karaKara’s ability to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and performance is what separates her from any other coach in the area.  Recognized by Canadian national level coaches as one of the top strength and conditioning professionals in eastern Ontario, Kara has strong training philosophies that are based on pain free movements to achieve sustainable health and performance goals.  Kara is the founder of Movement First Training and currently holds the position as Physical Educator at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Kara’s passion for educating others about long term movement strategies landed her as one of the subject matter experts for CFB Kingston’s, Strengthening the Forces Programs, regularly delivering the Injury Reduction Strategies Workshop, the six week Weight Wellness and Healthy Lifestyle Program and the new workshop, developed by Kara, Strength for Performance for Injury Prevention.

Kara has many career highlights as a Strength and Conditioning Coach that have paved the blueprint to her success:

  • Canadian Epee Fencing Team – Rio Olympics 2016 – Leonora Mackinnon
  • Canadian Military Women’s Volleyball Program 2007-2016. World Military Volleyball Championships Germany 2008, Brasil 2009, USA 2010, Netherlands 2012.  World Military Games – Brasil 2011, South Korea 2015
  • Royal Military College of Canada Women’s Volleyball – 2006 – 2014. OUA Final Four Appearance 2012.
  • Royal Military College of Canada Men’s Rugby Program – 2015 – present

Kara’s work ethic to go above and beyond within the Canadian Armed Forces community was recognized in 2015 as the recipient of the NPF CF Woman of the Year.   To learn more about Kara, check out her website: www.movementfirsttraining.com


  • BKin, Deans List, University of New Brunswick 2002
  • CSEP – Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • NCCP – Level 2 Volleyball, Level 1 Basketball
  • FMS – Functional Movement Screen
  • YBT – Y Balance Test
  • CKM – Commando Krav Maga – Level 2 Instructor