Health Advisor

Our health advisor program provides you with a roadmap on how to achieve the healthiest you. 

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What is a Health Advisor?

Think of a health advisor as you would a financial advisor; someone who takes your current lifestyle, health status, and goals into consideration to develop a comprehensive plan that will help you optimize your health and achieve your goals.

What is the Health Advisor Program?

Pure’s Heath Advisor program provides you with a complete approach to health management. The program includes the following features:

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Initial Consult

We conduct an extensive interview discussing your goals, barriers, and physical history in order to create a truly personalized health plan.

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Creation of a Service Budget

Based on your financial capacity and/or any health benefits package, we create a health budget that coincides with your lifestyle and goals.

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Accountability

We keep you accountable with regular check-ins and quarterly follow-ups. This allows us to modify or update your plan based on your current health situation. Our goal is to support you and keep you on track!

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Creation of an Annual Plan

Personalized annual plan and calendar based on your current needs, goals, and time constraints.

The Pure Advantage

Our passion is helping individuals achieve their goals by taking a proactive approach to their health. Our goal is to provide them with the greatest health returns! We do so by addressing certain barriers that may impact their ability to accomplish these goals, therefore limiting negative health outcomes.

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Certified Professionals

On top of their 4-years Bachelor of Kinesiology, Pure’s Health Advisors have all completed the CSEP-CEP certification giving them the designation of Clinical Exercise Physiologist which is regarded as the gold standard in the industry.

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Collaborative Healthcare
You can find comfort in knowing that your Health Advisor has access to multiple healthcare professionals under one roof, ensuring the most streamlined access to collaborative care available.
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Access to Services

Take advantage of our state-of-the-art facility by coming for an in-person consult, or complete a consult virtually from the comfort of your own home. Rest assured that we’re following all Covid-19 protocols to keep you safe during your visit.

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Services Covered by Insurance
Because our services are administered by certified professionals, many of the services that are recommended in our plans can be covered by third party insurances (e.g. Blue Cross, Manulife…). This allows our clients to leverage their health benefits in order to lower costs.

Meet Our Health Advisors

Paul Bissonnette

Paul Bissonnette

Manager, Strength & Conditioning

Paul graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2012. Paul continued his education by getting his Canadian Society for Exercise Physiologist’s Certified Exercise Physiologist designation (CSEP-CEP) in 2013. In addition, he also completed his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CSCS) in 2014. However, always eager to learn and provide his clients with the best service, Paul continues to expand his knowledge and stay up to date with current research through continuing education and post-graduate certifications.

A believer in mentorship and continuing education, Paul has made it a priority to mentor students, young professionals and colleagues within the field of health and fitness. As an advisory board member of the Manitoba National Strength and Conditioning Association, he also helps develop and implement continuing education courses for all strength trainers in Manitoba.

A true outdoorsman and adrenaline junkie, Paul enjoys getting away from the busy “city life” by spending time hunting and fishing in the backcountry, snowmobiling and alpine skiing in the winter months, and breathing the fresh air while running. Having been an athlete in competitive hockey, this has given Paul a personal understanding of the importance of sport-specific training and the physiological and physical demand of sport.

A strong believer that exercise is medicine, Paul takes a multidisciplinary approach to training by working closely with allied health professionals such as a physiotherapist, physicians, massage therapists, and registered dietitians.

His mission is to help others achieve their goals and educate them about the benefits of exercise and lifestyle changes. Be warned; Paul is a stickler for proper form but he is also patient and persistent with his clients. He is also known to be very competitive and will never shy away from a gym challenge!

Education

Bachelors of Kinesiology (Bkin)
Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP)
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Functional Movement Screen Certified level 2 (FMSC)
Precision Nutrition Certified Level 1 (Pn1)
Certified Pain Free Performance Specialist (PPCS)
NCCP Level 2 Olympic Lifting
EXOS Fitness Specialist Certified
Manager, Strength & Conditioning

Amy Barca

Amy Barca

Kinesiologist

Amy graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2015. She then continued her education by completing her Clinical Exercise Physiologist designation (CSEP-CEP) in 2016 and her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) certification in 2017. On top of this, Amy is also a Level 2 Exercise is Medicine Provider (EIMC) and has completed her Functional Movement Screen Level 2 (FMSC) certification.

Since a very early age, Amy took an interest in strength training to progress her own athletic performance and physical goals. She has always been involved in and enjoys team sports and strongly believes in being a team player on and off the field. Respect in sport and gym environments are of high priority to her. She will always treat clients with the highest regard and expects the same from all other individuals. Amy also enjoys spending any free time she has doing outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and backcountry camping, and truly believes in the importance of connecting with and spending time in nature.

Amy takes it upon herself to go above and beyond to connect with her clients and gain their trust. This includes learning more about them than just their physical activity backgrounds. It involves understanding their true wants and needs and coming up with a realistic exercise plan that will fit their lifestyle. Amy believes that being active is an important part of living a healthy life and is fully committed to assisting all of her clients in achieving both their short and long term goals in this area.

Amy is a strong and confident voice both in and outside the gym and loves to start each session with a smile!

Education

Bachelor of Kinesiology (B. Kin)
Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP)
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS)
Exercise Is Medicine Canada Level 2 (EIMC)
Functional Movement Screen Level 1 (FMSC)
Kinesiologist

Amy Schappert

Amy Schappert

Kinesiologist

Amy graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics in 2017. In 2018, she became a Clinical Exercise Physiologist through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP-CEP), then went on to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCACSCS) in 2019. In addition, Amy is also registered through Exercise Is Medicine Canada as a Level 2 Recognized Exercise Professional (2018). She continues to expand her knowledge and keep up to date with current research in the field of physical activity and exercise science through continuing education credits and self study.

Throughout her years spent studying the impact of physical activity and exercise, Amy’s belief in living an active lifestyle only grew stronger. She is passionate in sharing her knowledge of the positive impact that physical activity and exercise has in the prevention and management of chronic disease. Her experience working with clients to develop the basics of functional movement in the gym and to cultivate healthier lifestyle habits has solidified Amy’s belief in the power of movement.

Amy’s sense of adventure keeps her active and pursuing new challenges. She enjoys a diverse array of activities and sports including but not limited to, cross-country skiing, cycling, golfing, hiking, running, snowshoeing, snowboarding, volleyball, and yoga.

Amy’s background as a national-level gymnast helped her develop a high level of determination and commitment. Having set and achieved many of her own goals, she is well acquainted with the hard work and focus required to attain excellence. Those who work with Amy can look forward to an individualized program that is both challenging and rewarding. Her motivational and encouraging training style will help you stay focused and driven towards reaching your full potential. Amy encourages her clients to live a balanced lifestyle that integrates physical activity, healthy eating habits, and a positive mindset designed to improve overall well-being. She believes that by incorporating exercise into your routine, your everyday activities and your greatest adventures may become easier and more enjoyable.

Whether your aim is to reduce pain, prevent injury, improve mood, become stronger, or to improve performance, Amy is dedicated to helping you achieve your goal.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics (BSc HK)
Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP)
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Exercise Is Medicine Canada Level 2 (EIMC)
Kinesiologist

Joe Hewett

Joe Hewett

Kinesiologist

Joe has been involved in personal training for six years. He became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2011 and graduated with a kinesiology degree from the U of M and CSEP certification in 2012. He continues to take CEU’s to maintain his CSEP and CSCS credentials.

Joe grew up playing hockey, soccer, badminton and golf. In the gym he enjoys an array of activities such as Olympic lifting, sprints, resistance training as well as cycling. During the summer months he enjoys golfing, paint-balling, the occasional bike ride and swimming. During the winter he enjoys badminton, downhill skiing and occasionally hot yoga.

In the gym, Joe’s clients can expect a large repertoire of exercises and drills, as well as a knowledge of the mechanics of each individual exercise. Clients will learn proper lifting and exercise technique, and benefit from Joe’s knowledge of anatomy and muscles movement. They can also expect to learn about nutrition and proper eating habits. Joe is determined and motivated to have his clients reach their goals and is constantly seeking new knowledge in order to get them there.

Joe prides himself on being a creative programmer and having unique workouts. Joe believes that workouts must be fun and enjoyable yet challenging and rewarding. His client’s confidence and progress is a priority. With Joe you’ll get a true professional who is dedicated and committed to having his clients succeed.

Education

Bachelors of Kinesiology (BKin) with distinction
Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP)
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Certified FMS Level 2 (FMSC)
NCCP Level 2 Olympic Lifting
Bachelors of Commerce (BComm) – honours
Poliquin Biosigniture Modulation Level 1
Kinesiologist

Evan Kroeker

Evan Kroeker

Kinesiologist

Evan graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2019. He became a certified personal trainer through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP-CPT) while still in school, where he also gained experience working at the university gym (Active Living Center).

Evan grew up with a love of the outdoors, and spent much of his free time biking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, camping, and skiing. More recently he has discovered a love of running and you can often find him running in a number of local run clubs, as well as competing in races from 5K’s to ultra-marathons.

He is a strong believer in exercise as preventative medicine, and thinks strength training plays an important role in living a healthy life, allowing for both physical longevity as well as excelling in any physical performance.

Education

Bachelor of Kinesiology, BKin
Certified Personal Trainer, CPT
Kinesiologist

FAQ

What is the cost of the program?

The initial cost of the program is $150. (Please contact to inquire about corporate discounts)

This cost covers the initial consult, your periodized health plan, service budget, and quarterly follow-ups. There may be additional costs for allied health services (e.g., massage therapy, physiotherapy…). However, if you have access to a health benefits package or health spending account, your Health Advisor can help you lower or eliminate these additional costs.

What is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist?

The Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) designation is a post-graduate certification that is recognized to be the Canadian gold-standard in the field of Kinesiology.  In order to get this designation, individuals must have completed a university-level education (bachelor’s degree) in a related field of exercise, health and the human body. The role of a CEP is to offer physical activity counselling, assess physical health and fitness, provide physical activity and exercise prescriptions, and offer dietary advice within their scope of knowledge.

How often will I meet with my health advisor?

You will have an initial consultation followed by three quarterly check-ins. Additional consults are available at an extra cost.

How will my health advisor keep me on track?

Your Health Advisor will keep you on track by doing check-ins and quarterly follow-ups. Similar to how a financial advisor would check in to see if you’ve stayed on track with your budget, your Health Advisor will do the same with your health plan and adjust if need be!

Where can I access my treatment plan?

You will receive a PDF of your treatment plan via email after your initial consult. If your plan needs changing throughout the year, your Health Advisor will send you an updated version of the PDF.

If I already see a physiotherapist, massage therapist, or dietician outside of Pure, do I still need to see a practitioner at Pure?

This isn’t necessary; however, we highly recommend it as it will allow us to provide you with a more collaborative treatment plan. With your consent, our staff can coordinate a cohesive health plan to help you achieve your goals.

What is collaborative healthcare?

Collaborative healthcare is when multiple healthcare providers work together alongside their patients to provide high quality care and improve the patients’ health

What is a periodized health plan?

It is a progressive plan that outlines the various components of your health plan and is organized on a calendar. The periodized plan takes into consideration the different events within your life (ie. vacation time, periods of high stress, seasonal activities/ sports, competitions/ events), to allow for a shift in focus when necessary, which should ultimately lead to greater success.

Professional athletes follow a periodized plan when training for a major competition or event. For example, their plan prioritizes rest and recovery during times of high stress (mental or physical) and for progression when other factors (ie. injuries, stress, workload) are under control.