About Us

UrbanCore is a Toronto-based fitness philosophy. We are a group of motivated people that are inspired by the challenge of living well, while living on-the-go. Since 2010, we have organized and facilitated successful after-work and lunchtime fitness classes and wellness events for health conscious professionals across the GTA. We proudly accommodate a variety of fitness-related requests. Our trainers are able to come to you, or you can come to us at anyone of our already established locations! From one-on-one personal training to customized group program creation, or wellness events for your tenants and employees, our experts will challenge, motivate and help achieve the results you’re after.

  • Dominique Gilmour

    Having always been involved in sports such as downhill skiing and basketball, Dominique's interest in health and fitness brought her to The University of Ottawa, where she studied in Kinesiology. After graduation, she became more and more interested in rehabilitation and decided to study in Massage Therapy, Fascial Stretch Therapy and Neurosomatic Therapy.

  • Stephanie Ross

    Steph has been a dedicated yoga practitioner for over 10 years.  Her yoga journey began as a physical practice to strengthen and tone the body but she soon realized the meditative, calming benefits that each yoga class could offer and has maintained a connection to her practice ever since. 

  • Alyssa Buttarazzi

  • Charissa MacLeod

    Charissa was a devoted gymnast from an early age and throughout early adulthood. As Charissa continued to grow in her gymnastics career, she endured an injury. Charissa chose Yoga as a form of recovery and she didn't turn back. Charissa's love for Yoga continued and the love inevitably developed into a newly found passion. Out of appreciation to which Yoga had taken her in her recovery and lifestyle, she decided to pass along the benefits to others and turned to teaching.

  • Cassandra Amaral

    Since 2010, Cass has taught internationally and within the Greater Toronto Area. Inspiring and leading corporate wellness modules, continued yoga education, life coaching, and private yoga training—taking yoga back to the original way it was taught, at the seat of the teacher.

  • Julia Garcia

    Julia was an avid Inferno Pilates student for 3 years before she decided to embark on her journey of her own Inferno Pilates practice. Originally from California, Julia now calls Toronto her home and is eager to share her Inferno Pilates passion with you all.

  • Janice Gill

    As a former competitive gymnast, Janice has always been passionate about physical fitness and movement-based activities.

  • Ashima Suri

    As a heart-based yoga teacher, Ashima would best describe herself as an intuitive healer. Through her teachings and her ability to connect to participants, Ashima guides her classes using technique and yoga philosophy.

  • Jamie Cavens

    Jamie began practicing yoga at Iam Yoga in 2015 and shortly thereafter completed her 250HR Iam Yoga Teacher Training. The changes she noticed within herself in such a short amount of time have been remarkable. She’s a firm believer that anyone, at any age, can benefit from practicing yoga regularly.

  • Neisha Davis

    I am a Level II Acro Yoga teacher, I'm currently developing my H20 fitness program (which I will be piloting it at the residency this winter). At the residency I co-teach strength and conditioning, bootcamp, HIIT, pilates and acro yoga. I also train and perform dance & circus at festivals.

  • Vicky Perakis

    Vicky Perakis is a certified personal trainer ,dance instructor and group fitness coach.  


    Teri-Ann is a hatha based vinyasa teacher. Her focus is on staying in touch with the individual journey. Inviting her students to stay present with their own practice and starting where they are mentally, physically and spiritually.

  • Martha Beach

    Martha came to yoga as a way to escape the chaos of social problems and a way to get back into a body she had neglected. Martha's personal practice is about finding her inner strength, watching her thoughts and letting them go on their way, observing physical beauty and hardship, finding her breath, and feeling comfortable in her human home. Martha hopes and strives to share that with her students.

  • Melissa Major

    Melissa's goal as a yoga and fitness teacher is to bring a big smile to the practice and challenge students to reach their maximum potential within a solid framework of technique comprehension and safety.


    Joël Jones (RYT-200 + CNP) is a Toronto based Holistic Nutritionist and Yoga teacher. Joël was motivated to become a wellness practitioner while trying to heal herself from a range of stress related health issues including weigh gain, anxiety and blood sugar regulation problems.

  • LISA

    Lisa is a certified Yoga and Fitness Instructor. She discovered yoga in 2009, and immediately fell in love with the connection of breath, movement, and the mind. Her classes encourage building strength, balance, and flexibility of both the mind and the physical body.


    Ricky has practiced various martial arts all of his life. From Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Muay Thai to boxing and grappling, he started training in Krav Maga and self defence in 2009. Training with some of the best fighters Toronto has to offer, in 2013 Ricky decided to share the message of Krav Maga and self defense techniques with others, which is to live in peace.


    Yoga has been a part of Nikki’s life since 2009. Prior to becoming an instructor Nikki worked long hours in the high intensity restaurant industry fulfilling her passion for cooking. During this time, she began practicing yoga and began to experience the profound calming effect on her lifestyle.


    John brings a unique style and energy to each of his many disciplines and encompasses an athletic style of fitness. His innovative ways of teaching brings through challenging poses and invigorating workouts from beginner up to intermediate levels.


    Hey everyone My name is Dayne and I am a 24 year hockey veteran turned trainer and fitness coach. Born and raised Canadian, hockey is and always has been my life! OHL draftee to the Barrie Colts in 1999 as well as playing 2 years in the Australian Ice Hockey League.


    As Urbancore’s owner and founder, I have many years of fitness experience and a proven record of success. My own fitness career began at a young age through gymnastics and with hard work and dedication I began competing at a national level.


    Melissa is an energetic and enthusiastic Personal Trainer, and Fitness instructor, certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America with over 15 years of experience.


I have worked with Lauren for the 3 years and the results have been nothing short of amazing - just ask those that know me. As recently as today, I received yet another compliment "Wow you look great". It is the transformation in my body shape and the way I feel that comes across. I feel and look 10 years younger. Lauren is a task master and knows what buttons to push. She is an innovative coach that keeps me interested and engaged. You won't go wrong - trust me! Thanks Lauren!
Wilma Ditchfield - Vice-President, Financial Services CIBC