COMMUNITY partners

Community partners within a therapeutic clinic can offer several benefits, including:

Dr. Matthew Pickard

Ph. D., M.Sc., C. Psyc

Dr. Pickard is a licensed Clinical, Rehabilitation and Health Psychologist that is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He is also the Ontario representative for the Canadian Psychological Association, Rural & Northern section.

After completing his master’s degree in community counseling, he worked in the intellectual disability field completing assessments. Three years later, he attended the University of Central Arkansas and graduated with his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Some of the more common diagnoses Dr. Pickard is familiar with include depression, anxiety including healthy anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, phobias, and trauma including PTSD, Adjustment Disorders, and substance use. He has experience working with student-athletes and individuals who have chronic pain and concussions from injuries, including workplace injuries, and working with individuals with an intellectual disability, including assessments.

He is trained in evidence-based practices and believes strongly in the common factors in therapy. He also believes that valuable information can be attained through assessments, and enjoys completing therapeutic assessments.

Dr. Pickard enjoys participating in and running research studies, particularly applied research.

Deirdre Maloney

Holistic Healing Mentor

Deirdre inspires people to recognize their full potential in living a wholehearted life. Through her writing she helps individuals feel understood and sets an example of self-acceptance.

Although Deirdre struggled with low self worth, depression, anxiety and drug abuse, she was able to rise above the setbacks to truly create the life of her dreams. Deirdre is on a mission to turn her pain into purpose; helping others connect to themselves in a time where we are so disconnected from self and from others.

She is the founder of HighGate Racing; Canada’s largest all female competitive cycling team with an initiative to keep young women in sport. She has a sponsorship program for the Youth Development Team, providing financial aid and life skills to help these young women harness their power as athletes, students and community members.

Deirdre is also the co-founder of a women’s healing circle in her community; offering a safe environment for women to share their struggles, fears and pain. She helps guide them to a path of healing. She is an Author, Speaker, and Wellness Influencer.

Kim Davis

Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant

Kim Davis is a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and founder of Babes & Beyond Pediatric Sleep Consulting. For more than 8 years she has been helping families become healthier, happier and amazing sleepers through her customized sleep programs.

Kim lives in Ottawa, Ontario Canada and personally struggled with sleep with her youngest child for over 2 1/2 years. She knows what sleep deprivation can do to a family. This led her down the path to become a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant through the Family Sleep Institute. She is also a Wonder Weeks Academy Graduate, a Certified “Happiest Baby on the Block” instructor and a CAPPA Certified Childbirth Educator.

In recent years Kim has taken on the role of the Director of Mentorship and an assistant instructor with the Family Sleep Institute. She is a proud member of Baby’s Breath Canada, the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants and the National Sleep Foundation. Kim also holds a Psychology degree in Child Development and an Executive Director’s certification from Health Care Canada.

Kim loves sharing her passion and knowledge of sleep with the community and on social media! She has been featured on numerous podcasts, the Daytime Ottawa show, CTV news, The Carole Anne Meehan Show, CBC Radio and loves providing sleep seminars for Mom & Baby Groups and daycares throughout the city and virtually!

Kerry Hipkiss

Community partner

Kip works with people who are stuck, lost, or heading towards burnout to get to the core of the issues holding them back through a blend of coaching, Compassionate Inquiry therapy and somatic work.

Focusing on your whole-being, she empowers you to build greater self-trust, confidence, and decisiveness by understanding your inner self and why you feel and react the way you do. Giving you tools to cope both day to day as well as how to make long term change, Kip enables you to get out of your own way and enhance your overall enjoyment of life.

Cali Black


Cali is a dedicated Registered Massage Therapist who started her professional journey in 2015. She’s had the privilege of working with diverse clients, from children to seniors, fostering recovery and promoting wellness. Her expertise lies not just in the technical aspects of massage but in creating a space where relaxation meets rehabilitation.

Specializing in full body care, Cali is dedicated  RMT committed to enhancing both physical and mental health. Through personalized massage techniques and an expert knowledge of anatomy Cali strives to promote relaxation, stress reduction, and mental clarity. Recognizing the integral role that a serene mind plays in achieving overall vitality. 

Beyond the treatment table Cali is a firm believer in the power of community, strong coffee and long walks with her dog Kermit. She understands the importance of communal well being and is dedicated to creating spaces where individuals can thrive not only physically but also mentally.