H.B.A., B.Ed., MSc Nutrition Candidate, Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, Plant Based Nutrition Consultant.
Fitness was always a core value in Margot’s home. She was a competitive gymnast and competitive swimmer. At any opportunity she was riding horses. By the age of 17 Margot was an aerobic instructor and in her early twenties she was developing weight training programs for newcomers to fitness in Vancouver, B.C. It was on the West Coast that she fell in love with mountain biking. Margot has always been a runner, and enjoys the middle distances best. At the age of 32 she entered her first triathlon, and placed second.
In 1996 Margot graduated from the renowned West Coast College of Massage Therapy with a diploma in the assessment and treatment of soft tissue and joint injury and dysfunction, hydrotherapy and remedial exercise in medical treatment. She worked as a massage therapist for 13 years, during which time she found the stretch and strength guidance and the active therapy she provided was commonly the most important factor in rehabilitation. Becoming a Certified Personal Trainer was a natural addition to her skill set.
Margot has been a lifelong student of nutrition, and has been a vegetarian for ethical reasons for 16 years. The shift toward a whole foods, plant based diet was the answer in eliminating a lifelong battle with asthma and allergies. This recovery left Margot wanting for more information, and she found the Plant Based Nutrition Certification Program at Cornell University. Through her careers as a Massage Therapist and high school teacher, she could not deny the gap in our health and education systems when it came to understanding nutrition. While teaching it was obvious to her that students today suffer more from nutritionally related illness than ever before, impacting their ability to concentrate and therefore learn.
Dietary and lifestyle choices are the largest contributing factor to our current health crisis. Further, the standard Western Diet is the largest contributing factor to green house gas emissions, and animals raised for food are exempt from all laws in place to protect animals… these factors in combination with Margot’s passion for helping people to heal set the stage for something new…and so, Taiga Whole Health was born.
Margot is an active student of Parelli Natural Horsemanship, which has allowed her to train her two Spanish Mustangs, always placing the relationship and the horse’s dignity first.
Most of all Margot loves being a Mom. She lives in Northwestern Ontario with her not-so-plant-based-husband Sam where they are raising their family.
Margot’s resting pulse: 52 bpm, and cholesterol: 3.6
The enduring purpose of Taiga Whole Health is to participate in the effort to change the status quo, for our health, our earth and for the welfare of animals, through a whole foods plant based diet and tailored physical conditioning.