MEET THE LIFT Team
Shannon has been personal training for 10 years and has an extreme passion for fitness. She has trained individuals and teams all over the world including London, England, Oklahoma and Greece. She has always been passionate about sport and went to university on scholarship playing both soccer and softball in Texas and Oklahoma.
Her most recent acheivements have been Assistant Coach/Trainer for the Y-series Vancouver Whitecaps Girls team as well as trainer for the Arsenal Elite Academy boys football team in Loutraki, Greece. Shannon holds her BCRPA certification in weight training and Group fitness.
She is certified by ACE as a Personal Trainer and has a Diploma in Sport Science and Continued Education in Kinesiology. Shannon is the Owner/Manager of LIFT Fitness. Shannon welcomes you to the LIFT experience.
COMMUNITY MANAGER & Mindset COACH
Born and raised in the Tri cities, Marla’s passion for people and community inspire her role of community manager at LIFT.
Marla helps to build and grow our connections around fitness and health within our beautiful community. Her background in design and content production has also enabled her to help the team in the production of content, workshops and events.
As an SFU alumni, she has a Bachelors degree in communications, interactive art and technology. Most recently, she achieved her certification in wellness coaching and is super excited to offer her specialized skills in coaching clients towards their goals.
Marla welcomes you to the LIFT experience.
As a young athlete who received physiotherapy treatments, education and guidance for sports related injuries, Tyson was inspired to pursue a career in Physiotherapy.
Tyson comes from an athletic background with a passion for many sports including; golf, soccer, baseball and hockey. Tyson continues to play golf and hockey recreationally, in addition to, running, hiking, biking, skiing and weightlifting. Tyson moved from Manitoba in 2020 to live and work in British Columbia as a Physiotherapist—this move was driven by the desire for the outdoor lifestyle and activities..... and of course, the milder winters.
Tyson graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Kinesiology. Additionally, Tyson graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2018 with a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy. Since graduating in 2018, Tyson has taken continued education courses in Vestibular Therapy (dizziness and balance), concussion management, sports injury taping, musculoskeletal courses for the neck, shoulder, back, hip, knee and ankle, and Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy level 1.
Registered Massage Therapist
Andrea became a Registered Massage Therapist after graduating from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2019. Before entering the field, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree as a student athlete while playing softball for West Texas A&M University. Training as a competitive athlete for the majority of her life is where Andrea’s passion for wellness stems from. She has recently become a registered yoga teacher growing from a personal practice of over 10 years.
Active recovery, injury prevention and healthy body movements are the keystones of Andrea’s focus as a therapist. She centers her practice on an individual’s goals and pain needs, treating the whole person in their journey to a pain-free and healthy daily life. Andrea believes that patient education and personalized exercises can propel recovery and empower individuals in their wellbeing. Active and assisted stretching and strengthening, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques and joint mobilizations are some of the modalities that Andrea focuses her treatments with. Treatments at LIFT will include time spent on and off the table with many active modalities being utilized to help you feel and move better.
Andrea is an outdoor enthusiast; spending much of her free time with her dog doing activities like hiking, kayaking and running. Andrea welcomes you to the LIFT experience.
Head Educator & Athletic Therapist
Ryan decided to pursue a career as a certified athletic therapist after a lifelong involvement in sport, playing basketball and football, and wanted to stay involved in sport after he finished playing. While earning a degree in Kinesiology he found that teaching other athletes how to reduce their risk of injury and help them return to play after an injury is what he was the most passionate about after going through injuries of his own. Ryan has 8 years experience as a therapist in varsity sports with the University of Alberta Golden Bears Football team, and MacEwan University Women’s Hockey. As well as professionally with the Edmonton Elks and most recently Vancouver Whitecaps.
Ryan specializes in soft tissue release, manual therapy, prophylactic bracing and taping, injury prevention and assessment as well as rehabilitation and return to play programming. He holds additional certifications as a corrective exercise specialist and performance exercise specialist. One of Ryan’s goals is to take the rehabilitation and injury prevention process that is available to professional athletes and make it accessible to everyone, No matter if your goal is to keep playing your favourite sport, go hiking on the weekend or just be pain free throughout the week!
When not at work you can find him playing ultimate frisbee and pickup basketball. Or more often than not trying to find anywhere in the lower mainland without concrete, going camping, hiking, or fishing whenever he has the chance. Ryan welcomes you to the LIFT experience.
Hayley graduated from the University of Victoria with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. She was awarded Kinesiology Co-op Student of the Year in 2020 for her successes during her work term placements throughout her degree. Hayley grew up a competitive dancer which sparked her passion for health and wellness in which she loves to share with other people. She is committed to working with clients towards their personal goals and strives to find meaningful and function-based treatment activities to facilitate this. Hayley has previous experience working with Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists in a clinical setting, and is excited to be joining the LIFT team!
Outside of work, Hayley is happiest when reading, testing new recipes, or when spending time with family and friends! Hayley welcomes you the the LIFT experience.
Daniel completed his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University in 2022. Born and raised in Port Coquitlam, Daniel graduated high school from Terry Fox in 2017. Growing up he found himself playing whatever sport could fit his schedule, however he had the greatest success with ice hockey and played for the Port Moody Junior B Panthers.
Daniel decided that Kinesiology offered a unique opportunity to turn his interests in exercise, sports, and science into an education that would allow him to make a positive impact on his community. During his undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser, Daniel worked as a certified personal trainer and has a great understanding of teaching and programming exercise to achieve client specific goals.
During the winter you can find Daniel snowboarding at Mount Seymour, while any other time of the year he is usually mountain biking, working out, or playing the guitar. He plans on completing a master’s degree in Physiotherapy soon and is in the process of applying to different graduate degree programs. Daniel welcomes you to the LIFT experience.
Ciara was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and just recently moved to Canada. She has always had a passion for sports from a young age and grew up playing many different sports but Gaelic football and soccer were always the sports she was most passionate about. From her lifelong experience in sport she always knew this was the area that she wanted to pursue a career in.
Ciara recently graduated from the Technological University Dublin Tallaght Campus, Ireland with a bachelors degree in Sports Science and Health. During her time there the areas that she had most interest in was sports medicine and biomechanics. This encouraged her to look deeper into injury prevention in female soccer players. Ciara believes that incorporating injury prevention techniques into both team and individual training can have substantial performance benefits and is often under looked.
Ciara is still very actively involved in coaching soccer, and in her spare time she still plays. Ciara is passionate about running, hiking and the outdoors which is one of the many reasons she’s relocated to beautiful BC.
Ciara is always willing to learn new skills and is very excited to be part of the LIFT team! Ciara welcomes you to the LIFT experience
Lauren became a Certified Athletic Therapist after graduating from the Honour Bachelor Degree in Athletic Therapy at Sheridan College in Brampton Ont. Before the Athletic Therapy program Lauren completed a Kinesiology degree from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Through school Lauren has interacted with and treated athletes from basketball, soccer, rugby and hockey teams.
Lauren enjoys keeping clients as active as possible through the whole rehab process so that the clients usual routine is disrupted as little as possible. Lauren employs manual therapy techniques and rehab exercises to get clients back to what they love.
Lauren moved to BC from Ontario which was driven by the more outdoorsy lifestyle that she enjoys, going horse back riding, running, hiking, biking, skiing, camping. Lauren welcomes you to the LIFT experience.
50+ Training Specialist
Kathleen is a long-time fitness enthusiast and Lift Fitness workout participant. She is a Certified Personal Fitness and Weight Trainer, registered with BCRPA and certified by Douglas College in 2016.
She is a former secondary school teacher, university level instructor, and teacher union president. After retirement from the B.C. Teachers’ Federation in 2015, she decided to fulfill her long-held ambition to certify as a fitness trainer. Kathleen has a particular interest in fitness and resistance training for older adults because she knows firsthand the enormous everyday health benefits that accrue from having improved muscular strength, greater aerobic capacity, and leaner body mass. She wants to help older adults achieve their healthiest, happiest life through progressive training programs adapted to every participant’s unique fitness and lifestyle goals.
In addition to weight training three times a week, Kathleen also runs at least two times a week and takes long daily walks with her greyhound. She loves reading, gardening, art, travel and being out in nature. Kathleen welcomes you to the LIFT experience.
Kirstin is a kinesiologist at LIFT. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a focus in Active Health and Rehabilitation. Her never-ending thirst for learning influences her sessions and classes as she’s always researching new exercises and strives to train with evidence-based methods. She believes that injuries can be prevented with proper “prehab” and treating existing imbalances in your body. Kirstin’s goal is to empower you to reach your fitness goals by building a strong foundation first. She wants to set her clients up for success, not only in fitness but also the ability to complete everyday tasks!
Growing up, Kirstin played competitive soccer and softball, during that time she experienced a number of injuries which exposed her to the rehab and prehab side of training. She quickly learned the value of exercise in injury recovery as well as maintaining injury preventative exercises to prevent re-injury or new injuries. She also understands the value of accountability in the training and wants to support you through your journey!
In her spare time, Kirstin loves being outside; going for hikes, walks, and runs, skiing, traveling and loves to read. If you have any book suggestions, she is all ears! She still plays recreational soccer and is always keen to play soccer, softball or almost any other sport. Kirstin welcomes you to the LIFT experience.