Our Caring Staff:
Parris Winsor – RPC, CPCA
Parris Winsor is a Registered Counselor and Life Skills Coach belonging to the Canadian Professional Counselors Association. She is known for her ability to create an environment that is comforting and safe, with her compassionate and understanding approach. She has a way of helping people to get in touch with deep feelings which is imperative to the healing process. She is skilled in trauma, grief, relationship and addiction counselling, and teaches many other necessary life skills, which she facilitates through workshops and groups. Parris has a passion for wellness, especially in physical and spiritual which she practices with the clients in daily morning yoga and meditation. She has knowledge in nutrition and alternative health therapies. She has over 20 yrs in recovery herself and has worked with others through the twelve steps over this time.
Darren Gulka – RPN, BHSc.(N)
As a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Darren has spent over two decades gaining a diverse background in Mental Health & Addictions. Throughout his career he has worked on Mobile Crisis Response Teams, Psychiatric Emergency departments, Acute Psychiatry, and multiple community based programs in many different areas. He has also served as a court appointed Mediator for the City of Calgary. Darren has experience in clinical leadership, education services, conflict management strategies, and case management. Grounded in the value of holistic principles, whether it is crisis intervention, comprehensive assessments, counselling, medication management, or group facilitation, Darren always brings a level of warmth, empathy, and respect he has gained throughout his own journey of recovery for over 20 years.
Jackie-Ellen Watson, MSc Psychology
Jackie received her Master Degree from the University of Northern British Columbia in 1997. Although Jackie majored in Social Cognition, she has a broad spectrum of Master level achievements in Psychology including Social, Cognitive, Health and Developmental Psychology as well as Assessment of Psychological Characteristics, Multivariate Statistics and Research Design and Analysis. In additional to her MSc Thesis, Jackie published a variety of papers with peer-reviewed Journals such as the International Journal of Psychology, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology and Canadian Psychology as well as Educational and Psychological Measurement. During her graduate studies she received the University Presidents Graduate Scholarship as well as awards from the Canadian Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Jackie has 20+ years of professional experience working within education, non-profit and health care organizations. She also has training in Leadership, Coaching, Change Management, Conflict Resolution, Team Building and Performance Evaluation as well as Indigenous Cultural Competency.
Jackie has a lifelong connection with recovery and, for the past 6 years, she has focussed her energy toward applying her skills and knowledge to support people in recovery. Her compassion, knowledge and personal journey, combined with her dynamic personality, allow Jackie to connect easily with others and to constructively support others in their own personal recovery. Jackie knows that, with help, it is possible to recover from addiction and that long term recovery is achievable.
Barb Grimes, RN
Barb graduated from nursing in 1979 and has concentrated her nursing practice in Mental Health and Addiction services. She has worked in hospital and community Mental Health and Addictions, primarily across British Columbia and Alberta, and has spent many years in a supervisory role in both in-patient and out-patient settings. Barb is responsible for developing and implementing the Addiction Day Program services across Northern BC, and she provides her expertise in assessments, treatment planning, individual and family counselling, supportive recovery and group therapy.
Dr. Carolyn Jones – M.B., Ch.B. CCFP
Working out of Bastion Medical Centre, and proud to be in partnership with Foothills Centre for Change, Carolyn Jones, provides weekly in-house reviews, as well as offering same day appointments to clients in our purpose-built office.
Carolyn is an experienced Family Physician (GP) who has had the opportunity to work with patients over the last decade in hospital and family practice.
Qualifying in 2006 from the University of Bristol in England, Carolyn has undergone extensive training in multiple specialties in hospital and community environments. From remote island practice to urgent care settings on the outskirts of London, England.
She applied for and was selected for Family Practice (GP) training and completed 7 years of postgraduate training in 2013. She works closely with her patient population using motivational techniques and recognized protocols to assist with substance withdrawal.
Dr. Steen B Andersen, BSc, MSc, MD. LMCC
As a retired Navy combat surgeon, and spending over 40 years as a physician in the medical field, Steen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Foothills team. He has practiced medicine in both Canada and the United States, and has published papers in medical journals on addiction related topics. With his own personal journey in recovery, he provides weekly lectures on issues pertaining to substance use.
As a successful business owner, Sue has been devoted to helping women empower themselves, and brings that passion and enthusiasm to the Foothills Team. She has worked in the helping field for over a decade with both seniors and in recovery. With her personal experience of working the steps, and knowledge of the 12-step programs throughout her own journey, she brings significant experience as a support worker and step coach. Her greatest accomplishments are her three daughters and her grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing and horseback riding.
Elizabeth comes to us with over 20 years’ experience as a Registered Massage Therapist here in Salmon Arm, where she has earned her reputation as a compassionate caregiver who has a gift for making people feel safe. Liz herself is an active member in recovery, benefitting greatly from her exposure to the 12 Step community. She brings this combination of empathy, compassion and experience into her everyday life and as a Support Worker at Foothills Centre.
Nicole Davies BSc., R.TCMP, R.Ac, FABORM
Nicole is a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta in 2007 and then went on to graduate with distinction from the Acupuncture program at MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB.
While running a successful Acupuncture practice in Victoria, BC, Nicole continued her education and completed the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner program at Oshio College of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine.
Nicole has always been intrigued and fascinated with the human body and its amazing ability to heal. It is her passion to empower and educate patients on how to take control of their health and well being. Using a variety of modalities such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, functional medicine, dietary counselling, cupping and gua sha, Nicole focuses on creating an individualized treatment plan to target the root cause of her patient’s symptoms.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys practicing yoga, travelling, biking, camping, and paddle boarding on the beautiful Shuswap!
Joanne Koster, Cook
Joanne has been a professional cook for many years and has provided her expertise in such areas as restaurants, health care facilities and residential treatment centres. She has a passion for Spirituality and connecting with others along her own journey of recovery which began in 1990. With her clear communication and organizational skills, Joanne brings her supervisory abilities and structure to the Foothills Centre culinary team.