Clinical Team

Our team of highly-skilled therapists possesses a wide range of skills and experiences.  No matter how challenging your situation, one of our clinicians can most likely help you conquer it.

Boreal Wellness Centres' group counselling programs and individual therapy are designed and delivered by a team of specialists with decades of experience in psychological health and wellness, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, clinical counsellors, dieticians and fitness professionals, and an extra special canine.

Our therapists and health providers are professionally accredited and registered to practice within British Columbia. Additionally, Boreal Wellness Centres is an approved provider of post-traumatic and mental health services to WorkSafeBC, the RCMP, and Veterans Affairs Canada. Each clinician has deep knowledge in specific areas of mental health and well-being and we hold them to exacting standards for education and training, positive attitude, and desire to help others.

When it comes to expertise in working with public safety personnel, approximately half of our clinical team have occupational awareness training and experience.  This makes Boreal Wellness Centres one of Canada's largest occupationally aware clinical practices.




Meet Our Clinicians

Mike Mathers
Mike Mathers
Registered Clinical Counsellor

I am a Counsellor with 15 years of experience working in residential and outpatient treatment programs with both individuals and groups.  

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Staša Pašić
Registered Clinical Counsellor

Most of my clinical practice focuses on mental health and addiction issues. These do not exist in a vacuum. They are often intertwined with trauma, family and relationship dynamics, identity exploration, social injustices, and many other factors that we can explore together.  

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Nicole Marcia
Nicole Marcia
Yoga Therapist

Since 2004, I’ve taught therapeutic yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors, teaching them healthy self-regulation strategies to empower them to live connected and embodied lives.

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Dr. Sumin Na
Dr. Sumin Na
Registered Psychologist

I work with individuals experiencing a variety of difficulties including depression, anxiety, trauma, disordered eating and those with chronic pain and health conditions.

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Boaz Saffer
Boaz Saffer
Therapist (Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology)

I am a senior Ph.D. student in UBC's Clinical Psychology program, and I have experience providing psychotherapy to individuals experiencing acute and severe mental health difficulties.

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Dr. Humaira Mohsin
Dr. Humaira Mohsin
Registered Psychologist

My practice primarily focuses on clients who suffer from depression, anxiety, substance use, trauma and personality disorders. My therapeutic approach is based on respect, dignity and empathy.

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Alyson Quinn
Alyson Quinn
Registered Social Worker

Counselling has always been a calling for me, beginning in my teenage years.  This passion has guided me for over 25 years in my work with individuals, couples and groups.

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Sharon Kwok
Sharon Kwok
Registered Clinical Counsellor

I am a Counsellor with 8 years of experience working in hospital and outpatient treatment programs with both individuals and groups.  I assist clients with a wide variety of backgrounds, from first responders to executives to others struggling with their mental health.

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Laurie Hollingdrake
Laurie Hollingdrake
Registered Clinical Counsellor

I have spent the past 10 years as a therapist working with youth, adults and couples struggling with mental health issues, substance use, trauma, anger, grief, relationship violence, consentual and non-consentual sex, as well as isolation, and finding and creating purpose and meaning.

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Dr. Sam Rumak
Dr. Sam Rumak
Therapist

I have a range of experience in both the assessment and treatment of mood, anxiety, obsessive compulsive, and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. I have also worked with individuals struggling with chronic and complex pain conditions.

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Diana Vissers
Occupational Consultant

I am a vocational rehabilitation professional who is passionate about helping others understand the obstacles to working and figure out the path back.  I have come to understand that the health reasons for work absence is only one part of the issue.  Each person is unique and has a unique combination of other elements such as the nature of their job, the rules and culture in their workplace, and their family, community and social situation.

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Janna Young
Janna Young
Occupational Therapist

I am an Occupational Therapist with over 15 years of experience working in inpatient, outpatient and community-based mental health programs. I am passionate about supporting individuals in participating as fully as possible in the activities that are meaningful to them.

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Lori Keith
Lori Keith
Occupational Therapist

I am an Occupational Therapist with over 15 years of experience working in the field of adult mental health.  I  aim to assist individuals and organizations with breaking down barriers, increasing their skill and knowledge, and achieving their goals. 

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Dr. Holly Parkerson
Dr. Holly Parkerson
Registered Psychologist

I am a registered clinical psychologist providing psychological treatment to adult clients with a diverse range of mental health concerns including PTSD, anxiety and mood disorders, as well as difficulties adjusting to chronic health problems. 

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Dr. Mok Escueta
Dr. Mok Escueta
Registered Clinical Social Worker

I have been a Trauma Psychotherapist for about 20 years and continue to be very grateful that my profession is my passion. I believe in the power of mental health work, particularly trauma psychotherapy, to help create more healthful moments for those who experience distress.

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Dr. Daryl Ternowski
Dr. Daryl Ternowski
Registered Psychologist

I have over 15 years of experience in various settings, including inpatient hospital treatment programs and outpatient treatment settings.  I treats adults with anxiety, depression, disordered eating, trauma, substance abuse, and relationship difficulties. 

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Dr. Carolina Vidal
Psychiatrist

I have spent the last two years in my private practice seeing patients with a trauma history, PTSD and depression and treating them with a combination of culturally appropriate trauma-informed therapy and medications.

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Dr. Maia Love
Dr. Maia Love
Psychiatrist

I am a wellness consultant and psychiatrist with a specialized practice in the science of wellness and psychotherapy to create greater success.  My services are focused on wellness, burnout prevention, mindfulness-based psychotherapy and meditation for high performance professionals. 

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Scott Arner
Scott Arner
Registered Clinical Counsellor

I have over 15 years of experience as a concurrent disorders therapist in Vancouver, working with children, youth, families, and adults struggling with mental health issues, substance use, trauma, anger, grief, as well as isolation and disconnection. 

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Dr. Dana Thordarson
Dr. Dana Thordarson
Registered Psychologist

My practice focuses on assessment and therapy for anxiety, stress, post-traumatic stress, and depression in adults. I am certified in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

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Richelle Muscroft
Richelle Muscroft
Yoga Therapist

I work privately and in groups with those who are struggling with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, grief, sleep disturbances, breathing difficulties and/or post-traumatic stress injury (PTSD).

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Karin Mattu
Karin Mattu
Registed Clinical Counsellor

I work with a diverse population of clients, however a primary focus has been assisting youth who are moderate to high risk for suicide and their families. In this work, skills gained have allowed me to work with complex family issues, anxiety and depression, self-harm, and OCD.

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Dr. Lindsey Thomas
Dr. Lindsey Thomas
Registered Psychologist / Clinical Manager

Over the years I have treated and assessed with compassion a wide range of difficulties in adults, including a variety of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, psychosis, substance misuse and problematic sexual behaviours and interests.

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Jessica Pirnak
Jessica Pirnak
Registered Dietitian

My passions are prevention, education and creating a healthy community.  I work with adults who struggle with a range of health related issues but I'm one of the few dietitians with a practice focused on gut health and celiac disease.

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Dr. Marilyn Kwong
Dr. Marilyn Kwong
Registered Psychologist

For almost 14 years, I have helped people overcome their suffering and pursue a better life. Some experienced a devastating accident or event, others were struggling with a mental health or medical issue. My assessment work focuses on psychovocational assessments to help people better understand their strengths and challenges.

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Dr. Ron Remick
Dr. Ron Remick
Psychiatrist / Medical Advisory Board

My passion continues to be caring for patients.  Early in my career (before it was fashionable) I encouraged my patients to be educated or “informed consumers” – in order to insure they receive the best care.  This orientation continues to drive my approach to patient care.

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Trevor Davis
Trevor Davis
Fitness Instructor

I first discovered how powerful fitness is to our overall mental, physical, emotional, and social wellness through my own personal journey and health challenges.  

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Adam Skaloud
Adam Skaloud
Fitness Instructor

With background in competitive sports, the main focus of my fitness classes are functional and compound movements - train yourself for what your actual goal is. One does not need to train like a bodybuilder if their goal is playing with their kids without any limitations.

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Bacio
Bacio
Service Dog In Training

Bacio is training to be a service dog. Bacio (pronounced "baa-cho", which is Italian for "kiss") is a mix between a border collie and poodle. He is a very curious and active young dog, and loves meeting new people.  He has his own Instagram page and his considering TikTok.

Woof !!