In 2010 Kim Vopni partnered with Julia Di Paolo, a women's health physiotherapist, and Samantha Montpetit-Huynh, a personal trainer, to to create a company that provided effective and innovative strategies for core health and wellness in pregnancy and for new moms. They set out with an intention of bringing the traditional practices of Mother Roasting to North American women and designed a comprehensive product – The Ab System to help women prepare for birth, recover with the use of belly wrapping and restore form and function with their core confidence exercise program. The company was called Bellies Inc.
As they were developing their product they had other fitness professionals seeking guidance and wanting to learn more of the Bellies Inc ‘secret sauce’. In 2013 the three taught a test course to a team of eager trainers and that then launched the education division of Bellies Inc with the Core Confidence Specialist Certification.
In 2019 a mutual and amicable decision was made for Sam and Julia to leave the company to focus on their own businesses full time. Kim began to merge the education into her own business.
Pelvienne Wellness Education offers live and online courses for fitness and movement professionals, physiotherapists, midwives, doulas, and other allied health professionals wanting to know more about women’s health and fitness, specifically the pelvic floor and abdominal wall.
Julia Di Paolo
Julia Di Paolo is a and mom of two boys and registered pelvic floor physiotherapist and founder of PhysioExcellence. Her practice is focused on pre-conception, pre-natal, intra-partum (labour and delivery), post-partum and all types of pelvic floor dysfunction at any stage of a woman’s life.
Julia has established herself as the go-to physiotherapist in Toronto for pelvic health and recovery from diastasis rectus abdominis and has created and teaches courses on diastasis rectus abdominis, for personal trainers, allied health professionals, and pelvic health physiotherapists. She has been a guest lecturer for the Physiotherapy program at the University of Toronto. She has presented on DRA and the pelvic floor at the Association of Ontario Midwives Annual Conference, the Canadian Association of Midwives annual conference, the Ontario Physiotherapy Association Annual Conference, Canadian Fitness Professionals (CanFitPro) international conference and the Canadian Personal Trainer Network (CPTN) conference. She has been interviewed for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Canadian living and has appeared as a guest expert on the CBC tv show The Goods.
Kim Vopni is a self-professed pelvic health evangelist and is known as The Vagina Coach. She is a certified fitness professional who became passionate about spreading information on pelvic health when she was pregnant with her first child.
Kim is the founder of Pelvienne Wellness Inc - a company offering pelvic health programs and coaching for women in pregnancy, motherhood and menopause. She is also a co-founder of Bellies Inc (a division of Pelvienne Wellness) which designs and manufactures the Ab System for pregnant women. She created the Core Confidence Specialist Certification with her co-founders at Bellies Inc and continues to certify fitness and allied health professionals through live and online courses. She is the founder of Kegels and Cocktails™ - a women’s health event designed to empower and educate women on the importance of pelvic health.
She is a published author, a passionate speaker and women’s health educator as well as a mom to two boys. Kim has been featured in The Globe and Mail, Canadian Family, Today's Parent, BC Living Magazine, and Optimyz Magazine.
Samantha Montpetit-Huynh is the mother of two beautiful girls, a pre and postnatal core and pelvic floor rehab coach with over 15 years in the industry who helps moms re-connect, feel strong and love their bodies again at wwwsamcoretrainer.com.
Samantha is known extensively in her field and has appeared on Breakfast Television, CTV News, Canada AM, CHCH and Rogers Daytime. She was also the resident fitness expert on the Marilyn Denis Show, a national award-winning lifestyle show across Canada, from 2013-2017.