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