Christy Leeferink, BA, Client Care Manager
Christy's contribution to The Practice Calgary is dynamic.  She sets the standard for excellence in client care through administrative leadership within our team. She is available to answer your inquiries and works tirelessly to ensure that you have the right clinician based upon expertise.

Taylor Carr, Administrative Lead

Program Development
Taylor helps run The Practice Calgary in any way he can. He is here to help make the booking process as smooth as possible and happy to be the friendly face on the front desk. His interests include golf, wakesurfing, and essentially anything outdoors!

Carmen Dodsworth, Ph.D., Registered Psychologist

Clinical Director


Dr. Carmen Dodsworth founded The Practice Calgary in 2011 after 10 years of service delivery in clinical, community, hospital and educational settings in both Alberta and British Columbia.  She provides services across the lifespan for individuals and families including direct support, consultation and coordination.  Carmen completed her PhD studies in Psychology, with a focus on behavioural neurology and health psychology bringing the latest in research and practice to our clinicians and ultimately to you.


Joanne Stephen, Ph.D.,  Registered Psychologist


Dr. Joanne Stephen is a Registered Psychologist with over 20 years experience in Health and Clinical / Counseling Psychology. She has expertise in clinical assessment and intervention, with individuals, couples and families. Joanne has additional experience in executive coaching and group facilitation, and has worked at program development, evaluation, and implementation. 

​Liann Meloff, Ph.D., Registered Psychologist

Dr. Liann Meloff is a registered psychologist with over 14 years of experience in her field. Dr. Meloff is a graduate of the University of Calgary and the University of British Columbia where she earned a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology, and is a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists. While Dr. Meloff maintains a broad base of clients including adults and couples, she specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and families with a variety of presenting issues including: anxiety, depression, divorce, ADHD, behavioral problems, self-esteem, self-harming, and body image. Dr. Meloff utilizes a variety of approaches with her clients with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy and structural family therapy. Dr. Meloff also incorporates play therapy into her work with children.

Derek Robinson, M.Ed. (Specialization in Counselling Psychology), Registered Psychologist

Derek Robinson has been a Registered Psychologist since 2005 and completed his Masters of Education (specialized in Counselling Psychology) from the University of Lethbridge. He has worked in the field of human performance and had the privilege to work alongside some of the best leaders, coaches, teams, athletes, medical and support staff in the World. Derek as attended the last 4 Olympic Winter Games as part of the Canadian Olympic Team and worked with a variety of sports. As a psychologist, Derek understands elite performance and how to achieve one’s goals. And more importantly, he has worked in the trenches with individuals, couples, and families on the human side of life and the many challenges people face. Derek believes in a team approach and what “The Practice” offers Calgary.


Naomi Varricchio, RCSW Clinical Social Work


Naomi Varricchio has a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Calgary and is registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers. She has been practicing psychotherapy for ten years in the Calgary area. She has experience assisting individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, stress, and addictions. Naomi has training in a number of therapy modalities and has experience supporting other therapists in their clinical practices. She works with individuals, couples, and families.​


Rory Hornstein, Registered Dietitian

As a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Educator, Rory's mission is to help people by developing healthy eating habits. Her goal is to educate by integrating my knowledge and skills in the fields of nutrition, fitness, health promotion and disease prevention. An AFLCA certified Fitness, YogaFit and Pilates (MAT I/MAT II) instructor at Heavens Fitness, Rory has had over 12 years experience. Her strong health and wellness background and visionary approach to learning make for a very stirring combination in the fields of nutrition and physical activity. Rory is a certified Bariatric dietitian empowering her clients to become "intuitive eaters" and reach their goals; one bite at a time. She uses a "non-dieting" approach and encourages her clients to adopt an overall healthier lifestyle for achieving their goals. Rory is a specialist in the dietary management of IBS using a low FODMAP diet. Her focus is on how to safely and effectively implement a low FODMAP diet in clinical practice. Rory has completed FODMAP training through Monash University in Australia.


The Practice is dedicated to excellence in service. All clinicians are Registered Psychologists and members of both the College of Alberta Psychologists and The Psychologists Association of Alberta

Areas of clinical expertise are broad, including

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Issues
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Sensory Processing Concerns
  • Parenting
  • Communication
  • Anger
  • Addiction 
  • Personality Issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Assessments in a number of areas including;
    • Educational assessment
    • Learning differences
    • ADHD
    • Giftedness
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Behavioral Issues

At The Practice, clinicians offer dynamic and flexible support. We offer unique service delivery including in-clinic, home, community and workplace settings via in-person, by phone or Skype. We are leading the way in providing innovative and collaborative care for our clients. Our clinical team works closely together so that you benefit from the strength and experience of each team member. This approach also ensures that you will never be left without support should your primary clinician be temporarily unavailable.

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Contact booking@thepracticecalgary.com

or call 403-472-5862

We are committed to excellence in service delivery and all inquiries will be responded to in one business day