Meet Dalplex's Trainers

With fitness related degrees and certifications, each trainer has a unique background that further enhances Dalplex's personal training program and raises the quality of the service provided to members.

All our trainers pride themselves on the high quality of service they provide and are committed to professional development, striving to have the most up-to-date information to pass on to their clients.

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Please contact Anne Falconer by email at or call 902-494-3017 to discuss your fitness goals and to set up a time for your consultation.

Emily Coolen

Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University and has five years of personal training experience. She is passionate about the importance of fitness and strength training for older adults. She enjoys helping individuals improve their quality of life, recover from injury, and gain independence.


  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
  • International Sports Sciences Association certified personal trainer with a specialization in older adult fitness
  • National Coaches Certification Association Level 1 track and field coach

She works with clients of all ages and fitness levels to help them achieve their goals, whether they are sport-related, health-related, or anything in between.

Carrie MacGillivray

Carrie has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry. She is an experienced competitive hockey coach, coaching both male and female youth. She is a former marathon runner, and a current recreational runner.


  • Bachelor of Science
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association personal trainer
  • Nova Scotia Fitness Association fitness instructor specializing in HIIT, indoor cycling and strength
  • canfitpro Pre/Post Natal Fitness Specialist
  • National Coaches Certification Program Level 1 hockey coach

Carrie loves working with beginners, people dealing with anxiety and/or depression, women in menopause, older adults, weight loss clients, and those who simply need a change in workout routine.



Anne Campbell

Anne has 20 years of experience as a personal trainer, working with athletes to enhance their performance. She uses a holistic mind/body approach to fitness and post-rehab programming to build strength and balance from the inside out. Anne also works with individuals pre- and post-natal, who want to lose weight, with osteoporosis, and postural or core dysfunction.


  • National Strength & Conditioning Association – Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)
  • Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology – Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT)
  • Post rehabilitation certification in RMJ & Terry Kane Rehabilitative Therapy
  • Sivananda Yoga
  • Stott Pilates
  • Hanna Somatic Education (Somatic Exercise Coach – Level 1)
  • Gentle Somatic Yoga – Coach Level 1

Anne inspires her clients to believe they can achieve their dreams and fitness goals. She encourages clients to challenge their limits, to train smart, be committed and to be the best they can be.



Jamie Swinimer

Jamie is currently a Master's of Kinesiology student and has been working as a personal trainer for just over a year. He teaches progressive strength training to beginners and conducts small group training. His approach to training involves a lot of whole body or upper/lower splits to increase workout frequency and he likes to push clients in their sessions.


  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
  • canfitpro Certified Personal Trainer

Jamie believes working hard is the best way to achieve the goals clients set forth, and he applies that belief to his training sessions.  



Omar El-Temtamy

Omar El-Temtamy obtained a kinesiology degree from the University of Toronto and has been in the health & fitness industry for more than five years. He has worked with clients to help them build lean muscle, lose body fat, improve posture and joint mobility, and post natal strengthening. He is passionate about the health benefits of exercise and healthy eating, especially in the areas of the prevention and management of heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancers, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis and obesity.

Omar has been involved in competitive sports such as basketball, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, as well as coaching varsity level athletes. He has a deep passion for physical activity to optimize health, enhance movement and prevent injury, which he believes are the cornerstones of training.

Omar is fluent in English and Arabic.



Dawn Pickering

Dawn has a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University and over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry. She has taught all levels, and most types, of group fitness, currently specializing in boot camps, HIIT, and strength classes. Functionality, optimum health, injury reduction, graceful aging, and quality of life are her main personal motivators.  Dawn played many competitive sports, and loves to be outside, hiking, and near the ocean.  

Qualifications / certifications:

  • Honours Bachelor of Science
  • Canfitpro Certified Fitness Instructor Specialist
  • Canfitpro Certified Personal Trainer
  • Canfitpro certified Boot Camp instructor

As a personal trainer, she works with clients of all ages and fitness levels.  Dawn loves to make fitness fun and develop workouts geared to individuals’ unique goals and lifestyles, whilst providing education and information to allow her clients to make informed decisions.


Deidra Brisson

Deidra has over 5 year experience working in the fitness industry. She started out as a strength and conditioning coach for athletes (specifically figure skating, hockey, and volleyball), and slowly branched into training the general public - people of all ages and fitness levels. She loves to focus on helping her clients solve the root of their pain or discomfort by using her knowledge of strength training, rehabilitation exercises, and mobility exercises. 

Qualifications / Certifications:

  • Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology – Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT)
  • Canfit Pro - Personal Trainer
  • Fascial Stretch Therapist
  • Darby Training Systems
  • DTS Strength Certification
  • Lean Body Nutrition Coach
  • Les Mills RPM Instructor
  • CALA Aquafit Instructor

Deidra loves working with clients of all ages to help them achieve their fitness goals by creating long lasting habits and making manageable lifestyle changes. 






Helen A Burns

Helen has a bachelor’s degree in physical education (BPE) from Dalhousie University. She has worked professionally in the health, fitness, and wellness industry for over 40 years.

A certified exercise physiologist and personal trainer for over 30 years providing specific personal training and programming including aerobic training and strength training to all levels of athletes and general public regardless of age or ability.

Helen is also a fitness, strength and Yoga instructor specializing in working with the mature athlete.


  • Bachelor of Physical Education
  • Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology - Certified Exercise Physiologist and Certified Personal Trainer 
  • Certified Yoga Instructor – 200

Helen is an active Yogi, runner and cyclist, enjoying a very active lifestyle.

Enjoys working with all age groups and specializes in working with older adults.




Stephanie Kendall

Stephanie is currently a Bachelor of Science student majoring in kinesiology at Dalhousie University and has over 10 years of experience as a high-performance athlete.

She believes exercise is like medicine and is passionate about sharing the benefits of a physically active lifestyle.

Stephanie enjoys helping people set goals, work towards them and achieve them - whatever they may be.


  • Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologist- Certified Personal Trainer (CSEP-CPT)

In her spare time, she enjoys playing basketball, kayaking, running, camping, skiing and surfing.