Team

Meet Our Team

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Ann Chisholm

Owner + Coach

Born and raised in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Ann’s interest in nutrition and fitness began at 14 while playing high-level basketball and experimenting with being a vegetarian. She played university basketball in Halifax where she completed a bachelor’s degree in public relations and marketing. During this time, she also struggled with disordered eating and hit a low with weight, energy, stress and the inability to keep up with her team. She knew she had to make a change and she decided to start with learning about proper nutrition and changing her mindset to use food as fuel. Over the following six months, she bounced back and completed her university career racking up national credentials including Academic All-Canadian, Canadian Collegiate Athlete of the Month and a National Silver Medal. Ann is driven to help others discover how nutrition can be a powerful tool to fuel their bodies and their lives.  

In 2014, after a five year career in marketing, Ann decided to make health and fitness a career and a way of life. She completed her personal training certifications and began working as a Professional Training Coach at Innovative Fitness Victoria in 2017. 

Certifications & Education: 

  • Registered Natural Nutrition – Clinical Practitioner
  • Diploma in Holistic Nutrition, Alive Academy  
  • Neurotyping: The Founding Principles
  • Natural Product Advisor, Alive Academy  
  • Precision Nutrition Sport & Exercise Nutrition  
  • Precision Nutrition Certified Coach 
  • Eat to Perform Certification 
  • Hormone Balancing for Weight Loss 
  • Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Level 1 
  • Certified Weight Trainer and Personal Trainer
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Sophia Thoreau

Marketing & Events Manager

Sophia has been an island girl her whole life. Born and raised in Victoria, she attended UVic after high school and completed a degree in Psychology. During her time at UVic she was drawn to expand her boundaries and completed some of her studies in Denmark. Since graduating from university, she has leaned into her passions of travel, food and adventure.

Sophia has an amazing eye for design. Looking for an outlet for her creative flair, she completed a nail technician program in 2017 and has been working in this trade creating beautiful designs for over two years. While building her nail business, she started getting a feel for marketing through photography, communication and the presentation aspects of building a brand through an online presence.

Sophia uses these skills for all of Fettle + Food’s marketing, social media and events. She enjoys the creativity, aesthetics and positive messaging that social media marketing allows her to create. Sophia was drawn to working for a local woman-owned business that prioritizes sustainability and ethical practices. As an avid baker, she is inspired by the company to seek out healthy baking recipes. Check out some of her favourites on our Instagram page.

Photo by Haley Wanders Photography

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Heather Davey

Nutrition Coach

Heather is originally from the small town of Nelson, BC, but made the move to the Island in 2003. The build-up to her decision to gain a Certified Nutritionist designation began when she started to struggle with body image in her teen years. In 2017, she competed in a fitness competition that unfortunately led to a difficult relationship with food once the season ended.

Somewhere along the line, she recognized a huge problem with rampant misinformation being spread by diet culture and chose to gain an education within the field to help demystify the world of nutrition. She quickly discovered a passion for the subject and a desire to apply her knowledge as a nutrition coach.

Heather loves being active, especially in the outdoors where she can enjoy the beauty that is British Columbia. Though in the spirit of balance, she allocates time in her busy schedule to sit back and relax on the couch to decompress. One thing that she gets excited about is cooking meals and tasting new foods–and she’s in the best business for that! Heather is looking forward to working with coaching clients to support and uplift them throughout their health and wellness journey.

We are so happy to be bringing Heather into the fold at Fettle and Food; we can tell that her skillset, determination, and holistic approach to nutrition will serve to strengthen our team by contributing to the Fettle and Food philosophy of balance and evidence-informed techniques.

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Jane Nighswander

Pregnancy & Postpartum Coach

Jane was born and raised on a deer farm on Quadra Island BC. At a very young age Jane’s love for movement was well established. From the age of four she started gymnastics and from that point on movement consumed her life. She competed in a variety of sports such as swimming, cross country, track and field, and more. However, Jane’s passion for movement doesn’t end inside the gym walls. Outdoor adventures have just as high of a priority in her life. She enjoys hiking, camping, swimming, paddle boarding, and sailing. This love promoted the transition to move to the “BIG city” of Victoria where she completed her bachelors in Sport and Fitness Leadership Exercise & Wellness specialization. Her passion coupled with her education led her into a career that helps to inspire and educate others to achieve the healthiest and best version of themselves. This brought her to Innovative fitness where she is currently working as a Professional Training Coach. Jane’s main interest within the exercise spectrum lies in the pregnancy population and how exercise can be applied safely throughout pregnancy, gestation, and postpartum populations to better the lives of mother and baby. This interest connected her to Fettle + Food, where she began her journey to prompt and encourage safe movement to enhance the health and wellness of members of this special community.

Certifications & Education:

  • Dean’s list baccalaureate of Sport and Fitness leadership Exercise and Wellness Specialization taken at Camosun College
  • Recipient of the Canadian society for exercise physiology Health to High performance legacy award
  • Canadian society for exercise physiology Certified Personal Trainer
  • Canadian outdoor hiking field leader certification
  • Pending Registered Kinesiologist through BCAK
  • Pending Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Coach
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Adam Zaruba

Nutrition Coach

Adam was born and raised in North Vancouver BC and began his sporting journey when he was 16 at Carson Graham Secondary. From the start of his sporting career, he’s represented Vancouver, BC, and Canada in 15s rugby before heading to SFU for football. After taking a break from school in his 3rd year, he was signed by the Canadian Rugby 7s team and moved to Victoria for centralized training. Since 2013, Adam has been a core member of the National Men’s Rugby 7’s team and also spent a year in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles. Adam also went viral on Youtube with what was regarded as “one of the most remarkable catches in sevens history.” He was a Pan-Am silver medalist in 2019 and a core member of the qualifying team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Adam was unfortunately injured in December of 2019 and not available for selection.

Having an opportunity to step back and reassess his next career, helping people achieve their best while providing a realistic and manageable progression for health and wellness is a passion of Adam’s and it’s been a driving factor in his transition from high-performance sport into training and nutrition. Adam brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his sporting career that can be applied to beginners all the way up to high-performance athletes looking to push to the next level. In addition, his experience with ACL rehab and years of recovery from high-performance training gives Adam another tool to help clients recovering from injury. Currently, Adam is working as a Personal Trainer at Innovative Fitness and is looking to provide a fully comprehensive experience to his clients!

Certification, Education & Achievements:

  • ACE Personal Training Certified
  • Precision Nutrition Certified Coach
  • NFL Philadelphia Eagles
  • Wellington Dream Team for Rugby 7s
  • Team Canada Athlete 2012 – 2021
  • Pan-Am Silver Medalist
  • World Games Bronze Medalist
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