Debbie has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years.  She has worked in all aspects of fitness and the one common area that she loves is the interaction with individuals to get to know them, to help them towards reaching their goals and feeling healthier.

She understood the importance of exercise at a young age, when she started working out to help with her sports.  Through years of experience and continued education she has become an instructor and personal trainer dedicated to offering a safe and challenging workout, for everyone she works with.

Becoming the owner of Gravitate Studio is a wonderful extension of Debbie’s experiences and she looks forward to getting know the neighbourhood more and making the studio a space where everyone is welcome and will receive a great workout and amazing experience.


Our instructors are excited to meet you and to learn about your fitness + wellness goals.

They are friendly, approachable and are available before and/or after class to answer your questions and review techniques.  Each instructor will happily share information and advice about their classes and related health, wellness + fitness matters. Just ask!


Avital Shinier

Avital teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Sculpt, Bootcamp + Personal Training because she wants to make a positive impact on people’s lives, and make students feel good physically, mentally + emotionally. In turn, Avital learns from her students and grows as an individual.

Three things I would take on a deserted island are: my boyfriend; he can fix + build anything, music; ipod with endless battery + mosquito spray! 

I am most grateful for: my loving family and an amazing circle of friends.

My latest food obsession: Rice cake with peanut butter + banana…say no more.

I would love to learn: how to cook different kinds of cuisines from Mediterranean to Asian

DANIELLE SHOOM-JARRETT (currently on leave)

IMG_1445Danielle teaches  Barre, Slow Sculpt + Burn, Gravity, Mom + Baby, Teen Fitness + Personal Training.  Keeping fit has always been an outlet for Danielle and a way to feel great! For her, teaching + spreading that feeling to other people is truly amazing.

Three things I would take on a deserted island are: my favorite pajamas, Nespresso machine and a toothbrush.

My guilty pleasure is: the Kardashians.

I would love to learn: how to surf a real wave.


DAVID BecklesDavid teaches Gravity, Cardio Sculpt, TRX, Cardio Sculpt + Personal Training.  He teaches fitness because he loves helping people maintain a healthy lifestyle and motivating his clients to reach their goals.

This is what I am most grateful for: good health, wisdom, my mother (way to go Dave!!)

My guilty pleasure is: apple blossoms with maple walnut ice cream.

I would love to learn: to be a better man, father and human being. I want to learn to continue evolving to become a better version of myself.


Domenic ClarinoDomenic teaches Gravity, TRX, Boot Camp + Personal Training.  He teaches because he loves sports + people, as well as watching his clients’ lives change for the better.

This is how I de-stress: Iron pounding workout or whitewater rafting with my 3 kids.

My latest food obsession: Feijoada (a Brazilian black bean stew with rice).

This is my dream vacation: FIFA World Cup (I’ve been to 7 so far!).


Donna teaches Gravity because she loves seeing clients progress throughout the year, gaining strength, and confidence in how they look + feel.

This is how I de-stress: Laugh!!!  A lot!!!
(And if you take Donna’s classes, you will be guaranteed to laugh too!)

My perfect day includes: 100K bike ride, ice cream afterwards, reading a good book, full body massage, followed by a romantic dinner and evening with my husband.

My guilty pleasure is: Creme Brulée


Jaime Verk-PerezJaime teaches Hatha, Yin/Yang, Restorative + Vinyasa Yoga, Pilates, and Cardio Barre because teaching gives her inspiration.

My perfect day includes: a trip to the farmer’s market, cooking for loved ones + sunshine.

My latest food obsession: dark chocolate with orange + ginger.

My favourite song and/or musician: anything remixed + funky.



Kimmel Alcide

Kimmel teaches Vinyasa Flow, Yin + Restorative Yoga. She is grateful to be able to teach Yoga as a career because it is her way of being in service to others.

This is how I de-stress: a good game of scrabble.

Three things I would take on a deserted island are: my pillow case (I have a special one), my personal massage therapist, and a sign saying “Do not rescue me.”

My guilty pleasure is: watching movies cuddled in bed.

I would love to learn: to salsa.


Lindsay McConnellLindsay teaches Pilates and Gravity because she loves how being fit makes her feel so she wants to help others feel great too!

My perfect day includes: a bike ride in the Rockies with my family.

This is my dream vacation: safari in South Africa.

My guilty pleasure is: girls weekend.


Marni SUSSMANMarni teaches many styles of Yoga, including Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Pre Natal, Restorative, Yin and especially LOVES teaching Yoga for Kids. She’s a beautiful soul who loves helping people connect with their true selves.

Three things I would take on a deserted island: my yoga mat, my daughter + probiotics.

My guilty pleasure: coffee with cream

This is my dream vacation: taking a year off to travel through South America. Scuba diving, hiking, yoga, and eating excellent food.


Sharon LewisSharon teaches Yoga because it inspires her to reach people through the practice.

This is how I de-stress: getting deep into my own yoga practice, a walk in the woods or getting down and dirty on the dance floor.

This is what I am most grateful for: freedom, self expression, love, opportunity, laughter, health.

This is my dream vacation: yoga, beach, sun.


Stacey FarkasStacey teaches Gravity, TRX, Cardio Sculpt, Kickboxing, HIIT + Personal Training. He specializes in developing core strength, functional movement, movement efficiency + sports specific training. His favourite method of training is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) because he loves getting the results in a shorter time period!

This is what I am most grateful for: health, friends, family + failure (because it breeds success).

My guilty pleasure is: red wine + tacos (not simultaneously!)

I would love to learn: how to play the guitar, and to speak a couple languages. But above all, how to become an overall better person to maximize happiness for my loved ones + myself.