Nutrition & Performance
At Avenue Plastic Surgery we are committed to a healthy lifestyle. While plastic surgery can be a fantastic way to get rid of stubborn fat and help sculpt the body you desire, surgery alone shouldn’t be looked at as a primary weight loss solution. A common misconception is that a tummy tuck or liposuction will easily give you the body you’ve always dreamed of.
Before Surgery — We highly recommend our patients are close to their ideal weight before plastic surgery.
After Surgery — It’s vital that patients live a healthy lifestyle to keep off unwanted weight and to maintain & strengthen their bodies.
Many of our patients ask for nutrition and exercise tips. We are excited for a new partnership we’ve created with Shelagh Marshall who is a nutrition specialist & Alan Warner, a certified strength and conditioning coach. Below, we’ve outlined their bios, credentials, and exclusive services we are thrilled to offer our patients.
Nutrition Specialist – Shelagh Marshall
Bio & Credentials:
Shelagh Marshall became a Registered Dietitian after receiving her degree in Nutrition Dietetics from Syracuse University. Throughout her career, she has worked with a variety of patient populations in various settings; from Neurotrauma Intensive Care Units to outpatient pediatric nutrition counseling, from bariatric surgery patients to disordered eating habits, she has obtained a wealth of nutrition knowledge and has developed an extremely effective approach to nutrition counseling.
Not only does Shelagh have the expertise in dietetics and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT), but also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to assist her clients in being successful on their health and nutrition journeys regardless of their starting point. By combining CBT and MNT, she is able to identify and assist her clients in overcoming the obstacles that have held them back for years prior to working with her.
While choosing healthful foods is vital, Shelagh also is passionate about her clients being able to enjoy the foods they eat and is a firm believer that small, consistent changes can yield big results. She has been able to help countless clients on their weight management journeys, improving their health and self-confidence, and, thus, improving their overall quality of life.
By working with Shelagh, you are getting a true nutrition expert who will teach you about nutrition, counsel you on dietary improvements, and provide you with realistic behavior modifications to assist you in achieving your goals.
Performance Specialist – Alan Warner
Bio & Credentials:
Alan is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA-CSCS), and an Athlete Activation System Certified (AASc) Coach. He has a strong competitive background in national-level swimming and water polo for his native country of Barbados and has represented his home country for a decade regionally and internationally at the Pan American Games in these sports.
Since moving to Canada, he graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science Honors and Masters of Science from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. His academic background is in clinical research co-ordination. His joy for high-performance athletics and strength training has always been a critical component of his lifestyle and he is a strong advocate for communicating the value of professional strength training for athletes and the general population.
Alan has experience training professional and amateur athletes from a variety of sports and has also been the assistant coach for the junior national water polo team of Barbados. In addition, he works with clients pre and post-surgery to improve their strength to better withstand the physical stressful event of surgery as well as the recovery from it. These individuals include abdominal surgery as well as knee, ankle, and shoulder surgery.
His training philosophy focuses on developing not just an individual’s physical strength, mobility, and resilience but in teaching how professional strength training benefits them. The discipline with which you approach strength training to improve your quality of life can be so valuable in determining your approach to life.
- CPTN-Certified Personal Trainer
- NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
- Athlete Activation System (AAS) Certified Coach
- FINA Water polo Coaches Certification
- Canadian Red Cross: Standard First Aid & CPR/AED Level C, Level HCP
- Masters of Science – Public Health: Biomedical Ethics
Ready to Get Started?
The first step is to get in touch! Both Alan and Shelagh will book a meeting with you to go over a full assessment of your diet and exercise routine. After their evaluation, they’ll provide a workout program and diet prescription. The initial assessment with Alan and Shelagh is $250. If more training sessions are necessary they will provide you with their individual rates.
- Initial structural balance assessment + exercise guidance
- Customized multi-phase programming to improve strength, resilience, and body composition. (Cost may vary*)
- Online training
- In-person training (cost may vary*)
- In your initial session with Shelagh, she will conduct a thorough assessment of both your current and past food intake and behaviors surrounding eating, analyzing your daily schedule and habits and how they influence your eating.
- You will be provided with a diet prescription where she will hone in on personalized caloric and protein recommendations as well as any other additional specifications based on your medical conditions and goals.
- Not only will you receive a diet prescription, but Shelagh will also target areas of improvement in both food intake and behaviors while providing you customized modifications and solutions.