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Our Philosophy

Udynamics uses a community based, culturally relevant, individualized, strength based and family centered model in our treatment. We believe healing and wellness is possible for everyone who is provided with the appropriate guidance and support in a non-judgmental and safe environment. We utilize a gentle holistic approach that encompasses all areas of life. We strive for excellence in our therapy and  training and only partner with specialists who share in our philosophy and determination to improve health and wellness in our community. We believe in no one should be left alone. 

OUR TEAM

Our team is growing...

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Our team of 22 highly qualified and experienced men and women come from multi disciplinary backgrounds and provide expertise in their areas of Individual, couples and family counselling, Addictions counselling, Active therapy, Independent living support, Youth mentors and Art therapy, Mental Health, Health and Wellness, CPR and Finances. Each individual brings their passion, skills and personality to their roles and care deeply about the people they serve. Meet just a few of our fantastic team:

Founders Doug & Tracy Amouzouvi

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  As the founders of Udynamics, Doug and Tracy Amouzouvi bring over 35 years of experience working with children, youth and families. We are inspired to create precious memories for our youth that will carry them into their adulthood. In addition, we want to encourage each individual to embrace their strengths and heal from past hurts and trauma.  We believe in the value of role modeling, education and mentorship that is needed to create healthy relationships, engage their community and have a positive future. We care about their well-being and we have their best interests in mind. We want children, youth and families to thrive and not just survive. We make every effort to remove barriers so we can help everyone build a satisfying and meaningful life.

Director of Services Alana Demler

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I am so thrilled to be a party of the amazing and caring team at Udynamics Therapeutic Wellness Centre and Training Systems. I am a registered social worker, with a Diploma of Social Work from Grant MacEwan University.  I am passionate about helping people with their life challenges and adopt a client centered approach and help clients to build on their strengths and attain personal growth. 

I bring 26 years of experience working with individuals, groups and families in the areas of addictions, anger management, suicide intervention, assessment, crisis intervention and mental health. During my career, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, group homes, a youth crisis support program and The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba. 

I also enjoy spending time with my family as well as reading, spending time at the lake, enjoying time with friends and the creative side of me enjoys crafting. 

As the Director of Services, I look forward to providing overall support and management of programs and services offered by Udynamics as well as identifying community needs and establishing helping relationships; connecting individuals and families with therapeutic supports. Your experience at Udyamics is very important to me. My goal is for all Udyamics’ clients to find healing, support, caring, and personal growth. If you are here, you have probably been exploring therapeutic options because of a difficulty or challenging time or experience. We are here to support you. Please contact me anytime with questions or feedback or phone at 204.228.0239 email at alanademler@udynamics.ca

Clinical Director/ Therapist Vicki Fehr

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Vicki brings fresh perspectives on empowerment and support and encourages the growth required to overcome difficult obstacles in life. Using a blend of treatment options that are uniquely tailored and implemented in a collaborative manner, can brighten the light of situations that often feel dark when we go at them alone. Using evidence-based techniques, I blend multiple forms of therapy to meet the needs of each individual with whom I meet. Mindfulness-based CBT, and psychoeducation are some commonly used interventions to address mental health concerns.

I have been working with individuals, children, youth, and families for 15 years to support growth and foster a desire for change. I am licensed through the Manitoba College of Social Workers and have a Masters degree in Social Work with an undergrad in psychology.


Therapist Irma Pangborn

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As a Master’s in Divinity Irma has 46 years experience providing counselling and therapy to children, youth, families and individuals who are struggling with grief and loss, depression, anxiety, sense of hopelessness and trauma. Irma brings a genuine warmth and an unconditional compassion to her therapy. 

Irma believes life is a journey, sometimes a difficult one but there is always help available. You don't have to walk this path alone. Irma can provide you with kindness and support to help ease the difficulty of your journey. Let us show you how valuable you are and how possible it is to grow and to heal and become the person you are intended to be.


Therapist Leila Mian

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Leila has graduated with her Masters in Social Work and offers warmth and compassion in her practice. She has over 9 years experience working with youth, adults, families, and couples struggling with addiction, domestic violence, conflict, and mental health issues. Leila has a variety of experience working with various populations that include survivors of sexual assault, high-risk youth, and high conflict couples. Her past work in the community as a coordinator at a family resource center, helped her to become well versed in resources throughout Winnipeg and Manitoba. She has done extensive advocacy work with various clients around housing, Employment and Income Assistance (EIA), and Legal related issues. 

Director of Addictions Services Doug Amouzouvi

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  As a Registered Nurse (BSc BN RN), student of a masters degree (Nurse practioner), counsellor, treatment group facilitator and addictions specialist, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including: acute trauma, youth addictions, corrections, private addictions counseling (substances & behavioral), and art therapy. I have extensive experience working with high-risk vulnerable populations.

My philosophy in therapy is to use a holistic approach encompassing every area of health and well being. I believe when we live our lives out of balance, it will affect every area of life. I use a trauma-informed approach in all my practice. The most common therapeutic approaches I use are CBT, mindfulness and strength based. Culture and spirituality are unique to each and every individual and needs to be encouraged and explored according to each individual needs and beliefs.

Active Therapist Kristyna Fagerstrom Castro

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   Kristyna has experience working as a Child and Youth Care Worker in various areas such as Education, Justice, and in the Child and Family Services sector within Manitoba since 2013. Kristyna has experience working internationally teaching English in Thailand, and as an Educational Assistant with an after school program in Nicaragua. In 2012 Kristyna graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts degree and in 2017 completed the Child and Youth Care Diploma Program at Red River College. Kristyna has also completed specialized training in working with addictions through the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba. Kristyna is currently enrolled at the University of Manitoba pursuing a masters degree in Psychology.            

Active Therapist Judd Robertson

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My name is Judd Robertson. I am a graduate of Lakehead University in Ontario and I have over 10 yrs clinical experience working with children, youth and families. I pride myself in building relationships with our youth and families and look forward to having a positive impact in their lives.  

Active Therapist Katie Pangborn

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Katie graduated from Canadian Mennonite University in 2013 where she attained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Theology. Katie brings a warmth and compassion to her practice and is passionate about working with people from all walks of life particularly those that are experiencing struggles and in need of support. Katie has special interests in Art Therapy and Play Therapy.

OUR Educators

RED CROSS Trainer Daniel Fagerstrom Castro

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 Daniel is currently a licensed EMT-Paramedic for the Province of Manitoba. He started training in the year 2009. During that time Daniel also graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and with a minor in Native Studies. In 2009 Daniel started to work for the Coast Guard in Vancouver as an EMT-Paramedic. While in Vancouver Daniel also expanded his knowledge in youth addictions working for the Greater Vancouver Youth Detox as a counsellor. In 2013 Daniel moved back to Winnipeg to work for the Southern Health authority as a Paramedic and for the Youth Addictions Stabilization Unit. In 2019 Daniel continues to expand his knowledge obtaining certification as a First Aid Instructor for the Canadian Red Cross teaching courses for youth and adults all over the city. Daniel wishes to share his knowledge and expertise to all Manitobans by running courses that are fun and interactive. As well, Daniel is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Red River College.
 

ASIST Trainer Clair Tregenza

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Clair Tregenza believes in a holistic approach to wellness, the power of human resiliency, and the importance of connection with others. She is a Registered Social Worker with a background in psychology and counselling from the UK. She has been working in the field of mental health and crisis intervention for more than 15 years. During this time she has supported many people who are experiencing thoughts of suicide and their families. She feels passionately about reducing the stigma and raising awareness with regards to mental health and suicide and believes in sharing her skills and experience. 

Clair has been facilitating ASIST workshops for nearly a decade and values these opportunities to connect with others and nurture the growth of a supportive community. She brings an authentic friendly style to her role as a facilitator and creates a positive and engaging learning environment.

She takes care of herself through spending time with her busy family, various creative pursuits, and walking through the woods with her dog. 

Her husband is really good at drawing hockey goalies, specifically Gerry Cheevers and Ken Dryden from the 1970’s..

ASIST Trainer Gwen Milner

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Gwen Milner has over twenty years of experience working in the field of Mental Health Crisis Intervention. In the course of these years she has assessed and intervened with countless numbers of individuals experiencing thoughts of suicide. Gwen has significant experience and training in suicide risk assessment. She has provided training to other crisis services, along with Winnipeg Police Service recruits and 911 operators. In addition Gwen has been Providing ASIST workshops for close to 10 years. Gwen has also experienced the pain of suicide loss in her personal life and brings this understanding to her training. 

To keep balance in her life Gwen enjoys spending time visiting nature in her garden and with the people that are her family. 

Essential Oils Wellness Advocate Rossetta Matthews

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Hello! My name is Rosetta and I am a dōTERRA® Essential Oils Wellness Advocate.

I am an Educator and Mentor who empowers others to embrace natural lifestyle changes and live to their potential in their personal and business lives. I LOVE being a dōTERRA leader and I love natural health solutions! I have incorporated oils into all facets of my life and hope you help you do the same! Essential Oils provide us with safe, natural alternatives they’ve become an “essential” part of our home and family everyday.

I live in St. Andrews Canada, I am married with two children and we have a cat. I started using doTERRA in 2011. I am also Aromatouch® Technique Certified which involves an essential oil application along the spine focusing on Stress Management, Immune System Support, Healthy Inflammatory Response and restoring (ANS) Autonomic Nervous System Imbalance.

Financial Expert Delia Ballon

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 Experienced Financial Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Business Planning, Customer Service, Entrepreneurship, Financial Planning, and Life Insurance. Strong finance professional graduated from Polytechnic University of the Philippines.  

Mental Health First Aid Linda Harrison

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Linda Harrison is an Occupational Therapist who has specialized in working in adult mental health since 2001. She has worked in a hospital and in the community. Since 2014, she has worked in private practice. Linda is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and she is a Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor. She is trained to help companies implement the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

Linda is the author of Daily Living Skills Worksheets: Reproducible Resources for Teaching Independent Living Skills. She has been a speaker at many events and has been a guest lecturer for the University of Alberta and Eastern Washington University Occupational Therapy programs.

Linda was on the Board of Directors for Psychosocial Rehabilitation Manitoba for six years and strongly believes in a Recovery-oriented approach. She is passionate about using evidence-based interventions.

Outside of work, Linda enjoys Zumba, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two kids.