Owner, Registered Psychologist
I support all of our clients, stakeholders and partners in accessing services at To the Stars in my role as Business Manager.
I bring many years of relevant experience and a proven track record of successfully working across different industries including oil and gas, manufacturing, and small entrepreneurial businesses.
I feel privileged to provide services alongside this well rounded and accomplished team of occupational therapists, and psychologists.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time camping, hiking, kayaking and hanging out with my family.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2008. I have been in the field of pediatrics for over 14 years and a member of the To The Stars Team since January 2015. During this time, I have consulted in schools, supported children and their families in their homes/community, and provided clinic-based services for children from 3 to 18. I truly love being an Occupational Therapists and supporting clients in such a broad field of practice. I also enjoy teaching and mentoring others in the field of Occupational Therapy. From the beginning of my OT career, I was drawn to supporting clients with their regulation needs, helping others and clients learn about their sensory systems and using play to build skills in all areas of life. Continuing to learn and expand my therapy toolbox is very important to me. I have enjoying travelling to conferences and courses all over North America and in the last few years completed more online learning. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and dogs. I love to be outdoors gardening, camping, fishing or relaxing.
I recently relocated to the Lacombe area from Calgary to enjoy the outdoor recreation and beauty of central Alberta. Despite nearly 30 years of experience as an OT, continuing to learn about new ways to support clients is what keeps the profession interesting and motivating for me. Much of my career has been spent working with pre-school aged children with a range of limitations and struggles. My preference is for community-based work as these settings provide the most information about the children and their families.
I have two young-adult children, and I continue to learn about the ups and downs of parenting, recognizing it is a life-long journey. Originally from a farm in western Manitoba, I enjoy activities that get me outside, such as camping, playing soccer and travel. I also like to try cooking new foods and cheering on my Winnipeg Jets!
I completed the Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta, Calgary campus in November 2016, and moved to the Red Deer area following completion of the program. Prior to coming to To the Stars Wellness in November 2021, I predominantly worked with adults with complex services needs, trauma, and mental health diagnoses in both private and public health. I’ve always had an interest in working with children, dating back to my days of teaching swimming lessons and working as a behavioural aide through university, and am excited to be working with children once again as I believe support given in childhood can assist with overall wellness throughout life!
After growing up and completing high school in Lacombe, I moved to Edmonton to complete my undergraduate honours degree in psychology, completing a thesis about how people learn from conversations. I knew that Occupational Therapy was right for me when I learned about the whole-person, client centered lens and wide scope that Occupational Therapists offer. After completing my final placement at To The Stars, and graduating from my Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in December 2022, I was grateful to officially join the To The Stars team as a Provisional Occupational Therapist. I have placement experience in pediatrics, working in a rehabilitation hospital setting as well as school-based. I have experience and love to work with children and youth; during university I worked as an OT assistant for psychosocial and feeding interventions, as well as at a gym for adapted physical activity. I am passionate about problem solving, justice-informed therapeutic processes, and making the activities of life accessible and enjoyable for everyone! When I am not working, you can find me in a coffee shop, hiking in the mountains, or taking care of all my plants. My pronouns are she/her.
I have always known I wanted a career working with children and their families, and my university schooling led me to Developmental Psychology. In 2005, I graduated from the University of Calgary with a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and have been working as a Registered Psychologist since 2007. Some of my work experience has included: non-profit preschool programs for children with special needs; assessment and consultation in schools; individual therapy supporting mental health concerns with children and adolescents; and providing in-home support, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to families of children with complex special needs.
My clinical interests and experiences are diverse; however, they all focus on developing relationships and supporting children, youth, and their caregivers. Through individualized approaches, I aim to meet a client where he/she is at, support him/her through their therapeutic journey, and help him/her to achieve their personal goal(s).
You can typically find me in an arena watching my boys play hockey, but if I do get some free time I love to be outdoors in the sunshine.
Registered Provisional Psychologist
I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Since 2015, I have worked in non-profit, government, and private roles in various capacities including group, individual, couples and family therapy; psychological and forensic assessment, as well as inpatient treatment.
My ultimate goal is to help clients develop a state of being happy, healthy and prosperous. I utilize a trauma-informed approach providing a non-judgmental and empathetic environment to foster empowerment and self-enhancement. I am passionate about creating connections with clients in order to provide them a safe space to explore their experiences and the subsequent impacts on their life. I believe clients are the experts of their own lives. As a result, I seek to guide clients to discover their own knowledge and strengths to create lasting change in their lives. Through working with diverse clientele and a variety of presenting concerns, I understand the uniqueness of individuals. I am continually inspired by the resiliency of humans and am honoured to be a part of each client’s journey to their best self. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, sports, cooking, travelling and spending time with family and friends.
I completed my undergraduate degrees at the University of Lethbridge and then moved to Yellowknife, NT to begin my career as a teacher. It was this experience that inspired me to pursue a Masters in Counselling Psychology where I found my passion for supporting the mental health needs of children, youth and their families. I have experience providing therapy services within schools, foster care and group home programs, and community mental health.
I use child-centred, trauma-informed and attachment-based approaches when working alongside families. I have specialized training and am working towards certification in EMDR in conjunction with expressive arts and play based techniques. My goal is for children to have a positive experience in therapy where they can learn to work through life’s challenges while harnessing the power of playful interactions that help children feel more confident, secure, and empowered.
Outside of the office, you can find me enjoying time with friends and family, walking my golden retriever named Pete or cheering my children on from the sidelines in their sports and musical endeavors.
I became a Registered Psychologist in 2018 after completing a Masters in Counselling with City University of Seattle. Using trauma-informed and compassion-oriented approaches, I have had the privilege of witnessing clients develop resilience in the face of some of the most difficult adversities. A major focus of my work has been on addressing depression/anxiety, childhood maltreatment and abuse, adolescent behavioural concerns, grief/loss, attachment-based parenting, and relational conflict. It is an incredible honour to provide a safe space to journey with people through some of their hardest times to new and hopeful horizons. My volunteer efforts tend to be directed towards helping individual in crisis, such as through a call centre and emergency shelter. I am passionate about knowledge and research, and my work on psychologists’ experience of clinical intuition has been presented and published internationally. I aim to maintain a mindful presence and spend a lot of my spare time in nature, engaging with a toddler, gardening, travelling, and breathing deeply. I am looking forward to connecting with you!
I was born and raised in Lacombe and I’m happy to once again call it home. I graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2020 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art History / Museum Studies. Throughout high school, I had several part-time jobs which provided me experience with administrative work and children. I was hired as the Executive Director of the Sundre & District Museum in 2021 but decided I missed Lacombe too much to stay away. I am very excited to part of the amazing team at To the Stars and feel my future is bright!
When I am not working, I enjoy reading, traveling and hanging out with my dogs. My favorite location to visit is the Happiest Place on Earth!