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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
HEC Counselor

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

JB Cole RSW, MSW
HEC Counselor

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 Warner BSW, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Work Clinician

HEC Counselor

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.

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!

Kristin Edstrom, RCC,  Advanced EFFT , MOC , Maudsley Trained Therapist, HEC Counselor

Born and raised in Kelowna, Kristin graduated in 2012 with a Masters in Counselling from Gonzaga University and has been practicing as a therapist ever since. She specializes in eating disorders as well as helping individuals make sense of their lives by integrating their past experiences and history into an understanding of their present circumstances using many modalities. Kristin also loves coaching parents and caregivers who have loved ones experiencing challenges in their lives.

Why work with HEC? “ I love that HEC is a team approach. Every person has many components that make them whole, it is my belief that a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach is best to encourage individuals to live wholehearted lives of purpose and meaning.”

Hobbies: Two years ago Kristin  joined a swim club in Kelowna and I has swam in the Swim Across the Lake three times since 2017. She also loves biking throughout various parts of the world with her husband and friends.

Sophie Vinette
BA in Psychology, MSW, Diploma in Art Therapy

Originally from a small French community in Ontario, Sophie traveled and fell in love with the Okanagan in 2003. She has a BA in Psychology and a Master of Social Work from the University of Ottawa, and later completed an Advanced Diploma in Art Therapy through the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. Sophie has extensive experience working in mental health and educational settings. She is excited to join HEC and be part of a team who values a collaborative and holistic approach to support wellbeing.  Through the creative process, art therapy offers a unique way for exploration, expression and self-discovery. Particular areas of interest include mindfulness, self-compassion, grief/loss, anxiety and resiliency.

Hobbies: In her spare time, Sophie likes to unleash her creativity through painting, photography and cooking. She also enjoys yoga, hiking, kayaking and camping (but only if the mosquitoes behave).

Melissa Cooney, Bachelor’s Degree is Arts/Science (BAS), Certified Legal Assistant ( CLA), Clinic Administrator

Born and raised in Calgary, AB. She lived there with her husband and two children until moving overseas in 2014.  After returning, she and her family settled in Lake Country in 2018. Melissa has been working in health care and the legal profession for a combined total of 9 years.  At HEC Melissa works directly with our clients one on one to ensure they are able to utilize their benefits and help them navigate their own health care needs. She facilitates with families and clinicians in the interim and supports them with any questions or concerns they might have prior to appointments or in between – this allows for continued care for all involved and ensures clients and their families feel supported at all times. Helping to drive change in the healthcare field  all while providing top level care is a huge motivation for Melissa.

Hobbies: Camping, baseball, spending time by the lake  and anything that involves friends and family laughing and having a good time together.

Adriana Santillan Certified Pilates Practitioner, Group Fitness Instructor and Master Degree in Administration

Originally from Mexico, specifically from Mazatlan, but has found herself settled in the beautiful Okanagan. Adriana has worked in the fitness industry since 2012. She specializes in Therapeutic Pilates, Reformer and Mat Pilates for small and large groups. 

Why work for HEC: “I share HEC Values.  I believe everyone deserves JOY for life. HEC contributes with all its resources to help clients enjoy life.” 

Hobbies: Fitness!

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!