Empowering you to make smarter health decisions based on your unique genetic blueprint.
Purpose – We want to make a difference in your life
People – We are respectful and caring
Passion – We love what we do
We launched our DNA testing lab in 2008 in Canada. We saw enormous potential for new DNA technology to help support people’s health and wellness, particularly in the areas of diet and fitness. We were a pioneer in applying leading edge gene research to develop targeted gene panels to enable people to take power over their health by understanding their unique genetic makeup.
We have been providing personalized testing and professional support since then to help people make better decisions about their health. We have many years of experience in developing diet and fitness programs for people tailored to their unique genetic makeup. We know you can have a happier and healthier life by understanding your DNA.
The complete sequencing of the human genome was mapped relatively recently in 2003. DNA testing has rapidly evolved with improved genetic testing technologies that can now sequence many genes quickly, reliably, and economically.
Our lab uses advanced genetic testing technologies (MassARRAY® System by Agena Bioscience) and custom software to identify and assess up to 500 genetic markers involved in many essential biological processes.
The lab takes scientific gene research and creates custom gene panels and reports to provide you with a picture of selected genes and genetic variations that have been proven to impact health. By knowing your genetic variations, you can learn where you may be predisposed to good or poor health related traits, and can take proactive steps to enhance wellbeing. It highlights how healthy diet, nutrition and exercise, can change or improve how your DNA functions. You receive personalized reports that show your unique gene composition and how it connects to lifestyle factors such as nutrition, fitness, health and disease.
Dr. Lois Nahirney
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Lois Nahirney is passionate about creating exciting, vital businesses with and through people. She has identical twins adopted from Vietnam (one transgendered) which led to a fascination in DNA. She has a doctorate and a master’s in business and has held a number of international senior executive roles. She has been honoured with several women in business awards and volunteers extensively in the community and overseas. Her vision is to leverage DNA to help people make proactive and personalized health decisions that can improve their lives.
Dr. Hashim Khan
dnaPower Science Advisor
Dr. Hashim Khan is a senior science advisor to dnaPower. He has a Masters in Medical Sciences and Genetics, an MBA, and an MD in Alternative Medicine. Hashim has over 10 years experience in advanced genomic designs and development on various gene-sequencing platforms. He established a next-generation sequencing lab and developed genetic test panels comprising hundreds of mutations across the human genome to bring positive change in product innovation in the field of genomics. His goal is to translate research from bench to bedside to improve the health of people.
Head of Fitness and Diet Programs
Carmen Tocheniuk, the DNA Diva, is a pioneer in the DNA industry. She discovered DNA testing in 2006 and was one of the first in the world to use it with her clients to improve their health and fitness results. Carmen is a 3-time Canadian body-building physique champion, an International Federation of BodyBuilding (IFBB) PRO and a leading and respected personal fitness trainer and nutritionist. Carmen became involved in fitness to support her recovery after a devastating car accident as a teenager that left her with a broken back and in a body brace for a year. She is dedicated to helping people maximize their diet and fitness results through DNA knowledge.
Dr. Lyle Oberg
Dr. Lyle Oberg was recruited as CEO of a pioneering DNA company in California. In 2008, he brought the advanced DNA sequencing technology back to Canada and founded the original DNA testing lab focused on diet and fitness. He believes in the huge potential of DNA to support and improve the health system. He is a medical doctor by training, a politician by choice and a health system advocate as a result. He was elected to the Alberta legislature and held many ministerial positions during 15 years in politics.
Dr. Maryam Zarepour
Science and Research Consultant
Maryam Zarepour is an international research scientist with extensive experience in molecular genetics. Dr. Zarepour holds a PhD in Biological Science, an MBA of Technology, a MSc in Molecular Genetics and a BSC in Microbiology. She brings deep analytical skills and knowledge to expand our research into key genes related to diet and fitness.
Science and Research Lead
Jillian Irvine is an experienced science and research Project Manager and holds an MBA of Technology and a BSC in Cellular Biology. She has detailed experience leading large-scale DNA research projects with Wildlife Genetics International. With her expertise in project management, scientific writing and communication, she plays a vital role in the ongoing development and research of our DNA tests.
Head of Marketing and Sales
Lori is a seasoned tech entrepreneur and former co-founder of a successful Vancouver based relocation company. With a Bachelor of Commerce from Royal Roads University, Lori has been working with early-stage startups focusing on the implementation and execution of overall marketing and sales strategies. Lori is excited to be involved with a company devoted to preventative health and on the forefront of technology development here in Canada.
Natalie is a holistic nutritionist with a background in business and marketing. She has a passion for nutrition and whether it’s helping clients lose weight or clear up their skin, Natalie loves helping people live healthier, happier lives. Natalie knows that change doesn’t happen overnight and is eager to help clients focus on reaching attainable goals. Her passion for health and nutrition compliments dnaPower’s insight into the body, offering clients a unique service.
Digital Marketing Manager
Maddy is experienced in all things social media. With a Bachelor in Communications from Simon Fraser University, Maddy helps dnaPower stay connected and reach our target audiences online. She brings strategic thinking and data-informed decision making to all her digital marketing efforts. Maddy is excited to engage audiences interested in preventative health.