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Welcome to Renew Neurotherapy!

At Renew, we use a neuroscience foundation to understand, explain and address mental health, learning, pain and behavioural issues.  Our primary areas of practice include: mental health support, learning disorders support, brain injury and concussion rehabilitation, I/ADLs, safety & mobility and neurofeedback therapy.

How can we help support you?

Our History

Founded in 2012 as Woelke Occupational Therapy and Neurofeedback by Sharie Woelke and Kevin George, we now have three locations in Ottawa, the Ottawa Valley and Northeastern Ontario.

Why Renew Neurotherapy

Our goal is to help you feel better, faster!

We value empathy, warmth, kindness and humour in our therapy team. We are client-focused and non-judgemental and offer a supportive stress-free environment.  Our team uses comprehensive brain-based, science-supported therapies, techniques and resources customized for you to promote your recovery.

Renew Neurotherapy provides online service throughout the province of Ontario, and in-person sessions in our physical clinic space in Ottawa, North Bay and Pembroke, Ontario. Our team is made up of psychotherapists, occupational therapists, mental health and learning coaches, tutors, rehabilitation assistants, a student psychotherapist and a psychologist.

Meet Our Team

Sharie Woelke​

Occupational Therapist / 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.

Sharie graduated in 2001. She has clinical experience working with veterans and civilians with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, brain injury, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders, chronic pain, stroke and more.

Sharie has provided both community and hospital-based intervention. She incorporates multiple intervention modalities and aims to provide clients with a holistic and supportive approach.

Sharie has written a series of e-books for brain injury rehabilitation 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.

Sharie currently co-teaches
Foundations in Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Mild to Moderate Severity through the Canadian Association
of Occupational Therapists.

Sharie is a member of ISF Associates, a group led by Mark Smith (developer of ISF Neurofeedback) dedicated to providing quality education, tools and resources and high-quality research in the field of neurofeedback. She is currently studying her Masters of Distance Education.

Dr. Jeffrey Phillips

Supervising Psychologist

Dr. Phillips is a practising 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.

http://www.drjeffphillips.ca/about-dr-jeff-phillips

Kevin George

Clinic Manager / Neurofeedback Associate

Kevin Graduated from the University of Manitoba. Following years of work in the high-tech industry, he joined Renew in 2014 after seeing the dramatic results it was producing with Renew’s clients.

After several years of working with neurofeedback clients, Kevin has moved into a management role. Kevin’s goal is to make each client’s experience with the clinic a pleasant and stress-free experience.

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

Rena Tennant​

Registered Psychotherapist

Rena is a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a clinical member of the Ontario Association of Psychotherapists. She has a psychology degree from Laurentian University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Addictions.

Rena has over 13 years of clinical experience working with civilians and veterans with PTSD, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, addiction, and grief.

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 pathway to increased wellness. Rena integrates multiple treatment modalities including CBT, DBT and neurofeedback, and offers clients a holistic, supportive approach to treatment.

In addition to her clinical work, Rena has a passion for teaching and has four years experience as a psychology professor teaching Introductory Psychology and Group Therapy. In keeping with the teaching interest, she provides supervision to students completing their practicum requirements in psychotherapy. She is also an experienced trainer, tailoring workshops to organizational needs.

Lynn Palfenier

Occupational Therapist

Lynn is a registered occupational therapist, psychotherapist, who utilizes and integrates mindfulness and therapeutic yoga tools and techniques in her work with individuals to support emotional health and healing.

Lynn has completed specialized training in trauma informed yoga for anxiety, depression, and trauma. Yoga techniques and practices can also be used as an approach to support people with a wide range of issues such as brain injury, post-concussion, chronic pain, ADHD, sleep disorders, dementia and cognitive decline.

Lynn has completed advanced yoga-based training programs as follows: Sensory Enhanced Yoga for Self-Regulation and Trauma Healing Mindful Yoga-Based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Yoga for Emotional Health and Healing Training Program Lynn has completed the 500-hour academic portion at the School of Embodied Yoga Therapy training program. She is a student of yoga therapy SYT, currently completing her practicum.

She is enrolled in yoga teacher training, RYT 750. Lynn also has continuing education certificates in: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Trauma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Occupational Therapists (Level 2).

Kim Kirkwood

Clinic Manager / Rehabilitation Assistant

Kim graduated from the University of Guelph. Following several years working in the field of science and technology, she changed fields and began working as a rehabilitation assistant, where she feels she can make a difference helping individuals. She primarily works with clients who have suffered a brain injury.

Along with her role of rehabilitation assistant, she is a clinic manager at Renew.

Christine Grisé​

Neurofeedback Associate / Rehabilitation Assistant

Although Christine’s previous career path was in the field of science and technology, she was always
interested in a career where she could help people.

Christine Grise has been working at Renew Neurotherapy as a rehabilitation assistant and neurofeedback associate in the North Bay area for the past five years.

She has experience working with individuals with PTSD, anxiety, depression, learning difficulties, brain injury and ADD/ADHD and enjoys seeing the positive impact that her work has on clients and their loved ones.

Christine enjoys spending time on Trout Lake with her husband and three
children.

Alesha Allan​

Occupational Therapist

Alesha Allan is a registered occupational therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO). She received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Alberta in 2016 and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from Dalhousie University in 2012.

Alesha’s clinical experience includes working with individuals of all ages in various areas of practice, including brain injury and concussion, concurrent mental health conditions, emotional regulation, and pain management.

She has experience working with veterans and serving military members, as well as individuals who have been in motor vehicle accidents. As a result, she has experience working with individuals with attention deficit disorder (ADD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and learning difficulties.

Using her unique skills, Alesha formulates a comprehensive treatment plan in collaboration with each client, with the use of multiple modalities including neurofeedback therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, and equipment provision as needed.

Alesha is certified in the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) and Neuro-meditation. She is ADP certified, granting her the authority to authorize ambulation aids and wheelchairs (power and manual).

Bethan Blackburn

Occupational Therapist

Bethan Blackburn is an occupational therapist at Renew Neurotherapy’s North Bay location. Bethan provides therapy to address chronic pain, brain injury rehabilitation, anxiety, trauma, learning and sleep disorders.

She uses a cognitive behaviour therapy foundation and incorporates modalities such as neurofeedback, microcurrent point stimulation, and more. Bethan is experienced in working with older adults, including addressing symptoms associated with dementia, stroke recovery, and mental health issues.

Bethan is an ADP authorizer and experienced in home and community safety, mobility and integration.

Chelsea Cloutier

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Chelsea Cloutier is a counsellor, neurofeedback associate and psychometrist. She completed her master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Ottawa. 

Chelsea has worked with individuals of all ages in both assessment and treatment realms. Her experience includes working with individuals with various presenting concerns including ADD/ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma, time management, procrastination, anxiety, depression, self-confidence, worthiness, inner critic and learning disabilities.

Guided by a client-centered approach, Chelsea believes that clients are the expert of their own journey. She strives to provide a warm and non-judgemental space for clients to explore their concerns at their own pace. She works to help clients gain self-awareness and discover their resiliency and strength with the aim of promoting growth. Chelsea focuses on fostering a strong therapeutic relationship that allows the client to feel safe and heard. 

Chelsea has recently become EMDR Level I trained. She incorporates this as another therapy modality with clients. Through this process, clients learn effective resourcing skills, process emotional blocks, and develop more adaptive emotions and ways of thinking about oneself and experiences.

Chelsea currently resides in North Bay, Ontario.  She practices virtually and at the Renew clinic in North Bay.

Amy Derochie​

Occupational 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. She also has two published works on interprofessional education and has worked in a team to develop an interprofessional workshop for the University of Toronto.

Amy’s clinical experience includes working with individuals of all ages in various areas of practice, including brain injury and concussion, concurrent mental health conditions, addictions, trauma, emotional dysregulation, pain management, and pediatric study skills. She also has experience working with VAC, DND, WSIB, and insurance companies following motor vehicle accidents.

Amy incorporates her unique skills and knowledge of the fields of neurofeedback, functional sensory-motor integration, visualization, relaxation, and mental health modalities into intervention with a wide spectrum of individuals struggling with symptoms associated with trauma, anxiety disorders, concussion and other brain injuries, depressive disorders, learning disorders, autism and neurodiverse diagnoses, ADD/ADHD, and more.

Amy is a certified BrainFx administrator (cognitive assessment), Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) certification, is Coach-Certified (National Coaching Certification) and has engaged in courses on motivational interviewing, exposure therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy levels 1 and 2, group therapy training, and other mental health and cognitive rehabilitation training.

Laura Friberg​

Neurofeedback Associate / Research Coordinator / Rehabilitation Assistant

Laura Friberg is an Ontario-certified teacher with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in neuroscience. As a perpetual student, she is currently working on a master’s in counselling psychology and will practice as a psychotherapist upon graduation. She is an enthusiastic nerd for all things related to brains, science and mental health.

In addition to her work at the clinic, she is a professor at Algonquin College and a teacher/course developer at Ontario eSecondary School.

Ashley Hemmings

Occupational Therapist

Ashley 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.

Blair Marcellus

Occupational Therapist

Blair Marcellus is a registered occupational therapist. She graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Queen’s University in Kingston after obtaining her Bachelor of
Science in Nursing degree from Nipissing University in North Bay. She joined the Renew team in early 2019.

Blair’s experience includes working with individuals of all ages with various diagnoses including ADHD, learning disorders, brain injury, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Blair has a particular interest in the provision of mental health support and strives to work with clients to identify and reach
meaningful goals.

Blair currently resides in Arnprior, and practices in Ottawa and Pembroke.

Christine Abi-Khaled

Occupational Therapist

Christine Abi-Khaled is a registered occupational therapist who graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Ottawa and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Ottawa. Christine is fluent in English and French.

Christine’s clinical experience includes working with individuals of all ages in areas of practice such as brain injury, mental health, pediatrics, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, and developmental disorders (such as autism).

Christine works with clients to help them improve their quality of life and resume their meaningful activities through a holistic and client-centred approach. She provides assessments,
develops treatment plans with the clients based on their needs, and provides mental health, physical, and cognitive therapeutic strategies to optimize each client’s quality of life.

Christine strives to help clients return to their meaningful activities through a collaborative approach with the client, their families, and their interprofessional team.

Stephanie McHugh

Occupational Therapist

Stephanie McHugh is a registered Occupational Therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists, and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. She received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Western University and her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology and Neuroscience from Carleton University.

Stephanie’s clinical experience includes working with youth, adult and geriatric populations in diverse areas of practice including acute-care, home care, community rehabilitation (motor vehicle accidents), role-emerging contexts and mental health.  Stephanie has a strong interest in brain injury and mental health and utilizing  an individualized treatment approach focused on recovery, promoting meaning and enhancing the quality of life of her clients.

Stephanie has completed additional training including Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training, Psychological First Aid, Concussion Awareness Training, Mindfulness and Exposure Therapy. She is certified in delivering the Montreal Cognitive Assessment and in treating clients through Action Over Inertia (enabling positive change through healthy activity engagement).

Victoria Twolan

Occupational Therapist

Victoria Twolan is a registered occupational therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO). 

She received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Queens University in Kingston, and her bachelor’s degree in Child Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa. Victoria also received her diploma in Early Childhood Education from Heritage College

Victoria’s clinical experience includes working with a diverse range of individuals in hospital and community settings, with various diagnoses including chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and brain injury. Victoria has completed additional training including; Mental Health First Aid, Action Over Inertia Certification, Light Therapy Training, Non Violent Crisis Intervention  Certification (NVCI), and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.