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.

Education Management & Senior Faculty
Counselling & Coaching Faculty
Nutrition Counselling Faculty

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.

Director of Student & Career Services

Janice Prinsloo, RPC

Janice is a wife, mother, counsellor, coach, and mentor. She is a dedicated student of personal growth, leadership, and taking ownership and responsibility in contributing to positive change in the world. The values that she strives to live by are integrity, impact, wealth, joy, and mastery. Having graduated from the Professional Counsellor Diploma program with Rhodes Wellness College in 2014, she has been a member of the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association for 8 years. As the Director of Student & Career Services at Rhodes Wellness College, she supports the student’s experience with understanding, empathy, curiosity, and facilitation. Outside of Rhodes Wellness College, you can find Janice helping individuals and families achieve their dreams through consistent action, leadership, and business development.

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.

Manager, Curriculum Development

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

Tova is a graduate of McGill University’s Psychology program, a Certified Life Coach, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and a Certified Yoga Teacher. She has over 17 years of experience in the health and wellness industry as an instructor, facilitator, curriculum designer, and coach.
Tova has been involved in developing the curriculum since 2009 with the launch of a Yoga Teacher Training program at the Vancouver School of Healing Arts. Her passion for designing curriculum continued as she created several online programs and supported other colleges with course content and innovation in a multitude of arenas spanning from business to nutrition, and mind-body-spirit wellness. In 2019 she was the lead developer for the Professional Integrative Nutrition program collaborating with subject experts to launch an integrative program at Rhodes Wellness College. Tova continues to support the development of the curriculum at Rhodes, integrating her skills in management, education, and leadership to support the launch of new programs.

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. 

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.

Education Service Advisor

Susie Culp, RTC, RPC-c

Susie is the Education Services Advisor at Rhodes Wellness College and the Vancouver School of Healing Arts. She graduated from the Rhodes Professional Counsellor program in 2021 and is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada and a Registered Professional Counsellor Candidate with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association. She has navigated through life with her top three values guiding her along the way: communication, integrity, and fairness. Susie is passionate about learning and loves supporting others on their journeys towards discovery and growth. She believes everyone deserves the opportunity to feel understood and to become the best version of themselves. Outside of counselling, Susie enjoys animals (a lot) and volunteering for various non-profit organizations. You can learn more about Susie and her Services at susieculp.ca

Career Services Advisor

Fiona Caldwell, PCD

Fiona lives by her top 3 values: authenticity, compassion and connection. Mixing this up with a cupful of intuition, spirituality, a holistic approach, and a good measure of fun, is her best recipe for daily life. All are welcome and accepted with unconditional positive regard with Fiona. Fiona is a 2022 Graduate of the Professional Counsellor Diploma program with Rhodes Wellness College. Thanks to Rhodes, she was able to discover these fundamental values and foster them within herself. These values are highlighted in Fiona’s passion in creating a safe space for all people to be seen and heard with honest communication. Fiona is attentive in all aspects of a person’s journey but particularly where disenfranchised grief and loss exist. With many years of experience in the Spa and Wellness field and on-board cruise ships, Fiona has traveled and worked around the world. Originally from England, Fiona has lived in Europe, New Zealand, Australia and now Vancouver. The skills she’s gained from this have helped create her global view.

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, RCC

Kirsten is a Registered Clinical 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

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.

Natasha Tsakiris, PCD, ACC, RPC 

Natasha is an Authentic Movement Coach and Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC), 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?”

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, RTC

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

Tasie Haluska-Brown MA, RCC

Tasie Haluska-Brown completed her Master’s degree in Psychology from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY.  She has over 20 years of experience across a variety of clinical settings providing mental health services, including crisis intervention, assessment,  treatment, family therapy, and group therapy.
Tasie has extensive experience supervising, training, and developing mental health professionals to provide best practice services.
She has a broad range of expertise and provides services for people in need. Her specific expertise is highlighted in her work with developmental disabilities, behaviour disorders, and attachment relational treatments. She is experienced in providing comprehensive CBT, DBT, Autism services, CPS, and attachment theory interventions.

Anna Dos Santos MA, RMFT-S, MPCC-S, RPC

Anna is a registered marriage and family therapist and an art therapist. As a trauma specialist, she is currently completing her doctorate with a research focus on the treatment of trauma through art therapy. She specializes in clinical supervision for practitioners in private practice and the delivery of therapeutic group art workshops for agencies and corporations. Anna was the host for a therapeutic program on regional radio. Her practice is in Abbotsford.

Belinda Grames, WCD, CLC

With over 25 years in the field of social services,  Belinda is a licensed and certified, sex-positive, trauma-informed coach, compassion-based educator, and behavioral consultant.  Her biggest passion is facilitating high quality education and development of people in the coaching, wellness, and behavioral health field.  Amongst provided services, Belinda mentors life coaches and counselors new to consensual non-monogamy, gender affirming and  sex-positive practices.

Vanessa de Souza, MSW, RSW

Vanessa de Souza (she/her) graduated with her Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto and is a registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist. She brings a wealth of experience having worked in crisis and suicide intervention, peer support training and facilitation, counselling, and group facilitation in numerous settings, such as healthcare, elementary school, post-secondary, and community non-profits. She values an eclectic approach to counselling, utilizing a variety of different modalities, while supporting her clients through an anti-oppressive and anti-racist lens. Vanessa is currently teaching the Mental Health courses in the counselling department. Vanessa aims to support students in strengthening their counselling skills so that they may effectively bring their whole selves to their clinical practice while integrating professionalism and clinical theory.

Faris Khalifeh, PCD, CLC, BBA

Faris is an international leadership coach, consultant, and facilitator with over 10 years of experience working with clients from different industries ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. His corporate background has given him a unique perspective on life coaching, leadership, and training. Faris coached more than 1000 leaders globally across many industries.

His passion for coaching is visible through all his work including teaching, mentoring, consulting, community development, and serving on boards including The International Coaching Federation (ICF). Faris is also a Keynote Speaker and spoke at many international events alongside well-recognized thought leaders such as Bob Burg, Celina Caesar-Chavannes, and Dorie Clark.

Prior to becoming a coach, Faris spent 10 years in the workplace having held senior roles in management and leadership.

Maryam Mobini

Maryam is a Brain Health Certified Coach from Dr. Amen Clinic University (in progress), Tiny Habits Certified Coach, a Behavior Designer trained by Dr. BJ Fogg from Stanford University and trained by Tony Robbins (UPW, DWD, and Business Mastery). She is also a Transformative Technology (Stanford Uni Lab) Chapter Leader. She has trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and has hosted therapeutic immersive multi-sensory experiences for companies as part of their Corporate Wellness Programs for the past 5 years. Maryam has been an educator, curriculum designer and facilitator for the past 10 years. Maryam holds an MA in Interaction Design from Simon Fraser University. She also has a BBA and BA (Interaction Design). Maryam has had the honour of working with the following brands: Lululemon, P&G, Thrive Global, IEEE, Transformative Technology Lab, and Peace Innovation Lab.

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

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

Tova is a graduate of McGill University’s Psychology program, a Certified Life Coach, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and a Certified Yoga Teacher. She has over 17 years of experience in the health and wellness industry as an instructor, facilitator, curriculum designer, and coach.
Tova has been involved in developing the curriculum since 2009 with the launch of a Yoga Teacher Training program at the Vancouver School of Healing Arts. Her passion for designing curriculum continued as she created several online programs and supported other colleges with course content and innovation in a multitude of arenas spanning from business to nutrition, and mind-body-spirit wellness. In 2019 she was the lead developer for the Professional Integrative Nutrition program collaborating with subject experts to launch an integrative program at Rhodes Wellness College. Tova continues to support the development of the curriculum at Rhodes, integrating her skills in management, education, and leadership to support the launch of new programs.

Chantal 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

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