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We value depth, quality, education and experience.
Our team members are all passionate, inspired professionals and life-long learners.

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Dr. De Lorenzana
Founder + Medical Director

Certified as an Addiction Medicine specialist by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the International Society of Addiction Medicine, Dr. De Lorenzana is leading the way to a deeper understanding of addiction and mental health. He received his Medical Doctorate from McMaster University and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

His clinical counselling practice specializes in supporting healthcare professionals and humans looking for transformation and meaning. He addresses concerns such as moral injury, compassion fatigue, existential crisis and substance misuse.

Prior to his medical career Dr. De Lorenzana completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and his Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He conducted + authored original research on the effects of Mindfulness Meditation in mental health providers as part of his graduate thesis. In addition he is a dedicated Dharma practitioner, Certified Group Psychotherapist, Registered Clinical Counsellor and Kundalini Insight® Teacher.

Dr. Carmen Chornell
Family Physician + Yoga Teacher

Dr. Carmen Chornell is a Family Physician and Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor. During medical school in Edmonton she completed yoga training from Rameen Peyrow at the Sattva School of Yoga. She then completed her Family Medicine Residency in Nanaimo through UBC. She has special interest in addictions, sports medicine, and mental health. Dr. Chornell is leading engaging, educational and embodied Group Medical Visits called Food as Medicine, Exercise as Medicine and ReConnect: An exploration of your breath + mind.

Dr. Chornell focuses on meditative self-inquiry and self-compassion to dive deeper into the root of one’s suffering as a means to liberation. Rather than focusing on medications, her medical practice supports quieting the mind through breath work and somatic techniques, along with using food and exercise as important adjuncts for wholesome healing. She strives to create a space that allows others to listen to their own intelligence within.

Dr. Christine Layton
Family Physician + Maternity Care Provider

Dr. Christine Layton is passionate about women’s health and maternity care. She enjoys discussing everything related to pregnancy. All the way from when to go to the hospital, pain management, induction of labour, c-sections, stages of labour to what to expect in labour,  potential complications, newborn testing, and postpartum contraception options. Her 8-week Group Medical Visit program called Pregnancy 101 will provide prenatal education through the lens of a Maternity Doctor. Dr. Layton hopes to increase your sense of community, especially during COVID when it is hard to meet other expecting parents.

Vancouver Island raised, Dr. Layton completed her education in Northern BC before coming back to balmy Vancouver Island for her Family Medicine Residency training through UBC. Dr. Layton’s Group Medical Visits are fun, educational and empowering.

Dr. Adeola Mead
Bsc (hons) ND
Naturopathic Physician

Dr. Mead comes from a long line of incredible healers. Over her 15 years in practice, she found that many patients were struggle with a combination of digestive disturbance, fatigue and mood imbalances such as depression or anxiety. That is why she decided to focused her practice and specialize in caring for this exact constellation of concerns.

Dr. Mead believes that deep healing comes from both being seen and feeling heard. Her job is to listen attentively to her patients and use her experience and training to identify the root causes of their symptoms and identify the patterns that are manifesting in various systems within their bodies.

Her dream of becoming a doctor was born in childhood, spending hours concocting precious, pretend medicines made from food and herbs to heal her ailing grandparents. This desire to serve and heal has stayed with Dr. Mead throughout her life and when she discovered Naturopathic Medicine, it fit her perfectly. It made perfect sense to her to go beyond symptoms and treat whole people by natural means.

Dr. Mead has helped thousands of patients in Canada and the US reclaim their health and vitality through comprehensive testing, diet and lifestyle changes and education regarding therapeutic self care.

Arezou Mirzaei
Canadian Certified Counsellor

Arezou provides a warm and safe place to explore your thoughts, feelings and gain a more in-depth self-awareness. She believes in the innate wisdom that we all have and views relationship and mental health concerns as our body’s natural way of communicating the deeper struggles.

As both mother and a therapist, Arezou feels called to support women struggling with postpartum depression and parenting burnout. She offers an 8-week interactive online counselling program called Mama Matters!

Arezou believes that improving your coping mechanisms are an important first step to reconstructing negative thought patterns and improving quality of life.

Her approach to counselling is deeply rooted in Mindfulness-based techniques, Adlerian, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Gottman Couples Therapy.

Ren Fukushima
Founder + MOA

Ren wears different hats at Garuda Centre, running the office as the Medical Office Administrator and facilitating groups as a Kundalini Insight teacher. Ren’s groups provide a transformational container for people to access their true power and release the trapped emotion holding them back.

Skillful at holding space to navigate and explore grief, deep-seated rage, intimacy blocks and fear, Ren makes deep work as fun and cool as humanly possible.

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