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By Cole Elliot | Personal Trainer | FITNESS

Cole has been a professional trainer for over half a decade, and a fitness enthusiast for his entire life. His philosophy focuses on building positive life-long habits, enhancing the well-being of his clients, and empowering them with knowledge, support and inspiration. We sat down with Cole to find out more about his training style, his favourite success stories, and what he does for fun.

April 10, 2019

By INLIV | FITNESS

At INLIV we are all about inspiring amazing lives, but we love it even more when our clients are the ones inspiring us! We are super excited to feature one such client, whose efforts both in the gym and in her daily life have enabled her to experience some incredible achievements. Bev has been an INLIV Fitness client for 10 years, and we sat down with her to chat about workout motivation, fitness goals, and cookbooks!

April 10, 2019

By Dr. Christine Pezarro | Medical Doctor | INcare | MEDICAL AESTHETICS | MEDICAL AESTHETICS

Volite is a new injectable treatment that plumps and hydrates your skin. It’s like injecting a powerful moisturizer or serum but with long-lasting results. It helps improve skin texture, elasticity and hydration to restore your healthy glow.

March 12, 2019

Dr. Christine Pezarro

Dr. Christine Pezarro

By Dr. Christine Pezarro | Medical Doctor | INcare | MEDICAL AESTHETICS

Dr. Christine Pezarro ventured into medical aesthetics in 2002 and quickly discovered it to be the perfect creative outlet for her artistic interests. “I’ve always been fascinated by medicine and also drawn to visual elements and beauty, including photography, art, architecture and nature. Medical aesthetics are ideal for me as they blend health and beauty. It’s like fashion for your face!” says Dr. Pezarro.

February 12, 2019

Traveling after open heart surgery

Traveling after open heart surgery

By Jennifer Michaud | Marketing Coordinator | INcommunication | HEALTH

Part 3 of 3. One of our INLIV teammates, Jennifer Michaud, shares her heart story in this three-part series. Read Part 1 and Part 2.

My husband told me afterwards that my surgery took longer than anticipated by about an hour, which caused a lot of anxiety for him and my parents. My surgeon advised them afterwards he had been shocked by how enlarged my aortic root was (where the aorta attaches to the heart), a sign of my heart working overtime to accommodate my ineffective aortic valve. He needed that extra time to ensure my new bio-prosthetic valve would fit and remain in place.

February 5, 2019

Performing on stage before my open heart surgery

Performing on stage before my open heart surgery

By Jennifer Michaud | Marketing Coordinator | INcommunication | HEALTH

Part 2 of 3. One of our INLIV teammates, Jennifer Michaud, shares her heart story in this three-part series. Read Part 1 here.

I was back at the cardiologist’s office in March of 2016. Before we went over my test results, my doctor asked me if I had anything I wanted to say, anything I had noticed health-wise that I wanted to bring up. I was about to say my usual “Nope, nothing” but stopped myself – I was suddenly hit with the urge to tell him about an odd “symptom” I had recently been experiencing; I use quotes around the word symptom because I wouldn’t have known at the time what it was a symptom of, and had only mentioned it because I figured it couldn’t hurt.

February 5, 2019

Born with a heart condition

Born with a heart condition

By Jennifer Michaud | Marketing Coordinator | INcommunication | HEALTH

One of our INLIV teammates, Jennifer Michaud, shares her heart story in this three-part series. Part 1 of 3.

February is recognized as Heart Month across Canada, in an effort to increase public focus on cardiovascular health and awareness of heart disease and the many ways it affects 1.3 million Canadians and their families. This month is especially important to me as I am an open-heart surgery survivor, and since my surgery almost three years ago it has become a mission for me to make sure everyone values the health of their hearts.

February 5, 2019

Superbowl Healthy Snacks

Superbowl Healthy Snacks

By INLIV Team | GENERAL

Will you be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday? It’s a day well-known for excited fans, creative commercials and calorie-laden snacks. If you’re like the average American, you may pack away a whopping 2,400 calories while watching the game.

A study from the Snack Food Association revealed that during the game, football fans will consume:

 If you’re looking for some healthier Super Bowl snack options, here are a few recipes to try this weekend, including a few suggestions from our INLIV team.

February 1, 2019

PRP for hair restoration and skin rejuvenation

PRP for hair restoration and skin rejuvenation

By Dr. Ingemaud Gerber | Dr. Kannin Osei-Tutu | | MEDICAL AESTHETICS

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has attracted a lot of attention for a range of medical and cosmetic uses. Some people may recognize PRP from the sports world as several superstar athletes have discussed this regenerative treatment to help heal injuries. Tiger Woods embraced it in an effort to speed up his recovery time following knee surgery and Kobe Bryant used it following a knee injury as well. At INLIV, our medical aesthetics team uses PRP treatments to rejuvenate the skin and also to restore hair loss.

January 18, 2019

2019 goals

2019 goals

By Dr. Ralph Strother | Medical Doctor | INcare | HEALTH

Many of us set fresh, exciting wellness goals for the new year, only to get side-tracked before we’ve gained any momentum. My best advice is to start by making small changes first. Remember – small successes build large victories. And research shows it takes 21 days to form a new habit, so try to really commit for your first three weeks. It can make it easier to stick with your plan for the long-term. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

December 28, 2018

Dr. Renee Walker

Dr. Renee Walker

By INLIV Team | INcare | TOTAL HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Ask Dr. Renee Walker about what inspires her day-to-day, and her face lights up. “What I absolutely love is when I come in and meet with people and talk to them. A lot of them have been through very tough situations, and when we work together they can turn things around. I love seeing how they work themselves into a better, healthier mindset. It’s really inspiring to see.”

December 13, 2018

10 tips to beat holiday stress

10 tips to beat holiday stress

By INLIV Team | HEALTH

Your December calendar may be filled with a dizzying array of activities – holiday baking, parties, entertaining, shopping, gift wrapping and more. Amidst the joy of the season there is often stress, too. Ten of our INLIV teammates share their top tips for beating holiday stress.

December 12, 2018

Depression and holiday blues

Depression and holiday blues

By Dr. Wendy Smeltzer | Medical Director | INcare | HEALTH

The holiday season can be a magical time, brimming with friends, family and fun – but for some, the season is challenging and emotionally draining. It’s often a time of reflection, and you may be reminded of the year’s milestones, including the heartbreak of loved ones that have been lost, life changes like retirement, separation, an empty nest, or general lack of fulfillment as another year closes. It’s important to understand that stress, anxiety, the holiday blues and depression are common this time of year.

December 4, 2018

Battery recycling

Battery recycling

By Parissa Gillani | Corporate Health Coordinator | INmotivation | INNOVATION

Parissa Gillani, Corporate Health Coordinator, is a firm believer that small changes can have a big impact and pitched an internal program with a global impact. By spearheading a battery collection program at INLIV and working with Teck and Unicef Canada’s “Zinc Saves Lives Battery Recycling Campaign”, INLIV collected 1,105 AA batteries, helping save 6,630 children’s lives.

November 13, 2018

Healthy Halloween Tips

Healthy Halloween Tips

By INLIV INmates | GENERAL

Halloween is just days away and many of us are striving to provide healthier treats for the visiting ghosts and goblins. Here are some simple ideas to help reduce or eliminate sugary treats and other tips to create a happy, healthy Halloween.

October 24, 2018

Dr. Allison MacQueen

Dr. Allison MacQueen

By Total Health Management | INcare | MEDICAL

From the moment she entered the Innovation Lab at INLIV, Dr. Allison MacQueen knew she wanted to join the INLIV team of physicians. “I’m always striving to find ideas to improve healthcare, develop new ways to do things, and the technology to help get there. I was impressed that INLIV shares that passion for innovating and enhancing healthcare – and I knew I wanted to be part of it.”

October 17, 2018

22 Tips for Fall

22 Tips for Fall

By INLIV Team | GENERAL

September always feels like it’s time to hit the reset button. Maybe it’s all the years of going back to school that makes September feel like a fresh start. What are your September “New Year” rituals? We’ve compiled a list of 22 home, health and wellness tips for a fresh start this fall.

September 13, 2018

medication review

medication review

By | HEALTH

Is it time for a medication review? Are you greeted by a dizzying array of prescription pill bottles, blister packs, and various lotions and potions when you open your medicine cabinet or peek in that box tucked under the bathroom sink? It happens to many of us.

August 31, 2018

INLIV Innovation Lab

INLIV Innovation Lab

By | INNOVATION

The team of health and wellness professionals at INLIV has one simple mission – to inspire amazing lives every day. What drives that mission is what we call our BHAG, our big, hairy, audacious goal; to help solve the Canadian health care crisis. How will we achieve this? Our Innovation Lab, affectionately referred to as our iLab, is essential. We are continually introducing advanced health and wellness services, preventive initiatives, and innovating to uncover new methods to improve the lives of our clients and our team.

August 22, 2018

Dr. Ralph Strother, Sport Medicine

Dr. Ralph Strother, Sport Medicine

By INLIV | Family Physicians | INcare | TOTAL HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Meet Dr. Ralph Strother, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Diploma Sport Medicine

While many of us are cruising the Stampede grounds and watching the rodeo events and chuckwagon races, Dr. Ralph Strother will have a close-up view of the action. In addition to his work at INLIV, Dr. Strother is also a physician assisting the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine Team.

July 4, 2018

Skin care product consultation at INLIV in Calgary

Skin care product consultation at INLIV in Calgary

By | MEDICAL AESTHETICS

While we have a wide range of medical aesthetic treatments to help enhance the appearance of your skin, proper products for at-home care are essential, too. All of our products are carefully selected by our medical director, Dr. Wendy Smeltzer, so you can be assured they’re of exceptional quality and highly effective, addressing a range of skin concerns. Here are some of our favourite skin care products.

June 26, 2018

Healthy barbecue ideas

Healthy barbecue ideas

By | HEALTH

Ahh, summer! It’s time for long, leisurely nights in the back yard, on the deck and by the campfire. While burgers, hot dogs and steak are barbecue staples, you can up your grilling game this summer with these easy, healthy and tasty ideas.

The usual suspects for grilling on the barbecue include sweet peppers, onion and asparagus. Here are a few other recommendations. Just brush with some olive oil and get grilling.

June 11, 2018

Dr. Vic Avramenko

Dr. Vic Avramenko

By Dr. Vic Avramenko | Family Physician | INcare | MEDICAL

Dr. Vic Avramenko was destined to be a physician – at least according to his grandfather. When he was born, his grandfather looked at him and based on an old wives’ tale, proclaimed he would become a doctor. Yet as a child, Dr. Vic wasn’t interested in being a doctor; he wanted to become a scientist. The course of his life changed abruptly at the age of 12 when he survived a near-death experience.

June 10, 2018

golf stretches

golf stretches

By Jamie Wilkins | Curtis Woodley | Jamie Guislain | FITNESS

Golf is a great form of exercise with a regular 18 holes clocking in at approximately 10,000 steps and burning an estimated 2,000 calories. And there are more health benefits to a game of golf. Getting outdoors can help us sleep better and the socialization is important for our emotional health. Planning that next shot sharpens your focus and requires strategic thinking that helps keep the brain healthy as we age.

May 15, 2018

Sun safety tips Calgary

Sun safety tips Calgary

By Dr. Wendy Smeltzer | Medical Director | INcare | MEDICAL AESTHETICS

After a winter that seemed to hang on well past its ‘best before’ date, it’s wonderful to see the arrival of warm, sunny days. While we want to enjoy the summer sun, it is important to protect our skin, as UV radiation present in sunlight is an environmental human carcinogen. Check out these 12 sun safety tips for you and your family.

May 8, 2018

Courtney Blackshaw - Bladder Cancer Calgary

Courtney Blackshaw - Bladder Cancer Calgary

By Courtney Blackshaw | Medical Care Coordinator | INconnection | HEALTH

May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, something that hits very close to home for me. As a recent bladder cancer survivor, spreading awareness about this all too common, yet surprisingly unknown disease has become a passion project for me.

Many people have never heard of bladder cancer or, if they have, do not realize how common this type of cancer is.

May 4, 2018

Dr. Jyl Radwell

Dr. Jyl Radwell

By Dr. Jyl Radwell | Family Physician | INcare | TOTAL HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Dr. Jyl Radwell joined the INLIV team of family physicians in April 2018, after working around the province and far beyond!

A lifelong adventurer, Dr. Jyl has woven her love of medicine and travel together, working as a physician in Cochrane, Olds, and throughout rural Alberta, as well as many years in Yellowknife and rural areas of the Northwest Territories, Nunavut. She’s even worked as far away as Taupo, New Zealand, where she spent six months on locum.

April 11, 2018

Book doctor appointment online in Calgary

Book doctor appointment online in Calgary

By Total Health Management Team | INcare | GENERAL

At INLIV, we believe in a collaborative approach to your health care. We believe in being your wellness partner. We believe in making it easy for you to get medical advice, support and appointments with your physician. We believe you should have easy access to your medical reports and test results. With our easy-to-use online health portal, we provide all this and more!

April 2, 2018

Dr. Kannin Osei-Tutu

Dr. Kannin Osei-Tutu

By Dr. Kannin Osei-Tutu | Medical Doctor | INcare | MEDICAL AESTHETICS

Dr. Kannin Osei-Tutu joined INLIV in September of 2016 and became instantly popular with our medical aesthetic clients for his warm personality, soothing voice and his skill in achieving a balanced, natural result.

“What I most enjoy with my work in medical aesthetics is witnessing the impact these treatments can have on a person’s self-esteem. Just a subtle change can transform how someone feels about themselves, boosting their confidence and outlook.”

He developed his keen eye and masterful skills through specialized training and experience with medical aesthetic injectables, in addition to several years of study in plastic and reconstructive surgery. With this comprehensive knowledge of the intricate facial structure and an artist’s eye, Dr. Kannin employs a detailed approach to balanced, customized facial rejuvenation.

“Each guest’s face is unique, beautiful and fascinating. I enjoy taking the time to really listen to what each guest is seeking and why”

“Each guest’s face is unique, beautiful and fascinating. I enjoy taking the time to really listen to what each client is seeking and why, discussing each element, and then clearly outlining the steps for their exciting journey through a comprehensive aesthetic plan.”

BOOK A CONSULTATION WITH DR. KANNIN OSEI-TUTU

One of Dr. Kannin’s favourite and most popular treatments is lip enhancement, using precise micro-injections of filler, and respecting the natural anatomy to create balanced, subtle results. The feedback from clients is what he values most. “When a guest gets that look of excitement in their eyes, seeing the immediate impact of their treatment – or later during follow-up visit – I feel their excitement, too. It’s a privilege to be able to contribute to their renewal.”

“When a guest gets that look of excitement in their eyes, seeing the immediate impact of their treatment – or later during follow-up visit – I feel their excitement, too.”

He also specializes in the new injectable treatment to reduce a double chin. “Many people are unhappy with their double chin – submental fullness is what we call it. And, unfortunately, exercise often won’t help you get rid of a double chin. We use numerous injections to dissolve small amounts of fat and destroy the fat cells, so they can’t store or accumulate any fat. I’m finding male clients are quite interested in the double chin reduction treatment – a lot of them don’t like seeing that roll of flesh above their shirt collar.”

“I’m finding male clients are quite interested in the double chin reduction treatment – a lot of them don’t like seeing that roll of flesh above their shirt collar.”

Dr. Kannin keeps a busy schedule, working at INLIV and also as a hospitalist at Foothills Medical Centre. With his young family in tow, you can find him swimming, skiing, and traveling – or enjoying a quiet game of chess and learning to speak Spanish. And he is generous in sharing his passion for life and learning with others. He has volunteered in Costa Rica and Cuba, and worked in Ghana at the Korle-Bu teaching hospital. He also holds an academic appointment as a clinical lecturer at the University of Calgary, helping educate young doctors in training.

He’s equally committed to his own learning, regularly attending aesthetic meetings, conferences and seminars to broaden his understanding and provide the latest and safest techniques for his clients.

Dr. Kannin Osei-Tutu completed his undergraduate studies in Kinesiology at McMaster University before obtaining his Masters of Science in exercise physiology and doctorate of medicine from Dalhousie University. After completing his family medicine training at University of Toronto, he relocated to Calgary in 2010. He is also a member of the Canadian Association of Aesthetic Medicine and holds diplomas (Levels 1, 2) from the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine.

When asked what inspired him to join INLIV, he said, “I’m passionate about life, optimum health, wellness and vitality, and that is exactly what INLIV embraces with its business philosophy. I am thrilled to be part of a team that exudes such integrity and vision.”

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH DR. KANNIN OSEI-TUTU

To book an appointment with Dr. Kannin Osei-Tutu, call our medical aesthetics department at 403.648.2137 or click on the link above to send an email. To learn more about our medical aesthetic options and discover what treatments may be right for you, book a complimentary skin care consultation with our registered nurse, Nadia Zinchuk.

VIEW INLIV’S MEDICAL AESTHETIC TREATMENT OPTIONS

March 19, 2018

By Dr. Wendy Smeltzer | Medical Director | INcare | MEDICAL AESTHETICS

If eyes are the windows to the soul, your skin is the window to your overall health. Reliable research on the best foods for healthy skin is limited, but we know for certain that overall health is written all over your face. Yellow skin tone can indicate jaundice or other liver conditions. Pale, sallow skin can signal anemia, dehydration or vitamin deficiencies.

March 13, 2018

By Nutrition team at INLIV | HEALTH

Healthy eating habits in childhood are the cornerstone to establishing good nutrition later on in life. However, many parents often find that their children are “picky eaters”, and that it’s seemingly hopeless to convince them to eat healthy diets – a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and other foods that deliver the nutrients they need. 

March 7, 2018

Laser and PRP

Laser and PRP

By Nadia Zinchuk | Registered Nurse | INcare | MEDICAL AESTHETICS

Winter is the perfect time for laser treatments. At INLIV, we are combining our non-ablative fractional laser treatment with the healing and rejuvenating effects of platelet rich plasma to create a powerful combination facial rejuvenation treatment that improves skin texture, tone and stimulates collagen production for natural, long-lasting results.

February 16, 2018

Fitness Assessment

Fitness Assessment

By Jamie Wilkins | Fitness General Manager | INenergy | FITNESS

What’s your fitness goal? Whether it’s to lose fat, gain strength, train for your favourite sport, complete an Ironman, or improve your overall health, our INLIV personal training team can get you there with the help of our medically-based fitness assessment.

Utilizing a wide range of medical screening tests, blood tests and health evaluation, our fitness assessment goes far beyond what you’ll get at a regular gym or workout facility. And that helps your results go far beyond, too! It all starts with an extensive assessment to establish your health benchmarks, determine specific limitations and challenges you face, and set a clear plan in place to move you along your wellness path.  

February 15, 2018

Shingles and the new vaccine

Shingles and the new vaccine

By Dr. Ralph Strother | Medical Doctor | INcare | HEALTH

It often starts as an unusual pain, maybe some tingling… and then a rash sets in. Shingles! While it may be common (almost one in three Canadians may be affected by shingles), it can be quite painful. And, too often, some fail to realize that the pain from shingles can last for months – long after the rash has healed.

As a physician, I have been watching Shingrix – the newest vaccine against shingles – through the late Phase III trials and approval. Interestingly, Canada was the first country to approve the new vaccine, and our physician team here at INLIV had it on order as soon as the announcement of its approval for use in Canada in October 2017.

February 2, 2018

By Cary Bohnet | Business Development Director | INbusiness | MEDICAL

Our INLIV experts have their fingers firmly on the pulse of health, wellness, and innovative ways to help our clients live the healthiest lives possible. Our latest innovation is Wello, an exciting new virtual service designed to improve health care, making it easy, convenient, effective and affordable. And now, one free year of Wello is included with every INLIV Comprehensive and Executive Medical Assessment.

January 10, 2018

holiday stress relief

holiday stress relief

By INLIV INmates | GENERAL

Stress is heightened during the holiday season for many reasons – our routines are interrupted, we eat more, exercise less, have work deadlines and end-of-year expectations for ourselves. Check out these tips from our INLIV team revealing their tips to ease holiday stress.

December 13, 2017

desk stretches

desk stretches

By Matthew Pacholko, Personal Trainer, INenergy | CORPORATE HEALTH

Are you spending far too many hours at a desk, hunched over in your chair, staring at the computer screen? And in the evening after dinner, you sit watching tv until it’s time for bed? All that sitting is bad for your health and recent studies have shown that how long you stay sitting at a time will increase your risk for an early death – even if you are exercising regularly.

November 21, 2017

Kelly Blackshaw

Kelly Blackshaw

By INLIV People & Culture | GENERAL

Passion for Play – the Kelly Blackshaw story

Kelly Blackshaw lives for, and works for, health and wellness. Looking at health from a holistic and lifestyle perspective, she knows that healthy living isn’t about the vegetables you eat, the hobbies you enjoy, or the positive habits you maintain – it’s about all of those things, and a whole lot more.

November 19, 2017

By Nadia Zinchuk | Registered Nurse | INcare | MEDICAL AESTHETICS

How do you get rid of sun spots?

Removing sun spots – those red and brown imperfections on your skin can be achieved using several treatment options. And now that summer has passed, it’s an ideal time of year to embark on a skin rejuvenation plan to help restore that healthy, vibrant complexion.

October 22, 2017