OUR TEAM

INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM

Program staff includes psychologists, registered clinical social workers and counsellors, a registered nurse, consulting psychiatrist and neuropsychologist, equine therapist, and a vocational rehabilitation specialist. The program also provides training opportunities for students for local universities.

Dr. Kathy Lewis, R. Psych
Consulting Registered Psychologist #1731  

Dr. Lewis is a highly qualified and experienced Registered Psychologist (#1731) specializing in clinical and forensic psychology. She obtained her undergraduate degree from UBC and pursued her graduate studies at the University of Regina (M.A.) and the University of Saskatchewan (Ph.D.).

With a diverse background, Dr. Lewis has worked with clients in various clinical settings, including in-patient and out-patient units at Vancouver General Hospital, community mental health clinics in BC and Saskatchewan, Federal and Provincial Correctional Services, and the BC Operational Stress Injury Clinic. In 2009, she established her private practice, where she focuses on providing assessment and treatment services to First Responders, such as the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, Abbotsford Police Department, Vancouver Police Department, and BC Ambulance Services.

Dr. Lewis is highly regarded for her expertise and has been sought after for consultation by the RCMP Crisis Negotiation Team, colleagues who are new to working with First Responders, and the College of Psychologists of BC. She remains actively engaged in research, particularly in the areas of risk assessment and violent offender treatment, with numerous publications in esteemed peer-reviewed journals.

In her clinical practice, Dr. Lewis incorporates evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), trauma-informed CBT, prolonged exposure, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She recognizes the importance of tailoring treatment to meet each client’s unique needs, working collaboratively to identify research-based skills that will facilitate tangible improvements in their daily activities.

With her extensive training, wealth of experience, and commitment to evidence-based practices, Dr. Lewis is dedicated to supporting clients on their journey to healing and personal growth. Her compassionate approach and dedication to the well-being of First Responders make her a valuable asset to our team.​                                         

www.drkathylewis.com

Dr. Lindsay Blair, MD

Consulting Psychiatrist

Dr. Lindsay Blair brings a wealth of experience and a deep passion for helping trauma survivors to her role as a consultant psychiatrist at the OSR clinic. Originally from Alberta, Dr. Blair completed her undergraduate education at McGill University before returning to Alberta to pursue medical school and psychiatric residency training at the University of Calgary. Her thirst for adventure led her to relocate to Whitehorse, Yukon, where she practiced as a general adult psychiatrist for six years.

During her time in the Yukon, Dr. Blair had the opportunity to work closely with individuals who had experienced trauma and were living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These experiences ignited her passion for supporting and healing trauma survivors. In 2019, Dr. Blair and her family made the move to Vernon, where she now provides both outpatient and inpatient psychiatric care.

As the consultant psychiatrist for the OSR clinic, Dr. Blair is enthusiastic about collaborating with the team to deliver exceptional care to first responders and veterans. Her expertise in trauma-related mental health issues, combined with her compassionate approach, enables her to provide comprehensive and personalized treatment to her patients.

Dr. Blair’s commitment to improving the lives of trauma survivors and her dedication to her field make her an invaluable asset to our clinic. We are grateful to have her expertise and passion on our team, as we work together to support the healing and recovery of those who have experienced operational stress injuries.​

Ivan Trofimoff

Consulting Registered Psychologist #2236

Ivan is a registered psychologist in BC, Quebec and Mexico and Formerly registered in New Zealand. He is a member of the Canadian Psychological Society and of the Mexican Association of Sexology. 
Ivan has a Masters (M.A.) of Clinical Sexology from the University of Quebec in Montreal, a Master (M.A.) of Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Couples Therapy in Mexico City, and a Bachelor (B.A.) of Clinical Psychology from the Iberoamericana University in Mexico City. He completed postgraduate diplomas in Advanced Methods of Psychotherapy, Symbology and Dreams, Mythology, Ancient and Comparative Religions.
He works with individuals and couples suffering from a variety of difficulties such as PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, insomnia, anger, grief/loss, life transitions, retirement, cross-cultural psychology and current or retired members of the Armed Forces, Police Forces and First Responders. 
 
As a Psychologist he uses an array of counselling techniques that he adapts to the particular needs of his clients such as Positive Psychology, Psychodynamic, Systemic, Humanistic, Forensic Psychology, Jungian, Solution Focused and CBT.
 
As a Sexologist, sex therapist and sex educator he has helped clients with issues such as sexual satisfaction, sexual fears, sexual dysfunctions, desire problems, variations of desire in couples, gender, masculinity, sexual identity, multicultural couples, positive sexuality, sexual abuse and sexual offending. 
 
He has been practicing with clients from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including indigenous populations such as First Nations, Inuit, and Maori. He has taught university courses and given various lectures and conferences. He has experience talking in professional, corporate and public forums, has worked in Forensic Psychology since 2004, and in private practice since 1994.

Dr. Gary Lea, PhD

Consulting Registered Psychologist

Dr. Lea is a highly respected clinical psychologist who has been dedicated to providing exceptional care to individuals in Kelowna for over three decades. As the first full-time clinical psychologist in the city, he played a pivotal role in establishing Okanagan Psychological Services Inc., which has been serving the community for many years. Dr. Lea’s commitment to his profession and his clients led him to co-found the Kelowna Professional Group, which later evolved into the Kelowna Psychologists Group, fostering collaboration and excellence among local practitioners.

With his vast experience and expertise, Dr. Lea has been sought after as an expert witness in various courts throughout British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. His testimony has been invaluable in numerous legal proceedings. Dr. Lea’s dedication to staying current in his field is evident in his commitment to lifelong education. He regularly reviews materials and attends multiple workshops each year to enhance his knowledge and skills for the benefit of his clients.

Dr. Lea’s longstanding commitment to his clients and his profession is a testament to his passion for helping individuals achieve positive outcomes and overcome challenges. His reputation as a skilled and compassionate clinical psychologist has made him a trusted resource for the RCMP, VAC, and the local community. We are honoured to have Dr. Lea as part of our team, contributing his expertise and dedication to the wellbeing of our program participants.

Dr. Bill Tomm, MD

Consulting Psychiatrist (Retired)

Dr. Bill Tomm is a highly accomplished psychiatrist with a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of mental health. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Calgary in 1978 and completed his Fellowship in Psychiatry at the same institution in 1983. Following an internship in New Zealand, Dr. Tomm returned to Calgary to pursue his specialization.

In 1986, Dr. Tomm relocated to British Columbia, where he played a pivotal role in establishing the Department of Psychiatry at the Cranbrook Regional Hospital. He served as the Thompson, Okanagan, and Kootenays area Psychiatric Program Consultant for the BC Provincial Mental Health Services, contributing to the advancement of mental health care in the region. Since 2002, Dr. Tomm has been in private practice in Vernon, bringing his expertise and dedication to serving individuals in the community.

Throughout his career, Dr. Tomm has maintained a keen interest in psychotherapy, recognizing its transformative power in facilitating healing and personal growth. He has also embraced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a contemporary approach that promotes psychological flexibility and resilience. Dr. Tomm’s commitment to ongoing learning and staying abreast of the latest therapeutic techniques ensures that he provides the highest quality of care to his patients.

Dr. Tomm has been an invaluable psychiatric resource to the Operational Stress Recovery Program since its early beginnings in 2014. His extensive knowledge, clinical acumen, and genuine compassion contribute to the program’s comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to supporting individuals on their journey to recovery from operational stress injuries.

We are privileged to have Dr. Tomm as a valued member of our team, and his contributions are instrumental in our mission to provide exceptional care and support to first responders and veterans.​

Dr. Tina Rochford, RN, BScN, MEd, PhD CCC #7804

Executive Director, Registered Nurse

Dr. Tina Rochford is a highly esteemed clinician, educator, and administrator with over thirty years of experience in the field of mental health. She holds a Diploma in Registered Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a research focus on attachment. Her extensive academic background and clinical expertise make her a valuable asset to our team at the Davidson Operational Stress Recovery Clinic.

In her private practice in Vernon, Dr. Rochford works with a diverse range of clients, offering compassionate and evidence-based therapy. She has a wealth of experience in various areas, including Trauma Recovery, Anxiety and Depression, Stress Management, Work and Career Issues, Disordered Eating, Addiction Recovery, and Parenting Issues. Dr. Rochford is adept at working with individuals, couples, and families, providing tailored interventions to meet their unique needs.

Dr. Rochford is a preferred provider for WorkSafe BC, ICBC, and numerous EFAP programs, underscoring her reputation as a trusted expert in the field. She also serves as a consultant to the legal system, offering her valuable insights and expertise. With a particular focus on trauma, Dr. Rochford has conducted countless group and individual critical incident debriefings and defusings. Her extensive experience working with first responders, including fire, police, and military personnel, has equipped her with a deep understanding of the unique challenges they face.

In her therapeutic approach, Dr. Rochford utilizes evidence-based modalities, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Cognitive Processing, Mindfulness and Meditation, and HeartMath. These approaches have proven to be effective in addressing trauma and promoting healing. Additionally, she brings her expertise in couples therapy, drawing from the work of John Gottman and Sue Johnson (EFT), to help couples navigate their relationship challenges.

Dr. Rochford’s vast experience, exceptional skills, compassionate demeanor, and sense of humor make her an invaluable member of the OSR program. She feels honored to be a part of the healing journey alongside her esteemed colleagues, dedicated to supporting individuals on their path to recovery and resilience.​

Cheryl Turner , M.Ed.Psych, RPC

Clinician

Cheryl Turner obtained her Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta and holds the designation of Chartered Psychologist in Alberta. She began her career as a School Psychologist in the Prince George and Vernon School Districts, earning her charter with BCASP. Cheryl then transitioned to the role of Itinerant School Psychologist, serving districts in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Quesnel, Gold Trail (Ashcroft-Lillooet), and Nisga’a.

Throughout her career, Cheryl dedicated herself to specialized training in working with students affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities, and Reading disorders (Dyslexia and LD). She possesses a comprehensive understanding of neurological and child development, enabling her to provide valuable insights and support to individuals.

Cheryl has also acquired extensive training in therapeutic approaches such as EMDR, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Hypnosis. As a Registered Professional Counsellor licensed in British Columbia through the Canadian Professional Counselling Association (CPCA), she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice.

With a rich background spanning from intensive graduate training to her present professional practice, Cheryl has amassed a wealth of experience working with individuals facing a broad range of issues in diverse settings. Her commitment to ongoing learning and her passion for helping others have shaped her into a highly skilled and compassionate practitioner.

​https://cherylturnertherapy.com/

Megan DeSimone , BSW, MSW, RSW

Clinician

Megan has a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Social Work from UBC and over 20 years of experience helping others with mental health, addictions, trauma and relationship issues in a variety of health care, community and social service settings. She is the founder and lead clinician of “The Life Balance” Counselling Services (www.thelifebalance.ca), Clinical Supervisor and Instructor with UBCO’s Department of Social Work at the Interdisciplinary Mental Health Clinic, and a proud member of the Counselling Team at Dr. Gordon Davidson Operational Stress & Recovery Program.
 
When individuals or couples come in for counselling support, she starts by creating a relaxed atmosphere where they feel safe and are reassured that they’ve found someone who can help them truly face the issues they’re experiencing. Sometimes, traumas from the past or the stress of current life can be overwhelming and your world becomes very narrow. Working with Megan, you can develop the skills and flexibility you need to not only improve how you function but to actually enjoy all that home, work, and the rest of life brings to you. As your counsellor, she is committed to giving you the tools and techniques to overcome life’s obstacles and achieve a balanced fulfilling life.
 
Megan make use of a variety of different methods, tools and techniques depending on each person and what they are facing. She is knowledgeable, skilled and experienced in the following counselling modalities: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (couples & family), Mindfulness Based Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for trauma and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Jodi Krahn, MCC, RCC #3748

Clinician

Jodi Krahn holds a Masters of Counselling Degree, and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Counselling Association as well as a trauma sensitive yoga teacher. Jodi is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, TIR (Trauma Incident Reduction), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Emotionally Focused Couples Counselling,  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Somatic Psychotherapy.

Jodi has worked in several non-profit family counselling agencies, a treatment center for eating disorders, and has run a private practice in both Armstrong and Vernon BC for the last 9 years. Jodi also volunteers with the DPS (Disaster Pyscho-Social Services) in British Columbia where she supports individuals, communities and first-responders in coping with various natural disasters.

Jodi works from an attached based, mind/body connection, emotionally focused lens as she works with individuals, couples, families and groups including the adolescent population.  She loves to use her creativity in her approach in order to meet the client(s) exactly where they are at. Having recovered her own childhood trauma and a significant eating disorder, Jodi understands post-traumatic resilience first hand and brings this sensitivity to the therapeutic process.

More info: https://jodikrahn.com/

Liz Rezanson BCYC, MACP, RCC #13255, RSW

Clinician

Liz Rezanson BCYC, MACP, RCC #13255, RSW
​Clinician

Liz holds a Masters of Counselling Psychology Degree, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and is also registered with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.   Liz has trained in Mind-Body Attunement Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy), and Emotion Focused Couples Counseling. 

​Liz has established a successful practice in Vernon Mind Body Counselling and Chronic Pain Therapy, where she specializes in attachment based and somatic therapies for trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression and chronic pain.  Liz helps people with deep unhappiness, relationship difficulties, family issues, traumatic experiences, and many other physical and emotional symptoms.  

Liz regards her work with the OSR program as a great privilege and appreciates the opportunity to walk alongside her clients in the program, working in partnership with them to support them in their journey.

Mirrell Desjardin MAPL, MC, CCC# 10001749

Clinician

Mirrell Desjardin MAPL, MC, CCC# 10001749
​Clinician


​Mirrell is a highly qualified and compassionate psychotherapist who brings a unique perspective to her practice. Mirrell is registered with both CCPA (Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association) and BCACC (British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors). As a member of the Muskeg Lake Reserve in Saskatchewan, Mirrell brings a deep understanding of cultural diversity and the importance of cultural competence in therapeutic work.

Mirrell holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Southern Queensland and a Master’s in Counselling Psychology from Lehigh University. Her academic background, coupled with her extensive international experience, has provided her with a rich and diverse set of skills. Mirrell has worked in challenging environments in third-world, war-torn, and impoverished countries such as South Korea, Pakistan, Guatemala, Vietnam, and Serbia. This exposure has given her a deep appreciation for resilience, strength, and the power of human connection in the face of adversity.

In her therapeutic practice, Mirrell incorporates a range of evidence-based approaches to best serve her clients. She has advanced training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Hypnotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Somatic Interventions. These modalities allow her to tailor her interventions to meet the unique needs of each individual, empowering them to rediscover their strengths and manifest their true identity.

Mirrell’s passion for helping others and her commitment to providing a safe and supportive therapeutic space make her an invaluable asset to our team. We are thrilled to have her join us at the Davidson Operational Stress Recovery Clinic, where she will play a vital role in supporting our clients on their journey towards healing and personal growth.

Rita Paré, MA, RCC

Clinician

As an experienced Clinical Counsellor, I know that when we do not repair what is problematic in our lives, we often repeat it. Equipped with effective counselling skills and experience, I can help you to obtain freedom from what holds you back and help you to move forward in your life with clarity. I believe in the transformative power of counselling and feel privileged to be given the opportunity to assist you on your journey.

I am proficient in working with a variety of presenting concerns including: trauma, anxiety, depression, addictions and relationship issues. I employ a variety of evidenced based approaches including: EMDR, Mindfulness Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Narrative Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy. I am a compassionate and solutions-oriented counsellor with a record of establishing strong therapeutic relationships.

More info: http://okanaganclaritycounselling.ca/

Shannon Warner, BSW, MSW, RSW #08291

Clinician

Although we have likely heard ‘time heals all’ in Shannon’s personal journey as a trauma survivor and clinician, she has found that having authentic connections can impact our ability to fully engage ourselves in the work needed to create change. Rooted in positive psychology and mindfulness, Shannon integrates several evidence-based approaches for anxiety, depression and PTSD including EMDR, emotion-focused family therapy, as well as cognitive behavioural and dialectical behaviour informed therapies. Shannon aims to create a non-judgemental, comfortable, yet somewhat challenging therapeutic space where individuals, couples and families feel supported to explore places they may feel ‘stuck’ and affirmed in letting go of ‘old’ thoughts, feelings and behaviours that no longer serve them.

Shannon hold a Masters degree in Social Work and brings 16 years compassionate experience in community-based, healthcare setting and private practice providing trauma-informed, spiritually sensitive and culturally safe counselling and support. Maintaining her registration with the BC College of Social Workers, Shannon is committed to ongoing professional development to learn new therapeutic approaches and is passionate about supporting individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, grief & loss, trauma and intra-personal distress.  Authenticity, trust and respect are the cornerstones of Shannon’s practice, and she works with clients to identify and build upon their strengths & resources, and discover which approaches will be most effective to help heal past wounds, reach personal goals and create a more balanced and joyful life.​

Shannon believes in the significance of interdisciplinary collaboration to ensure competent, comprehensive and compassionate client-centered care.  As a part of the OSR team, Shannon is deeply grateful for the privilege of walking with veterans as they experience new personal freedoms and come to recognize the significance of their post-traumatic growth.

To learn more please go to: www.sagewoodcounselling.com

“Start where you’re at. Use what you have. Do what you can.” 
​- Arthur Ashe

Susan Guttridge, MA, CCC #9521

Clinician

Susan Guttridge is a highly skilled and compassionate clinician with a wealth of experience in the field of counseling. Susan holds a master’s degree in counselling psychology and is registered with the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association. She is also an EMDRIA certified therapist, demonstrating her commitment to providing evidence-based and effective therapeutic approaches.

With over 20 years of experience, Susan has worked extensively in trauma therapy and has received specialized post-graduate training in this field. Her expertise extends to working with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, panic, traumatic loss, depression, and life transitions. She has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by individuals navigating these issues and is dedicated to providing effective support and guidance.

Susan’s therapeutic toolkit includes a range of approaches, such as EMDR, narrative therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness, and mind-body attunement therapy. These modalities enable her to tailor the therapeutic experience to the unique needs of each individual, fostering healing and growth.

In addition to her private counseling practice, Susan has made significant contributions to the community through her work as the Trauma Therapist at the Vernon Women’s Transition House (Archway Society). Her dedication to supporting individuals and families affected by trauma has been invaluable in promoting healing and resilience.

With Susan’s expertise, compassionate approach, and commitment to utilizing evidence-based therapies, she is a valued member of our team at Davidson Operational Stress Recovery Clinic. We are honored to have her join us in providing exceptional care to our clients on their healing journeys.

More info: http://www.livehappycounselling.com/

Stacey C. Boe, MA, RCC #08291

Clinician

Stacey is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors, and hold a Master of Art’s in Counselling Psychology degree through Yorkville University. Stacey’s focus is to help individuals strengthen and further develop their coping resources to challenge and stand against the problem. By doing so they may move away from the unhelpful habits embedded in the problem, and towards embracing and identifying their true and extraordinary self. Stacey is a firm believer that each person has the capacity to grab on to their ideal self within, finding happiness and contentment in doing so.

Stacey’s initial goal in therapy is to provide a safe and supportive environment for my clients, where a trusting relationship can form. Together, we can then explore existing obstacles, and work towards developing new perspectives and skills to overcome them.
Clinical Services include Anxiety, Phobias, OCD, Depression, Emotional Dysregulation, ADHD, Substance Use, Stress Management, Conflict Resolution, Anger Management, Communication Skills, Body Image, and Self-Esteem.

More info: https://www.okanaganlighthousecounselling.com/

Liz Lucas, MSc (OT)

Occupational Therapist: Return to Work Services

Liz holds her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University. She has a strong interest in mental health therapy, and has been providing mental health OT programming for approximately 10 years. Throughout her career she has been working with individuals dealing with anxiety, PTSD, depression, and other mental health challenges to return to meaningful life activities including work. Liz has engaged in a wide variety of formal mental health training throughout her career, including the following:

  • Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy certification
  • Anxiety Interventions, Relaxation Skills, and Exposure Therapy
  • Facing Fear: Using Exposure and Related Therapies for Anxiety Disorders
  • Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)

Emily Albrecher, MSc (OT)

Occupational Therapist: Return to Work Services

Emily holds a Bachelor’s in Science and Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia. She has been providing mental health OT services including education, behavioural activation programming and exposure therapy for over 7 years. Her work has largely been focused on working with first responders, veterans, and health care providers to develop strategies to manage their symptoms and facilitate a return to meaningful activities, including work. She enjoys working collaboratively with various mental health care providers to provide coordinated and effective programs for individuals with mental health needs.  

Emily has participated in a wide range of formal mental health training including: 

  • Anxiety Interventions, Relaxation Skills, and Exposure Therapy 
  • P.I.E.C.E.S. training (Collaborative approach to Adult Mental Health) 
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations and Return to Work with Mental Health Conditions 

​Emily also meets with clients to assess barriers to fully meeting their job demands and current function in daily life to inform program planning, and works as a team with the treating psychologist (if involved) to develop an individualized rehabilitation and return to work plan that is suitable for the worker’s psychological and functional tolerances.

Meridian Rehabilitation Consulting Inc. 
www.meridianrehabilitation.ca

Sacha Schenker

Certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapist

Sacha Schenker is a dedicated and experienced Yoga Therapist who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our program. With over 17 years of personal yoga practice, Sacha’s journey has inspired and transformed her own life, fueling her passion for helping others.

As a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and trauma-sensitive yoga facilitator, Sacha understands the profound connection between mind, body, and spirit in achieving holistic healing. She is trained in Yoga Therapy and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, and her extensive studies and practical experience enable her to offer personalized guidance and movements that are tailored to the unique needs of each individual.

Sacha’s commitment to continuing education is evident in her completion of the 300-Hour Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Certification with The Center for Trauma & Embodiment at JRI. She is also actively involved as a mentor at the Yoga Therapy Institute, supporting students with their case studies.

Currently, Sacha facilitates TCTSY sessions for veteran groups through our Operational Stress Recovery Program, which provides comprehensive support and treatment for military veterans and RCMP personnel with PTSD. Her compassionate and trauma-informed approach creates a safe and empowering space for participants to explore healing through yoga.

Sacha’s expertise in yoga therapy and trauma-sensitive practices greatly contributes to the well-being and recovery of our program participants. We are privileged to have her as a valuable member of our team, guiding individuals towards greater balance, resilience, and transformation.

Lisa Kilgour, R.H.N.

Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Lisa Kilgour, R.H.N., is a highly regarded Registered Holistic Nutritionist with a passion for empowering individuals to heal from diverse and complex health issues. As a sought-after speaker, educator, and author, Lisa has made significant contributions to the field of nutrition and wellness.

Lisa’s expertise in the Gut/Brain Connection led to her invitation to speak at TedX Kelowna in 2015, where she shared her insights and knowledge with a captivated audience. Her ability to simplify complex nutritional concepts and provide practical solutions has earned her recognition, including being voted “BC’s Favourite Nutritionist” by Natural Health Care Canada in 2010.

In September 2020, Lisa released her book “Undieting: Freedom from the Bewildering World of Fad Diets,” offering readers an alternative approach to sustainable and nourishing eating habits.

With her wealth of knowledge and commitment to helping individuals improve their health, Lisa plays a crucial role in our program. Through her guidance and expertise, she empowers program participants to make informed choices about their nutrition, supporting their overall well-being and mental health. Lisa’s dedication to holistic healing and her ability to communicate complex concepts in an accessible way make her a valued member of our team.

To learn more please go to: https://lisakilgour.com/

Angela Magill, R.H.N.

Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Angela is a registered holistic nutritionist who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of mental and cognitive health to our program. With a strong focus on the powerful connection between nutrition and mental well-being, Angela conducts interactive cooking classes for our program participants.

Through her sessions, Angela guides participants in preparing nutritious meals that are specifically designed to support brain function and emotional well-being. She emphasizes the importance of incorporating wholesome ingredients that provide essential nutrients and promote optimal mental health.

Angela’s interactive cooking classes go beyond just teaching recipes; they empower participants to make informed food choices and adopt a mindful approach to eating. By understanding the impact of nutrition on mental health, participants gain practical skills and knowledge to enhance their overall mental and physical vitality.

With her expertise and compassionate approach, Angela plays a vital role in promoting the holistic well-being of our program participants. Her passion for nutrition and mental health integration makes her an invaluable member of our team, helping individuals foster a healthier relationship with food and improve their overall mental wellness.

https://www.nutritionwithangela.com/

Renate Terpstra, B.Sc.Kin.

Certified HeartMath Trainer, Physical Movement and Mindfulness Coach

Renate Terpstra, B.Sc.Kin., brings a wealth of expertise to our program as a Certified HeartMath Trainer, Physical Movement, and Mindfulness Coach. Renate’s passion for health and wellness led her to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Teacher Physical Education and Kinesiology from the Sports Academy at The Hague, The Netherlands.

Renate’s commitment to continuous learning and professional development is reflected in her extensive certifications. As a Certified Aroma Freedom Technique Practitioner, Renate integrates the power of aromatherapy into her practice. She also holds certifications as a Certified National Lifeguard and NCCP Level 1 and 2 Swimming Coach, showcasing her expertise in aquatic sports coaching.

With her dedication to physical movement and mindfulness, Renate has achieved the NCCP Level 3 Senior Coach “in-training” status, demonstrating her commitment to excellence in coaching. She also brings expertise in cross-country coaching and holds certifications in CSIA level 1 and 2 and CSCF level 1.

Additionally, Renate holds a Sports Massage Certificate, further enhancing her ability to support the physical well-being of program participants.

Renate’s diverse range of certifications and her passion for helping others make her an invaluable member of our team. Through her coaching and training, she empowers individuals to integrate physical movement, mindfulness, and holistic practices into their lives, fostering overall well-being and resilience

Adrienne Davidson-Helgerson, BBA, MACP candidate

Director of Operations

Adrienne is the Director of Operations at the Operational Stress Recovery Program, driven by a deep-rooted passion for social impact initiatives and workplace well-being. With a vision to expand the organization’s reach and make a positive impact, Adrienne is dedicated to helping more individuals, families, communities, and ultimately, the world.

As a passionate learner, Adrienne is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Counselling Psychology, further enhancing her understanding of the human mind and effective therapeutic approaches. With a background in business, specializing in Human Resource Management, Adrienne brings a unique perspective to her role, combining the principles of business management with a deep empathy for individuals in stress-exposed occupations.

Adrienne’s commitment to social issues extends to her advocacy for parental rights and empowerment. She is passionate about creating a more inclusive and equal society, particularly focusing on supporting women facing various challenges. Additionally, Adrienne holds a strong passion for advocating for children with disabilities, striving to create a more accessible and inclusive environment.

Through her work at the Operational Stress Recovery Program, Adrienne combines her diverse skill set, academic pursuits, and compassionate nature to make a lasting impact. She believes in the transformative power of therapeutic interventions and is dedicated to providing support and care to individuals navigating the challenges of operational stress injuries.

Adrienne’s unwavering dedication to social benefit, her commitment to continuous learning, and her passion for making a difference in the lives of those she serves make her an invaluable leader within the organization.

Mr. Dirk J. Terpstra coherencehotspot.com/

Lead Self-Regulation Trainer

Dirk is an internationally recognized Intuitive Speaker, Coach and HeartMath® Certified Trainer. Through his work, Dirk has helped  many individuals and organizations. He is also the founder of Coherence Hotspot, and former CEO with a Fortune 500 Company.

As a HeartMath® Certified Trainer, Dirk works with individuals and organizations throughout Canada and teaches the science based Resilience Advantage Training Program. This program helps to strengthen stress resilience and promotes optimal well-being, and enables us to live healthier, more productive and more fulfilling lives while building a brighter future.

Since 1991, the Institute of HeartMath® has been conducting scientific research into the effects of the electromagnetic heart field on the brain and body. Their research has found that a ‘coherent’ heart rhythm has many benefits for the body and mind, including more energy, ease, ability to think more clearly, and increased communication skills.

As the Veterans Administration (VA) expands the number and scope of specialized mental health programs to improve veterans’ access to care and services and treatment outcomes, innovative and promising interventions such as HeartMath’s heart-rate-variability coherence biofeedback (HRVCB) training can prove highly beneficial in ameliorating PTSD.

HRVCB training can be a significant addition to existing PTSD treatments: It can deliver benefits to veterans effectively, safely and perhaps most important, quickly. HRVCB has provided immediate relief in many cases. Heart-rate-variability coherence biofeedback (HRVCB), which has been used successfully in a variety of other clinical settings involving stress and anxiety, provides tools to achieve autonomic balancing, emotional restructuring and psychophysiological coherence. 

​As our senior HeartMath Trainer and Internationally recognized speaker who has been with our program since its inception, Dirk works along with a female HeartMath trainer in our Women’s Programs. Dirk is a kind and compassionate man who is well aware of the issues women face, and has been a beneficial part of our Women’s Programs. 

More info: DirkTerpstra.com/heartmath

Mr. Chris B. Rush, BA, MA

Consultant

After spending a decade as a police officer, Chris entered university in 1975 as a mature student, where he combined the knowledge and skills acquired from the harsh realities of police work with degrees from the University of Manitoba in education and counselling psychology. As a a school counsellor he specialized in dealing with youth who had been exposed to trauma. He has taught at the university level and also operated a private family counselling practice. Chris has extensive training in alcohol and drug prevention, child abuse prevention programs and family therapy. He has completed several years of research on self-esteem and resiliency building and has developed practical programs for use with children, teens and adults. 

Mr. Rush established the Resiliency Institute Corporation and Developing Capable People (Canada). He  is the author of the widely used  Developing Capable People program (Canadian Edition). Chris has provided keynote addresses on resilience in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. He is the founding president of the Canadian Council for Self-Esteem and has served as a board member on the International Council for Self-Esteem. He has acted as a consultant to Health Canada, public and private education systems, drug and alcohol prevention agencies, community organizations, First Nations communities and professional groups and businesses.

Chris is a Certified EQ-i (Emotional Intelligence) coach and holds a Master’s Degree from San Diego State University.

Mr. Rush brings his valuable background as a police officer, counsellor, and resilience trainer  to the operational stress program.

More info: http://www.resiliencyinstitute.com/aboutUs/aboutTheFounder.php

Mr. Rennie F. Genaille, MSW, RSW, RCC #10993

Clinician

Rennie is a person of mixed ancestry, Saulteaux and Metis originally from the Keeseekoose First Nations reserve near Kamsack Saskatchewan. Rennie has a strong background in cultural teachings and traditional ceremonies, including drumming, singing, and is a competent Native American flute player. Rennie holds a MSW degree from the University of British Columbia; a BSW degree from Thompson Rivers University; a diploma from the College of New Caledonia, and a Substance Abuse Counselling Certificate from the University College of the Fraser Valley.

Mr. Genaille is a registered member in good standing with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (RSW #9484), the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (R.C.C.#10993), and holds an Indigenous Certified Addictions Specialist Level III (ICAS III #0067) with First Nations Wellness/Addictions Counsellor Certification Board. Rennie is also a registered service provider with the Crime Victims Assistance Program, and Veteran Affairs Canada.

Mr. Genaille was a member of the counselling team at Round Lake Treatment Centre from April 2006-July 2013. Through out his tenure at Round Lake, Rennie has continually expanded his skill sets and knowledge of evidenced-based paradigms. Rennie is adept with integrating traditional forms of healing with mainstream modalities. Bridging the void between academia and cultural sensitive practices, is one of Rennie’s greatest strength.

During his tenure with Round Lake, Rennie joined the faculty with the School of Social Work at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops BC. As a Sessional faculty, Rennie instructed HUMS 1770 Introduction to First Nations Studies in Human Service Practice, SOCW 3540 Introduction to First Nations Issues and Human Services, SOCW-3530 Social Work Practice with Individuals, and SOCW-3590 Advanced Social work Practice with Individuals. This experience has truly enhanced Rennie’s knowledge of evidenced-based mainstream modalities, particularly how these approaches can be adapted to an Aboriginal world view. Rennie practices from a Holistic Strength based, Client Centred approach, and strongly holds the philosophy that “Culture is Treatment”.

Rennie resides with his wife Valerie on the Okanagan Indian Band, along with two feisty cats— Austin-Chalupa and Akando.​

More info: http://www.rfgenaillecounselling.com/

OSR Program Founder

Dr. Gordon Davidson, R. Psych. June 8, 1952 - March 1, 2018

Dr. Davidson had an extensive background working with trauma. As well as treating  hundreds affected by trauma, he conducted critical incident debriefings for over 25 years in many settings. He has trained first-responder groups in peer debriefing processes. He has conducted several hundred psycho-legal PTSD assessments for those involved in workplace traumas, police and military settings, as well for survivors of native residential schools. As a counsellor for members and former members of the military and RCMP,  Dr. Davidson developed a sensitivity to the unique challenges and rewards involved in such work.

An innovator, Dr. Davidson introduced mindfulness and yoga methods to the BC Mental Health system in the mid 1970s. He was also an early user of biofeedback methods and has developed strategies using such technology for the treatment of PTSD. In 2013, he started an outpatient treatment centre for PTSD, conducting individual and group treatment. In 2016, he started a 4-week residential program for those suffering with PTSD, the first of its kind in Canada. The results were very encouraging. As a natural result of this, has developed the Operational Stress Recovery Program, with a specific focus on police and military personnel.

A specialist in workplace stress issues since the 1980s, Dr. Davidson has consulted for provincial and municipal governments, hospitals, First Nations groups, professional partnerships, corporations and NGOs. He also started a consulting practice with labour lawyers to offer workshops on workplace bullying and harassment. He has been quoted extensively in the media on workplace issues, including the Vancouver Sun and Toronto Globe and Mail. Published in the Journal of Family Psychology and the Organizational Development Journal, Dr. Davidson has presented his research at provincial and national conferences and in Europe.

He has taught on trauma related topics  for the Okanagan School of Massage and has taught in the Psychology, Social Work and Education departments at Okanagan University College, now UBC Okanagan. He was called upon to testify in court as an expert witness in areas including parental fitness, custody and access, and trauma. Dr. Davidson held a BA in Social Work (University of Montana) MA in Applied Behavioural Science (Whitworth) and a doctorate in Counselling Psychology (UBC). Dr. Gordon Davidson’s spirit keeps inspiring all the staff on a daily basis.