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Full-Time Faculty at Rhodes Wellness College

We are fortunate to have incredibly skilled, highly trained, and empathetic faculty who push, pull, support, and of course teach. Teaching is a difficult and very worthy calling. We choose our faculty for their balance of academic abilities with the ability to hold space for our students in the deep experiential learning model Rhodes Wellness College is known for. We are very grateful for their contributions to our students and our community.

Full-Time Education Management & Senior Faculty
Full-Time Counselling & Coaching Faculty
Full-Time Nutrition Faculty


Full-Time Education Management & Senior Faculty


Director of Education

Chelsea Lee, MM, BA, C-IAYT

Chelsea is the Director of Education at Rhodes Wellness College & the Vancouver School of Healing Arts. She holds a Master of Management and Bachelor’s Degree from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma of Yoga Therapy from Pacific Rim College.  As an educator and Certified Yoga Therapist (International Association of Yoga Therapy), she strives to empower students and clients with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their goals. She believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to live a life that is filled with purpose, connection and growth and understands this takes dedication, strength and the support of a compassionate and caring community. She is grateful to be a part of such a community at Rhodes Wellness College and the Vancouver School of Healing Arts. Chelsea acknowledges with respect that she works, lives, and plays as a guest on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded Indigenous territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.


Senior Educational Advisor

Bea Rhodes, MPCC-S, MEd

Bea Rhodes is a Registered Professional Counsellor, and Counselling Supervisor. She founded Rhodes Wellness College in 1996. She holds a Master of Education (Adult Education) from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelors Degree from Simon Fraser University. For many years, Bea was a college instructor and contract trainer for the University College of the Fraser Valley. She worked in the Federal and Provincial Prison system, providing counselling and conducting Life Skills programs for convicted offenders. Additionally, she has designed and instructed many counselling, wellness, and personal development programs over the past thirty years. Bea believes that we are all interconnected and that “hurt people hurt people.” Bea teaches the Basic Counselling and Sexual Abuse & Trauma sections in the Life Skills Counselling semester, as well as Advanced Trauma in second year.


Manager of Supervision

Kerry Vega, MPCC-S, RCS, MA (Clinical Counselling), BA 

Kerry is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, a Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling and Qualified Clinical Supervisor, with a Master’s degree in Clinical Counselling.

Kerry teaches Supervised Clinical Practice, Ethics, Business & Marketing, and Mental Wellness, as well as providing Counselling Supervision for second year students (and beyond) with Rhodes. Additionally, Kerry teaches business, leadership and communication courses for multiple agencies and corporations, as well as in her private practice where she provides both counselling, coaching, and business development courses for wellness practitioners growing their own practices.


Program Manager, Nutrition

Tova Payne, RHN, B.Sc (Psychology), LCD

McGill trained in Psychology, A Certified Life Coach, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and Certified Yoga Instructor, Tova has over 15 years’ experience in the health and wellness industry as an instructor, facilitator, educator and coach. Tova has designed curriculum and course development in yoga, nutrition, holistic business, and body-mind-spirit wellness. She has led trainings at colleges, and facilitated coaching and wellness programs in both government and in the private sector. She brings a mindful holistic approach to organizations, classes, and with private clients.  She is passionate about sharing the fundamentals of health and wellness from a space of simplicity: daily movement and daily optimal nutrition along with the simplicity and power of daily time with nature which she advocates for with ecotherapy. She is also passionate about the power of animal assisted therapies and believes that healing and wellness is an integrative process of body, mind, emotions, and spirit and that nature is a key ally in health and healing. For more about Tova’s private practice please visit tovapayne.com


Program Coordinator, Northern Indigenous Counselling

Cody Erasmus, RTC-c, PCD, DBA

Cody is a father of two, Counsellor, Coach, Facilitator, and Program Coordinator. He coordinated the Northern Indigenous Counsellor Training initiative in Yellowknife. And has been the TA and emotional support person for the students for the duration of the program. He has brought the Rhodes Professional Counsellor program to the North, during the pandemic.  He helps his students and clients embrace themselves in all of their entirety; and to ultimately become empowered, find direction and live their purpose. He believes this leads to spiritual fulfillment.

His goal is to help indigenous people in Canada heal themselves, starting with the Northern Cohort. He is excited for this cohort to go into their communities and help heal many, which he believes will have a butterfly effect. 


Lead Administrator, Rhodes Counselling Centre

Heather-Lynn Erais

Heather-Lynn is a passionate Coach + Counsellor. She graduated from Rhodes Professional Counsellor program in early 2021 and currently works towards supporting individuals in creating the life and career they strive for. Her co-collaborative approach in working with clients and students is rooted in accountability and attainable goal setting.

With a diverse background in small business and as an entrepreneur herself, she works with the second year students to develop the skills needed to begin own practice post graduation.


Senior Instructor

Katarina Osterlind, BA (Psych), RPC, PCD

Katarina is a Registered Professional Counsellor and Certified Life Coach. She is currently teaching the Life Skills Coaching class and has also taught in the Counselling department at Rhodes Wellness College. As an Instructor, Katarina welcomes her students with warmth, curiosity and acceptance. She believes in the power of digging deep into the psyche to discover the shadows that life experiences may have cast and how that has shaped the individual. As light is shed on the shadows, the individual will move closer to their own authentic self and create the life that they want. After graduating from SFU with a degree in Psychology, Katarina spent years working in the corporate world in telecommunications, insurance and the mental health industry. Outside of teaching, Katarina also has a private counselling practice with special attention to the journey of grief.


Senior Instructor

Jill Cherewyk, RPC, ACC, PCD

Jill received her Professional Counselling Diploma from Rhodes Wellness College in 2016 and immediately jumped into industry, working with Coast Mental Health as a community mental health worker, and for Rhodes as an accomplished online facilitator and coach.


Academic Advisor

Alexandra Floyd, BBA, CLC

Alexandra is the Academic Advisor and your go-to for anything related to your academic journey at Rhodes Wellness College & the Vancouver School of Healing Arts. Alex has obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in International Business from Thompson Rivers University and is also a certified Life Coach. Through her experience in managing people, running events with 200+ guests, and coaching, she brings a strong understanding of cross-cultural competence and a passion for helping people on their journey. Alex enjoys bringing joy to all with her sense of humour and smile.


Student Services Advisor

Nadia Yang, RTC, BA (GRSJ)

Nadia is a Counsellor, Therapist, Life Coach, Instructor and Group Facilitator. Diversity inspires her and her goal is to provide a secure, healing relationship with and for people. She aims to dedicate her practice to creating a client-centered, empathetic and safe space as explore your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual wellness. She combines safety with compassion in order to hold a warm space for whoever comes her way.


Full-Time Counselling & Coaching Faculty


Alexandra Goldwell, MA (Counselling), RCC

Alexandra is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with 23 years of experience as a therapist, facilitator, College Instructor and Yoga teacher. She uses mindfulness, mind-body approaches and Western Psychological approaches to assist every individual to be more, ask for more, and receive more in this journey through their one blessed, sacred life.

Alexandra has taught a multitude of courses at Rhodes, and is currently teaching Spiritual Wellness to our first year students.


Catherine Wilcox, MEd, RCC

As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, CMHA Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor, and an internationally experienced Management Consultant, Catherine has supported the transformation of hundreds of individuals, families, and organizations. She is an active supporter of the growth and development of people and communities, at work and beyond it. She is passionate about workplace mental health, psychological health and safety, and enabling learning and healing in organizations. Her areas of specialization include employee health, resiliency in trauma-exposed work environments, psychological health and safety consulting, clinical supervision, and working alongside 2SLGBTQ+ communities.


Fiona Jeyachandran, MA (Counselling), CCC

Fiona supports adults, families and relationships towards health, healing and happiness. Skilled in individual & group therapy, clinical supervision, consulting, program development, and workshop creation & facilitation. 2LGBTQ friendly & trauma informed.


Kirsten Johansson, MA (Expressive Arts Therapy & Psychology), RTC

Kirsten is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor with a Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and Psychology.  She holds additional certification in Relational Somatic Therapy, as well as training in Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Kirsten teaches in the Wellness Counselling program at Rhodes Wellness College.  Her classes invite students to explore the material through engaging discussions, creative exercises, independent self-study, and practical hands-on sessions with peers.  She strives to create a warm, welcoming and inclusive environment for each student to thrive.   

In addition to teaching, Kirsten has a counselling practice in Vancouver.   Her work addresses issues related to trauma, grief, anxiety, depression and relationships.  On occasion, Kirsten facilitates wellness retreats for small groups incorporating mindfulness based Eco-Art Therapy.  For more information about Kirsten, please visit her website: kirstenjohansson.com


Catherine Hajnal, PhD, MSc, BComm

Catherine was a tenured business school university professor – outwardly successful, inwardly unhappy. She lived with chronic back pain that eventually became so loud it forced her to stop and take stock. She quit without knowing what would come next. What she has since discovered is that she is meant to be a teacher. Ironically she already was one; she just needed to be a different kind of teacher with a different set of topics. And she needed to discover some things about herself first.

As a Grief Educator and Transition Coach, Catherine’s curriculum is now life. Her focus is on helping clients find their own answers by tapping into their inner wisdom and life experiences. She has a knack for creating safe and nurturing learning environments in which students feel empowered to show up in their own lives. And they have fun!


Benjamin Wong, MA (Counselling), RCC, BSc

Benjamin Wong has been a Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC since 2005. With degrees from the University of British Columbia and Colorado Christian University, Benjamin held clinical positions in sectors including vocational rehabilitation, school counselling, education consultancy, and addictions. A sought-after advocate in the mindful use of digital technologies, he has spoken at professional conferences throughout North America on the prevention and treatment of Gaming Disorder. Over the past several years, Benjamin has focused his efforts on clinical supervision and teaching. Benjamin is also a contractor of outreach services with the BC Government’s Responsible Gambling Program.


Monte Tugwete, MA(TS), STM, BTh, BTh (Hons)

Monte Tugwete is a PhD Pre-Candidate in Pastoral Psychology, Leadership, & Human Development with Chicago Theological Seminary and who has been in the business of working for the actualization to full potential of all human beings, especially those who belong to the targeted groups. His area of expertise focuses on positive psychology’s research informed by an “authoritative community” as a moral builder that molds young people into formidable leadership for the next generations. As a minister, he is concerned with the human development aspect, neglected in ministry, but when seen through a psychoanalytic lens is a key aspect to a 21st century pastoral psychology approach, which with embodied existence, as affected by context, enables meaningful human development. His research encompasses adverse effects of Canadian Residential Schools as seen through the scope of early childhood experiences which affect both personality development and leadership emergence through the object relations theorization. He is at ease teaching these and other concepts in any class on Human Development, Pastoral Psychology, and Leadership Emergence/Development. 


Lindsay Robertson, RPC, PCC

Lindsay is a counsellor, coach, teacher and musician. She’s a graduate of the Wellness Counsellor Program at Rhodes. She manages and teaches our programs in Professional Counselling and holds a Professional Certified Coach credential from the ICF.

Lindsay has a private coaching and counselling practice (both online and in person), working with individual clients and leading workshops. Her areas of specialty include personality typologies and integrating creativity into one’s life. She’s a practicing singer/songwriter, and performs regularly around Vancouver. She believes that our relationship to creativity mirrors how we approach much else in our lives. Creativity is more than a hobby or an outlet for our ambition, it can be an avenue that brings healing and fulfillment.


Maura Ivison, MC, RCC

Maura is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She has a varied counselling background with non-profit organizations working with families in crisis, youth who are disconnected from family and community, older adults and seniors, multi-barriered individuals in Vancouver’s downtown east-side, and parents and caregivers of youth who have FASD or similar Complex Needs. Now she has a private counselling practice where she gets to help people make sense of their hardships and losses, bear witness to the unfolding of their stories, strengths and skills, as well as reflect back to them their inherent value as a person. As a teacher, Maura believes in helping and encouraging students to develop their own theory of counselling by examining traditional theories, personal and cultural stories and beliefs, and experiences with clients. She also believes that warmth, transparency, and joining are powerful tools for creating safety both in the classroom and in the counselling office. Maura currently teaches Theory, Principles & Applications in Family & Couples Counselling.


Jyoti Gill, MA (Counselling Psychology), RCC

Jyoti Gill is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who works in full-time private practice. She has a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Alder University. She has extensive background in working with addictions and substance use. She has previously worked in addictions treatment facilities, and as a Substance Use Clinician with the Fraser Health Authority. Jyoti works with individuals, couples, and families, and provides support on a range of concerns. She is deeply passionate about teaching, and has enjoyed her time as a contract Instructor as Rhodes Wellness College. 


Stacey Huget, RPC, PCC, BA

A registered professional counsellor (RPC) and professional certified coach (PCC), Stacey has more than 30 years’ experience in community consultation, social advocacy, workshop leadership, training, and group facilitation for individuals, business, government, and non-profit organizations. 

From her own work and life and journey of recovery, Stacey knows how disappointing, challenging, and totally off-track our lives can sometimes seem, and the havoc deep pain and despair can create. She also knows that freedom is possible, from within.

Stacey has her own private practice, Be & Become.  She offers a safe space and a little gentle challenging to help her clients create profound shifts for themselves.


Stephen Garrett, MA (Leadership)

When you meet Stephen, you are meeting a man who lives life fully. A genuine heart and commitment to life have produced in Stephen the qualities of a warrior: integrity, strength, leadership, kindness, and wisdom. He has experienced success in life as a teacher, investment banker, social worker, author, Interfaith Minister, and currently executive director of the Memorial Society of BC. 

Arising out of his personal experience of hundreds of deaths Stephen’s heart passion and life energy are focused on changing the conversation we have about death from one of fear and denial to one of embrace and inspiration. Stephen combines his life experience with his Masters in Leadership and Training as he trains and mentors people interested in dealing with dying, death, and grief in new and inspiring ways. Reverend Garrett is an author, educator, coach, and trainer specializing in reframing our approach to dying, death and grief.


Renay Bajkay, RPN, RN

Renay has worked at Coast Mental Health since 1994 and is currently the Director of Housing Services. Under her leadership, the Housing Services Division at Coast Mental Health has received the following awards: The Health Employers Association of BC Top Innovator – Affiliate Award of Merit, for the design of QWIK which is a comprehensive system ensuring consistent, effective and individualized support for clients. A National Award from the Canadian Council of Health Services Executives in recognition of Excellence in Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management. Developed the Follow-U Program which received a best-practice designation from Accreditation Canada.

Renay’s passion has always been in education.  She coordinated a provincial Registered Psychiatric Nursing program in BC for 3 years.  She currently enjoys working at Rhodes College teaching Mental Health Counselling since 2015. 


Faris Khalifeh, PCD, CLC, BBA

Faris focuses on helping individuals uncover their authentic self to capitalize on their natural strengths and thrive in their professional and personal life. 

⁣⁣Additionally, he teaches business, leadership and personal development courses at various colleges, runs multiple mastermind groups, leadership roundtables and facilitates corporate training and seminars. He is former Board of Directors of the Vancouver International Coach Federation (ICF).⁣⁣

⁣⁣Before becoming a coach, Faris was successful in the corporate world and served clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Honouring his desire for deeper fulfillment, he made the difficult decision to quit his job in 2013 and embark on a voyage of self-discovery. Finding out who he was and what he was capable of gave him the confidence to pursue his coaching certification and change careers. 

Faris spent all of 2014 and half of 2015 getting trained on coaching and counselling at Rhodes Wellness College. After he got certified as a life coach and wellness counsellor, He started his coaching business – Quiet Leadership. He coaches introverts to understand themselves better, embrace who they are, and capitalize on their natural traits in life, work and business.⁣

A few words that describes Faris – a passionate connector, feminist, minimalist, introvert (INFP) and lifelong learner. In his free time he loves spending time in nature, reading books and exploring different cozy local cafes. You can learn more about Faris on his website fariskhalifeh.com


Natasha Tsakiris, PCD, ACC, RPC-C 

Natasha is an Authentic Movement Coach and Registered Professional Counsellor Candidate (RPC-C), with a private practice in the lower mainland (and online).  She has a background in dance, music, creative arts and community support services. 

Natasha is most fulfilled walking alongside others as they fuel the light within, on their journey of discovery; and alongside her puppy on adventures into areas unknown. 

Natasha honours the curiosities “What do I want? And what else might be possible?”


Olivia Lohan, PCD, CLC

Olivia has been teaching counselling and coaching students for nearly a decade on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish nations. She currently teaches Life Coaching in the Professional Integrative Nutrition Program. Her focus is to create learning environments that welcome all people and honour all lived experiences. Olivia sees every individual in the classroom as capable of leadership and teamwork. She strives to create compassionate learning spaces and supports students towards thriving in their work.

She is Director of Nutrition and Community Life for Saint James Music Academy and has been instrumental in developing the Academy’s community-based program that creates social change through the power of music, healthy living and community building. Combining her passion for nutrition, her focus on health and her counselling/coaching experience, Olivia nurtures students on their path towards growth, empowerment and well being.


Emmett Martyniuk, PCD, CLC, RPC-C

Emmett (he/him) is a Registered Professional Counsellor Candidate (RPC-C), life coach and facilitator. His passion lies in helping folks get unstuck, better cope with life’s challenges, and forge a life based on their Ikigai or “reason for being”. Being of Japanese descent, the concept of Ikigai stood out as a powerful reminder of his heritage and the impact he hopes to have each day. With a history in recreation and childcare, Emmett brings a playful curiosity and engagement into his classroom and hopes to spark the joy of learning for his students. He is passionate about growth and connection and especially curious about the components of a meaningful life. To learn more about Emmett, visit ikigaicounselling.com


Dustin Hogan

Dustin is a coach, counsellor, and facilitator. He teaches the Life Skills Coaching course at Rhodes and brings his brand of support and inspiring energy to all of his students!

He is a graduate of the Professional Counsellor Diploma program and also runs a private practice as a Men’s Mental Wellness Counsellor and Performance Coach. Dustin is passionate about helping men develop more self-awareness and powerful tools to navigate challenges with anxiety, depression, confidence, self-esteem, and motivation.

You can learn more about Dustin at dustinhogan.com


Dan McMath

Dan teaches in both the full and part-time Life Coaching programs and comes from a long history of teaching, facilitating, coaching, and now counseling. As a perpetual learner Dan is always seeking opportunities to grow and improve not only inside but to help others, through mindfulness and focus, find clarity and purpose. He brings this into his own private coaching and counselling practice where he meets with couples and individuals challenged by communication, anxiety and self-awareness impeding authenticity and boundaries. Fun fact, Dan is also a Master Instructor in scuba diving and enjoys local diving here in beautiful British Columbia’s emerald coast. Dan enjoys a deep-rooted curiosity that is seated in wonder which brings with him a great compassion for the human condition while driving him toward the client/student centered approach and trauma informed lens. We all have “stuff” and Dan has a kindness and warmth with heart wide open to give students and clients a safe space to express, learn and grow. Determined to bring all elements into a classroom setting through fun, focus and creativity we learn and grow side by side.


Dr. Dean Davey, PhD

Dean lives by two convictions: 1) everyone needs to be loved; and 2) suffering is an opportunity for transformation. These convictions grew as Dean served as a Pastor, giving him the privilege of walking alongside others through life’s varied stages. During this time, he held numerous leadership and board positions in organizations focused on personal and humanitarian development. Following two decades of pastoral and non-profit work, he went into the marketplace where he led a successful business for 12 years while he completed his PhD. For the past 7 years he has worked in academics, and recently completed the Life Coach training through Rhodes. His PhD research focused on suffering and failure as an educational transformative process and seeks to help others discover this in their own journey through Chrysalis Advantage Coaching and Consulting. To learn more about Dean, please visit deandavey.com


Rebeca Padilla, RCC, MEd, BA, BSc

Rebeca is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Trauma Therapist, she holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology form the University of British Columbia and has 14 years of experience working in mental health, wellness and embodiment practices. Rebeca works from an integrative and holistic lens, specializing her work in somatic trauma therapy. Alongside her private practice she teaches Basic and Advanced Trauma courses at Rhodes College. What guides her work is the understanding that each individual has an innate ability to self regulate, heal, and feel worthy of experiencing life at its fullest. When not at work you can find her in the beautiful wilderness of the Comox Valley where she draws most of her inspiration and strength for her life and work.


Heather-Lynn Erais

Heather-Lynn is a passionate Coach + Counsellor. She graduated from Rhodes Professional Counsellor program in early 2021 and currently works towards supporting individuals in creating the life and career they strive for. Her co-collaborative approach in working with clients and students is rooted in accountability and attainable goal setting.

With a diverse background in small business and as an entrepreneur herself, she works with the second year students to develop the skills needed to begin own practice post graduation.


Full-Time Nutrition Faculty


Colleen Hartwick, NMD, BSc (Kinesiology)

Dr. Colleen Hartwick is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in British Columbia and has been in practice on Vancouver Island since 2012. Prior to her enrolment to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, she completed a 4-year honours degree in Kinesiology and Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Her passion for understanding how the human body works paired with her belief that medicine should seek to understand and address the underlying cause(s) of the symptoms of disease, Dr. Colleen embarked on her journey toward being a Naturopathic Doctor.

Upon graduation, Dr. Colleen began her trauma-informed, family-focused practice in Campbell River, BC. Realizing she has a love for imparting knowledge and empowering her patients to understand and take charge of their health, she began her teaching career and has a passion for teaching the fundamentals, and helping students understand the core of science and what happens when things go wrong (Pathology.) Dr. Colleen incorporates what she has learned from her formal education as well as clinical experience to provide her students with a comprehensive and real-world understanding of how the body works when it is well, and what factors disrupt health. She is excited to be joining Rhodes Wellness College to give students a solid foundation in the physical and nutritional aspects of health. To learn more visit campbellrivernaturopathic.com


Josipa Katinic, MA (Counselling & Pshycology), RHN, BA (Psychology)

Josipa Katinic is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Canadian Clinical Counsellor, and Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She received her Masters of Counselling Psychology at City University and a Bachelors in Psychology from UBC. 

She weaves a unique blend of Internal Family Systems, neurobiology, somatic and relational lenses to help her clients reach their goals. Her passion for Eating Disorders, repairing attachment injury, and somatic trauma resolution help her clients release emotional attachments and reactivity to food.  She has a passion for teaching, mentoring and empowering students, with attention to Self as Therapist in addition to productive work with clients. She is excited to teach the next generation of counselling professionals at Rhodes College effective strategies when working with clients who present with Disordered Eating.  talkonlinebc.com


Erin Levine, DAN, BHum 

Erin is an award-winning Holistic Nutritionist working and living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She has been voted Best Nutritionist by The Georgia Straight since and has helped hundreds of burnt-out professionals live more energized, balanced, and connected lives. Erin has a private practice, runs corporate wellness programs, and offers community-based workshops. Her work is inclusive, rooted in anti-oppressive values and is dedicated to collective healing.

Erin was drawn to this work after a cascade of digestive issues that left her feeling hopeless, exhausted and clinically depressed for two decades. Yes, two decades! After many moons of trial and error, and nurturing a deep devotion to healing, Erin eventually uncovered valuable therapies and viable options through natural healthcare. Through Erin’s own journey, she is able to integrate this work into her own life and the lives of those around her.You can learn more about Erin and her work at erinlevine.com or @erinlevinenutrition on Instagram.


Tova Payne, RHN, B.Sc. (Psychology), LCD

McGill trained in Psychology, A Certified Life Coach, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and Certified Yoga Instructor, Tova has over 15 years’ experience in the health and wellness industry as an instructor, facilitator, educator and coach. Tova has designed curriculum and course development in yoga, nutrition, holistic business, and body-mind-spirit wellness. She has led trainings at colleges, and facilitated coaching and wellness programs in both government and in the private sector. She brings a mindful holistic approach to organizations, classes, and with private clients.  She is passionate about sharing the fundamentals of health and wellness from a space of simplicity: daily movement and daily optimal nutrition along with the simplicity and power of daily time with nature which she advocates for with ecotherapy. She is also passionate about the power of animal assisted therapies and believes that healing and wellness is an integrative process of body, mind, emotions, and spirit and that nature is a key ally in health and healing. For more about Tova’s private practice please visit tovapayne.com


Chantall Russell, RHN, RYT

Chantal Russell is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Ayurvedic Wellness Consultant & Yoga Teacher Trainer with over 15 years of international teaching experience. Chantal has enjoyed working with clients one-on-one and facilitating group workshops throughout yoga studios, festivals and conferences around the world, educating and empowering people to heal through nutrition & holistic living. From 2014-2020 Chantal served as the founder & director of The Well Yoga Studio on Bowen Island, and managed the Nutrition and Yoga program at The Orchard Recovery Center for drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Today she’s honoured to serve as the Director of Yoga Teacher Training at Rhodes Wellness College, along with serving as part of the faculty of the Professional Integrative Nutrition Program, and enjoys teaching online through her virtual studio, The Well, focusing on women’s health. When not teaching, Chantal can be found playing with her son, exploring the trails of Bowen with her horse Summer, writing & reading by the fire, or sharing her love of healing foods and nourishing conversation. Learn more at thewellbychantalrussell.com


Leanne Acosta, DHH, BA

Leanne is a holistic nutritionist and is certified to support the nutritional needs of pregnancy and postpartum. Leanne has also been a CELTA certified ESL teacher since 2011, and has taught English in Mexico City and Vancouver. She is the owner of Ladies & Babies Nutrition and Wellness. Since then, she has been working with individuals during their pregnancy and postpartum journeys via one-to-one consultations and creating personalized health plans to guide and support women through this very transitional period. Leanne is thrilled to be able to combine her two passions in life: teaching + nutrition, and she is especially excited to be teaching the Lifecycle Nutrition class at Rhodes Wellness College, which gives her the opportunity to educate others about the impacts of nutrition on the health and wellbeing of a person from preconception to the elderly. Aside from teaching and consulting, Leanne is happily living and playing in Port Moody with her 4-year-old son, Santi. To learn more visit ladiesandbabies.ca


Rebecca Thornton, RHN, RYT

Rebecca is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Registered Yoga Instructor. Passionate about community wellness, her work bridges the concepts of health of the internal and external environment and is an advocate for easier access to healthful foods in all communities.

In private practice she supports clients to connect at a deeper level with the nourishment they need, her main goal being to make nutrition fun and bring clients back to basics with fresh, local, real food helping individuals make sustainable change. Excited for all aspects of wellness and teaching she has taught in nutrition and culinary arts programs in both secondary and post-secondary positions in British Columbia and Nova Scotia and is excited to join the Rhodes family being able to support students with traditional knowledge and current scientific understanding. She brings this passion and excitement to her clients and the classroom.

Balancing her time between teaching, working one-on-one with individuals and families in private practice, corporate wellness programming, and volunteering in her community, in her free time you will find her in the forest hiking with her pup.

To learn more visit wildseedholistichealth.com or see what she’s been cooking on Instagram @wildseedholistichealth