Our Team


Donna R. Hughes, RPN

President, Executive Director (Registered Psychiatric Nurse)

Donna's Bio

I am the Executive 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 fly fishing at our second home in Clearwater County.

Jessica Heil, MSC

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

Jessica's Bio

Please note that I am not taking on any new clients.

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).

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, strength training at the gym, 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. 

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.


Cristofer Chan, MC

Clinician (Registered Psychologist)

Cristofer's Bio
I am a Registered 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.


Alexis Haws, MC

Clinician (Registered Psychologist)

Alexis' Bio

I am a Registered Psychologist with a Masters of Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University. I have been working in the helping profession for the past decade in areas including crisis, suicide prevention, family violence and corrections. I am also a certified yoga instructor and have been facilitating yoga classes for the last 5 years. I create a nonjudgemental, validating and compassionate space for my clients, regardless of their life story.

I believe in “building a life worth living” for myself and with my clients. I believe that this can be achieved through a combination of working with the past and the present. I have found that many of us are impacted by past adverse or traumatic events that get magnified by our current circumstances. I help clients reduce their triggers and distress through reprocessing work using Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). I help clients get ready for such work and help them to build their resiliency to life’s challenges by implementing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). With this combination, clients may feel a greater sense of peace and ability to build a meaningful life.

In addition to my passion for therapy, I am a music lover, yogi and harm reduction advocate. Outside of the office you will likely find me on my yoga mat, at a music event or volunteering for harm reduction initiatives within the local music scene.

Jessica Burgess, MACP, MEd.

Clinician (Registered Provisional Psychologist)

Jess' Bio

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist who trusts in the power of connection.

I believe in the strength and resiliency that we all carry and in the invaluable benefits of being seen, heard, and understood. I also believe in the importance of having our existence, thoughts, emotions, and experiences validated, as it has a transformative impact on our mental and emotional well-being and our sense of belonging. Moreover, as healing from past negative experiences is possible, and it is a journey, we can all benefit from having effective support and understanding as we work through challenging situations in life.

My counselling approach is collaborative and client-centred, informed by evidence-based research and counselling theories. My primary treatment modalities are Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with an integration of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy as well.

Outside of work, I enjoy weekend adventures to the mountains, random overnight camping in the back of my vehicle, and anything related to the stars, ocean, and forest, as I left a part of my heart back in British Columbia.

Assesments / Dietetics / Consulting Psychiatrists

Ashley Marsh, MA

Assessments (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.

*Ashley does not do Individual Therapy.

Jana Spindler, RD

Dietetics (Registered Dietitian)

Jana's Bio

I am a Registered Dietitian, RD, and a Canadian Certified Counsellor, CCC at Inner Solutions™.

As a dietitian, and now counsellor, I have seen how confusing food can be for many people as it can induce big anxiety and uncertainty.  I am passionate about helping my clients simplify their approach to food and working with them individualize their nutrition.

I have a particular interest in working in the areas of mental health and disordered eating/ eating disorders and emotional eating. I have additional training in advanced sport nutrition as well.

After years of working as a nutritionist, I went back to school to get my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology because I saw just how complex the relationship with food and the body can be. Mental health and physical health are so closely intertwined that I believe we must work on each in support of the other. This additional education allows me to better support my clients as they rebuild their relationship with food and their body while also using food in a way to support mood and overall quality of life.

I was a highly competitive athlete for many years, and this is where I discovered my love for food and nutrition. Since moving to Calgary in 2014, I have shifted gears a little bit and spend as much time as I can exploring the mountains, hiking and adventuring.

Thomas Stark, MD MSc FRCPC

Consulting Psychiatrist
(Available only to clients in the DBT Program)
**Not accepting outside referrals

Thomas' Bio

Dr. Thomas Stark is graduate of the University of Calgary, currently practicing as an adult psychiatrist. Throughout his career, Dr. Stark has worked with a wide variety of clients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Areas of interest and specialty include working with individuals with personality disorders, addiction, posttraumatic stress disorder, psychosis, adult ADHD and anxiety. Dr. Stark also has a special interest in borderline personality disorder, having successfully completed the foundational training for Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. Furthermore, Dr. Stark also has additional training in various mindfulness interventions, addiction based therapies, interventions used to improve sleep, and therapies to address trauma. 

Please Note: Inner Solutions cannot receive outside referrals for Dr. Stark.