WHO WE ARE

Our Team

Donna R. Hughes, RPN

President, Executive Director (Registered Psychiatric Nurse)

Donna's Bio

I am the Executive Director and Clinical Director at Inner Solutions. I am honored to work with a brilliant team that delivers on the many projects and tasks required to fulfill my vision. I enjoy the clinical work more than any other aspect of my role, which is why I continue to carry a partial caseload in addition to my primary responsibilities as the Executive Director.

My longevity in this career is sustained by my deep curiosity about people’s resilience, especially those who strive to live with complex and chronic mental health issues. My background in psychiatric nursing brings a treatment perspective from a medical/psychiatric lens. My practice from both Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy models led me to Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which has informed my work for the past twenty years.

I have been known to say my work is my hobby, but I am working on expanding family time and my social circle while learning to learn fly fishing at our second home in Clearwater County.

Jessica Heil, MSC

Vice President, Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor (Registered Psychologist)

Jessica's Bio

Since joining Inner Solutions™ in 2011, I have found the treatment model that fits my style and values as a clinician. My initial orientation was Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). However, when I discovered how valuable Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is in addressing a broad range of problems, I became certified in DBT through the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC). One of my highest values is to ensure we deliver “high-fidelity DBT.” The science and research behind DBT show that the best outcomes occur when treatments are delivered adherently.

I have a particular passion for treating trauma and PTSD. I am forever in awe of the resilience of humans and their ability to heal from adversity. I use Prolonged Exposure, EMDR, and CBT interventions to treat trauma-related symptoms.

I enjoy working with the families of adolescent and young adult clients. I know that the support of family members can make all the difference when it comes to the ability to recover from mental illness.

I supervise all the clinical work delivered by our team, including providing supervision to our provisional psychologists.

Outside of work, I enjoy hanging out with my husband, daughters, and our bulldog Mack. I am an avid camper, so I always watch the weekend weather forecast for spring so we know when to head into the mountains (preferably near a lake).

Please note that due to my full schedule, I am not currently taking on any new clients.

Alicia Lewis

Administrative Program Assistant

Alicia's Bio

As the Administrative Program Assistant for Inner Solutions, I am happy to often be the first person to greet you when you come into our office space.

I joined the Inner Solutions team to provide administrative support for the functioning and development of our programs. To this role, I bring an expertise in administration and a passion for helping others. It is my hope that the combination of my passion and skills will provide clients and therapists with a sense of ease.

In my spare time I enjoy going for long walks with my dog, baking cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, watching movies, and playing video games.

Travis Hauck, MSW, RSW

Senior Lead DBT of Group Programming and Clinician (Registered Social Worker)

Travis's Bio

I am the Senior Lead of DBT Group Programming at the clinic. DBT and mindfulness interventions have been a passion of mine for years. I strongly believe in the life that can be created when using these methods to make lasting change. I am dedicated to being an advocate in the mental health community and the lives of those who grapple with complicated problems and chronic illness.

My background is in clinical social work. I have been working and volunteering in mental health intervention and treatment in varying capacities since 2006. I have worked with clients of all ages and coming from all walks of life throughout this time, including working with oppressed individuals, homeless populations, LGBTQIA2S+ individuals, folks with personality disorders, and other mood disorders. I am trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Prolonged Exposure, and I am certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

My area of interest is working with complex mental health concerns in adolescents, families, emerging adults, and mature adults to help them navigate the challenges they face to create a life worth living.

In my spare time, I love being connected in nature, nurturing positive relationships, staying active, and living mindfully.

Adriana Fernandez, M.EdCP

Clinician (Registered Provisional Psychologist)

Adriana's Bio

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist, with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. My interest in psychotherapy began with a curiosity for human nature and a core belief that people have a desire to improve their mental health and be the best version of themselves. I am of the belief that our central nervous system can be rewired through therapy, to respond to the world around us in a more adaptive and fulfilling manner. This change can be sustained by our intrinsic motivation to live a meaningful-life worth living.

I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). I work from an integrative approach to psychotherapy, also drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based treatments, and Motivational Interviewing.  

I have experience working with clients experiencing various mental health concerns including chronic stress, chronic pain, addictions, homelessness, trauma, relationship and career issues, anxiety, depression, and other behavioural and emotional dysregulation concerns. I have worked with individuals of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and of all ages. I also have experience from my time working and volunteering in the non-profit sector and working with high-risk, vulnerable populations, and minority groups including youth, immigrants, and brain-injury survivors.

I believe the best outcomes result from a strong therapeutic relationship. I focus on building a safe, empathetic, warm, supportive, judgement-free space that allows clients to be transparent and ready for growth. 

Outside of work I enjoy mindful time in nature, physical activity, quality time with loved ones, and listening to mental health and personal growth podcasts.

 Tambien ofrezco psicoterapia en español. 

Bradley Lewis, MSC

Clinician (Registered Provisional Psychologist)

Bradley's Bio

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).

This statement best expresses my personal belief: “Though we may not have caused the problems we experience in life, we are responsible for changing them so we can have a life worth living.” I believe the journey towards well-being is easier when shared. Being open to seeking understanding to create change is done best within a therapeutic relationship that feels safe and compassionate.

I have a strong value in lifelong learning and education. I have two Master of Science degrees – one in experimental psychology and the other in counselling psychology, both from the University of Calgary. I am a movie buff, and I enjoy reading. Most recently, I have been into science fiction.

Cristofer Chan, MC

Clinician (Registered Provisional Psychologist)

Cristofer's Bio
I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist with a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology.
 
I bring a passion for helping people, specifically using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I strongly value self-empowerment, social justice, creativity, mindfulness, and have a keen interest in personality. I believe in a warm, safe, and collaborative approach to therapy that is responsive to diversity, which informs all of the work I do. I also have experience providing long-term respite care for neurodivergent individuals, and continue to be an advocate and ally for special needs causes.
 
As an unapologetic social butterfly, I love to be around people. When I find spare time, I also enjoy running, board games, video games, and travelling.

 

Cheska Montinola, MC

Clinician (Registered Provisional Psychologist)

Cheska's Bio
I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist with a Masters of Counselling degree from City University of Seattle in Canada. I was born in the Philippines and moved to Canada as an adolescent.

As a therapist, I believe in working collaboratively with my clients while providing a safe, non-judgemental environment. I come in to sessions with a multicultural perspective and integrate various therapeutic frameworks.

I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and am bringing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) principles and tenants into my practice. 

I am passionate about working with clients who have had disrupted attachments and are looking to heal from them. Together, we will learn and implement skills that you can draw on when challenged with adversity in the future.

On the weekends, you will usually find me exploring in and around the Rocky Mountains and spending time with my family and friends.

I am fluent in Tagalog and can provide bilingual services.

 

Lesley Smith, MSW, RCSW

Group Clinician (Registered Clinical Social Worker)

Lesley's Bio

I grew up as a member of a military family, living in various locations across Canada. Shortly after graduating high school, I moved to Calgary where I achieved my Master’s degree in Social Work with a clinical specialization, and I have been proud to call this city home ever since.

Throughout my career as a registered clinical social worker, I’ve worked with clients struggling with a lot of different experiences including chronic illness, eating disorders, life transitions, personality disorders, trauma, grief and loss, addiction and mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. I firmly believe in clients’ internal sense of knowing (wise mind anyone?) and I am passionate about helping people to connect with their innate ability to face and heal from life’s challenges.

I am trained and experienced in several therapeutic approaches including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Natural Processing, and soon… EMDR! My hobbies and interests include gardening, home improvement projects, listening to audio books, travelling, and spending quality time with my partner and our very vocal cat.

 

Ashley Marsh, MA

Registered Psychologist

Ashley's Bio

As a Registered Psychologist specializing in Clinical Psychology, I have worked in various settings, including public health care, neurodevelopmental clinics, research, and private psychological practice. I am particularly passionate about the benefits of psychological assessment. My goal is to provide a helpful explanation for a client’s experience and to determine the best way to provide support.

My role at Inner Solutions™ is to administer psychological assessments with our adult clients. These include decision-making capacity as well as comprehensive psychological, personality, neurodevelopmental, and neuropsychological assessments. I am always learning from the clients I work with, and I am forever grateful for the insights and life experiences shared with me during the assessment process.

Jana Spindler, RD

Dietetics (Registered Dietitian)

Jana's Bio

I am a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Counsellor at Inner Solutions™. I enjoy all things food and movement, and I am passionate about helping my clients figure out how to make food work for them.

I am currently completing my MA in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, and I have training in advanced sport nutrition practices.

I have a particular interest in working in the area of mental health and disordered eating. Together with my clients, we work to shift their overall relationship with food as we strive to use food in a way that supports mood and overall quality of life. When we improve the relationship with food, we also work to strengthen the connection with the body.

In addition to working in mental health and eating disorders, I also work with gastrointestinal issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), weight management, and sport-specific nutrition.

I was a highly competitive athlete for many years, mainly in basketball. Since moving to Calgary in 2014, I have fallen in love with the mountains, hiking and adventuring.