Rippling Wellness has great meaning for Me.
When I was in my 20's I looked back on my life and realized something powerful. No matter what had happened to me (on the outside, in my family, to my body or even in my body in the form of disease), there was and is a part of me that was not touched. Connecting to this "essence" and believing in this, has carried me through many more challenges in life.
The ripple is symbolic of this belief because no matter how big the wave/ripple the "essence" of water stays the same.
It is also true that all actions cause a ripple in our lives, in our bodies and out into the people around us. I truly believe that these ripples have the power to influence the world. I am hopeful my new ripples will be a force for positive change!
I love people, planning and especially love inspiring others live their best life!
I am so blessed to have many incredibly talented people in my life and I can’t wait to bring them together to provide a format for people to heal and reconnect.
This past year has been so stressful and as things open, we have an opportunity to reconnect in more powerful healing ways than ever before.
I have been a planner all my life, organizing of conferences, parties, protests, rallies, fundraisers, benefit concerts, music festivals and training sessions.
I grew up in Hamilton and all through my youth and young adulthood I participated in planning events and working with committees. At 18 I participated with Youth Challenge international and fundraised the money required to participate in volunteer service work in Costa Rica in 1993.
In my mid 20s I started my career as a nurse and was blessed to work on James Bay in Peetabeck, Ontario with the Fort Albany First Nation community. While there I loved participating in youth gatherings and retreats.
During my NP training I was again blessed to work with another amazing community in Haida Gwaii BC. While there, I was part of the committee planning the Edge of the World Music Festival 2 years in a row.
Since 2006 I have lived in North Bay, Ontario. I was part of the Board who brought the NP clinic to the City. I have been assisting as a Girl Guide Leader for 11 years planning programing and camps. I am also a member of the Dreamcoat Board of Directors and a regular volunteer helping with the amazing shows produced by talented children in this town.
I have worked in primary care for 23 years and have loved every minute I have had with my clients. Now I am combining training in psychotherapy with my primary care skills to provide comprehensive mental health care for individuals and couples.
My career started in 1998 as an outpost Nurse in Fort Albany Ontario. For the first few years I worked with communities on the West cost of James Bay.
With a passion for primary care, I proceeded to complete my BScN degree and my Nurse Practitioner Certification in 2005.
With my NP training, I worked in Northern BC on the islands of Haida Gwaii and as a relief nurse in communities across the Yukon.
In North Bay I started working at the Clinic on the Airforce Base for 5 years before moving to the Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic for the next 5 years.
In 2013 my life was turned upside down. In the following years, as I recalibrated, I had the opportunity to work part time at the Sudbury East Community health Center and with Veterans Affairs as a Field Nursing Services Officer.
My new vision and direction led to completing a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology in December 2019. My final practicum for this degree was with the Community Counselling Center of Nipissing.
As you know, 2020 has been a different year.
I am currently working part time with North East Behavioral Supports Ontario program, and with Akira (a virtual medicine clinic), while working to start this private counselling practice and retreat business.
All through my career/life, I have been drawn to helping those struggling with mental health. My nonjudgmental approach tends to make people feel comfortable. I am sex positive and comfortable talking about anything which is why I think working with couples will be a great way to bring my primary care and my psychotherapy skills together.
I seriously can’t wait to help people live a more healthy and connected life!
Training never ends!
Currently I am training to become an IMAGO therapist so I will be even more prepared to help couples reconnect and find love.