Past Presenters

2016 Presenters


Simone Goudreau – Life Coach

The Art of Delicious Change:  A heart-centred approach to change from the inside out – Friday, April 1: 7:00-9:30pm.

Simone is Yellowknife based Life Coach and Facilitator. She is the creator of The Art of Delicious Change: a heart-centered approach to creating and navigating change in your habits, your relationships and your life. Simone works with clients privately from her office at the Gaia Integrative Clinic, and she leads small groups through her change process. She is passionate about helping you get back in the driver’s seat and discover your own unique road map to a life that is deeply satisfying. Simone also facilitates training for Aurora College and various other organizations. No matter who her audience is, her focus is always on helping people create change from the inside out. You can learn more about Simone and the services she provides at and


Dr. Kyla Wright, B.Sc, ND, Acupuncture Provider, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Practitioner of Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™

Mindful Mama Wellness Retreat – Saturday, May 28: 1:30-4:00pm.

After completing a four-year Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology at the University of Alberta, Dr. Wright moved to Toronto to pursue her passion in naturopathic medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). She successfully completed a 4-year post-graduate medical program at CCNM, which included a clinic internship at Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic.   She also had the opportunity to work at Anishnawbe Health Toronto, a multi-disciplinary community health centre serving an inner city Aboriginal population, and Sherbourne Health Centre which cares for those affected by HIV and AIDS.  She is a member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and is a licensed naturopathic doctor in Ontario with the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapies-Naturopathy.

Dr. Wright has supplemented her knowledge learned in school with knowledge learned through continuing education courses, from peers and mentors and through life experience.  Dr. Wright has received professional training in Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy™, Yoga Therapy, Reiki, and has participated in training as a birth doula.  In 2006, Dr. Wright traveled to India to research the intersection of traditional healing traditions, in the form of Ayurveda, with the conventional medical system.  Dr. Wright is currently receiving further education in Infant Mental Health Promotion at York University and is a member of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.

Dr. Wright was born and raised in various communities in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.  The pristine beauty of the landscape was always within a few meters of her back doorstep.  Her experiences while growing up in the North fostered a desire to return and provide accessible, complimentary health care choices to northerners.  She has an overwhelming desire to continue to learn and a sincere wish to help and educate others in a spirit of kindness and compassion.  Dr. Wright looks forward to working with you to recognize and fulfill your goals for health and healing!


Dr. Nicole Redvers, B.Sc, ND, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture Provider, Clinic Director

Mindful Mama Wellness Retreat – Saturday, May 28: 1:30-4:00pm.

Dr. Nicole Redvers, ND, was born and raised in the NWT, and therefore has a very personal passion in giving northerners options in healthcare service. Her Aboriginal background motivates her to help bridge the gap between modern advances in medical science and more traditional forms of healing.

Dr. Redvers is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, ON, as well as a graduate from the University of Lethbridge, where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree with pre-medical requirements. She is a member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors as well as the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia where she is licensed.

Dr. Redvers has done additional training in naturopathic oncology, being a part of the CCNM Adjunctive Cancer Care Clinic for twelve months, and is a professional member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She has done additional certificate training in Prenatal & Postnatal adjunctive care as well as pediatrics, being a member of thePediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She has a special interest in Functional Medicineapproaches to health, with skill in gastroenterology, dermatology, and many other chronic diseases affecting our population today.

Dr. Redvers has a passion for health work in the developing world, and has volunteered on mobile clinics offering integrative medicine in Africa, Asia, and Central America over the last eight years. She also runs the free naturopathic medicine drop-in clinic operating in downtown Yellowknife, which targets the homeless and victims of family violence.

Dr. Redvers currently works with children and adults in her family practice to further empower patients to manage and achieve their prevention and treatment health goals.


Dr. Carrie Lehman, BA Kin (Hons), DC, Acupuncture Provider, Orthotics, Doctor of Chiropractic

Mindful Mama Wellness Retreat – Saturday, May 28: 1:30-4:00pm.

Dr. Carrie Lehman, DC is a Chiropractic Doctor at Gaia Integrative Clinic. Upon graduation Dr. Lehman moved to Adelaide, South Australia, where she practiced for 2 years. While in South Australia, Dr. Lehman had the privilege of working in both rural and metropolitan clinics. Dr. Lehman values the experiences she gained while working abroad; where she treated a range of patients from newborn babies to people in their late 90’s; as well as both amateur and professional athletes in the sports of Soccer, Australian Rules Football and Netball. Dr. Lehman believes that chiropractic care not only alleviates pain and symptoms, but also can treat the root cause of the problem and help the individual to the best quality of life.

Dr. Lehman attended the University of Western Ontario where she completed her honours degree in Kinesiology. In 2009, she earned a degree of Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

Dr. Lehman has taken numerous courses and countless workshops enabling her to provide excellent, lifelong care to people of all walks of life. Dr. Lehman’s training includes inspiral paediatrics, kinesiotaping, rock-taping, and Active Release Technique. Dr. Lehman is fully certified in Graston Technique as well as having a certification in Clinical Acupuncture.

Dr. Lehman was born and raised in the Southern Ontario town of Orangeville, and has had a lifelong passion for outdoor activities including Downhill ski racing, hiking, fishing and water sports. Dr. Lehman’s sense of adventure and desire to travel was in part instilled by her father, an airline pilot. She has always thought it would be a wonderful experience to live in the far North and experience part of our wonderful country that many Canadians never have the opportunity to. Dr. Lehman is looking forward to her continued adventures in Yellowknife.


Kaeleigh Brown, BSc, MScPT, CAFCI, Physiotherapist, Acupuncture Provider

Mindful Mama Wellness Retreat – Saturday, May 28: 1:30-4:00pm.

Kaeleigh was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She graduated from the University of Alberta in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in Science in Biochemistry. Realizing that she wanted to make a career out of helping people, she moved to Camrose, Alberta to pursue a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy. During her time in Camrose, she enjoyed the perks of living in a small community. Upon completion of the physiotherapy program in 2012, she spent a year each in Airdire, and Whitecourt, Alberta, treating a wide variety of patients.

Kaeleigh is certified to perform acupuncture from Acupuncture Canada. She has also received training for treatment of urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain disorders. Kaeleigh is a member in good standing with Physiotherapy Alberta, the licensing body of physiotherapy in Alberta.

In the past year, Kaeleigh has become more aware of the need for physiotherapy treatment of pelvic health issues. She has noticed that there are few therapists trained in treating pelvic health, and very little public awareness of physiotherapy as an option for incontinence, pelvic pain, and pregnancy-related issues. In the future, she plans on studying both acupuncture and women’s health in more depth. Currently, she is focussing on treating urinary incontinence in women, and pelvic pain disorders in both men and women.

During her free time, Kaeleigh enjoys running, swimming, golfing, and snowboarding. She looks forward to finding new activities, and experiencing all that life has to offer in the north!


Michelle Rees, MSc, CD(DONA) – Childbirth Educator & Birth Doula

Mindful Mama Wellness Retreat – Saturday, May 28: 1:30-4:00pm.

Michelle is passionate about providing expectant mothers and their partners with knowledge and tools to enhance their confidence for the journey of labour and birth. Knowledgeable support before, during and after birth is connected with many positive outcomes for the family.

Michelle has called the North home for more than a decade. Starting her northern journey in Inuvik, which she called home for six years, she then ventured south to Yellowknife, where she currently lives with her husband and daughters.

After completing a Masters of Science in Medicine in 2009, Michelle then went on to begin the process of becoming a Birth Doula. After three years of studying and assisting couples through their birth experiences, Michelle completed the requirements for a Birth Doula through Doula’s of North America (DONA) in May of 2013. She then went on to pursue certification through CAPPA as a Childbirth Educator and completed the requirements in March of 2015.

Whether you are expecting your first or fourth baby, Michelle looks forward to extending her knowledge of birth and support techniques to you and your birth partner to enhance your birth experience. She offers her private prenatal series called The Confident Birth, Birth Doula services and helpful advice on breastfeeding.


Lila Erasmus

Naturally Dene – Plant Medicine Workshops – Saturday, June 4 and Saturday, July 16: 10:00am-3:00pm both days.

Lila is a local Dene woman who has a passion for Dene cultural teachings and loves to share her knowledge and teachings with others.  She has been teaching herself about how to heal with plants for the past four years.

“Picking your own plants, infusing them and using them to heal and nourish your body can be extremely therapeutic for yourself and your skin, but my favourite part of it is the time spent on the land with family and friends.”


Shawna Martel

Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners – Saturday, October 22: 9:00 – 12:00 OR 1:00 – 4:00.

Shawna was born in Hay River in the mid seventies. After living in Alberta through most of her teens and early twenties, she returned to the North to pursue a nursing career and has been working as a nurse in Hay River since 2009.

In 2014, a difficult series of events prompted Shawna to seek a deeper more meaningful way to heal the past. She had meditated previously, but without hands on direction, Shawna was unsure if she was gaining what she needed out of her personal sessions. Shawna found a Vipassana center in Alberta that offered a 10-day silent meditation retreat and signed up immediately. Vipassana meditation allows past trauma, hurt, and pain to arise and dissipate, while the observer, allows it to be released. At the end of this course, Shawna felt like she had a new outlook on life, a new sense of purpose, a new attitude and positive shift in her being. She wanted to learn more about meditation and about how it can heal others.

Shawna attended her second meditation course, Level 1 Shambhala course on Self, in Edmonton shortly after. This course only increased her desire to help others. She signed up to take a meditation teacher certificate course and after two months of study, she received her certificate in Transformation Meditation. Under the name of Rising Lotus, Shawna began teaching in the spring of 2015 in Alberta and began classes in Hay River in the fall of 2015.

“Daily meditation can be helpful on so many aspects of our day-to-day lives. We become more kind, loving, and compassionate people when we meditate. My sessions focus a lot on self-directed love and self care. I teach a Metta Meditation that focuses on loving kindness, and is my favourite meditation to teach and share as it brings everyone to a state of pure love and well being. I love teaching meditation because as my attendees learn, I learn from them as well.”


Carey Fowler, Solstice Healing Therapies, Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist

Basics of Reflexology: Exploring Connections – Saturday, October 22: 9:00 – 12:00 OR 1:00 – 4:00.

Carey Fowler completed her Reflexology Foot training in 2008 and has continued to practice and maintain her Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist  RCRTdesignation with the Reflexology Association of Canada. In addition she is also certified in other healing modalities such as Aromatherapy and Reiki. She works full time as a Recreation Therapist.

The purpose of this session is to increase your knowledge and awareness of the benefits of Reflexology. During this session you will learn the history and purpose of Reflexology. At the end of the session you will be able demonstrate 2 techniques and know how to apply them. Participants must feel comfortable with giving consent to someone touch their feet. Please wear shorts or pants that can be pulled up to your knee. Each participant should bring 2 hand towels each and a bottle of water.