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Our blog I’m taking charge, a Nautilus Plus initiative, brings together writers from the fields of physical activity and nutrition. Our main objective is to share tips and tricks on training and healthy nutrition to help you take charge of your life. Whether it is to lose weight, increase your muscle mass, or a combination of both, our advice will help you in your process. On our blog, you will find delicious and healthy recipes, exercises, ideas to stay motivated, in addition to essential information on training and nutrition.

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Karine Larose, M.Sc.
Karine Larose is a kinesiologist, Director of Marketing and Communications and Spokesperson for Nautilus Plus who specializes in fitness motivation. She authored The Guide to Healthier Living, penned the book 10-4 The Healthy Way to Lose 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks and released her third work called Zero Diet: Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Success, all by Les Éditions du TRÉCARRÉ. Karine has launched a series of exercise DVDs entitled 30 minutes par jour pour Vivre Plus and is featured on the ULTIME FIT online platform. Many TV shows and radio stations regularly request Karine’s point of view on physical exercise issues and points of interest.
Sophie Blais
Sophie has always been passionate about food. She loves creating healthy and tasty dishes, and sharing them. By sharing her recipes, Sophie wants to inspire people to cook with fresh and healthy foods. She also wishes to prove that it is possible to eat healthy without sacrificing taste! All of her recipes and their nutritional value are validated and approved by a nutrition coordinator at Nautilus Plus. Bon appétit!
Alyssa Fontaine, Dt.P.
Nutrition supervisor at Nautilus Plus, member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec and holder of a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, Alyssa joined the Nautilus Plus team in January 2014. She developed an interest in healthy nutrition at a very young age, inspired by her grandmother’s large vegetable garden and her iron health still going strong at over 90 years of age. Proper nutrition and an active lifestyle are the secrets to a long life. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Alyssa exercises regularly and shares her tips to living a balanced lifestyle acknowledging that she does have a sweet tooth. She is the proud spokesperson for the «Zero Diet» brand and she is being followed more and more on social networks.
Vanessa Martin
A newcomer to Nautilus Plus, Vanessa Martin holds a degree in nutrition from the Université de Montréal and is a member in good standing of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec. She also works in the hospital setting and loves to blog in her spare time. Passionate and versatile, Vanessa plans on enhancing her knowledge in the field of psychology with an eye to better guiding and motivating the habit-changing endeavors of her clients. Member of a running club, she enjoys taking part in the competitions organized in her area. Vanessa is currently training for a 21 km race and would like to run her first marathon!
Marilyne Petitclerc
Holder of a degree in nutrition from Université Laval, Marilyne has worked as a nutritionist for Nautilus Plus since 2010. Passionate about healthy eating and sports nutrition, she also gives lectures and hosts cooking workshops. With her clients, Marilyne makes extensive use of the instinct diet approach and the Mediterranean diet model. Furthermore, she has attended classes on live nutrition at the Hippocrates Health Institute. Maryline ran the Quebec City Marathon des Deux Rives - Half Marathon in 2010 and 2012. She also took part in the Staircase Challenge, another event held in Quebec City in June 2012. Marilyne also plays in an Ultimate Frisbee league and trains regularly at the Nautilus Plus branch where she is employed.
Julie Brousseau
Julie’s passion for health and the environment was clear at an early age. She discovered her passion for nutrition when she substituted ingredients to make healthy homemade muffins. Now a graduate of the University of Montreal and a nutritionist at Nautilus Plus since December 2016, Julie shares her knowledge and her passion for healthy cooking with her colleagues and clients alike, as well as through her own personal blog. In addition to using her flair and creativity in the kitchen, Julie expresses her artistic side through competitive contemporary dance. She is the first to say that staying fit and eating well should be a pleasure and not a chore! Julie Brousseau, Dt.P.
Marie-Ève Nadeau, Dt.P.
Member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec and holder of a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, Marie-Eve joined the Nautilus Plus team in November 2012. Nutritionist since January 2013 and assistant manager at Delson’s centre, Marie-Eve has found a passion for exercise and sports nutrition. She is currently completing her studies with the International Olympic Committee and exercises regularly. She ran her first half-marathon in Ottawa in May 2014, and was thrilled by the experience! She strives to pass on her passion to her clients and loved ones. Her objective is to help her clients get the results they desire and motivate them to adopt a healthy life style. She creates weight loss support groups and holds conferences on motivation and how to plan shopping for groceries.
Les Enformidables
LES ENFORMIDABLES, ce sont des gens qui un jour ont pris la décision de mettre leur santé en priorité et de se prendre en main. À travers leurs témoignages, ils nous racontent leurs histoires, leurs cheminements et leurs réussites. Ce sont des gens en forme. Ce qui les rend formidables, c’est qu’ils ont accompli une chose importante : sortir de la sédentarité. Mais le plus important, c’est que leurs exploits, petits ou grands, qu’ils sont fiers de partager avec nous, puissent nous inspirer pour que nous devenions à notre tour des êtres ENFORMIDABLES.
Xavier Jutras
Holder of a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the Université Laval, Xavier has decided to join the ranks of Nautilus Plus during the winter of 2012 to share his passion about training and sports in general. In sports, he has tried it all (soccer, tennis, dek-hockey, hockey, mountain biking, running, crossfit, etc.), so we could say he qualifies as a hyperactive person. That being said, between two sports, he particularly enjoys writing. Philosopher and blogger in his spare time, he gave himself the mission of selling you physical activity as the (sometimes unsuspected) solution to many of your questions and problems. With a very pragmatic approach, he will know how to guide you through the steps that will lead you to succeed in what should be one of the most important projects of your life: your own well-being. His motto: A healthy body leads to a healthy mind.
Marie-Christine Morin
A graduate of the University of Montreal, Marie-Christine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and is a nutritionist at Nautilus Plus since 2015. Her interest in nutrition was triggered by a particularly difficult period in her life and decided to take her health into her own hands. And so the fascination began for all that encompasses a healthy lifestyle: nutrition, stress management, mental wellbeing, physical activity, etc. Her goal is to help people adopt healthier lifestyles and find that balance that appeals to them. During her sessions, she uses psychological science as well as food awareness to help motivate people. She is a mother of 2, she is interested in children’s nutrition, developing both a healthy body image and a healthy relationship with food. She works out regularly at the Nautilus Plus center where she works and enjoys weight training and CrossFit-type workouts. She also practices yoga. Marie-Christine Morin, Dt.P.
Christina Timotheatos
Christina holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Montreal, and has been a member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec since 1999. She has been working at Nautilus Plus since 2008, where she began as a nutritionist, before occupying her current position of Nutrition Operations Coordinator since 2010. Actively contributing in the development and training of nutritionists at Nautilus Plus, Christina is one of the go-to experts in nutrition within the organisation. Before specialising in sports nutrition, Christina worked as a dietician-nutritionist at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital for 10 years, in addition to doing consultations in private clinic and private homes. To add to her professional baggage, she also worked as a dietician and nutrition consultant for a school board.
Caroline Proulx
Holder of a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from McGill University, and member of the Ordre Professionnel des Diététistes du Québec, Caroline has been working as a nutritionist for Nautilus Plus since January 2013. A seasoned marathon runner with a passion for cooking, she also animates conferences and motivation groups about nutrition! “As I have not always been a keen athlete, I am very proud of having completed a marathon, and also of preparing the next ones! For me, nutrition is not only the key to optimal performance, but also a medicine in itself. Therefore, my objective is to encourage people to change their habits if they need to and motivate them to never give up, but first and foremost, make them realize that eating healthy is a pleasure that we are lucky to enjoy three times a day!”
Amélie Deschamps
Amélie obtained her Nutrition and Dietetics degree from Laval University in 2017 and is a member of the Ordre des professionnels diététistes du Québec. She began her career at Nautilus Plus as shift supervisor in 2016 and has been on our team of nutritionists since January 2018. Passionate about running and triathlons, Amélie specializes in sports nutrition because she believes that sports and healthy nutrition are one and the same. In 2017, she completed a 15 hour training course on nutrition and micronutrition for endurance sports and is currently considering the International Olympic Committee diploma in sports nutrition. She is also interested in the weight loss process, building muscle mass, as well as writing articles and giving conferences on the benefits of healthy eating. She believes in eating without restrictions and focuses rather on proper balance and pleasing the palate.
Karine Séguin, Dt.P.
Holder of a degree in nutrition from McGill University, and member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec, Karine is currently pursuing a specialist diploma in sports nutrition with the International Olympic Committee. She has been part of the Nautilus Plus team since March 2012. Karine has demonstrated exemplary dedication in her own physical preparation by regularly training in our centers, and has completed the Montreal half-marathon in 2013. Passionate about her work, her objective is to ensure the success of everyone, and motivate you to adopt healthy eating habits. Whether you are picky about food, or a real food lover, Karine will get you to enjoy the pleasures of eating healthy foods that are suited to your needs, so that you can feel good about yourself, and become active!
Maude Martinez
A foodie from a very young age, Maude has always enjoyed discovering new flavours and new recipes. A graduate of Université de Montréal in 2016 and a member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec, Maude has been a member of the Nautilus team since 2018. She is passionate about food chemistry, a subject she actually taught in CEGEP, and sports nutrition, which was the topic of many of her conferences. She thoroughly enjoys jogging and goes on regular hikes in order to stay active. What she wishes to instill in all her clients is that, healthly food choices don’t have to be complicated to be appealing and satisfying. Cooking and eating must always remain simple pleasures in life!
Stefanie Rosser
Bsc. Nutritional Sciences, Major Dietetics, McGill University / Nutritionist at Nautilus Plus since January 2015
Dominic Longpré
B.Sc. in Nutrition, Université de Montréal / Nutritionist at Nautilus Plus since June 2015
Joelle Khairallah
B.Sc. in Nutrition and Dietetics, Université Notre-Dame-de-Louaizé / M.Sc. in Human Nutrition, McGill University / Nutritionist at Nautilus Plus since October 2013
Karissa Paré
Nutritionniste-diététiste graduée de l'Université McGill en 2017, membre de l'Ordre Professionnel des Diététistes du Québec, et actuellement adjointe-gérante de la succursale de Rivière-des-Prairies, Karissa fait ses débuts chez Nautilus Plus en tant que représentante des ventes. Passionnée par le plaisir de manger et par le bien-être, elle adore guider ses clients vers une alimentation sans restriction et sans culpabilité. La clé : ''on mange en moyenne 3 fois par jour, voire plus - pourquoi ne pas faire de chacun de ces moments, des moments agréables''. Bien qu'elle se spécialise dans la perte de poids et le gain de masse musculaire, elle adore aussi travailler d'autres types de clientèles : amélioration de la santé générale, maladies chroniques, ménopause, troubles digestifs, etc. Elle transmet aussi sa passion sur les réseaux sociaux en publiant fréquemment des idées recettes accompagnés de ses propres photos.
Qi-Lian Balthazard
Membre de l'Ordre Professionnel des Diététistes du Québec depuis avril 2019 et actuellement adjointe-gérante de la succursale de Saint-Eustache, Qi-lian a débuté à travailler au sein de l’entreprise suite à son stage en nutrition sportive en 2018. Étant nutritionniste et passionnée de l’alimentation, sa mission est de démontrer que la saine alimentation peut être accessible à tous, sans restriction, ni culpabilité et ce, en toute simplicité! Accompagner ses clients dans le développement de saines habitudes alimentaires comme partenaire de santé lui est primordial. D’ailleurs, elle vise une approche positive et graduelle afin de favoriser des changements à long terme et une belle relation avec la nourriture. « Mieux manger, une bouchée à la fois! »
Jennifer Mikhael
Bsc. Nutritional Sciences, Major Dietetics, Université McGill / Nutritionist at Nautilus Plus since January 2013
Alina Petre
Nutritionist and nutrition coordinator, Alina has been part of the Nautilus Plus team since 2011. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from McGill University and a diploma in sports nutrition through the International Olympic Committee, she is also a member of the Ordre Professionnel des Diététistes du Québec. Passionate about nutrition as much as about sports, she is currently completing a master’s degree in sports nutrition in Stirling, Scotland. In addition to working out regularly and taking part in various physical activities, from climbing to surf without forgetting yoga, Alina loves sharing her nutrition tips and tricks. Her objective is to make nutrition simple and accessible to everyone in order to have as much impact as possible on your daily routine!
Véronique Plante
Véronique, a Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist since 2006, is a proud member of the Nautilus Plus team. With a vast experience in private practice, Véronique is recognized for her ability to popularize the science of nutrition and engage her clients. In her non-judgemental approach, she supports her clients through active listening while simplifying their journey in achieving their health goals. Her fields of intervention are diabetes, cardiovascular disease and weight management.
Eva Lalonde
Eva obtained her bachelor degree in 2016 and has been a nutritionst at Nautilus Plus since February 2017. Her work allows her to combine her passions : nutrition, exercise and motivation. She has the privilege of seeing her clients thrive and succeed as she guides them toward their objective, whether it be weight loss, increased muscle mass or making healthier choices. Past the decreasing numbers on the scale, she takes great pleasure in seeing changes in their posture, their smile, and their confidence level as they near and finally reach their desired objective. She shares her knowledge in a welcoming, positive, guilt-free setting.
Joanie Séguin
Membre de l’Ordre Professionnel des Diététistes du Québec, Joanie est débordante de créativité culinaire et adore cuisiner et partager ses nouvelles recettes. Ayant voyagé sur chaque continent avant l’âge de 20 ans, ses recettes sont teintées de ses différents périples. En plus d’être passionnée du monde et de la cuisine, Joanie raffole des sphères du sport et de la nutrition. En effet, elle pratique elle-même la course à pied avec ses chiens, l’entrainement en salle et la randonnée pédestre sur une base régulière en plus d’être toujours prête à essayer un nouveau sport : golf, surf, flag-football, kayak… tout y passe. Elle a tenté d’assouvir sa passion pour la nutrition avec son baccalauréat en diététique de l’Université McGill, mais ne peut s’empêcher de continuer à s’informer et à acquérir de nouvelles connaissances sur le sujet. Joanie adore également jardiner et trouve une véritable satisfaction à récolter et inclure dans ses recettes le fruit de ses efforts. Ayant un penchant pour les recettes plus végétales, elle adore faire découvrir ce genre de cuisine à ceux qui ont l’habitude ou non d’en manger. Son mot préféré en nutrition est « équilibre » et croit qu’il est tout à fait possible d’inclure tous les aliments dans une alimentation saine.
Dorothée Buteau-Poulin
Committed nutritionist since 2014, Dorothée also holds a master’s degree in kinesiology. She is driven by her passion to help you make significant changes in your lifestyle and your relationship with food. Her clientele truly appreciates her non-judgemental attitude, her strategic planning of realistic goals and discovering the root causes of their decision to change .
Loan Hoang
Diplômée de l’Université Laval en février 2020, Loan travaille chez Nautilus Plus depuis février 2021 comme nutritionniste. Passionnée de nutrition et d’activité physique, elle est une fervente adepte de plein air et de voyages culinaires. Elle vous partage des recettes variées créées sur l’inspiration du moment à travers lesquelles elle insiste sur l’équilibre des saveurs. Ses recettes, testées et appréciées, ont l’avantage d’être simples et faciles à réaliser. Elles ont été conçues pour un mode de vie actif dans le cadre de saines habitudes de vie, visant la santé générale et une saine gestion du poids. En espérant que vous trouverez autant de plaisir qu’elle en a eu à les déguster et à les cuisiner!
Valérie Noël
Holder of a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Université Laval in 2006 and member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec, Valérie has been working as a nutritionist at Nautilus Plus since March 2014. Throughout her career, she has worked in various fields, from hospitals and physical rehabilitation to writing articles and reference documents. However, she has dedicated the majority of her work to food safety and allergies. Curious and versatile… but most of all, passionate about cooking and sports nutrition, she loves giving advice to her clients to help them make the best choices to reach their specific objectives, whatever they may be. Physical activity has always been an important part of her life: recreative and competitive volley-ball, training in the gym, group classes, and also running in the last few years. She also loves the feeling of freedom she gets from it, and would love to surpass herself by running increasingly longer distances during competitions!
Félix Mailloux
Félix began his career at Nautilus Plus in mai 2015 and completed his Bachelor degree in Sports Intervention in 2016. Now a Level II personal trainer, he specializes in functional and athletic training. His passion for training and physical activity, as well as his desire to learn, pushes him to discover and experiment with new training methods. This allows him a better understanding of what he prescribes to his clients and to better help them achieve their fitness goals. Besides the physical and sports fields, he is very interested in self-development as a practical tool towards improved control of lifestyle choices for overall happiness and quality of life.
Rosanne Charland
Nautilus Plus club manager and Level 3 personal trainer, Rosanne is specialized in endurance sports training which provides maximum performance results for running and triathlon enthusiasts. Over the past several years, she has accompanied many clients in their physical and lifestyle transformations. Rosanne also took part in the television programs S.O.S. Santé and Caféine. Rosanne is also a training instructor for l’Association Nationale des Intervenants en Entraînement (ANIE).
Laurie-Anne Patenaude
Fascinated with food and always in search of new flavours, Laurie-Anne was inspired at a very young age by her parents who loved to spend time cooking in the kitchen. Striving to help people achieve a healthy balance though their diet, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Moncton University in 2014 and joined the Nautilus Plus team in 2017. Well on her way of becoming an accredited sports dietitian, she is also a yoga and endurance sports enthusiast who has way too many recipe books as well as an insatiable appetite for learning about plant-based and sustainable foods. Look for her comments on unique topics and current events on our blog!
Catherine Forget-Rodier
David Létourneau-Rioux
Kinésiologue, entraineur personnel niveau 3 et gérant d'une succursale Nautilus Plus.
Olivier Perron
Oliver holds a Bachelor degree in Kinesiology from the University of Montreal and a Specialist degree in the Assessment and Management of Pain from Sherbrooke University. His sincere wish : that each and every person, regardless of their physical condition, be able to work out without problems thanks to a personalized plan. In order to accomplish this, he applies his training in postural assessment, K-Taping, motivational counselling and more! A Nautilus Plus employee since 2014, Oliver passes on his passion for physical activity to everyone. He works out frequently in the gym and enjoys and practises many outdoor sports!
Mathieu Coulombe
A graduate of Laval University in kinesiology and holder of an MBA in Health Services Management, Mathieu is a personal trainer and the manager of a Nautilus Plus fitness center. Interested in everything health related, he specializes in the introduction and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. His vision is that physical activity should lead to surpassing oneself while including the element of pleasure! "Enjoy the process and you will be surprised at the results.
Jeanne Gaumont
Jeanne est détentrice d’un double bac universitaire en kinésiologie et psychologie de l’université américaine William and Mary, en Virginie. Après avoir terminé sa carrière universitaire NCAA en basketball, Jeanne a développé une passion pour l'entraînement fonctionnel de haute intensité. Ne délaissant pas sa passion première pour le sport, Jeanne est impliquée dans le coaching en basketball tout en complétant ses études en ostéopathie. Elle a comme mission première de transmettre l’idée de dépassement de soi à ses clients et son entourage.
Waiman Cheng
Lolë nurtures the body and mind with fun, feminine, and beautifully designed activewear that’s stylish enough to transition instantly from the studio to the street. Designed for today’s active urban woman, Lolë collections truly reflect a modern lifestyle, and turn consumption into investment by offering long-lasting, versatile clothing with real value. Lolë stands for Live Out Loud Everyday. Born in Canada and still entirely designed in Montreal, Quebec, Lolë clothing can be found at more than 1,700 retail outlets around the world, in Lolë Ateliers and online.
Michael Patsatzis
A health and fitness enthusiast, Michael has been working in the fitness industry for more than 20 years. Club Manager at Nautilus Plus since 2000, his goal is to share his passion and experience about physical training to his team members and esteemed clients so that they attain their personal fitness objectives. Michael is a Concordia University Graduate and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Therapy and a Diploma in Massage Therapy. In 1998, he completed the ANIE certification in Personal Training. He has been involved in team sports all his life and, in the last few years, plays mostly recreational ball hockey. In the gym, his training is primarily comprised of functional training workouts.
Bianca Desmarais
Bianca a complété son baccalauréat en Kinésiologie en 2017. Travaillant comme entraîneur personnel, elle est également gérante-adjointe de la succursale de Repentigny. Sportive dans l'âme, Bianca a fait tous les sports possibles: Hockey, Tennis, Golf, Volleyball, etc. C'est cependant au Basketball qu'elle s'est démarquée en participant au Jeux du Québec, remportant la médaille d'argent pour la région de Lanaudière. Ce passé sportif est un atout pour ses clients, car sa prescription d'entraînement est variée et adaptée en fonction de chacun. Elle se spécialise en course à pied, sa passion, ayant complété 5 demi-marathons au cours des 2 dernières années. Elle se spécialise également en perte de poids et en réadaptation. Bianca aime faire une différence dans la vie de ses clients, tant au niveau physique que psychologique. "Il est important de s'amuser en s'entraînant, de s'amuser en cuisinant et de s'amuser en mangeant. Si ce premier objectif n'est pas atteint, je considère qu'il me reste encore du travail.
Claudia Bernier
Annie Galarneau
Intervenante en cours de groupe chez Nautilus Plus depuis 2007, Annie est certifiée en exercices de groupe et en yoga. Responsable de la mise en place des formations pour l’Association Nationale des Intervenants en Entraînement (ANIE), elle est également formatrice pour la certification ANIE en exercices de groupe et évaluatrice de cours de groupe pour Nautilus Plus. Elle continue chaque année de poursuivre ses perfectionnements dans divers domaines de l’activité physique et plus récemment elle a ajouté à son bagage la formation Pilates sur rouleau masseur en 2019.
Mathilde Chagnon
Marie-Ève Fredette
Filiz Kabakci
B.Sc. in Biochemistry, Université de Montréal / B.Sc. in Nutrition, Université Laval / Nutritionist at Nautilus Plus since April 2012
Sophie Blais
Sophie has always been passionate about food. She loves creating healthy and tasty dishes, and sharing them. By sharing her recipes, Sophie wants to inspire people to cook with fresh and healthy foods. She also wishes to prove that it is possible to eat healthy without sacrificing taste! All of her recipes and their nutritional value are validated and approved by a nutrition coordinator at Nautilus Plus. Bon appétit!

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