Meet Our Team
Dr. Heather Sheppard
Dr. Heather Sheppard completed her Ph.D. in 2006, graduating from University of New Brunswick. Dr. Sheppard has worked at Winnipeg Health Sciences Center, St. Boniface Hospitial, as well as Eastern Health. Dr Sheppard has also worked in private practices since 2003. She has taught at Memorial University and the University of New Brunswick and has been actively involved in training clinical psychologists.
Currently Dr. Sheppard is a director of the Beacon Centre Inc., where she offers therapy services with children, adolescents and adults presenting with a wide variety of mental health concerns. In her practice, Dr. Sheppard believes in helping a client to identify and harness their own strength and resilience to create change. She has a special interest in providing services to individuals who have experienced trauma as well as working with helping professionals (e.g., first responders, physicians) and military personnel. Dr. Sheppard also has special interest in working with individuals experiencing grief and life-altering illness (e.g., cancer).
Dr. Emily Case
Dr. Emily Case completed her Ph.D. in 2012, graduating from the University of Toronto. Dr. Case has worked at the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK), in Burlington, ON, and Eastern Health, in St. John's, NL. She has worked in private practice since 2015. She has also taught at Memorial University and has been actively involved in training clinical psychologists.
Currently, Dr. Case is a director of the Beacon Centre Inc., where she offers therapy services with children and adolescents presenting with a wide variety of mental health concerns. She has a special interest in providing services to children and their families around anxiety, behavioural difficulties, parenting, and relationship concerns. Dr. Case also has a special interest in working with young children through play therapy.
Dr. Kristen Williams
Dr. Kristen Williams completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Windsor in 2015. She received clinical training from settings in Ontario and Michigan including London Health Sciences Centre, Windsor Regional Hospital, and Tolan Park Clinic, Detroit. Dr. Williams has worked with Eastern Health and has been actively involved in training psychology residents.
Dr. Williams is a director of the Beacon Centre Inc., where she provides therapy services to adolescents and adults presenting with a range of mental health concerns. Dr. Williams works from a client centered approach and believes in working collaboratively with clients to set therapeutic goals. She has special interest in the areas of anxiety, stress, and coping.
Dr. Shannon Edison
Dr. Shannon Edison is a clinical psychologist and a director at the Beacon Centre, a private practice in St. John’s, NL. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Guelph in 2008. Prior to working full-time in private practice, Dr. Edison worked in a variety of settings, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto, ON), Hamilton Health Sciences Centre (Hamilton, ON), and Eastern Health (St. John’s, NL).
Dr. Edison has been actively involved in research and teaching. She held an Assistant Professor (PT) position in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University and has taught at the University of Guelph and Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. Edison was also the Provincial Coordinator for Clinical Training in Psychology at Eastern Health.
As a director at the Beacon Centre, Dr. Edison provides therapy services to children, adolescents, families, and adults presenting with a variety of mental health concerns. Dr. Edison believes in the importance of creating strong therapeutic relationships. From this starting point, she works with clients to determine the therapeutic approach that will best meet their needs and goals. Finally, sharing personal stories of positive, difficult, and funny experiences from the side of her own mountain rather than from the top is something that she values when helping others.
Jennifer White, M.S.W., R.S.W.
Jennifer White completed her Master of Education (Counselling Psychology) in 2012, graduating from Memorial University. In addition, Jennifer completed her Master of Social Work (Mental Health and Health) in 2017, graduating from the University of Toronto. Jennifer is a Registered Social Worker in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Jennifer is a therapist at the Beacon Centre Inc., where she offers individual therapy services with adolescents and adults presenting with a wide variety of mental health concerns. She has a special interest in working with individuals experiencing anxiety, stress, and depression.
Dr. Sarah Pegrum
Dr. Sarah Pegrum graduated from Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Australia with her PhD in 2010. While in Australia she worked providing general mental health treatment (Adult Community Mental Health-Launceston), as well as treatment of addictions (Taskforce Community Agency and Caranich). Since residing in St John's, Newfoundland she has worked in Eastern Health (HOPE Program and Adult Mental Health and Addictions). Dr. Pegrum has also taught at Memorial University, and has been involved in the training and supervision of psychologists.
Currently Dr. Pegrum is at the Beacon Centre offering services to adults struggling with a wide variety of mental health concerns (including anxiety, stress, trauma, binge eating and personality disorders). Dr. Pegrum is trained in a variety of different therapies that she draws upon to help people move towards a living a life consistent with what is important to them.
Dr. Ben Goddard
Dr. Ben Goddard completed his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Guelph, ON, in 2011. Towards the end of his training in Ontario he also taught at the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo. Additionally, he was employed at a long term residential addiction facility. It was during that time that Dr. Goddard developed a rich appreciation for the benefit of clinical intervention and as such he went on to complete a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology at Memorial University of NL. Since that time he has worked within the Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Program at Eastern Health.
Dr. Goddard provides therapy services to adults presenting with a variety of mental health concerns. He has an interest in anxiety, stress and coping, depression, grief and loss, and health psychology. Acceptance and commitment therapy, solution focused therapy, and motivational interviewing represent some of the therapeutic approaches utilized. Another area of interest is that of cognitive assessment and intervention.
Dr. Rebecca Ginsburg
Dr. Rebecca Ginsburg completed her Psy.D. in 2016, graduating from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. Ginsburg has worked at the MUN Counselling Centre and Eastern Health (community mental health and addictions), where she frequently worked with people experiencing anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, binge eating, trauma, and OCD, among other concerns. She has provided clinical supervision and training to psychology residents and doctoral students.
Dr. Ginsburg offers therapy services to adults with various mental health concerns, and has a special interest in gender diversity, grief and loss, and anxiety disorders. She collaboratively works with each of her clients to determine the best treatment approach for their individual goals; she often draws from ACT and emotion-focused therapies.
Dr. Dianna Brooks
Dr. Dianna Brooks is a recent graduate of Memorial University’s PsyD program (October 2019). She also holds a Masters degree from Memorial University in Experimental Psychology; a testament to her commitment to evidence-based clinical practice and passion for research.
Dr. Brooks completed her Doctoral Residency at the Memorial University Student Wellness and Counselling Centre (SWCC), where she enjoyed working with clients presenting with a variety of mental health issues including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, grief/loss, trauma, OCD, relationship/family issues, and issues related to sexual orientation/gender identity, among other concerns. While working at the SWCC, she was also responsible for the supervision of several doctoral students.
At the Beacon center, Dr. Brooks provides services to adults including individual therapy and a variety of assessments for psycho-diagnostic and psycho-educational purposes. Using an integrative approach, an individualized treatment plan is created collaboratively with each client, drawing upon elements from a variety of therapeutic approaches including psychodynamic, DBT, ACT and feminist therapy.
Dr. Alyssa Butler
Dr. Alyssa Butler graduated from the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program at Memorial University in 2018. She completed her pre-doctoral residency at Eastern Health, and since that time has worked within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health division at Eastern Health. She has been actively involved in training doctoral level psychology students and psychology residents.
Dr. Butler provides therapy services to children and adolescents presenting with a variety of mental health concerns. She has a special interest in providing services to youth and their families around anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), stress and coping, and acute trauma. Dr. Butler believes that individuals are the experts of their own lives and contexts. She works collaboratively with clients and their families to develop a treatment approach that best suits their needs and objectives. She draws most heavily from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Dr. Leah Puddester
Dr. Leah Puddester completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Ottawa in 2010. She has been a Licensed Psychologist in Newfoundland and Labrador since 2011 and a Licensed Psychologist by the Texas State Board of Psychological Examiners since 2018. Dr. Puddester currently resides in Houston, Texas, where she sees clients in-person at her private practice, and via Tele-Psychology for clients residing in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dr. Puddester has a diversified clinical skill set, offering individual therapy to adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health concerns. She has a special interest in working with depression, anxiety, trauma, and women’s mental health. Dr. Puddester is particularly passionate about working with women in the pregnancy and postpartum period and she holds the Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C) from the Postpartum Society International. She takes an integrative approach to therapy. Her practice is rooted in her belief in the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of coming alongside others to promote healing and growth. Her primary focus is on building a safe and trusting relationship with her clients so that individuals can realize their own strengths and capabilities.
Dr. Puddester is very excited to be working with The Beacon Centre to provide Tele-Psychology services to clients who, due to life circumstances or geography, are not able to receive services in-person.
Dr. Chris Duggan
Dr. Chris Duggan completed the Doctor of Psychology (Psy. D.) program at Memorial University in 2019. He completed a pre-doctoral residency in Health Psychology at Eastern Health and is currently working at the Tuckamore Youth Treatment Centre for adolescents with complex mental health presentations. Dr. Duggan has also taught at Memorial University, and has been involved in the training and supervision of psychologists. He has worked with various Eastern Health in-patient and out-patient programs, where he frequently worked with people experiencing mood disorders, brain injury/illness, personality disorders, eating pathology, trauma, and substance-related and addictive disorders, among other concerns.
Dr. Duggan offers therapy services to adults, adolescents, and families with various mental health concerns, and has a special interest in eating pathology, substance-related and addictive disorders, developmental trauma, grief and loss, and the developmental transition from adolescence to adulthood. He engages clients in a collaborative relationship in order to determine the treatment approach which would best fit their presentation and treatment goals. He is experienced in various treatment modalities and practices, mainly, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy-Informed (DBT-Informed) interventions. Another professional interest is in the area of psycho-educational and psycho-diagnostic assessment.
Miranda Pond, M.Sc., R.Psych
Miranda Pond completed her Master of Science (Clinical Psychology) at Acadia University in 1998. She received clinical training at the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax. Miranda has worked with Eastern Health’s Janeway Children and Women’s Health Program since1998 in the areas of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Pediatric Medicine/Surgery, Women’s Health and Adolescent Medicine.
Currently, Miranda is a psychologist at the Beacon Centre offering individual and/or family-based therapy to adolescents with a variety of mental health concerns. She has an interest in anxiety, stress and coping, grief and loss, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), pain management and heath psychology. Miranda works collaboratively with the client to determine the best therapeutic approach for their needs.
Dr. Stacy Smith
Dr. Stacy Smith obtained her PsyD from Memorial University in 2016. In therapy she uses an approach that balances reflection and action – helping clients build insight and understanding while also taking practical steps towards a valued life. She is integrative, tailoring treatment to each client, and draws on techniques from various modalities, including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and psychodynamic/process-oriented therapies, among others.
Dr. Smith sees teens and adults (16+) with diverse backgrounds and needs. Some of her main areas of focus include self-esteem, anxiety, OCD, gender identity, sexuality, relationship or interpersonal issues, childhood trauma, and existential concerns, among others. Dr. Smith is solely available for phone or virtual appointments, for residents across Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dr. Caroline Barnes
Dr. Caroline Barnes completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2017, graduating from York University. She has received clinical training in a variety of settings, including sites throughout Manitoba at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and at Prairie Mountain Health, as well as at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario. Dr. Barnes has since worked at Eastern Health, and has been involved in training practicum students and psychology residents.
Dr. Barnes provides therapy to adults presenting with a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and difficulties with emotion regulation. Dr. Barnes practices from a client-centered approach, incorporating a range of therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and emotion-focused therapy. She emphasizes building a strong therapeutic relationship and works collaboratively with each client to create a treatment plan tailored to their needs.