Janet Ryan-Newell, M.Ed.

Registered Psychologist, Founder

Janet holds an M.Ed. with Distinction in both Counselling Psychology & Psychometric Assessment. For the first decade of her career Janet worked with Edmonton Public Schools, both as an Elementary School Teacher and as a School Psychologist.

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Laura Clark, M.Ed.

Registered Psychologist

Laura Clark is Kells’ longest tenured psychologist. With over 25 years of expertise, Laura practices as both a registered Counselling Psychologist and an Assessment Specialist. Laura devotes a regular portion of her practice to the assessment of learning disabilities, both privately and for Edmonton Public Schools. Laura also supervises young therapists training with Kells.

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Lauren Appleby, M.A.

Registered Psychologist

As a therapist, Lauren believes that all clients have the potential for change and growth. Through her practice at Kells, she has demonstrated an active commitment to providing clients with the information and support they need to progress through life’s transitions and to regulate their moods.

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Kara Gushuliak, M.Sc. (MFT)

Registered Psychologist

Kara received her initial training as a marriage and family therapist through Loma Linda University. With over 20 years’ experience working with children and families, and more than a decade of experience as a psychologist. Kara’s approach recognizes the complexity and interconnectedness of human relationships.

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Farzad Zaré-Bawani, Ph.D., Professor

Registered Psychologist

Dr. Farzad Zaré-Bawani has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta. Dr. Zaré-Bawani is Associate Professor of Psychology at Concordia University of Edmonton and coordinates Concordia Practicums at Kells Counselling.

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Aliya Manji, M.A.

Registered Psychologist

Aliya obtained her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology in 2008 and has been working with children and families for over five years.

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Alyssa Ryan, M.Sc.

Registered Psychologist

Alyssa’s steady, playful, and down-to-earth style quickly puts people at ease. Alyssa’s approach to therapy and assessment is first and foremost, deeply respectful and humanistic.

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Pamela Hillaby, M.Ed

Registered Psychologist

Pamela completed her Master of Education in Counselling Psychology through the University of Alberta. She works with an emphasis on the physiology of trauma as well as clients’ strengths, which has shown to be tremendously effective. Pamela provides individual and couples counselling for adults.

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Kristi Landry, M.C.

Registered Psychologist

Kristi has been working with children and families in various capacities for over 10 years, including advocating for and supporting at-risk youth and their families; providing art and music therapy for children and teens experiencing grief and loss; facilitating expressive therapy for youth with disabilities; and a counselling practicum focused on helping clients develop emotional regulation, positive coping skills, and improving interpersonal relations.

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Keith Owre, M. Ed.

Registered Provisional Psychologist 

As a counsellor, Keith believes that all clients can change and grow. He has a calm, thoughtful demeanour, which strengthens his ability to connect with clients. Keith completed his master’s degree focused on psychological assessment at the University of Saskatchewan and obtained his second master’s degree in counselling through the University of New Brunswick.

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Daniel Clark, M.A.

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Daniel Clark completed his Master of Counselling degree through City University of Seattle (Edmonton program). Daniel has always valued working with others. Prior to being a Provisional Psychologist, Daniel has always worked in humanities/service industry which has enhanced communication and teamwork skills.

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Emily Killen, BCS

Program Manager

Emily has a dynamic role at FSG, as she oversees the administration, assessment coordination, and various other agency functions. Emily works with the psychologists at Kells to provide assessments and therapeutic group facilitation. She is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy through the DBT Centre of Vancouver and provides skill coaching for emotional regulation. Further, she co-facilitates Kells’ Trauma Program including the RESET Recovery Program and Tools for Trauma Recovery.

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Liz Ryckman

Intake Manager

Liz has been with Kells since 2004 and has had the privilege of watching Kells grow to become the established clinic it is today. Liz has a warm, approachable demeanor and great listening skills, which makes her role as Intake Coordinator a wonderful fit.

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Patti Hurl

Clinical Assessment Trainer

Patti started working with Kells Counselling  in 2005. She has a background in psychology, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and additional training and experience in academic interventions. Patti began to work with our clinical assessment team in 2006, and has been our Clinical Service Manager for a number of years.

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Pam Prochnau

Administrative Assistant

Pam started working at Kells as part of the administration team in 2016. She is also the lead administrator with the Solutions Traumatic Stress and Injury Clinic. Pam feels compassionate about making people’s lives easier.

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Sara Blom

Administrative Assistant

Sara started working at Kells as part of the administration team in 2018. She is happiest when spending time with her family. Sara has an immeasurable passion for children and animals.

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Chantel Wagner

Solutions Clinic Team Lead

Chantel keeps busy doing psychological assessments and report writing for our personal injury team. Chantel has a calming presence and a kind heart. She is fueled by her passion for art which keeps her quite busy in her spare time! When not creating art, Chantel can be found indulging in perogies.

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Emily Friesen-Peters

Clinical Associate and Psychological Assistant

Emily Friesen-Peters is a Clinical Associate and Psychological Assistant who joined the team in 2019. Her specialty is psychological assessments. Emily has a background in research, addictions and forensics. Emily has a passion for discovering and understanding why people do what they do.

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Nicole Labrie

Lead Admin Assistant

Nicole joined the Kells administration team in December 2018 after finishing up her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alberta. She enjoys working at the front desk, getting to know clients and their stories, and providing a welcoming atmosphere to all who walk in the door.

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