About Renew Neurotherapy

Welcome to Renew Neurotherapy!

Our goal is to help you or your loved one feel better, faster, so you can get back to living the life you want!

How can we help support you?

 

Our History

Founded in 2012, by Sharie Woelke and Kevin George as Woelke Occupational Therapy and Neurofeedback, we have expanded and developed to meet the needs of our valued clients.  We are currently able to support you online, or in-person at one of our three locations in Ottawa, Pembroke, or North Bay.

Why Renew Neurotherapy?

  • Our end goal is for you to feel better so you can get back living life the way you want.
  • We are client-centered, non-judgemental and offer a supportive stress-free environment.
  • Our therapy team is empathetic, warm, and kind.
  • Our interdisciplinary team blends psychotherapy, occupational therapy, and neurotherapy approaches to provide you with unique experienced and comprehensive care that is customized to your needs.
  • Because of our interdisciplinary approach, we are able to offer a wide range of services to meet your needs.
  • At Renew, we understand – if we could all get better from self-help books and videos, no one would benefit from therapy.  We meet you where you are in your journey and help you move forward.

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.

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/Yoga Therapist (Qualifying)

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

Clinic Manager/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).

Laura Friberg

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)/Student Psychotherapist

Laura Friberg is a registered psychotherapist (qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and an Ontario-certified teacher with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in neuroscience. She is completing her master’s in counselling psychology currently practicing as a student psychotherapist. 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.

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Marina Cremonese

Occupational Therapist

Marina Cremonese is a registered occupational therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. She received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Victoria.

 

Marina’s clinical experience includes working with people of all ages in various areas of practice including home care, community mental health, and rehabilitation. She has a passion for working with individuals experiencing mental health challenges, brain injury, and neurological impairments.

 

Marina has completed additional training in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. She is certified to administer the Montreal Cognitive Assessment and is an Assistive Devices Program Authorizer with the Ontario Assistive Devices Program (ADP). This allows Marina to assist individuals to receive funding for mobility aids such as rollator walkers, manual wheelchairs, and power wheelchairs.

Chelsea Cloutier

Registered Psychotherapist

Chelsea Cloutier is a registered psychotherapist who 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.

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Nicole Ritonja

Registered Psychotherapist

Nicole is a registered psychotherapist with a passion for working with clients dealing with issues such as stress, anxiety, panic, health anxiety, chronic pain, depression, trauma, and somatic symptoms.

Nicole also has a specific interest in helping clients with neurological impairments (including concussions, MS, strokes, etc.) cope with the difficulties they are experiencing post impairment and diagnosis.

Her approach focuses on using therapies such as Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT Level 2 therapist), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and mindfulness to help the client overcome barriers that may be preventing them from reaching their full potential. She is ready to meet the client where they are currently at and help empower clients to reach their psychotherapy goals.

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).

Emily Cartwright​

Occupational Therapist

Emily Cartwright is a registered occupational therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) and a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. She received both her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and Bachelors of Health Science with Honours Double Major in Health Science and Psychology from Western University.

Emily’s clinical experience includes working with all ages in home care, acute care, community development, and rehabilitation. She is passionate about co-creating care plans with clients and their supports including family, friends, and other providers that fit into their daily lives. She works with clients to build skills and strategies, adapt their environment, find appropriate aids/adaptive equipment, and make home modifications in order to meet their goals. Emily has a specific enjoys working with clients with neurological impairments to improve their quality of life and engage in the activities that are the most meaningful to them. 

Emily has completed additional training in motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, brain injury rehabilitation, mindfulness based stress reduction, assessing for suicide risk in kids, and applied suicide intervention skills training.

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.

Michael Dougan

Registered Psychotherapist

Michael is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. He has a master’s degree in counselling psychology from the University of Toronto and one in applied psychology from Adler University. 

Michael has worked in mental health care and education for the last 10 years. He has experiences working with post-secondary students and young adults, and members of the Canadian Forces and their families. Michael is especially interested in working with folks experiencing social anxiety, grief/loss, and those working in the healing/helping fields. 

Michael’s approach to psychotherapy is holistic, collaborative, and strengths based. He draws from several therapeutic modalities in his work including Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy. Michael also strongly believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and in finding a therapist with whom you have a good fit.