About Thrive Health Services


Nicole Culos-Reed & Lauren Capozzi

Passion. Motivation. Impact.

This is what Thrive Health Services will bring to you.

Because this is who we are.

Passion. We are passionate about bringing health and wellness to all. We believe we are all able to thrive. With front row seats in health and wellness, we see how professionals and businesses are missing opportunities to optimize wellness – in themselves, their clients, or their employees. Thrive Health Services wants to change that.

Motivation. This is the key for starting and sustaining a new behaviour, such as physical activity. From years of academic and clinical experience, we tap into what motivates you and the clients you work with, enhancing the likelihood of success. We address the reasons the behaviour is not happening – too busy, too tired, don’t have the right skills – and give you the strategies that motivate change.

Impact. We know that when you see the change, you will remain motivated and committed. Thrive Health Services is built upon making impact – not just talking about, but showing you how to do it.

Thrive Health Services is not health coaching.

We are so much more. With years of academic and applied experience across healthy and chronic disease populations we offer trainings and workshops that bring health and wellness into your daily life. We all want to be healthy and in control of our wellness – we show you how.

Nicole Culos-Reed, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary. Adjunct Professor, Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine. Research Associate, Psychosocial Resources, Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

Co-Founder, Thrive Health Services.

Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed

With almost 20 years of academic experience, Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed is an expert in the field of behaviour change in the physical activity domain for healthy and clinical populations. Her research primarily focuses upon the determinants and outcomes of physical activity for cancer survivors, the psychosocial outcomes associated with a healthy lifestyle, and the translation of evidence into sustainable community-based programming. Understanding adoption and long-term maintenance are key factors in her translational work.

Nicole has enjoyed teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels for the past 15 years. She has been nominated for her supervisory work at the University of Calgary, and in 2014 received the City of Calgary Community Education Award, acknowledging the work she has done in particular to educate the community about the role of exercise in cancer survivorship. Nicole has had a passion for cancer since Terry Fox started his run – and has participated in every Terry Fox Run since!

Healthy kids running
Baseball game
Jogging for health

Outside of her work, Nicole is a busy wife and mom to three growing children. Her family remains her passion and priority, where health and wellness is put into practice every day. Activity is a central tenet of her lifestyle – from spin classes and mountain biking, to yoga, to golf with her husband and friends, Nicole enjoys connecting with others while moving.

Nicole is a passionate and motivating speaker. She believes that life is busy for us all – and that the “teeter-totter” of work, family, and whatever other life demands you might have is constant and changing. Our ability to prioritize, and our attitude about what is happening with and around us, will significantly impact our choices to engage in healthy behaviours. Nicole’s individual style, ethic and ability to motivate will make health behaviour change a reality for those she works with.

Lauren Capozzi, MD, PhD

CSEP-Certified Exercise Physiologist

Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Co-Founder, Thrive Health Services.

Lauren Capozzi

With over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry, and a strong academic and clinical focus on health behaviour adoption and adherence, Lauren delivers practical evidence-based expertise for chronic disease prevention and management. As a physician, researcher, and exercise physiologist, Lauren brings first-hand clinical expertise to her strong program leadership experience. Her ongoing research interests include the design of health promotion interventions and the translation of these programs into sustainable community-based programming.

Lauren is an energetic and motivating speaker, determined to bring relevant health information and strategies to those she works with. Along with research presentations, Lauren provides evidence-based lectures at clinical training seminars and patient health educational events. Based on her engaging speaking style, Lauren has been asked to speak at leadership and student engagement conferences, inspiring the next generation of health leaders. Lauren was nationally recognized for her PhD and MD training, and was a member of the University of Calgary’s Graduate Leader’s Circle, and the Cumming School of Medicine’s Leaders in Medicine Program. Lauren was honoured to be selected as a Canadian Medical Hall of Fame award winner as a medical student and named a Class of 2015 Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Calgary.

Rollerblading exercise
Yoga exercise
Cycling exercise

As an exercise physiologist and fitness leader, Lauren facilitates dynamic indoor cycling classes at One Cycle Spin Studio as well as group exercise and education classes for cancer survivors at Wellspring Calgary. She is known for her contagious energy and ability to facilitate an encouraging group atmosphere. She builds off the strengths of all members and inspires her participants to take control of their health, wellness and happiness through activity. Her pursuit is to unlock the potential in each individual she works with, teaching the skills to lead an active, healthier life.

Along with her husband and dog, Maven, she practices what she promotes by working each day to prioritize cycling, hiking, running, skiing, rollerblading and weekly farmer’s market shops. With a busy active lifestyle, Lauren looks forward to engaging clients and moving others down the path to health and wellness.

Thrive Health Services fills a gap in health care by providing evidence-based, integrative health information in the form of trainings and workshops targeted for health and fitness professionals as well as in corporate settings. Drawing on the deep educational and research backgrounds of the principals, Nicole Culos-Reed and Lauren Capozzi, we teach clients how to be more effective health leaders so they are better able to manage their health challenges, can affect positive health behaviour change in others, and are able to thrive.