Meet First Line's instructor development team, our course instructors, our content creators, and our coaches and mentors. Oh yes - we're all practitioners too!
Our team is committed to getting you where you want to be - fast! We can relate to your practice questions and help you find real time solutions. Welcome to your new network!
We're pretty excited about supporting our students with a very diverse team of movement therapists. Everyone on the First Line team is an entrepreneur and operates their own private practice. To find out more about anyone on the team, check them out on LinkedIn.
Over the years, Angela grew her therapeutic movement practice to include yoga and various approaches to fascial therapy. Her favourite clients were older adults who have multiple chronic autoimmune diseases.
Angela has a passion for holistic nutrition and its incredible positive influence on stable mental health. She loves to be a mentor to her movement therapy colleagues as they start and grow their practices.
Angela no longer works with clients in a clinical practice but has moved into a truly CEO role. Her main focus is encouraging the career development of movement therapists. Angela is currently enjoying finding new instructors and courses to build the First Line team.
Because she is really a nutrition and physiology geek at heart, she can be found diving deeply into how food choices and various breathing techniques affect chronic auto immune disease and mental wellbeing.
Heather Foell is a digital marketing specialist by day and business consultant by night. Having started her career out in the healthcare field, she originally practiced as a Registered Kin before making a bit shift. Her natural love for learning curved her career into digital marketing.
As an entrepreneur in the consulting field through her company 'Simply Optimizing', Heather helps business owners identify and triage non-income producing activities. She helps company owners them create more time for their businesses, encouraging them towards increased revenues, growing their impact with their ideal clients, and most of all, creating the energy to expand their vision to share with the world.
You can think of Heather as the 'Air Traffic Controller' for your business or the 'Contract COO'. Around First Line, we've changed the title for Heather from the typical COO (Chief Operating Officer) to Chief Optimization Officer - a bit fit, don't you think?
Malik Carby-Corbett is a Toronto-based kinesiologist specializing in movement and performance optimization. He has always had a passion and curiosity about the inner workings of the human body, and how all the systems can be optimized and expressed through athletics.
In blurring the lines of clinician, strength coach and sports therapist, Malik works in a multitude of capacities from weekend warriors, to clients returning from surgery/injury, and elite provincial and national level athletes looking for their competitive edge. He has also designed his own line of athletic apparel and continuing education courses.
Malik has traveled coast to coast, working with high-performance teams and organization, most recently traveling to New Zealand for an international competition with the Canadian Misfits Rugby 7s.
With an uncanny ability to gauge client effort and ability, Monika has a way of encouraging clients to achieve more than they realize they can do!
She has a fun and engaging personality which motivates clients to give her their very best effort - and they have a LOT of fun doing it!
In addition to her private practice working one on one with clients in their homes, Monika is a cancer rehabilitation specialist with Wellspring Cancer Support Network and an Active Living for Life program supervisor to Sheridan College and the Canada Kidney Foundation.
Monika has been a course instructor with First Line Education since it began in 2007. We are lucky to have her easy going teaching style and her keen eye for detail.
Elise works with private clients in their homes and condo gyms in the Toronto area. She has specialized her knowledge to focus on chronic and recurrent joint pain, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
Elise particularly enjoys working with people who are receiving treatment for or are recovering from various forms of cancer.
After recently completing her Masters degree in Health Science at the Ontario University Institute of Technology, Elise has a more in depth understanding of the benefits of using urban poles for the walking programs of those affected by breast cancer.
Elyse began working with First Line as soon as she finished her undergrad at the University of Waterloo. She became an instructor and course creator when First Line Education began in 2007. We feel pretty lucky that she's still part of our team!
Sarah offers a client-centred approach utilizing therapeutic exercise, neuroproprioceptive taping, and osteopathic manual therapy, depending on the needs and goals of her clients.
She has provided mentorship as a clinical supervisor for students completing clinical internships with various Masters and Bachelors programs in Kinesiology.
In 2015 Sarah completed thesis research on the biological basis of placebo effects in clinical practice, and was awarded the Andrew Taylor Still Award for outstanding research in the advancement of Osteopathy.
Sarah has been a part of First Line Education since it's start. Her contributions to course design and content as well as her clear and patient instructional style makes her one of our students favourite instructors!
Jennifer teaches about the benefits of optimal breathing through yoga and movement, with the in-depth knowledge of a Buteyko specialist.
Jennifer recently moved to Moncton, New Brunswick with her husband Declan (featured below). Jennifer will be setting up her new practice from her dedicated home yoga studio this fall and will continue to teach private online Buteyko Breathing classes to students all over the world.
With many years of experience teaching piano and voice prior to diving into the world of yoga, Jennifer's teaching methods are empowering and fun for both kids and adults.
Over the past year, Jennifer has become particularly interested in exploring the effects of breath training and movement for helping people to manage past and current trauma in their lives.
Declan teaches therapists how to find the best natural therapy treatments for their clients.
Years of working closely with colleagues across a wide range of therapies including massage and Buteyko Breathing has helped Declan and his students achieve the most suitable therapeutic solutions for their clients.
Declan has taught extensively across the United Kingdom and brings incredible insight from therapeutic movement practices from around the world.READ MORE ABOUT DECLAN HERE
Kelly assesses and treats structural issues using a biotensegrity approach.
Her work brings awareness to emotional and perceptual factors, and their impact on the body's regulatory systems.
Kelly is the founder and owner of the Northwest School of Structural Therapy in Seattle, Washington and has developed the Tensegrity Medicine™ methodology.
Each year Kelly travels within the United States, to Canada and to Europe to bring her Tensegrity Medicine courses to internationally based movement therapists.READ MORE ABOUT KELLY HERE
Marsha spent the last 25 years working in the health care field as a Kinesiologist specializing in post-rehabilitation work as well as life changing coaching habits with her clients.
Years of Life Coaching with her clients, combined with traumatic personal challenges in her family translated into creating a Life Coaching business helping people to own their stories, creating massive change in their lives.
Marsha is the 6-time Bestselling Author of “When She Stopped Asking Why”. She shares her lessons as a parent who dealt with teen substance abuse far past the level of normal experimentation.
Through her programs, coaching and live events for women, Marsha is on a mission to teach others how to find their personal power by owning their story, being vulnerable and creating boundaries in their lives.
Marsha is creating a platform allowing others to find clarity and freedom from their stories and to assist women to build coaching, speaking and writing businesses to further impact and empower others.READ MORE ABOUT MARSHA HERE
Allysha is an avid Kinesiologist and has spent her professional life exploring the diverse scope of this field. She has significant experience in the clinical setting, functional abilities consulting, small group lifestyle and resiliency workshop facilitation and has taken a vast skill-set into corporate health and wellness.
As a registered yoga teacher and a certified mental health first aider, Allysha is passionate about the very intricate connection between the mind and body and has built this into her practice as a core operating principle.
Allysha's passion for the field of mental wellness has taken her down the path of continued study and skill-building in the fields of mindfulness, the cognitive behavioural approach and resiliency. She continues to apply these principles to her own life, leading her on a journey of growth and optimized living.
Allysha aims to empower others with the tools that can create a healthy and fulfilling personal and professional life. Life is so much more than simply surviving, it is about thriving and having the best time!
Katherine Prior is a fourth-year Honours Specialization in Kinesiology student at Western University.
Katherine is also a certified Personal Training Specialist, NCCP Coach, Special Olympics Gymnastic coach, and dance teacher. Katherine has a passion for movement, health, and fitness, with the goal of increasing education and accessibility of physical activity.
Katherine joins First Line Education as a student intern, where she hopes to combine her education and research with her teaching and coaching skills, in developing in-depth, yet practical courses and content.
Keira is a fourth year student at Western University studying Kinesiology. She began her internship with First Line Education in September 2020 as a part of a practicum course. Along with the rest of the First Line team, she helps put together materials and content for the courses offered.
Keira hopes to pursue a career in a clinical setting where her passion for physical activity and helping others can be utilized.
As a varsity athlete, Keira is interested in the assessment and rehabilitation of sports injuries and is excited to apply what she has learned in school to the courses at First Line!