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Nicole Antunes

Registered Provisional Psychologist
Individual Adults
Children & Teens ages 6+

  • Anxiety, Stress, & Burnout
  • Depression & Mood
  • Self-Esteem & Perfectionism
  • Children/Youth (Attachment, anxiety/depression, school concerns, self-esteem)
  • Family & Relationship Issues (Conflict, communication, values, self-esteem)
  • Culture related concerns (Identity exploration and development, immigration/child of immigrants)
  • Grief & Loss (Life transitions, death or non-death losses)
  • Trauma
  • Perinatal Struggles (Adjustment, Grief and loss, relationship changes, family dynamics).
  • Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders
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  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology, Minor in Sociology (MacEwan University – 2016)  
  • Master of Education in Counselling Psychology (University of Alberta – 2023)  
I utilize or draw on principles from the following 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


  • EMDR Basic Training – EMDR Consulting, 2023
  • 3-Day Dialectical Behavior Therapy Certification Training
  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) for Attachment Trauma
  • 2-Day Anxiety Certification Course: Integrate CBT and Exposure & Response Prevention for the Treatment of GAD, Panic Disorder, OCD, Social Anxiety, & Phobias
  • 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


You deserve to show up to therapy as your authentic self without judgement or shame. I believe that therapy is less about the modalities or therapy approaches used, and more about meeting you where you’re at in your unique journey. My approach is not one-size-fits-all; it’s a personalized experience that respects your needs and individuality. Collaboration is important, and our work together will be a partnership based on trust, compassion, empathy.
I support people with anxiety, depression, stress and burnout, life changes, and also have a passion for supporting pregnant women, new mothers, and children of immigrants. In learning about you, your journey, and your life experiences, we can decide on a course of treatment together to help you thrive in all facets of life. 
Starting this process can be scary and overwhelming. I aim to create a safe and comfortable space for individuals of all unique cultures and backgrounds. Through our work together, we can empower you to navigate life’s challenges, capitalize on your inner strengths and resilience, and create a roadmap towards a more fulfilling and purposeful life.


Fun Fact 

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


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Katie Lysakpsi logo

Registered Social Worker
Individual Adults & Children (8 and up)

  • Parent-Child Relationships & Attachment; 
  • Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders;  
  • Perinatal Life Adjustment Struggles; 
  • Anxiety, Stress, Worry, & Burnout; 
  • Perfectionism; 
  • Grief & Loss; 
  • Mood, Motivation, Depression, Self-Harm, & Suicidal Ideation; 
  • BIPOC & 2SLGBTQIA+ Ally 
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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) 


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.   

Gabrielle Barkman 

Registered Provisional Psychologist
Individual Adults & Teens

  • 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  
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Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Capella University

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Major in Psychology from Athabasca University



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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Rachel Walpert Fairbrother

Registered Psychologist
Individual Adults & Teens (11-17)

  • Anxiety, Stress, Burnout
  • Relationship Issues (Codependency, Attachment, Conflict, Communication, Transition into Parenthood)
  • Self-Harm & Suicidal Ideation
  • Addictions, Harm Reduction, Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Trauma (Childhood, Family/Intergenerational, Residential Schools, Critical Incidents).
  • Grief & Loss
  • LGBTQ2S+ Ally
  • Life Transitions (Career changes, Becoming a Parent, Separation/Divorce, Retirement)
  • Perinatal Struggles (Incl. Adjustment Difficulties, Postpartum Anxiety & Depression)
  • Pregnancy & Birth Trauma
  • Parenting Support (Toddlers, Preschoolers, Pre-teens, Teens)
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  • Masters in Counselling Psychology (University of Ottawa, 2015);
    • Bachelor in Psychology Honours (Trent University, 2011);
    • Certified ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Facilitator, 2015
    • Cultural Competency Training in Indigenous Mental Health, 2017
  • Assisting Individuals in Crisis- Canadian Critical Incident Stress Training Summit, 2017
  • Motivational Interviewing- 2018
  • Sexuality, Gender & Diversity Training- Evan Westfal, University of Alberta, 2019
  • EMDR Basic Training- EMDR Consulting- 2019
  • Circle of Security Parenting Course-Facilitator, 2020.
  • Incredible Years Parenting Course-Facilitator, 2021
  • CBT for Perinatal Mood Disorders- Beck Institute, 2021

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.

Fun fact about Rachel: I spend my free time wrangling my 2 kiddos and 2 dogs and love travel, nature walks and good podcasts!

Deanna Barrie

Registered Psychologist
Individual Adults

Children aged 0-10

  • Perinatal Mood Disorders (Pregnancy through Postpartum – Depression, Anxiety, Birth Trauma & OCD)
  • Perinatal Struggles (Incl. Adjustment, Relationship Changes, Family Dynamics & Perfectionism)
  • Grief & Loss (pregnancy loss, infertility, stillbirth, birth & medical trauma)
  • Parenting & Attachment
  • Anxiety, Stress, Burnout & Overwhelm
  • Depression
  • Child & Youth Mental Health & Behavior Concerns
  • Pelvic Pain & Reproductive Health Concerns
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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
  • Cognitive Behavioural (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused
  • Emotion Focused
  • Hakomi
  • Somatic Therapies
  • Mindfulness-Based Therapies
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Clinical Hypnosis

Education Credentials:

  • Master of Counselling (Athabasca University)


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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Simone Monizpsi logo

Registered Psychologist
Pine Cone Health Clinical Lead

Individual Adults & Couples
Preteens/Teens (Ages 9+)

  • Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (Conception/Pregnancy through Postpartum – Depression, Anxiety, Birth Trauma & OCD)
  • Perinatal Struggles (Incl. Adjustment, Grief and loss, Relationship Changes, Family Dynamics & Perfectionism)
  • Anxiety, Stress, Worry, & Burnout
  • Depression & Mood
  • Grief & Loss
  • Relationship Struggles
  • Parent/Child Relationships & Attachment
  • Mindfulness
  • Anti-oppressive and feminist therapeutic lens
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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.
  • Perinatal CBT
  • PMH-C (Perinatal Mental Health Certified) through Postpartum Support International 
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy) 
  • ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) 
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. My values are pro-queer, pro-trans, pro-sex work, pro-Black and anti-colonial.

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.

Samantha Copithornepsi logo

Registered Psychologist
Sherwood Park Clinical Lead

Individual Adults & Couples

  • Perinatal Mood Disorders (Pregnancy/Postpartum Depression, Anxiety, Birth Trauma & OCD )
  • Sleep/Insomnia
  • Unplanned Pregnancy
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Grief & Loss (Incl. Infertility & Pregnancy Loss)
  • Perinatal Struggles (Incl. Adjustment Difficulties, Relationship Changes, Family Dynamics)
  • Trauma & PTSD
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● Master of Counselling (Athabasca University)
● Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Molecular Biology (Grant MacEwan University)
● Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care
● Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy
● EMDR Basic Training

Philosophy: My therapeutic approach is being genuine, non-judgmental and empathetic. I enjoy working collaboratively with the client to help and support them

through their challenges. I also believe in the importance of humour to come up with fun collaborative creative strategies for therapy.

Treatment Specialities: I am passionate about supporting individuals through their journeys into parenthood. I believe in the importance of helping postpartum moms (and dads) adjust to their new roles as seamlessly as possible. I predominately work from a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) perspective, which is effective for supporting maternal mental health concerns. I also have my certificate in basic eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) training, which has demonstrated efficacy as a treatment strategy for trauma. I have experience working with adults who are struggling with various perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (such as postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety), grief, self-esteem concerns, anxiety, depression, and trauma. I am also an ally of the LGBTQ2+ community, and believe in the importance of mental health support for all individuals.

Fun Fact about Sam: I really love eating from food trucks. Doesn’t matter the type of food, as long as it’s from a food truck – I will love it!

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Angela Young

Registered Psychologist
Individual Adults
Children & Teens (age 3+)

  • Anxiety, Stress, Worry, & Perfectionism
  • Depression & Mood
  • Learning Coping Strategies
  • Trauma & PTSD (incl. Birth Trauma)
  • Attachment Issues
  • Parenting Support
  • Perinatal Struggles (Incl. Adjustment Difficulties, Grief, Relationship Changes, Postpartum Anxiety & Depression)
  • First Nations History & Generational Trauma
  • Anger & Behaviour Issues
  • Support Through Separation/Divorce
  • School & Social Struggles
  • Play Therapy
  • Psycho-Educational Assessments
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Treatment Spectrum

Pelvic Health Physiotherapists for Women treat the following:

Birth Preparation

Postpartum Rehabilitation

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Urgency / Frequency

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Diastasis Rectus Abdominus

Core Strengthening

Pelvic floor Hypertonicity

Sexual Pain including:

  • Vaginismus
  • Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
  • Vulvodynia
  • Vestibulodynia

Coccydynia (Tailbone pain)

Pregnancy Pain (pelvis, ribs, etc.)

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction

Pelvic/ Low Back/ Abdominal Pain


Bowel Dysfunction including:

  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Flatulence Control
  • Pain with Bowel Movements
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Bloating


Pudendal Neuralgia

Post Abdominal /Pelvic Surgical Rehab

Perineal Tears

Pelvic Health Physiotherapists for Men treat the following:

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Urgency and Frequency

Stop/start urine flow

Slow Urine or ejaculate flow

Fecal Incontinence

Fecal Urgency

Chronic Constipation

Pain with Bowel Movements

Pelvic/ Low Back/ Abdominal Pain

Erectile Dysfunction

Premature Ejaculation

Pain with Erection

Pain with Ejaculation

Pain with Sex

Pelvic Pain including:

  • Chronic Prostatitis
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

Post-Hernia Repair

Pre and Post-prostatectomy Rehabilitation

Diastasis Rectus Abdominus

Core Strengthening

Pelvic Health Physiotherapists trained in Gender Affirmation treat the following:

Pre/Post Top Surgery Rehabilitation

Pre/Post Bottom Surgery Rehabilitation

Postoperative Pain Management

Wound Healing and Scar Tissue Management

Sexual Function and Sensation including sexual pain

Pelvic/ Low Back/ Abdominal Pain

Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction including:

  • Pain
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Urgency and Frequency
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Fecal Incontinence or urgency
Best Physiotherapist Edmonton

Elizabeth Cyrankiewicz


Licensed Physiotherapist
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Women
Adult Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Passionate about treating:

  • Postpartum Rehabilitation
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth Preparation
  • Complex Musculoskeletal
  • Return to Exercise
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Post-Secondary Education:

  • Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Alberta, 2015
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, University of Alberta, 2013

Additional Training:

  • Hypopressive Training System Level 1, 2, and 3
  • Spinning Babies Workshop
  • 200hr Yoga Teacher Training, Restorative Yoga, Pre + Postnatal Yoga
  • Male and Female Pelvic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • ISM Training – Diane Lee
  • Craniosacral Training Level 1, Upledger Institute
  • VM1: Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1
  • Orthopedic Level 1
  • Acupuncture Canada Certification
  • The Female Athlete – Level 1
  • CAPP-OB Level 1: Fundamentals of Pregnancy + Postpartum Physiotherapy
  • Ktape for Women’s Health
  • Post-professional Pelvic Floor Certification, Dianna Macdonald
  • CAPPA Labour Doula Training


Liz has a gift for connecting with patients and strives to create an environment for her clients to feel heard and validated as they navigate their road to recovery. Her approach to physical therapy, founded in the Integrated Systems Model (ISM), focuses on looking at a patient as a whole to get to the root of the problem and includes the use of manual therapy, patient education and a strong element of therapeutic exercise. She treats the body with a holistic approach and has applied her passion and knowledge of the human body to creating her own unique style of assessment and treatment.

Fun Fact:

I am a mom to 2 little humans. I play the harmonica and have a black belt in karate.

Victoria Wilk


Licensed Physiotherapist
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Women
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Men
Adult Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
Pediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Passionate about treating:

  • Pregnancy
  • Postpartum
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Injuries and Return to Activity
  • Pediatrics

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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


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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Simone Fleet


Licensed Physiotherapist
Sherwood Park Clinical Lead

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Women
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Men
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Pediatrics
Adult Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Passionate about treating:

  • Pregnancy
  • Postpartum
  • Cesarian Birth Experiences
  • Chronic Pelvic and Abdominal Pain
  • Pediatric Pelvic Health

For more information on pediatric services, click here

Learn more about Simone2023-08-09T02:45:31+00:00

Post-Secondary Education:

  • Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Alberta, 2013
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, University of Alberta, 2010

Additional Training:

  • Pediatrics Level 1-Treatment of Bladder and Bowel Disorders
  • VM1: Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1
  • Hypopressive Training System Level 1
  • Cesarean Birth: The Role of Physiotherapy in Preparation & Recovery
  • Pregnancy, Pelvic Girdle Pain & the Pelvic Floor
  • Spinning Babies: Trainer Workshop
  • Clinical Skills for Treating Pain using a Biopsychosocial Framework
  • The Role of Physiotherapy in the treatment of Pelvic Pain
  • The Physical Therapy Approach to Urinary Incontinence
  • PWR!Moves Instructor- neurological rehabilitation training


Physiotherapy is more than your physical health, it is utilizing movement -in various forms- to transform all facets of  one’s health to function, participate in and enjoy one’s life. Simone strives to create an environment that is welcoming and safe where clients can be heard and validated as they navigate their concerns. Simone’s mission is to collaborate with her clients in finding the tools and strategies that will assist them in reaching their goals and have them leaving confident and in control of their own body. Simone is always honored to be a client’s coach and cheerleader as they navigate different seasons of life and the challenges that may bring.

Fun Fact:

I love plants and baked goods. One day I will work in a bakery within a greenhouse.

Best Physiotherapist Edmonton

Tara Strekies


Licensed Physiotherapist
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Women
Adult Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Passionate about treating:

  • Pregnancy
  • Postpartum
  • Incontinence
  • Dyspareunia
  • Pelvic Pain
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Post-Secondary Education:

  • Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Alberta, 2018
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, University of Alberta, 2014

Additional Training:

  • Dry Needling
  • Level 1 – Treating Urinary Incontinence
  • Level 2 – Pelvic Pain Through a Trauma Informed Lens
  • Soft Tissue Release


Tara strives to take a patient centered approach by educating her patients to equip them with the knowledge they need to make them apart of the treatment team. Tara uses a combination of manual therapy and therapeutic home exercise to set you up for success and independence. Tara loves celebrating every win with her patients. Your goals are her goals!

Fun Fact:

I am a crochet maniac – sweaters, stuffies, you name it!

Allison Carnio (she/her)


Licensed Physiotherapist
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Women
Adult Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Passionate about treating:

  • Pregnancy
  • Postpartum
  • Peri-menopause
  • Pelvic Pain
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Post-Secondary Education:

  • Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Alberta, 2018
  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, University of Alberta, 2016

Additional Training:

  • Level 1: Physical Therapy Management of Urinary Incontinence
  • Diploma of Advanced Orthopedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy: Level 2 Upper Quadrant
  • 200 hr Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training
  • Clinical Update: Stress Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse Research and Management Review
  • Level 2: Role of Physical Therapy in the Treatment of Pelvic Pain
  • Level 3: Biopsychosocial Reframed


Allison’s treatment philosophy is based on the belief that a thorough assessment creates the foundation of a successful treatment plan. Allison deeply understands that the transition into motherhood is a significant life event with many things to learn along the way. In Allison’s person and professional experience, she has found that education can go a long way in easing this transition and therefore her treatments include an educational component as well as manual therapy techniques and therapeutic exercise. Her goal is to meet clients where they are – whether that be non-pregnancy, pre-conception, pregnancy, early postpartum, or months or years postpartum – in order to help then meet their treatment goals and ultimately get back to the activities in which they find fulfillment.

Fun Fact:

I am an identical twin! I also have fraternal twin daughters and a third girl who is 20 months older than the twins.

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Vanessa Shynkaruk

Registered Massage Therapist
Pine Community Building Lead – Sherwood Park

  • Pre & Post Natal Massage
  • Infant/Paediatric Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Myofascial Therapy
  • Trigger Point Release
  • Relaxation Massage
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Hydrotherapy
Learn more about Vanessa2022-04-25T22:39:06+00:00

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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Jessica Dumont-Robertson

Registered Massage Therapist

  • Prenatal and Postnatal Massage 
  • Cupping Therapies 
  • Therapeutic Massage 
  • Deep Tissue Massage 
  • Relaxation Massage 
  • Pediatric Massage 
  • Sports Massage 
  • Trigger Point Release 
  • Hydrotherapy (Hot Stone) 
  • Reiki 
Learn more about Jessica2023-03-11T18:08:14+00:00


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!

Vanessa Shynkaruk RMT

Wendy Mitchell

Registered Massage Therapist

  • Prenatal and Postnatal Massage 
  • Pain Management
  • Scar Release Therapy
  • Stress Release
  • Addressing physical symptoms through an energetic and spiritual lens
  • Relaxation Massage
  • Therapeutic Intra-Oral
  • Cupping
  • Myofascial
  • MPS (Microcurrent Point Stimulation)
  • Cranial Sacral
  • Trigger Point Therapy
Learn more about Wendy2024-04-30T18:23:17+00:00


  • Optician (1981)
  • Optometric Assistant (1998)
  • Massage Therapist (2000)
  • Medical Office Assistant (2013)

Additional Training

  • Cranial Sacral Therapy
  • MPS (Microcurrent Point Stimulation)
  • Cupping
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Access Consciousness


It’s not so much about the job, as she has never considered massage as a job. She just get to hang out with some really cool people. It’s more about belonging to a community and helping other along the way in their journey. Giving our patients our knowledge & experiences, while using it to improve health. Wendy welcomes the freedom to shine in the family of Pine!

Wendy has worked with many clients over the years from children to seniors. As a result, her belief is at different stages of our lives, pain free may be too much to ask for. However, easement would be a gift. The miracle of easement, giving patients a sense of hope is as essential as the treatment itself.

Fun Fact

Wendy loves hanging out with her family at the lake, reading and learning & swimming!


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Mika Ennis

B.Sc., R.Ac.

Registered Acupuncturist 
Ages 5 and up

Passionate about treating:

  • Pregnancy & Postpartum
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
  • Fertility, support for IVF and IUI Success
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Sleep
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Any type of pain or Injury including: Stiff neck, back pain, sciatica, sprains, tendinitis
Learn more about Mika2024-04-01T23:53:31+00:00

Post-Secondary Education:

  • Diploma of Acupuncture from MacEwan University, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, 2012

Additional Training:

  • Post-Graduate Integrative Treatment of Women’s Health and Hormonal Conditions
  • Mastering the Treatment of Injury and Pain
  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Cupping
  • Advanced Treatment of Shoulder Injuries
  • Advanced Posterior Neck Needling
  • Advanced Anterior Neck Needling
  • Advanced Joint and Ligament Needling


There is nothing I love more than sharing the experience of Acupuncture with my patients. It is very profound to have your nervous system lowered back down to baseline and be able to think more clearly and heal. The body is infinitely intelligent, and it is my goal to determine what factors are not allowing your body to heal. I consider myself an eternal student and enjoy continually expanding my knowledge base to improve the quality of life of my patients. During your treatments, it is my goal to have you feel completely comfortable during your time with me and to explain what I am doing and why throughout the process.

Fun Fact about Mika:

Outside of the clinic you can catch me camping with my two sons and husband in our little green Boler trailer. When I am not keeping up with those two little turkey’s, I love to curl up with with a book, or podcast and my hug cat or catch-up with friends.

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Sonia James

Registered Acupuncturist 

  • Stress management 
  • Anxiety, Depression and other psycho-emotional support 
  • Fertility
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum  
  • Menstrual Health  
  • Digestive Health 
  • Sleep disorders 
  • Pain related issues  
Learn more about Sonia2023-08-14T04:18:03+00:00


Hi! I’m Sonia, and I’ve been immersed in acupuncture for most of my life, having received the benefits of this medicine since I was a young girl.  I knew back then that this is what I would do when I grew up, and here I am now, having graduated from MacEwan’s Acupuncture program.  I am excited to meet you where your body, mind and spirit are at, and to make use of all the Chinese medicine modalities I’ve learned to help you tap into your own body’s healing abilities.  

Fun Fact: 

Outside of the clinic, you will usually find me taking all the joy from life that I can with family and friends, singing off key and laughing way too loud! 


Jessica Ofstedahl

Registered Acupuncturist 
Jessica Ofstedahl, R. Ac, CHNC, Doula

  • Menstrual Health
  • Fertility
  • Pregnancy, & Postpartum
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Constipation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Skin Conditions
Learn more about Jessica2022-04-25T22:39:05+00:00

Jessica is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College and Association of Acupuncture of Alberta(CAAA), a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, and a Birth Doula. She has worked in the wellness industry for the past 11 years. She has a passion for combining Chinese Medicine with Functional Nutrition to uncover underlying causes of disease and to promote optimal wellness in her patients.
Like so many practitioners, Jessica’s interest in alternative medicine began after facing her own health issues. She was tired of only masking symptoms and began seeking other options. She turned to nutrition and acupuncture and was thrilled with the response. Additionally, she developed a deeper understanding of her body; this sparked the fire in her to help others.
Jessica has an affinity for woman’s health. She feels the most in her purpose when she is assisting women through different transitional stages and hormonal pivots such as puberty (menstrual regulation), preconception, pregnancy, post-partum, and perimenopause. Her interests also include digestive disorders, skin conditions, anxiety, and depression.
Her goal is to provide a space where her patients feel supported, safe, and understood. She is committed to helping those who come see her feel more connected, in tune, and in charge of their bodies.
Jessica is known for being nurturing and compassionate. She is always up for a good laugh and conversation.

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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
Learn more about Megan2022-10-25T00:04:38+00:00

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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Danielle Neumann

Registered Dietitian 

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  
  • Pre & Postnatal Nutrition 
  • Disordered eating  
  • Gut Health 
  • Women’s Health 
  • Family / pediatric nutrition 
  • Vegetarian nutrition 
  • Sports Nutrition 
Learn more about Danielle2023-11-05T17:43:43+00:00

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. 

Emily Cipkar

M.Sc., R.SLP, S-LP (C)
Speech Therapy for Children, Teens, & Adults

  • Speech Sounds 
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Receptive or Expressive Language Delays
  • Early Language Acquisition
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Learn more about Emily2022-11-13T20:18:41+00:00

Training and Certifications:

  • Certificate in Francophone Practice for SLPs
  • Meaningful Speech Course (Gestalt Language Learning) – ongoing
  • 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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Jessica Brownoff

Senior Administrative Assistant/ Office Manager

Jessica was drawn to Pine for being a single location that offers an interdisciplinary and hollaistic 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. 

Learn more about Jessica2022-04-25T22:39:05+00:00

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.

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Laura Bryant

Senior Administrative Assistant/ Office Manager
Clinic Director

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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. 

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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. 

Learn more about Brooklyn2023-07-31T20:07:38+00:00

Fun Fact: 

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!  

Learn more about Myka2023-07-31T20:22:38+00:00

Fun Fact: 

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

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Cameron Thornton

Administrative Assistant
Mental and physical health are two of the most important things to me. I believe there is so much value in taking initiative when it comes to your wellness, and I am always so excited to help others take that step. Pine offers so many amazing approaches to helping and managing one’s physical and mental being and I am so happy to be a part of it. I am currently majoring in Sociology at the University of Alberta and have loved taking classes to expand my knowledge on Psychology! 

Learn more about Cameron2024-03-19T02:51:59+00:00

Fun fact:

I can play 5+ instruments and truly love writing songs. When not enveloped in music you can find me at the climbing gym! I also am fluent in French and learning ASL. 


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Mikaila Hiltz-Folster

Administrative Assistant

Hi, my name is Mikaila and as an administrative assistant, I am so happy to welcome you to Pine!  

I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work, and holistic healing and health are at the top of my passions while entering this line of work. While here at Pine, my ultimate priority is to help ensure you have the smoothest experience possible.  

In my free time, I love to travel, watch reality tv and snuggle with my cat.  

Can’t wait to see you soon!  

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Sophia McCourt

Administrative Assistant
I am a 3rd year kinesiology student at the University of Alberta. I am also currently volunteering with the Program for Pregnancy and Postpartum Health at the University of Alberta. I have a passion for women’s health throughout their lifespan, especially pregnancy, the postpartum period, endometriosis, and pelvic health.  As such, I hope to be in medical school, learning to become a doctor and then further specializing in gynecology/obstetrics. In the meantime, I love working at Pine, it truly is a wonderful place to be. The interdisciplinary approach to health inspires me, as numerous modalities can converge in one place, making it more accessible to people who want to explore all that Pine has to offer. Overall, I learn something new every day regarding the topic of health and wellbeing, and plan to take everything I’ve learned to put into practice at Pine, university and (hopefully) one day as a doctor.

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Ava Loria

Administrative Assistant
Hello! I’m Ava, a proud member of the administrative assistant team that helps the forest operate! I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Alberta. I love learning new things about people and the world around me. I am a strong believer that the mind and body go hand in hand and love seeing this interaction and the unique approaches and perspectives put into action every day. I love finding ways to make someone’s day a little easier and ways to make life run a little smoother in any way possible whether it be a quick smile or a helpful phone call. Everyday I’m so grateful to be a part of such a welcoming community and to learn from each amazing human! 

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Jada Nedelec

Acupuncture Therapist
Pine Community Building Lead – Edmonton
Currently on Maternity Leave

R.Ac, HHP, Reflexology, Doula

  • Menstrual Health
  • Fertility
  • Pregnancy, & Postpartum
  • Digestive Health Including Crohn’s disease
  • Constipation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Nausea, & Gastroesophageal Reflux
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Stress


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Pine Health Founders:

Mallory Becker & Jillian Palmer

Every tree in a forest is valuable. Young trees enjoy protection from harsh winds and temperatures, and old trees can grow to be strong and protect the seedlings beneath them. Together, trees create a community that offers support and protection.

We can’t think of a more beautiful metaphor for health and the journey of life than the Pine tree.

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