About Us 2018-01-14T12:15:49+00:00


DEPTH is not your typical gym. It’s a family of dedicated members, athletes, and rehab clients lead by our skilled team of trainers, coaches, physiotherapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists. Together we create a facility of excellence offering you the full fitness & rehabilitation experience.


At Depth Training, we are committed to assisting individuals to discover
their boundless potential and achieve personal excellence. We do so by fostering an atmosphere that is positive, dynamic, challenging and inclusive while promoting
a strong work ethic and self-confidence.




David Edgeworth
David EdgeworthOwner, Director of Personal Fitness, Personal Trainer

Dave graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Masters of Business Administration, from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Education, and from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. He takes pride in developing clients’ mental capacity, and he encourages self-confidence to overcome any obstacle and achieve personal excellence. Dave has a wide variety of practical experience relating to fitness, on-ice skill development, and athletic development. He also has an optimistic outlook on life and promotes a challenging, educational, and fun atmosphere for all clients. Away from DEPTH, Dave not only enjoys running, playing recreational sports, and spending time with family and friends, but he also enjoys experimenting with different training methods and reading about coaching, training, and business.

Justin Brooks
Justin BrooksPartner, Director of Athletic Development, Physiotherapist

Justin graduated from Queen’s University with a Masters of Physical Therapy and from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Justin has obtained a variety of certifications since graduation, including AFCI Acupuncture, Active Release Technique (ART) Lower Extremity, and OHA Development 1 Coaching. He is also certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) and Precision Nutrition Coach. Justin brings both practical knowledge and a scientific approach to the DEPTH Training team to ensure his athletes and clients are well trained, both physically and mentally. Justin emphasizes dynamic movement techniques with the proper execution of strength and power exercises, to develop efficient athletes capable of high level performance while minimizing injury risk. Away from DEPTH, Justin enjoys reading about training, rehab, and nutrition, spending quality time with the important people in his life, and finding ways to challenge his boundaries and stimulate personal growth.

Mike Laidley
Mike LaidleyPartner, Director of Sports Rehab, Lead Physiotherapist

Mike graduated from Queen’s University with a Masters of Physical Therapy and from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. Mike has completed several courses since graduation, including Concussion Management, Active Release Technique, and Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Certification from McMaster University. His approach to treatment incorporates the use of Manual Therapy, specialized exercise, Active Release Techniques (ART), and Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, and he is currently working towards a Diploma of Advanced Manual Therapy. Mike has worked extensively with amateur and elite athletes, including NHL, AHL, OHL, and other professional leagues. With an understanding of the functional demands of hockey and training, Mike uses his physiotherapy approach to restore adaptive potential, reduce the risk of injury, and maximize athletic performance. Away from DEPTH, Mike enjoys travelling, reading about personal finance, and spending quality time with his wife and Labrador retriever.

Neil Martin
Neil Martin Head Strength & Performance Coach

Neil graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and has completed his High School Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification with the International Youth Conditioning Association. Neil incorporates a high-energy coaching style into his training sessions to help his athletes push their boundaries and achieve their goals. In his own personal workouts, Neil incorporates many of the foundational training methods implemented by DEPTH athletes while experimenting with drills that help to improve athletic performance. Away from DEPTH, Neil is a former CIS soccer player for the University of Waterloo and still enjoys playing soccer and attending TFC games.

Nathan Farrish
Nathan FarrishPersonal Trainer, Fitness Instructor

Nate graduated from Wilfrid Laurier with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology. He finds that the best approach to fitness is dependent on who the client is. Nate loves to be loud and encouraging during large group fitness classes, but he also enjoys having a quiet one-on-one conversation with his clients. In any case, the client’s story is what intrigues him the most. His goal is to ensure that every client feels encouraged, safe, comfortable, and hopefully has fun in the process. Having the ability to positively influence a client’s future is what makes every session worthwhile to him. Away from DEPTH, Nate likes to travel with friends and dabble in sports like soccer. He also enjoys live music, decadent foods, and good company.

Dean Shanks
Dean ShanksSenior Performance & Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer

Dean graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Physical Education. He strives to make fitness something that is sustainable for everyone. Even though training sessions last for a limited period of time, Dean ensures that the training is purposeful and the learning in each session lasts a lifetime. Regardless of whether it’s a rehab session, fitness class, or athlete training session, he makes sure that his client always knows exactly what they are doing, why they are doing it, and what the outcome will be. Dean finds it most rewarding to see a client reach their personal goals, learn something new, or simply perform a movement pain free. Away from DEPTH, Dean enjoys reading, travelling, and listening to music.

Andrew Howie
Andrew HowiePhysiotherapist

Andrew graduated from McMaster University with a Masters of Physical Therapy and from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology. Andrew has also completed Junior and Senior Sports Physiotherapy Fellowships with the Fowler-Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic and a variety of courses since graduation, including Manual Therapy, Sport Rehabilitation, and Concussion Rehabilitation. He has had the opportunity to work with various sport organizations, including Hockey Canada, AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, and OHL’s London Knights to name a few. Andrew incorporates a functional and biomechanical approach to assessments and uses diverse treatment methodologies to appropriately target the presenting condition. Away from DEPTH, Andrew is a former CIS rugby player and continuously strives for personal fitness through sport, physical training, and CrossFit challenges. He also enjoys reading, travelling, and wine tastings.

Heidi Sparkes
Heidi SparkesRegistered Massage Therapist

Heidi graduated from Sutherland-Chan School of Massage and Hydrotherapy with a Diploma in Massage Therapy, and completed two years of a Kinesiology program at the University of Waterloo. Heidi incorporates a biomechanical approach in her treatment protocols due to her background in kinesiology. In her own personal workouts, Heidi enjoys incorporating boot camps as a way to enjoy a more dynamic workout experience. Away from DEPTH, Heidi enjoys walking her dogs, working in the garden, and watching her sons play hockey.

Kevin Fuss
Kevin FussChiropractor

Kevin graduated from University of Western Ontario with an honours Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and continued on to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College to obtain his Doctorate in Chiropractic in 2007. Kevin has completed several courses since graduation including, Active Release Techniques (ART), Contemporary Medial Acupuncture from McMaster University and Titleist Performance Institute certified golf fitness instructor. His approach to treatment incorporates manual therapy (including spinal manipulation), ART, medical acupuncture and rehabilitation exercises. Kevin has worked extensively with amateur and elite athletes, including NHL, AHL, OHL and other professionals. Kevin aims his treatment goals at restoring proper biomechanics for sport as well as optimizing mobility and functioning for the athlete to ensure peak performance. Away from DEPTH, Kevin enjoys the busy lifestyle of activity and sport with his wife and 3 kids, playing hockey and golfing whenever he gets the chance.

Attila Bajus
Attila BajusPhysiotherapist

Attila graduated from Queen’s University with a Masters of Physical Therapy and from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology minoring in Human Nutrition. Attila is currently working towards his Diploma of Advanced Manual Therapy and is devoted to lifelong learning. He strives to provide an evidence-informed approach to rehabilitation and performance. Attila’s treatment philosophy is strongly grounded in knowledge transfer, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and optimization of movement. He is a strong believer in treating the person and the cause instead of centralizing on just the injury. This is evident in his comprehensive assessments and treatments as they focus on the individual athlete’s goals, lifestyle and capacity. Away from DEPTH, Attila is a competitive individual who is consistently challenging himself physically and mentally. He enjoys reading about rehabilitation and real estate investing, playing sports, and is an avid outdoorsman.

Gabrielle Lamm
Gabrielle LammPersonal Trainer, Fitness Instructor

Gabbie graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Health Sciences. Gabbie believes her role as a personal trainer is to give people the tools they need to succeed in reaching their personal goals. In her own personal workouts, Gabbie enjoys picking up heavy things and then putting them back down, while incorporating a good sweat session every now and again for good measure. Away from DEPTH, Gabbie enjoys watching Netflix and hanging out with her dog.

Tessa Bearinger
Tessa BearingerPersonal Trainer, Fitness Instructor

Tessa graduated from Conestoga College as a Fitness and Health Practitioner. Her favourite classes to teach are strength classes because she enjoys helping others grow stronger and more confident in their abilities. Even Tessa’s own workouts are strength based as she loves increasing her strength and trying to beat her own records. Away from DEPTH, Tessa enjoys playing hockey and soccer, hiking, and hanging out with her dog.

Lana Pfaff
Lana PfaffFitness Instructor, Athletic Strength & Performance Coach

Lana graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Physical Education (Minor in Biology). She loves athletic style workouts that centre around power, speed, agility, and strength. Lana most enjoys seeing our clients fall in love with fitness, work up a good sweat, and most importantly, have fun. Away from DEPTH, Lana is completing her Masters of Kinesiology with a research focus on perception and action integration in recently concussed athletes. She also plays soccer in the Ontario Provincial Women’s League and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Kerri Brown
Kerri BrownPersonal Trainer & Nutrition Coach

Kerri graduated from the University of Guelph-Humber with a degree in Kinesiology and diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion. Kerri continued her education at the University of Ottawa for a Master’s of Human Kinetics with a focus on Intervention and Consultation. She believes in a balanced approach to life that includes workouts, eating right and having fun. Kerri finds it’s important to work on the physical, nutritional and mental aspects with each client. She enjoys high intensity workouts for both strength and endurance, especially the workouts that include prowlers, kettlebells and battling ropes. In her free time, Kerri enjoys travelling around the world, cooking and trying new sports. She currently plays hockey in the winter and golfs in the summer.

Tyler Avey
Tyler AveyFoundations Program Director, Athletic Strength & Performance Coach

Tyler graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts in Environment and Resource Studies. Tyler enjoys training as an “athlete-at-heart” with a combination of speed, strength and power exercises. Tyler enjoys hard workouts that test how hard he can push himself and allow him to further understand his mental thought processes when he is put in tough situations & faces adversity. As a young S&C coach, he truly believes it is important for him to lead by example when working with his athletes and have confidence when demonstrating any exercise/drill. As far as Tyler’s rehab/treatment approach, he is a firm advocate of deep tissue massage from a maintenance perspective and you can find him on the table every 6-8 weeks. Tyler enjoys activities such as snowboarding, canoeing, golfing, trail running, and beach volleyball.
good sweat, and most importantly, have fun.

Ben Playfair
Ben PlayfairAthletic Strength & Performance Coach

Ben graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Ben has developed a deep appreciation and passion for fitness that began many years ago when he first became a member of DEPTH Training as a 10-year-old athlete. Regardless of whether Ben was attending a conditioning workout as a student of Wilfrid Laurier, or running a training session as a coach, being a part of DEPTH has taught Ben the value of performance training and fitness, both inside and outside of the gym. Ben believes in resiliency, in being understanding without ever accepting failure, and pushing yourself to limits you never thought you could reach. Away from DEPTH, Ben plays for Wilfrid Laurier’s varsity rugby team and for Waterloo County’s Rugby Football Club. He also enjoys visiting St. Jacobs Farmers Market, cooking, and lounging outside in the sun with his dog Harvey.

Joe Underwood
Joe UnderwoodOn-Ice Skill Development

Joe graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Joe most enjoys exploring the connection between the development of athletic movements and motor programming, and how they translate into success in sport. Joe has plenty of hockey experience, including playing for the University of Waterloo varsity hockey team and several OHL teams, including the Guelph Storm, Saginaw Spirit, and Belleville Bulls. He also has extensive experience as a power skating instructor and has taught a wide range of individuals, from beginners to pros, about proper stride technique and ways to increase speed and efficiency on the ice. Away from DEPTH, Joe enjoys playing golf, BBQing, and spending time with friends.

Riley Sonnenburg
Riley SonnenburgStrength & Performance Coach

Riley graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honors BSc in Kinesiology and is currently completing his Masters of Science with a specialization in Physiology and Nutrition at UW. Prior to his 5 years playing on the Men’s Hockey team at Waterloo, Riley played in the OHL for 2 years with the Guelph Storm and Ottawa 67’s, and also played 3 years with the Elmira Sugar Kings. Riley excels at teaching sport-specific movements that will increase an athletes power, improve speed output and build all-around athleticism. Riley also has extensive knowledge and experience within the nutritional aspect of training, and educates individuals on proper eating habits that will improve recovery, maximize lean muscle gains and optimize brain health. After a long hockey career, Riley now uses his time away from DEPTH to train in MMA, focusing on competing specifically in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Heather Foell
Heather FoellRegistered Kinesiologist

Heather is a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (COKO). She received her Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion from Conestoga College and continued on for Bachelors of Science Degree in Kinesiology at the University of Guelph-Humber. She has always had an eye for fitness and motivating people, which naturally goes together. Heather’s has experience working in both a rehabilitation setting as well as a strength and conditioning. These experiences have led her into working and educating clients on corrective exercise and pain-free movements for everyday life as well as sports. Her hope is to bridge the gap between rehab and fitness for individuals to have a healthy lifestyle overall instead of quick fixes. Today, she share’s this passion with her clients, showing them a variety of ways to THRIVE rather than SURVIVE from the inside out. If you don’t catch Heather working with clients, you can most likely find her out exploring nature and the world on her hikes and runs. If not out exploring, most likely you will find her in the kitchen trying to create new and tasty recipes or meals.

Lexus Hughes
Lexus HughesMarketing Coordinator

Lexus graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Communications and from Conestoga College with a Diploma in Public Relations. Lexus never fully enjoyed a gym atmosphere until she became a member of DEPTH Training. She believes DEPTH has an environment that makes you want to be there, push yourself to your limits, and be the best version of yourself. Lexus also believes that the mental confidence you gain from pushing a prowler 120 yards translates to the effort you put forth in every aspect of your life. Away from DEPTH, Lexus enjoys creating Instagram-worthy smoothie bowls, travelling with friends, rating red wines, and spending time with her family and dog.

Rebecca Weber
Rebecca WeberNutrition Coach

Rebecca is certified as a Nutrition Coach with Precision Nutrition. Rebecca’s coaching philosophy is to help each of her clients find balance in their busy lives and strive to develop the best version of themselves. Her approach to coaching is educational in nature and incorporates accountability to help each client achieve their own unique goals. Away from DEPTH, Rebecca enjoys running, playing recreational sports, experimenting with new recipes, and spending time with family and friends.

Lacey Houston
Lacey HoustonNutrition Coach

Lacey graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Communication Studies. After graduating, she became certified as a Nutrition Coach with Precision Nutrition. Fitness is her “sport”. Lacey enjoys weight training, bootcamps, running, hiking, and obstacle course races. Away from Depth, she enjoys making memories with family & friends, drinking coffee while reading a good book, rock concerts, film, hiking trails, traveling to beautiful places, attending community events & interesting seminars, classic cars, and gourmet cooking.

Samantha Winslow
Samantha WinslowOffice Administrator

Samantha graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Communication Studies. She started coming to DEPTH as a part of a server challenge and fell in love with the atmosphere. Sam started to find enjoyment in physical activity and pushed herself to her limits! She enjoys the group dynamic of class based workouts to have other people cheer you on, and build friendships along the way. When Sam is away from DEPTH you can find her with her dogs, going on hikes, playing volleyball and spending time catching up with her family.

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