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Meet our Experts

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

Dr. John Álvarez de Lorenzana
MD MA CCFP(AM) CISAM RCC RYT
Founder + Medical Director

Dr. De Lorenzana is an Addiction Medicine specialist, certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the International Society of Addiction Medicine. He is the former Physician Lead and Co-Founder of the START program (Substance use & Treatment Response Team) at Vancouver Coastal Health. He teaches at the University of British Columbia and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine. He also has a private practice as a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Nanaimo, BC.

Dr. De Lorenzana received his Medical Doctorate from McMaster University and completed his postgraduate training in Inner-city Family Medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. He teaches Behavioural Medicine and is an active member (former co-chair) of the Resident Resilience Subcommittee in the Department of Family Practice at UBC. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2001 and his Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology in 2008 at UBC.

Apart from medicine and psychology, Dr. De Lorenzana has extensive training and expertise in Mindfulness Meditation (Vipassana) both as a researcher and teacher. He has also completed his training in Kundalini Yoga at the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI) in New Mexico.

Dr. Carmen Chornell
MD CCFP RYT
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 and Exercise as Medicine as well as yoga classes and workshops both virtually and in-person.

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.

 

Meghan Weir
LPN RYT
Addiction Nurse + Certified Life Coach

Meghan Weir is a Certified Life Coach, Addictions Nurse and is Yoga Alliance Certified in Kundalini Yoga & Meditation; Yin Yoga as well as Hatha Yoga. She assists both men & women in healing from their limiting beliefs and suppressed emotions; guiding them to feel empowered by their soul aligned authentic truth. She has shared her mission on an international platform and continues to spread her message and transform lives through her teachings of Self Love & Empowerment.

Meghan envisions a world where we no longer suffer in silence. A world where we no longer feel misunderstood, burnt out, frustrated, unfulfilled, disconnected, anxious or alone. A world where we feel EMPOWERED by our stories and no longer ashamed. A world where we have a strong connection to our mind, body and soul and its intuitive powers. A world in where we feel inspired, connected and aligned with our soul’s authentic truth.

Leslie Wilkin
MSW RSW RCC RYT
Clinical Counsellor + Social Worker

Leslie is a Registered Social Worker, Registered Clinical Counsellor and yoga teacher with extensive experience in the areas of trauma, mental health, and addictions. She holds both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Social Work and has completed advanced training in the treatment of PTSD and trauma recovery, including EMDR and Somatic therapies. Her clinical specialization has been helping girls and women heal from relational traumas and anxiety disorders.

As a yoga teacher she developed and taught yoga programs for Vancouver Coastal Health Acute Mental Health & Addictions and is an established trainer in the area of trauma-sensitive yoga. Leslie is a firm believer in the wisdom of the body, and of the healing potency of safe relationships and connection to the natural world. She is an inspired student of herbalism, permaculture and Ayurveda and is endlessly fascinated by humans’ dynamic relationships with our environment.

Craig Hamilton
Y12SR RYT
Community Aftercare Coach

Craig brings an incredible amount of experience in addiction, recovery, yoga and the brass tacks of life. He brings warmth, integrity, humour and compassion to everything he does and we feel fortunate to be aligned with him and highlight his teaching.

There is a healthy fulfilled purposeful life in all of us who have suffered with addiction. We all need guidance to find the tools that will work for us so we can reclaim our lives and move beyond addiction.

Craig’s personal healing incorporated retraining the physical, emotional and spiritual patterns he used to survive. Craig will share with you the tools to break through the blocks that have been holding you back from discovering your true self. It will take a commitment to show up and a willingness to do the work.

Craig will work with you not only create a sustainable recovery, but to move on to find your own unique path of Discovery.

Ren Fukushima
MOA E-RYT YACEP
Founder + COO

Ren is a Medical Office Administrator, Yoga Teacher + Mentor and proud West Coast Weirdo! She is a Japanese-Canadian, former A-type freakshow, fight or flight work-a-holic turned Divine Feminine Kundalini Evangelist and Creator of the infamous #wombtangclan. Ren’s unique dharma is offering Spiritual Guidance, facilitating Rebirthing Kundalini Yoga and teaching Yoga for Men.

Skillful at helping students navigate grief, deep-seated anger, chronic pain, intimacy blocks and nervous system related illness, Ren has deep embodied wisdom in the realms of core wound healing, masculine and feminine energy and how to harness sexual energy for emotional healing.

GARUDA GROUPS
VIRTUAL Re•GROUP SERIES FOR STRESS
RECOVERY TO SELF DISCOVERY
VIRTUAL REHAB ADDICTION AFTERCARE