Co-Founder, Visionary, Marketing Wizard, Reality Bender.
Kelsey is a big hearted, outspoken, polarizing wall-flower, rarely spotted out past 9 pm.
Being the co-creator of a trauma healing modality may seem like an odd pursuit, considering her foul language and neck tattoo - but going against the grain is what she’s known for.
Rocking radical transparency and the ability to make even the blackest sheep feel normal, many people feel like they know her, but very few actually get the opportunity to.
Her highly engaging and entertaining lectures within her academy are both magnetic and ironic, considering she didn’t even finish high school.
Showing her community how to break free from societal chains, pressures and limitations is one of her main driving forces, proving first hand that you can bend reality and create the life you WANT - regardless of external noise, personal history or archaic paradigms.
Often found wearing a hat and sipping on bougie water, Kelsey’s endless ideas and ability to think outside the box will have you inspired to create new realms you never thought possible.
With her and Vanessa’s spontaneous move to The Sunshine Coast, you’ll find her getting lost in their back 40 rainforest, taking photos of her beloved Italian Mastiff and stunning ragdoll, scaling mossy banks, or sipping americano’s on the ocean side.
- Strongly prefers eating off pure white plates
- Only wears mens underwear (Must have thick waist bands, usually Calvin Klein)
- Obsessed with Lions, Elephants, Rhinos… and basically all animals
- Would accidentally rather cause a collision to avoid hitting even a dragonfly
- Often screams, loudly, when driving by a field of cows (which happened often when she lived in Alberta)
- She’s ALL about balance: Which explains her BIG HEART and... criminal record
- Favourite Movie of ALL TIME: The Lion King
- Biggest Pet Peeve: The sound of chewing and people who litter or lie
- Favourite Artist of ALL TIME: First Place - Brandi Carlile, Second Place - Eminem (remember, balance)
- Biggest Fear: Regretting not going ALL in on unrealistic goals
Co-Founder, Lead Facilitator, Conductor of Healing in the realm of Magic
Charming and compassionate, with a healthy dose of “don’t f#%k with me”, Vanessa’s essence may be the medicine and mentor your soul’s been longing for.
Those who know Vanessa have realized; you can run, you can hide, but she will still see you. All of you. This is both terrifying and magnetizing.
How does she do it? How is she able to see your deepest secrets and relieve you of their burdens within minutes of being in her presence?
This is the magic that she’s known for empowering healers with, within her academy, as well as clients in her private practice reserved for those who are ready to heal the unthinkable.
Vanessa’s acupuncture sessions are an amalgamation of the ancient chinese wisdom, intertwined with her own magic, quickly making her one of Edmonton’s most sought out acupuncturists.
When she’s not rocking people worlds, her favourite past times include making Orgonite, sitting by the beach, sipping americano’s with her hilarious wife, and ripping through the rainforest on her Rad Runner plus.
Vanessa is someone you’ll quickly fall in-love with, simply because of her ability to guide you to fall in-love with yourself.
Could eat rice every single day for the rest of my life
Has literal difficulty distinguishing between colors. Especially yellow vs. orange, blue vs. black
Will instinctively crush bugs out of fear (much to her Wife’s dismay)
Created a 10 piece androgynous fashion line and presented it at Canada Western Fashion Week
Oddly delighted with the muscle twitch response that an acu needle can provoke
She’s ALL about balance: Which explains her BIG HEART and... criminal record
Favourite Movie of ALL TIME: Avatar
Biggest Pet Peeve: Sarcasm, the sound of dogs bathing
Can access a shockingly deep voice for her petit frame (legit baritone)
Favourite Artist of ALL TIME: Michael Jackson and Brandi Carlile
Biggest Fear: Kelsey dying unexpectedly
- Changed her name from Vanessa Groshong to Vincent VanOhm (or V, for short).
Conductor (aka: operations/project management genius!) and creative Communications peep on the team.
She’s a kooky, creative Gemini who finally embraced her Virgo Rising… finding yet another creative outlet for herself in the work of organizing systems, developing processes, and strategic planning.
Maybe it’s her planetary placements and alignments, or the way her brain works, or BOTH... but Katt is always thinking strategically and has an uncanny ability to synthesize complex ideas and help turn nebulous visions into reality by capturing high level strategies and then breaking it all down into actionable steps.
Around EHA, Katt is known as the ‘creator of magical spreadsheets’ - which is just one of the ways she exercises her creativity while creating order, harmonizing information, and generally gettin’ sh*t done!
She gets lit the F up about shifting the collective consciousness, systemic change/innovation, social justice, and decolonization. Katt is really F’n interesting. She’s full of surprises and stories, hilarity and silly accents, song lyrics and movie quotes...and ideas (big and small) flow through her with total ease.
She was a professional photographer in her twenties and early thirties, specializing in photojournalism and portraiture. She’s a community developer and organizer and has produced live music events and conferences, worked as a leader in the nonprofit sector, and her first job when she lived in Toronto was as a ZOMBIE in the club district (seriously, that’s for real, ask her about it.)
Katt is the conductor of the EHA ‘orchestra’, helping to harmonize all the Empowered Healers Academy has to offer. She is our community liaison for the S.I.T. Healers Network, and has a myriad of creative skills she puts to use in her work, from writing to graphic design to strategic ideation. Her biggest challenge is that she doesn’t have the capacity to exist in parallel realities, yet.
The Behind-the-scenes Mastermind, or more formally known as EHA’s Creative Administrator
André’s the 21-year-old virtual assistant prodigy of EHA, reppin’ all the way from the Philippines, and a spicy lil’ addition to the team!
All things audio-visual, may it be your Welcome Box, an EHA brochure, the Podcast teasers we drop, up to this very webpage you’re looking at right now - all of these went through André’s magic touch.
She turns our content into spunky, eye-catching, yet easily digestible, materials! Always aiming to capture that high-quality rawness and fiery energy that EHA never fails to uphold in all of their assets.
Aside from her ingenious talents, she’s also got the soft skills perfect for the team—she’s a team player, someone understanding and patient with whatever task she’s given. But most importantly, she understands that, sometimes, the things she’ll be dealing with contain a lot of sensitive content, so she’s got the strong “brush it off” attitude that keeps her grounded without neglecting compassion and concern.
With the amount of life-changing and trauma-unlearning sh!t we deal with over here, André’s got the perfect mix of ball-busting professionalism as well as a socially aware empath.
And if you ever decide to join EHA as a Facilitator, she’ll be there to lend a hand, from providing support and insight to collaborating with you to develop your own course within EHA. Whatever it may be, you’ve surely got her as a team member to lean on!
Is it possible to have your hand held and your ass kicked at the same time? Well, if you ask Amanda it is.
Uncompromising in her mission to bring out the best in you as a human, practitioner and world changer, Amanda is dedicated to building a movement of no BS, real AF alternative health practitioners; included, but not limited to, Potion Masters, in her unique Herbal Certification Program; Potion Class.
When she is not getting teary over Neville, her favourite Harry Potter character, she can be found teaching at Grant Mac University, doing her best to walk the walk and talk the talk, demonstrating to her students what a badass clinician and educator can be.
Her students know her as gleefully blunt, with the capacity to keep you on your toes while simultaneously creating a sense of ease in her presence. She will teach you how to hold all the parts of your wild and contradictory self, while holding radical space for those who you serve.
If you are ready to give 100%, she is ready to pull you towards the highest version of yourself - kicking and screaming if need be...After all, tears are nothing to be afraid of.Become a Potion Master!
At a glance AshVal might seem intimidating and intense. Her posture commands authority and you’ll get this feeling that she’s looking at you a little different, and that’s because she is.
AshVal is skilled and highly attuned to the nuances of human behaviour, movement and language, and how each of them affects the entire being. She reads between the lines to see your truth, helping you become a truly Embodied Human.
One of her favourite slogans is ‘Consistency breeds trust’ and she helps you apply this to every relationship in your life, most importantly the one you have with yourself. When you trust your mind, body and soul, your life has no choice but to get better.
She’s not all work and no play though. AshVal is the Queen of dry humour and dad jokes and would dance to Taylor Swift all day given the chance. She’s also an aspiring cook and makes one of the meanest French onion soups out there.
Once you get past the intimidation factor you’ll find AshVal is one of the easiest most grounded and non judgmental people to be around and you falling in love with yourself is her greatest reward.Join AshVal in Re-Knowing!
EMPOWERED HEALERS ACADEMY IS QUEER OWNED AND LED, WITH TEAM MEMBERS OF ALL ETHNICITY'S, GENDERS AND SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS.
Our community is like a glitter bomb—full of different colors, backgrounds, cultures, belief systems, self-expressions, sexual orientations, abilities, and walks of life.
We tend to attract the heart-centred rebels of the world who are looking for a place they can finally stand the f#%k out, simply by just being themselves.
You can breathe deeper knowing that you and your wonderful quirks are fully seen AND celebrated.
We are committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment.
If there's a way we can make our products more accessible and inclusive, please email [email protected]
As long as you're not an asshole of a human (racist, homophobic, judgemental, gossip/drama driven, sexist, etc.) you belong here, and we’re stoked to have you!