We are not your ordinary “start-up” franchise system. We have some of the best people in health care and franchising in the country. Meet our team:
Our Co-founder (and Franchise Guru) John DeHart
We aren’t first-timers at this. One of our co-founders, John DeHart, has built and run one of the most successful health care franchise systems in the country: Nurse Next Door. Known for its best practices in franchising, its culture (franchisee engagements scores are always in the upper 90’s), ranked as high as the #6 best medium-sized system in North America, Nurse Next Door is a thought leader in private health care in Canada and is making its unique mark in the U.S. with a systematized focus on Happier Aging. With over 100 locations, John and his partner built Nurse Next Door into an award-winning brand, winning prestigious awards such as Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year (2006), Top Culture in Canada (2013),
The Smartest Company in Canada (2015) and the #1 place to work in British Columbia (2009). John is an executive on the leadership team of the Canadian Franchise Association, an entrepreneur-in-residence at Cornell University where he is regularly invited to speak on health care panels, a sought-after speaker and thought-leader on culture and core values, and brings experience and passion to the LIVE WELL brand.
Our Founder and President (and Exercise Guru) Sara Hodson, BHK, ACSM CCEP
With a 15-year career in chronic disease and exercise, Sara is a leader in the movement of clinically-based medical fitness programs. With a professional background in cardiac rehab programming and diabetes, Sara launched LIVE WELL in 2011 with a deep passion and recognition of a gap in our healthcare system for medical fitness programs which allow people to be highly successful in a safe, supportive, supervised exercise environment. Sara represents LIVE WELL’s hardcore values as she continues to live them every day. Sara is smart, nimble, hard-working and passionate and an awesome mom to four young children.
Our Co-Founder (and Human Behavior Guru) Gayla DeHart, PhD Psychology
Gayla is an entrepreneur with executive coach training, years of experience as a business consultant and as a project specialist and owner at Nurse Next Door. Gayla understands behaviour, brand, culture, purpose, core values, and she has a long-standing history of Championing Potential (one of our Core Values) with her clients, mentoring organizations that she supports, and everyone she touches. Gayla takes the so-called soft skills and turns them into ROI. She is devoted to working with like-minded enthusiasts who want to bring culture and core values alive, who want to be disruptive in their dedication to building a new type of company, who want to create a brand that transcends the latest fad, and who aren’t afraid of working hard and putting the systems in place to build a strong, profitable business. Gayla is the proud wife of John, and their two young daughters, Daisy and Aja.