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Advanced Vitality News | August 2021

Updated: Aug 25, 2021

August 2021 Newsletter Cover Photo

August 2021 at Advanced Vitality

  • Clinic Holiday Hours and Upcoming Vacations

  • NEW: Skin Cancer Screening

  • Health Scans: neuro-muscle stress

  • Coaches Corner with IP Coach Maria

  • Congratulations CHA Rebecca!

  • Birth Announcements

  • CM Spotlight: Hugh

  • "Run for Women" Results

  • Announcing our Inaugural Mom Swap

  • Health Tip of the Month: Sunburn Prevention

  • Win $50 with Olympic Spirit!

  • Tik Tok Summer Dance Challenge

  • AV's Summer Spotify Playlist


Happy Long Weekend!

People sitting and enjoying a meal

The team at Advanced Vitality wishes you and your family and happy and safe long weekend!

Please note, the clinic will be closed on Monday, August 2nd for the long weekend.

Upcoming Vacations:

  • Dr. Tamara will be on vacation from August 19th to September 3rd. Dr. Tara will be adding additional hours to support you and ensure you can stick to your care plan!

  • Coach Maria will be on vacation August 17th & August 18th

  • RMT Kelly will be on Vacation August 31st and September 2nd

Dr. Tara will add the following additional hours while Dr. Tamara is away:

  • August 24th and August 31st from 8:00am to 12:00pm and 3:30pm to 6:30pm

  • August 26th and September 2nd from 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Upcoming Clinic Holidays:

Advanced Vitality will be closed for Holidays on the following dates:

  • August 20th

  • August 27th - Open for the Mom Swap from 10:00am to 6:00pm

  • September 3rd to September 6th - Labour Day Weekend


NEW! Skin Cancer Screening

SIAScope Camera and Image pf Mole

Access to a dermatologist can be frustrating slow, with average wait times being anywhere from 5 - 12 months. Those long wait times can have a drastic impact on survivability if you are diagnosed with Melanoma skin cancer. The good news is that Advanced Vitality has Brampton's first Rapid Skin Cancer screening service where you will receive a dermatologists report for a concerning mole in less then 72 hours.

How much does this service cost?

$249.99: No dermatologist referral from family doctor

$149.99: MD referral required*

* Paper copy of referral for dermatology consult required

Click Here to read more about this breakthrough technology OR click the link below to book online!


Surface Electromyography

Why should you measure the STRESS in your posture muscles with sEMG?

Dr. Tara preforming a child INSiGHT scan

Surface Electromyography (sEMG) is just a big word for the tool that measures STRESS and pinpoints areas of overactive or exhausted neuro-musculature.

Everyday, people come to our clinic complaining of back pain, neck pain or headaches. When the sEMG scan shows the areas of neural tension they say "ya, that's where I hold all my stress". So ... lets measure it, work on it, and then measure the improvement!

Why is it important for kiddos? When your kid's sEMG scans so show abnormal results, it's an important signal that stress is getting stuck early and can contribute to issues later on. It may also relate to behavioral issues like fidgeting, overactivity, emotional outbursts and clumsiness. Getting your kiddo scanned and on a restorative chiropractic plan BEFORE school starts may be just the ticket for your school success this year!


Coaches Corner with IP Coach Maria

There's nothing better than homegrown Ontario produce at it's freshest! If you're growing your own in a backyard garden, taking advantage of local Farmer's Markets, or buying it in the produce section of your local grocer, we're sure that you agree, LOCALLY GROWN TASTES THE BEST!

Coach Maria wants you take advantage of the tasty fresh treats mother nature gives us this time of year with salads and grilled veggies! Try this month's delicious recipe of the month:

Marinated Shrimp Salad

served warm or cold, it will be a crowd favourite!

Marinated Shrimp Salad

What You'll Need

  • 1 portion shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 1 stalk green onion, tipped and chopped

  • 1/2-1 jalapeno (depending on how spicy you like it), deseeded and diced

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • 1tsp olive oil

  • 1/4tsp salt

  • 1 Roma tomato, deseeded and cut into wedges

  • 1/2 English cucumber, sliced into thick half moons

  • 2 red radishes, sliced thin

How to Prepare

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch the shrimp.

  • Cook shrimp until opaque, about 2-3 minutes. Drain immediately and toss with green onion, jalapeno, lime juice, olive oil, salt and tomato.

  • Set aside and refrigerate until chilled through.

  • When read to serve, add cucumber to shrimp mixture and toss.

  • Garnish with radishes.

Man drinking water



Our bodies are made of ~70% of water. Drinking enough water is vital for optimal health but not everyone knows how it helps turn fat into fuel!

Here are 5 tips to help get your 2L/day:

  1. Get your water ready the night before.

  2. Have a big glass of water first thing when you get up in the morning.

  3. Set reminders on your phone, either in your calendar or try out an app.

  4. Associate having a drink of water with daily tasks to build up a habit of drinking water.

  5. Flavour your water - use fresh fruits, veggies, or even a tea bag!

Ideal Protein Coaching Hours:

  • Monday 9am -11am

  • Tuesday 6pm-8pm

  • Wednesday 9am-11am

Follow us on IG @idealprotein.advanced_vitality

Register for a FREE INFO SESSION to learn more about the Ideal Protein Program


Congratulations Rebecca!

CHA Rebecca Acceptance to Palmer College for Chiropractic's

On June 25th, our Clinic Health Assistant Rebecca received her official acceptance to the Doctor of Chiropractic Program at Palmer College of Chiropractor's in Davenport, Iowa!

Rebecca is set to start in November 2021!

The Advanced Vitality team is excited and proud of you Rebecca!


Birth Announcements

Congratulations to Tesia on the birth of her son Theodore! Theodore made his entrance on

July 20, 2021 weighing 7lbs and 14oz.

"Thanks to Dr. Tamara's prenatal chiropractic care, Theo was in a great position and I was able to have the strength and flexibility for a quick delivery. The adjustments throughout my pregnancy helped reduce any pain and discomfort I felt. Thank you Dr. Tamara!"


Clinic Member Spotlight: Hugh!

Clinic Members Sharon and Hugh

Meet our clinic members Sharon and Hugh!

Hugh has been clinic member at Advanced Vitality since 2014. He began Chiropractic Care with Dr. Tara for relief of neck and back issues from past accidents. He found that gentle chiropractic adjustments helped him feel better. Hugh was later diagnosed with cancer but continued to use chiropractic care throughout his fight. Unfortunately, we lost an amazing human being when Hugh passed away last summer.

Every time Hugh was in for his appointments he was always making our team laugh with his quick wit and clever jokes, even through his hardest times. His wife Sharon is also a clinic member at Advanced Vitality and amazed us with her strength and dedication to supporting Hugh through his illness. These two are the most incredible example of unconditional love and as such, are why we are choosing to highlight them in this months Clinic Member Spotlight!

"He really valued the people of Advanced Vitality. They were so kind and considerate and made him feel normal. He loved people, so any outing was so welcomed. He got to know many of the staff and loved to tell jokes, etc. During his visits, Dr. Tara was so gentle! The last time he was in, I knew it would be his last visit, but he still wanted to book another appointment!"

Humour, that was Hugh's greatest quality. He made people feel at ease by telling jokes, chatting or just listening.

Hugh reading to his three grandchildren

"Hugh was a very kind and compassionate husband, father and grandfather. His grandkids would say 'tell us a joke grandpa!'. They just loved him so much."

Just after Hugh's first surgery in 2018, he was trying to recover. It was in a lot of pain an very uncomfortable. Sharon's sister-in-law in Alberta was relaying to her a story about this pig that came to visit their acreage near Calgary. It was such an unbelievably funny story. Sharon told Hugh to help him get past some of his pain. Well, he decided to make a story out of it!

"He just sat down at the table in the kitchen and started feverishly writing and writing this story. Fast forward to spring 2020, he started asking me if I could figure out how he could get this published.... yikes.... as if I didn't have enough to do trying to look after him. My daughter-in-law Robyn and son James took it on and contacted their friend Tania. Tania's mom is a well known wildlife artist in Brampton, they agreed to do some art work. Robyn did some final editing of the book, layout and sourced a company that would print it.

Hugh with his children's book "That's Not My Pig!"

On the Friday before Father's Day, 30 books arrived on my doorstep. On Saturday, June 20, Tania, along with James, Robyn, Will, Lori and our 3 grandchildren Mia, Madeline and Jack presented it to him as his Father's Day gift.

The look on his face said it all, he was so overwhelmed and happy, it just made all of our day! Since then, we have ordered another 300 books, and sold most of them. The book was even registered with an ISBN ! Hugh was so pleased about all of this."

Hugh lived to serve his community, whether it was his church, friends, neighbours, he loved people and would help anyone he could. During his last 2.5 years of life, he frequently visited Wellspring Chinguacousy, where they had many programs to help cancer patients and their families. His favourite was the exercise program and he enjoyed going and talking to the people there.

To help keep Hugh's legacy alive and to give back to our community, you can Donate to Wellspring Chinguacousy, a very helpful and meaningful charity or participate in one of their fundraisers. You will be enriched, much as we have been by the life of Hugh!


Run/Walk for Women's Mental Health

Run for Women Thank You

Throughout the week of July 4-11th, the Advanced Vitality Team participated with 1,600 runners and walkers to show their support and raise funds for women's mental health. The 10-day virtual event hosted by the LOVE YOU by Shoppers Drug Mart program raised over $338,000 for the Women's College Hospital, directly supporting the Department of Psychiatry.

The Advanced Vitality team was able to raise $590! We would like to extend a BIG thank you to the following individuals who donated:

  • James D.

  • Amanda O.

  • Margaret R.

  • James W.

  • Jim W.

  • Kaitlyn W.

  • Robi V. - Robi also participated with the Advanced Vitality team and completed 5k!

Check out our pictures below!


Introducing our Inaugural Mom Swap!

August 27th and 30th!

Messy House

If you're anything like us, you've hung on to A LOT of your baby and kid hear for some reason and now you just want it OUT OF YOUR HOUSE!

We've got a plan to help you out with that!

This July and August, we invite you to drop off any gently loved kid and baby clothing, toys, books, gear (swings/highchairs, etc.), winter clothing, shoes, boots, school supplies, backpacks, lunch boxes, containers. Pretty much anything you can think of!

Our staff will clean and sanitize all donations. Our doors will be open on August 27th from 10:00am to 6:00pm and August 30th from 9:00am to 12:00pm for our "Mom Swap" shop! All items will be FREE!

Any remaining items will be graciously donated to local women's shelters! We appreciate all your help in making this a success and cannot wait to see what benefits out "Mom Swap" will bring!

ASK US if you have any questions about how to donate your gear!


Health Tip of the Month: Sunburn Prevention

Man with a sunburn

After a long and cold winter, many Canadians can't wait for the warmer days of spring/summer to soak up some sun. However, is a "tan" healthy for us? Some believe that sun tanned skin is seen as a sign of health, since it indicates that you have been outdoors a lot.

Click Here to read more!


Get into the Olympic Spirit!

Olympic Spirit Week is happing NOW until Friday, August 6th!

Come dressed in your Olympic Spirit or Team Canada Gear and enter our draw for your chance to win a $50 Advanced Vitality Credit!



Summer TikTok Dance Challenge!

Have you tagged us in your AV Summer TikTok Dance Yet? If not, you still have the month of August to do so!

Clinic Health Assistant Saira has put together a short, fun video to get us all moving!

Throughout the summer we want to see YOU do the Advanced Vitality TikTok Dance in all the places you work, play and visit!

Learn the dance and get moving and grooving this summer! Make sure to tag us so we can see you dancing in all the fun the places this summer!


Summer Spotify Playlist

Advanced Vitality Summer Playlist on Spotify

We LOVE a good Summer Playlist and we want YOU to help!

We are taking requests for the best summer anthems to add to our clinic playlist on Spotify that we will play in the clinic ALL SUMMER LONG (see what we did there?)

Submit Your Requests!

You can listen to our Summer playlist under Advanced Vitality Summer by Dr. Tara in Spotify


We look forward to seeing you this August!

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