Chantel Coward & Associates

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Chantel Coward
(BSc., MSc., PsyD) (RP)

Chantel Coward graduated with her doctorate degree in clinical psychology in 2006. Over the course of her career, she has had the invaluable opportunity of working for and providing various services to numerous reputable organizations including the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA), Lakehead University (Orillia Campus), University Partnership Centre (Georgian College), Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care (formerly MHCP), Queen’s University, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health.

Chantel began as a sole practitioner in 2008, providing therapy to children, adults, couples, and families. However quite quickly it became evident that there was great need in the community so in 2010 Chantel brought her first associate on board.

Today, Chantel Coward & Associates is a skilled multidisciplinary team providing skills, therapy, treatment for both mental and physical health to children, adults, couples, and families.

Chantel is proud of her extremely intelligent and dedicated Team.


Aimee Noack
Administrative Assistant

Aimee is the one who keeps the office running efficiently. She is here to book your appointments and answer your questions. Aimee greets all of our clients as they arrive to the office with a warm smile. She is instrumental in our success. Aimee is a loyal and hard working assistant and she is an integral part of the team.


Dr. Jamie Karagianis



Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Memorial University of Newfoundland


Dr Karagianis earned his MD (1985) at Memorial University of Newfoundland and his fellowship in Psychiatry in 1990. He worked for 14 years as Staff Psychiatrist for the Health Care Corporation of St. John’s, held various academic positions at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and managed a large practice of community based and hospital based patients with severe mental illnesses.  He was awarded the Schizophrenia Society of Canada Outstanding Achievement Award for 2004.  He

Worked with Eli Lilly from 2004 to 2012, in Canada, US and had global responsibilities for olanzapine, while maintaining a part-time practice at the Toronto Center for Cognitive Therapy. He returned to Ontario and resumed private practice in January 2012, and also worked as Psychiatrist in Chief at Waypoint from 2012-2016.


Dr. Karagianis has served on many professional committees and boards including the Professional Advisory Board of the Schizophrenia Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, and is on the Board of Directors for WENDAT in Midland. He is a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Clinical Practice, the Open Journal of Psychiatry, ISRN Psychiatry and is a peer reviewer for several other journals.


Dr. Karagianis has designed and participated as a clinical investigator in a number of pharmacological studies of schizophrenia, depression, acute agitation and metabolic and functional outcomes of patients taking antipsychotics. He is an advocate for the use of principle of evidence-based medicine in psychiatry. He has 46 papers published in peer reviewed journals including Schizophrenia Research, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Neuropsychopharmacology, Neuroendocrinology Letters, Current Medical Research and Opinion, Human Psychopharmacology, the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, International Journal of Clinical Practice and Clinical Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses.


Dr. Karagianis has given medical education talks in 36 countries and 10 provinces of Canada.  Since 2004 he has given nearly 400 lectures and scientific presentations to more than 13000 people.


Robin Hein

Administrative Assistant

Katie Dupuis


Social Workers help turn issues into answers. Katie Dupuis is a Registered Social Worker and is passionate about supporting people on their journey to finding their answers.

Using an evidence-based approach, Katie is happy to assist her clients in improving and discovering helpful ways of coping with such issues as depression, anxiety, stress in the home or work, caregiver burnout and more. Having worked with the elderly, adults, youth and children, she welcomes clients of any age and at any life stage.

She brings to the team an understanding and experience in working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and adult mental health. Katie is committed to working collaboratively with her clients, and to providing a warm, therapeutic and non-judgemental environment. Together you will set goals, and work toward achieving them.

Katie obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto in 2015, where she specialized in health and mental health. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work at Lakehead University in 2011, and in 2008 earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology with a minor in Psychology from the University of Windsor.


Patricia Bonduro

B.A./B.S.W., M.S.W, R.S.W

When human beings experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. Trish has a great passion in bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience. She helps her clients, who include children, adults and families, to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole and safe.

Trish has twenty plus years experience working in the field of Social Work. She had her own private practice for many years in Toronto. Trish’s educational background includes a Masters in Social Work from Carlton University, as well as, a Bachelor of Social Work from McMaster University. Trish’s post graduate studies included three years training in Family Assessment and Therapy.

There are so many changes that happen as families grow and develop with the passing years, and Trish is here to help with these transitions.Trish believes that change happens when people are given the guidance they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives.

Trish provides an environment of compassion and support to help individuals and families overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive.


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Suzanne Carlaw

TIR / LSR Facilitator

Suzanne Carlaw is a Certified Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) Facilitator and a Life Stress Reduction (LSR) Facilitator.

TIR/LSR is a client-centred, non-judgmental therapeutic approach with structured techniques to guide a client in safely addressing:
• persistent emotional or behavioural after-effects of any shocking or traumatic event such as grief and loss, accidents, injuries, illness
• life stress issues such as challenging relationships, struggle with self-esteem, or negative emotions.

Results for clients range from relief of burdening emotions to achievement of strengthening insights and healing outcomes.
Suzanne is also available to talk to groups about understanding the negative effects of trauma and stressful life issues, and why TIR/LSR is a safe, effective and empowering experience for clients.


Lynn Nixon


Lynn began working in the human services field in the 1980s, returning to school and completing a Human Services Counselor Diploma (mental health-addiction) at George Brown College in 2000. Later Lynn went on to further her education taking many workshops and certificates, and eventually completing a Master of Social Work degree through the University of Windsor in 2010.

Lynn’s work experience includes working for Community Living Huronia, Wendat Psychiatric Support Programs, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association, and Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. Lynn’s past volunteer experiences includes working at the Season’s Centre for Grieving Children and on the Grant Review Team for the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Lynn enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families using a variety of practices and approaches i.e. Solution Focused, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Structural/Emotion Focused Family Therapy and other therapeutic techniques.

Lynn follows the recovery philosophy focusing on strengths and resiliency, while promoting healthy lifestyles and improving coping skills and strategies.

Angela Kirton


Angela is a caregiver who provides assistance with daily personal care needs. She recently graduated from Georgian College as top student and winner of The Leadership Award after many years as an entrepreneur in a high paced retail sector. Angela honours her clients with Dignity, Independence, Privacy, Preferences, and Safety while incorporating Dimensions of Health; Physical, Social, Spiritual, Emotional and Intellectual. Angela is a member of OPSWA in good standing.


Noel Dupuis

Art/Play Therapist

Noël Dupuis is an Art Therapist and a professional member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph and the post-graduate Art Therapy program at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute located in Nelson, British Colombia. Noël has experience working with individuals of all ages with a wide range of presenting challenges including grief, developmental disabilities, anxiety, depression and struggles related to autism spectrum disorder. Noël uses a client-centered approach to provide a safe, accepting and creative counselling sessions.


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Stephanie Hill


Stephanie Hill is a Registered Dietitian providing Nutrient Services such as individual counselling, weight management, meal plans and nutrient analysis.


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Kim Curd

Kim earned her Masters in Psychotherapy in 2014, left city life to relocate to the Simcoe Muskoka area, has written a self-help book (Living Lightly, Harper Collings) and launched an online mental wellness directory, The Child Therapy List. she has a strong desire to serve her local community by nurturing her individual practice. In late 2019 she became a member of CRPO.

Kim offers a depth of professional experience from a twenty-five year career in the technology sector; services and communication excellence, fluency in the online world and a positive and engaged team attitude.


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Melissa Trendell

Melissa holds a Master of Social Work Degree from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of social Work through the University of Toronto.  She also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Youth Care from Ryerson University and a Child an Youth Worker Diploma with Honours from George Brown College.

Melissa has over six years of experience working with children, youth, and adolescents before pursuing her Master’s Degree.  She has provided support to transitional age youth and adults experiencing substance-use and mental health challenges.  She is also knowledgeable and has experience implementing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to support those with emotion regulation and integrates a range of modalities in her approach.  She also has additional training and certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Melissa believes in working collaboratively with others to support identifying a path towards recovery that is meaningful to her clients, consisting of individuals’ own views of wellness.  In addition, she attends to environmental and social stressors that have the capacity to impact mental health and well-being.  While problems can often be the focus of therapy, she truly values and recognizes clients’ personal strengths, which is integrated in a plan created with her clients. 

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Dr. Ryan Kneer (B.A., M.A., PhD) (C. Psych.)

In 1994 Ryan obtained his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a minor in counseling from the University of Arizona. While there he published research on Fuzzy Trace Theory and children’s memory development with his mentor Dr. Charles Brainerd.  He has assessed over 2000 individuals (preschool age through adults) since that time both privately and with various agencies, school districts, and post-secondary institutions. 


Ryan’s passion is in working with individuals and students to successfully ascertain what their cognitive strengths and weaknesses are as well as their emotional needs.  He has experience in evaluating for behavioural problems, learning disabilities, ADHD, as well as various autism spectrum or emotional disorders.   


Although most of Ryan’s past experience was as a K-12 salaried school psychologist, he also headed the Quality Assurance Program at the Northern Ontario Assessment and Resource Centre.  He continues to teach at Laurentian University part-time as a professor of Fundamentals of Psychometrics and Psychology of Education.            

Please contact our office to schedule your appointment with our Team.

Cancelling or Rescheduling appointments requires 24 hours notice by phone. Thank you