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About Renew Neurotherapy

Founded in 2012 as Woelke Occupational Therapy and Neurofeedback by Sharie Woelke and Kevin George, Renew Neurotherapy specializes in Neurofeedback therapy. With four locations in Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley Renew have rapidly become the most advanced and most highly respected Neurofeedback therapists in Eastern Ontario.


Our Team

Sharie Woelke- Occupational Therapist/Psychotherapist

Sharie Woelke - Psychotherapist

Sharie Woelke is an Occupational Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist who is Board Certified in Neurofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.  She is the Clinical Director of Renew Neurotherapy.  She graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2001.
Sharie has 17 years of clinical experience; including working with veterans and civilians with PTSD, anxiety, depression, brain injury, ADHD/ADD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, etc.  She incorporates multiple intervention modalities, including neurofeedback therapy, and provides clients with a holistic and supportive approach.
Sharie has provided both community and hospital-based intervention.  Adult and pediatric populations served include:  clients with psycho-social issues related to injury and loss, PTSD, brain injury, complex and ‘catastrophically’-designated injuries, chronic pain, spinal cord injuries, learning disorders, stroke and multiple orthopedic injuries and more.
Sharie has written a series of ebooks for brain injury intervention service providers and taught Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Concussive Syndrome and Neuroplasticity: Tools and Strategies to Promote Recovery workshop throughout the United States from 2015 – 2018.

Dr Jeffery Phillips- Supervising Psychologist

Dr Jeffery Phillips - Supervising PsychologistDr. Phillips is a practicing psychologist who grew up in North Bay. He worked at The North Bay Psychiatric Hospital for 5 years and Hands Children’s Mental Centre as a supervisor and clinical manager for 9 years. He has been in private practice for a total of 30 years and has done so on a full-time basis for over 20 years.
His studies took him to Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Western Ontario and York University.
After graduating with a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Counselling Psychology from York University, he returned home to North Bay to work with adults at the regional psychiatric hospital for 5 years. He then moved on to perform the duties of Clinical Supervisor at North Bay’s Children’s Mental Health Centre, working with children and families as well as associated community resources such as schools. A part-time practice evolved into a full-time practice in 1995.

Dr Robert Bialik- Consulting Psychologist

Dr Robert Bialik - Consulting PsychologistDr. Bialik has worked in private practice in the Ottawa area for more than 20 years, providing assessment and psychotherapy for people suffering with chronic depressive illnesses, often as a result of childhood and/or adult traumatic events. He has trained more than 10 Psychologists in The Royal’s APA/CPA accredited Internship/Residency Program – this training included psychotherapeutic strategies for chronic depression and posttraumatic stress syndromes and in the use of psychometric and behavioural assessment approaches across most Axis I and Axis II diagnostic categories. He has been a secondary or primary supervisor for eight psychologists as part of their registration process with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO).

Dr. Bialik retired from the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (now called The Royal) in September 2016, where he provided assessment and therapeutic services for chronically depressed outpatients in the Mood Disorders program and provided inpatient assessment services for people with chronic and complex psychiatric disorders. He also worked for 6 years (2010-2016) on a multi-disciplinary team at a specialized clinic at The Royal, called the Operational Stress Injury Clinic, which is funded by Veterans Affairs Canada and serves mainly Canadian Forces Veterans and RCMP members.

In addition to working with Rene neurotherapy, Dr. Bialik's private practice focuses on treating military veterans and still serving RCMP members.

Kevin George- Clinic Manager/Neurofeedback Associate

Kevin graduated from University of Manitoba with his Bachelor’s degree in Analytical Chemistry. Following four years of work with Nortel Networks, Kevin began working for Iogen Corporation developing GC and HPLC methods centered on the analysis of Cellulosic Ethanol.

Through exposure to Neurofeedback and seeing the dramatic results it was producing with WOTN’s clients, Kevin began training to become a board certified neurofeedback technician. He has been practicing now since early 2014 and has seen what great strides the clients have made and now seeks to further his education through counseling and psychology education, with the long term goal of becoming board certified as a neurofeedback clinician through BCIA.

Kevin lives in Ottawa with his wife and two sons, Wyatt and Seth.

Laura Friberg- Neurofeedback Associate/Research Coordinator

Laura Friberg - Supervising PsychologistLaura Friberg has been working in the field of neurofeedback since August 2014 and is acquiring her board certification in Neurofeedback training. She has worked with clients experiencing PTSD, anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, autism spectrum disorder and others.
Laura graduated from Carleton University with her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in neuroscience, and from Queen’s University with her Bachelor of Education.
In addition to her work at Renew Neurotherapy, she is a chemistry professor at Algonquin College. She is an enthusiastic nerd for education and brain science and will happily answer any questions regarding brain function. 

Rena Tennant – Registered Psychotherapist

Rena Tennant - PsycotherapistRena Tennant is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a clinical member of the Ontario Society for Psychotherapists. She graduated with a psychology degree from Laurentian University and a post graduate diploma in Addictions: Treatment and Prevention.

Rena has ten years clinical experience providing both community and hospital based interventions for clients experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, emotional distress, relationship problems, PTSD, pain, grief, addictions and bipolar disorder.

Using a client-centred approach, Rena encourages clients to be collaborative in their treatment. She believes there is always an opportunity for growth and change, and supports clients as they explore their own pathway to increased psychological wellness.

In addition to her clinical work, Rena has a passion for teaching and has four years experience as a college professor, teaching introductory psychology and group therapy. She is also an experienced trainer, tailoring workshops to organizational needs. For example, Rena provided a workshop for front line workers entitled The Importance of Sleep in Combating Compassion Fatigue.

Rena and her husband are relocating from cottage country in central Ontario to the Pembroke area.

Kayla Smith- Occupational Therapist and Neurofeedback Therapist

Kayla Smith - Occupational TherapistsKayla Smith is an Occupational Therapist and is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. She obtained her M.Sc in Occupational Therapy from the University of Ottawa and her B.Sc in Psychology (Neuroscience) from Bishop’s University.  She is fluent in both English and French and provides services in both languages.
Kayla’s experience includes working in mental health with children, adolescent and adult populations including veterans, military, victims of domestic violence, among many others. Kayla’s pediatric experience includes working with school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD, autism, mental health disorders, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, sensory processing disorder, developmental coordination disorder, etc.
Kayla is certified in the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP), has completed training in cognitive-behavioural therapy through the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), among many other continuing education courses.   Kayla has experience with neurofeedback therapy (pediatric and adult populations) and is currently in the process of acquiring her board certification.  
She applies her unique range of experience (mental health modalities, neurofeedback, functional sensory-motor integration, visualization and verbalizing math strategies) to support client recovery.

Alesha Allan- Occupational Therapist

Alesha Allan - ccupational TherapistAlesha Allan (MacLong) is an Occupational Therapist who graduated with a M.Sc. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta in October 2016 with her certification granted in December 2016. She obtained her B. Sc. in Psychology and Biology from Dalhousie University in 2012.

Alesha’s clinical practicum experience includes working in Stroke Rehabilitation, Long Term Care facilities, and Return to Work Rehabilitation with the adult and geriatric population experiencing difficulties with a variety of mental and physical health conditions.

Alesha currently resides in Petawawa, and practices in Pembroke and North Bay. Alesha has been working with Woelke Occupational Therapy and Neurofeedback since February 2017.

Amy Derochie- Occupational Therapist

Amy Derochie - ocuupational therapist

Amy Derochie is a Registered Occupational Therapist. She received her master’s degree in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy from The University of Toronto and her bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa.  Amy is fluent in French and English.
Amy’s clinical experience includes working with individuals of all ages, in various areas of practice, including stroke, brain injury and concussion, concurrent mental health conditions, addictions, pediatric handwriting and study skills, emotional regulation, and pain management. She also has experience working with veterans and individuals in the military as well as individuals who have experienced a motor vehicle accident.
Amy incorporates her unique skills and knowledge of the fields of neurofeedback, functional sensory-motor integration, visualization and verbalizing math strategies, and mental health modalities into intervention with a wide spectrum of individuals struggling with symptoms associated with autism, ADD/ADHD, anxiety disorders, concussion, depressive disorders, learning disorders and more.
Amy is certified in the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) and Coach certified (National Coaching Certification) and has engaged in Motivational Interviewing training in addition to other mental health and cognitive rehabilitation modalities.

Bethan Blackburn- Occupational Therapist

Bethan Blackburn - occupational therapistBethan Blackburn is an Occupational Therapist who graduated with a M.Sc. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 2017. She obtained her B.HSc. in Health Science and Psychology from the University of Western Ontario in 2015.
Bethan's experience includes working in complex continuing care, rehabilitation, geriatric psychiatry, and acute care with the adult and geriatric population with a variety of diagnosis. She also has experience in home care, paediatrics, and stroke rehabilitation.


Ashley Hemmings- Occupational Therapist

Ashley Hemmings - occupational therapistAshley Hemmings is a registered Occupational Therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. She graduated with a Masters of Science in Occupational therapy from McGill University after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Concordia University.
Ashley’s clinical experience includes working with individuals of all ages, in areas of practice such as acute-care, role-emerging, mental health and physical rehabilitation. She has a profound interest for neurodegenerative conditions and utilizing various therapeutic modalities that improve quality of life for these individuals. Ashley currently works with serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces as well as veterans who are living with various physical and mental health conditions.

Jackie Farrow - Occupational Therapist

Jackie Farrow - occupational therapist

Jackie Farrow is an Occupational Therapist and is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.  She graduated with honours from Laurentian University with a Bachelor of Physical Health and Education specializing in Health Promotion in 2007.  In 2009, she graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto.  She has experience providing occupational therapy (OT) and case management (CM) services to individuals with dual diagnosis, severe and persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities, brain injury, chronic pain and spinal cord injury.  She has a strong passion for mental health and brain injury.  Her previous positions have included providing community-based services to individuals who have suffered catastrophic and non-catastrophic injuries from motor vehicles accidents in Northeastern, Central and Eastern Ontario, providing outreach therapy support to the First Nation communities on the North Shore of Lake Huron and Manitoulin Island, providing community-based services specializing in seating and mobility and equipment prescription and working as part of a multi-disciplinary ACT team at the Royal Ottawa providing direct community-based therapy and support as well as 24-hour medication and crisis management.  She has participated in continuing education in the areas of case management, brain injury, psychosocial rehabilitation, return to work, sensory integration therapy, crisis interventions, trauma therapy and seating and mobility.  She is currently completing training in neurofeedback therapy and will be enrolling in the yoga therapy school and the Contemporary Acupuncture Program at McMaster University in 2019.  She lives in Ottawa with her husband and two young daughters.

Leslie Froome- Nurse/Neurofeedback Associate

Leslie Froome Neurofeedback associateLeslie is a Registered Nurse who graduated from the University of Ottawa with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2006. She has nursed in the hospital setting in a number of different clinical areas including rehabilitation, medicine, and surgery. She has also facilitated labs on a casual basis over the past three years at the University of Ottawa. In 2017, she completed her Nursing Foot Care certification.
Leslie is currently working on acquiring her board certification in Neurofeedback training.
Leslie lives in Ottawa with her husband and three children.


Chelsea Clouthier- Neurofeedback Associate

Chelsea Clouthier Neurofeedback associateChelsea Cloutier is currently working as neurofeedback associate who graduated from Laurentian University with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
In addition to working as a neurofeedback associate, Chelsea also works as a Psychometrist. Her experience includes conducting assessments on children and adults. These include psycho-educational, psychological, and psycho-vocational assessments. As a result, she has experience working with individuals with ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and learning disabilities.
Chelsea practices at the North Bay clinic and is currently working towards becoming a certified neurofeedback technician through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.

Lynn Palfenier- Occupational Therapist

Lynn Palfenier Occupational TherapistLynn Palfenier is a registered occupational therapist with 18 years of clinical experience working with adult and geriatric populations in various community settings.  She has provided her clinical skills to support individuals in functional recovery from issues related to brain injuries, concussion, chronic pain, spinal cord injuries, learning disabilities, dementia, stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. Lynn has also worked in the role of case manager for individuals with complex disabilities and provided therapies for children with learning and handwriting difficulties in the school system. Lynn is certified with the assistive devices program for prescription of wheelchairs and walkers. She has a certificate in Neurorehabilitation of Persons with Acquired Brain Injury from Brock University as well as other many other continuing education courses. Lynn is currently undergoing training in Neurofeedback therapy as well as being enrolled part-time in yoga therapy school. She looks forward to being able to add these treatment modalities to provide clients with a holistic and supportive approach to return to meaningful activities in their lives

Christine Grisé- Neurofeedback Associate

Christine Grise Neurofeedback associateChristine is a Biotechnology graduate who worked at an enzyme manufacturing company for 15 years in Ottawa Ontario.  In 2014, her and her family moved from Ottawa to North Bay Ontario where Christine started the training process to become a board certified neurofeedback technician.  She has been working with clients in the North Bay area since early 2015 and has enjoyed seeing the positive impact neurofeedback therapy has had on these clients.  Christine has experience working with individuals with PTSD, anxiety, depression, learning difficulties and ADD/ADHD.  Christine enjoys spending time on Trout Lake with her husband and three children.



Kim Kirkwood-Clinic Manager

Kim Kirkwood - Clinic managerKim Kirkwood graduated from the University of Guelph with her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences with a minor in nutrition. Following four years of work at Nortel Networks, she ran a daycare from home while her children were young, and then started working part-time as an occupational therapy assistant, along with providing editing services to Woelke Occupational Therapy and Neurofeedback. She has now taken on the role of clinic manager.

Kim lives in Ottawa with her husband and two children.

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