almonte fitness centre

The Team


Owner/Manager, Personal Trainer, Nutritionist

Michelle is an internationally recognized personal trainer, fitness instructor, nutritionist, with over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. She is a national fitness competitor and best-selling author of three healthy eating cookbooks. She has presented to audiences and appeared in media outlets nation-wide and owned and operated several successful small fitness businesses over the last two decades. She then spent ten years working in business planning before taking on the role of National Wellness Coordinator for Public Safety, where she built a nationally recognized wellness program. While working for the government, she continued to run a successful nutrition and fitness training business, providing physical training, nutrition, freelance writing and consultation services.

Fitness Staff, Personal Trainer
Steve worked in the high tech sector for 38 years and continues to be an avid golfer and curler. Throughout that time, he stayed fit as a loyal member of AFC before deciding to join the team in 2015 as front desk staff. In 2018, he took his passion for fitness to the next level by becoming a certified personal trainer in order to fulfil his dream of helping people of all ages embark on their own fitness journeys. He believes in encouraging people to start where they are and showing them that they can do more than they think they can.


Personal Trainer

Jesse’s passion for fitness started early in his life. He always enjoyed long-distance running and biking but excessively long cardio sessions, poor lifestyle and nutrition habits started to show weaknesses in his body and started Jesse on a journey to discover what the human body actually needs to heal and function at its best. After realizing the benefits of how lifestyle changes, proper movement, nutrition and training principles could impact his life, Jesse was certain that he wanted to use this knowledge to help other people achieve their optimal health and performance. Jesse’s clientele is pre/postnatal, general health, strength and conditioning, weight loss and athletes.  Jesse is a certified personal trainer and also holds many certifications in pre/postnatal training, nutrition, strength training and working with an aging population to list a few. 


Fitness Staff, Personal Trainer 

Jessica was a member of Almonte Fitness Centre for almost 10 years when she decided to join the team. She has a diploma in Early Childhood Education and numerous years of experience working with youth. Through this field she has developed an excellent sense of member retention and interpersonal skills that she uses on a daily basis. Jess has always had a passion for the fitness and health industry and recently completed her studies to become a certified personal trainer!  She is looking forward to helping the members at Almonte Fitness Centre reach their health and fitness goals! 


Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor

Elsa-Joy’s pursuit of fitness and living a healthy lifestyle brought her to CrossFit 3 years ago. She believes strongly that this type of functional fitness and strength based training can be adapted for the benefit of virtually anyone. It was this mindset that fueled her desire to become a certified personal trainer. Elsa-Joy loves achieving goals and is always up for a fitness challenge. 2 years ago this led her to running her first half marathon. She is also working towards further certifications in nutrition and CrossFit. Elsa-Joy looks forward to joining the team and motivating members to achieve their goals by sharing her passion for fitness.


Fitness Staff, Personal Trainer in Training

Danielle was a member of Almonte Fitness Centre before deciding to join the team in 2017 as part of the front desk staff.  Danielle has had a passion for health and fitness from a young age and has now decided to pursue her passion by working towards her personal training certificate. When Danielle is not at the gym, she is studying Business Administration at Algonquin College. Danielle is looking forward to helping our members grow their love for fitness and encouraging them to reach their goals!


Zumba Instructor

Zumba has always been a huge part of Val’s life. She has been a ZIN™ member since 2014 and has taught Zumba in many different countries accross the world such as France, Scotland, and the Dominican! Val believes that Zumba is a great way to bring yourself joy and peace while staying healthy and active at the same time. She is certified to teach Zumba, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Kids and Kids Jr! Val brings a sense of community and belonging to our members through her classes- through song and dance she encourages our members to stay active in an enjoyable, lively way!


Yoga Instructor

Susan has always had a passion for the health and fitness industry. Throughout the past thirty years she has taught a wide variety of group fitness classes! Susan completed her yoga teacher training in 2018 and is currently working on advanced yoga training. Her yoga classes include thoughtful and accessible movements that involve strengthening, balance, flow, and music, and are designed to make you curious, explore, and challenge yourself! Susan is looking forward to sharing the journey and joy of yoga with all of our members!

Chief Security Officer, Member Retention Specialist
Monty has 14 (doggie) years of training in relationship dynamics and furry interventions. She graduated with honors in the internationally recognized Canine Cuteness Training with a specialty in Member Retention. She has been managing AFC’s security system since Jan 2020 and is an expert in covert entries and exits. She exercises outdoors daily, and believes in a balanced diet, consisting 80% of nutritious dog food leaving 20% room for indulgences, such as treats provided by AFC members and the occasional timbit.