The Sangster's Family of Stores
Tillsonburg Town Centre, ON
Sangster’s Health Centre in Tillsonburg, ON has been in the Tillsonburg Town Centre for over 25 years. It’s one of the premier healthy natural living vitamin and supplement companies in the area. The store is led by manager, Anna Barabas, C.H.N. who has been in the holistic health industry for more than 21 year and has been with the Sangster’s brand for over 17 years.
“Every person who walks through the doors at Sangster’s Tillsonburg can expect to be treated as the most important person in the moment.”
Anna has had her own incredible journey using natural remedies. In 1999, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time, she had little interest in using conventional treatments and instead conducted her own research to find alternative ways to help her overcome her diagnosis. This was all during a period where the internet and access to information was limited. She spent hours upon hours reading through books and papers to find the best way forward for her and eventually found her way into remission. She now uses her experience to empathize and share her learnings with others going through similar circumstances. Having gone through her own health recovery she became extremely passionate about helping others that at the age of 63, she went on to get her certificate in holistic nutrition.
When asked about what life advice she has to share, her answer:
“My biggest fear is people stop caring, stop being nice, and take advantage of each other. Stay human, be good, always be kind. Don’t ever be ashamed to be a good person.”
Anna’s staff is joined by Mike Newman M. Sc., B.Sc., DCN, DHN., who provides customers with extremely valuable information to help everybody to achieve their fitness & health goals in every aspect of life. Mike is currently working on his Doctoral & PhD in Natural Medicine and is expecting to complete it within the next two years.
Every person who walks through the doors at Sangster’s Tillsonburg can expect to be treated as the most important person in the moment. The store is blessed with amazing staff, who are focused on educating the community while creating great value to everyone who seeks assistance on their journey to positive health.
Wallace and Connie Sangster are among the originators of the Sangster’s family of stores. They have been in business for around 40 years serving the Lloydminster community with healthy living resources and products.
“Wisdom is knowing how to discern what is best for you” ~ Wallace Sangster
Having been in business for as long as they have, Wallace and Connie have had the pleasure of being both support and witness to some incredible health recovery stories. One that stands out in particular is serving a customer who had been diagnosed with diabetes and was on the verge of having a foot amputated. The customer took their own initiative to make some dramatic lifestyle changes, but Wallace and Connie were available to help with resources and product recommendations to help the customer along toward recovery. Eventually the customer was able to save their foot!
Wallace has an MBA degree and is an iridologist and master herbalist. He has a passion for using his knowledge to support people in reaching their wellness goals. He and his wife work together daily to bring forth a unique variety of specialty wellness products to the community not easily found in other area stores.
What are some of the common ailments you see people coming in with?
“Mostly arthritis or joint pain, or inflammation in general. Typically people with liver issues. And another common one is blood sugar - diabetes.”
What wellness advice would you like to share?
“Eat your greens! Most people are acidic and need greens to help neutralize the body and acidity is known to cause inflammation in the body.
Also, try to keep up with the basic things, such as a healthy balanced diet and exercise.
What life advice would you want to share with the next generation?
Try not to get too stressed about changes - everything is always changing. Nowadays, there are so many options and new technology and product offerings, it's easy to become overwhelmed. Look for the opportunities that will work for you.
Vista Place, MB
Jeff Goossen has been operating Sangster’s at Vista Place since 2016. When visiting his store you can count on genuine customer service aimed at helping you to make the most educated buying decisions. He prides himself on building a strong level of trust with his customers, bearing his heart and soul of wellness knowledge to help you reach your health goals.
"Everything starts with good nutrition and exercise" ~ Jeff Goossen
What inspired you to get into the health industry?
“When I was young, I suffered a lot from seasonal allergies. I took all of the over-the-counter-drugs to help with the symptoms. It was rough. I was introduced to using natural remedies such as bee pollen and garlic and other herbs that after taking them I found my allergies to slowly go away and eventually gone.
I also lived near Chinatown, and as a young person, I was fascinated to see all of the odd bottles and potions. My curiosity prompted me to ask a lot of questions and learn about how flowers, roots, and plants work with the body and I became hooked.”
What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned about the health industry?
“Chemical solutions are like getting on a merry-go-round that compounds its side-effects; natural solutions do the opposite.“
What special services do you offer?
“Customers can bring in all of their supplements and have a one-on-one consultation. Our staff will go through each product, its ingredients, benefits, and how they work with other products with customers to ensure they are getting the most optimal solutions for their health.
Additionally, we have access to naturopaths that can help to answer some more complex issues.”
What would most people be surprised about learning about your store?
“95% of products are premium quality Canadian brands. We pride ourselves in carrying exclusive brands, not readily available in the mass market and on products that are 3rd party tested for purity.”
What wellness advice do you want to share with the community?