My Story…the ‘WHY?’
I grew up in a quiet, middle-class family in Northern Ontario. There were only two of us—my sister and I. My sister left home when I was 11 years old. From that moment on, I grew up as an only child—responsible, scholastic, and always following the rules of life.
I attended UBC and graduated as a pharmacist in 1987. However, prior to that, in January 1987, I had experienced a near-fatal car accident and broke my pelvis in four places. After spending a month in the hospital, I went back to school in a wheelchair, having to learn how to walk again. No one gave me a pass; I had to finish every test, every exam and every internship. It was the first time I became aware of the strength of my character and the extreme courage I had to overcome my physical challenges—fearful that my life could have easily ended that fatal night.
On July 25th, 1987, I walked down the aisle and married my first husband. Moving to Toronto, I began working as a pharmacist, believing that medication would save the world.
In 1997, after my third child was born, I met and befriended Maria, a breast cancer survivor. Maria turned my head 180 degrees and taught me the benefits of utilizing pharmaceutical-strength herbal supplements and detoxification to support my health and the health of my children.
I started to move away from the pharmaceutical industry, and eventually opened Avita Integrative Health Clinic and Compounding Lab in September 2009. Unfortunately, at that time, I was in denial that my first marriage was in ruins after four children and 25 years. I carried this dark secret for a long time, keeping it from family and clients and feeling like a failure. One day, a very good client asked WHY I wasn’t wearing my wedding rings, and we both shared our stories. This was a turning point in my career. Because of Sue, I started to open my heart and soul to my clients, sharing my life experiences. I became ‘real,’ always speaking from my heart.
In 2012, my husband and I divorced. When my clients would give me their condolences, I would tell them that it was time for me to go on to the next chapter of my life, as I also realized that this marriage was holding back the success of my business.
After divorce, I devoted myself to my work and my children, determined to be successful on my own. At that time, I was going for therapy with my Reiki Master, Marlene George. We never spoke of the past, only of the future. One day, she kindly told me to write down the qualities I wanted in a man. I stubbornly said, “But I don’t want one!” She quietly said, “Write it down.” So I did. I slept with this list under my pillow like a princess. Two weeks later, I met Kent and we’ve been together every since—soulmates and best friends. Kent told me he waited his whole life to meet me, so in April 2016 we married on a private beach in the Bahamas. Marlene George always told me I couldn’t have abundance in my business without happiness at home. She was right!
I work with women’s health and hormone therapies in conjunction with weight loss. In 2012, I lost 30 pounds and my whole personality changed with renewed confidence. I believe I am very successful in my work due to my own life events. I recognize the link between hormone balance, self-image and relationships. I open my heart to women and share my story, to inspire them to strive for happiness in their own lives and truly believe that the universe will bring them their soulmate if they ask for it!!