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Marie Taronga

BHK, Health & Exercise Sciences
C.S.E.P. C.P.T.; F.M.S.

Practicing Kinesiologist

Marie received her Bachelor of Human Kinetics majoring in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of British Columbia- Okanagan. During her undergrad experience, she had a keen interest in the clinical and research areas of her curriculum. Working along side members of the Centre for Heart, Lung, & Vascular Health, Marie analyzed how cardiovascular and pulmonary systems can be manipulated to optimally improve health in COPD patients.

Her position as a registered kinesiologist alongside the outstanding team of health professionals at Woodgrove Pines allows her to express her knowledge and translate learned tools to clients regarding health lifestyle management, and physical activity programming. Whether you’re keen to improve mobility and strength after injury through a rehabilitation program, increase stability and confidence, and prevent falls as an older individual, lose weight and improve body mass, or excel as an athlete and improve athletic performance. Understanding your health and fitness goals, Marie will help you gain the tools to help solve foreseen challenges and integrate both scientific and societal factors.

Marie's education played a large role in her own lifestyle transformation. She enjoys sharing her expertise and seeing the individuals she trains realize how much control they have over every aspect of their life to ultimately achieve their goals and get far beyond their starting point.

Marie takes life by the horns being an activity-seeking enthusiast and attracts to experiences that challenge her. On weekends you can find her playing in Nanaimo’s backyard, running, hiking, and her latest dose of adrenaline- mountain biking. She likes to smile and loves to laugh! Marie is looking forward to seeing you soon!


  • Bachelor of Human Kinetics, Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) (UBC- Okanagan)
  • British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists Practicing Member
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology- Certified Personal Trainer 
  • Functional Movement Systems Certified (F.M.S.)
  • SportMED BC
  • Nanaimo Dragon Boat Dry Land Training 
  • Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation
  • University of British Columbia Okanagan's Centre for Heart, Lung & Vascular Health Laboratory
  • University of British Columbia Okanagan Human Kinetics Tutor and Laboratory Teaching Assistant 

Athletic History

  • Member of the 2015/16 Nanaimo Hornets Rugby Club
  • Recipient of the 2015/16 Nanaimo Hornets Rugby Women’s Team Rookie of the Year
  • Member of the Nanaimo Volleyball Club 
  • Member of the Oceanside Outdoor Sport Beach Volleyball