Meet The Team
Calgary, Alberta & St. Albert, Alberta
Blake Ausmus is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta. He is the owner of Sano State Health Clinic and he practices in Calgary and St. Albert.
Blake has been practicing biofeedback and Neurofeedback therapy in Calgary since early 2014. Since then, his practice has evolved to include counselling as well. He finds fulfillment in helping people overcome trauma (both physical and emotional) through various approaches and therapies. Using a non-judgmental approach in mental health is essential to him, as he recognizes the importance of clients feeling comfortable in order for progress to occur.
Blake is passionate about technologies and how they can be implemented in therapy. He has been trained in several different types of Neurofeedback and, a result, clients of Sano State have access to cutting edge therapies that are non-invasive, but very effective, to support treatment. Blake is fluent in Spanish, and earned a BA at the University of Calgary in Spanish before finishing his M.Sc. in Psychology at Walden University. Currently he is completing a PhD in Psychology at Walden University.
Kayla Taylor is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta. She is the co-owner of Sano State Taylored Psychology Inc. and she practices in Calgary.
Kayla is passionate about mental health and wellness and has been practicing in the field since 2010. She has been using Neurofeedback Therapy since 2014. Kayla works with adults as well as children, adolescents, and families. She is client-centered and integrative in her approach. Kayla respects and values each individual’s tendency toward healing and growth. She is a strong believer of holism, mind-body connection, and the importance of healthy and secure attachments to our overall health and wellbeing. Kayla supports clients through various approaches in talk therapy and play-based therapy as well as Neurofeedback Therapy and Biofeedback.
Kayla has a Master’s of Science degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys spending time with her family and socializing with friends, exercising, travelling, and reading and learning.
Registered Provisional Psychologist,
Shyanna Albrecht is a Registered Provisional Psychologist who holds a Master of Education in School and Counselling Psychology. Shyanna practices from a strength and relationship based, trauma-informed, holistic lens. She merges concepts from multiple models of therapy.
Shyanna has a specific interest in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families, and is a LGBTQ2S+ ally. She draws from individuals’ unique strengths, and believes that every individual or family has the power to be successful within themselves, if provided with the right tools and some support along the way. Shyanna offers counselling, play-based therapy, psychoeducational assessments, and parenting consults.
Shyanna’s specializations include psychoeducational assessments as well as counselling and play-based therapy in a number of areas, including childhood and adolescent mental health and behavioural challenges, childhood learning strategies, couples counselling, parenting consultation, and career counselling.
Douglasdale Office Manager & Neurofeedback Practitioner
Angie Smith is a Neurofeedback Practitioner and Office Manager in Douglasdale, Calgary. Angie believes in a holistic approach to health where client needs are individualized and prioritized. She began her career in Human Resources where she spent nearly 10 years helping manage benefits plans and disability cases. Through this, she discovered her passion for health and more specifically the links between mental health and nutrition. Angie has received her certification for Holistic Nutrition as well as personal training and group fitness classes and she brings this knowledge and passion for health and wellness with her to the clinic each day. In her spare time, Angie loves being active and spending time with her family and friends.
Emily Corner is a Neurofeedback Practitioner in Calgary, which is a dream realized for her. Emily comes from 15 years in the corporate, marketing, events & philanthropy world, with her interest in mental health developing significantly after working with mental health focused charities. Emily’s passion for brain health, biohacking, & Neurofeedback therapy blossomed as she helped her husband overcome a lifetime of concussions. The time came to turn her knowledge into action. Emily enjoys working with families with a particular focus on whole-family mental wellness and she currently offers weekend home-based Neurofeedback therapy sessions. Emily’s deepest desire is to break down the stigma of mental health even further by focusing on the brain as an organ that can be increasingly restored to a healthier state with the proper therapies.
Emily lives and breathes health and wellness in her work and her personal life. You may find Emily’s family bathing under red lights, making their own skincare products or sugar free baking together.
Emma Nash is Neurofeedback Practitioner in Calgary and has been contributing to the team at Sano State since 2018. She is also a student at Mount Royal University working toward a major in psychology and a minor in math. Emma is fascinated with learning more about Neurofeedback therapy and how it helps a variety of people to improve their mental health. Her passion for learning within the field of psychology developed from a love for helping others. In her free time, Emma enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Allana Shewfelt is a Neurofeedback Practitioner in Calgary. Allana graduated from the University of Calgary in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and a Minor in Anthropology. In 2019, she received a PURE award and travelled to Mexico to complete research on Indigenous languages and culture of the Yucatec Maya.
Allana has been working in the therapy world since January 2018, specializing in play-based therapy for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. She has also spent time in the community as a recreational sports coach, in gymnastics and dance. Allana is passionate about diversity and multidisciplinary interventions. She is interested in growth and research, and is consistently broadening her skill set. With moderate comprehension in American Sign Language and Spanish, she hopes to increase the reach of therapy services.
Allana’s own personal experiences have helped her to become a strong mental health advocate; fostering not only compassion and empathy, but a drive to increase the efficacy and progress of health and therapy services. Outside of work, Allana spends her time playing music, reading, and crafting. As a bright and social character, she strongly values her relationships, and hopes to bring a positive experience to every person she meets.
Ineke Ruhnke is your first point of contact at our Killarney, Calgary location. She is pleased to make your visit an easy and positive experience.
Ineke has built her career in office administration in a variety of industries, including mental health, agriculture, government, and non-profit. She is also a Registered Commissioner of Oaths for the province of Alberta. Ineke finds a sense of accomplishment in helping others achieve an overall feeling of well-being. She is a resourceful employee and will answer or redirect your inquiries in a confidential manner.
When not busy in the office, Ineke actively engages in many outdoor activities and enjoys spending time with family and grandchildren.
St. Albert, Alberta
Jody Esch is a Neurofeedback Practitioner in St. Albert, Alberta. Neurofeedback has been life changing for Jody and her children and she is very excited to help others achieve their wellness goals.
Jody’s background in helping others is diverse. She has her Speech Language Pathologist Assistant Diploma and worked for 5 years with preschool children who had a variety of challenges including autism, behaviour challenges and severe speech and language delays. She also spent 12 years at the University Hospital (on the transplants, medicine and neurology units) and Mazankowski Heart Institute as a Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy Assistant. Jody is passionate about connecting with individuals and families and helping others live their best life. Outside of work, Jody loves spending time with her husband and three kids. She enjoys being active, the outdoors and travelling
St. Albert, Alberta
Chelsey Bancarz is a Neurofeedback Practitioner in St. Albert, Alberta. She graduated from Grant MacEwan in 2005 with a Physiotherapy Assistant diploma. Chelsey’s passion is helping individuals and families to reach their full potential and live their best lives possible.
Chelsey previously worked in home-care as a physiotherapy assistant and assisted seniors with mobility and range of motion/strengthening exercises. Chelsey has also worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant with many preschool children with diverse challenges including autism, fine and gross motor delays, sensory processing difficulties, emotional regulation difficulties and feeding challenges. Outside of work, Chelsey loves spending time with her children, husband, and two fur babies.