Sophie Benoit

  • Personal Trainer
  • B.P.E Health Promotion

Staff:

      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!   ​

Myriam Bouffard

  • Personal Trainer
  • Ontario Fitness Council Certified 

Michelle Lavallée

  • BSW
  • Administrative Manager
  • Student Supervisor
  • Marketing Leader

Instructor:

Janelle Pitre

  • Registered Massage Therapist 

      Erica graduated from the Massage Therapy program at College Boréal in 2015. During her 3 years of schooling she was able to work alongside a variety of varsity teams such as; the Boreal Vipers and the Laurentian University Voyageurs. This opportunity opened up Erica’s eyes to the world of sports therapy and motivated her to take courses in both Sports massage and Thai massage that focus on repetitive strain injuries specific to their sport, as well as  joint health and mobility. 


      Growing up she was always involved in sports, playing for both varsity and rep teams, which peaked her interest in the massage Therapy program.   After undergoing her own set of injuries, ​ 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! 

Karen Sheppard (Shep)


  • Personal Trainer
  • ​Can Fit Pro Certified

      Sophie has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion from Laurentian University. During these 4 years she had the opportunity to study in depth the fundamentals of human kinetics such as; exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and physical conditioning. She was able to apply this knowledge working with students and clients in labs to assess their physical level and composition for a detailed plan to improve their health and abilities. She hopes to continue her education in nutrition and become a registered dietician.

      Sophie grew up playing various sports, including gymnastics, dance, volley ball and badminton. Her favourite being soccer, she played for many rep teams in the summer and continued to condition during the winter in the indoor fields.

      Her journey in health and exercise has led her to Optimum, where she aspires to help and educate others with their fitness goals; alongside an amazing team of health professionals.

      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’.

      Janelle first studied at College Boreal in Health and Fitness, where she learned about the human body and how intriguing it can be. After graduating from that program she decided to keep on pursuing her passion with health and continue her studies in the massage therapy program at College Boreal.


     Janelle thrives on the feeling of being able to help people achieve their goals. Now that she is fully registered, she can't wait to dedicate her time to helping those who are looking to lower their stress emotionally, mentally and physically with the healing touch of massage. Janelle believes that if you treat your body well it can become your biggest strength and ally.

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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 
  • Visceral Manipulation Level 1
  • Integrated Lymph Drainage Certificate (CDT Certified: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3)  
  • ​Cupping for Manual Therapists

      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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  • Jocelyn Simon
  • Laura Fratin
  • Lindsey Bonas
  • Maddy Laframboise
  • Marc Antoine
  • Maxine Gauthier
  • Morgan Bialkowski
  • Myriam Bouffard
  • Noah Noche
  • Pamela Steck
  • Sophie Benoit
  • Stephanie Fortier
  • Tiffany Oliveira
  • Valerie Liard
  • Vanessa Berube​​​
  • Alex Schryer
  • Alyssa Guimond
  • Amanda Trudeau
  • Audrey Carriere
  • Bella Croisier
  • Brittni Rorison
  • Bre-Ann Viau
  • Courtney Philips
  • Danika Denis
  • Dylan Ransom
  • Janelle Pitre
  • Jimmy Ilunga
  • Justin Vautour
  • Julie McPhee
  • ​Jordan Villeneuve



Erica Pomeroy

  • Registered Massage Therapist 

  • ​Thai Massage Certificate
  • Sport Massage Certificate

To learn more about the Optimum Health Center, our progress, construction and involvement in the community check out our

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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.


      Myriam has graduated from the Fitness and Health Promotion program at Collège Boréal. She has had the opportunity to work with clients with different goals such as; improving overall strength, weight loss and regaining strength post-surgery. Since then, she has realized that she loves training clients in person in order to help with spotting, techniques and monitoring their progress. She will be attending Laurentian University this fall where she will study Physical Education.

      Myriam’s passion for training started her first year of college when she decided she wanted to improve her overall strength and physical health. Since then, she has been enjoying every minute of her health journey.

      She has played a variety of sports growing up, but the one she loves the most is volleyball. She played this particular sport for nine years, two of which were for the Collège Boréal Vipers.

      Myriam is a positive and energetic person who loves to motivate and help others! Her goal is to help you reach yours and improve your overall health. She also looks forward to sharing the health benefits that come from personal training. 

Donna Smrek 


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