Learn about our Team and Culture

We work with our clients to improve health and wellness by implementing customized plans to reduce the risk of injury, illness, and incident.

Mike Wahl

Mike Wahl

Managing Director

Passionate about health and wellness. Leading the way in health and wellness through individual and collaborative scientific, published research. Driven for results through delivery of world-class service.

Our team of experts design customized wellness plans by employing validated approaches relevant to the individual and the organization by addressing nutrition, fitness, medical, and health and safety factors.

Definitions’ services, products and programs are supported by research conducted by graduate and post-graduate researchers. Endorsed by the medical and scientific communities, Definitions has had the opportunity to develop and present research papers such as the Grand Banks Case Study, The Value of Wellness, Obesity Prevention in Offshore Workers and Determining ROI for Offshore Wellness Programs. We are recognized as subject matter experts in the field of health and wellness and are regularly requested to speak at international conferences.

 

Zach Hynes

Zach Hynes

Offshore Kinesiologist B.Kin (Hons), CSEP-CEP & CPT, CK

Zach graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (honors) and is a Certified Kinesiologist with the Newfoundland and Labrador Kinesiology Association.

He is an Ergonomics and a Jobs Demand Analysis (JDA) subject matter expert who has performed many assessments for high-risk occupations. Zach is also an offshore kinesiologist/ergonomist who has worked on all of the Oil and Gas platforms/vessels offshore in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Chris Lim

Chris Lim

Certified Acupuncturist, Safety Wellness Coach

Chris is a Registered Acupuncturist and a Massage Therapy graduate. In the interim to becoming a registered Massage Therapist, Chris is aiding in the research study being conducted by Definitions in obesity and hormonal response to exercise.

Laura Lavers

Laura Lavers

Certified Kinesiologist, B.Kin (Hons)

Laura is a certified Kinesiologist with the Newfoundland and Labrador Kinesiology Associated. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and is working towards her Master of Science degree in Kinesiology. Her thesis project and occupational therapist assistant certificate from College of the North Atlantic has given her experience with a clinical population, while her personal lifestyle and academic achievements has made her a valuable tool in helping others reach their health and wellness goals. Laura looks forward to working with anyone ready to adopt a healthy lifestyle and benefit from what she has to offer.

Andrea (Ange) Stokes

Andrea (Ange) Stokes

Registered Dietitian, BASc, RD

Ange holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree at Ryerson University in Toronto.

She completed her dietetic internship with Eastern Health in 2013 and she is currently a Registered Dietitian with the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dietitians.

She also holds a board position with NLCD. Ange has experience working in a variety of clinical and community settings.

Alex Pulchan

Alex Pulchan

Kinesiologist

An avid athlete, Alex has been involved with sports his whole life. He started playing basketball at a young age and represented Newfoundland & Labrador twice at the National tournament.

Alex pursued a degree in Kinesiology from Memorial University and started working part time with Definitions. A CSEP certified personal trainer, Alex worked part time throughout his time at school and joined Definitions in April 2013 upon completion of his degree.

Alex has since furthered his education by studying Safety Engineering Technology at College of the North Atlantic and is excited at what the future holds at Definitions!

Robert Cahill

Robert Cahill

Fitness Facility Supervisor

A graduate from Memorial University’s Kinesiology program, and a Certified Kinesiologist, Robert has been a part of the Definitions’ team since 2010 and oversees day to day operations of our fitness facility.

Robert takes a great deal of pride in his work and strives to provide clients with the capacity to do the things in life that mean the most - whether that means training to be a better athlete, or simply being able to pick up their grandkids. Through innovative program design, and close attention to detail, Rob ensures each client are provided with the best opportunity to enhance their quality of life, so they can enjoy it to its full potential

Farrell Cahil

Farrell Cahil

Lead Researcher

Dr. Farrell Cahill, PhD is a recognized leader in the field of obesity, diabetes and exercise physiology in Canada. Through his expertise in genetics, endocrinology and human physiology Dr. Cahill explores the aetiology and management of both obesity and diabetes to improve occupational health and performance. Along with 16 years of research experience, he has published 26 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and 45 abstracts at national and/or international conferences. Dr. Cahill holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a PhD in Medicine and is currently the Research Lead for the Medisys Health Group, working out of the Occupational Health Division in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

John Scaplen

John Scaplen

Physiotherapist

John was born and raised in St. John’s where he completed a BSc (Honours) at Memorial University in 2005 and a Masters of Science in Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University in 2012.

After graduation from the MScPT program John’s early career has been spent in Calgary, Alberta affording him the opportunity to access substantial continuing education, leading to formal training in Movement Impairment Syndromes, upper and lower extremity advanced course work and Spinal Manipulation.

However, John is most highly trained in and passionate about The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), having recently completed a 2-month advanced residency in Austin, Texas while working toward a Diploma in MDT. John has also been an assistant instructor for many MDT courses sharing his skills and passion for this method of treating spine and extremity conditions with other Physiotherapists and Chiropractors in both Canada and the United States.

Stephanie Harnum

Stephanie Harnum

Massage Therapist

Stephanie is a registered massage therapist (RMT) under the CMTNL, with plans to further her education by becoming certified through the Canadian Sport Massage Therapy Association.

As a nationally qualified fitness competitor, Stephanie has a passion for health and fitness and enjoys working with a wide range of clients to reach their rehabilitation goals.

Brett Holloway

Brett Holloway

Kinesiologist, MPH, B. Kin (Hons.), CSEP-CEP & CPT, EIMC Level II

Brett holds a Bachelors in Kinesiology (Hons.) and a Masters in Public Health from Memorial University. With plans to continue his education by pursing a Medical Degree, he has a strong passion for helping the general public achieve their health and wellness related goals and improving the overall quality of life of his clients.

Along with being a CSEP - Certified Exercise Physiologist, Brett has experience working in a diverse range of health-related settings and is an avid runner and multi-sport enthusiast.

Mitchel Elliott

Mitchel Elliott

B. Kin, CK

A familiar face to Definitions, Mitchel brings with him an excellent knowledge of strength and conditioning.

Mitchel has recently graduated from Memorial University’s Kinesiology program, and is a Certified Kinesiologist with the Newfoundland and Labrador Kinesiology Association. Mitchel plans on furthering his education in the near future by pursuing a degree in Chiropractics.

Janet Coombs

Janet Coombs

Office Administrator

Janet recently joined our team to take on the new position of office administrator. She graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science and is also a recent graduate of the University of Victoria’s Public Relations and Communication Program.

Along with several years of administrative experience, Janet also has over ten years of experience in a variety of customer service industries.

Meghan Francis

Meghan Francis

Yoga Instructor

Yoga has been a part of Meghan’s life for almost 5 years. She started while finishing her Sociology degree and fell in love with the mind, body, spirit connection. Her practice has helped her grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on the mat and off the mat.

Meghan completed her 200 hour training with Anamaya in Costa Rica, and she will continue to be a student of the practice, learning as much as she can, for as long as she can.

In her classes, she infuses inspiration and love through her sequencing flow, to nourish the connections within ourselves. Meghan’s hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed and balanced.

Kimberly Brueckman

Kimberly Brueckman

MAT, ATC, CSCS, CEAS

Kim, originally from Dallas, Texas, is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science degree from Texas Tech University and a Master of Athletic Training degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Before Kim and her husband’s relocation to St. John’s, she worked as an athletic trainer for high school athletic programs, and then as an Exercise Specialist for a corporate wellness company in Houston