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For a full listing of Student Health and Wellness Services staff, please visit the Lakehead University Directory. More contact information and hours of operation can be found on our about page.

Thunder Bay

Staff

  • Terra Bliznikas (she/her), Receptionist
  • Lindsey Wachter (she/her), R.Kin, MSc, Health and Wellness Promoter
  • Cheryl D'Angelo, Director

Health Services

Physicians
  • Dr. Stephanie Block, Medical Director
  • Dr. Hillary Chen
  • Dr. Sarah Clark
  • Dr. Michael DiMeo
  • Dr. Delene Nelson
  • Dr. Kristin Reid
Allied Health Professionals
  • Dr. Jordan Sokoloski, Naturopathic Doctor
Clinic Staff
  • Mandy (she/her), Program Assistant
  • Catherine (she/her), RN
  • Melanie (she/her), RN, Manager of Health Services

Counsellors 

 Irene, (She/Her), MSW, RSW
My name is Irene Pugliese and I am the Manager of Wellness Services at Student Health and Wellness, Thunder Bay campus.  I joined the Student Health and Wellness team more than 10 years ago as a part-time counsellor.  Currently, I provide counselling services as well as coordinate counselling and health promotion programs.  I have a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and I practice from a client-centred framework with a focus on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness-based interventions.  I also have a strong interest in Resilience habits and facilitate brief "WellU Resilience" sessions to promote the uptake of these habits.
Holly, (she/her), MSW, RSW
My name is Holly Maki, I am a mental health counsellor here at Student Health and Wellness, Lakehead University.  I joined the Student Health and Wellness team as a part-time counsellor in November 2020.  As a now full-time counsellor, I currently provide individual counselling and will be offering mindfulness sessions throughout the academic year. I have a Master of Social Work degree from Lakehead University and have over eight years of experience working within education settings as a school social worker.  I practice primarily through a mindfulness lens supporting clients with interventions and approaches that are client-centred, strengths-based and trauma and attachment informed.
Alexa, (she/her) MSW, RSW
Thank you for taking the time to check out my bio. As a counsellor I strive to ensure clients feel listened to, understood, and that therapy is centred on their unique goals and values. Prior to working at Lakehead, I worked with children, youth and young adults, both in a clinical setting as well as through youth outreach work and within the foster care system. My therapeutic approach draws from narrative practice, mindfulness-based CBT, internal family systems, ACT and somatic-based approaches. I am particularly passionate about supporting those with experiences of intimate partner violence, trauma, sexual assault, PTSD, family dynamics and 2SLGBTQ+ folks. Additionally, I am trained through Rainbow Health Ontario to provide a secondary assessment in support of those seeking transition-related surgeries and to provide gender-affirming counselling services.
Nahid, (she/her), BSW, RSW

Hello everyone, Thanks so much for viewing my profile. I have worked for over seven years with individuals struggling with mental health and physical challenges. I rely on Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Mindfulness when helping my clients. I believe my expertise can be effective in individual Counselling for adults and young adults for Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Abuse, Assault, Addiction mainly. 

I am a registered Social Worker and an accredited member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I completed my Bachelor of Social Worker from the University of Manitoba with a prior Honours bachelor in Kinesiology from Lakehead University.

Beyond my role as a Counsellor, I also am an immigrant from Bangladesh and Bengali is my mother tongue. I came to Canada to pursue my career and build a better life. I strongly believe in using the Strength-Based, collaborative and non-judgemental approach when helping others. I offer a safe, private, confidential environment and work with my clients to empower them to discover the positive changes they seek.

Orillia

Staff

  • Lily McGuire, Recreation and Wellness Assistant
  • Elana Weber, Student Wellness and Athletics Coordinator

Health Providers

  • Dr. Alison Parsons, Naturopatic Doctor
  • Malcolm Morum, PHC-Nurse Practitioner - Huronia Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic 

Counsellors

Skye Casey (she/her), MA, RP 
My name is Skye and I am a Registered Psychotherapist. I began my work as a psychotherapist three years ago when I completed my master's in counselling psychology with a specialization in addictions. I utilize a compassion-focused and strengths-based approach in my practice. I believe that as we begin to hold ourselves more kindly and let go of the fight with our feelings, we can open up and take committed action towards living a rich and meaningful life. I hope that in our work together I can provide you with an empathetic and supportive space to facilitate the process of internal change.
Sarah Fiorini-Taylor (she/her), B.A., M.A.C.P., RP
My name is Sarah Fiorini-Taylor, and I am a registered psychotherapist. I value that as clients, your mental health journey is personal and unique to you, and I am there to walk alongside you and provide support and tools to help you reach your end goal. You know yourself best and what works or doesn’t work for you, and my wish is that I can stir reflection and pull out that inner knowledge to put into practice while we work together to give you confidence in your healing journey, whatever that healing may look like to you. I believe that I learn from my clients as well, gaining new insights and knowledge to add to my toolbox and past training. I strive to provide a welcome, caring, non-judgmental environment to work in and look forward to helping you on your path to wellbeing.
Kath Gradwell (she/her), R.P., R.E.C.E., AECEO.C.
Hi, my name is Kath and I’m a Registered Psychotherapist. I have been working in the field for a number of years. As a life-long learner, I have great respect for the energy it takes to process new information and gain new skills and competence. Having an opportunity to learn in a post-secondary setting is a wonderful experience but also requires some careful planning and balancing of time, expectations and responsibilities. Being a student is a valuable job and I am open to helping you find the support and strategies that will assist your success. I strive to provide an accepting space to assist you in recognizing and applying your strengths to your challenges. I'm careful with my digital footprint, so would like to share a favourite photo that grounds me. I hope you enjoy the majesty of our Canadian Rockies as much as I do!