Our Team

We want you to feel safe, supported and welcome to come exactly as you are. Our therapists all have bachelor’s or masters degrees and are highly trained with many years’ combined experience.
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Melissa Prins

Owner, Registered Psychologist

I obtained my Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University in 2008.  I have been a Registered Psychologist since 2014.  I have worked with a wide range of clients and presenting concerns throughout my career.  I am passionate about working with couples and families, as well as adolescents.  I also enjoy facilitating group therapy.  My interests and experience are in the areas of trauma, parent-child attachment, grief and loss, and mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety.  I use a trauma focused, narrative approach in my work.  I am honored to be able to sit with my clients in their pain, witness their stories, and work collaboratively to support them to find a sense of hope, safety, and integration.  I believe a therapeutic relationship based on acceptance, genuineness, safety, and collaboration can support people on their healing journey.    In my spare time I enjoy running, traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
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Tracy Kuhn

Business Manager

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.

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Jackie Brooks

Occupational Therapist

I believe Occupational Therapy is a diverse and unique profession which inspires me to be continuously growing and learning. I have been in the field of pediatrics for over 12 years and a member of the To The Stars Team since January 2015. During this time I have provided school and clinic based services for children from Pre-kindergarten to high school. My passion for working with children has not only included Occupational Therapy as I also have ten years of experience coaching gymnastics. I hope to one day bring together my passions for Occupational Therapy and gymnastics. In my spare time, I love camping, fishing and a good adventure. 
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Lindsy Corriveau

Occupational Therapist

I graduated from the University of Alberta with my Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in the fall of 2016. I moved out here to Alberta in May of 2014 after completing my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. Even while completing my undergrad I knew I wanted to one day have a career working with kids. I coached, ran afterschool programs, summer camps, and volunteered one on one with children with special needs for a number of years while completing my education. I was thrilled to join the To The Stars Team in November 2016 and have loved getting to know central Alberta, and all the amazing kids I am working with.  In my spare time, I enjoy camping, reading, and visiting my family in New Brunswick whenever I get the chance.
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Daidre Gent

Occupational Therapist

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!

Kristinn Meagher-Hicks

Registered Psychologist

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.

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Leigh Apperley

Registered Provisional Psychologist

I obtained my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology in 2018 and have been registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists as a Registered Provisional Psychologist and have been practicing since January 2019. I enjoy meeting new clients and building an understanding of their concerns and goals for the future. I have experience supporting individuals, couples, families, and groups, and I am a believer that everyone can benefit from therapy at some point in their life. My interests are in areas of trauma, mental health, grief, and supporting individuals, couples, and families through interpersonal difficulties. I use a trauma focused, systems and narrative approach to support clients.  In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, camping, and reading a good book.
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Brittany Baker

Registered 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.

Andrea Sproxton

Registered Psychologist

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.

Krystal Bryant

Registered Psychologist

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!  

Hailey Lightbown

Administrative Assistant

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! 

Interested in joining our team?