The Team

Dr. Karen Shue, C.Psych

Dr. Karen Shue, Psychologist, C.Psych

Dr. Shue brings her expertise in clinical and administrative psychological services, areas of neuropsychological assessment, rehabilitation, staff training, consultation, and organizational/program development. She also provides psycho-legal consultation on issues relating to the quality and use of psychological assessment, rehabilitation plans, and outcome evaluations.

Acknowledged by the Ontario Ministry of Health as an expert in the field of brain injury as well as having consulted broadly across the province of Ontario in the areas of psycho-legal issues, staff training, program design, and program evaluation. Published in the field and has served as reviewer for a variety of professional well known organizations and government bodies. Peer assessor for the College of Psychologists of Ontario and has provided expert consultations to the College in her areas of expertise.

Dr. Colin O'Brien, ND

Dr. Colin O’Brien, ND


Dr. Colin O’Brien, BA (Kin), ND, is a board certified Naturopathic Doctor with a strong focus on clinical nutrition and nutritional supplementation. After completing a degree in Kinesiology at Western University, he attended the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) to further his study of the human body and health. This education, along with his personal experience growing up with family members suffering from chronic illness, has helped him to understand the connections between diet, lifestyle choices, and health outcomes. Using evidence-based medicines and lab results, Colin is able to incorporate nutritional, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations tailored to each individual to build a strong foundation for health.

Dr. O’Brien has a special interest in digestive health, as he believes that a large proportion of illness and disease can be managed by improved diet, nutritional supplementation, and repair of the gut. He not only treats advanced and complex health issues (such as  Anxiety and Depression), but also much more common concerns such as low energy, poor sleep, and indigestion.

Dr. Stacey Cooper, DC

Dr. Stacey Cooper, DC, FICPA

A Doctor of Chiropractic, health and wellness expert with over 20 years of clinical experience, Dr. Stacey Cooper is a recognized expert in the field of balanced living and is able to provide information in an easy to understand manner, of what the body requires for healthy living. She helps discouraged health conscious people with bodies that hurt, are tired of taking medications that make them feel sick and are ready to take charge of their health and well-being. Dr. Cooper will deliver our nutrition program, providing resources and reliable information enabling one to learn down to earth, common sense information which is easy to implement.

Judy Waldman, RN, MN, NP-PHC

Judy Waldman, RN, MN, NP-PHC

Judy is a licensed Nurse Practitioner and has a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto. She has a private practice providing psychotherapy and management of mental health issues. Judy has a long history as a psychiatric and forensic nurse and specializes in trauma therapy. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced childhood maltreatment and interpersonal violence and has extensive experience teaching and training on these subjects. Judy is a Registered Yoga Teacher and certified in facilitating Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and as such uses a holistic mind-body approach to therapy.

Lesley Hannell, C.Psych

Lesley Hannell, Psychologist, C.Psych

Supervising Psychologist and clinical therapist, energy psychology, equine assisted psychotherapy, energy healing and shamanistic practice, extensive training in various modalities, including and not limited to EMDR, EDxTM, EFT, TAT, HMR.

Lesley’s trauma experience includes being past Executive Director and founding member of “Women in Crisis”, an emergency shelter and crisis intervention service for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Guelph, Ontario.

Mit Shah, Bcc Phm, Rph

Mit Shah, Pharmacist

Mit analyzes and reviews prescriptions and client records for appropriateness, contacting physicians when necessary. Counsels clients on prescription, non prescription pharmaceuticals and supplementation. Combining his in-depth training, knowledge, and more than eight years experience in pharmacology, with his eastern culture in natural medicine Mit assists the executive health team in providing optimal medication management and quality client care.

Deborah Bonk, BA.,Ed.

Deborah Bonk, BA,Ed

Deborah Bonk B.A.,Ed., a teacher/counsellor of 25 years, acquired her Art Therapy Diploma from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute in 2004 and has been a member since then with Canadian Art Therapy Association. She incorporated these skills in an alternative education program for suspended and expelled middle and high school students. In 2015, Deborah worked with an addiction rehabilitation facility in Erin, Ontario for men 18 and over.

Linda Burrell, BSW, RSW

Linda Burrell, BSW, RSW

Linda has a background in counselling, social work, case management for persons living with a serious mental illness, victim/witness services, as well as filming. She brings her strong leadership and organizational skills, conflict resolution, and liaison mediation skills with healthcare providers and community partners to her position as Online Program Manager. Linda is presently completing her Masters in Social Work.

Philip Cable, RP

Philip Cable, RP

Philip has had personal experience with PTSD and the recovery journey through this own mental health challenge. He is a Matrix ReImprinting, EFT (Tapping) practitioner and counsellor in energy therapy and a registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Philip served as a United Church of Canada minister/chaplain for 27 years, and is currently the Voluntary Associate Minister at North West Barrie United Church. His work has taken him from coast to coast. His training in treating addictions began during his years working in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. He is a member of CASC (Canadian Association of Spiritual Care) and AAMET (Association for the Advancement of Meridian Energy Techniques).

Linda Ellerker, BA

Linda Ellerker, BA, Wellness Practitioner

Following a career as an Ontario School Teacher, a Specialist in Special Education, – physical, mental and emotional challenges; autism specialist and behaviour specialist, Linda went on to study the many aspects of Energy Psychology. She presently practices an integrative approach to wellness. She is a certified practitioner in Matrix Reimprinting, EFT Tapping, Hypnotherapy, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, EMO (Energy in Motion), and ACE (Advanced Clearing Energetics).

Gina Faubert, MPMER

Gina Faubert, MPMER, MPNLP, Coach

A certified life coach, Gina completed the Strategic Intervention Coaching, with Robbins Madanes Training. She is a practitioner of MER, NLP, Hypnotherapy, fitness, nutrition, yoga, integrative psychology and is a Health & Wellness Coach.Gina earned her diploma in Fitness & Lifestyle Management from George Brown College, is a Master Practitioner of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), MER (Mental Emotional Release), and of Hypnotherapy. Gina experience includes training high performance athletes and establishing corporate wellness programs. 

Nikki Featherstone, BA

Nikki Featherstone, BAACS DKATI

Following her five year career working as a Correctional Officer II, First Responder Nikki Featherstone received professionally training as an Art Therapist and holds a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Art Therapy. She offers all levels of art therapy focusing on expression rather than technique/product; therefore, no art experience is required. Nikki specializes in including the spiritual components of the human experience.

Catherine Reynolds Hamilton, BA

Catherine Reynolds Hamilton, BA, BEd, DHHP

A Homeopath and Heilkunst Practitioner for over 15 years, Catherine has delivered homeopathic and dynamic medicines, working with clients to enable their healing journey of body, mind and spirit. She is also trained in one of the most advanced neurofeedback system in the world which is designed to take advantage of the brain’s natural processes by encouraging it to function as originally designed. As a neurofeedback trainer, Catherine simply promotes and facilitates the brain’s natural tendency toward self-regulation, resilience and flexibility.

Robin Kingscoate, RRPr

Robin Kingscoate, Reflexologist Facilitator for Healing

Having studied and worked in the field of natural healing for over twenty-five years Robin offers a broad range of healing modalities. By using combined techniques of reflexology, acupressure, aromatherapy and energy work, she brings clients into a state of calm and relaxation where their own healing can begin.

Victoria Poe, MSW, RSW

Victoria Poe, B.Ed, MSW, RSW

Recognizing the power of horses to help heal and educate beyond riding, Victoria (Tori) began her journey in the field of Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) and Equine Facilitated Counselling (EFC), creating her business, 2 Lead Change.  As a lifelong learner, she completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) specializing in the Aboriginal Field of Study and working with Individuals, Families and Groups. She has worked in residential treatment centres for persons struggling with mental health issues and addictive behaviours. She also works part time at Seneca College with the Therapeutic Recreation Degree Program. Tori is also trained in Somatic Experiencing. Tori will be involved in the delivery of our equine therapy.

Lise Preston, MSW, RSW

Lise Preston, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW

Over the past 17 years Lise has provided counselling support in a variety of areas: anger management, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship (separation/divorce), trauma and, with specific expertise in palliative and bereavement issues. Lise achieved her Master of Social Work degree and is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Brief and Narrative Therapy, and CIR Specialist (Critical Incident Response). She also provided MSW Intern supervision. In addition to Lise delivering EMDR and counselling support to our clients she will also honour us in the role of Program Supervisor.  

Monique Verpoort, BSW, RSW

Monique Verpoort, BA, BSW, RSW

Monique Verpoort is a registered social worker and certified emotional success coach with over 15 years experience working in the field of children’s mental health and is a certified Gold Standard EFT practitioner. She is passionate about supporting the development of strong and healthy families.  

Malcolm Welland, MA, RP

Malcolm Welland, MA, Dip CTP, RP 

Before his 17 year career as a psychotherapist, Malcolm had a long career as an educator. He taught in Papua New Guinea, Toronto and Guelph at the high school and college levels. He trained both as a psychotherapist and as a meditation teacher.

Malcolm’s specialty areas include trauma, anxiety, depression, pain management, spirituality, meditation and forgiveness. He says ‘Nothing is more distressing than seeing a person eaten up with self-hatred and being unable to accept and ultimately forgive themselves for being human.’

As a therapist Malcolm does not work from an agenda which makes him the right person for the position of Lead Counsellor.

Laurene Winkler, SETI

Laurene Winkler, B.Mus, B.Ed, SETI 

Laurene’s work is the culmination of life experience, academic degrees, specialized certifications and most importantly, a true desire to assist others on their path to emotional wellness. She is trained and competent in Personal and Relationship Therapy, PTSD and Trauma Treatment, Somatic Experiencing, Tension and Trauma Release Exercises (TRE), Anxiety, Depression and Incident Crisis, Equine Assisted Therapy, Guided Imagery Music Care Practitioner (GIM), Neurofeedback Training, and Equine Assisted Growth. Laurene utilizes a mix of therapies in her work for trauma recovery and emotional well being.

Dawn Zivanovich, MSW, RSW

Dawn Zivanovich, MSW, RSW 

Dawn’s vast experience in conducting psychological assessments and trauma counselling for varied clients will perform supervision services for our qualified non registered therapists. She is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Dawn has been a preferred provider for the Ministry of the Attorney General, Ontario Victim Quick Response Program; the Nations and Inuit Mental Health Program; BOOST, Internet Child Exploitation (ICE); and liaison with key management personnel regarding planning such as Pandemic Planning, organizational models with regards to workplace violence.



MaryAnne Thomas, Retired RN

MaryAnne Thomas, Retired RN, Victim Services Volunteer

A people person with years of experience in the caring industries MaryAnne will be seen at retreats checking you in, sitting in on various classes and just being there when you need sometime to laugh or cry with, or to just enjoy a good chinny wag.

Curtis Rutt, MB, CD

Curtis Rutt, MB, CD

In addition to serving as Treasurer of the Board, Curtis will also oversee the delivery of our Military/First Responder Culture Program and act as Peer Support during and post program.

Tim Nightingale, CD

Tim Nightingale, CD

Tim Nightingale, has over 13 years in the Forces and a Deployment to Afghanistan for 8 months in 2010. He is a Combat Engineer by trade and holds the Rank of Warrant Officer. Tim attended Sir Sandford Fleming College for Police Foundations and is currently working towards fulfilling this career goal. A big part of Tim’s recovery was and remains playing sports, working out at the gym and spending free time with his family and friends.

As a Peer Support Leader Tim encourages all people seeking help to know it starts with you, you aren’t alone in this battle, and he hopes the support we provide at Mission Butterfly reveals to you that the success you’re looking for, is attainable.

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