Our Team


Barb Schimpl, Nursing Diploma 
  • Retired RN and grief counsellor.
  • Clinical counseling background 
  • Extensive background in mental health and group therapy

Leigh Van Dyke, BSW
  • Currently employed with North Okanagan Hospice
  • Background in providing holistic grief support
  • Former social worker in health care 
  • Background in mood therapy & mindfulness practice



Julie Walkinshaw MSW, BSW, DSW, CSAT

  • Full time private practice counsellor in Vernon
  • Works with individuals, couples and families to improve love relationships and increase health and happiness.
  • RSW: Registered Social Worker
  • RPC: Registered Professional Counsellor


Tina Pernosky, MA, RCC
  • Currently in private practice in Kelowna - (www.tinapernosky.com)
  • Currently employed at Bridgeway Residential Treatment facilitating groups with men and women recovering from addiction.
  • Registered Clinical Counsellor, BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
  • Master of Arts in Somatic Counselling Psychology


Brenda Bannerman, BSW, MSW
  • Currently employed with Community Integrated Health Services (mental health) doing individual and group therapy
  • Formally a clinical counsellor in a Native Health Centre, as well as in private practice
  • 5 years as board member - Thompson-Okanagan Aboriginal Health Council


Andrea Hoye BSN
  • Background in home care nursing
  • Former clinical resource nurse and coordinator of palliative care services in the North Okanagan
  • Leadership and supportive roles in the development and growth of North Okanagan Hospice House

Other team members include:

Registered Massage Therapist - Heidi McCartney

Healing Touch Practitioner - Gloria Makey

Qi Gong instructor - Gisele LeClair 

Yoga instructor - Trudi Locheed