The Canadian Academy of Lifestyle Medicine

Meet the CALM Team

CALM is a group of like-minded physicians, healthcare professionals, interested practitioners, and business leaders who have come together to create and promote better healthy lifestyle options through information, education and participation. All our members are volunteers who give their time to improve the wellbeing of our nation and promote a more holistic approach to health and the treatment of chronic conditions.

The CALM team began in Ontario, but we are looking for CALM Champions across Canada to join the revolution.

CALM Board of Directors

Dr. Larry Schmidt

President of Board of Directors, Medical Director & Co-Founder

Dr. Larry Schmidt is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University, London, Ontario. He is a Certificant and Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. His practice of broad-based family medicine spans 30 years, including obstetrics, delivering more than 1600 healthy babies and providing in excess of 225,000 patient visits.

He is a distinguished and decorated teacher at all levels in the medical school and has mentored hundreds of medical students, residents, nurse practitioners and midwives. He has always believed in collaborative, team-based care and became interested in alternative methods of practice, which led to him becoming certified in Functional Acupuncture late in his career.

Through his own journey of health and wellness, Dr. Schmidt became intensely interested in Lifestyle Medicine. After attending the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine Conference in Boston and then the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, it became apparent to him that the most effective method of helping patients to deal with chronic health issues was through lifestyle choices, primarily nutrition and exercise.

Rebecca Brown

Wellness Director, Secretary & Co-Founder

Rebecca Brown has a Master's degree in Social Work and after almost 30 years in the areas of Medical Social Work, Child Protection and Domestic Violence, she developed a keen interest in how trauma work impacts professionals who care for others. The majority of her career was spent as a Supervisor within the Ontario Child Protection System, where she was a Coordinator of the Critical Incident Debriefing Team and a Provincial Curriculum Trainer, teaching the module on Wellness and Self-Care.

With certification as a Compassion Fatigue Educator, Rebecca lectures extensively on the topics of Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue and Resilience in Canada and the USA through her association with the TEND Academy.  Rebecca has been certified as a Health & Wellness Coach using Lifestyle Medicine approaches to help people in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, stress reduction and mindfulness.

Rebecca believes passionately in the connection between mind, body and spirit and knows that when we take care of ourselves, we thrive. An accomplished marathon runner, she strives to lead by example and together with her husband, Dr. Larry Schmidt co-founded the Canadian Academy of Lifestyle Medicine to share this message with Canadians.


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Dr Victoria Coleman

Member of Board of Director

Dr. Victoria Coleman is a Chiropractor and Functional Medicine expert. Over the past 20 years, she has practiced in health care delivery both clinically as an integrative chiropractor and in business development. After successfully running two wellness clinics, Victoria became the president of Douglas Laboratories Canada where for the past 13 years she has built relationships with numerous health care providers She currently is the VP of Clinical Education for Atrium Innovations where her mission is to further, through education and service, lifestyle based medicine to enhance the health of her patients.

A constant pursuit of learning allowed her to complete her Certification in Functional Medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine. Victoria lectures internationally on the topics of Functional Medicine, the health effects and risks of extreme exercise, and is skilled in the field of nutrigenomics. Furthering the movement of proactive health care is a passion for Victoria along with a love for fitness. Her interest in sport and nutrition is reflective in her commitment to complete several marathons, including Boston and New York City.

Dr. Coleman is passionate about the role that she can play in encouraging others to implement lifestyle changes to optimize their health potential.





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