Hodson is the spirit and passion behind LIVE WELL. Cashing in her
pension to launch LIVE WELL with just an idea she quickly turned one
location into three, all in just three short years (well OK, they were
But Sara’s vision was bigger. She wanted to build a national brand of
LIVE WELL clinics across the country to help Canadians live longer,
healthier lives. Sara has been on a mission since opening her first
location and is leading a movement in Exercise is Medicine.
In 2013, LIVE WELL opened its second location in Kerrisdale, an area of
Vancouver. It just so happened that the space was right next door to the
headquarters of Nurse Next Door, one of the most successful private
consumer healthcare brands in Canada.
One day, Nurse Next Door co-founder John DeHart met a few LIVE WELL
members in the elevator when he was going up to his office. In talking
to them he found a group of raving fan customers, similar to his loyal
clients at Nurse Next Door. Intrigued, he met Sara, and immediately
found an entrepreneur willing to listen and learn from all of the
mistakes John had made in building Nurse Next Door. Eventually, John
became Sara’s mentor, and when Nurse Next Door was approaching location
#100, John handed the CEO reigns over to his leadership team, and jumped
head first into the Exercise is Medicine movement when he and his wife
Gayla Swihart DeHart decided to partner with Sara to take LIVE WELL to
the next level.
It is a match made in heaven. Sara brings the spirit and the Exercise is Medicine expertise; John brings the systems, franchising and private healthcare experience; and Gayla brings an executive coaching and business consulting background to round off a dream team of passionately driven and engaged entrepreneurs who want to change the world. Rounding out our team is Dr. Ali Zentner, internal medicine specialist, who is an expert physician in obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular risk reduction. Dr. Zentner is LIVE WELL’S medical director.
Now, the team is setting out to build the next great health care brand in Canada. We have chosen to franchise because we love franchising, and we know that it makes sense to find passionately-engaged people who know their communities and the people in them. Just like John did at Nurse Next Door.