Our Consultants

David McInerney | B.Sc. OT

David completed his university education as an Occupational Therapist in Australia. Following experience working in rural Australia in both acute hospital and rehabilitation settings, David relocated to Canada. In Kelowna, David has worked for Interior Health, and in private practice. David has strong links to the local community and is involved in numerous sporting organizations, as well as sitting on the board of directors for Seniors Outreach Services Society.

Office: Kelowna   
Geographical Areas of Service: Kelowna, North/Central/South Okanagan, Enderby, Salmon Arm and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development:

  • 2018 Exposure Therapy Course
  • 2017 Motivational Interviewing
  • 2016 Concussion Management
  • 2016 Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • 2015 Matheson Cost of Future Care
  • 2015 Matheson Ergonomic
  • 2015 Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)
  • 2014 Best Practice for Pain Management

Hilary Drummond | B.Sc. OT, CCLCP

A past president of the British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapists and a popular conference speaker, Hilary brings over 35 years of experience to the team. Her practice includes disability management, clients with brain injury and concussion as well as providing medical legal assessments. Hilary is a Certified Canadian Life Care Planner and has been accepted as an expert witness in the supreme courts of British Columbia and Saskatchewan. She has a wealth of clinical experience and has been a long standing volunteer on many professional and community boards.

Office: Penticton

Recent Professional Development:

  • 2017 Motivational Interviewing for Helping Professionals
  • 2016 Council of Occupational Therapists of European Countries Conference
  • 2016 Soft Tissue Injuries, Building a Better Community of Practice
  • 2016 Cognitive Functional Assessment
  • 2015 Functional Capacity Evaluation Certification Program (FCE)

Kelly Evans | BHKin, M.Sc. OT

Kelly has been working as an Occupational Therapist since 2012 and specifically with Creative Therapy since 2014. She was attracted to the healthcare field because of a desire to help people in a functional manner. Kelly has a special interest in geriatric health and is passionate about finding solutions to everyday obstacles that prevent people from living their life to the fullest.

Office: Kelowna
Geographical Areas of Service: Kelowna, North/Central/South Okanagan and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Motivational Interviewing
  • 2017 Motivational Interviewing
  • 2016 Ergonomics for Occupational Therapists
  • 2015 Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)
  • 2015 Concussion Management Workshop
  • 2015 NDT/Bobath Trained
  • 2015 Best Practices in Pain Mangement
  • 2014 UVIC Canadian Falls Prevention

Lindsay Allan | B.Sc., M.Sc. OT

Lindsay obtained a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from UBC. She has gained experience working both with children and adults with a variety of conditions in a variety of settings. She was attracted to the field of occupational therapy because of her desire to work with people in a helping profession as well as the varied nature of the profession. Lindsay is committed to professional growth and continuing education, with a passion for learning. Her favorite part of occupational therapy is creating simple solutions for everyday concerns.

Office: Kamloops   
Geographical Areas of Service: Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Cache Creek, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Matheson Ergonomic Evaluation Certification
  • 2018 Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation Certification (FCE)
  • 2018 Concussion Management Level 2
  • 2017 An Occupational Approach to Cognitive Rehabilitation Workshop
  • 2017 Trauma Informed Practice Workshops
  • 2017 Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • 2017 Exposure Therapy
  • 2017 Motivational Interviewing
  • 2016 Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)
  • 2016 Concussion Management
  • 2016 Prenatal Occupational Therapy Course
  • 2016 Core Confidence Certification

Madri Hammond | BOT, M.A.AAC

Madri is a compassionate Occupational Therapist who is inspired by her clients and the lessons she learns from them every day. She has received her Occupational Therapy degree at the University of the Free State and her Master of Arts in Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria in South-Africa. She has specialized training in Sensory Integration, Neurodevelopmental Therapy, DIR/Floortime , Listening Therapy and using the Interactive Metronome program. Madri was working in private practice for nine years before coming to Canada in 2017. She celebrates the unique qualities of her clients and does not hesitate to go the extra mile for them.

Office: Pentiction – Pediatrics
Geographical Areas of Service: Penticton and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 – Advanced Intensive Mentorship, Level 2: Hands-on Advanced Treatment, STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder
  • 2018 – Advanced Intensive Mentorship, Level 1: Diagnosis and Treatment of SPD, STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder
  • 2018 – Childhood Autism Spectrum Disorder, Best Occupational Therapy Practice, Vancouver BC, presented by CAOT

Melanie DuMoulin | B.Sc. Kin, M.Sc. OT

Melanie obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University prior to obtaining her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. She has gained experience working with children and adults with a variety of diagnoses. Melanie has also worked with many community partners to develop inclusive dance programs for individuals of all ages. Melanie strives to see the world through her client’s eyes and advocate for their needs. She enjoys helping others and providing her clients with the necessary tools to return to the activities that are important to them.

Office: Penticton and Kelowna   
Geographical Areas of Service: Kelowna, Summerland, Peachland, Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos, Princeton and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Advanced Mentored Clinician in Sensory Processing Disorder – Level 1
  • 2019 Concussion Management – Level 2
  • 2018 Integrating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy into your Occupational Therapy Practice: Level 1
  • 2017 Professional Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)
  • 2017 Motivational Interviewing
  • 2017 Best Practice for Pain Management for Occupational Therapists
  • 2017 Concussion Management
  • 2016 National Symposium for Dance and Well-Being
  • 2016 Handwriting Without Tears: Get Set for School, Numbers and Literacy, K-grade 5
  • 2016 The Parental Occupational Executive Training
  • 2015 CAOT Conference
  • 2014 Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference

Nadia Hudon | M.Sc. OT

Nadia has a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy and has been working with Creative Therapy Consultants since 2014. She has OT experience working both with children and adults with a variety of neuromuscular and orthopaedic conditions. Nadia strives to see the world through the eyes of each of her clients and her favorite part of her job is listening to the stories of those clients. Nadia has been accepted as an expert witness in the supreme court of British Columbia.

Office: Penticton   
Geographical Areas of Service: Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos, Kaleden, Keremeos, Princeton, Tulameen, Summerland, Naramata and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2018 Matheson Cognitive Functional Capacity Evaluation Course
  • 2017 Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation Certification (FCE)
  • 2017 Cost of Future Care and Functional Testing: Preparing Defensible Life Care Plans
  • 2017 Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Helping Professionals
  • 2016 Occupational Therapy Best Practice: Chronic Pain Assessment, Treatment, and Engagement
  • 2016 Concussion Management Workshop
  • 2015 Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)

Val Day | M.Sc. OT

Valerie worked in the field of microbiology and immunology for four years, studying cancer, influenza and similar illnesses. As she has a passion for working with people and helping others, Valerie returned to school to complete her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in Nova Scotia. Since Graduating in 2012, Valerie has worked in rural and urban communities and both lodge and facility settings. She has developed a diverse working background, and she is a compassionate and loyal advocate for her clients.

Office: Kelowna   
Geographical Areas of Service: Kelowna, North and Central Okanagan and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Concussion Course – Part 2
  • 2019 Wheelchair Seating
  • 2018 Psychosocial and Cognitive Factors with Functional Capacity Evaluations and Return to Work Workshop
  • 2017 Motivational Interviewing
  • 2016 Exposure Therapy by Randy Patterson
  • 2016 Dynamic Pain Managemen
  • 2015 Wheelchair Seating and Positioning
  • 2015 It’s Your Move – Injury Prevention

Christl Bradley | M.OT., BA (Psych)

Christl is a graduate from the MOT program at UBC. She completed a variety of practicums during her studies including community mental health in Vancouver, return-to-work at Viking Air, and with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists-BC. She joined the Creative Therapy Consultants team in Northern BC, and looks forward to the opportunities and challenges that working and living in a new environment will offer. Christl loves being able to provide clients with holistic healthcare that is designed especially for them.

Office: Prince George   
Geographical Areas of Service: Prince George, Quesnel, Vanderhoof, and the Peace River District including Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2018 Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)
  • 2018 Matheson Ergonomic Evaluation Certification
  • 2017 Substance Use and Misuse: Screening Tools and Interventions for Occupational Therapists
  • 2017 Motivational Interviewing

Danelle Fuller | MOT, BHK

Danelle obtained her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of British Columbia. She collaborates with individuals in the community to reduce the impact that disability and injuries have on their daily lives. Danelle takes a holistic approach to rehabilitation and recovery to provide interventions that support overall health and wellness. She works alongside many different populations, including individuals with both physical and mental health challenges. Danelle enjoys occupational therapy because it allows her to combine her background in health sciences, psychology and coaching to focus on meaningful everyday activities.

Office: Williams Lake   
Geographical Areas of Service: Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, Quesnel and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2018 Handwriting Without Tears Course
  • 2018 Dynamic Core for Kids
  • 2018 Best Practice Pain Management for Occupational Therapists
  • 2017 Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation Certification (FCE)
  • 2017 An Occupational Approach to Cognitive Rehabilitation Workshop
  • 2017 Sensory, Behaviour and Holistic Living Workshop
  • 2017 Trauma Informed Practice Workshop
  • 2017 Professional Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)
  • 2017 Sensory and Attachment Research Review
  • 2017 Motivational Interviewing Level 1

Emily Wright | M.Sc. OT, B.Sc. Psych (Hons)

Following graduation from the University of Alberta in 2016 with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree, Emily returned to work in her home town of Terrace, BC. Emily has provided private practice Occupational Therapy services in northwestern British Columbia since beginning her career; she is excited to continue to offer these services with Creative Therapy Consultants. She enjoys being nestled in the beautiful mountains of Terrace and providing her clients with the tools to return to everyday life following an injury. Emily understands the unique challenges faced by residents in remote communities and helps guide her clients through the complex healthcare system. She is a passionate advocate for her clients and strives to offer holistic client-centered services.

Office: Terrace
Geographical Areas of Service: Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Telkwa, Smithers and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 CAOT Bathroom and Kitchen Modifications Certification
  • 2019 Fundamentals of Exposure Therapy
  • 2019 Seating and Mobility Certificate
  • 2018 Chronic Pain Management for Occupational Therapists
  • 2017 Managing Concussions in Clinical Practice
  • 2016 Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery)
  • 2016 Foundations of Motivational Interviewing
  • 2016 Occupational Therapy Feeding and Swallowing Assessment and Management

Kirsten Ali | B.Ed., M.OT

Kirsten holds a bachelor’s degree in education through the University of Victoria and a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia. Since obtaining her master’s degree in 2016, she has worked in private practice assisting those recovering from various illnesses and injuries. Kirsten is especially passionate about wellness promotion, mental health, and pain management. She takes a holistic and client-centered approach to providing care and strives to empower her clients on their journeys to well-being.

Office: Kamloops   
Geographical Areas of Service: Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Revelstoke, Merritt and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Matheson Ergonomic Assessment Certification – Industrial and Office
  • 2019 Certified Expert Witness by Supreme Court of Canada
  • 2018 Cost of Future Care & Functional Testing: Preparing Defensible Life Care Plans
  • 2017 Fundamentals of Anxiety Interventions: Exposure Therapy and Relaxation Skills Training
  • 2017 Concussion Management
  • 2017 Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation Assessments
  • 2017 Motivational Interviewing

Kristin Peters | M.Sc. OT, B.Sc. KIN (Hons)

Kristin completed her Occupational Therapy university education in Halifax at Dalhousie University, after which she worked in hospital and private practice in St. Johns, Eastern Newfoundland. Kristin’s private practice work included completing ergonomic work station assessments and work hardening for clients with workplace injuries through Integrated Occupational Health Services (IOHS). In 2017, Kristin relocated to the Central Okanagan. Kristin currently works casually in the acute hospital realm, as well as in private practice. She strives for client-centered care; she flourishes when assisting all of her clients reach their goals.

Office: Kelowna and Penticton   
Geographical Areas of Service: Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, Summerland, Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Motivational Interviewing
  • 2019 Shift Concussion Management – Complex Cervical Intervention
  • 2019 Shift Concussion Management Program – Level 2
  • 2019 Motivational Interviewing Course
  • 2019 Comprehensive Automotive Mobility Solutions Course for Health Professionals (CAMS-HP)
  • 2018 Shift Concussion Management Program – Level 1
  • 2018 Cost of Future Care Course
  • 2018 ISSA Specialist in Exercise Therapy Certification
  • 2017 Alpha FIM Course

Kristi Moyls | M.Sc. OT, BHK

Kristi obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia. Since obtaining her Master’s degree in 2016, Kristi has worked predominantly with clients with serious and persistent mental illness, as well as with clients who require in-home and community care. Kristi has experience working with clients across the age spectrum and she looks forward to assisting and inspiring clients to live their authentic, best lives.

Office: Kamloops   
Geographical Areas of Service: Kamloops and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Motivational Interviewing
  • 2019 Matheson Ergonomic Evaluation Certification
  • 2019 Concussion Management Level 1
  • 2018 Cognitive Behavioural Training – Level 1
  • 2017 Core Addictions Practice
  • 2016  Trauma Informed Practice
  • 2016  PIECES Training

Laura Messinger | M.Sc. OT, BHK

Laura obtained her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta. With a background in Kinesiology, Laura was drawn to Occupational Therapy for the holistic perspective it takes when addressing individuals and their health-related concerns. She has experience working with adults and older adults in a variety of rehabilitative and community settings and she feels passionately about her professional growth and continued education. Laura enjoys the dynamic nature of Occupational Therapy, and the creativity it requires to find unique ways to enable individuals to gain independence and enrich their quality of life.

Office: Kelowna   
Geographical Areas of Service: Kelowna, Central/South Okanagan and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Motivational Interviewing
  • 2017 Motivational Interviewing Certification
  • 2017 Trauma Informed Care Online Certification
  • 2017 Mental Health Recovery Conference
  • 2017 Shelley Moore Inclusive Education Workshop
  • 2018 Sexual Health for Persons With Disabilities Workshop

Lisa Zoller | MOT

Lisa obtained her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of British Columbia; since graduating in 2016, she has worked in private practice.  Throughout her career, Lisa has appreciated the opportunity to support many clients who have experienced various injuries and illnesses.  Taking a client-centered and holistic approach, Lisa aims to collaborate with individuals in the community all while assisting clients in reducing the impact disabilities and injuries have on their daily activities. She is passionate about health promotion in addition to empowering clients to enrich their quality of life.

Office: Kelowna
Geographical Areas of Service: Kelowna, West Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Permobil Seating Workshop
  • 2019 Exposure Therapy Workshop
  • 2018 Concussion Management Level 2
  • 2017 Concussion Management Level 1

Lynn Nicholson | B.Sc.OT

Lynn Nicholson has been working as an Occupational Therapist (OT) since 1986. She recently joined Creative Therapy Consultants and she is excited about the opportunity to provide Occupational Therapy with the support of such a great team. Lynn was attracted to the health care field because of a personal passion to help people; therefore, becoming an Occupational Therapist was a natural fit for her. She believes Occupational Therapy has so much to bring to an individual, impacting so many facets of a person’s life and encompassing so much more than just mobility. Lynn is experienced in Acute Care, Long-Term Care, Home Care, Complex Wheelchair Positioning and so much more. Like every OT, Lynn is passionate about finding solutions which will make a person complete and which will help that person to overcome the obstacles they face in living life to the fullest.

Office: Williams Lake   
Geographical Areas of Service: Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, Quesnel and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Motivational Interviewing
  • 2018 Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)
  • 2017 Best Practice for Pain Management for Occupational Therapists

Mike Slack | MOT, BKin

Mike completed his Master of Occupational Therapy degree at the University of British Columbia and completed his practicum experience in a variety of areas, including community health, return to work, acute care and forensics.  He has a diverse background, including experience with pain management, personal training/coaching; he looks forward to bringing these experiences into his practice.  Mike recently moved to Northern BC to work with Creative Therapy Consultants and he is excited to assist his clients, while exploring this beautiful area of the province.

Office: Prince George     
Geographical Areas of Service:  Prince George, Quesnel, Williams Lake and other Northern Regions.

Recent Professional Development

Misha Marechal | MSc OT, BScPharm

Misha obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta. She started her Occupational Therapy career working in hospital in Calgary, Alberta before joining the Creative Therapy Consultants team. Misha is passionate about working alongside clients, their families and communities to promote health and well-being through engagement in meaningful activities.

Office: Penticton   
Geographical Areas of Service: Penticton, South/Central Okanagan and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Motivational Interviewing
  • 2017 Engaging Vulnerable Populations Workshop
  • 2017 Occupational Therapy Professional Development Conference – University of Alberta
  • 2017 Trauma Informed Care Online Course

Tara Young | B.Kin, M.Sc. OT

Born and raised in Kitimat, Tara is excited to join the team at Creative Therapy Consultants and serve the Terrace/Smithers area of Northern B.C. Tara obtained her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta and her Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree from the University of Calgary. She has gained experience as an Occupational Therapist working both with pediatric and geriatric clients with a variety of conditions since graduating in 2015. Tara is passionate and driven in her goal to help all others overcome their barriers and work towards achieving a greater quality of life.

Office: Terrace   
Geographical Areas of Service: Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Telkwa, Smithers and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 The Fundamentals of exposure Therapy in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
  • 2019 Vestibular Rehabilitation- Dizziness and Balance Rehab clinic
  • 2018 Concussion Management Workshop – Level 1
  • 2018 Feeding and Swallowing Disorders in Infancy
  • 2018 Dr. Reggie Melrose: Self-Regulation Training: Overcoming the Effects of Stress & Trauma
  • 2018 Autism Workshop by David Worling
  • 2017 Mental Health First Aid
  • 2017 Pediatric Update Symposium
  • 2016 Introduction to the Assessment and Management of Eating, Drinking and Swallowing Disorders: A Clinical Approach – Access Therapists
  • 2016 Assessment & Management of Rheumatic Diseases – Mary Pack Arthritis Program
  • 2016 32nd International Seating Symposium
  • 2015 The Pressure Is On: A Practice Model for Occupational Therapists – Access Therapists
  • 2015 Dementiability Methods: The Montessori Way
  • 2015 P.I.E.C.E.S

Tricia Masters | BSR OT

Tricia completed her university education at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. In Rehabilitation Medicine (OT & PT). She has worked primarily in British Columbia, in addition to Alberta and Ontario. Tricia also worked in New Zealand and Australia for 14 years. Tricia values and believes in empowering clients to find their passion, purpose and ability, while actively engaging in their community.

Office: Kelowna
Geographical Areas of Service: Kelowna, North/Central/South Okanagan, Enderby, Salmon Arm and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Motivational Interviewing
  • 2019 Emergency First Aid and CPR/AED Level C
  • 2018 Violence in the Workplace – 8 modules completed with quiz (IHA)
  • 2017 Work Safety-Biological Agent 2; workplace bullying and harassment (IHA)
  • 2017 Site Specific Occupational Health and Safety Training (IHA course)
  • 2016 Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL) Certification in train the trainer for Falls Risk Prevention
  • 2015 – 2016 Braden Risk Assessment and intervention wound care (IHA course)
  • 2015 OT Assessment Tools Course and using everyday items and tasks to treat Cognition
  • 2015 San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training (ICS Health)
  • 2011 Canadian Federation of Labour summer school Conflict Resolution Course
  • 2011 International Seating Symposium – twice attended
  • 2007 Motivational Interviewing
  • 2007 Access Advanced 3-day Complex Wheelchair Seating Course

Our Kinesiologist Team

Aaron Buat | BHKin, BCAK

Aaron was born and raised in Kelowna and attended Kelowna Senior Secondary School.  He obtained his Bachelors of Human Kinetics degree through both Okanagan College and the University of British Columbia.  For the past two years, Aaron has been practising as both a Kinesiologist and Personal Trainer at One Life Health and Wellness and the World Gym Kelowna.   Throughout his life, Aaron has enjoyed playing all sports and being active.  He is most passionate about ice hockey, which he played both at the junior and college levels; he continues to play today.  During the Okanagan summers, Aaron enjoys playing competitive softball, as well as golfing on many of the Okanagan’s beautiful fairways.  Outside of the playing field and training facilities, Aaron’s interests include being social with family and friends, listening to music and playing guitars, in addition to carpentry and mechanics.  He enjoys learning new skills and he is extremely excited for the opportunity to join the CTC team and to continue developing into the best professional he can be.

Office: Kelowna
Geographical Areas of Service: Kelowna, North/Central Okanagan and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2017 Exercise Physiology
  • 2017 Health Promotion
  • 2017 Gross Anatomy
  • 2017 Sports Psychology
  • 2017 Biomechanics
  • 2017 Tissue Injury and Repair

Britny Sukert | CAT(C), BAET, R.KIN

Britny Sukert is a Certified Athletic Therapist registered with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, in addition to being a Practising Kinesiologist with British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy degree in June of 2016 from Camosun College in Victoria, BC. In both of her roles, Britny offers a holistic approach to acute and chronic musculoskeletal (bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons) injuries.

Britny was born and raised in Williams Lake, BC. Her passion for sports and a healthy lifestyle lead her down the path of athletic therapy. Throughout her four-year degree, Britny obtained over 1,200 hours of work-related experience in the field and in the clinic. Her field experience includes medical coverage, injury assessment, return to play protocols, and concussion recognition and assessment; she also has experience in the application of preventative taping and bracing. Britny’s clinical experience has included working with clients who are diagnosed with chronic diseases, as well as training with adolescents who have experienced fractures, seniors who have received joint replacements, and elite athletes who have returned to sport after a muscle tear.

Office: Williams Lake   
Geographical Areas of Service: Williams Lake and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Reconditioning Level 1
  • 2019 DATAC
  • 2017 First Responder and CPR/AED Level HCP
  • 2017 Muscle Energy Technique Lumbar and Ilia

Carly Helgason | BKin

Carly moved to the Okanagan in 2015 to study at the University of British Columbia Okanagan to complete her Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree in 2018. Loving all the Okanagan has to offer, she decided to continue to live and work in Kelowna. For the last few years, Carly has been working as a group fitness coach at Kelowna Bootcamp, and coaching with the Kelowna Synchronized Swimming Club. Carly grew up in an active household, enjoying a host of sports before pursuing synchronized swimming in which she competed and placed both nationally and internationally. Kinesiology was a natural fit for Carly, as she struggled with various injuries while in university; the field combined her love for an active lifestyle and her desire to her others. Outside of her work life, Carly loves spending time with her dog, in addition to swimming, hiking and travelling. Carly is incredibly excited to join the CTC team – continuing to grow and learn as a Kinesiologist alongside such a wonderful team.

Office: Kelowna
Geographical Areas of Service: Kelowna, North/Central Okanagan and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

Erica Tung | B.Sc. Kin

Erica received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree from the University of Alberta. She is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) recognized by the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) and and is a member of the BC Associations of Kinesiologists (BCAK). She is passionate about encouraging positive mental and physical health to her clients. Erica coaches rock climbing in Prince George and enjoys spending her leisure time outdoors.

Office: Prince George
Geographical Areas of Service: Prince George and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Advanced Neck and Upper Extremity Course & Advanced Lumbo – Pelvic and Lower Extremity Course
  • 2019 Motivational Interviewing
  • 2018 McGill Method level 1 and 2 for Back Pain Workshop
  • 2018 Soft Tissue Release Training Workshop
  • 2017 Concussion Management Workshop

Judy Letendre | B.Sc. Kin

As an ‘older’ Kinesiologist Judy’s approach is gentle rehab for clients returning to life, work and play after injury. She is pleased to be part of a team aimed at helping clients regain whole health. Judy’s own passions involve lots of outside work and play in our wonderful geographical area.

Office: Penticton
Geographical Areas of Service: Osoyoos, Rock Creek, Grand Forks and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Hakomi
  • 2019 Mind Mapping and Case Conceptualization
  • 2019 EMDR Annual Conference – Disaster EMDR, Trauma update
  • 2019 Ego State Therapy
  • 2019 EMDR
  • 2018 Treating Trauma Masters Series
  • 2018 How to Work With Inner Critic
  • 2018 How to Work With Shame
  • 2018 Psychological First Aid
  • 2018 Soft Tissue Release
  • 2018 Understanding Addiction
  • 2017 Masters of Education (Counselling)
  • 2017 M. Ed. (Counselling) candidate, thesis in progress. UNBC
  • 2016 Advanced Diploma Chemical Addictions, NVIT

Lyris Davis | BHKin

Lyris graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Physical Activity Studies majoring in Fitness and Lifestyle in 1995.  She is a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists.  She has nine years of experience working as an Exercise Therapist in a multidisciplinary Tertiary Physiotherapy Clinic, 12 years of experience providing Disability Management for her health region back in Saskatchewan and most recently represented injured workers in appealing their WSBC Claims.  She is a Matheson-certified Functional Capacity Evaluator and Matheson Ergonomic Assessor; she has worked with employers and third parties performing job site evaluations, as well as providing return to work programs and workplace accommodations.  As an International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro Bodybuilder, Lyris knows her way around the weight room and specializes in training a wide range of clients, from those who require aquatic and home-based rehabilitation programs to those who are training as high-performance athletes.  She is passionate about focusing on “ability” instead of “disability.”  Lyris is excited to share her passion with clients in the South Okanagan area.

Office: Penticton   
Geographical Areas of Service: Penticton, South/Central Okanagan and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Concussion Course – Level 1

Riley Kenny | BHK, CSEP-CPT

Riley was born and raised in Kitimat, BC; upon graduating high-school, Riley attended the College of New Caledonia in Prince George where she obtained a Diploma with Honours in Kinesiology. She then continued her education at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, where she gradated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Kinetics. Riley has now returned to her home town; she hopes to share her education and experience with people in the remote areas of Northern British Columbia. Riley has a passion for exercise and her aim is to help her clients by teaching them about the tools they need to succeed – whether they are rehabilitating from injury, or whether they are de-conditioned and returning to their regular activities. Riley also values creativity and enjoys bringing unique and creative aspects into her rehabilitation programs. With experience working as a Physiotherapy Assistant and teaching exercise classes, Riley is excited to explore the opportunity to work alongside two Occupational Therapists. When Riley is not working, you can find her exploring the beautiful ocean, forest and wilderness areas of the North Coast with her sister and their dogs.

Office: Terrace   
Geographical Areas of Service: Terrace, Kitimat and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Water Exercise Course
  • 2019 CSEP Module: Training for Older Adults
  • 2019 CSEP Module: Training for Children and Youth
  • 2018 Clinical Assessment in MSK/Neurological Conditions
  • 2018 All the Right Moves: Physical Activity Across the Lifespan
  • 2018 Task Demands Assessment: How Kinesiologists can improve Return to Function or Work
  • 2018 Heart & Stroke Foundation Basic Life Support for Health Provider Training
  • 2018 Safe Patient Handling – Mobility Decision Tool (NHA Course)

Sherrie Pope | BHKin

Sherrie has been a Kinesiologist since 2012. Since graduating from UBC Okanagan, she has enjoyed working in cardiac & lung rehabilitation, sport development, health & wellness and fitness. The best part of her day is watching her clients become stronger, more confident movers and helping them reach their health & fitness goals.

Office: Penticton   
Geographical Areas of Service: Penticton, Summerland, South Okanagan and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2018 Concussion Management Workshop – Level 2
  • 2018 Introductory Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • 2018 Level 2 Pre/Post Natal Advanced Core Confidence Specialist
  • 2017 Concussion Management Workshop
  • 2017 Level 1 Soft Tissue Release
  • 2017 Water Exercise
  • 2016, 2015, 2013 Okanagan Strength & Conditioning Conference
  • 2016 Foundational Movement Skills

Our Rehabilitation Assistant Team

Adam Heming | RA, B.Sc.

Adam graduated from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, with a BSc in Exercise Science. Adam has been working as a Rehab Assistant in long term care for three years and has also recently been working with clients in the community. Adam specializes in weight room and personalized rehabilitative training, and pool exercises. Adam will brighten his client’s day with his quick wit and positive attitude.

Office: Kelowna   
Geographical Areas of Service: Kelowna, Vernon and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2017 Central Peripheral Integration-With Concussion Health Team
  • 2017 Wound Care Assessment – Medridge

Anwen Edmonds | RA

Anwen has been working in the NHS (National Health Service) in Wales, UK, for the past 22 years. The first 10 years, she worked as an Occupational Therapist Assistant, covering Stroke Rehabilitation, Orthopedic, Neuro and Surgical. During the last 12 years, she has been working as an Occupational Therapist and a Physio Therapist Assistant in Palliative Care, based in the Day Hospice and Community. Part of her Day Hospice activities would include group work, i.e. relaxation, adapted Tai Chi, gentle exercise and cookery.  She enjoys running, cycling and hiking.

Anwen is also a qualified Reflexologist and Reiki Master, registered with the Association of Reflexology UK and the Reflexology Association of Canada.

Office: Penticton   
Geographical Areas of Service: Penticton, Summerland, South Okanagan and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2017 Mindfulness
  • 2017 Transformational Breath
  • 2017 Domestic Violence Against Women – Level 1
  • 2016 Adapted Tai Chi Exercises
  • 2015 Dementia Awareness
  • 2015 Resuscitation – Level 1
  • 2014 Health and Safety – Level 1 and 2
  • 2014 Infection Prevention and Control – Level 1 and 2
  • 2014 Safeguarding Children – Level 1
  • 2014 Safeguarding Adults – Level 1
  • 2014 Treat Me Fairly – Level 1
  • 2013 The Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Becky Brimacombe | Therapist Assistant

Becky has been an active member of the rehab community since graduating from the Therapist Assistant Program in 2015. Becky works in a variety of settings from Long Term Care to seeing our clients in the community. When not facilitating rehabilitation programs you can find Becky at the arena where she is a certified NCCP skating coach. Becky continues to expand her knowledge in the field by taking a Bachelors of Health Science online.

Office: Kelowna   
Geographical Areas of Service: Kelowna, Vernon and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Differing Perspectives on Health and Wellness Through Cultural Lens
  • 2018 Professional Ethics
  • 2017 CIHS – Working Alone or in Isolation
  • 2015 Provincial Violence Prevention

Jo Kidd | Pediatric Rehabilitation Assistant

Jo completed her Occupational Therapy Degree in South Africa and she recently relocated to Kelowna. While going through the process of having her degree being recognized in Canada, she is working as a Pediatric Rehabilitation Assistant. She has over eight years of experience working in a wide range of fields within the South African context and is passionate about helping individuals reach their full potential.

Jo has a special interest in children with multiple, complex diagnosis and loves that each child is unique and special. She enjoys working with children and their families to help make life at home, school and in the community a happy and fulfilling experience.

Office: Penticton – Pediatrics  
Geographical Areas of Service: Penticton, Kelowna and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2018 Intellectual disabilities- challenges with behaviour, sexuality and aging
  • 2017 Sensory Integration- Theory
  • 2017 Kinesio-taping
  • 2017 Intellectual disability and the open labour market
  • 2015 Intermediate Wheelchair Seating
  • 2015 Infant Sensory Integration
  • 2015 Griffiths Mental Development Scale Assessment
  • 2013 Group therapy for paediatrics
  • 2013 NDT for children with Cerebral Palsy
  • 2011 Basic Wheelchair Seating
  • 2011 Introduction to complex seating
  • 2011 Hambisela (Training to teach family’s of children with CP)
  • 2011 Studio III (managing challenging behaviours)
  • 2011 Introduction to Sensory Integration

Jo McQueen | RA, HS/RCA

Prior to working in Health Care, Jo worked extensively in the entertainment industry, as well as in manufacturing, sales, marketing and delivery positions. He is a professional recording musician. In 1999, Jo became more focused and took the Resident Care Attendant/Home Support Worker course at Okanagan University College.

Jo has worked exclusively with CTC for over 10 years on a full-time basis. Joe was on the Board of Directors for SOSBIS during 2010/2011 year

Jo has a wealth of experience as an RA, and especially enjoy developing customized solutions for each client.

Office: Penticton  
Geographical Areas of Service: Penticton, Summerland, South Okanagan and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

  • 2018 Professional Ethics
  • 2017 Ethics For Professionals
  • 2015 Concussion Management
  • 2012 Community Brain Injury
  • 2011 Interpersonal Conflict Management / Managing Hostile Interactions
  • 2010/11 Director – South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society
  • 2009 Cognitive Rehab
  • 2005 Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • 2001 Advocacy Skills for Dementia

Leann (Pitman) Manuel | RA, HSW

As a Rehabilitation Assistant, as well as a Hippotherapist (Equine Therapist) and riding instructor, Leann has been able to blend her lifelong love for horsemanship with her desire to help others. Growing up on her family farm in Port Alberni, Leann’s passion for horsemanship grew with her from childhood. By age 16, Leann had qualified for the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Youth World Championship Horse Show. After graduating from high school, Leann left her family farm and beloved horses behind and moved to Vancouver Island to study psychology and social work at the University of Victoria. However, it did not take long for Leann to realize that horses had been far more than just a childhood passion for her. She realized that many of her successes in life were related to her greatly revered equestrian pursuits.

Office: Penticton
Geographical Areas of Service: Penticton and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

Michelle Lindemann | RA

Michelle graduated from the College of New Caledonia with a diploma in Kinesiology in 2017.  Upon graduation, Michelle has been using her certification to help train others with exercise programs to assist in rehabilitating old injuries. Michelle’s passion to help others has directed her into the rehabilitation and health field, which has led her to become a part of the CTC team.  Michelle believes movement is a major key to overall health and continues to promote it to others, while continuing to expand her professional development.

Office: Prince George 
Geographical Areas of Service: Prince George, Vanderhoof and surrounding areas.

Recent Professional Development

Our Operations Team

Cathy Gale | Office Manager

Cathy brings a wealth of experience from her years of working in a variety of industries to the Creative Therapy administration team. An avid problem solver, Cathy can be counted on to find the best solution to any issue that she is faced with. She enjoys the work she does, the people she interacts with and the difference she makes to clients and co-workers lives.

Office: Penticton – Head Office

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Motivational Interviewing
  • 2017 Excel Level 2 and 3

Christine McBeth | Pediatrics Service Coordinator & Administrative Assistant

Christine has been working as a receptionist for many years, and is excited to bring her experience to Creative Therapy Consultants. She enjoys working within a team environment and assisting clients to ensure they receive top care.

Office: Penticton – Pediatrics

Recent Professional Development

Jill Oakley | Accounting Assistant

Jill has worked in a a variety of office and administration roles all over the world. A member of the Creative Therapy team since 2013, Jill brings a sunny disposition and a keen attention to detail to the office staff.

Office: Penticton – Head Office 

Recent Professional Development

Natasha Scaife | Accounting Assistant

Natasha has held plenty of administrative roles over the years, from federal government to call-centers.  She worked in senior health care for many years before joining the Creative Therapy Consultants team.  She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Bookkeeping Certificate.

Office: Penticton – Head Office 

Recent Professional Development

Shauna Osatchuk | FCE/CFC Assessment, Report and Research Coordinator

After working as an award-winning journalist in the roles of newspaper reporter/photographer – then editor – for half a decade, Shauna spent the next five years serving in the health field, receiving her optometric assistant certification via the Canadian Association of Optometrists in 2005. Following that, she worked as an accounting technician and clerk for seven years. In 2016, she joined the team at Creative Therapy Consultants (CTC); she is currently working as the Functional Capacity Evaluation/Cost of Future Care (FCE/CFC) Assessment, Report and Research Coordinator. In her role at CTC, Shauna is utilizing her experience as a writer – and her many years working within the health and accounting fields – in order to assist the Occupational Therapists who provide FCE and CFC Assessments and Reports. Shauna loves spending time with her husband and their pet cat; they have many adventures together – travelling on numerous road trips, visiting with their family and friends, working on projects at home and exploring nature. An arts and culture enthusiast, Shauna enjoys writing poetry and prose, performing and listening to music, reading non-fiction books and spending time with her loved ones while working on various creative pursuits. She appreciates being able to assist and connect with others through her work at CTC.

Office: Penticton – Head Office 

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Motivational Interviewing

Terese Zandvliet | Intake and Records Coordinator

Equipped with many years of experience working in an office environment, Terese joined the CTC team after receiving her Kinesiology degree from the University of British Columbia – Okanagan in 2017.  As the Intake and Records Coordinator for Creative Therapy Consultants, Terese enjoys interacting and collaborating with various health professionals, insurance companies and other clients on a day-to-day basis.  When she is not working, you can find Terese camping, hiking, kayaking and exploring the Okanagan.

Office: Penticton – Head Office 

Recent Professional Development

  • 2019 Motivational Interviewing