Annie Hopper – Program Founder and Instructor


Annie Hopper knows the challenges and hardship involved with limbic system dysfunction. She had personally suffered from severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Fibromyalgia and Electric Hypersensitivity Syndrome. Hopper went on to creatively rewire the neural circuits in her brain that had been altered due to toxic trauma and the symptoms of illness eventually dissipated.

In 2008, Annie Hopper founded The Dynamic Neural Retraining System – a drug free, neuroplasticity-based approach to rewire chronic illness disease patterns in the brain. The program is an effective treatment for chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and many other chronic illnesses.

Annie has lectured throughout North America and abroad, educating both patients and doctors alike about the connection between environmental toxins, brain trauma and physical health. Speaking engagements include the Canadian Brain Injury Association, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association.

James Tozer – Vice President of Technical Operations

James is the guy behind the scenes that helps make everyone else look good. James is in charge of technical operations and multi-media productions. He is a key member in our day-to-day operations. Formerly with over 25 years in television broadcasting, James is responsible for the production and delivery of the program in its DVD format, translations, along with monitoring and production of all multi media services at DNRS and social media.

Christine Lindberg – Program Instructor and Coaching Supervisor

Christine Lindberg joined the DNRS team having recovered from post trauma and anxiety issues, chronic joint pain, fatigue and digestive issues through DNRS. In fact, Christine’s healing experience with DNRS is a family affair. Her oldest son, now 22 years old, has experienced full recovery from symptoms related to long-term chronic Lyme disease, including food sensitivities, digestive and sleep issues, temperature regulation, anxiety, OCD tendencies and fatigue.

Christine is passionate and eager to now help others regain their health, and be set free from the devastating impact of chronic illness.

Christine has been an adult educator and group facilitator for over 20 years. She has a B.A. in Human and Social Development with a focus in youth and family counselling as well as a Bachelors of Education. She is thrilled to bring these skills to her role as a Dynamic Neural Retraining Instructor and Coaching Supervisor.

Christine shares the story of her son’s recovery here.

Michelle Bubnis – Program Instructor and Certified Coach

Michelle joined the DNRS team after recovering from severe electric hypersensitivity syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, food sensitivities and Lyme disease. After seeing countless medical specialists and trying multiple treatments without much improvement, she felt like she had no other option but to live a life of extreme avoidance and isolation. Michelle spent several years homebound, in complete avoidance of electro magnetic fields and was so disabled she was unable to take care of herself. After years of continually searching for an answer a friend told her about DNRS, and she began the program.

No longer imprisoned by her environment, Michelle is free to travel the world. She can do anything she wants at any time that she wants! Michelle is happy to resume her role as an educator, world traveller and athlete who swims, runs and works out!

Michelle has 21 years of experience as a teacher, counsellor and school administrator. With a BSc in life science and a masters degree in education with an emphasis in counselling, Michelle is happy to help others who are willing to embrace the DNRS program as their neural rehabilitation program for recovery!

Michelle’s story can be found here.

Kelly Showalter – Program Instructor and Certified Coach – (fluent in English and Spanish)

Before discovering DNRS, Kelly had been diagnosed with several autoimmune disorders as well as MCS, food allergies and sensitivities, and mold illness. Due to constant fatigue, she had to quit teaching high school Spanish and was mostly home bound due to smells triggering symptoms. At one point, she was only able to eat about 15 foods and weighed less than 100 pounds. She discovered DNRS in 2014 and made a full recovery by early 2015. Autoimmune markers no longer show up in her blood and she is now able to enjoy foods again. Smells no longer bother her and she is therefore, able to go anywhere she wants. She once again enjoys doing the things she loves such as traveling, hiking, exercising, cooking, and attending theater and museums.  Kelly’s story of recovery can be found on her website

Kelly has a M.A. in Spanish and is bilingual in Spanish and English. Although she no longer teaches, she works with students with disabilities as well as coaches for DNRS. She looks forward to using her teaching skills to educate and coach those who are using DNRS. She has a passion for helping others and sharing her healing experience.

Johanna Galea – Certified Coach

Before discovering DNRS, Johanna was sure she would always need to live a life of avoidance and isolation. There didn’t seem to be any cure for the conditions she had been diagnosed with: multiple chemical sensitivity, extreme food sensitivities and chronic fatigue syndrome.

At her weakest she was housebound, able to eat only 8 foods – all of which were fruits and vegetables – and barely able to function. Through DNRS she recovered fully, making it possible for her to return to work full-time, travel again, eat anything she wants, participate in running races again and most recently become a mother.

Johanna has an MSc in Exercise & Nutrition Science and has always been passionate about helping others. She is excited to return to the DNRS team after a year out in which she adopted her son Gigi from India. She knows that starting a family would definitely not have been a possibility without DNRS and feels extremely grateful to be able to live a completely normal life again and is really excited for the opportunity to coach others as they recover through DNRS.

Johanna’s full story can be found on her website “Road to Zest”

Alita Hetland – Certified Coach

Alita Hetland is a successful graduate of the Dynamic Neural Retraining System and no longer suffers from a limbic system disorder – an issue that plagued her for over 20 years.

For Alita, this impairment manifested as symptoms of fatigue, nausea, shakiness, reactivity to chemicals, heightened sense of smell and lack of mental clarity associated with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Alita had been to see countless of well-meaning specialists throughout the years, however they were not able to assist her in a full recovery.

Thrilled to have finally found the answer, Alita is excited to be able to assist others on their path to wellness and honored to be a DNRS Coach. She also works as a career counselor assisting clients in overcoming their barriers and developing their individual path to achieving their goals.

Alita’s story of recovery can be found here.

Jana Smith – Certified Coach

Prior to DNRS, Jana had suffered from Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue, Migraines, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Anxiety, Depression, and severe Food Sensitivities. Jana even grew all of her own food, yet still she was sick. Nothing offered hope until she found the Dynamic Neural Retraining System in 2013.

Jana has a Bachelor of Science in Health Education with a minor in Biology, and a Master of Arts in Teaching Health Education. She taught High School Health, Anatomy and Physiology, and Health Occupations for a few years before starting a family.

To read Jana’s recovery story, please go to:

Tessa Malcarne – Certified Coach

Before discovering the Dynamic Neural Retraining System, Tessa Malcarne suffered from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Anxiety, Depression,Migraines, and Digestive Issues. Her life had gone into a downward spiral. Tessa made a full recovery using DNRS, and within months, was back to a normal life of doing yoga in studios, teaching in a public school, and traveling like she once was able to.

Tessa has a B.A. in Earth Science and Liberal Studies, and M.S. in Elementary School Education. She is currently an elementary school science teacher, who focuses on environmental health and wellness, and coordinates/facilitates science education for other science teachers.

Tessa’s true passion is helping others who struggle with similar ailments that she once had, and is thrilled to be able to do this through the DNRS.

More on Tessa’s story can be found on her website.

Linda Green – Certified Coach

Linda Green joined the DNRS team having recovered from a laundry list of symptoms related to chronic Lyme Disease including Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, severe food sensitivities, chronic pain, sleep disturbances, fatigue, Electric Magnetic Sensitivities, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), PTSD, anxiety and depression using DNRS. Over the course of her illness, she was at times bedridden and homebound and required a caregiver. Linda is a graduate of the May 2014 DNRS seminar. Now, she is thriving! Linda is thrilled to be able to help you regain your health and reclaim your life!  Her lengthy list of past treatments and remarkable story of recovery can be found here.

Linda was a park ranger for 32 years working with park visitors in seven U.S. national parks. She has a B.A. in Communications and Psychology. She loves people and loves life! Linda is delighted to bring her skills to her role as a DNRS coach.

Doris Ward – Certified Coach

Doris discovered the healing power of the DNRS following a decade-long journey down the rabbit hole of limbic system impairment. A perfect storm of predisposing factors culminated in a growing number of seemingly unrelated health issues from skin rashes, food sensitivities and leaky gut to chronic fatigue, allergies and mold illness.

With a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies, and Masters Degree in Communication, Doris worked in the private and public health care system for two decades.

Over the years, Doris has continued to pursue her passion for health and healing completing a yoga instructor’s certificate, an Integrative Health Coach training program and extensive studies in positive psychology. A strong believer in the power of the DNRS to free you from limbic system impairment, Doris welcomes the opportunity to bring her knowledge and personal experiences to bear in her role as a DNRS coach.

Connie Boczarski – Certified Coach

Prior to discovering DNRS, Connie suffered from chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS) or mold illness, chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical sensitivities and food sensitivities. Due to a long list of disabling symptoms, she was unable to take care of herself, and was forced to close her business, sell her home and move in with family. Even though she was practicing extreme mold avoidance that had been recommended by doctors, she continued to spiral downward and add more conditions to her growing list of ailments.

Now fully recovered, Connie is enjoying a full life once again and doing all the things that bring meaning and joy to her life. She is thrilled to be working, volunteering, exercising and traveling with friends and family. She is passionate about helping others reclaim their lives with neuroplasticity and DNRS.

During her 15 year chiropractic career, Connie strived to educate patients and devise care plans tailored to their individual goals and needs. She is excited to bring this skill set to her role as a DNRS coach.

Karen Daisa – Certified Coach

Karen Daisa is grateful and honored to be a member of the DNRS team. After a toxic mold exposure, Karen became sensitive to almost everything: mold, chemicals, foods, EMF’s, light, sound, touch, and most environments other than her own home. Life was about survival as the environmental stressors were constant. After implementing the DNRS program with dedication and commitment, Karen has recovered and reclaimed her life! She is happy and healthy and loves her life with her husband, daughter and puppy!

Karen is a certified Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master Teacher and has been teaching yoga therapeutics for 17 years. Karen is thrilled to bring her skills in the healing arts to her role as a DNRS Coach and Instructor.  Her story of recovery can be found here.

Emily Lofaro – Certified Coach and Community Forum Moderator

Emily Lofaro joined the DNRS team after fully recovering from food sensitivities, chemical sensitivities, and other limbic system related illnesses. Before discovering DNRS, she was referred to a seemingly endless list of specialists and came to believe there was no answer. Previously able to eat only a few foods, she is overjoyed to be able to eat anything and live a healthy, normal life.

With a BFA degree in Studio Art, she pursues photography which can require her to travel by plane to photograph different subjects. She is thrilled to regain the ability to travel since recovering.

Emily is passionate about neuro-rehabilitation and the power of DNRS to rewire the brain. Through her experience of full recovery, she is honored to assist others in reclaiming their lives as a DNRS Coach and Community Forum Moderator.

 Tiina Mäenpää – Certified Coach (Finnish)

Tiina recovered from electrical hypersensitivity in 2012 with DNRS. It was a very profound and empowering experience. Since then, she has spread information about this remarkable and effective tool for recovery. In 2013 Tiina participated in a conference held by The American Academy of Environmental Medicine where Annie Hopper gave a talk on DNRS. Tiina has also followed in-person courses in DNRS held in Canada, England and Switzerland. She feels privileged and grateful that as a DNRS coach she can help people suffering from a limbic system impairment to find a solution in their problematic situation.

Tiina has worked as a university teacher (MA) for 30 years and a part of her job is to help students with challenges in learning. Tiina finds similarities between her learning philosophy and the principles of DNRS – everyone holds the keys for good learning and, similarly, everyone has the capability to rewire the brain and to recover by determined DNRS training!

For more information, visit our Finnish website:


Tiina Mäenpää tervehtyi sähköherkkyydestä DNRS:n avulla vuonna 2012. Kokemus oli hyvin syvällinen ja voimaannuttava ja hän on siitä lähtien pyrkinyt levittämään tietoa tästä merkittävästä ja tehokkaasta paranemisen työkalusta.Vuonna 2013 Tiina osallistui Amerikan ympäristölääketieteen akatemian konferenssiin, jonne Annie Hopper oli kutsuttu esitelmöimään DNRS:stä. Hän on myös ollut seuraamassa DNRS-kursseja Kanadassa, Englanti, ja Sveitsissä ja kääntänyt DNRS-materiaalin suomeksi. Hän kokee olevansa etuoikeutettu ja onnekas saadessaan auttaa DNRS-ohjaajana erilaisista limbisen järjestelmän häiriön  aiheuttamista oireista ja sairauksista kärsiviä löytämään ratkaisun tilanteeseensa. 

Tiina on työskennellyt 30 vuotta yliopisto-opettajana (FM) ja hänen tehtäviinsä kuuluu mm. ohjata opiskelijoita, joilla on erilaisia oppimiseen liittyviä haasteita. Tiina näkee yhtäläisyyksiä oman oppimisfilosofiansa ja DNRS:n periaatteiden välillä; jokaisella on avaimet hyvään oppimiseen ja samoin valmius myös aivotoiminnan häiriöiden korjaamiseen ja toipumiseen määrätietoisen DNRS-harjoittelun avulla!

Gina Magester – Certified Coach (Spanish)

Gina Magester joined the DNRS team having recovered from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Electric Hypersensitivity through DNRS Program.

Gina is from Barcelona Spain and has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and a Master in Human Resources Management.

Now that she is recovered, Gina is excited to be able to assist others on their path to wellness as a Spanish DNRS Coach.

To read Gina’s recovery story and other information regarding health and nutrition please go to: (in Spanish).


Gina Magester se ha integrado al equipo de DNRS habiéndose recuperado de Sensibilidad Química Múltiple y Electrosensibilidad mediante el Programa DNRS.

Gina es de Barcelona, España, y es Licenciada en Administración de Empresas con Maestría en Gestión de Recursos Humanos.

Ahora que está recuperada, está complacida de poder asistir a otras personas a recuperarse para alcanzar el bienestar como Asesora DNRS en Español.

Para conocer más acerca de la recuperación de Gina y otra información relevante sobre salud y alimentación

Paula Stadnyk – Community Forum Moderator

Prior to discovering the DNRS Program in the most serendipitous way, Paula Stadnyk suffered from PTSD, anxiety, depression, and Electromagnetic Sensitivity. She was disconnected from life and forced to leave her job as a pharmacist. She was on the path of illness, and felt she was dying a slow death. Paula fully recovered using DNRS and feels her soul has been set free. She thrives on seeing and feeling the magic and beauty in all of life’s little things.

Paula’s passion is life itself, connecting to nature and everyone she encounters and engages with daily. She believes everyone is worthy of living their best possible life. Her greatest joy and reward comes from seeing others happy and fulfilled. If she can help ignite that inner spark, add some sparkle to your eyes, or keep your momentum going, she is one happy girl. Paula is excited for this opportunity, as a Community Forum Moderator, to be able to give back and play a role in others success.

Pamy Moir – Operations Manager

Pamy works at the DNRS Headquarters as Operations Manager. Pamy has been in Operations her entire life, working her way up from administrative roles to senior management. Pamy’s passion is to create healthy and productive teams and streamline business operations by putting in place the right systems, processes and procedures.

Pamy also has a background in the not for profit sector. She has been looking for the right opportunity where she is able to use her skills while helping others; DNRS was the perfect match! Pamy is grateful and honoured to be a part of such an inspiring group of people and have the opportunity to witness DNRS clients reclaim and transform their lives on a daily basis. It’s truly miraculous!

Pamy is currently on maternity leave.

Julia Truswell – Office Supervisor

Julia works at DNRS Headquarters.  Julia comes from a long line of supervisory experience, assisting others through team building, fun, open communication and passion.  As the office supervisor, Julia provides outstanding team and client support with compassion and integrity.  Julia is excited to be a part of a team that works together with individuals to improve their physical, mental and emotional health by providing an alternative drug free approach.

When not in the office you will find Julia in the kitchen concocting nutritious meals, exploring Vancouver Island’s vast hiking trails and shoreline and laughing with friends and family.

Marlene Weller – Client Services

Marlene is grateful and deeply appreciative for the opportunity to support and assist clients and fellow staff members at the DNRS Headquarters. The more Marlene learns the science and neuroplasticity behind the program, the more she realizes how interconnected the program is with her lifelong purpose and passion of assisting others to reach their highest potential. When Marlene is not at DNRS Headquarters, you can find her teaching and practicing yoga and meditation at our local yoga studios in Victoria, hiking, walking her dog and running & biking in and around our beautiful island!

Caryn Byers – Client Services

Caryn works in Client Services at DNRS Headquarters. She joins us with over 10 years of experience as a front line social service worker.  Her background has provided her with the knowledge and experience to support our clients’ general inquiries.  Caryn is passionate about helping others, and enjoys working at DNRS because she often gets to hear about the incredible healing experience of  so many of our clients from all over the world.  She is fascinated about neuroplasticity and how our brain affects our self and how we function.

When she’s not in the office, she can be found looking for a new beach or trail to explore with her dog, checking out band/outdoor music festivals, or taking a spontaneous road trip to explore our beautiful island!

Nicola Sison – Registration and Event Coordinator

Nicola works at DNRS headquarters as our Registration and Event Coordinator.  Nicola ensures that our seminar registration process runs as smoothly as possible.  Nicola has a psychology degree and is excited to be part of this new paradigm of health and healing!

When she’s not in the office, Nicola loves cooking delicious meals and attending craft nights with friends.

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