Kathy joined the military fresh out of high school and 5 years later graduated from the University of Alberta with an undergraduate degree in Criminology. 6.5 years later after achieving a commissioned officer rank, she joined the Edmonton Police Service (EPS). She has been a police officer for 20 years and has worked in various areas – including the Gang and Drugs Unit, The Drug Undercover Street Team, a provincial task force for Organized Crime that was integrated with the RCMP, Canada Border Customs, the EPS and Camrose Police. She has served the majority of her career on the front line in patrol as a constable, a squad Sergeant and as a temporary acting Staff Sergeant. As a member of the EPS Critical Incident Stress Management team for over 12 years, Kathy has seen firsthand the importance of supporting members of emergency services, Veterans, military personnel and their families.
In 2009, Kathy began full time Graduate School while supervising a 14 member patrol squad and working shiftwork. Shortly afterward, Kathy registered as a psychologist in Alberta with a dual specialization in Clinical Psychology and Behavior modification, and she offers therapy in both an office setting and using horses in an Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy modality. She is the owner of her own psychology practice – Balance Psychological Services – which specializes in the treatment of stress injuries and PTSD in addition to continuing her employment with the Edmonton Police Service. For the past 4 years within the EPS, she has implemented many projects to create organizational efficiencies - particularly within the realm of mental health. Many of these projects have been in partnership with Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health - Alberta's provincial health providers.
Kathy has presented on the topics of Seasonal Affective Disorder, stress, resiliency, PTSD and workplace reintegration, and stress management through life transitions in the form of job loss. She also facilitates Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy workshops for Leadership, Communication, PTSD and Couples. In 2015, she co-facilitated a workshop with Veterans with PTSD and their families with CanPraxis, which is the Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy subset of the Wounded Warriors Canada program in Ontario. She has presented at the Helping the Helpers PTSD education day in Antigonish Nova Scotia in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and is set to present on PTSD at a First Responder mental health education day in PEI in September.
Kathy also has a familial understanding of serving members of the military and emergency services, as her husband is former military - a 7 year member of the 1 Combat Engineer Regiment with 2 overseas deployments to his credit. He is currently a Sergeant with the Edmonton Police Service. She is an avid runner and has competed in 3 Ironman Canada races in addition to numerous 1/2 Ironmans, and many road and trail running races. Kathy and her husband live with their 6 horses and 2 dogs on their ranch just outside of Edmonton.