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The Roots2Rise Team


Nicole Maryse

Nicole Maryse

My path into the fitness world isn’t you’re typical story. When I was 20 I was in a workplace accident. I was a service technician and was 30-feet high on a pole when I fainted and fell, like a cat, on my feet. I was rushed to the hospital and though I miraculously had no broken bones, I did sprain both knees and suffered from an uncommon anteriorly bulged disk in my lower back, L4-L5, as well as hip displacement. I lived for many years in pain and was instructed by a top doctor in Toronto that I would live in this pain forever. However, I could “make it better” by avoiding: sports, high heels, dancing, bumpy roads, boating/water sports, sitting for long periods, you get the picture. I lived like this for years until a family friend with a similar back injury changed my world. He told me he began working out and slowly but surely his back started to feel better and his pain wasn’t as constant, intense, or debilitating. And here I am.

Today I pride myself on strengthening both myself and my clients from the core out. My road to recovery started the day my very first trainer explained the importance of core strength to me. Since then I have educated myself regularly through various workshops and courses by some of the top fitness professionals. I pride myself on targeting, addressing and rebuilding the root cause of weakness, imbalance and instability. I work hard to achieve strength by focusing on functional movement patterns and proper stretching.

Notable Certifications:

2020 - Animal Flow Instructor
2013 - 2014 - Personal Training & Pre & Post Natal Specialist
2015 - Functional Muscular Assessment & Graduated Exercise Methods (FMA & GEM) - Level 2
2017 - 2018 - Facial Stretch Therapist – Level 1 & 2
2019 – Low Back Pain Specialist

Other Fun Achievements:

2015- Strongman Run – Germany
2016 - Worlds Toughest Mudder – Las Vegas
2017 - Tough Mudder – Whistler
2019 - Spartan Race – Toronto
Lover of Surfing, Toronto Argos & Leafs, reading and cocktails


Keshia King

Keshia King

My interest in the world of health, wellness and fitness started at a young age. I always loved being active, whether in sports during my youth or going to the gym in my adolescence. When asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, I followed my heart and went where my passion took me – to movement. My interest in movement guided me through my education where I majored in Health and Fitness and Kinesiology. I found myself fascinated by how the body works through activity, as well as how to regain proper function of the body when injured. I participated in an athletic trainer internship during my last year of school where I was able to put my knowledge to practical use. Assessing athletes, treating injuries, and educating others about their strains and sprains came very natural to me. When I discovered Fascial Stretch Therapy I knew I found my ultimate calling. After learning, practicing and utilizing this new method of manual therapy I’m confident I have a solid foundation of knowledge to treat my clients more efficiently, as well as continue to grow as a therapist.

My journey to becoming the practitioner that I am today had many pivotal moments, including personal injuries including severe back pain and two ankle sprains on a trampoline - which I now avoid! I encourage practical application on the gym floor for both myself and my clients. I believe that movement is the key to health. You’ll often hear me say, “Strengthen and Lengthen!”, because I truly believe a balance of mobility, proper technique, and resistance training can help with healing current injuries, preventing future incidents, and reclaiming what has always been yours.

Notable Certifications:

2020 - Animal Flow Instructor
2011 - Fitness & Health Diploma - Durham College
2015 - Bachelors of Health Science (Honours Kinesiology)- UOIT
2015 - Present - Registered Kinesiologist - College of Kinesiologist of Ontario
2017 - 2018 - Level 1 & 2 Fascial Stretch Therapist

Other Fun Achievements:

2014-2015 – Athletic Student Trainer of the Year
2019 – MudGirl Run June
Athletic/ Injury taping
Experience in cupping and manual therapy
Rehabilitative exercises