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Katie Lysak

Registered Social Worker

Children & Teens (8 and up)

  • Anxiety, Perfectionism, Stress, & Worries;

  • Confidence & Self Esteem;
  • Emotional Regulation & Coping Skills;
  • Behavioural Challenges;
  • Healthy Relationships & Communication Skills;
  • School Issues;
  • Mood, Motivation, Depression, Self-Harm, & Suicidal Ideation;
  • BIPOC & 2SLGBTQIA+ Ally

Education Credentials: 

  • Master of Clinical Social Work (University of Calgary); 
  • Bachelor of Social Work (University of Calgary); 
  • Pursuing Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW) designation; 
  • Circle of Security Parenting (COS); 
  • Perinatal Mood Disorders Components of Care (Postpartum Support International); 
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy);  
  • ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy);  
  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT); 
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) 

 

Philosophy:  

I have worked in diverse settings over my 10 years as a Social Worker, but my focus and passion has always been on lifelong holistic family wellness. I believe that in order to heal, process, or explore oneself, a safe, compassionate, empowering, and authentic environment must be created. I strive to do this by bringing my whole perfectly imperfect self into session and want you to come as you are. This way we can work together to create a partnership where what you want, need, and believe is valued foremost. Through this partnership we work together to embrace the wholeness and fullness of who you are.  

 

Among others, I use the theories and values listed here to inform my practice, but I aim to continually learn and bring any additional knowledge to the table in our partnership.  

  • Attachment-Based; 
  • Emotion-Focused; 
  • Intersectional Feminism; 
  • Anti-oppressive Practice; 
  • Person-Centered; 
  • Anti-Racist; 
  • Trauma-Informed; 
  • Strengths-Based Practice 

 

 

Fun fact about Katie:  

 

I am a mom to two deeply feeling kiddos and enjoy experiencing life through their eyes. I have a deep love of animals; my first baby was a dog, who is still part of my family. I enjoy gardening, crochet, cross-stitch, and generally anything an old soul would delight in.  

 

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Christy Wells

Mental Health Therapist

Teenagers / Adolescents (11-18)

  • Anxiety
  • Burnout
  • Communication Skills
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression/Mood
  • Emotion Management
  • Peer Relationships
  • Emotion Management
  • Family Conflict

Philosophy:

I believe every person has a unique story, and no two people will experience things the same way. I use a client-centred approach where respect, empathy, and non-judgement are the foundation of my style, and you are the expert in your life. Therapy should be a collaboration, and the relationship we form is the heart of where true change occurs.Together, as we develop a partnership, we will work towards taking the next step forward and making the positive changes needed to enhance your life.

Fun Facts:

I’ve been a newborn and family photographer for 14 years, telling people’s story through my lens. I’m a former synchronised swimmer and lived in the pool! Now, you can find me doing a variety of fitness classes from barre to spin and my personal favourite rebounding! I love summer and coffee.

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Marie Essebou

Counselling Psychology Student Intern

Children & Teens ages 10+

  • Anxiety & Test Anxiety
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Communication Skills
  • Peer Relationships
  • School Issues

Philosophy 

I would be honoured to be a part of your journey toward self-realization. I recognize that change can be difficult, and I am here to help you achieve your desired goals. I believe that we all have the innate ability to become, and I am inspired by people’s resilience in the face of adversity. In my work, I hope to empower you through the sharing of my experiences and knowledge when needed, but most of all I hope to help you become.  

 

My mission and vision are to bring healing and restoration to relationships, including the one with yourself. I am currently working toward making this my profession through the completion of my master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.  

 

It is my priority to create a safe space where you can come as you are and fully express yourself. I bring a compassionate, authentic, and non-judgmental approach to counselling. Together, we can work toward building a greater sense of self-awareness, clarity, and overall well-being. I am thankful for your trust, and I am proud of your dedication to growth. 

 

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Michelle Johnson

Counselling Psychology Student Intern

Children & Teens ages 11+

  • Self Harming
  • Test Anxiety
  • School issues
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Coping Skills

Philosophy:
My hope is to create an inclusive and non-judgmental space where clients feel heard, valued and seen as they explore their inner worlds. I practice from the belief that my clients are the experts of their own lives and am honoured to walk alongside them on their journey of self-discovery. I wholeheartedly
believe that compassion and empathy are at the foundation of growth and change and acknowledge that by meeting my clients where they are at, we can work collaboratively to create individually tailored therapeutic goals that prioritize their personal strengths, skills, values and perspectives.

Fun Facts:
My favourite place to be in my free time is out in nature with my dog, family or friends and love to get out to the mountains as much as possible (preferably snowboarding). I started skiing as soon as I could walk and then, around age 10, begged to try snowboarding and have never looked back!

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Nicole Antunes Registered Provisional Psychologist

Nicole Antunes

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Children & Teens ages 6+

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Stress and burnout
  • School concerns
  • Self-esteem, self-worth, and perfectionism
  • Relationship Issues

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology, Minor in Sociology (MacEwan University – 2016)
  • Master of Education in Counselling Psychology (University of Alberta – 2023)

Modalities

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness-based Approaches
  • Attachment Theory
  • Elements of Play Therapy

Training

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Theory and Practice – 4-Day Intensive (Cognitive Behavioural Institute)
  • Foundations of Play Therapy – 9 Day Program – Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute

Philosophy

I believe that therapy is less about the modalities or therapy approaches used, and more about building a strong therapeutic relationship with each individual. In learning about you, your life, experiences, and your goals, we can decide on a course of treatment together. I hope to collaborate with and help guide clients through their own unique therapy process, while viewing each client as the expert in their own lives. I tend to draw mainly from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I am also influenced by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and elements of attachment and mindfulness therapies. I aim to create a safe and comfortable space for individuals of all walks of life. I hope to bring about insight and self-awareness, capitalize on client strengths, and work together to help each individual meet their therapeutic goals.

Fun Fact

I enjoy spending time with friends and family, going camping, and watching new true crime documentaries!

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Jamie Hofmann
Registered Psychologist

Infant/Toddler/Children (birth to age 10)

  • Anxiety, Stress, Worry, & Burnout

  • Depression & Mood (Incl. Self Harming)
  • School Related Concerns Including School Avoidance & Test Anxiety
  • Grief & Loss
  • Career Guidance
  • Sleep Struggles/Insomnia
  • Coping Skills & Emotion Management
  • Parent, Family & Peer Relationships

  • Attachment + Bonding
  • Social skills development

  • Anxiety Management
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Play-based strategies
  • Behavioural challenges
  • Self-esteem building
  • Parenting support and education
  • Psychoeducational assessments and consultation
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Social Skills
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Peer Conflict
  • Self-esteem building
  • Play-based strategies
  • Intervention for specific diagnoses (ADHD, anxiety, autism, OCD, ODD)
  • Trauma-informed interventions
  • CBT
  • Parenting support and education
  • Cognitive and social-emotional-behavioural assessments and consultation

Ages 6-16: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children Fifth Edition (WISC-V)
Ages 2-7: Wechsler Preschool & Primary Scale of Intelligence Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV)

These assessments may be used to:

  • Diagnose Intellectual Disability in children
  • Better understand a child’s learning style and areas of challenge and to provide recommendations and strategies to support both within the home and school environments
  • Qualify and advocate for specific programs or classroom supports such as Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD)
  • Assess for giftedness to qualify for programs for gifted children
  • Social-emotional-behavioural. assessments:

Ages 3-16: Behavioural Assessment System for Children Third Edition (BASC-3)

This assessment may be used to:

  • Support qualification for Program Unit Funding (PUF) for Early Education programming
  • Diagnose childhood disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Better understand a child’s social-emotional-behavioural needs and to provide recommendations and strategies for both home and school environments

Education Credentials:

  • Master of Education (M.Ed) – School and Clinical Child Psychology (University of Alberta)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (MacEwan University)
 

Philosophy:

I see attachment and connection between caregiver and child as the foundation for not only supporting social-emotional-behavioural challenges, but critical for a child’s overall development and well-being. It lays the foundation to support emotional regulation, positive relationships, self-esteem, confidence and mental well-being. Supporting and empowering parents through the beautiful, challenging, confusing, ups and downs of their parenting journey is a true passion of mine. I view each child as unique, capable and deserving of being treated with kindness and respect.

 

I utilize, teach and promote a strength-based, positive parenting and respect-based approach with the children, parents and families that I work with. My goal is to help caregivers build confidence and skill in their parenting approach to raise empowered, autonomous, confident and emotionally healthy children.

 

Fun Fact:

I love to sing. If you ever pass by me while I’m driving, you will likely see me belting out to my favourite Disney or Broadway songs.

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Karelia Gamache

Canadian Certified Counsellor

Children ages 5+

  • Family Therapy (conflict)

  • Parent sessions (co-parenting, strategies)
  • Children/Youth (behavioral issues, learning/academic struggles, anxiety/depression, trauma/PTSD)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Grief

Education

  • Bachelor of Psychology Degree (Hnrs.) (University of Winnipeg)
  • Master of Counselling Degree (University of Calgary)
  • Aurora Family Therapy Program Year 1 & 2 (University of Winnipeg)
  • Further Training
  • Family Systems Theory (counselling practicum completed at the Family Therapy
  • Centre in Calgary, under the direction of Dr. Karl Tomm)
  • Narrative Therapy (training through Narrative Therapy Centre, Vancouver, BC)
  • Expressive Art Therapy (Cathy Malchiodi)
  • Expressive Play Therapy (Level 1 and 2) (Centre for Expressive Therapy, Marie Jose
  • Dhaese, Parksville, BC)
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma Themes–Module 1A, 1B, 2A (Sensorimotor
  • Psychotherapy Institute)

Philosophy

I am grateful to have landed in a line of work where I have the privilege of hearing others’ insight and wisdom about life, as well as stories of hardship, triumph and survival. I am always amazed by clients’ courage to be vulnerable in the face of adversity; as well as their perseverance in taking steps towards well-being for both themselves and others. Change is definitely not easy; but fortunately, we don’t have to do it alone! In my work, I empower people to tap into their innate wisdom, knowledge, skills, and experience to bring about meaningful and lasting change in their lives; offering my own experience, knowledge, tools, and wisdom, when helpful. I support people in tuning into their body’s messages, which can help bridge the gap between mind and body, fostering healing and well-being. I use a variety of approaches in my work (e.g. art, movement, play – yes, play is important for adults too!) as I believe that talk therapy is not for everyone.

 

In working with families, I believe that every family has conflict; however when conflict is frequent, and heightened, it can be helpful to seek support. Together, we focus on identifying the patterns that lead to conflict in the family unit and find ways to interrupt these patterns and strengthen patterns that promote well-being.

Modalities:

  • Family Systems Theory
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (including the body in healing)
  • Expressive Therapy Approaches (e.g. play, sandtray, art)
  • Response-Based Practice

Fun Facts
I love to sing – it sets my soul on fire! I am also Métis, Dutch, and Scottish (despite the fact that my name comes from an area of land in Finland, now owned by Russia, I am not Finnish). I also have a very creative brain that can be entertaining and amazing (and sometimes very distracting!) at times. Ok, now I am finished!

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Meagan Chan

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Teens (Ages 12+)

  • Traumatic Events Across the Lifespan & PTSD (including complex trauma and dissociation)

  • Identity Issues (including finding purpose/meaning in life, developing self-compassion)

  • Grief & Loss (including life transitions and disenfranchised grief, i.e., grief that doesn’t fit into society’s norms)

  • Attachment Wounds/Injuries & Relationship Issues (including healthy and domestic violence, communication skills, boundary setting, assertiveness training)

  • BIPoC & Minority Issues (including clash of cultures, children of immigrant parents)

Education: 

  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (Yorkville University) 
  • Bachelor of Science Specialization in Psychology (University of Alberta) 

Philosophy: 

Starting a journey of healing and growth can be daunting but you don’t have to do this alone. It takes strength to reach out for help and courage to be vulnerable to share your story and pain with someone else. This is why I strive to establish a trusting relationship by providing a safe environment for you to feel less isolated and for you to freely express your true self without the fear of judgment. I see therapy as a partnership between you and I, where I’m never above you but instead walk beside you as you search for greater clarity and meaning. Although it’s completely normal to feel stuck and confused with not knowing how to manage or make sense of your emotional pain, I see you as the expert of your life and believe that you have the ability to reconnect to your strengths to make changes. No matter where you are in life, there is always an opportunity for you to change, heal, and grow. Let me help you discover what’s causing you pain so you can find a way to heal and find purpose in your life. 

 

I have nearly ten years of experience working in the mental health field by helping individuals work through their emotional distress created by various issues like suicide, relationship problems, violence, and grief. I have supported individuals of diverse ages, races, cultures, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. I work from an approach of meeting you with where you’re at and use humour to help you develop tools to cope. In addition to therapy, I further support individuals with their unique recovery journey and foster resourcefulness through facilitating courses. 

 

Specialized Training: 

I have received specialized training and incorporate different approaches to tailor therapy that is unique to your needs, such as: 

  • Trauma-focused practices like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) 
  • Attachment-Based Therapy 
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • I help couples bond with each other through Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and Gottman Method (Certification in Level 1 and 2). 

 

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Meagan Chan Registered Provisional Psychologist
Gabrielle Barkman

Gabrielle Barkman

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Teens (Ages 13+)

  • Trauma and generational trauma

  • Codependency and relationship issues
  • Attachment and development
  • Family of origin issues
  • Empowerment and self-compassion
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Depression and suicidal ideation
  • Addictions and concurrent disorders
  • Grief and loss

Education

  • Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Capella University
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Major in Psychology from Athabasca University

Philosophy

My philosophy is that it’s a part of the human experience to struggle throughout our lives, meaning that we all need support and connection. I see therapy as providing this unconditional support that we may all need at times! I take a holistic approach to therapy that works towards healing our minds and our bodies. I ultimately strive to empower my clients to use and embrace their inner strengths and capacity for growth. I use an eclectic approach to therapy that allows treatment to be tailored to each client’s unique needs and goals. In therapy with me, you can expect a warm, nurturing, empathetic approach. I strive to be my genuine and authentic self and encourage clients to do the same.

Treatment Modalities

When working alongside clients, I come from a trauma-informed and person-centred approach. I believe in the client as the expert in their own lives. I often implement mindfulness tools and techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I am also influenced by Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). I have a huge passion for Internal Family Systems (IFS) and inner child work as well. I strive to be a safe space and an ally for LGBTQ2S+ and BIPOC clients.

Fun facts

My absolute dream is to have a fairy-like garden in my backyard and a Beauty and the Beast-like library in my house.

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Milana Ackov

Registered Psychologist

Children ages 11+

  • Relationship issues & Family Dynamics
  • Identity Issues
  • Self-esteem and self-compassion
  • Cultural identity
  • Trauma
  • Family of origin issues
  • Grief & Loss
  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety, Stress, Burnout
  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Personal Growth

Education Credentials:

  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (Yorkville University)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Linguistics (University of Alberta)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Essentials
  • Level 1 and 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Philosophy:

We can all find ourselves at a point where we feel overwhelmed, disconnected, confused, or even completely hopeless. This simply means that we are human but also that we may need support and guidance to get us through this difficult time in our life.

My goal is to create an environment where you can come and be as you are so that you can work towards a deeper sense of connection, clarity, and self-awareness.

I join you in this work as another human being rather than an expert and collaborate with you to develop and reach your goals. As my approach is person-centered and strengths-based, we will mostly focus on your present to discover what is currently working and what isn’t. However, I believe that there is no topic that’s “off the table,” and with that, we may explore your past, present, and future during our time together. As each person and their story is unique, I draw upon techniques and interventions from a variety of approaches, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, as well as the Gottman method for couples counselling.

Fun fact(s) about Milana:

If I’m not working and/or talking psychology, I’m doing one of the following: petting every animal I encounter, learning about interior design, traveling, or trying out a new coffee shop in YEG. Also, I moved to Canada when I was 14 years old.

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Deanna-Barrie_Registered-Child-Psychologist
Deanna Barrie
Registered Psychologist

Infant/Toddler/Children (birth to age 10)

  • Attachment-based/bonding
  • Anxiety Management
  • Play Therapy (Theraplay)
  • Behaviour Challenges
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Parenting Support & Education

  • Social Skills & Peer Relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional Regulation
  • School Issues
  • Play Therapy (Theraplay)
  • Intervention for specific diagnoses (ADHD, anxiety, OCD, ODD & Developmental Disorders)
  • Parenting support & education

Treatment Specialities:

I have significant experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of capacities. I have a special interest in attachment issues, reproductive mental health, spirituality,  and holistic therapy. I have considerable experience working with survivors of family violence and trauma recovery.  I appreciate the uniqueness in each person and therefore, I tailor therapy to suit each individual, presenting issue, and goal. I draw on principles of:

  • Attachment-Based
  • Theraplay
  • Cognitive Behavioural (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused
  • Emotion Focused
  • Hakomi
  • Somatic Therapies
  • Mindfulness-Based Therapies
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • EMDR

Education Credentials:

  • Master of Counselling (Athabasca University)

Philosophy:

I believe that all people have a natural affinity toward growth and healing. As a psychologist it is my role to provide a safe, non-judgemental and compassionate space to explore concerns as they arise. I honour the strengths and abilities that each person brings to therapy and use these as important and valuable resources to move toward wellness. Equality and understanding problems within the context in which they occur are also important tenants of my work. Through connection and collaboration, I work together with clients to find the right solutions for them.

 

Fun fact about Deanna:
I always end my week with a Friday night dance party in my kitchen.

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Randa El-Chami

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Teens (14-17)

  • Anxiety, Stress, & Worry

  • Depression & Mood (Incl. Self Harming)
  • Self Esteem & Self Image Challenges
  • Coping Skills & Emotion Management
  • Life Transitions & Changes (Including Navigating Divorce)
  • Behavior Struggles
  • Relationship Struggles (Peer & Family)
  • Supporting Parents and Teens with Health Social Media Use

Education Credentials:

  • Master of Counselling (Athabasca University)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (University of Alberta)

Philosophy:

At all stages of life we may experience times where we feel overwhelmed, and this can impact us emotionally, mentally, relationally, and spiritually. However, individuals can show remarkable resilience and courage in the face of daunting challenges when provided with the necessary support and connection. Using a client centered approach, I strive to provide you with a safe, respectful, and non-judgemental environment from which you can begin to process vulnerable and challenging life experiences.

My goal is to help you gain insight, clarity, and empowerment geared toward growth and change.

 

I believe you are the expert in your own life and that a strong relationship with the self is often a necessary precursor for meaningful change. I approach therapy from a strengths-based and solution focused lens, meaning that I develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual strengths and values that emphasizes taking meaningful steps toward your goals. I also draw from several other approaches to meet the diverse needs of clients. My intention is to create an inviting safe space that is inclusive of your personal values and beliefs and to foster a collaborative therapeutic relationship filled with kindness, understanding, and compassion.

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Kelsey Wittebolle_Registered Psychologist
Kelsey Wittebolle
Registered Psychologist

Infant/Toddler/Children (birth to age 10)

  • Attachment + Bonding
  • Anxiety
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Play therapy (Theraplay)
  • Behavioural challenges
  • Parenting Support and education
  • Psychoeducational assessments and consultation 

 

 
  • Social skills
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • OCD​
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Play Therapy (Theraplay)
  • Parenting support and education
  • Psycho-educational assessments and consultation
Philosophy
Attachment is at the foundation of everything. It teaches us about the world, and about ourselves. It informs how we relate to others, how we regulate our emotions, and what feels safe. And while it is a biological mechanism, that doesn’t mean it’s always easy.

Neither is raising children. I would venture to say it’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. There are so many things that can get in the way of being the parent you want to be, and sometimes we need a little help.
Education Credentials
  • Masters in Counselling Psychology (McGill University)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology (University of Manitoba)
  • Circles of Security Parenting Facilitator
  • PSI and 2020 Mom Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Theraplay Level One
  • Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ExRP) by Cognitive Behavior Institute
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Vanessa Colombina
psi-logoRegistered Psychologist

Preteens/Teens ages (Ages 12+)

  • Anxiety, Stress, Worry, & Burnout

  • Depression & Mood (Incl. Self Harming)
  • School Related Concerns Including School Avoidance & Test Anxiety
  • Grief & Loss
  • OCD & Trauma
  • Career Guidance
  • Sleep Struggles/Insomnia
  • Coping Skills & Emotion Management
  • Parent, Family & Peer Relationships

 

I view clients as the expert in their own lives.  This is specially important for empowering youth to grow into independent beings who can make health choices and advocate for what they need.  I believe young people and their families have many strengths that can be nurtured to support the health and happiness of the individual and family.

 

Treatment Specialities

My therapeutic practice is shaped by my belief that clients need to feel safe and part of the process.  The process will evolve as we get to know each other and as the clients’ needs/goals evolve.

 

Modalities Include:

  • Person-Centered
  • Trauma Informed
  • Narrative
  • Strengths-based
  • Mindfulness
  • EMDR
  • Exposure Response Prevention (ERP)

Fun Fact

I love driving with the windows down and singing along to the radio very loudly.

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Professional counselling for kids at Pine Cone Health
Angela Young

Registered Psychologist

Children & Teens (age 3+)

  • Attachment-based/bonding
  • Social

    Skill Development Anxiety Management

  • Behaviour Issues
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Play-based strategies
  • Parent psycho-education / consultation
  • Social Skills, Anxiety / Depression
  • Behaviour
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Peer Conflict
  • Self-Esteem Building
  • Grief / Loss
  • Trauma
  • Interventions for Specific Diagnoses (ADHD, autism, OCD, ODD)
  • Play-based strategies
  • Parent psycho-education / consultation
  • CBT and Narrative Modalities
  • Trauma-Focused Interventions
  • Social Skills
  • Anxiety / Depression / OCD / Perfectionism
  • Trauma
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Esteem Building
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Play-based strategies
  • Parent resources
  • CBT / narrative / EMDR / ERP / client-focused therapy
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Simone Moniz
psi-logoRegistered Psychologist

Preteens/Teens (Ages 9+)

  • Self Esteem
  • Anxiety, Stress, Worry, & Burnout
  • Depression & Mood
  • Grief & Loss
  • Relationship Struggles
  • Parent/Child Relationships & Attachment
  • Mindfulness
Education Credentials: 
  • Masters in Counselling Psychology (Athabasca University); 
  • Bachelor in Psychology-Applied Enhanced Stream (Concordia University of Alberta);
  • Circle of Security Parenting;
  • Talaris Parenting, 
  • Triple P Parenting.  
Philosophy:  I love attachment, which is a strong emotional bond created within seconds of birth  between infant and caregiver. This attachment is foundational for all human beings we need attachment to survive For children, this emotional bond helps create healthy friendships, self-worth, success in school/work and self-regulation. Later on, as adults, our attachment system shows us in our intimate relationships with our partners but also our children.

Treatment Specialities: One of my passions is parents with parenting struggles, whatever  the age of their child. My  background has offered me parenting coaching experiences for ages 0 to 14. I love educating  parents on healthy expectations of their children, so ultimately, they feel more competent and successful in positively disciplining their children. We sometimes parent the way we were parented, without the intention of doing it exactly the same way. But without a deeper understanding of what to do differently, you may feel lost. That is completely normal and you are certainly not alone.   

A couple of my strengths is being genuinely empathetic to your situation while using humour to remember some  fun strategies moving forward. Life can get serious, the work to change ourselves  doesn’t always have to be. 
Fun fact about Simone: I am a wanderlust adventurer. I love travelling. I’ve been to 16 countries and 6 continents, with the hope to make it to all 7 continents.  
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Rachel Walpert Fairbrother

Registered Psychologist

Teens (11-17)

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship Issues (Individually), Codependency,
  • Separation, Attachment Issues & Family Conflict
  • Self-Harm & Suicidal Ideation
  • Addictions, Harm Reduction
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Grief & Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Career Guidance

Education Credentials:

  • Masters in Counselling Psychology (University of Ottawa, 2015);
  • Bachelor in Psychology (Trent University, 2011);
  • Social Work- General Interest Courses (University of Northern British Columbia, 2013)
  • EMDR- Level 1 Basic Training, 2019
  • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Training, 2017
  • Certified ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Facilitator, 2015
  • Cultural Competency Training in Indigenous Mental Health
    • Mentorship from Elder Harriet Geddes, Fort Providence, NWT- 2015
    • Indigenous Canada- Department of Native Studies Online Course- University of Alberta, 2017

 

Philosophy: I practice from a client-centered, trauma-informed perspective, meaning I view the client as the expert of their own experiences. I encourage clients to share their experiences, explore different perspectives, and tap into their personal intuition in therapy. I ask questions to help explore thoughts, feelings and behaviours that may be causing distress in our lives. The treatment modalities I draw from are Narrative, Strength-Based, Psycho-Educational, Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT), Existential and Attachment Based therapies.

Treatment Specialities: I have been fortunate to have worked in a variety of counselling settings over the last six years, which have helped to shape me into the therapist I am today. I began my journey working with adolescents in residential settings, who struggled with mental health
challenges such as childhood trauma, anxiety, depression or addiction. Following this experience, I moved to an Indigenous Dene community in the Northwest Territories where I worked with adults, youth and families. Here, I gained valuable insight into counselling within a multicultural context.

Upon settling in Edmonton, I have had the privilege of working at a non-profit agency that supports adults struggling with complex mental and physical health challenges. This role has allowed me to practice from a trauma-informed and harm-reduction lens, allowing for greater compassion and individualized treatment.I am passionate about supporting individuals to overcome hardship in the areas of trauma, grief, addiction, anxiety and depression, relationship challenges, self-esteem, self-exploration, and life transitions. Working at Pine has allowed me to apply these skills to perinatal mental health; whether that may be support the transitioning into parenthood, overcoming a birth trauma, or experiencing loss.

Fun fact about Rachel: I am a huge animal lover! I have 2 dogs and take them gallivanting through the river valley or mill creek whenever I get the chance!
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Brittany Sales

Registered Psychologist

Teens (11-17)

  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Depression, Self-Harm, Suicidal Behaviour
  • LGBTQIA2S+ and Gender Identity Challenges
  • Eating Disorders
  • Interpersonal Relationship Challenges
  • Life Transitions and Changes
  • Self-Image, Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem Challenges
  • Trauma
Philosophy:
When it comes to youth, setting them up for success early is key. I believe that giving youth the opportunity to develop adaptive mental health skills, strategies, and tools is a priceless investment in a healthy future. I also believe in nurturing the inner strengths of both the youth and the family to cultivate
enduring health and well-being.

Treatment specialities:
I base my therapeutic practice on the values of trauma-informed care, which
include safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment. As each client is a highly unique
individual, my approach is tailored to fit the needs of each client. The treatment modalities/orientations
that I draw from are:

  • Person-Centered (humanistic)
  • Cognitive Behavioural
  • Narrative
  • Existential
  • Feminist and Social Justice Oriented
  • Strengths-Based
  • Self-Compassion and Self-Acceptance Based
  • Mindfulness Based
  • Trauma-Informed

I am passionate about advocacy, social justice, empowerment, and cultural responsivity. I am also deeply
committed to decolonizing and Indigenizing my therapeutic practice, and engage in ongoing self auditing
to ensure I am best using culture-infused counselling principles to create an inclusive and safe space for
Queer, Indigenous, Black Brown, and People of Color (QIBPOC), LGBTQ2S+ and polyamorous youth.

Fun fact about Brittany: I love learning about dreams (the phenomena that happen when we sleep). I am
steadily improving my ability to lucid dream and it is both thrilling and mysterious!

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Mallory Becker

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Teens (11+)

  • Anxiety, Stress, Worry, & Burnout
  • Depression, Mood & Motivation
  • Trauma
  • Grief & Loss
  • Self Esteem
  • Relationship Struggles
  • Parenting Strategies
  • Career Guidance
  • Navigating Difficult Transitions including Parent Separation or Moving

Speech Language Pathologists

Erica Bilobroka

Speech-Language Pathologist – Edmonton

BSN, MSc, R.SLP, S-LP(C)

Speech Therapy for Children, Adolescents, Teens & Adults

  • Speech Sounds

  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Orofacial Myology and Tongue Thrust
  • Fluency (i.e. Stuttering)
  • Early Language Acquisition and Expansion
  • Early Literacy Skills
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Learning and Study Skills
  • Receptive or Expressive Language Delay

Training and Certifications:

  • PROMPT+ Trained
  • Orofacial Myology: From Basics to Habituation
  • Various webinars on the assessment and treatment of Motor Speech Disorders through Apraxia Kids
  • Ultimate Play-Based Speech Therapy Certification
  • Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP)
  • Trauma Informed Care Certification
  • Health Change Methodology Certification
  • Indigenous Awareness and Sensitivity Certification

Why did you choose Speech-Language Pathology?

 

I began University with the intention of becoming a Pharmacist but quickly realized it wasn’t going to be a fulfilling career for me. Heading into my third year of my undergraduate degree, I started to explore the idea of becoming an SLP and did some volunteer work/clinical observations of an SLP in my hometown. Observing my very first session behind the two-way mirror, my heart and soul lit on fire! I knew that I had found the career that would never feel like work. I pursued Speech-Language Pathology from that moment on and have never looked back!

 

What ages of clients do you treat?

 

I have extensive experience working with school-aged children; however, I love working with kids of all ages and have also recently discovered joy working with young adults who are interested in improving their speech and/or oral rest posture.

 

Learn more about Erica

 

I received my Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta in 2008 and immediately pursued my Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, graduating in early 2011 from the Thesis-track. Since that time, I have worked in a variety of preschools, schools, and families’ homes with children aged 2-18. It is such a joy to work with families, building strong connections and getting to witness the excitement and pride that comes when communication breakthroughs are made. I truly feel so blessed to be entrusted with your loved ones and am grateful for every family that walks through my door. My goal is to make speech therapy fun, functional and engaging for your family!

When not at work, you will find me spending time with my husband and 2 children (4 & 6.5). We love to build Lego, swim, take family walks and explore our community playgrounds. I also love to read, take dance class, travel, and spend time with extended family and close friends.

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Emily Cipkar

Speech-Language Pathologist – Sherwood Park

M.Sc., R.SLP

Speech Therapy for Children, Teens, & Adults

  • Speech Sounds

  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Receptive or Expressive Language Delays
  • Early Language Acquisition
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Training and Certifications:

  • Certificate in Francophone Practice for SLPs
  • Natural Language Acquisition/Gestalt Language Processors (Meaningful Speech course)
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training
  • Trauma-informed Care training
  • Pivotal Response Treatment Level 1 & Level 2
  • PEERS for Adolescents Online Provider
  • Various webinars on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) best practice guidelines
  • Various webinars on neurodiversity-affirming approaches

Why did you choose Speech-Language Pathology?

I have always had a passion for helping and teaching others. While I was completing my undergraduate degree in French Studies, I realized that I really enjoyed learning about linguistics and the particulars of language and speech. Through that discovery, and the passion for teaching others, I came across the profession of Speech-Language Pathology, and realized it hit all my boxes!

What ages of clients do you treat?

I have most of my experience working with preschool and school-aged children, but I have facilitated groups for teenagers, and I enjoy working with them equally.

Learn more about Emily

I received my Bachelor of Arts in French Studies, with a minor in psychology, at the University of Windsor in 2017. Originally from Ontario, I moved here in 2017 to complete my Master of Science with the University of Alberta, finishing in 2019. Shortly afterwards, I completed the graduate certificate program in Francophone Practice for SLPs. My approach to treatment is to find the most functional goals for the client and family, and work with them to accomplish it. I enjoy making treatment fun and engaging, keeping in mind the client’s strengths. I am a strong advocate for a client’s communication needs, using their preferences for how they communicate with the world.

When not at work, you’ll find me spending time with my spouse and cats, or diving into my latest craft hobby. I enjoy knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidering, or anything that helps pass the time!

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Carin Broome

Speech-Language Pathologist – Edmonton

MSc.SLP, R.SLP, S-LP(C)

Speech Therapy for Children, Adolescents, Teens, & Adults

  • Speech Sounds

  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Oral Motor Delays/Disorders
  • Pediatric Feeding Disorders
  • Infant Feeding
  • Picky Eating
  • Orofacial Myology and Tongue Thrust
  • Pre and post frenectomy care
  • Early Language Acquisition and Expansion
  • Early Literacy Skills
  • Receptive or Expressive Language Delay

Training and Certifications: 

  • PROMPT Bridging Trained
  • IAOM – 28-hour Certification-Track Course
  • Talk Tools ® – OPT™ Level 3Therapist
  • Functional assessment and remediation of Tethered Oral Tissues
  • Breathe Baby – The Breathe Institute
  • Feed the Peds
  • Myo Munchee
  • The Floortime Course for Professionals
  • Pivotal Response Treatment Level 1 Certification
  • Hanen Certification in: It Takes Two to Talk, Learning Language and Loving It, Target Word, More Than Words, Talkability, ABC and Beyond
  • American Sign Language Level 1 and 2
  • “The Invisible Disability” Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Various webinars on pediatric feeding disorders
  • Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP)
  • AAC Ally
  • Various webinars and courses related to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

About Carin:

I graduated from the University of Alberta in 2011.  Since then, I have worked in a variety of settings including schools, community centres and families’ homes.  I have a passion for helping children express themselves in a way that is meaningful and functional for them.  I believe that children learn best through play and incorporate strategies into play and daily activities.  I am also passionate about supporting children and adults to eat safely and enjoy food.  The relationship between speech and feeding development is a special interest area and one that I love supporting children and families develop.  I also value looking at the whole person and providing appropriate referrals to other disciplines to help everyone reach their potential.

 

When not at work, I am spending time with my husband and 3 kids (18, 16 and 8 months), watching musicals, trying new restaurants, and planning our next vacation. 

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Physiotherapists

Kristine Fairbanks

Licensed Physiotherapist

Pediatric Physiotherapist

  • Gross Motor Assessments for Children
  • Gross Motor Delays

  • Pediatric Pelvic Health

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Simone Fleet

Licensed Physiotherapist

Pediatric Physiotherapist

Children & Teens (age 4+)

  • Daytime incontinence

  • Bed wetting

  • Constipation

  • Bowel leakage

  • Imperforated anus

  • Hirschsprung’s Disease

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Jillian Palmer

Licensed Physiotherapist

Pediatric Physiotherapist

  • Gross Motor Assessments for Children (preschool and up)
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Pelvic/Low Back/Abdominal Pain
  • Post Abdominal / Pelvic Surgical Rehab
  • Core Strengthening
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Victoria Wilk

Licensed Physiotherapist

Pediatric Physiotherapist

  • Pediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Post-Secondary Education:

  • Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Alberta, 2019
  • Bachelor of Science, MacEwan University, 2016

Additional Training:

  • Functional Dry Needling
  • Level 1 – Treating Urinary Incontinence
  • Level 2 – Pelvic Pain Through a Trauma Informed Lens
  • Non-Internal Pelvic Health Considerations

Biography: 

Victoria’s philosophy surrounding her approach to physiotherapy stems greatly from her personal experience, as a patient herself when she was a child. The care she received when she was younger, was unfortunately not patient centered, collaborative, empowering, or respectful of body autonomy – and this led her to drop out of rehab and ultimately the high-level sport Victoria was competing in at the time. As Victoria decided her career path as an adult, and landed on physiotherapy she knew this experience had to shape the care provider she would be. Hence, her mission with clients is to make them feel everything she didn’t. Victoria wants patients to know that she is there to support them, but also make them feel empowered with knowledge to help themselves beyond their appointment. Victoria wants patients to feel as though they are part of the process, and treatments will always be guided by their goals and respectful of their personal comfort level. If you work together she aims to always make you feel heard, and comfortable and from there Victoria believes you can almost always achieve the goals you are hoping to work towards.

Fun Fact: 

One reason I chose to be a physiotherapist is because I LOVE to work with my hands. But when I am not getting this fill at work I fiddle at home, and have taught myself to learn almost any craft that I’ve ever been interested in. I can hand embroider, sew, wood carve, make soap or lotions, grow a cut flower garden from seed, have renovated my entire house and built an outdoor greenhouse with my husband, share a home pottery studio with my in-laws, and the list goes on.

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Pediatric Chiropractors

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Dr. Shenaigh Newman

Chiropractor

  • Delayed Milestones
  • Growing Pains
  • Neck / Back Pain
  • Constipation
  • Infant Specific Issues
  • Sports Injuries
  • Concussions

Biography

Dr. Shenaigh Newman received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Alberta in 2011 and graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in 2016. She has always had a passion for treating pregnant and postpartum patients and that interest only grew after she became a mom in 2018. When not in the clinic, you can find her chasing after her toddler, snuggling her new baby or off on some new adventure in the mountains.

 

Philosophy & Style

Dr. Shenaigh delivers a hands-on, evidence-based, and patient-centred approach to treatment. She enjoys figuring out the root cause of the problem and helping give her patients the tools to help prevent the issue in the future. She believes that a well-rounded form of treatment is best and often combines manual therapy with education, stress management, nutrition guidance, and rehabilitation exercises. She is passionate about helping new moms (and dads!) navigate the journey into parenthood and helping them achieve their goals; whether it be to pick up their kid pain-free or to run a 10km next summer.

 

Qualifications/Courses

  • Doctor of Chiropractic (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry (University of Alberta)
  • Certified TCM Acupuncture Provider
  • Certified Complete Concussion Management Provider
  • Webster Technique
  • Active Release Therapy (ART)
  • Graston Techniques
  • Kinesiology Taping
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Massage Therapists

Vanessa Shynkaruk

Registered Massage Therapist – Edmonton & Sherwood Park

Pine Community Building Lead – Sherwood Park

  • Infant/Paediatric Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Myofascial Therapy
  • Trigger Point Release
  • Relaxation Massage
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Hydrotherapy

Vanessa has always been fascinated with anatomy, the human-body, and its incredible abilities to heal, grow, and adapt! She is an active person who grew up playing competitive sports and had been interested in Massage Therapy as a career for as long as she can remember! She decided to finally go for it, and completed her 2200-hour program graduating with distinction, from Alberta College of Massage Therapy in 2021.

Vanessa has worked in the healthcare field for over 18 years, and before Massage she has worked as Medical Office Assistant in a GP’s Clinic (Specialized Sports Medicine), as well as a Chiropractic & Physiotherapy-Assistant; but she is most well-known in the Edmonton Birth Community as a Certified Labour-Birth Doula (CAPPA 2013). She’s also a Certified Babywearing Educator (CBS 2013), trained Postpartum Doula (CAPPA 2015), Childbirth Educator, and has taken her Spinning Babies® Workshop Training (2017).

Vanessa is passionate about treating the body as a whole, she practices from an evidence-based approach sprinkled with a holistic mindset, and would best describe herself as a “solid mix of science and spirit!” She believes in meeting people right where they’re at and trusts that working together as a team, and as a community, is where the magic in wellness really happens!

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Taylor McKee

Registered Massage Therapist – Edmonton

  • Pediatric Massage
  • Cupping Therapies
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Relaxation Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Trigger Point Release
  • Hydrotherapy

Biography

I have always been a very active person, from my years as a National level competitive swimmer, to now being a CrossFit junkie. Years ago, when I was still swimming, I got a terrible back injury which started my love for self-care. Going for massages was what helped me the most to heal from my injury, which is what made me want to become a massage therapist myself. After doing some yoga teacher trainings, I went to school for massage therapy and received my honours diploma in January 2020 from the Alberta Institute of Massage. In August of 2021, my husband and I decided to move from our hometown Medicine Hat to the big city of Edmonton! We have been loving it and decided to call the city home.

 

I absolutely love being a massage therapist. I love being able to help my clients every day and see how much better they feel after their treatments. I very much believe in a multidisciplinary approach to healing, and I want to be able to help my clients with a proper treatment plan to get them back to feeling their best. I have special interest in prenatal and postnatal massage, and I have taken further courses to become a birth doula. I also very often treat clients with neck and shoulder pain, back pain, sciatic pain, and am able to provide therapeutic treatments, deep tissue, or relaxation massage.

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Jessica Dumont-Robertson

Registered Massage Therapist – Edmonton

  • Prenatal and Postnatal Massage

  • Cupping Therapies
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Relaxation Massage
  • Pediatric Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Trigger Point Release
  • Hydrotherapy (Hot Stone)
  • Reiki

Biography 

I became a massage therapist in 2018 because I wanted to make a positive change in this world. I wanted a career where I could help people feel healthy and able to continue doing the things that they love. 

Over the last couple of years, I have been trained in **sports massage, myofascial remodeling, cupping, and prenatal massage.** I have had mentors from several different backgrounds varying between extreme deep tissue, therapeutic sports massage to the quiet craniosacral approach. Within my practice, I prefer incorporating all of my backgrounds to fit the specific reason my client is coming in. 

As an athlete, I know firsthand how debilitating injuries can be and how some symptoms never seem to go away. I use my experience from past injuries to help me understand where my clients are at and to formulate more sustainable treatment plans.  

When I’m not helping others heal you can find me exploring the outdoors with my two kids and our two pugs! 

I look forward to seeing you in my treatment room! 

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Registered Dietitians & Lactation Consultants

Danielle Neumann

Registered Dietitian – Sherwood Park

 

I support clients of all ages, genders and nutrition challenges, but specialize in the following areas:

  • General healthy eating & lifestyle management

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Health
  • Nutrition for Mental Health
  • Body positivity & Food Relationship
  • Disordered eating
  • Gut Health
  • Family / pediatric nutrition
  • Vegetarian nutrition
  • Sports Nutrition

As a veteran Registered Dietitian with 12+ years’ experience, I bring a deep and diverse wealth of nutrition expertise & knowledge. I have worked with a broad range of clients of all ages and genders, from babies to seniors.

I believe in building a collaborative clinician-client relationship. This is essential for creating a safe space, conducive to discussing deeply personal health, nutrition, food and body concerns. I pride myself in being an expert in listening to clients and helping clients self-reflect / incorporate mindfulness as a way of individualizing nutrition plans. Using a wholistic wellness lens, help clients map out “the big picture” as a way of improving the food / body / wellness relationship. Each session emphasizes the creation of stepwise, do-able goals, which leave clients feeling empowered and confident in their ability to create sustainable, meaningful changes for the long-term.

As a born-and-raised Edmontonian, I am a proud Franco-Albertan who is fully fluent in both English and French. My personal interests include spending time with family & friends; officiating elite & National level ringette; playing soccer; gardening; enjoying live music / sporting / theatre productions; travelling.

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Megan Wallace

Megan Wallace

Registered Dietitian – Edmonton

  • Healthy Weights

  • Picky Eating
  • Infant Feeding/Starting Solids
  • Food Allergies
  • Food & Body Relationship
  • Family Meal Planning

I am extremely passionate about working with children and families. As a Mum to three, young kiddos myself (4.5, 2.5 and 1) I can assure you, I am in the arena fighting the same battles as you.

 

While navigating food with children can be tiresome and challenging, I long for the opportunity to teach parents and caregivers strategies to address picky eaters, decrease mealtime drama and not have to eat ‘kid-food’ every night. Among my passion for giving parents’ permission to relax at mealtimes, I also seek to support the health of children in a variety of other areas.

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Megan Schafers

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Registered Nurse

  • Breastfeeding & Lactation Support
  • Positioning and latching
  • Nipple pain, damage, mastitis, plugged ducts
  • Assessment of possible lip or tongue-ties
  • Milk supply concern (from low to abundant)
  • Poor infant weight gain
  • Pumping/milk expression
  • Prenatal preparation

Megan is a Registered Nurse, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Certified INNATE Postpartum Care Provider.

Megan had always dreamed of working with babies and their families, and she spent the first part of her career as a Registered Nurse working with children at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. She now focuses on breastfeeding support and working with families in the postpartum time. Her approach to lactation and breastfeeding respects the innate abilities and wisdom of each breastfeeding parent and baby.

Megan has experience supporting families in lactation and breastfeeding in a variety of settings including in home support, outpatient breastfeeding clinics, NICU and inpatient postpartum units.

Megan is also a part of the team at Uptown Dental, where she assists with lip and tongue tie assessment and provides immediate latching support after the frenectomy procedure.

Megan’s intention is to serve as one of the many necessary layers of support for the parents in our community.

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Julia Mio

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

  • Support for Breastfeeding, Lactating & Formula Feeding
  • Prenatal Preparation
  • Concerns & Discomfort: Nipple, Breast, Mastitis, Plugged Ducts, Milk Blebs and More
  • Position & Latch
  • Infant Growth, Sleep and Development
  • Bottles: Starting, Refusal and more
  • Tongue and Lip Ties: Assessment, Support and Navigating Complexities
  • Pumping (Pump Rentals, Fittings, Routines, Pump Selection, etc.)
  • Milk Production (Low Supply / Hypolactation, Hyperlactation, Stopping Lactation)
  • Safe Formula Preparation, Choosing Formula
  • Feeding through Different Stages (Distractable Nursing, Chest/Bottle Feeding with Solid Foods, Returning to Work while Lactating, etc.)
  • Strategies for Weaning

Bio 

Julia is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and holds a Diploma in Child Psychology. She has had the privilege of helping thousands of parents since 2010. As a passionate advocate for families, she believes that parents are the ones who know their children best! She is dedicated to using her expertise to partner with families while navigating their unique journey into parenthood. 

Julia spent the beginning of her career as a founding partner of an Edmonton Breastfeeding Clinic where she cared for thousands of infant-parent dyads in partnership with a breastfeeding medicine physician. She now focuses on drawing on her 13+ years of expertise to offer respectful, evidence-based and practical solutions to all types of breastfeeding and infant nutrition challenges while centering families and their goals.  

She has provided mentorship and teaching to physicians, nurses, SLPs, physiotherapists etc. in all areas of breastfeeding and infant nutrition. With significant clinical expertise and additional training in areas such as milk production, infant oral structures (ex: tongue and lip ties), choosing and using feeding tools, infant reflexes and neurobiology and development, she is here to guide you along your feeding journey (sometimes one baby step at a time).  

Julia is proud member of several professional organizations such as the Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding and Lactation Education, International Lactation Consultant Association, Canadian Lactation Consultant Association, International Association of Tongue Tie Professionals and La Leche League Canada. 

She thoroughly enjoys continuing education and keeping her skills up to date. Highlights include: spending time in Portland, Oregon with Dr Bobby Ghaheri at his ENT clinic and attending the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 

Closer to home, she was trained directly by Dr Alison Hazelbaker as a validator and assessor using the Hazelbaker Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function (HATLFF) through the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary in 2018-2019. This tool is now used as part of the AHS South-Zone Ankyloglossia Protocol in assessment and treatment of infants with oral restrictions (aka Tongue Ties and/or Lip Ties). 

When she is not working, she is trying to keep up with her two active kids in the Mill Creek ravine, enjoying a third cup of coffee or doting on her many (but never too many) houseplants! 
 

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Administrative Team

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Jessica Brownoff

Senior Administrative Assistant/ Office Manager

Jessica was drawn to Pine for being a single location that offers an interdisciplinary and holistic approach for care, beautifully packaging support for the body and mind for all. You may know her as one of the lovely voices and smiling faces you see when you arrive to our clinic, or for her quick email replies. She currently helps to manage many of the behind-the-scenes operations of the Forest.

She, alongside the brilliant mind of Laura Bryant make up the ‘Mitochondria of Pine’. Together they strive to optimize the delivery of care from our diversely talented providers and welcoming front-end admin team, to support the health needs of our wonderful clients.

Jessica has always had a passion for understanding and exploring the intricate connectivity and complexity of the human body. After completing a degree in Biology and Science Psychology, she realized her passion for working hands-on in health care, to make a direct impact on an individual’s life through nursing.


Currently, Jessica is a Registered Nurse working in Women’s Health and Postpartum. By working with and learning from the invaluable family at Pine, Jessica hopes to bring the knowledge she has gained to the bedside. Ensuring that each individual she encounters feels respected, cared for, while being appropriately educated, empowered and advocated for, in order for them to play an active role in their healing journey.


Jessica understands that her patients’ health and wellbeing extend beyond their physical diagnosis and that working to promote all aspects of health are key for delivering optimal care.


Jessica has a quirky sense of humour and is passionate about forming genuine connections with both the clients and staff within the Pine Community. She understands that each person plants a seed within the Pine Forest, with their own story and unique needs.

Laura Bryant

Senior Administrative Assistant/ Office Manager

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Carmen Gervais

Administrative Assistant and Social Media

I feel passionate about mental and physical health. I believe everyone deserves to continually grow throughout their lives to become the best version of oneself. I am currently working on my Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and minor in Sociology, with a goal to become a Registered Psychologist. I am working on my trauma sensitive yoga teacher training and also have training and practice Reiki healing. I push myself to grow and learn as much as I can, in all different ways. I strive to make sure each client that walks through Pine’s door feels comfortable and heard before heading into their appointment.

Fun Fact:

When I am not working, I love hiking, yoga and horseback riding.

Taylor Melvie

Administrative Assistant

Education Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Psychology (University of Alberta)

Philosophy:   
I love being someone people can turn to when they need support, and my goal is to be a registered psychologist. I love connecting with people and offering a safe space for anyone. My own experiences have also led me towards a career in psychology and I want to use these experiences and education to help others heal and grow.    

Fun Fact:   
In my free time, I love reading and hanging out with my puppy, Presley! My nose is usually stuck in a book and I love adding my collection. If I’m not reading, I’m probably on a walk with my pup. 

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Sorryn Kruger

Administrative Assistant

Hi, my name is Sorryn Kruger! I am one of the administrative assistants at Pine. I am a 550 hour certified yoga teacher, I did my 500 hour training with Modo Yoga International in Ecuador, where I learned the foundations on how to teach Hatha yoga, and then I did my 50 hour Yin Yoga training with Prana Yoga here in Edmonton. Being a student and teacher of yoga, I am passionate about sharing the benefits a daily yoga practice can bring. I am also passionate about the different types of therapy and how they can improve the overall quality of life for someone. It is a goal of mine to become a Recreational therapist, so I can further help my community around me. Some more fun facts about me are that I can speak a little bit of German, and I love Harry Potter, plants, and grilled cheese. It is also my life’s dream to go whale watching one day and see a pod of whales in their natural habitat.

Brooklyn Weymouth

Administrative Assistant

I’ve gained an appreciation for psychology and understanding the science behind it. Pine provides the perfect environment to further dive into the world of holistic health and psychology, and I’m excited to expand my knowledge during my time here. I am currently attending Macewan University pursuing my Bachelor of Commerce degree.

In my free time I love listening to music, bingeing TV shows and movies, spending time with my friends, and enjoying hot summer days. 

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Myka James

Administrative Assistant

Health and wellness are at the forefront of my priorities for myself, as well as others. I am currently finishing up school at the University of Alberta to become a recreation therapist, wanting to work with individuals with disabilities, as well as vulnerable populations. I have worked at the U of A as a teaching assistant and have also volunteered as a leisure companion with the Brain Care Centre. Working in an interdisciplinary health and wellness-oriented environment such as Pine has made me aware of the complexities and variations of people’s well-being, as well as the many ways we can assist them in reaching their goals!

In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, cooking, and going on walks. 

Maternity Leave

Calista Powell (she/her)

Licensed Physiotherapist

Currently on Maternity Leave

Pediatric Physiotherapist

Children & Teens (age 3+)

  • Transgender Pelvic Health Physio
  • Musculoskeletal Physio
  • Daytime Incontinence
  • Bed Wetting
  • Constipation
  • Bowel Leakage
  • Imperforate Anus
  • Hirschsprung’s Disease

I see kids for Pediatric Pelvic Health Physiotherapy starting at the age of 4-5 years old. Pediatric Pelvic health Physiotherapy includes treatment for daytime incontinence, bed wetting, constipation, bowel leakage, imperforate anus and Hirschsprung’s Disease. Treatment for constipation can begin from the age of four all the way into adulthood and for urinary disorders, such as bed wetting, can start at the age of five all the way into adulthood. Unlike adult pelvic health physiotherapy there are no internal exams involved. The only time an internal assessment would be done is if the following three are present: previous surgical bowel correction, it is deemed necessary for treatment, and child and parent are both comfortable.

Even though treatment does not involve an internal assessment children are still taught how to engage their pelvic floor through specific cueing and assessment is done on top of clothing. All assessment and treatment is thoroughly explained to the guardian and child and tailored to what is comfortable. Treatment as stated includes pelvic floor training, education, breathing exercises, daily schedule and habit retraining and core strengthening. Treatment is very specific to what each child is experiencing because even what causes something like bed wetting is not universal.

I love working with kids because they are intuitive to what is going on around them and what is causing their problem. They achieve success quickly as their bodies change and modify much faster than adults. Kids are also fun and motivated. When working with pediatrics there is often a psycho-social aspect to their diagnosis which makes them motivated to see change quickly.

Building connection with children and families and helping them attain goals and milestones through play and fun makes working with children a constantly changing, exciting and the most rewarding job to have.

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