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Steve, Inside U Founder & CEO
Started at Inside U: August 1st, 2008
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Velthove headshot copyHow did you get started in the natural health and/or wellness industry? Inside U was started in 2009 after Steve renovated a century home on Peel St, and converted it into a health store. Steve studied Political Science and Business Administration for about a year and a half at Laurier, but dropped out because it did not seem to be the right path to take. He likes to build things, bring people together, solve problems, and help people feel better. 

Why do you work at Inside U? Inside U is a business that I can use to change the world, have fun, grow, and help other people experience a better life. I’m so happy to have found a job thats not a job! 

Steve Baby

What is your favourite natural product / herbal remedy / or wellness service? Great Lakes Collagen. I’m too lazy to put cream and sugar in my coffee, but I’ll add Collagen. It just makes your coffee more satisfying…oh and there are some other health benefits as well.

In another life I would be …. Me
In my spare time, I like to … Run, Cycle, Kayak, Read
If people knew my quirky-weird-side they would know I ..
always have an answer….and my sarcastic humour gets a little rough
Most people don’t know my hidden talent is … 
I can run like the wind…3 months of training in high school and I ran 800m in 1:56
If I were an animal I would be … 
An eagle….much easier to see above the trees…and I would like to be big enough so I don’t have to worry about getting eaten
Some of my favourite creatives (music, art, pottery, comedy, actors, authors etc..) include: 
John Bunyan(Pilgrims Progress) and Demetri Martin (Comedian)
Here are some other random things about me that weren’t asked in any of the questions: I broke my kneecap in half….and tried to walk it off.  Didn’t work:)  Broke my sternum once too.  Took me 6 months to walk it off.  By the time my parents found out, it had healed in the wrong place.

Chelsea, Assistant Norwich Store Manager 
Started at Inside U: April 17th, 2017

Chelsea BabyHow did you get started in the natural health and/or wellness industry? During my third year in University I was lucky enough to live down the street from an amazing natural food store. I strongly believe that we should support local communities as much as possible. As I became a more frequent customer I  learned more about natural foods and supplementation, and I knew I wanted to take my passion for it further. I applied for the job part-time while finishing school, and was hired and the rest is history!

Why do you work at Inside U? I work at Inside U because I strongly believe in the direction that natural food/supplementation is going, and believe its only going to get bigger and better. People are becoming more and more educated about their health, and I work here because I want to be a part of that change.

What is your favourite natural product / herbal remedy / or wellness service? My Diva Cup, all the way!  Majority of the feminine hygiene products in your average grocery store have perfumes and bleached fabrics that expose your body to harmful pesticides and chemicals. It also helps prevent our landfills from additional waste, and can save a ton of money from buying products every month. I’ve been on it for over 2 years now. Ladies, come see me in Norwich so I can help get you started!
In another life I would be …. Professional Kombucha Taste Tester Extraordinaire
In my spare time, I like to … Bike, take naps, cook new recipes and spend time in nature
If people knew my quirky-weird-side they would know I ..
Get way too excited over small details
Most people don’t know my hidden talent is … 
not singing, although I wish it was. I’m a pretty good cook.
If I were an animal I would be … 
Some kind of bird that flies south in the winter

Danielle, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a Registered Bioenergetics Practitioner – http://daniellevanwykrhn.com
Started at Inside U: January 8th, 2008

Danielle HeadshotHow did you get started in the natural health and/or wellness industry? I got started in the health industry when I was approximately 18 years old after my Dad was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. He decided to avoid all of the medications his MD was suggesting as he wanted to first seek out natural ways to manage his symptoms. He went to the library in Woodstock and brought home many books including “Natural Cures They Don’t Want You To Know About,” by Kevin Trudeau and we started reading and reading and reading!! I also had some of my own health issues and realized pharmaceuticals were not the only answer. I began using natural medicine for everything with great success.  In 2007, I graduated from CSNN in London where I obtained my Registered Holistic Nutritionist designation and then specialized in Oakville and became a Bioenergetics Practitioner. I love people and I enjoy helping anyone through their life in any way possible!

Why do you work at Inside U? I enjoy working in an environment that is never stale and boring! It is great to be able to help change the lives of others. Working with a team of people who are continuously exercising their brain in the industry is a bonus. I work in the office at Inside U providing nutrition and BIE services.

Danielle Baby_PictureWhat is your favourite natural product / herbal remedy / or wellness service? I couldn’t live without a greens supplement during the winter months. I just feel blah without greens until Bentum Family farm has all of their organic  greens ready to eat! 
In another life I would be …. A Midwife or a Missionary
In my spare time, I like to … Read, bible studies, exercise, be outdoors as much as possible, travel, hang out with my friends and family.
If people knew my quirky-weird-side they would know I ..
am quite goofy and this can be contagious to people I hang around, I can be very hyper, and have an ear obsession (flopping them)
Most people don’t know my hidden talent is … 
Planning Weddings!
Heros are important people we look up to. My hero is … 
Jesus Christ and My Dad (passed away in 2008)

Dave, Functional Medicine Expert

Dave Nelson

Dave Nelson has been in the holistic health industry for over 15 years and a PRO Trainer with canfitpro since 2004. One of his roles is a part-time professor at Fanshawe college where he teaches the fitness and lifestyle management curriculum as part of the police foundations program.  Dave is passionate about all things health related and is always on the cutting edge of the most current research. His current research project is the scientific work known as metagenomics and the microbiome. He has also been the featured weekly health and fitness columnist in the Oxford Review for 10 years.

Erin, Certified Nutritional Practitioner and Purchasing Manager
Started at Inside U: November 28th, 2014

Erin HeadshotHow did you get started in the natural health and/or wellness industry? From a young age I suffered from multiple allergies, illness and other health issues that became debilitating in my teenage years. Then came diagnoses of endometriosis, celiac disease, anxiety and depression which made day to day life extremely difficult. After finding conventional medicine to be disjointed, lacking in effectiveness, and sometimes more harmful than the conditions it was meant to treat, I started looking for alternatives. I found that the world of natural medicine/holistic health approached wellness from a completely different angle. Instead of medicating symptoms and removing organs that show signs of disease, holistic medicine assessed the whole person, and how all different aspects of their life may be at the root of their health issues. It focused on bringing all  dimensions of health back into balance so that symptoms will ease, while the cause(s) are addressed. It also became apparent that holistic health also takes into account the environment and how humans interact and are affected by the world in which we live- the bigger picture. It was congruent to my pre-existing environmental and social consciousness.

Erin baby updatedI began seeing an amazing counsellor who introduced me to mindfulness based stress reduction and meditation, and combined this new mindful lifestyle with real food, supplements to heal deficiencies, exercise/yoga, and gardening. I also started working part-time at a health food store after school where I met some amazing people, and realized that I wanted to devote my life to helping others find their own path to real health, as I worked toward better health myself.

Why do you work at Inside U? Because Steve asked me (and it’s a cool place to be- the customers are also great;)

What is your favourite natural product / herbal remedy / or wellness service? Ubiquinol as it helps address mitochondrial dysfunction- has been critical for preventing severe, monthly migraines with aura.
In another life I would be …. Professional flautest featured in the music of Jethro Tull.
In my spare time, I like to … Read about the Periodic Table and human history, knit with natural fibres, play with my daughter Lilja, eat dark chocolate, dig in the garden, and hug chickens.
If people knew my quirky-weird-side they would know I ..
am obsessed with Doctor Who and dream of owning a Tardis. I also enjoy looking at just about everything under my microscope.
Most people don’t know my hidden talent is … 
Playing flute and violin, and baking allergic-free birthday party cakes.
Heros are important people we look up to. My hero is … 
The Dalai Lama
Some of my favourite creatives (music, art, pottery, comedy, actors, authors etc..) include: 
Painting, pottery, gardening, knitting, sewing, drawing, needle felting, spinning (wool yarn)…
Here are some other random things about me that weren’t asked in any of the questions: I’ve only solved Rubik’s Cube once in my life.

Jaclyn, Naturopathic Doctor – www.drjaclynnd.com
Started at Inside U: September 1st, 2014

Headshot BA copyHow did you get started in the natural health and/or wellness industry? My natural healing journey began during my undergraduate program. I developed migraines that interfered with my daily life. I was put on medication but the drugs made me feel nauseous and tired. With some investigation, I was able to find the root cause of my migraines and get off all medications (with a little help from natural supplements and lifestyle changes). While volunteering at the UW’s student health clinic during my premedical studies, I saw many students in my former situation. I was frustrated that the students were only getting harsh medications for symptoms and no one was discussing how to prevent them in the first place. Knowing that natural medicine helped me, I wanted to empower, help and educate others about the awesome power of natural medicine. I pursued Naturopathic Medicine as a way to help others.

Why do you work at Inside U? Inside U is a friendly, welcoming environment to work in. Everyone who works here enjoys helping others and making Woodstock and Norwich a happier, healthier place. 🙂

Jaclyn babyWhat is your favourite natural product / herbal remedy / or wellness service? Vitex agnus-castus. It is a powerful herb that helps with many women’s health concerns (one of my favourite concerns to treat!).
In another life I would be …. A professor at Hogwarts
In my spare time, I like to …Cross stitch, run and garden
If people knew my quirky-weird-side they would know I ... love gnomes

Most people don’t know my hidden talent is … making websites

If I were an animal I would be … 
a panda
Some of my favourite creatives (music, art, pottery, comedy, actors, authors etc..) include: 
Leonard Cohen, Monet and Van Gogh
Here are some other random things about me that weren’t asked in any of the questions: I am a middle child. I have two awesome sisters.

Kirby, Culinary Foods Expert – www.inthekitchenwithkirby.com

Lilia,  Shipping and Receiving
Started at Inside U: January 3rd, 2017

Lilia HeadshotHow did you get started in the natural health and/or wellness industry? I grew up on a farm and started working in our large organic market garden when I was a teenager, so natural health has always been something that interests me.

Why do you work at Inside U? I enjoy working with great people in an environment that fits with the way I live my life.

What is your favourite natural product / herbal remedy / or wellness service? Celifbr Vegetable bouillon cubes. I like a lot of  natural products but its great to know that I can add these to recipes and the ingredients are natural, without preservatives.
Lilia BabyIn my spare time, I like to … cook, bake, read and spend time with my family.
Heros are important people we look up to. My hero is … 
Someone who makes people feel important.
Some of my favourite creatives (music, art, pottery, comedy, actors, authors etc..) include: 
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

Lillian, Norwich Store Manager
Started at Inside U: August 1st, 2014

Lillian HeadshotHow did you get started in the natural health and/or wellness industry? I grew up on an Organic Farm, we grew and raised most of our own food. Fermenting and preserving for the winter months.  My parents believed strongly in natural medicine. This has always been my way of life. When my children were young  I wanted them to experience a portion of what my childhood was like. We joined the Organic Farming Association and toured and bought our produce and meat from local organic farmers. We joined an Organic Food Co-op to purchase the items that we couldn’t purchase locally. Over 15 years ago I started my career in Health Food and Supplements, how amazing to be able to combine my passion with my career. Every day I feel fortunate.

Why do you work at Inside U? This is definitely not work, I love our Team and our Customers. Vitamins, Supplements, Health Food and Natural Medicine is exciting!!

Lilian Baby picWhat is your favourite natural product / herbal remedy / or wellness service? BIOSTRATH! It is a Complete and Fermented Food based Supplement.
In another life I would be …. A Bee Keeper
In my spare time, I like to … Garden, play the Piano, feed the birds, read 🙂
If people knew my quirky-weird-side they would know I ..
I carry a massive amount of Supplements and Homeopathics in my purse
Most people don’t know my hidden talent is … 
gardening
If I were an animal I would be …
A Mourning Dove
Heros are important people we look up to. My hero is … my Oma Maissan
Some of my favourite creatives (music, art, pottery, comedy, actors, authors etc..) include: 
Diana Beresford Kroeger, Beth Powning, Wade Davis, and Norman Doidge some of my favourite authors
Here are some other random things about me that weren’t asked in any of the questions:I have 2 AMAZING children

Lindsey, RHN  – On Maternity Leave

Michelle, Products Specialist and Beauty Product Guru

Pauline, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Store Manager – www.facebook.com/paulineholdsworthRHN
Started at Inside U: March 27th, 2017

pauline headshotHow did you get started in the natural health and/or wellness industry? I was feeling very ill and experiencing digestive issues.  I didn’t like what was suggested to me by my doctor.  I wanted to learn more about other alternatives, which lead me to my local health food store where I was living at the time.   I took the 10 week wellness course they offered.  I enjoyed it so much and loved learning about holistic nutrition, I went on to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.  I believe that eating quality organic whole foods and living a holistic and natural lifestyle can turn your health and life around.

Why do you work at Inside U? I enjoy working with like minded people and the atmosphere is very inviting.

Pauline_at_threeWhat is your favourite natural product / herbal remedy / or wellness service? I like the homeopathic product Coffea Cruda by Bioron because It helps to relax me when I’m feeling overwhelmed and my mind won’t shut off.
In another life I would be …. A singer and painter
In my spare time, I like to … Garden, bake and be in nature
If people knew my quirky-weird-side they would know I ..
like to dance alone in my kitchen.
If I were an animal I would be …  
Golden doodle
Heros are important people we look up to. My hero is … 
My mom
Here are some other random things about me that weren’t asked in any of the questions: I have 4 children, 3 of them are triplets

Rianne, Woodstock Store Manager
Started at Inside U: June 7th, 2016

Rianne baby 2How did you get started in the natural health and/or wellness industry? I worked in the pharmacy for 3 years and wanted to see the other side of things.

Why do you work at Inside U? Inside u has a family feel, everyday I come to work knowing that I’m going to be spending my time with the best co workers and the best customers. Inside u helps me be a better person! And I get to help people feel better about themselves and their health.

What is your favourite natural product / herbal remedy / or wellness service? I can’t pick!!! I love trying everything at least once.
In another life I would be …. Veterinarian
In my spare time, I like to … Garden and read
If people knew my quirky-weird-side they would know I ..
am extremely sarcastic
If I were an animal I would be … 
Swan- you can fly walk and swim… plus you look pretty good too
Heros are important people we look up to. My hero is … 
My mom
Some of my favourite creatives (music, art, pottery, comedy, actors, authors etc..) include: 
Ted dekker- author

Samantha, NNCP, CCH, Sho-Tai Practitioner www.wrightliving.org
Started at Inside U: September 10th, 2011

Sam HeadshotHow did you get started in the natural health and/or wellness industry? I was extremely sick in University back in Christmas of 2009; I had been on so many steroids; seen five different doctors; had so much blood taken, and I realized that no one was going to be able to tell me exactly what I wanted to know. They are just guessing, and giving me pills that are not making things better, but in fact worse! My whole life I have struggled with balancing my hormones, so with the suggestion of a Nutritional course from a Naturopath I quit university and decided to start studying holistic health!

Why do you work at Inside U?  I love working in a health store environment because for a few reasons! We are always informed with new information about health and its a great environment to share knowledge and insights about health to those who need it!

Sam Baby 2What is your favourite natural product / herbal remedy / or wellness service? I could not live without Sho-Tai!! & Chocolate. Sho-Tai has been the key to my health, I continually use the techniques to optimize the health of my clients, friends, family and myself!
In my spare time, I like to …  Sing, dance and just be at home gardening or hanging out with my family
Most people don’t know my hidden talent is …  I’m a triple threat
If I were an animal I would be …  
White Tiger
Heros are important people we look up to. My hero is … Jesus Christ!
Some of my favourite creatives (music, art, pottery, comedy, actors, authors etc..) include: Definitely Music

Susan, Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP), Hons. B.A. (Psych), Bookkeeper www.susankeanenutrition.com
Started at Inside U: June 1st, 2015

Susan HeadshotHow did you get started in the natural health and/or wellness industry? After a back injury in my last year of University, my road to recovery led me down the rabbit hole of natural health and nutrition, the more I researched and learned, the more there was to learn. The human body amazes me – all it wants us to do is to thrive and heal – as long as we give it the right building blocks. I love being able to share, teach and help people find their way to a healthier, happier life.

Why do you work at Inside U? and/or and/or how would you describe your role at Inside U? I still remember one of the first few times I was shopping at Inside U. Steve was helping me find supplements for a cleanse, he looked me in the eye and said “If you ever need help, we’re here!” and I could tell he meant it. Inside U is the type of company that puts others’ happiness  first, which is how I strive to live my life. I wear a few different hats at Inside U, which helps to keep my days interesting: bookkeeping, human resources, sales associate and the keymaster!

Susan___baby_picWhat is your favourite natural product / herbal remedy / or wellness service? Host Defense My Community Mushroom Spray. These mushrooms are amazing at boosting the immune system and knocking out colds!
In another life I would be …. living in a forest.
In my spare time, I like to … swim, bike, read and watch documentaries
If I were an animal I would be … a koala
Heros are important people we look up to. My hero is … Bruce Lee
Some of my favourite creatives (music, art, pottery, comedy, actors, authors etc..) include: Comedian: John Mulaney Music: Kathleen Edwards, Bright Eyes

Sue, Product Specialist
Started at Inside U: October 10th, 2014

How did you get started in the natural health and/or wellness industry? I was first introduced into the Natural Health Care Industry in 1997. I has been an exciting and adventurous journey.  Every day is a new learning experience. Along the way I have met with many wonderful people who were not  only a customer but a friend. 

Why do you work at Inside U? Inside u has made me feel like part of a family.  I look forward to daily talks with people, helping them and sometimes a shoulder to cry on.

What is your favourite natural product / herbal remedy / or wellness service? My favourite product is Health First Ashwagandha. When I take it within a few minutes I feel a sense of calmness.
In another life I would be …. Probably a behaviour consultant to many animals. I think I missed my calling to being a archeologist.
In my spare time, I like to … Gardening, running and being with my animals, mainly my horse.
If I were an animal I would be … a cat
Some of my favourite creatives (music, art, pottery, comedy, actors, authors etc..) include: 
I would luv to be a famous artist LOL. My interest in biography of famous people is a passion of mine

Suze, Aromatherapist and Holistic Spa Practitioner Soul Unique
Started at Inside U: January 7th, 2017

Suze head shotHow did you get started in the natural health and/or wellness industry? After i found out I was pregnant, my hubby and I decided that we wanted a better lifestyle for our family, and that there had to be another way outside of the ”conventional” way. We met Steve in 2011 and discovered Inside U. We completely changed our lifestyle to full organic and filtered water and started purchasing products that were clean to use on everyone in the family. I took a diploma course in Aromatherapy and started a background in Holistic Nutrition. Best decision I ever made!

Why do you work at Inside U? The atmosphere and my co-workers are some pretty rad people! When I was a customer I always felt welcomed, felt like i could ask anything and receive the proper information. Since working at the store, I have met some pretty fantabulous customers aka friends/family as well. Its a super chill and positive environment and I’m fortunate to work with some pretty talented individuals.

Suze BabyWhat is your favourite natural product / herbal remedy / or wellness service? Liver Care and Essential Oils!! Having a congested liver, this product helped me immensely! Not only did it flush so much garbage out of my system, but it gave me my life back! It has since made me feel happier, more energetic and without a ”crash”. Essential oils and herbs in general are my life, I use them for EVERYTHING!
In another life I would be …. Hippie Dancer
In my spare time, I like to … Cook, Bake, Garden, Make oily things like soap, lotions, rollers etc, and chill out with my fam jam
If people knew my quirky-weird-side they would know I ..
Randomly burst into song and dance in uncomfortable and comfortable situation.
Most people don’t know my hidden talent is … 
Making people laugh
If I were an animal I would be … 
A wolf or Elephant, really i would want to be both- a welephant
Heros are important people we look up to. My hero is … My parents
Some of my favourite creatives (music, art, pottery, comedy, actors, authors etc..) include: 
Rudolf Steiner, Maya Angelou and Mahatma Ghandi
Here are some other random things about me that weren’t asked in any of the questions: I love making people feel good about themselves and teaching them that it is ok to take much needed YOU time! I LOVE history and learning about different cultures.

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