Our Team

Barb Schimpl, Nursing Diploma 
  • Retired RN and grief counsellor.
  • Clinical counseling background 
  • Extensive background in mental health and group therapy
Colleen McEachran, MSW, RSW
  •     Private Practice Counsellor - Vernon Active Health
  •     20+ years Counsellor/Social Worker Vernon Cancer Centre
  •     Facilitator for Circlework (cancer relaxation support group). 
  •     Registered Social Worker 

Alma Jean Inkster M.Ed, RCC
  • 30+ years teaching and counselling in the public school system
  • Counselling children and adults in private practice
  • Facilitator of various groups for men, women and children
  • Clinical counsellor with an integrative cancer care organization

Niki Knight MSW RSW
  • Currently in private counselling practice
  • Employed as an Adoption Social Worker for a private adoption agency
  • Clinical experience with prenatal/pregnancy, infant and child loss
  • Registered social worker

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



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
Trudi Locheed BSN

Other team members include:

Registered Massage Therapists - Heidi McCartney, Shauna McGowan, Tessa Ridley 

Healing Touch Practitioners - Gloria Makey, Jackie Relkoff

Qi Gong instructor - Gisele LeClair 

Yoga instructor - Trudi Locheed

Assistance with meals/airport transport etc - Erica Casselman, Virginia Cox, Paul Cox