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Meet Our Team at SCULPTD in Calgary, Canada Calgary

Dr. Maria Chuquer, FRCPC Medical Director & Founder

Dr. Maria Chuquer is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Anesthesiology and has obtained advanced certifications in Medical Aesthetics, Cosmetic Dermatology, and Weight Management. In the academic field, Dr. Chuquer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine. Throughout her career, she has been engaged in multicentre clinical trials as a clinical investigator.

Her focus is on practicing evidence-based medicine combined with the art of medical aesthetics. Additionally, she is currently a member of the Obesity Medicine Association and is going through the process of obtaining board certification with the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Chuquer has always been an advocate of stigma-free health care for everyone, and through her passion for Obesity Medicine, she founded the Sculptd Program. Dr. Chuquer interviewed several professionals and curated a special team of stigma-free and highly trained individuals that share the same philosophy and passion for helping people living with obesity. Her mission is to provide lifelong support to patients and to educate not only the medical community but also patients and families that obesity is no one’s fault - it is a chronic and relapsing medical condition that needs to be constantly managed with adequate support and treatment. With her husband and young children, Dr. Chuquer calls Calgary home, where she loves living, playing tennis, working, and welcoming new patients to her practice!

Memberships & Organizations

Board Certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Member of the Canadian Anesthesiology Society (CAS)

Member of the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA)

Member of Canadian Aesthetic Medicine Association (CAMA)

Member of Canadian Board of Aesthetic Medicine (CBAM)

Member of the International Association of Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM)

Dr. James Kim SCULPTD Life Physician

Dr Kim is a general practitioner in Calgary with special interest in chronic disease, especially in diabetes and migraine. He is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at University of Calgary. He also works as a peer reviewer and editorial board member for a number of medical journals. He has given numerous presentations locally, and nationally on the topics of chronic migraine, binge eating disorder, ADHD, respiratory medicine and internationally on diabetes.

He has also given a number of presentations on behalf of national organizations such as Diabetes Canada and Migraine Canada in various conferences. Within Diabetes Canada, his role includes steering committee member for the Clinical Practice Guideline, current co-chair of Primary Care Special Interest Group, Dissemination and Implementation member and has been a scientific planning committee member for the annual Diabetes Canada Conference. He is also CADDRA’s national education committee for ADHD. He is heavily involved with medical education for the health care providers including development of numerous medical education programs, a master’s student in health care professional education, and a guest speaker at University of Toronto on the same topic. It is Dr. Kim’s plethora of knowledge which makes him a valuable member of the SCULPTD team. He is sure to make any patients under his care feel well cared for, and set up for success!

Meet Our Team at SCULPTD in Calgary, Canada Calgary
Meet Our Team at SCULPTD in Calgary, Canada Calgary

​​Dr. Yasmine Halat, MD CCFP SCULPTD Life Physician

Dr. Halat was born and raised in Calgary. She attended University of Calgary for her undergrad in biology. She then pursued her medical education at Ross University located on the Caribbean island of Dominica. During her schooling she had the opportunity to complete her rotations at various American hospitals including University of Miami, Mount Sinai in Miami and NYC, and NYU. Eventually, she found her way back home and attended University of Calgary for Family Medicine Residency.

She has been a practicing GP in Calgary since 2016. Beyond medicine, she has a special interest in powerlifting. She placed third in the Raw World’s Competition. Her medical and fitness background allows her to make meaningful relationships with all her patients.

Dr. Julie Hong SCULPTD Life Physician

Dr. Julie Hong got her M.D in 2002 from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her curiosity centered around how to make individuals accomplish their dreams of optimization, empowerment and living a joyful and fulfilled life has taken her down many varying but connected paths in medicine. She has currently called Calgary home since 2019 and has been the Lead Physician at the University of Calgary Wellness Centre for over a decade. She conducts pain clinics providing Botox Prophylaxis for chronic migraine, trigger point injections and nerve blocks since 2014.

She has also been certified in the certificate of travel medicine (ISTM) and runs travel clinics at the University of Calgary. She has obtained Basic and Advanced certificates for dermal filler and neuromodulators through the Canadian Association of Medical Aesthetics (CAMA). She is proud of her work as a physician surgical assistant in robotic urologic surgery and is now participating in creating an innovative center for Pre-habilitation Medicine at the Rockyview Hospital. Her main passion has been Functional Medicine which looks at root cause medicine and is one of less than 1000 worldwide certified physician practitioners with the Institute of Functional Medicine. She also has advanced training certificates from the Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

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All of her experience and learning has been about addressing the whole of an individual and she is passionate about being part of a patient’s journey in accomplishing a life full of awareness, presence, optimization and joy. She spends her free time obsessing over tennis, traveling, and being with her loving community and amazing family which includes two very active teenage boys!

Meet Our Team at SCULPTD in Calgary, Canada Calgary
Meet Our Team at SCULPTD in Calgary, Canada Calgary

Sharon ParmarRegistered Nurse

Sharon completed her Bachelor of Nursing at Mount Royal University and has had a special focus on chronic disease management. After completing her certified diabetes educator certificate, Sharon took a special focus on helping patients living with diabetes and obesity reach their optimal health goals. Sharon ensures to stay on top of all new research to ensure she provides the most up-to-date care for her patients.


Dr. Alana Ireland Psychologist

Dr. Ireland is a psychologist practicing in Calgary, and an Assistant Professor of psychology. She graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary, and has been an active therapist, university instructor, and researcher since.

Dr. Ireland’s research and practice has focused on the spectrum of weight-related issues including obesity, weight bias, body image dissatisfaction, and eating disorders. Dr. Ireland is passionate about mental health as well as promoting health, confidence, and comfort in our bodies.

Meet Our Team at SCULPTD in Calgary, Canada Calgary
Meet Our Team at SCULPTD in Calgary, Canada Calgary

Mark BarrettMKIN, CEP, CSCS | Exercise Physiologist

Mark holds an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Kinesiology (specialty Exercise Physiology). Following completing his Master’s degree in Calgary, Mark worked as a personal trainer and sessional instructor at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University.

He has now worked in the fitness/wellness industry for over 25 years in Canada and overseas with clients ranging from professional athletes to those with no exercise experience at all. No matter your starting point, Mark is committed to helping you improve your health and wellness. Mark recognizes that each client is unique and therefore should reflect that. Finding enjoyable and life-enhancing move their ways to move their body sment is an important part of improving one’s health and Mark looks forward to working with the clients of the SCULPTD program in this area.

Amanda Butala Client Relations Manager

Amanda has always had a passion for beauty and fashion. Always getting into trouble for making a mess of her older sister's closet and makeup. When she was older, she worked for a number of makeup lines including Estee Lauder and Lancome. Amanda had her own makeup artistry business while living in New Zealand and continues to pursue this passion in a voluntary capacity for friends and family.

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Amanda loves working at SCULPTD Life as she believes it is a natural extension of her work experience. Combining her interests in helping and advocating for others, with her passion for fashion and cosmetology. She believes that if people practice self care to look good, naturally, they will feel good about themselves on the inside too.

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Health Stand Nutrition

Since 2000, the Dietitian team at Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc. has been working with individuals and families with a wide variety of goals and health and mental health concerns. The Dietitian team values peace of mind, customization, credibility, and compassion in their approach to working with clients in their journey to achieve their personal best weight. They offer science-based advice, practical solutions, and genuine care and concern for sustainable eating plans you can live with for life.

You will enjoy their no-nonsense approach to eating well to achieve a sustainable healthy eating plan despite a busy schedule or managing medical conditions such as heart conditions, diabetes, or digestive health concerns. Regardless if you are struggling with meal planning ideas, confusion over what to eat, cravings for sweet and savoury foods, disordered eating, or emotional eating—you will find compassionate care in the personalized support from your Dietitian. While they want to ensure you eat enough nerdy nutritious foods needed for health and to achieve your personal best weight, they also want to ensure that you save room for your favorite foods chosen for taste and social fun (such as chocolate and potato chips). They understand eating well isn't always easy, and since you are not a robot, they will never expect perfection. Instead, they will remind you the best recipe for success is non-judgment and kind compassion.

Meet Our Team at SCULPTD in Calgary, Canada Calgary

Trish Molberg Pharmacist

Trish graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 2000 and has worked in community pharmacy and clinical roles since that time.She is currently Pharmacy Manager with an independent pharmacy in Calgary, as well as a diabetes educator with the interprofessional clinic, LMC Endocrinology Calgary. She is an advocate for collaboration between professions to best support patients and excited about the opportunity for this innovative project.

With SCULPTD Life, we believe that every individual is unique and deserves personalized attention to look and feel their best. Our weight loss consultants work with you to discover your specific needs, desires, and concerns during your initial consultation. Our team of compassionate and patient-focused professionals will work with you to create a customized treatment plan tailored to your goals.

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