Michelle Bids Farewell

Backfit’s General Manager, Michelle Lyons, will be saying goodbye.  Here are some reflections from Michelle as she begins a new chapter…

Almost six years ago I saw the opportunity to live out one of my dreams. I walked through the doors of Backfit and, as many people experience, I just knew there was something profound about this place. I also knew I had to be part of it. My dream was about creating an environment where people had the opportunity to embrace their health and unleash their potential. I felt the world needed a space that brought together the many facets that create healing and wellness. In my mind, I had named this place – “Collaborative Health” and that is exactly what I found at Backfit.

I have had the opportunity to be part of this team for nearly six years and now life has called me in a new direction. I will be returning to my home town of Calgary in May. I am excited to be closer to my family and friends, albeit nervous about the weather! As I prepare to move on to my next chapter, I find myself in a reflective state. I tried to think of how I could sum up my experience at Backfit. A few words pop through my mind in vibrant colours:

Life changing – Rewarding – Impactful

This is interesting to me because I have also heard our community of patients and team members use these words to describe their Backfit experience. I absolutely love the collaboration and passion that weaves through our education, coaching and treatments every day. This has been a-m-a-z-i-n-g – not just for me, but for so many of our community members!

In 2008 when I found myself agreeing to work behind a desk again, I have to be honest – I was afraid! In fact, it was something I swore I’d never do again. I am happy to say there has not been a day that I have regretted sitting in this chair behind the scenes. Being part of Backfit achieving its mission – having a small part in our patient’s stories, their healing and their commitment to health has been very meaningful for me.

It is with somewhat of a heavy heart that I move forward. I often tell people that my time at Backfit has grown me into a better Michelle. The team here has encouraged me to push my limits, step outside of my box, and have a greater purpose in this world. It is with much gratitude that I say farewell and wish you all a long and fulfilling health journey!

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Meet Ayden John!

The Waiting Game

Three days after my wife’s due date, Ayden was still in no hurry to meet his parents.  He was carrying very high and had not “dropped” into the birth canal which would indicate he was not planning on coming out soon.

Although I was desperately looking forward to meeting my son or daughter, I had found it hard to grasp the concept that the bump in my wife’s stomach was actually going to become my baby. Through all the carpal tunnel discomfort, sickness in the early months, swollen ankles and relentless kicking, Jennifer had already formed a very close bond with our baby.  The idea of parenthood wasn’t yet as real for me.

After a cascade of events over the next several days (which included treatment for Jennifer’s high blood pressure, non-stress tests for baby and a labour induction treatment) Jennifer and I were left with a tough decision.

Following a lengthy discussion with each other, our maternity doctor, doula, and the obstetrician on call, we made the decision to pursue a caesarean section rather than trying another day or two of the induction process.

We Finally Meet Ayden!

Ayden John Eisert shot out into the delivery room – a whopping 8lbs 12oz – at 17:20 on Thursday, November 14th. To my immense relief (you can’t help worrying about this bit); he started to cry almost immediately. I had just watched our son emerge into the world – it was a fantastic, frightening, and exhilarating experience!

“It’s a boy! And he’s beautiful!”  I belted out to my dear wife who was unable to see the wonder which I was blessed to witness.

Proud Dad!Ayden



The hours after the birth were surreal…When I look at Ayden now the whole birth process seems totally remarkable and watching his mother with him is one of the most wonderful experiences in the world.

Dr. Greg Eisert

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Cultivate Gratitude

Pause.  Take notice.  On the doorstep of Thanksgiving, create the space for gratitude.

“The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now. And the more grateful you are, the more you get.”

— Oprah

At the Backfit Clinic, our gratitude and fulfillment stems from the opportunity to be part of your journey to optimal health and wellbeing. Our collective purpose is to make a bigger impact.  That means a deeper impact on your health, and a tangible shift in the health of our community. The Backfit blog will provide the space to engage and inspire a community of people that are interested in living their best life. Thanks for joining us on this journey. We’re excited to connect with you each week and explore together what it means to be well.

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