Birch Wellness Professionals

The professionals at Birch Wellness Center are committed to providing excellence in psychological and mental health care by providing a holistic, collaborative approach to healing and personal growth.  The dynamic and committed professionals at the Birch Wellness Center have decades of experience in their chosen fields. Along with their primary practices at the Birch Wellness Center, many are active in the community, applying their expertise to research and education at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg, as well as to various professional committees, boards, and community groups.

Louise Blanchard, MA, CCC
Founder and Counsellor

As Founder and Counsellor of the Birch Wellness Center.
A multidisciplinary collaborative private practice located in the heart of Winnipeg.
Louise is committed to providing excellence in psychological, emotional and physical health care.

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Stefanie Keam
Office Manager

Stefanie is our Office Manager and her goal is to make sure that you are comfortable and feel welcome when you come here. If you have any questions please feel free to call or email and she will do her best to respond to you as quickly as possible.

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Jennifer Laforce
Registered Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jennifer Laforce is a Registered Clinical Psychologist at the Birch Wellness Center.

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Tom Klos
Transformational & Organizational Management (T.O.M.) Consultant

Tom Klos is an operations expert has worked in all parts of the world helping individual clients, organizations, ministries, cities, and companies, including the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), read more…

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Kim Bochinski
Counsellor

Kim Bochinski a private practice Counsellor for over 18 years with the Winnipeg Christian Counselling Group, Associated Christian Counselling Group, and currently with the Birch Wellness Centre. Read more…

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Kevin Richardson
Registered Clinical Social Worker

Specializes in therapy for men, worked with hundreds of men over the years and knows how long men can work trying to deal with problems alone–even when it’s not working.

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Jean McGinn
Psychosocial Occupational Therapist

Jean McGinn is a registered occupational therapist specializing in psychosocial OT (occupational therapy), I bring over 25 years of experience in helping people to engage in…..

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Maureen Brouwer
Physiotherapist

Maureen Brouwer is a Birch Wellness Center Professional, a physiotherapist with many years of experience in Acute, Rehabilitation and Chronic care, who provides one on one holistic physiotherapy services. Read more…

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Birch Wellness Professionals

Karyn Walters, BA, MMFT
Play Therapist, Marriage & Family Therapist

Karyn has 15 years experience working with children, families and youth.  Karyn began her studies in the counselling field by taking the Applied Counseling Certificate program at Red River Community College in 1998.

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Susan Watson, BHNSc
Nutrition (Registered Dietitian Services)

Susan Watson, BHNSc. a Registered Dietitian. Certified fitness instructor for 10 years. Then completed her undergrad in Human Nutritional Science at the University of Manitoba and dietetic internship with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

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Phoenix Gillis
Registered Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Phoenix Gillis is a registered clinical psychologist who received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Windsor. Her training and practice…

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Dr. Kelly Brown, N.D.
Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Kelly Brown is a passionate healer who believes in a holistic approach when treating her patients. She is a life long learner and incorporates the latest research when making cooperative treatment plans.

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Warm and Welcoming at the Birch Wellness Center.

Mark Moore
Individual & Couple Therapy

Mark specializes in Individual and Couples Therapy. As a qualified, experienced and certified therapist, Mark enjoys working with individuals and couples as they navigate the difficult relational barriers toward relational and emotional health.

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Homa Houshmand, BA, MSc
Counsellor

Homa Houshmand a recent graduate, is thrilled to bring a fresh new perspective to psychotherapy. She works collaboratively with teens, adults and couples to recognize and resolve issues related to trauma, depression, anxiety, loss and interpersonal problems.

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Emily Muller
Philosophical Counsellor

Emily Muller an accredited member of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association, with a MA in Philosophy, a BA in Psychology, and a Diploma in European Cultural Studies. Associate of the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Professional

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Dr. Lisa Thouas
Registered Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Lisa Thouas is Registered Clinical Psychologist who received her Master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manitoba, and completed…

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Birch Wellness Professionals

Dr. Robert Twigg
Clinical Social Worker

Dr. Robert Twigg is a Birch Wellness Center professional
whom is a Registered Clinical Social Worker with over
30 years experience practicing, teaching, supervising
and consulting in individual, couple, family, and group therapy.

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Brittany Spickett
Massage Therapist

Brittany recently received certificates in both basic remedial massage and hot stone massage from Wellington College.  Hot stone massage is a technique that utilizes smooth warm stones to relax the muscles in order to release more tension.

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Dr. Linda Burnside
Counsellor

Dr. Linda Burnside is a therapist who works with children, youth and families involved with the Child and Family Services system.

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Natasha Smikles
Registered Psychiatric Nurse

As a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) Natasha has had the opportunity to work in a variety of mental health programs including:

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A place you can go, we are here to help.

Kyla Johnston, RPN, MPN
Registered Psychiatric Nurse

I am passionate about working with individuals collaboratively and fostering a safe and nonjudgmental space for recovery. I work with clients to assess any mental health concerns they might be experiencing read more.

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Jennifer Robinson, MA, CCC
Canadian Certified Counsellor

Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is certified to provide EMDR therapy for post-traumatic reactions.  She has provided services at the St. Boniface Hospital Anxiety Disorders Program as well as the read more…

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Lori Kolesnik, MA
Counsellor

I have a Master’s Degree in counselling and a rich background of over 16 years in counselling and educational.  Her goal is to collaborate with you to create the conditions for healing and deep personal growth.

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We are dynamic and committed professionals here to help.

Comprised of highly trained professionals who have expertise in issues related to health and wellness.