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OUR TEAM

 

Our team is passionate about all things related to psychological health and wellness, as well as workplace psychological health and safety. We are committed to inspiring individual and organizational change - and look forward to supporting your needs.

Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych.
Founder & Principal

Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. is a national thought leader on issues relating to psychological health, wellness & resiliency. She is CEO & Founder of  MyWorkplaceHealth.com, a full-suite national workplace consulting firm and DrJotiSamra.com, an expanding clinical & counselling practice.

 

Dr. Samra is a highly-regarded expert in psychological health and safety. She has been involved in a number of national initiatives that have contributed to policy change in Canada, and is a Founding & Ongoing Member of the CSA Technical Committee that developed the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace(CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ9700-803/2013). This Standard is the first of its kind in the world, and is shaping policy development for workplace psychological health & safety (PH&S) at the international ISO level. Read More

Christa Hutten
Executive Assistant

Christa Hutten brings over 10 years of executive and administrative experience to MyWorkplaceHealth. Throughout her career, she has had the pleasure of working with various individuals including executives and managers in a number of departments and fields. Christa is honoured to be working in an environment where mental health is the passion and focus. 

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Laura Booiman
Clinical & Research Coordinator

Laura Booiman is the clinical and research coordinator at Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych., & Associates. Her passion for people and scientific research recently drove her to pursue a graduate degree abroad, and she is a soon-to-be graduate with her Master’s of Science (MSc) in Psychology. Previously, she received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Sociology, from the University of British Columbia in 2017. 

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Christie Atkins
Client
Communications
& Marketing Manager

Christie Atkins completed her B.A in Communication from Simon Fraser University. Having always loved psychology and helping people, she decided to go back to school with the ultimate goal of pursuing a Masters in Counselling Psychology. In addition to providing research and clinical administrative support to the Dr. Joti Samra & Associates and MyWorkplaceHealth teams. 

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Mary Anne Baynton
PH&S Leadership Coach & Workplace Consultant

Mary Ann is the author of several books including Mindful Manager, Keeping Well at Work, Preventing Workplace Meltdown, Resolving Workplace Issues, Building Stronger Teams, and The Evolution of Workplace Mental Health in Canada.As an independent workplace relations specialist she helps improve or resolve issues for individuals, teams, unions and employers including those involving mental health, psychological safety, conflict or performance concerns. 

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Susan Jakobson
PH&S Leadership Coach & Workplace Consultant

Susan has an extensive background in clinical nursing, workplace mental health, health, safety & wellness and human resources. She has vast experience as a manager and director in supporting the success of people in the workplace. This unique blend of knowledge, skills and experience results in the ability to provide consultation and programming to clients that is relevant, timely and meaningful to the realities of today’s workplaces.

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Ann Morgan
PH&S Leadership Coach & Workplace Consultant

Ann is a certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor and a recognized pioneer in the field of workplace mental health and Psychological Health and Safety.  She delivers training, coaching and consulting to workplace leaders committed to creating psychologically safer workplaces.  Ann has facilitated transformational healing for individuals and groups in various workplace settings. 

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Tracey Hawthorn
PH&S Leadership Coach & Workplace Consultant

Tracey is a certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisorand has over 20 years of experience in health care, disability management and wellbeing at work. She has worked as a manager and director in both the public and private sectors, in small to large size organizations. Tracey has an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and a postgraduate degree in Physiotherapy

Tracey is certified to provide Mental Health First Aid, Suicide Prevention Training (QPR). 

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Dr. Erika Penner
R. Psych
PH&S Leadership Coach & Workplace Consultant

Dr. Erika Penner is a registered psychologist. The treatment and assessment services she provides are comprehensive and driven by the latest research and best practice guidelines. Her approach is strongly influenced by her training in cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and emotionally-focused therapy, as well as her strong belief in the power of positive psychology. 

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Darby Eakins
PH&S Leadership Coach & Workplace Consultant

Darby is a certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor through the Canadian Mental Health Association, and passionate about offering services and support at the intersection of health and vocation. Darby has supported individual clients across the spectrum of their vocational journey from commencement of career to retirement and supported employer and union groups along the parallel spectrum of recruitment, retention, accommodation and retirement. 

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Dr. Stacey Sprague
R. Psych
PH&S Leadership Coach & Workplace Consultant

Information about this team member is currently being updated.

Charmaine Hammond
PH&S Leadership Coach & Workplace Consultant

Charmaine Hammond is an award winning, best selling published author of Bounce Forward: Building Resilient and Inspired Teams, On Toby’s Terms and a PH&S Consultant at My Workplace Health. She is also a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul-what I learned from the dog book, contributing author in the Defining Moments book, co-author of GPS Your Best Life, contributing author in Road Map to Success, and is featured in six other books. Perviously, Charmaine was a Chartered Mediator for ten years.

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Kirstin Bower
PH&S Leadership Coach & Workplace Consultant

An award-winning diversity and inclusion professional, Kristin brings her two decades of experience to a wide variety of clients through her Diversity & Inclusion consulting business, Kristin Bower Consulting. She has studied Human Resources Management at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and Diversity & Inclusion at the University of British Columbia.

Kristin is a frequent speaker at conferences and in workplaces on the topics of diversity and inclusion.

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Jessi Dhanju
PH&S Leadership Coach & Workplace Consultant

A seedling of immigrant parents, Jessi is a proud Edmonton born, world raised, Human Rights Lawyer and an equity, diversity and inclusion aficionado. Continuing to be the change that he wants to see in the world, Jessi utilizes his platform to lead and support individual and organizational change. Jessi earned his Masters of Law degree from the University of Manchester, where he specialized in Alternative Dispute Resolution. 

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Dr. Janice Stuart
R. Psych
PH&S Leadership Coach & Workplace Consultant

Dr. Janice Stuart is a Registered Psychologist with degrees from Simon Fraser University and the University of Alberta.  With over 20 years in the field of psychology, she has extensive experience in a variety of settings including Mental Health Teams, University Counselling Centers and community agencies.  She presently divides her time between actively seeing clients in her office at 427-470 Granville St. 

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Dr. Melanie Badali
R. Psych
PH&S Leadership Coach & Workplace Consultant

Dr. Melanie Badali is a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia, Canada with over 20 years of experience working as a consultant, clinician, researcher, instructor, and knowledge translator in the field of psychology.Dr. Badali has been working in the area of workplace mental health since 2001, when she began conducting psychovocational assessments and Work-Focused CBT interventions to help people gain employment and return to work. 

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Sarah Jenner
PH&S Leadership Coach & Workplace Consultant

Sarah Jenner is the Executive Director of Mindful Employer Canada and Principal of Sarah Jenner Consulting. She is a workplace mental health aficionado who strives to continually support people leaders across Canada to feel confident and competent addressing workplace issues. Sarah has engaged hundreds of people leaders across Canada in conversations about how they can improve workplace mental health in a way that upholds the dignity and respect of everyone involved.

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Tasneem Kassam
Workplace Consultant & RCC

Tasneem Kassam is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters in Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University, a B.A in Psychology and Family Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution.  Tasneem uses a variety of techniques including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapies, mindfulness and motivational interviewing in order to help clients find their own path to new ways of being.

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Rita Schnarr
Workplace Consultant & RCC

Rita Schnarr is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Workplace Consultant with Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych. and Associates/ MyWorkplaceHealth and practices in downtown Vancouver, BC. Rita holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University, a B.A. in Adult Education (Hons), a Diploma in Professional Counselling (Distinguished), a Provincial Instructors Diploma, and a Diploma in General Business.

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Holly Kretschmer
Workplace Consultant & RCC

Holly Kretschmer is a Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Professional Counsellor, Master Practitioner Clinical Counsellor and Workplace Consultant with Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych & Associates/ MyWorkplaceHealth and practices in downtown Vancouver, BC.  She also offers telehealth counselling for clients preferring online services. Holly holds a Psychology degree from York University and holds a regulated licence with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. 

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Karyn Davies
Workplace Consultant & RCC

Karyn Davies is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, and a Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers. She holds an MA in Counselling and expressive arts therapy from European Graduate School, and a Bachelor of Social Work from University of Victoria. She also has a special interest in neuroscience, and has received training on the methods of Dr.Rick Hanson around effective ways to foster positive habit formation.

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Sarina Wiesinger
Workplace Consultant & RCC

Sarina earned a Masters of Counselling Degree at City University of Seattle (Vancouver). She sees clients in Richmond, BC and works with individuals with a range of presenting matters including anxiety, depression, life transitions, career, and family related challenges. Sarina has expertise in evidence-based Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and also employs solution focused, narrative, mindfulness, and strength based techniques.

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Stephanie Clark
Workplace Consultant & RCC

Stephanie holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trinity Western University. She sees families, couples and individuals providing assistance for a variety of clinical issues including affair repair, relationship difficulties, parenting conflicts, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and chronic health matters. 

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Virginia Lundy
Workplace Consultant & RCC

Virginia Lundy is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters of Science in Behavioural Psychology from the University of Liverpool. Virginia has a professional background in management with Corrections Canada, including managing a detox and treatment centre. She has specialized training in addiction and trauma, and is trained in motivational interviewing and mindfulness approaches.

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Andrew Herfst,
Workplace Consultant & RCC

Andrew Herfst is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University. He has a professional background in historical and litigation research in the area of genocide and transgenerational trauma. 

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Thea Megas
RCC

Thea is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters in Counselling from City University of Seattle, a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University, and a Diploma in Child & Youth Care Counselling from Douglas College. Additionally, she has over 15 years experience working therapeutically with children, youth, families, and individuals with a variety of presenting concerns. 

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Kelly Mooker
RCC

Kelly Mooker is a registered clinical counsellor and holds her Masters in Counselling from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She has been passionate about Psychology her whole life. Why people do what they do fascinates her. Kelly’s theoretical orientation is Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 

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Marissa Bowsfield CBT Therapist 

Marissa Bowsfield is a Doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Simon Fraser University (SFU) where she is training to become a registered psychologist. She completed her B.A. (Hons.) at SFU in 2014 and her M.A. (Clinical Psychology) in 2017, and received the Canadian Psychological Association’s Award for Academic Excellence. She is also a recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Graduate Scholarship. 

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Esha Chakraborti
(PsyD Candidate)

Esha Chakraborti is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology. Esha is working with Dr. Joti Samra in the role of a doctoral practicum student. She is completing her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at Adler University (Vancouver), where she is training to become a registered psychologist. Esha has experience working as a registered clinical counsellor.

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Aidan Hooper
Research & Clinical Administrative Assistant

Aidan Hooper is currently working towards a Bachelors of Science in Applied Psychology degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Aidan was drawn to the field of Psychology because of his desire to help people and his interest in mental health. Once he started his post-secondary education he discovered an extreme passion for neuroscience and biology. 

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Serena Jiang
Bookkeeper 

Information about this team member is currently being updated.

Sydney Mansaray
Instructional Designer

Sydney is a highly creative, passionate, and enthusiastic professional. In 2013, she graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in English Language and Linguistics. Having put herself through school as an English, ESL, and Linguistics tutor, she discovered an innate passion for the educational realm. 

Her first job out of university entailed developing courses for TrainingPort.net, specializing in the deliverance of e-learning content for business aviation personnel in North America and Europe. 

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Annie Macintosh
Research Associate

Annie is a graduate from the University of Victoria with an honors BSc. in psychology. She has primarily focused her studies on mental health and well-being.. In addition to working with the UVic mental health leadership team, Annie also blogs about mental health through UVic's mental health website and works as a research assistant at the Self and Well-Being lab. 

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Shivani Thakur
Research & Clinical Administrative Associate

Shivani Thakur is a CBT & Parenting Coach with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology from the University of Victoria. She currently works as a Parenting Coach for the Confident Parents: Thriving Kids Program with the Canadian Mental Health Association and has been an active volunteer with the Vancouver Island Crisis Line. 

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Suman Kalani
Research & Clinical Administrative Assistant

Suman Kalani is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the Simon Fraser University concentrating in psychology. She aims to pursue a graduate degree in counselling psychology. Her interests within the field include, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, depression, workplace health and mental wellbeing. Currently, Suman is also working as a Pain Support Line Volunteer at Pain BC. 

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Leonard Zein
Podcast Writer & Producer

Leonard Zein is currently working toward his Bachelors degree in Cognitive Science at Simon Fraser University. He is very interested in psychology, linguistics, and computing, and hopes to pursue a career that is closely related to one of these fields. Leonard provides research and clinical administrative support to the MyWorkplaceHealth team.

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Emory Oakley
 Content Writer 

Emory has his B.A in Psychology and BSW from the University of the Fraser Valley as well as course work in Creative Writing through Douglas College and UBC. Emory has always been passionate about writing and started his writing career as a poet. He has competed nationally at poetry slams including; the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW), the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) and the Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS). As well as toured the pacific northwest as a spoken word poet. 

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Richard Campeau
Business Consultant
Tea Mihaila
Graphic & Web Designer 

Information about this team member is currently being updated.

Richard Campeau, B.Admin., EPC, CPCA is a financial and business consultant. In addition to creating customized financial strategies for individual and business clients over the past twenty years, he has been involved in a number of entrepreneurial business initiatives in the retail and customer service sectors. Richard provides consultative business advice to Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych. & Associates and MyWorkplaceHealth.