Category: MEDICAL

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. 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

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.

He had an accident while out tobogganing and ruptured his spleen. This was before paramedics were available, though fortunately his family doctor lived just a few blocks away. The doctor happened to be home and raced over to the accident scene. Recognizing the situation was critical, he coordinated everything, including ensuring the operating room was ready for Vic upon his arrival at hospital. The quick response and reaction by the doctor saved the young boy’s life and altered its course.

“I decided then to become a physician; not because of what my grandfather had said but because I believed I had a debt to repay.”

“The following week after my accident another young fellow the same age as me ruptured his spleen and died. It was the exact same injury as me but had a tragic outcome. I felt incredibly lucky. I decided then to become a physician; not because of what my grandfather had said but because I believed I had a debt to repay.”

“After practicing rural medicine for about 30 years, I grew increasingly frustrated. I felt like I was on a hamster wheel. I wasn’t able to spend enough time with patients and struggled to feel I was making a difference in people’s lives. I thought perhaps it was time to retire. Then INLIV approached me to join them. The quality of care we are able to provide at INLIV is how I believe medicine should be practiced. INLIV has made the practice of medicine fun again!”

“The quality of care we are able to provide at INLIV is how I believe medicine should be practiced. INLIV has made the practice of medicine fun again!”

INLIV’s core purpose is to inspire amazing lives for our clients and our team, and Dr. Vic Avramenko embraces that philosophy. “With the belief system at INLIV and the support from the team, I’m finally able to have balance in my life. For years I’d speak with my patients about the importance of healthy work/life balance, yet I wasn’t following my own advice. Then I had two friends that had heart attacks and realized it could have been me. Joining INLIV has allowed me to give focused care and attention to my patients – and to myself.”

In his time away from the office, Dr. Vic enjoys golfing, traveling, working on his acreage and spending time with his family, including his grandchildren. He spends time at the office with his family, too, as his daughter Vanessa has joined the INLIV team, working as a medical care coordinator.

Dr. Vic Avramenko graduated from the University of Alberta as an MD with Distinction and did his family medicine residency at Foothills Hospital. He has worked in Calgary, Chestermere, Rockyview and Drumheller, and has volunteered his time serving on several boards, working with the Boy Scouts, and was team doctor for the UFA Bisons Midget AAA hockey club. He joined INLIV as a physician with our Total Health Management program in 2013 and is a great asset to our team.

To speak with us about our Total Health Management program and meet our incredible team of family physicians, health, wellness and fitness professionals, call 403.538.8881 or book a free consultation to learn more about INLIV.

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June 10, 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

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

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 Cary Bohnet | Business Development Director | INvalue | CORPORATE HEALTH

When you’re one of the people in charge of the daily operations of a large company – be it a provincial heavyweight or a multi-national corporation – it can be easy to lose track of your healthy habits. Over time, you find yourself cutting corners – a little bit, here and there: easy meals, instead of healthy ones; missed exercise classes; or loss of work-life balance. Before you know it, the stress and pressure of your career can take a toll on your health. 

March 8, 2017

cold or flu?

cold or flu?


It is important to know the difference between the common cold and the seasonal flu. A cold can make you ill for a few days as it is a milder respiratory illness. Whereas the flu can make you feel ill from a few days to a few weeks, the flu can also result in hospitalizations and other health complications like pneumonia. So, do you have a cold or flu?

December 10, 2016



By Jamie Wilkins | Fitness General Manager | INenergy | MEDICAL


Considered the gold standard in body composition technology, the BOD POD is fundamentally the same as underwater (hydrostatic) weighing, but uses air instead of water. It measures the volume of air a person’s body displaces while sitting inside the chamber, rather than measuring how much water his or her body displaces when dunked in a tank.

September 7, 2016