Sarah Wiafe (Owner)

After graduating from the University of Calgary, I started Altitude Athletic Therapy and Fitness Training with the hopes of helping people become healthy, active and as close to pain-free as possible. What started as a small business training clients one-on-one in a downtown Calgary gym, quickly grew to what it is today. A health and wellness business serving clients not only in Calgary, but also in the rural areas of Linden/Acme/Beiseker with the help of an incredible coaching team (see their bios below!). It’s been quite a journey and I’ve learned so much along the way, largely due to the patience and dedication of my incredible clients.

I’ve always lived an active and healthy life. I was fortunate to grow up in a family that valued well rounded meals with home grown veggies and beef and liked to play outside. From waterskiing and wakeboarding to snowboarding and gymnastics, to running and strength training as I got older, I’ve always been on the move! The way I was brought up shaped my belief that physical activity and movement is for everyone, no matter your age, ability, or injury status, it’s a matter of finding the right fit for you.

I work daily at creating and maintaining habits that help me to live a healthy life, my goal is to help you do the same! It’s not always been easy for me, but I’ve found that the more realistic I am about my own strengths and weaknesses, the more empowered I am to face them and make positive changes. I can’t wait to meet you, hear about where you’re at and help you move forward in any way I can!
I’ve worked with clients as young as 14, as old as 83 and everything in between. As a Certified Athletic Therapist and Personal Trainer, I have a strong foundation in anatomy, injury assessment and rehabilitation as well as strength training and this is what helps me help people to get moving.

These are my credentials:
BKin – Bachelor of Kinesiology
CAT(C) – Certified Athletic Therapist
CSEP – Certified Exercise Physiologist
NSCA – Strength and Conditioning Specialist
PN – Precision Nutrition Coach Level 1


Ashley Mahe (Team Admin)

I grew up in this community, living on a farm west of Linden. After spending many of my adult years moving around, I’m very pleased to be making Linden home again along with my husband and three children.

I love being active in the outdoors, and find so much energy and joy going for walks, hikes in the mountains, bike rides and doing all kinds of outdoor activities with my family. I attended my first ever fitness class at Altitude in January 2019 and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the group dynamic and how I was able to push myself further than I thought I could go. I’ve continued to enjoy trying out new classes and look forward to continuing my fitness journey.

I’m excited to be a part of this team and thankful have an opportunity to help better the health of those in our community!



Diane Semotiuk  (Fitness Instructor)

I have worked for 39 years in the Healthcare Profession as an LPN and as a Therapy Assistant.  Over the course of my career I had an opportunity to work with a Physiotherapist developing and instructing Fitness Classes and workshops for Senior’s. Upon retirement, this past year I became certified from the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging as a Senior Fitness Instructor.

I have always made health and fitness a priority throughout my life.  I enjoy all types of physical exercise and have always been able to take a variety of fitness classes such as; aerobics, yoga, aqua size, and boot camp.  Participating in these classes gives me the strength and ability to continue to do the activities that I enjoy such as hiking, biking, and kayaking. You will also find me on my daily walks around Acme with our beloved dog, Teddy.

I believe volunteerism is also important.  Presently, I am a Director for the Acme Hall Board, Member of the Acme Hall Rental Committee, and Financial Chairperson for the Beiseker Catholic Church.

My husband, Gary and myself love living in the Village of Acme where we raised our 3 children.  We are truly blessed to have 6 precious grandchildren.


Alicia Scheele  (Fitness Instructor)

I was born and raised on a farm just outside of Acme, living an active lifestyle since day one. Growing up I was mainly involved in dance and outdoor soccer. I danced for ten years straight; almost every day of the week. When junior high came around I chose to play indoor soccer full time in Airdrie and Calgary until I graduated.  I then completed my post-secondary education at Red Deer College and am now practicing as a licensed practical nurse.

Throughout my schooling I always ensured that I prioritized physical activity. Whether that be going to the college gym once a day, partaking in fitness classes around the city, or going for runs whenever possible. I did so not only to keep fit but also because it is one of my passions and important to me that I stay mentally and physically healthy.

This past year (2018), after hearing raving reviews about Altitude around the community I decided to participate in some of the strength and metabolic boot camp classes Altitude had to offer. While doing so I discovered how much further I am actually able to take my fitness and my body. I also realized I was at a plateau with what I was doing previously. After a few weeks of strength and resistance training at both Altitude and at home I immediately noticed changes in my energy levels, moods and my body. With that being said I new I had to be a part of that great energy and got in contact with Sarah. After doing so I found out that is was possible for me to further my education and become part of the Altitude team. In a few short months I buckled down and completed my AFLCA courses and exams. I am proud to be able to call myself an AFLCA group exercise leader with the portable equipment designation. I plan to commit to lifelong learning by continuing to further my education in both nursing and fitness training.


Tracy Penner (Fitness Instructor)

I grew up on a farm in the Linden area. Having 4 brothers older than me to keep up with, and 1 younger, I was very active and made sure there were no activities I couldn’t participate in. Riding calves, horses, crawling around and on top of old buildings, riding bike and just doing all the things there is to do on a farm.

I have been a part of Altitude Fitness Training since Sarah started, attending the bootcamp classes on Thursday evenings. It has bettered my life in so many ways, making me stronger physically and mentally. I am working on my AFLCA certificate and have become a part of the Altitude Team working as a fitness instructor. I am looking forward to learning all I can about fitness training and how to help our great community enjoy being active.




Becca Philipsen (Yoga Instructor)

I grew up in a small farming community which lead me to living an active lifestyle. Throughout grade school, I played every and any sport I could- soccer, basketball, volleyball, track & field, dance, cross country running, etc. After high school, I moved to Calgary where I recently completed my Bachelor of Education degree with a minor in General Science at Mount Royal University. As an undergrad, I turned to running and strength training.

In 2015, I was introduced to yoga, and at first, I really disliked it! Flash forward a few months later and I was hooked! In 2017 I completed my instructor trainings and received certifications for my 200-hour vinyasa yoga,  children’s yoga, sculpt yoga, and H.I.I.T (high-intensity interval training). Leading and living an active and healthy lifestyle is one of my many passions, and I feel blessed that I am able to share this passion of mine with others through their yoga and fitness journeys!



Janine Harvath (Yoga Instructor)

I grew up in the small town of Salmon Arm, BC. In my early twenties made the move to Kelowna enjoying a few years there and eventually settling in Vernon to raise my two wonderful daughters. As a young girl I stayed active with various sports including baseball, dance, figure skating and cross country skiing. As a young adult I was drawn mainly to the gym and enjoyed the beautiful outdoors through hiking.

Did I ever think of yoga? Absolutely not! I thought, yoga? that’s for hippies. It wasn’t until I started having babies that I discovered yoga and within a few years I had completed my yoga teacher training. I wanted to share this new passion of mine with others. I love how yoga not only strengthens the body with the poses, but the mind as well through the breathe work and mindfulness.

I have gone from turning my garage into a lovely little yoga studio to branching out in other areas of wellness taking courses in holistic massage, hot stone massage and reflexology.

Over the past year I have taught in several yoga studios in Vernon as well as gone mobile with my services offering private yoga classes and massage in client’s homes. I believe that we live in a fast-paced crazy world and we all deserve to take time out for ourselves through proper self care. I am very pleased to be a part of the Altitude team and I can’t wait t meet you on your mat!


Carleton Pope (Yoga Instructor)

My wife Valina first introduced me to Yoga with Alyssa in 2016. Like a lot of guys, I thought that Yoga was just for gals. Wow!

As the years went by, I had been getting more injuries and found my body stiffening, so I signed up for my first Yoga class for its physical benefits. But the more I practiced, the more I discovered its psychological benefits can far outweigh the physical, and I found myself living a less stressful and more complete life.

As a result, I became increasingly passionate about yoga, and finished a 200-hour teacher training at Bambu Hot Yoga in Nelson BC in 2019, and I plan to do another next year.

My favourite style of yoga is a modified Hatha-Vinyasa. It can be accessible to anyone and challenging for everyone, and the pace and modifications are particularly well suited for students who are new to yoga.


Zoey Kelly (Yoga Instructor)

I am forever grateful for my roots in Irricana, no matter how far away I may be, the open skies and rolling prairies will always be my home. Eagerlyengaged in the community and actively involved in sports, I was 14 years old when a new yoga studio came to our little town. Practicing among a handful of adults, I never felt out of place. Just like my surrounding prairies, I knew I was home. I devoted time to connect with myself and my breath, and the benefits I reaped from each class I carried with me day after day, week after week, until it was clear yoga was now just as much a part of my life as anything else.

As I journeyed my way through Mount Royal University, I rediscovered my love for mindful movement practices and connected with yoga studios in the city. I noticed that the more I devoted to my mat, the more relaxed and resilient I became in my everyday life. I thank my yoga practice for slowing me down from the often demanding and stressful lifestyle I have in the city of Calgary, where I currently reside.

In 2018, I completed my 20 hr kids YTT and with that training under my belt, I knew I wanted more! My passion for the outdoors and my need for yoga led me to embark on my 200 hr-YTT with Wilderness Yoga School in Canmore, AB. My degree in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership is complementary to my yoga teaching and practice as I strive to deepen my understanding of mind-body awareness, asanas, connection, and self.

I believe that there is great joy in connecting with the mind and body to create peace and openness in one’s heart.

Yoga is not about touching your toes, it is about what you learn on the way down. The experience of yoga is more than simply the movements through the poses. What is so lovely, is that you can decide what yoga means to you and why you desire to show up on your mat; yoga is yours.

Just as I have been guided gently through my experiences by the people who acknowledged my light, I hope to offer the same support to you and your yoga practice; whether you are an experienced yogi, or brand new! I look forward to connecting with you at Altitude Fitness.


Alyssa Penner (Yoga Instructor)

I was born and raised on a farm in the rural Acme/Linden area, living an active and outdoor lifestyle. This love of movement drove my interests, and I have always hoped to pursue an avenue in health and wellness.  Fast forward to 2013 and my journey led me to a relationship with Yoga, and my mat became my sanctuary. Yoga began as a physical practice, but the sense of calm I experienced after each class is what continued to draw me back.  The tools I began cultivating through my Yoga practice, started to work their way into my life off the mat; and for the first time I was able to relax both my body and anxious mind, and stay grounded while facing times of adversity and challenge.  Along the way, Yoga has become more than a physical workout, but rather an entire lifestyle.

In 2016 I decided to delve deeper into the practice and completed my 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training under Banyan Gallagher in Costa Rica. In 2017 I also completed trainings in Yoga Nidra, Kids Yoga and an Art of Teaching Mentorship program. I look forward to continuing to expand and grow through more learning opportunities in the future. My desire to share my passion began with offering classes in my parents front yard, followed by turning their shop into my personal yoga studio (who knew a shop had the potential to be Zen).  Soon thereafter I had the opportunity to move my classes to Altitude Fitness, and I am excited to officially be part of this team.  I believe yoga is for everyone, and my desire is to encourage, motivate and assist participants in feeling more grounded, connected and aware of their bodies; helping to develop a positive relationship for overall well-being. Visit www.alyssakaren.com for additional offerings from Alyssa.


Sara McCarty (Registered Massage Therapist)

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be a Massage Therapist. I grew up in a small city in Ontario where there wasn’t a massage school. I got my Esthetician certificate in 2007 which allowed me to practice relaxation massage for 4 years. In 2011 I moved to Edmonton and immediately enrolled at MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy and graduated in 2013. Since then, I have taken many continuing education courses. I pride myself in my therapeutic approach to my treatments, gearing each appointment to the specific needs of my clients in order to achieve the best possible outcome.

My husband and I moved to Acme in the fall of 2018. We love the area and are glad to call it home. I enjoy attending yoga classes at Altitude and providing the massage portion of the Blissful Yin classes. I am happy to be a part of the Altitude community and look forward to meeting you and being a part of your wellness journey.
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Kaylee Leinweber (Barre Instructor)

I was born and raised on my families farm west of Linden. My school years were filled with playing volleyball, basketball, soccer and riding my horse any free time between. After graduating from high school I went on a mission trip to Burundi Africa as a part of my Bible School training and had an experience working with a young child with a disability. This experience led me to realize I wanted to work with individuals with disabilities in the future. I recently graduated with my degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies at the University Of Calgary and I work for the Drumheller, Hanna, Three Hills and Surrounding Areas Family Resource Network.

Even though I loved playing sports growing up, my relationship with fitness has always been rocky. Due to self esteem issues I would workout as a way to ‘punish’ myself rather than a way to honour my body. Throughout the years I have worked toward changing my mindset from “having to workout” to “getting to workout” and loving myself along the way.

I have recently completed my Barre Training and am looking forward to growing my confidence and relationship with fitness, while working alongside and motivating the lovely residents of the Acme/Linden area!