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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

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Our team is growing...

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, Massage Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Holistic Therapy, Essential oils Therapy, Nutrition Counselling and more..  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:

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Founders Doug & Tracy Amouzouvi

Founders Doug & Tracy Amouzouvi

Founders Doug & Tracy Amouzouvi

  

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.

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Director of Services Alana Demler

Founders Doug & Tracy Amouzouvi

Founders Doug & Tracy Amouzouvi

  

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

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Clinical Director/ Therapist Vicki Fehr

Founders Doug & Tracy Amouzouvi

Clinical Director/ Therapist Vicki Fehr

  

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.


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Therapist Irma Pangborn

Director of Addictions Services Doug Amouzouvi

Director of Addictions Services Doug Amouzouvi

  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.


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Director of Addictions Services Doug Amouzouvi

Director of Addictions Services Doug Amouzouvi

Director of Addictions Services Doug Amouzouvi

  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.

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Therapist Jenna Edwards

Therapist Jenna Edwards

Therapist Jenna Edwards

  Jenna is passionate about helping others achieve self-awareness and healing. She uses compassion and empathy to create a safe space where individuals can explore their therapeutic goals. Jenna has 8 years working in mental health with adults and youth, having completed her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Manitoba in 2014, Jenna is currently working on her Masters of Social Work. As a registered licensed social worker, Jenna has experience working with various populations case managing, counselling, facilitating groups and engaging in active therapy. Her tailored approaches involve psychosocial education, affect regulation, behavioural activation, cognitive restructuring, mindfulness, self-compassion, and solution focused approaches. She is client centered, collaborating on individual therapy to ensure the best fit for each person based on their needs, goals and preferences. Some of the therapies she utilizes are cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, emotion focused, and narrative therapy. As a trauma informed practitioner, Jenna wants to help support and empower those she works with.   

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Therapist Neil Hussain

Therapist Jenna Edwards

Therapist Jenna Edwards

  I'm a registered social worker with a social justice-oriented, anti-oppressive, and forward-thinking lens. Empathetic and compassionate with a passion for helping adults and adolescents work towards their goals to gain that good quality of life that we all deserve. I work from a Trauma-informed perspective that focuses on safety and creating an environment where people feel mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally and culturally safe. I believe it is essential to provide person-centred care because everyone is different and has unique needs.  I have experience working with indigenous, newcomers and individuals who identify as LGBTQ2S. I started my work in the field, working with refugee kids and youth and helping them deal with there trauma while preparing them to transition into a Canadian classroom. I eventually started working with adults in the Mental health and addictions field, running psychosocial groups, providing group and one on one counselling. Specialized in working with individuals, families, and groups dealing with issues such as mental health( anxiety /generalized anxiety disorder, attachment disorder, bipolar disorder, depression / major depressive disorder, eating disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis, schizo-affective disorder, schizophrenia, social phobia), addiction (recovery planning/management, harm reduction, relapse prevention, withdrawal management), stress management,  developing coping skills, suicidal ideation, grief and loss, medication management and education, anger management, support for victims of abuse, sexuality and identity, written/spoken communication skills, nutritional/ exercise knowledge, life coaching, self-esteem, intersectionality, life transitions, diversity, career guidance, consulting, advocacy, case management and building a healthy therapeutic alliance. Some of the therapeutic approaches I use in my practice are dialectical behavioural therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, meditation, crisis intervention model, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, strength-based therapy and different culturally sensitive approaches. Please contact me if you have any questions about my practice.

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Therapist Carla Pauls

Therapist Jenna Edwards

Therapist Carla Pauls

 Carla has been working in the field of mental health and addictions for over 20 years. She began her career in corrections, working with incarcerated youth and adults, learning that each person has a unique story and history which affects their ability to make good choices and feel some sense of control over their lives. Through that experience, she realized the importance of community and personal connections, and became interested in helping people see the resilience, and hope for the future in finding pathways for change, through meeting people where they are at. 

Carla has worked extensively with First Nations clients while living in Alberta, providing support to individuals, families, and community both on and off reserve, and worked for twelve years as a school counsellor learning the importance of culture, identity, and finding new stories through narrative therapy both to honor the past, and encourage creative, empathic, and courageous links for the future, including past trauma, grief and loss, and abuse to allow a shift, believing that one small change can allow us to begin a new journey to creating the life we are meant to live. Carla is experienced in working with persons living through trauma and abuse, persons experiencing anxiety, depression, and co-occuring disorders, addictions, relationship discord, parenting and attachment issues, and working with high risk and vulnerable populations.

Carla believes in a holistic approach to therapy, incorporating mindfulness, cultural rituals where appropriate. hypnotherapy, stories, art, music, and nature in sessions encouraging each client to celebrate the unique gifts and strengths they have to move towards personal empowerment and overall healing to achieve healthy relationships, boundaries, and goals.

Carla has and undergraduate degree from The University of Winnipeg in Conflict Resolution and Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Counselling. She is able to see clients for early morning appointments, evenings, and on the weekends if desired.

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Active Therapist Kristyna Fagerstrom Castro

Active Therapist Kristyna Fagerstrom Castro

Active Therapist Kristyna Fagerstrom Castro

   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.            

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Active Therapist Heather Kissick

Active Therapist Kristyna Fagerstrom Castro

Active Therapist Kristyna Fagerstrom Castro

 Life can be a difficult journey. I am pleased to be a part of the Udynamics team, bringing with me the knowledge I have to serve you and our community. We live in a world where inclusivity isn’t always present. It is my personal belief that all communities should be represented and accepted. I have experience working with non-binary, LGBTQ++ and polyamorous individuals and couples. I can assist with sex and intimacy, addictions management, relapse prevention, grief and loss, and symptoms of depression and anxiety.

I bring 12 years of experience to the team and am confident that I can aide my clients with their communication techniques. With a degree in Conflict Resolution from The University of Winnipeg, I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and client-centred practice with my clients.

Working with different groups is a passion of mine. Whether you are having difficulty communicating as a parent or in a partner or peer relationship, together we can explore viable strategies for resolution. I understand that counselling can be intimidating process to start. Please feel free to contact me to schedule a free phone consultation to discuss how I may be able to help you. 

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Active Therapist Katie Pangborn

Active Therapist Kristyna Fagerstrom Castro

Active Therapist Katie Pangborn

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.

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Massage Therapist Vanessa Moins

Holistic Therapist Christina Harris

Holistic Therapist Christina Harris

  Vanessa graduated from the Massage Therapy College of Manitoba in 2011. Massage therapy was a clear choice for her as she has always taken an interest in trying to heal the body as naturally as possible.

Whether your goal is simply to achieve relaxation, help decrease anxiety, improve sleep, increase circulation, address an ache that has been a chronic bother or a sudden acute injury, massage therapy can help. Using a combination of cupping, relaxation and deep tissue Vanessa will help you achieve your goals.

Vanessa likes to take her time to discuss and assess your complaints and come up with an individualized treatment plan. Before you get settled on the heated massage table, she will take her time to explain what areas will be worked on that day and how this will relate to your complaints. She appreciates clear communication when it comes to how much pressure and conversation is to be used during the treatment and never takes offence if you want a quiet massage.

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Holistic Therapist Christina Harris

Holistic Therapist Christina Harris

Holistic Therapist Christina Harris

  Christina is passionate about supporting optimal wellness through counselling, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle choices. She specializes in holistic mental health, managing stress, fatigue, and balancing moods. Christina offers a personalized approach that encourages manageable change to help you reach your goals.

Christina looks at the whole person and focuses on the root cause of your underlying health concerns, rather than only looking as symptoms. Her philosophy is to eat real food, to nurture emotional healing with compassion and empathy, and to live a lifestyle that feels right for you.

Christina is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner and been in the natural health and wellness field for the last 15 years. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is completing her master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. 

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Music Therapist Erica Wiebe

Holistic Therapist Christina Harris

Music Therapist Erica Wiebe

  Erica graduated in 2016 with her Bachelor of Music Therapy from the Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg. Through her internship and various job experiences she has worked with children with intellectual disabilities, children in care, adults with intellectual disabilities, stroke patients, and individuals in long-term care. Using music therapy to facilitate positive change is Erica’s passion. Building relationships, working with people, and highlighting the successes of her clients are tenets that define Erica’s music therapy approach.

OUR Educators

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RED CROSS Trainer Daniel Fagerstrom Castro

RED CROSS Trainer Daniel Fagerstrom Castro

RED CROSS Trainer Daniel Fagerstrom Castro

 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.
 

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ASIST Trainer Clair Tregenza

RED CROSS Trainer Daniel Fagerstrom Castro

RED CROSS Trainer Daniel Fagerstrom Castro

  

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..

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ASIST Trainer Gwen Milner

RED CROSS Trainer Daniel Fagerstrom Castro

ASIST Trainer Gwen Milner

  

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. 

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Essential Oils Wellness Advocate Rossetta Matthews

Essential Oils Wellness Advocate Rossetta Matthews

Essential Oils Wellness Advocate Rossetta Matthews

 

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.

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Financial Expert Delia Ballon

Essential Oils Wellness Advocate Rossetta Matthews

Essential Oils Wellness Advocate Rossetta Matthews

 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.