Our Staff

Dr. Paul G. Swingle

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Paul G. Swingle, Ph.D., Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association

Dr. Swingle can be considered one of the founding fathers of Clinical Psychoneurophysiology, one of a select few, directly responsible for bringing Neurotherapy out of university labs and clinics to the general populace in the 1980’s.

His academic positions include, Professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa from 1972 to 1997, Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School from 1991 to 1998, Associate Attending Psychologist at McLean Hospital (Boston), Head of the Clinical Psychophysiology Service McLean Hospital (Boston). Professor Swingle was also Clinical Supervisor at the University of Ottawa from 1987 to 1997 and Chairman of the Faculty of Child Psychology from 1972 to 1977. Dr. Swingle is a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia and is Board Certified in Biofeedback and Neurotherapy. He is actively involved in research and practice. His numerous publications including nine books and numerous peer reviewed journal publications. Some of which can be accessed here.

Dr. Mari K. Swingle

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Mari K. Swingle (AKA Dr. Mari), MA English Education, PhD Clinical Psychology, Fellow, BCIA

Dr. Mari Swingle, or Dr. Mari as she tends to be referred to at the Swingle Clinic brings to the clinic extensive experience from both the world of Education and Clinical Psychology. Prior to the founding of Swingle Clinic, in 1997, Dr. Mari worked extensively in curriculum development, language learning, and the exploration of learning modalities to assist with accelerated as well as remedial learning. Currently she works with a wide range of neurophysiological ailments; her specialty lying with children and families experiencing behavioral and learning difficulties including but not limited to, dyslexia, processing, written output, speech and auditory disorders. Dr. Mari Swingle also frequently works with the dynamics that arise in families with a child experiencing learning and or behavioral challenges including parental fatigue, depression, anxiety, addictions, and couple/parental dynamics. This includes family counseling and couples therapy. Dr. Mari Swingle is a Board-Certified Neurotherapist since 2000. She has Level Two Certification in EMDR, EFT, and Level One Craniosacral Therapy.

Dr. Mari, is the 2015 winner of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) Early Career Impact Award for her research on the effects of i-technology on brain function. Dr. Mari presents her research and speaks regularly on the topic of i-media on the neurophysiology of children and adults. She has a book on the subject, i-Minds released in 2016.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Bernhard

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Dr. Elizabeth Bernhard, PhD, MA Counseling Psychology

Liz Bernhard, PhD, one of the newest member to our team is a licensed psychologist in Kentucky. Throughout her 20 plus years as a psychologist, she has worked with clinical and corporate clients in North and South America. She completed both her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Il. Though from the US, she is happy to call Canada home. Dr. Bernhard works in both English and Portuguese.

 

 


Our highly trained neurotechnician staff is skilled in healing facilitation techniques including therapeutic touch, energy psychology and cranial sacral therapy. Their training background ranges from nursing to physiotherapy to traditional Chinese medicine. Ongoing training in supportive and facilitating healing techniques is an integral part of our clinical staff development program.

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Jana has been working as a Neurotechnician and Craniosacral Therapist at Swingle Clinic since 2001. Her life-long learning journey started in Czech Republic where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Education. After immigrating to Canada  Jana pursued studies in health care and completed certification in radiation therapy. After 12 years of working at BC Cancer Agency she started taking more courses and obtained the Childbirth Educator Certificate. Jana specializes in Craniosacral Therapy, and is masterful in several CST therapy modalities including Somato Emotional Release (SER), accordingly Jana often instructs at workshops. Jana also completed three years of acupuncture program at ICTCM (International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver) and is well versed in the theories of Traditional Chinese medicine. Jana continues attending lectures and seminars in preventative medicine and in her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, and exploring history

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Eleanor has been a neurotechnician at Swingle Clinic for thirteen years. She is a registered nurse with medical/surgical, palliative care and homecare experience.

She has many years of experience with yoga, meditation and the study of psychology and personality types. She also has a keen interest in facilitating clients with their efforts to exceed limitations and work toward developing their full potential.

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Early has a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from Fatima College of Physical Therapy in the Philippines. She also holds a Certificate in Adult Mental Health from Douglas College. Prior to working at Swingle Clinic Early worked in a private facility for individuals with mental health issues. Here Early assisted individuals with mental health challenges and addiction issues by guiding and supporting to enable healing and recovery.

In 2007, Early joined Swingle Clinic as a Neurotechnician. She now works with both children and adults with wide range of neurophysiologic conditions. Early is our specialist bodily injury, brain trauma, and biological ailments that result in compromised movement. She blends her knowledge from both the worlds of physiotherapy and pshychoneurophsiology to assist  individuals reach their maximum potential. Early also runs our sleep assessment lab.

Early is a most compassionate individual, passionate about her work often going beyond the call of duty to accommodate clients well being. She treats every client with outmost respect and works very hard to provide them with the best and effective treatment they deserve.

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Lucie has been a neurotechnician at Swingle Clinic for fourteen years. She has Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in Psychology from the University of Edmonton, Alberta. Prior to joining the Swingle Clinic, Lucie worked with special needs individuals with behavioural, physical and mental challenges in a community based setting. Her experience also includes one-on-one career counseling, workshop design, and group instruction to help clients with finding their career path and goal setting. Lucie has also taken numerous courses in counseling and nutrition. She very much enjoys helping individuals not only reach their best potential, but to thrive, by applying a holistic approach to wellbeing.

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Natasha calls Vancouver home, although originally she was born in Poland and moved around throughout her life, living in Germany, Ontario Canada, England and Sun Peaks.  She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Psychology.  She always had an interest in biological psychology and neuropsychology, particularly in how it relates to mental health.  While finishing her degree at SFU, Natasha worked as a volunteer at Riverview Psychiatric Hospital, in the neuropsychology ward.  As a result of her experiences at Riverview Hospital, she became interested in non-pharmacological treatments to mental health.  Natasha first became aware of the importance and relevance of electroencephalography (EEG) research from her professor at SFU, who ran an EEG lab. She wasn’t aware of the many treatment capabilities using EEG technology, until watching a television program in which Dr. Swingle was interviewed about the many benefits of neurotherapy.  Natasha joined the clinic as a neurotechnician in 2011.  During this time she completed her first Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) designation, which has allowed her to practice CST, as well as assist Dr. Swingle and Jana, in Somato Emotional Release (SER) sessions.  Today she continues to enjoy assisting the variety of clientele at the Single Clinic using non-invasive yet highly effective treatments.

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Kimmy graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical sciences, China in 2002 and holds a bachelor degree in medicine and a major in maternal and child health care. She also studied at the University College in London, UK, where she graduated with a Master’s degree in molecular medicine in 2003.

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Stephanie was born in Vancouver, but raised in Hong Kong. She has lived in different parts of Canada before her move to the west coast and she is happy to be back in Vancouver again. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo in Ontario and is currently working on her Master’s in Cognitive Science at UBC. She has worked at different Psychology labs and is actively involved in research. Through conducting her research projects, she has become proficient in collecting and analyzing data using EEG and other psychophysiological measures such as heart rate, respiration and skin conductance responses. She started to explore the field of biofeedback while researching information for her publication, and learned about the work done by Dr. Swingle and his team. She became interested in neurotherapy and biofeedback and joined the clinic as a technician and R&D coordinator in 2015. Here at the Swingle Clinic, Stephanie administers neurotherapy treatment sessions and also coordinates research projects for the team. She is dedicated to provide high quality care and support for clients and to learn continually in the field of biofeedback treatments.

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Ashley
 joined the Single Clinic team as a Neurotechnician and Craniosacral Therapist in 2016. She brings with her over 14 years’ experience working in the alternative health sector along with a Master’s in Science degree from the University of Edinburgh. Ashley also specializes in Somato Emotional Release (SER) a highly effective, safe way, to release trauma stored in the cellular tissue of the human body. Ashley continues to train in advanced Crainosacral therapy courses and act as a Teaching Assistant for beginner level Crainosacral courses. Ashley believes the body has its own inner wisdom, and if supported, listened to and cared for, the body can heal itself.