OUR EXPERTS TEAM

President & Nutritionnist

MÉLANIE OLIVIER

Founder and president of VIVAÏ, Mélanie Olivier's expertise in sports nutrition is recognized throughout the country and among her peers as the first nutritionist to be appointed as a member of the performance improvement team for the Canadian Olympic Committee for the Games of Torino 2006, Beijing 2008 and Vancouver in 2010. With a bachelor's and a Master's degree in sports nutrition from the University of Montreal, Melanie worked for more then 15 years with professional and amateur athletes across the country.

 

Melanie is a registered dieititian with l'ordre professionnel des diététistes du Quebec and member of Dietitians of Canada, she is also recognized by the Coaching Association of Canada as a specialist in sports nutrition. She is also responsible for the Quebec members of the Sport Nutrition Network of Dietitians of Canada. Melanie has been involved with amateur athletes since the inception of the National Centre Multisports Montreal (CNMM ), now the National Institute of Sports in Quebec (INS). In particular, she has worked closely federations and national teams and federations such as the Canadian Short Track Speed Skating Team, Canadian Freestyle Ski and the Canadian Synchronized Swimming Team.

 

Her reputation extends beyond North America as Melanie has worked for over 18 years with internationally renowned athletes such as boxers Lucian Bute and Eric Lucas from Groupe Interbox. She is now working with the Montreal Canadien's players, their school-club Ice Caps and collaborate with Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

 

An excellent, bilingual communicator, Melanie has spoken and instructed for many organizations and conferences. She was also a national spokesperson for promotional campaigns and at various product launches.

 

Regularly in the media, Melanie has worked on several television shows including L'Épicerie on Radio-Canada, Cours Toujours on MaTv, Deux filles le matin on TVA, and in documentaries like La boxe en 5 rounds, La préparation des athlètes olympiques on Canal D and for radio program Culture physique on Radio-Canada.

 

Redactor of nutrition chronics for different magazines during many years, Melanie embarked on the adventure of writing a book on nutrition, exercise and maternity: Sport et Nutrition pendant et après la grossesse, published in 2012 by Les Éditions de l'Homme.

« Coming from a family of innkeepers in the Eastern Townships and as athlete in alpine skiing, sports nutrition was revealed to me during my athletic career end with the Quebec team. It was obvious that this was my path and one I still find many challenging and exciting. Nutrition is an evolving science and trial and error are part of our daily lives. Attention to the ordinary day-to-days, which is often overlooked in favour of trends or the latest product, which allows to achieve extraordinary performance. »

Mélanie

Director & Nutritionnist

 Boisbriand - Terrebonne - Laval - Montréal

MÉLANIE MANTHA

Mélanie is a dynamic and inspiring dietitian with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Montreal and a YMCA, Outdoor Fitness and ISAK (INSQ) Certifications, Mélanie takes an active approach with clients, motivating and inspiring long-term results. Her experience in clinical nutrition, many hours of training, her patience and empathy make Mélanie an engaging and effective dietitian. She has developed skills and tools for working with clients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and obesity. As a marathon runner and triathlete, she knows how to motivate clients for a competition, seeking sustainable weight loss or those wanting to improve their quality of life and well-being.

Director at VIVAÏ for a couple of years now, Melanie coordinates our school, sports group and business programs as well as an increasing number of projects at VIVAÏ. Her professionalism, strong organizational skills and contagious energy make her a high demanded speaker. Convinced of VIVAÏ’s philosophy of using sports nutrition as way to teach general healthy eating habits to adolescents, she has played an integral role in the development, oversight and execution of presentations and workshops in dozens of Quebec schools.

A great writer, Melanie had contributed to several articles for the magazine Outdoor Spaces, Elle Quebec and others, and in few newspapers like Terrebonne Newspaper, Le Trait d’Union and Pays-d'en-haut La Vallée.

« From a very young age, I realized that eating improved my performance both on the field and in the classroom. This is what led me to a profession when I can show people the power of nutrition on physical, psychological and social well-being. »

Mélanie

Nutritionnist

Montréal - St-Sauveur

ARIANE LAVIGNE

Ariane has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Montreal and has been a nutritionist since 2008. Wanting to expand her knowledge of athletic performance, she obtained a diploma specialized in sports nutrition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

 

Always in search of personal and professional advancement, she combines her profession with her greatest passion: alpine snowboarding. She understands the realities of elite sports, having been a member of the Canadian National Snowboard Team who participated in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

 

Bursting with new ideas, Ariane will stop at nothing to seek out new professional opportunities. Passionate about sport, she works with sports enthusiasts, high performance athletes and sport federations, such as Tennis Canada and the Quebec snowboard and alpine skiing teams. On top of her private practice, she is involved as a spokesperson in sporting events, a key note speaker, a writer, she also develops menus and promotes nutritional kiosks. Her articles and columns can be found in various media platforms, such as blogs, editorial articles or editorial collaborations; La Presse+, Magazine Découvertes, iPlant, Tremblant and the maple products of Quebec, to name a few.

« Life brings us develop and reach our full potential; An adapted nutrition to our own reality is the secret ingredient in the recipe for success! »

Ariane

Nutritionnist & Kinesiologist

Montreal - South shore

JUSTINE KERR-DENIS

Passionate about nutrition and sport since before she can remember, Justine combined her passions by completing a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and in nutrition, both from the University of Montreal. Wanting to get the best out of every experience, Justine combined a year of kinesiology studies abroad in London, at the University of Hertfordshire, with travel across Europe.

 

Justine is a sports enthusiast who loves to try new sports, although alpine skiing, triathlon and skydiving take up most of her time and energy. Her interpersonal skills, such as her ability to listen and her dynamism, are appreciated by all who meet her. Her approach is to put her client’s goals first, while taking into consideration their realities, strengths, desires and all other aspects surrounding them.

 

Justine strives to combine health and performance, while prioritizing the pleasure of eating for all her clients.

« Life starts outside your comfort zone. »

« Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live in. »

Justine

Nutritionnist

Montreal
CLAUDIA CÔTÉ-ROBITAILLE
Holder of a Bachelor's degree in nutrition as well as an advanced degree in nutrition at the University of Montreal, Claudia has been a nutritionist for 6 years. Motivated to improve the daily lives of her clients, she follows many trainings to be up to date on nutrition, a science in constant evolution.

As a former swimming athlete, she understands the importance of sport in the everyday life, the need to surpass oneself and the importance of nutrition to achieve it. While continuing to swim, Claudia is interested in different sports such as triathlon, bodybuilding, cycling, squash, tennis, gymnastics and others.

Claudia has been working in a private clinic since she left school and specializes in long-term changes. Her goal is to provide tailored and specific advices to the reality of each to find balance, knowledge and motivation in order to achieve the objectives. Her listening and empathy allows her to adapt her approach from one person to another. Very dynamic, Claudia loves to share her nutritional knowledge through her consultations, her writing articles, on social networks, during workshops, conferences or kiosks.
 

« Eat to live or live to eat? Why not both? »
Claudia

Nutritionnist

Montreal - South Shore
MARINA PARENT
Nutritionist-dietitian in Montreal, Marina is a graduate of McGill University and a member of the professional order of Dietitians of Quebec.

Proud triathlete and marathoner, Marina is passionate about sports nutrition and firmly believes that perseverance and motivation are the keys to success. She loves writing blog posts on sports nutrition and writes for Tribay Market, WheelPower and MOVE Proteins. It is therefore a duty to stay up to date in this area by participating in several trainings. She is also very interested in nutrition for young athletes and gives conferences on good lifestyle and sport in her community.

So, whether you want to improve your performances by changing your eating habits, losing weight, or simply gaining healthy eating habits, Marina will help you make the right choices and will help you set realistic and motivating goal. Building a collaborative relationship based on mutual trust is essential in her practice.

Nutritionnist

Boisbriand - Laval - St-Sauveur
BRIANNA MCFADDEN
Sports nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits have always been topics that fascinate Brianna. Having completed her Bachelor's degree in Nutrition at University of Montreal, as well as a minor in Kinesiology, she has been working in the sports field since 2013 with a keen interest, either professionally or personally by practicing several sports such as skiing, triathlon, cycling, ultimate frisbee or climbing. Through conferences given to sports groups, informative sports nutrition kiosks, or personalized consultations, Brianna aims to popularize current science and datas to facilitate understanding, optimize your performance and enable practice of a healthy lifestyle.

Knowing that habits are formed from an early age, she gives culinary workshops for children and adolescents, as well as conferences for parents of young children to promote the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits.

Having experience with many types of clients, her dynamism and determination will push you to pursue your goals to the end. Her goal is to make you walk or even run to success, with her coaching and advices tailored to your situation.
« Combining sports activities with a diversified and balanced nutrition not only promotes health, but also brings a sense of well-being and daily pleasure. »
Brianna