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Heather Derry BSc, MD, FRCPC
Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Graduated from McMaster University in 2006 in Medicine and pursued Psychiatry residency training at the University of Toronto, graduating in 2011. Heather has been working
in Kelowna, BC from 2011 to present. Heather specializes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Eating Disorders. When asked why she wants to work for Healthy Essentials Clinic Heather says, “I love to be part of a multidisciplinary team and look forward to incorporating holistic
modalities to provide comprehensive care to clients and families”. 

Hobbies: Skiing

Jennifer Podovennikoff,BSc. RD, IOC Dip. Sport Nutr. Clinical Dietitian & Sport Dietitian

Jennifer has been working as a dietitian since November 2005 working in a variety of settings such as: long term care, private practice, sports nutrition, eating disorder center, acute care hospital setting with adults, acute care hospital setting in pediatrics and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), nutrition tours at the grocery store, group nutrition education session. Jennifer specializes in: inpatient and outpatient pediatric care, neonatal intensive care, youth and adult eating disorders. When asked why she wants to work for Healthy Essentials Clinic Jennifer say: ” I have a strong desire to help those struggling with mental health issues – particularly eating disorder. The outpatient team approach from HEC will fill the gap in healthcare for those requiring more intensive outpatient therapy”.

Hobbies: Raising my 7 month old baby girl, running, spending time in the kitchen

Linda Brattinga, B.Ed, Masters of Education in Psychology and Counselling

Linda grew up and graduated in Devon, Alberta. She moved to BC right after graduation and settled in Richmond initially before moving to Lake Country in 1992, and now calls this home.

Linda Graduated with her Counselling Degree in 2016 and has been working in the field since, specializing in teens / adolescents, women of all ages (50+), job related stress and fatigue, relationship issues and families of special need children.

When asked why she wants to work for Healthy Essentials Clinic Linda says: “I believe in what the clinic stands for, a holistic approach to healing. I feel I have a great deal to offer the clinic and look forward to being a part of a team that will make a difference when it comes to mental illness”.

Hobbies: Camping and hiking

J.B. Cole Registered Social Worker, Mindfulness Based Stress Release & SMART Trainer, Counselor at HEC

Originally from Boulder Colorado, but has been living in Kelowna since 2007. J.B. began as a refugee resettlement worker in Seattle working with HIV positive refugees in resettlement and medical support. J.B. later joined a rural Youth and Family Service agency where he was the Prevention Program Manager, working to provide a variety of non-clinical services to support children/teens and parents. J.B. is a parent educator and later provided clinical services to children/families. In Kelowna J.B. was with the School of Social Work providing student support in field education. For the past 8 years he has facilitated a Men In Change group for Kelowna Family Center.

J.B. specializes in Play therapy, mindfulness approach to anxiety, cognitive behavior therapy and groups. I work with a lot of boys and men who are experiencing the transition of divorce and separation.

When asked why he wants to work for HEC J.B. said : “ I am drawn to the team approach to mental health challenges. Working in isolation can lead to both burn-out, but also is not supportive of the social/environmental being we are. I embrace a systems approach or bio/psycho/social response to many challenges faced today”.

Hobbies: Outdoors enthusiast, and enjoy snowboarding, mountain biking , cycling and camping. Good,healthy, local and sustainable food is an interest.

Shannon Cori Warner BSW, MSW, RSW
Contracted Registered Social Work Clinician

Shannon has been working in the field for 15 years. Shannon specializes in trauma-informed, culturally safe and spiritually sensitive and supportive counselling for individuals, families and groups working through mild – moderate mental health challenges including depression, anxiety, grief and loss (including pregnancy loss) intra-personal distress and family violence. I enjoy program/curriculum development, facilitation and evaluation.

When asked why she wants to work with HEC, Shannon says: “I wholeheartedly share the values of courage, trust, respect and integrity, and I believe in the significance of interdisciplinary collaboration to ensure competent, comprehensive and compassionate family and client-centered care”.

Hobbies: I love to work in my garden, play with my grand-kids and enjoy healthy activities and food!

Tara Robinson – Office Administrator

Tara is a Certified Hospital Unit Clerk graduate and has worked in the customer service industry for over 5 years. Her skills and expertise are valued as she works daily with the practitioners to build a better healthcare experience for our clients.

When asked why she wants to work for HEC she says: “I wanted to support a team that had the same morals and beliefs when it comes to health care. Finding the root and treating as a whole is something that I have personally seen the benefits of and am very excited to be working with such a dynamic team”.

Hobbies: Finding new amazing music, travelling to unique destinations, furthering my education, learning how to swim now that I don’t live in the prairies anymore.

Mikayla Pankratz, BBA
Marketing Manager

Born and raised in the Okanagan, Mikayla has a Bachelors of Business Administration with a Marketing Major. Mikayla grew up knowing that good mental health was a necessary part of everyday life, and this is why she wanted to be apart of the HEC team. With her marketing knowledge, Mikayla is reaching out to others to let them know that self care is an important part of life’s journey, and that HEC can help.

Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, soccer, really anything outdoors!