Board of Advisors / Editorial Staff
Keith Gelhorn, CEO ADDvocacy ADHD & Life Skills Coaching Ltd.
Keith is the Chief Empowerment Officer of ADDvocacy ADHD & Life Skills Coaching Ltd. based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Keith knows firsthand how ADHD can affect someone as he struggled through all levels of school labeled as “a student with potential, if only could apply himself.” A diagnosis of depression, anxiety and ADHD in early 2009, would prove to change the course of not only his life, but unknowingly at the time, the lives of many others.
In 2011, Keith trained in both Disability Supports and Services and ADHD coaching after seeing that there were no ADHD coaches east of Montreal at the time.
In 2012, after acquiring his first client through Dalhousie University, Keith launched the business with a focus on proactively empowering youth and adults living with ADHD and co-occurring diverse-abilities, in their transition to: post-secondary, entrepreneurship, skilled trades and career exploration. He also provides training for educators, employers and support staff on how to boost productivity of this dynamic workforce.
Jodi Gilmore, Overture Neurodevelopmental Support Services
Jodi is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Reference and Regulate© therapist, NeurOptimal© neurofeedback trainer and parent who has been supporting children and families with autism, ADHD, anxiety, learning, behavioural and other neurodevelopmental challenges since 1992.
Jodi and her husband, Doug Protz, who is a neurodevelopmental movement therapist, cofounded Overture Neurodevelopmental Support Services together in Vancouver, BC.
Dr. Sonya Jensen, ND
Dr. Sonya Jensen is a graduate of British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University where she received a degree in cellular and molecular biology. Passionate about helping others, Sonya pursued naturopathic medicine to explore the body’s healing potential and learn how to share it with patients. Her travels through South East Asia and India also helped deepen her understanding of incorporating holistic approaches to healing.
Sonya has a special interest in Women’s Health and Pediatrics, specifically fertility, pregnancy, post natal care and hormonal balance. In 2012 she traveled to Haiti as a mentor to a group of Naturopathic doctor students with an organization called Mama Baby Haiti to provide maternal and pediatric health care at a birth centre in Mourne Rouge. This experience solidified for her that her passion lies in working with women and their families.
Kristin Legault-Donkers is an undergraduate Psychology student at King’s University College at Western University, a children and youth mental health advocate and an author of a four part series of children’s books on mental health. She is inspired by her own personal experiences with mental illness and with stigma. She intends to eventually become a clinical psychologist or a clinical social worker.
In her free time, Kristin enjoys volunteering, spending time with her friends and family, travelling and going for walks.
Professional Success / Adult ADHD Coach
Andrea is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse who has been practicing in Community Mental Health settings since 1996. She is also a graduate of the Royal Holloway University of London, where she obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy in 2005.
As an adult who lives successfully with ADHD, Andrea’s clinical interests evolved into a passion for helping other adults with ADHD live to their full potential. She obtained her coaching qualifications from ADDCA in 2011 and specializes in helping creative and entrepreneurial adults harness the powers of ADHD and use it to their advantage.
Dr. Natalie Rahr, ND
Dr. Natalie Rahr is a BC licensed, MAPS (Medical Academy for Pediatric Special Needs) trained Naturopathic Physician based in Vancouver. She is deeply committed to helping her patients reclaim their health and the health of their families. Additionally, Natalie also worked for many years with the Vancouver School Board specifically in behavioral support for children and youth.
Natalie has a strong focus on the biomedical treatment of complex pediatric conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing disorders, ADHD, PANS/PANDAS, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, FAS and seizure disorders. Other areas of focus include whole family health, gut brain health, stress and natural mental health, hormone balancing and preconception care.
Karen Ryan, NNCP, RHN
Author of “ADHD is Not a Four Letter Word”
Karen is a seasoned nutritionist as well as an ADHD coach and behaviour interventionist for school-aged children, teens and adults. She is a firm believer in the correlation between food and mood and that a clean diet is the best medicine for sound health of body and mind. Guided by her extensive education, research, and experience in clinical and holistic nutrition, Karen dedicates her focus to helping all people, especially children and teens with ADHD, eat healthier and live happier.
As an active member of several organizations, Karen is also the founder of The ADDvocates (an organization aimed at raising awareness of ADHD), author of “ADHD is Not a Four Letter Word” and the founder of everyday ADDvice.
Dr. Sophia Sandhu, R. Psych.
Dr. Sophia Sandhu obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. She provides evidence-based assessment and treatment for a variety of developmental, learning, behavioural, and emotional difficulties.
Sophie also has experience providing services to children and adolescents with special health care needs, including chronic health conditions, such as Type 1 diabetes and chronic pain. In addition to community mental health and pediatric hospital settings, Sophia has also worked in a primary care medical setting, providing consultation services to parents with concerns related to behavioural and emotional functioning. Her approach to assessment and treatment involves a collaborative relationship with parents and children to ensure the family’s goals are being met and treatment is provided from both behavioural and cognitive behavioural perspectives.
Mara St. Onge, Blingja Concepts
Children can use mindfulness to simplify cluttered thinking and feel confident in school and other settings. That’s the premise of Mara’s company, Blingja Concepts.
Blingja helps children recognize and act on their emotions in ways expected by others. Accessible programresources simplify the process, keeping it non-judgmental and making it fun and easy.
A newly-developed program, Blingja has been implemented in more than thirty schools at last count, and introduced to SFU’s Pre-Teachers Program.
Underlying all this are Mara’s knowledge and hands-on experience:
■ More than twenty years with the Vancouver School Board, working in classrooms with children who have anxiety, challenging behaviours, developmental delays, stress, spectrum disorder and other difficulties.
■ Intergral to supporting the development of the Vancouver School Board’s Social Emotional LearningCentre. It serves students with difficulty in social situations and behavioural issues interfere with building friendships.
■ Creating an award-winning YMCA program for developmentally-delayed adults.
Dr. Ashleigh Stewart, Msc.D
Dr. Ashleigh Stewart’s academic study of the mind started with a bachelor of psychology, however, the scientific approach alone did not satisfy her curiosity surrounding the human mind so she switched her focus toward spiritual psychotherapy, holistic healthcare and metaphysical science.
After years spent in studying various aspects of holistic healthcare and energy medicine, Ashleigh achieved a doctorate degree in metaphysical counseling. Her concentration was therapeutic yoga and philosophy for healing. During her studies, she researched the use of yoga as a natural healing therapy to help children diagnosed with behavioural disorders. Her work with children has recently evolved from mood and behavioural disorders to working with children diagnosed with cancer.
Stephanie Talbot, RHN
Stephanie is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and has been practicing nutrition since 2013. She has always had passion for helping other people, but her journey that led her to where she is now began back in 2008 while working at a gym. During that time, she was overweight and suffered from bouts of anxiety and depression. Through nutrition, she has learned how to nourish and fuel her body which resulted not only in weight loss, but she was able to diminish her feelings of anxiety and depression as well. This has now become her focus in her business at Circle of Life Nutrition. One of her favourite quotes that absolutely rings true to her is “Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel” -byKevin Trudeau. All it takes is one person who is willing, and the right combination of foods to have your body functioning and feeling the best it can!
Rob Wahl, BCom, MBA – Co-Founder Symbols Multisensory Learning Centers Inc.
Rob is the co-founder, co-owner and Director of Business Management of Symbols Multisensory Learning Centers Inc. Symbols has now been in operation for over ten years offering 1-to-1 remedial tutoring in reading, writing and math, with a special focus on helping children with learning differences.
Rob co-founded Symbols with his wife Kimberley in 2006, and it has since grown to multiple learning center locations and has helped hundreds of children. Rob holds a BCom (2001) and an MBA (2006) from UBC, and is responsible for the business operations of Symbols.
Kimberley Wahl, BA, Certified OG Practitioner
Co-Founder Symbols Multisensory Learning Centers Inc.
Kimberley co-founded Symbols with her husband Rob in 2006, and continues to serve as co-owner and Director of Education. In this role, she trains, manages and mentors tutors, manages learning resources, and designs and oversees overall program direction across Symbols’ three learning center locations in Greater Vancouver.
Kimberley holds a BA in Sociology from UBC, and is a Certified Orton-Gillingham Practitioner with nearly 15 years of experience, passionately helping children with learning differences using the OG approach. Directly with her own students, and indirectly through Symbols’ programs, Kimberley has helped several hundred young students over the years to improve both their academic skills and their self-esteem, truly making a positive impact in their lives.