Meet Our Team!

 

A MEDIUM NAMED BRI

I'm Frontline Forward's resident "woo woo"!

 

My name is Bri, and I can talk to the dead. More specifically - I can speak to our loved ones on the other side. I am a medium who is passionate about using my abilities to help others.

Bringing messages of love, healing, tears, and even laughter is what lights me up. I am so grateful to get to do the work I do with beautiful souls like yourself.

 

I spend my days helping others through my gifts. I provide medium readings in one on one, paired, and group sessions. I also take my clients to a deeper space in a soul session where we connect to your guides and work on healing and growth within you. Beyond that, I run classes where I give out hugs like they're going out of style, help you learn how to enjoy all things woo-woo in your own life, and provide a space for curiosity and fun.

 

I want to thank you in advance for your willingness to be open and vulnerable. I know this experience is not always easy, but it is often needed. While there is a lot of pain that is felt with loss, there is also a tremendous amount of love. I am happy to hold your hand through both. But don't worry, I am a crier; so you will be in good company.

BRYAN STEVENS

Reiki - Rei – Spiritual Wisdom (Universal) Ki – Life Energy

“Reiki is a Japanese technique for relaxation that also promotes healing through the power of touch. A warm and soothing energy flows from my hands through your
body promoting relaxation and the release of tension.”

 

Let me introduce myself, my name is Bryan Stevens and I am the Founder and Creator of Frontline Forward. Over the past 30 years I worked the frontlines as a Paramedic, with the last 18 years of my career as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic
working on board the helicopter based out of London.
 

As a Level II Certified Reiki Practitioner, I have been trained and certified under the traditional USUI SHIKI RYOHO techniques and high standards. This powerful natural system will unlock the inner flow of vital energy creating balance and positive
wellness.

 

Give Yourself a gift and experience the relaxing and soothing energy flow of Reiki, in a warm, inviting, and safe space at Frontline Forward.

Thanks again, hope to see you soon!

Bryan 

JULIE NORCOTT

Osteopath 

Driven by a passion for helping people to live well, Julie has acquired a wealth of education and experience in the wellness field. From yoga and fitness to nutrition and personal growth, her own wellness journey has dictated the direction of a career in wellness spanning over 10 years. Not long after feeling relief from Osteopathic Manual Therapy for chronic shoulder and neck issue that was actually rooted in her hip, did she herself enrol and begin her education. Now nearly 5 years later, she is coming to the end of her formal studies and will soon be a licensed practitioner. Drawing from her background, she aims to share a well-rounded treatment experience that is both therapeutic and educational.  

 

The philosophy of osteopathy was what attracted her to the practice: consideration of the body as a whole combined with the logical understanding of the direct correlation between the mechanics of the body and health - meaning the body works most optimally when in alignment. This practice sources the cause of your symptoms and works to improve the issue through gentle manipulation to allow your body to function at its best. This is done through consideration of how you move, stand, sit and sleep - Julie will connect the dots by releasing sore, tight muscles and fascia (a connective network of tissue in your body) and by ensuring optimal joint function optimally. This can leave you feeling energized, moving better with more clarity and fewer aches.

PAUL CAISSIE

 Chief instructor with Caissie Canine Instruction

Paul Caissie has spent the last 30 years serving his community in a variety of both personal and professional roles. 

 

He is a graduate of Centennial College in recreation leadership - community services,  and the Ontario and Toronto Police Colleges. 

Paul's extensive training and experience allow Caissie Canine Instruction to offer a number of services, namely private canine Instruction or advisory consulting for corporations deploying dog teams as part of their risk reduction strategies. 

He has given back to his community with initiatives such as "K9 Cards For Kids", a non-profit charitable organization.  This was established in the year 2000 and donations were made to identified retired law enforcement canine teams in need.  Also, corporations like Sick Children's Hospital benefited in cash donations for over 10 years. 

 

Paul has also donated his time to coach boys and girls minor hockey in the Durham region throughout the years. 

 

Paul currently resides in the GTA, with his wife and 2 children, and recently has added the newest K9 addition to his family...Jaxon.

With over 28 years of dedicated K9 experience, dog handling and training, and over 30 years in law enforcement, CCI can help you achieve your goals and passion for excellence in the deployment of dogs as companions, or in high quality working roles.

PEGGY KELLY-DAVIES

Certified Hypnotist

Peggy Kelly-Davies is the founder of The Hypnosis Connection & Training Center in Bowmanville, ON.  

 

She is a Certified Hypnotherapist, a Master Hypnotist, a Board Certified Hypnotist and Certified Instructor through the National Guild of Hypnostists(NGH) in the US.  She is also an Award Winning Certified Professional Hypnosis Instructor for 5-PATH® and 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® through The Banyan Hypnosis Center in Plano, Texas and is contributing author of the book - Real Hypnosis Business Success. She has a degree in Holistic Health Sciences and is Certified in Brain Mapping.  Peggy has served as a Director on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Hypnotherapists in Toronto for 2 years.  She is President of the Toronto East Chapter of the NGH and is Vice-President of the Mississauga NGH Chapter. In 2016 Peggy, once again, received the Leadership Award from the Banyan Hypnosis Center and the prestigious Order of Braid award at the National Hypnosis Convention in Marlboro, Massachusetts.

TAYLORE PENNEL

Registered Massage Therapist

 

Taylore Pennell graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH) in Cambridge, ON in 2014. She is an active member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). 

 

Taylore has always had a passion for health and wellness which lead her down the path to becoming a Registered Massage Therapist. She provides General Swedish Massage, deep tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, manual lymph drainage and prenatal massage. Taylore is committed to providing a safe, professional and therapeutic relief of pain and discomfort brought on by everyday life stressors (including but not limited to mental, physical and emotional). 

 

Taylore prides herself on having a comfortable, cheerful and welcoming environment for her clients. She believes massage therapy is an effective option for recovery from a variety of acute and chronic conditions and can have a lasting, positive effect on your health and well-being. While Taylore focuses on client care and making sure her clients feel heard and understood, she will also educate them in injury prevention and self-care to be the best version of themselves! 

 

When not in the clinic, Taylore’s guilty pleasures are binge-watching reality tv (like The Bachelor) drinking wine & baking.

BEN KWIECINSKI

Osteopath

No matter how serious the injury, no matter when it happened, you have the capacity to get better.

 

Ben has been treating patients of different ages and conditions for over 32 years. As a hands-on therapist who has experienced the healing power of Osteopathic manual medicine, he chose to specialize in this area of service specifically, for the past 14 years and is passionate about helping people achieve their personal health goals through Osteopathy.

 

Osteopathy is a truly comprehensive remedy for seemingly un-treatable problems, by unlocking the body’s natural healing power.​ Ben’s eclectic osteopathic style uses a variety of methods to treat the body as a whole, with tailored treatment strategies for every patient, and with each session designed to help the individual recognize their body's own natural healing ability and move toward health.

DR. MICHAELA MCCLURE

Chiropractor

I have been a practicing Chiropractor for 12 years and am passionate about getting to the root cause of your complaints and guiding you to take a preventative approach to your health so you can achieve your personal best.

In each treatment, I will do a full body assessment and use appropriate techniques such as spinal manipulation, joint mobilization, soft tissue release, rehabilitative exercise and

mindfulness to help restore your body’s proper function.

I have recently added Breathwork to my practice as an effective tool to calm the nervous system, reduce inflammation, connect to your emotions, move energy and learn to trust your body again.

 

Over the course of my career, I have developed special interests and done further training for:

Postural Analysis/Correction

Nervous System Function

Running injuries and biomechanics

Pregnancy (including Webster Technique)

Postpartum rehabilitation

Infants and children.

 

I am excited to be part of your health and wellness team and look forward to seeing you at Frontline Forward.

MONICA BEIRITH

Counsellor

My name is Monica Beirith, the owner of Affinity Counselling.

I have 25 years of experience working in a variety of settings and helping roles.  I have worked in both non-profit and government positions as a Social Worker, and have been a private therapist for over 10 years. In 2017, I decided to focus my energy on my therapy practice.

 

My areas of expertise include depression and anxiety, grief and loss, power and control issues within relationships, workplace issues, and empowering women and men to live their best lives. 

 

My methods of intervention are based in CBT and DBT principles, solution-focused and goal-oriented strategies, along with the implementation of mindfulness work.  My professional designation is a Registered Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.

PAUL FRENCH

Personal Trainer

I have been a personal trainer for 13 years and counting.  My passion for fitness started when I was just a teenager and weighed only 135 pounds at 6'3, when I started lifting weights over the years I brought myself to the nearly 200 pounds I am today.  I competed in powerlifting, with a 2.5 times body weight deadlift, nearly 2 times squat and almost 1.5 bench press.  Since then, I have transferred to a general physical preparedness (GPP) style of training.  I love pushing my body to the limits of what it's capable.

 

Outside of the gym, I'm a published author, avid adventurer, and former chef that enjoys trying new cuisines.  I love experiencing new thrills, from jumping out of a plane at 10 000 feet, hiking for 4 days through the Andes mountains at high altitude, or zipping through white water rapids in Costa Rica, my bucket list is ever-growing. 

 

I look forward to meeting you at Frontline Forward!

RON SONODA

The path of truth exists once and then it becomes a story.

My name is Ron Sonoda; I was a paramedic for 20 years. In 2011, I was diagnosed with PTSD and deemed unfit to serve. My path led me to dark thoughts filled with depression, guilt, shame, rage, night terrors and insomnia.
 

In 2012, I left my existing life and survived in my car and in a tent for 4-years. Today I live a nomadic life, sheltering within the altruism of others.

Paramedic Martin Wood was my partner for 8-years—he took his own life on January 31, 2016. My brother was the first of 28 First Responder suicides that year. His sacrifice transformed my dark path into a journey of PTSD advocacy through long-distance hiking. I walk and hike for those lost along the way; I
ascended mountains in British Columbia; trekked along Nova Scotia’s longest trail and recently completed hiking Canada’s longest footpath, the Bruce Trail where I raised $15,000 to help empower First Responders living with PTSD.

I started my career in 1990 and had the honour to work alongside Bryan Stevens, a former Critical Care Flight Paramedic, PTSD survivor and creator of Frontline Forward. I reunited with Bryan in September 2019 at a memorial
honorarium for a fallen 9-1-1 Dispatcher; I now volunteer at Frontline Forward.

 

The mission of this story is to let you know that we’re going hiking. Our first steps will take place at the Walter Bean Grand River Trail, a family-friendly footpath that is located near Frontline Forward. 

 
 

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