Absolute Touch Team

Pamela Bortmes - Owner Operator


 

For the past eight years Pamela has focused her training expertise on weight loss/management and lifestyles training. Her goal with all of her clients is to increase their self-confidence by helping them live healthy, balanced, exuberant lives.

Her passion for personal training comes from her own experience. Having battled anorexia and bulimia, and having gone through drastic weight gain with her pregnancies, she had to find the determination to regain an energetic and positive lifestyle. This process led her to develop programs like Babies & Backpacks, and Babies & Buggies – because she recognizes that fitness should be an integral part of everyone’s life, rather than something that takes us away from it.

Her husband Jurgen has taught her what it means to be truly supportive of someone who is working to attain a goal. Because of her success, she feels driven to be that supportive for each of her clients. More than anything, she love to see her clients accomplish their goals and become more complete.

Certifications

  • Canfit Pro Certified;
  • Ropes level 1 Certified;
  • Kettle Bell Specialist Certified;
  • Schwinn Cycle Instructor;
  • CPR and First Aid certified.

Jurgen Bortmes - Owner


jurgen@absolutehealthnfitness.com

Jurgen has been personal training for over 15 years. Like many of his clients, he started training to improve my own confidence and appearance. Over time he has come to see that these goals are part of a larger picture of health that includes a balanced lifestyle.

Jurgen and Pam share a vision to teach their clients how to balance accomplishment and drive in order to become stronger people, from the inside out. He feels that he is done his job when he sees his clients become more complete in all areas of their lives, and he is dedicated to making sure each person he trains reaches their goals.

  • NESTA Certified;
  • CPR and First Aid certified.

Simone Guthrie - Personal Trainer


  • Owner/Head Trainer at Cheeky'n'Fit Personal Training;
  • Sponsored Athlete/Ambassador at Atlantis Nutrition Inc.;
  • Public Relations at Absolute Touch Complete Competition Prep.

Elizabeth - Makeup Artist


Elizabeth has been in the beauty industry for 15 years and has been with the Absolute Touch team from the very beginning! Previously Elizabeth spent 6 years as a makeup artist with M.A.C. Cosmetics and has also done stage work at the Toronto A.B.A. Hair Show for Wella/ Sebastian. Apart from glamming up OPA/CBBF competitors, Elizabeth has developed a relationship with many regular clients and she maintains a steady business providing makeup and hair services for model portfolios and bridal.

In addition to her passion for hair and makeup, Elizabeth is also passionate about health, fitness and wellness. She is a certified personal trainer and holds a Master of Science of Human Heath and Nutritional Science from The University of Guelph. Elizabeth is also proud to be a National (Natural) and Provincial (Open) level Bikini Competitor with the OPA.

Elizabeth's favourite makeup brand: M.A.C.

Elizabeth's favourite brand of hair products: Sebastian

Elizabeth's favourite makeup tips:

  • Prepping your skin BEFORE applying your makeup is the key to a flawless and lasting look!
  • Don't ever leave home without eyebrows!

Elizabeth's favourite hair tip:

  • When having your hair done for an event or occasion (or competition!) avoid washing your hair that day or the night before. Having your hair a bit "dirty" will help hold your style!

Rillie Javellana - Makeup Artist


3 years in the making, Rillie is quickly rising to the top of her career. Rillie's work can be recognized in fashion magazines, editorials, celebrity fashion shoots, lingerie advertisements, fitness and bridal. This is Rillie's second season with Absolute Touch and we're lucky to have her.

Favourite and preferred makeup: Mac Prep & Prime Face Protect with SPF 50 and Arbonne Face Primer.

Hair and Beaty Tip: Longer Lasting Foundation!

  • Apply loose powder on top of primer before the foundation. The loose powder sets the primer and helps absorb the foundation on the skin.

Angelina Fitz-Henry - Hair Stylist


Angelina has been a stylist since 2008, completing her training at the Voila Institute of Hair Design. Angelina is currently attending the University of Western Ontario studying at the Faculty of Education to become a Hair styling and Aesthetics teacher in secondary schools.

Angelina bring funk, style and class to every creation, whether you want bold or just a little enhancement, her work is sure to get you noticed. Many of Angelina's clients have boasted that she privdes the best volume in town, as she likes to say the higher the hair the closer to God.

Angelina keeps up with the latest techniques and hair trends as they appear on the fashion scene. She continues to improve her skills through training with elite educators such as Sam Villa at the Alternative Beauty Headquarters in Toronto. She has also attended countless Goldwell, Wahl, Big Sexy training sessions as well as Redkin Fusion 2012 in Montreal. She is constantly working on her own innovative techniques and always pushing the boundaries of hair and makeup.

Angelina also specializes in editorial and bridal hair and makeup applications.

With Angelina you are sure to be pleased with your experience as well as the result.

Angel's hair and makeup tips:

  • A freshly washed, toned and moisturized face will always provide the perfect canvas for any makeup application.
  • Dry shampoo is girls best friend.

Melody Praseuth - Makeup Artist


With over 10 years of experience in the beauty industry, Melody has established a clientele that is addicted to her keen eye for beauty, sexy hair styles, and a welcoming, upbeat personality. Specializing in makeup for different ethnicity and persons of colour, her skills with skincare and blending techniques will leave you glowing!

Melody has traveled the world doing what she does best and is always studying new trends, finding new inspiration and refreshing ideas.

The majority of Melody's work can be recognized from professional and celebrity fitness models, photo shoots, fashion and glamour magazines, independent films, television and bridal.

Favourite and preferred makeup brands:

  • NYX Cosmetics; M.A.C.; Bobby Brown; Morphe Bushes & Cosmetics; and Urban Decay

Niki Cooper - Makeup Artist


Niki graduated from Voila Institute of Hair & Design with honors in both hair styling and makeup artistry. Niki works at Luke Appeal Salon full-time. With 10 years of experience in the industry, she has experienced training with Aveda, Goldwell, Redken and Kevin Murphy. Her work in best recognized in Media, Fashion prints and every day in the salon.

Favourite and preferred product brands:

  • Kevin Murphy's Body Mass Spray for styling and for touch ups.

Hair and Beauty Tip: Pump up the volume!

  • Blow dry your hair in sections and lift towards the ceiling using direct heat to your roots. This dries the roots in an upright position and gives it a blast with your cool setting and spritz with hair spray.

Cherie Snow - Makeup Artist


Cherie Snow really started to take an interest in makeup when she was a Toronto Argonauts Cheerleader. In 2006, her family and friends supported her by setting her up with clients for Bridal work and other events.

She has been lucky to be what every professional make-up artist should be: exceptionally busy. She has already worked on commercials, fashion shoots, music videos, weddings, a web series, television pilots, a television series, short films and feature films.

Cherie's main area of interest is film and television and, as a result of her hard work, most of her larger jobs have been for films and television shows. When asked about the projects that she has worked on, she said that her biggest to-date has been her role as key make-up artist for the independent Feature Film: A Dark Matter.

She also had the opportunity to create the look for Tré Armstrong of So You Think You Can Dance Canada for an interview with SMART GUIDE magazine

Some of her accomplishments over the past few years, she was part of makeup team as the Assistant Makeup Artist on Season 1 of MASTERCHEF CANADA. She also was the makeup artist for KUNAL NAYYAR (The Big Bang Theory) VINAY VIRMANI and ISABEL KAIF for their Press Day and Red Carpet for the 2014 release of DR. CABBIE. In February 2015, Cherie was chosen as one of the Top 50 Makeup Artists across Canada for the L’OREAL BRUSH CONTEST. And in March 2015 Cherie was invited to be a part of the Exclusive Makeup, Hair and Tanning Team of ABSOLUTE TOUCH for the Ontario Physique Association.

One of Cherie’s favourite beauty tips is: mixing concealer and foundation together to apply underneath the eyes and other discoloured areas so that the concealing looks more natural and not as harsh-looking. One her favourite brands is M.A.C. Cosmetics because the range for all skin tones is outstanding. STAY TUNED!!! As there are more exciting things to come!!

Nitzia Montes - Makeup Artist


I'm a passionate individual of the health and beauty industry. I truly love helping women feel good about themselves. My motto is that "beauty is a feeling and that anyone can feel beautiful if they truly wanted to".

I have diploma in Cosmetic Management and have a wide range of freelance experience in the bridal and fashion industry. My favourite makeup tip is to never wear Lipstick without a lipliner. They go hand and hand! My favourite product at the moment is Arbonne's over night hydrating mask. I truly believe that skin is the most important part of the canvas so without a healthy glow, makeup will never look flawless nor complete. :)

Nicole - Makeup Artist


I've always had a love for beauty and fashion so it's no surprise that I chose a career in the beauty industry; I have now been licensed hair stylist for 8 years and love doing makeup on the side.

I was born and raised in the Kootenays and love to travel and have a passion for fitness and health - I spend last year competing in a handful of figure competitions myself.