MEET THE PASSIONATE PEOPLE BEHIND THE BRAND


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.
 

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