Calgary Health Team
Dr. Megan McElheran, R.Psych.
Clinical Psychologist and CEO
Dr. Megan McElheran is the CEO and Chief Clinical Psychologist of Wayfound. Dr. McElheran completed graduate training at the PAU-Stanford University Clinical Psychology Consortium, during which she obtained specialized training in the treatment of PTSD through the National Center for PTSD in Menlo Park, CA. Dr. McElheran has been in practice in Calgary since 2008. She continues to focus on work with first responders, and her clinical practice involves work with active-duty members of the Canadian Forces, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, members of the Calgary Firefighter Department, medical personnel, and others who are directly or vicariously impacted by traumatic events. She routinely engages in teaching and supervisory activity to ensure the sound dissemination of empirically-grounded interventions for trauma. Dr. McElheran is regularly engaged in speaking events, both locally and internationally. She completed a TEDx speech in 2011 related to Trauma, Change, and Resilience and most recently completed a discussion for the Healing Project on trauma and PTSD. Dr. McElheran’s caseload is limited and new patients are accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Dr. Lawrence Deck, R.Psych.
Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Lawrence Deck is the Chief Clinical Officer at Wayfound. He has been practicing as a psychologist since 2009. Dr. Deck graduated with his Master’s degree in counseling from California State University, Fresno. He subsequently completed his Ph.D. in psychology, forensic specialization through Walden University (Minneapolis, MN). He is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association as well as the National Association of Forensic Counselors. Registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Dr. Deck’s areas of interest include trauma, anger and aggression, and youth with behavioural difficulties. Dr. Deck’s treatment approach is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), although he appreciates the usefulness of incorporating other approaches into his practice. In addition to individual therapy, Dr. Deck has extensive experience in multiple forms of assessment including; Cognitive, social-emotional, capacity, risk (sexual or violent risk), and comprehensive psychological evaluations. He has been formally recognized by the Alberta Provincial Court as an expert in the area of risk assessment and psychometrics. Dr. Deck completed his research in the area of violence and aggression and has specialized training in working with individuals who have offended sexually.
Dr. Milena Spasojevic, M.S., Psy.D. R.Psych (AB), C.Psych (ON)
Chief Clinical Officer, Before Operational Stress
Dr. Spasojevic completed her undergraduate training in Psychology, Biology, and African-American Studies at the University of Minnesota in 2007. She completed her Marriage and Family Therapy Masters at St. Cloud State University in 2010 and her Doctorate in Psychology at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California in 2016. Dr. Spasojevic has practiced in Minnesota, California, Oregon, Ontario, and Alberta. She has taught at the University of Calgary at undergraduate and graduate levels. She carries her diverse training and varied experiences into each session and she works to foster a sense of emotional safety to help you understand your defenses and how they may obstruct your outlook.
Dr. Ravinder Bains, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Darlene Foucault, Ph.D., R.Psych.
Dr. Foucault graduated with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa and has been in practice since 2005. Trained in the provision of individual, couple, and family therapy, Darlene is passionate about helping clients acquire additional skills to better manage their emotions, improve their coping with daily stresses, and develop stronger and healthier relationships. Her goal is to help her clients reclaim their lives and rebuild one that aligns with their highest values. Dr. Foucault specializes in Complex Trauma. She also has experience with public Safety Personnel,Veterans, the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as the RCMP.
Jennifer Allan, M.C., R.Psych.
Jennifer is a registered psychologist whose clinical practice centres around providing therapy to individuals and couples, using a variety of clinical approaches to help clients learn new ways to effectively manage various stressors. Jennifer is passionate about her work, drawing on 15 years’ experience in human services to foster an increased sense of well-being within her clients. Jennifer works closely with first responders, (including police, Veterans, paramedics, and firefighters). She also works within the areas of personal trauma, anxiety & depressions, and does assessments for Veterans Affairs.
Jennifer L. Short, Ph.D.
Dr. Short graduated with Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology from Walden University in Minneapolis and has been in clinical practice since 2009. Working primarily with first responder populations, Jennifer aims to provide an environment of acceptance, safety, and collaboration, adapting her approach to meet the individual needs of her clients.
Sabrina Skar, B.Ed., M.C.
Sabrina is a registered psychologist who holds a Masters degree in Counselling, as well as a Bachelors degree in Education. Her therapeutic orientation stems from a base in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and her primary areas of focus include addiction, trauma, anxiety & depression, stress management, and relationship challenges. As a former educator, Sabrina often uses psycho educational materials to enhance her work with clients and believes that a strong therapeutic alliance can contribute to success in therapy. Sabrina is trained in EMDR and PET and regularly engages mindfulness into her therapeutic practice.
Gloria Jacobucci, Ph.D., R.Psych.
Dr. Jacobucci is a registered clinical psychologist who earned her Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. With over 25 years of psychotherapy practice, she specializes in working with trauma. She also specializes in interpersonal therapy, helping clients address social difficulties and improve their relationships with family, friends, co-workers, supervisors, and others. Dr. Jacobucci’s extensive experience enables her to provide her clients the support they need to decrease any treatment-related anxiety and achieve their therapy goals.
Dr. Jennifer Primmer
Registered Professional Counsellor
Jennifer received her Ph.D. in Philosophy with an emphasis in Cognitive Science from McMaster University in Hamilton. She focuses on providing treatment to members of the community, Veterans, and First Responders who have experienced traumatic events of different kinds. She routinely works with adult individuals and couples facing a range of mental health and adjustment concerns, including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, relationships issues, stress management, grief and loss, anger/aggression, and other emotional and behavioural issues. Jennifer believes that every client has a unique path to healing and is committed to employing evidence-based treatments to better assist her clients overcome challenges and increase their quality of life.
Dr. Marc Ross (Ph.D.Ed.)
Dr. Marc Ross (PhD. Ed.) is a Registered Psychologist who specializes in the areas of evolutionary psychology and integral studies, having worked extensively with biofeedback and hypnosis in his practice; he also has had valuable experience in research, teaching, and writing. He has worked with many individuals, couples and families over the years, and is affectionately referred to as Dr. Wheelz by some clients. Given his personal experience with quadriplegia, he also helps people adapt to chronic pain, disability and physical injury; finding greater meaning and purpose in the face of extreme adversity.
Jennifer Berard, M.A.
Jennifer Berard is a counselling psychologist with more than 18 years of experience in the addiction and mental health field, specializing in supporting clients as they deal with substance use disorders, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Jennifer takes a strength-based, client-centered approach to counselling and has dedicated her career to advocating for and providing quality clinical care for those seeking change in their lives.
Nidia Celis, M.C.
Nidia is a registered psychologist who has been providing mental health care to children, teens, and adults for more than 10 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Counselling and takes an integrative, client-centered approach, utilizing empirically supported treatments to assist her clients in their recovery from mental health issues. Her areas of interest include mood and anxiety disorders, interpersonal difficulties, trauma, and stress management.
Laura Walsh, M.Sc.
Laura is a registered psychologist who holds Master’s degrees in Psychology and Sport Science from the University of Hong Kong and a Master of Counselling degree from Monash University in Australia. She has worked in Calgary for the past five years with individuals, couples, adolescents and high-level athletes experiencing a range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, work-related stress and burnout, anger management, emotion regulation and interpersonal/relationship difficulties. She is also a psychedelic integrated therapist, and works with the Ketamine clinic at Wayfound Mental Health Group.
Rachel du Plessix
Kate Hollowell Sheldon, M.C.P.
Kate is a registered psychologist whose practice is focused on providing a personalized and integrative treatment for adults. As we often understand ourselves through our relationship, Kate works in collaborative manner to facilitate meaningful change and growth. She has specialized training and interest in assessing and treating trauma/PTSD, grief and loss, burnout and compassion fatigue, anger management, and mild traumatic brain injury and chronic pain. She has experience working with broad and diverse populations, first responders, and veterans. Kate draws from an integrative evidence-based approach, utilizing a cognitive behavioural approach as a foundation alongside somatic interventions, EMDR, cognitive processing therapy, and mindfulness.
Dr. Sarah Holland
Dr. Sarah Holland is a registered forensic, clinical, and counselling psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She completed her doctoral training at an American Psychological Association accredited university, during which she obtained specialized training in Forensics and Pediatric Neuropsychology. She completed her residency training at a Canadian Psychological Associated accredited program with Correctional Service Canada. Dr. Holland also completed a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
Cheryl Hanley, B.A., M.C., R.Psych.
Cheryl Hanley is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, and is also a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta. She focuses on providing trauma assessment and treatment, and has several years experience working with first responder populations. She also has experience providing counselling and psychological services for a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, grief, anger, sleep disturbances, pain, and others. Alongside individual counselling, Cheryl has provided psychoeducation classes in group settings on a variety of topics, such as sleep hygiene, stress management, resiliency, and mood management, as well as has experience developing and leading group therapy for trauma.
Kristjana Fridfinnson, B.A., M.A., R. Psych (AB)
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Kristjana Fridfinnson is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, as well as a member of the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta, practicing in rehabilitative and clinical psychology with a particular interest in its forensic application. She completed her undergraduate education in Psychology and Criminology at Simon Fraser University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology at the University of North Dakota. She has over 12 years’ experience in the mental health field, dedicating much of her work thus far on serving high-risk and vulnerable individuals in various treatment, residential and community settings.
Amanda is a registered psychologist whose clinical practice has centered around providing counselling to individuals who are seeking support related to life transitions, relationship concerns, anxiety, stress, trauma/PTSD, depression, sexual violence/abuse, and existential crisis. Amanda can facilitate counselling using a variety of emotional, somatic, cognitive, and behavioural approaches. In particular, she draws from narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), EMDR, sensorimotor psychotherapy (body-centered therapy), and feminist therapy. Amanda hopes that counselling is a safe and supportive space where you can heal parts of your experience and grow.
Nakachi Ogbonna is a mental health consultant and registered social worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers. Graduating from Ryerson University in Toronto, ON, Nakachi has 12 years of practice experience working with adults, youth, couples, families, and groups. She is dedicated in her work with public safety personnel, supporting them through operational stress injuries, including PTSD. Her range of experience includes serving as the Mental Health Consultant for the University of Calgary’s staff, faculty, post-doctorates, and first responders. Notably, she has extensive experience leading post critical incident trauma debriefing and has authored and consulted on a variety of the university’s protocols and processes. While primarily based in the Calgary area, Nakachi works nationwide supporting both adults and youth through trauma recovery.