associated Spinal Dysfunction 
  • Integrated Lymph Drainage Certificate (CDT Certified: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3)  
  • ​Cupping for Manual Therapists

             Erica graduated from the Massage Therapy program at College Boréal. During her 3 years of schooling she was able to work alongside a variety of varsity teams such as; the Boreal Vipers volleyball and  badminton team, Laurentian University’s swim team and occasionally attended a few wrestling tournaments. This opportunity opened up Erica’s eyes to the world of sports therapy. Erica is now a registered Sports Massage Therapist due to her love of sports. Since then she has gone on and furthered her education for your benefit and is also a Registered Thai Massage Therapist. 

         Growing up she was always involved in sports, playing for both varsity and rep teams, which peaked her interest in the massage Therapy program.  She has also developed a passion for a more holistic approach and is hoping to one day further her education in nutrition or herbalism. 

    Until then, Erica’s goal is to assist and motivate her clients throughout their rehabilitation into a healthy lifestyle. She aims to restore her client’s freedom from the aches and pains that limit us in our everyday life while concentrating on both the body and the mind.

            Michelle has been an active part of our team since 2015. She graduated from Laurentian University with a Bachelors in social work, 2018. She's had many volunteer experiences in her years working here. She has helped at many sporting events such as Miners Mayhem, Dragon Boat Festival, Baseball, and more. She may not have much experience playing sports but she's great at helping people get informed on injuries and she makes a great ice pack!