Our Specialists

Our Mission

At Udynamics our mission is to provide support to individuals and families through counselling, education and mentorship. We strive to be a genuine and authentic service removing unnecessary barriers and obstacles to accessing services. We strive to provide a high-quality of service through professionalism and integrity in our work. We utilize a holistic approach in our treatment and programming and respect the beliefs, dignity of each individual.

We are hiring

We are currently hiring therapists and wellness practitioners. If are interested in being part of an amazing and growing team, please email us at info@udynamics.ca 

We are currently hiring for the following: 

  • Naturopathic Practitioner 
  • Individual and Family Therapist
  • Wellness Practitioners

About Us

Founders Doug & Tracy Amouzouvi

As the founders of Udynamics, Doug and Tracy Amouzouvi bring over 35 years of experience working with children, youth, adults and families. We strive to promote health, healing and wellness for each individual and to inspire you to grow and live the most satisfying and meaningful life possible.

Director of Addictions Services & Nurse Therapist Doug Amouzouvi

Are you looking for support for yourself or a loved one? I offer private, non-judgmental addictions counselling and assessments utilizing a gentle holistic and trauma informed approach. I believe that with the proper support and mentorship you can heal and thrive and experience who you were created to be. As a Registered Nurse (BN RN),    counsellor and addictions specialist, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including: acute trauma, youth addictions, private addictions counseling (substances & behavioral), art therapy, treatment group facilitator and extensive experience working with 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. Culture and spirituality are unique to each and ever individual and needs to be encouraged and explored according to each individual needs and beliefs.

Nurse Practitioner Addictions Services Steven Wintoniw

Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior. Each person carries with them unique experiences that make it important to develop a personalized and mutually agreed upon, holistic treatment plan that incorporates evidence-based techniques and therapies to meet the individual at their stage of readiness. Whether you are looking for harm reduction support or feel abstinence is your goal, there is a treatment plan that can be tailored to help assist you in your recovery process.

Evidence-based Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), offers more than treatment for substance use disorders as is can be used as a tool to help you sustain recovery and prevent overdose. You can be prepared to conquer cravings, stabilize withdrawal and help manage co-occurring conditions such as anxiety and depression. Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat substance use disorders.

I am prepared to join you in finding the right treatment plan to help sustain recovery and reduce risk of overdose.

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.

Clinical Specialist / 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.

Massage Therapist Shauna Runesson

Since graduating in 2007 from Massage Therapy College of Manitoba I have learned how to effectively treat a wide range of issues through experience and additional training.

I have great success with relaxing deeper work integrating fascial release techniques, trigger point release and meridian reflexology.

Specializing in neck and shoulder work to reduce stress and tension headaches.  I treat the body as a whole and believe everything is connected.

My massage career has ranged from the best spas in Winnipeg to high level sports therapy.  For three years In Sweden I worked with Olympic level Chiropractors and Physiotherapists. I was also the Athletic therapist for elite sports team working at injury rehab, injury prevention, nutrition and physical training. This led me to being the Therapist for the Canadian National Floorball team.

I like to spend my free time cycling, doing pilates, reading and being active with my three children.

Chiropractor Dr. Ryan Greschuk

Dr. Ryan has 9 year experience as a wellness-focused chiropractor. He graduated with Honours from Life Chiropractic College West in California. Dr. Ryan is the Author of “It’s Not Your Fault You’ve Been Lied To” and the creator of the High Performers Unfair Advantage. Dr. Ryan also has Training in functional neurology from Carrick Institute. Elevation Chiropractic will create custom tailored plans to fit clients’ busy lives and focuses on making lifestyle changes “automatic” and sustainable

Therapist Giselle Bernardo

Embarking on this path called life is not always what we may perceive to be. There are twists, turns, and bumps that deter us in this journey may seem all so overwhelming and ambiguous. Sometimes it may take a few steps back to move a few steps forward. Seeking therapy is a steppingstone towards challenging those moments where we may   feel lost in our journey.
I would love to help you along your path in a supportive, empathetic, and non-judgmental environment. I believe we all have a story to tell!
Giselle has been working in the areas of mental health, geriatrics, and developmental disabilities for 14 years. She is a registered social worker (RSW). She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) in 2007 and her Master’s Degree in Social work (MSW) in 2015, both from the University of Manitoba. She had the opportunity to work with individuals, couples, families, and groups at New Directions in areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, and inter-generational patterns of conflict.
She is passionate about mindfulness-based practice, disability, and cross-cultural awareness. She utilizes diverse approaches in therapy including mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), narrative therapy, solution-focused and strength-based approaches.

Therapist Aimee Schwager

I strive to provide a safe, open and non-judgemental environment in sessions and interactions. I understand how nerve-racking and uncertain seeking services can be. I try to eliminate these barriers by making your experience as comfortable and safe as possible. I’m grateful to hear your story, help you flourish and guide you along your  healing journey. You already have so much strength and resilience that I want to help further grow!

My therapeutic approaches involve holistic, trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, decolonized, anti-oppressive, empowerment, strengths-based and client-centred care. I have a diverse range of formal and informal education, training and experiences in mental health, addictions and social work. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches meeting each client’s unique needs. I’m continually learning and growing with ongoing professional development and research.

I’m available for individual, family and group counselling, coaching, resource navigation, professional development and psychoeducation opportunities within my scope of practice. I’m available to work with children, adolescents and adults.

Some experiences I work with include:

-depression

-anxiety

-trauma

-struggles with self-esteem and body image

-school experiences (elementary, middle and high school, university/college)

-life transitions

-coping skills

-stress management

-grief and loss

-suicidality

-some crisis and addictions work  -emotional regulation

-domestic violence

-LGBTQ2S+* experiences

-mindfulness

-self-compassion

-newcomer experiences

-chronic pain and illnesses

-resource navigation

-career coaching and skill building

-parenting-family conflict

-loneliness and isolation

-interpersonal communication

-relationships I use a variety of techniques in practice tailored to each individual’s unique journey.

Some examples include evidence-based techniques such as components of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), play therapy, expressive arts therapy, psychoeducation, mindfulness, self-compassion, cultural practices, talk therapy, games, nature, crafting, cooking/baking, to name a few.

I look forward to chatting with you! Please email me at aimee@udynamics.ca for questions or inquiries. Best Wishes!

Health Coach Ashley Pharazyn

Ashley Pharazyn graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as a holistic health coach in 2013. Since then she has been helping clients navigate digestive issues and find their hormonal rhythm. Through her business, My Quaint Traditions she teaches fermentation and cooking classes across Manitoba.

Bio-individuality means that we are all individual people with individual needs. A healing plan is not one size fits all, every body has different needs. While working with clients she will help add in healing foods and remove foods that cause inflammation and damage to the digestive system and body. Ashley has overcome her own health issues including candida overgrowth, leaky gut and chronic eczema and is passionate about helping others find their health.

As well as working with clients Ashley offers a number of hands-on cooking classes including, fermented foods, fermented drinks, hormone health, glowing skin, good fats snack class, and more.

As a health coach, I assess my client’s lifestyle, address health concerns, and then work with the client to make behavioral, nutritional, and other changes in order to promote better health and wellness.

Director of Services Alana Demler

I am so thrilled to be apart of the amazing and caring team at Udynamics Therapeutic Wellness Center. 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.
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 via email at alanademler@udynamics.ca

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 to 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.

Therapist Irma Pangborn

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.

Active Therapist Daniel Fagerstrom Castro

Daniel has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and with a minor in Native Studies. In addition to being a licensed EMT-Paramedic for the Province of Manitoba, Daniel is studying a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Red River College. In 2009 Daniel started to work for the Coast Guard in Vancouver as an EMT-Paramedic. 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.

As a foster parent, Daniel has extensive experience working with individuals with disabilities and young people that struggle with addictions.

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 brings a sense of humour and zest for life into everything he does

Man in the Arena Event Kurtis Bouskill

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how”

Friedrich Nietzsche

I began my fitness journey in July 2013. It was at that time that I became sick and tired of being sick and tired. My mental and physical health has deteriorated to the point where I could no longer overlook it and decided to make a change. I began to put events in front of me as a challenge and to maintain my level of fitness. Some of these challenges were Spartan obstacle course races. I competed in several races of various lengths and difficulty. My biggest challenge by far was participating in an endurance event near San Diego California called Sealfit. Most of us have heard of the navy seals infamous hell week. This is the civilian version of that. The event was a 13 hour test managed by former Navy SEALs that put us through more than I thought was humanly possible. We were warned beforehand to have our “why” prepared as there would be no doubt we would be asking ourselves that question at some point. It turned out my “why” was strong enough to get me through that night and since then it’s a question I ask myself regularly. I have several “why’s” not the least of which is to be the person I needed when I was younger. Working with Udynamics I am hoping to bring my experience to not only help people with their fitness goals but also to identify their “why”.

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.

Peer Counsellor Addictions Services

I am committed to improve the lives of those living with addiction in a non-judging environment. Using goal setting to achieve recovery with a counsellor who has achieved recovery themself.

I have over 9 years of sobriety from alcohol, I am a member of a 12 step program, and have been active in service work. I am a member & on the board of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and have my Applied Counselling Certificate from the University of Manitoba specializing in Addictions (having completed courses at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba).

People of all ages and backgrounds experience problems with addictions, and they can make positive changes. I can help clients by providing tools for assessment, working through the 12 steps with them, maintain accountability, and use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to pave the road to recovery. I can  provide client centred services such as; Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Model, Levels of Involvement, Stages of Change, Motivational Interviewing, and Co-occurring Disorders Initiative.

Active Therapist Cassandra Valmestad

Hello! My name is Cassandra, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in criminal justice and sociology at the University of Winnipeg.
Currently, I am finishing up my applied counselling program through the University of Manitoba. Through a wide-variety of positions in the social services, I have gained vast experience that  has expanded my personal and professional growth as an individual, this includes my most recent position as a Family Violence Counsellor at a women’s shelter.
My therapy style can vary depending on the clients needs, however I mainly work from a foundation of emotion base therapy, client centered, harm reduction and trauma-informed practice.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship is essential when finding the right fit for therapy. Connection, empathy and an open mind is important to me. I believe that healing comes in many forms and I would like to help you discover what works for you. You are the expert of yourself!

Paramedic Daniel Fagerstrom Castro

Daniel has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and with a minor in Native Studies. In addition to being a licensed EMT-Paramedic for the Province of Manitoba, Daniel is studying a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Red River College. In 2009 Daniel started to work for the Coast Guard in Vancouver as an EMT-Paramedic. 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.

As a foster parent, Daniel has extensive experience working with individuals with disabilities and young people that struggle with addictions.

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 brings a sense of humour and zest for life into everything he does

Financial Expert Delia Ballon

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.

We are hiring!

At Udynamics we are always looking for amazing Wellness Practitioners that are motivated in their private practice and have a growth mindset. We value working together as team and strive to provide the most genuine and authentic client experience within a holistic environment. Contact us at info@udynamics.ca if this sounds like a fit for you.

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