Dr. Christian Turbide

Dr. Christian Turbide is a gastroenterologist, a marathon runner, and a passionate apologist for nutritional wellness care. He has a gastroenterology practice in Calgary, Alberta; he is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary and Examiner at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons for Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He serves as a faculty member at Seacourses, where he teaches about maintaining health on cruise ships. He has received further training in Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine with the Institute of Functional Medicine.

Dr. Turbide is a radio host on CBC, and a frequent guest on a local television health program. Well-known for his presentations on gastroenerology and related topics at medical conferences and at nurses’ professional organizations, Dr. Turbide also writes a popular blog, www.achievetruehealth.com. There, the past recipient of the Endoscopy Teacher of the Year Award invites readers to “help [him] start a health movement!”

As a health advocate, Dr. Turbide believes we need to see a paradigm shift in the way medical care is conceived of and administered. “Doctors are still trained primarily to end disease and write prescriptions,” he says. “The training we receive in preventive care and nutrition is negligible; teaching patients how to maintain their wellness is not given the priority it deserves. The change toward a wellness mentality has so far been driven mainly by the grass roots, almost in spite of the medical community. It’s time we caught up with the rest of the population.”

Dr. Turbide advocates eating as nature intended, getting our sugars from their natural sources: pure vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. He also notes that we evolved with the need for vigorous daily exercise in order to survive. Today, he says, our relatively sedentary lifestyles are killing us.

“We know that one in three people in the population will develop cancer; and one in four, heart disease,” Dr. Turbide says. “We know a great deal more today about the reasons for these alarming trends than just a generation ago. We in the medical community—doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and researchers—need to be in the forefront of the revolution in wellness care.”

Dr. Turbide received his Bachelor of Science degree at Arcadia University in 1994, and his MD from the University of Sherbrooke in 1998. He practiced Internal Medicine at University Laval from 1998 to 2002, and completed his gastrointestinal fellowship at McGill University in 2004. Dr. Turbide spent one year in Therapeutic Endoscopy with Dr. Alan Barkun (McGill), and another in France learning endoscopic ultrasound techniques with Dr. Pascal Burtin.

From 2005 to 2011, Dr. Turbide was part of the medical staff at the Peter Lougheed Centre at Calgary General Hospital. Dr. Turbide took a staff position at George-L-Dumont Hospital Moncton. He was a Clinical Professor of Medicine for Digestive Disease at the University of Calgary, and is now Professor of Medicine at the University of Sherbrooke.

Dr. Turbide’s areas of specialization include nutritional awareness, exercise, and continuing medical education. He has organized two endoscopic ultrasound courses for doctors, along with both a pancreatic and an esophageal update.

Dr. Turbide is a passionate true health advocate. He believes firmly in preventive care and in the body’s natural healing abilities. He is fascinated by the relationship between health and diet, and is an avid reader of medical literature on emerging nutritional therapies.

Angella Thompson

Angella Thompson, co-founder of Achieve True Health, is a facilitator and designer passionate about advancing preventive, affordable health care and educating people about natural and preventive wellness alternatives. In her current role as President of Achieve True Health (ATH), a personal health and well-being organization, she is working with Dr. Christian Turbide (the co-founder and an accomplished specialist in gastroenterology) to empower others to improve their lives and sustain their health naturally and to connect patients to competent and affordable healthcare professionals.

With ATH, Angella has effectively planned, lead, and organized a number of diverse projects, including developing content and assembling a program for the Achieve True Health 21-Day Challenge, as well as creating and publishing “Real Foods to Achieve True Health” with co-author Michal Ofter. She also manages the research team and the resource library set up to find effective treatments for clients, and also handles a high volume of diversified responsibilities that cover the majority of ATH’s administrative and legal requirements.

Her passion to help others has also included extensive volunteer and relief work, including volunteering to plant rice and teaching elementary school in the Dominican Republic; helping construct an orphanage in Brazil; making a documentary film in Cuba on ground-breaking medical techniques being developed there to treat radiation sickness; and volunteering with EXIT Community Outreach, a Calgary-based program that assists young people at risk.

Angella studies at the Institute of Functional Medicine. She is certified as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, certified in Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from, certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and holds a license (with distinction) in Child Nutrition from the Stanford University School of Medicine. She has also completed courses in Buddhism and Modern Psychology from Princeton University. Angella holds a degree in Visual Communications from MacEwan University.


Michal Ofer

As a functional nutritionist and wellness guide, it has become Michal Ofer’s personal mission to empower individuals to take control of their health, embrace their bodies and realize their individual ultimate life experience through powerful group programs and transformational individual consultations.

Michal struggled with chronic health issues for many years. Conventional medicine was only able to treat her symptoms and was unable to help her recover and live the life she knew she was meant to live. Her illness became all encompassing, affecting not only her body, but her thoughts, moods, spirit and self-value. This began a journey of extensive learning and discovery. She has come to believe and understand that the human body possesses the knowledge to heal what ails it, no matter what form it takes, if given the right tools to do so.

Michal believes the food we eat creates the foundation to fuel, drive, motivate and heal. Through personal experience and in-depth study she has come to understand that optimal fueling of the body, along with a strong, healthy resilient digestive systems are the keys to achieving unimaginable levels of health and happiness. The fact that healing your gut can actually heal your life is the message Michal wants to share with, and teach to others.

Michal is an avid yoga practitioner and encourages development of the connection between the mind and the body. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa and enjoys what foreign cultures have to offer. Michal loves cooking and enjoys being creative in the kitchen. In conjunction with Achieve True Health she has published her first cookbook, with a second in development. She has volunteered for Soup Sisters since its inception and takes pride in being part of providing support for women and children escaping domestic abuse and family violence.


Michelle Cameron Coulter

Olympic Gold Medalist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, wife and mother of four

Michelle was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and grew up in a blended family of 10 children. She learned about teamwork, being resourceful and always finding a way very early on. She over came being a very sickly child and her extreme fear of the water to realized her dream and competed in the 1988 Seoul Olympics winning an Olympic Gold Medal in Synchronized Swimming.

Michelle is a six time World Champion and swam on the Canadian National team for over ten years. She became the first ever Albertan to win a Summer Olympic Gold Medal, and was inducted into Alberta and Canada’s Sports Halls of Fame, The Canadian Olympic Hall of and International Aquatic Sports Hall of Fame. Michelle was also awarded the Prestige’s Order of Canada as well as both the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals in recognition of her continued work and contribution to the community.

Michelle also maximized her Olympic experience by working as Assistant Chief du Mission for the World Aquatic Games in Perth Australia in1991 and Athlete Services Officer in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic in which she was in charge of Headquarters for our Canadian Athletes and continues to be involved with the Olympic movement and to support upcoming athletes to this day.

Michelle is very active in her community and has supported numerous non-profit and charitable organizations over the years, even starting a foundation initiated by her children called “A Gift of Love”-based on their belief that “if we just share what we have, there should be no one without.” She has dedicated thousands of hours and helped raise awareness and millions of dollars for both charities and businesses including just under $50 million in 2008 when she was the Co-Chair of the Calgary United Way Campaign.

She has been on the board of directors for many companies and organizations including; Rogers Broadcasting National, Canadian Coaching Association, Upstart Council of Champions, Special Olympics, Parks Foundation, and Canadian Olympian Alumni, Canadian Sports Hall of Fame…

Michelle has a very keen Entrepreneurial Spirit. Her company “Gold Medal Inspirations- Inspiring Possibilities ”- mission is to Inspire All to Embrace their Full potential. She speaks openly and honestly about over coming challenges, digging deep and sharing tangible success tools. She has been sharing her message and inspiring companies and organizations to step into their Greatness locally and around the world for over 20 years.

One of Michelle’s favorite projects right now is working with her parents in launching a new company- at the age of 75 and 77 …Super – Fly enabling apparel …helping those with limited mobility

Michelle has been married over 20 years to fellow Olympian and Volleyball player Al Coulter and is most proud of being the mother of four very active wonderful children.

Michelle and Al co-authored a working manual; “Gold Medal Results- Simple Habits for a Healthy Lifestyle ” She is also currently working on her new book, Sink, Swim or Float… Jumping in to Embrace the Best of Us!

Living like a Champion is not about being the best in the world … it is about being the best we can be!”

Adrian Rodriguez

Adrian completed his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics in 2008 from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Adrian completed a Master of Science degree in pharmacology and physiology at McGill University in 2010. During his Master’s, he studied the role of nutraceuticals and nutrition on health as an alternative to prescription medications. Upon graduation, he became a consultant for NHP Consulting Inc., one of Canada’s leading consulting firms helping companies to bring natural health products to the Canadian market by supporting their safety, efficacy and quality profiles with Health Canada. During his work as a senior consultant, project and general manager, Adrian has continued to explore his passion in the field of nutraceuticals and nutrition by facilitating product development through formulation and licensing. Combined with a passion for natural health, Adrian has continued to explore his passion for health by complementing his role with yoga having completed yoga teacher training in India where he furthered his studies in asana, pranayama, meditation, anatomy and physiology and ayurvedic medicine. Adrian’s goals are to share his love for nutrition and health as well as his passion for an aware community through yoga and meditation to help facilitate the inward path that lead us to a happy and fulfilling life.