Annie Hopper – Program Founder and Instructor

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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 The Parliament House Helsinki Finland, the Canadian Brain Injury Association of Canada, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, the Institute for Functional Medicine, the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association, McMaster University Teaching Hospital, The Finnish Institute of Occupational Heath, The Academy of Comprehensive Medicine and the Autism Education Summit.

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 son 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 limbicrecovery.com

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.

Connie Boczarski – Coach Supervisor, Program Instructor, 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.

Jana Smith – Coach Supervisor and Program Instructor

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: www.overcomingfoodsensitivities.com

Karoliina Munter – Program Instructor

Prior to recovering with the help of DNRS, Karoliina suffered from chronic migraines, food sensitivities, multiple chemical sensitivities, light and noise sensitivities, fatigue, anxiety and ulcerative colitis. With these conditions, every day was a battle and her sensitivities were gradually increasing and making her world smaller and smaller.

Karoliina discovered DNRS from an article in a Finnish newspaper, which her family and friends shared with her. Despite feeling skeptical and not immediately thinking that the program applied to her symptoms, she decided to move forward with the program in 2018.

Karoliina started with the 14 hour instructional videos and also attended the DNRS 5 day interactive training seminar. Karoliina is now living a full life free from pain and inflammation. She enjoys all foods, and can go wherever, and do whatever she wants. She discovered that limbic system impairment had also restricted her ability to do physical activities all her life, but now loves to hike, run, and go to the gym. She now enjoys music, attending concerts, and is able to plan exciting adventures. She is excited to be part of the DNRS team, and the opportunity to help others recover from limbic system impairment and leave chronic illnesses in the past.

In addition to her role as a DNRS instructor, Karollina holds a M.SC in Biology and is bilingual in Finnish and English, and also works as an environmental consultant.

Riley Lindberg – Certified Coach

Riley Lindberg joined the DNRS team having recovered from Lyme Disease, food and chemical sensitivities, pain and inflammation, severe anxiety, OCD, mobility limitations, chronic fatigue, temperature dysregulation, post-exertion malaise, digestive issues, PTSD-like symptoms and insomnia.

During the 6 years that Riley was ill, he spent nearly 4 of those years bedridden, wheelchair bound, stricken with facial paralysis, and needing fulltime care. Before finding DNRS, Riley tried a myriad of other treatment modalities, however, he was unable to reach full recovery. Fortunately, in 2014 he found DNRS!   Currently Riley plays on multiple hockey teams, works out regularly and does what he wants to with passion and drive!

Riley’s greatest passion is helping people. As someone who knows intimately the struggles of chronic illness, Riley’s mission is to use the knowledge he gained while healing, to encourage and support others in their own journey towards full-recovery. Riley’s involvement with DNRS includes not only his coaching role, but also supporting others by speaking at the in-person seminars and filming video testimonials and interviews about his recovery journey. He cannot imagine being involved in a more fulfilling career.

Riley’s story can be found here.

Erica Madden – Certified Coach

Before discovering DNRS, Erica suffered a traumatic physical injury which led her down a lonely path of debilitating illness.  She successfully rewired her brain with DNRS and no longer worries about a life of post traumatic stress disorder, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, autonomic nervous system issues, and multiple sensitivities.  She is fully recovered and enjoying life as a new wife and mother!

Erica has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She has worked as a pediatric ICU nurse, RN case manager, and team director.  She loves learning more about neuroplasticity, natural remedies, and living holistically.

Erica’s greatest desire is to be a beacon of hope and understanding for those who are suffering.  Her personal recovery experience and education as an RN have fueled her desire to dive deeper in the world of neuroplasticity and become a DNRS coach.  She is excited for the opportunity to guide others on their journey to wellness.

Rebecca Juan – Certified Coach

Rebecca is thrilled to have recovered fully from her limbic system impairment through DNRS.  She struggled with anxiety, a weakened immune system, multiple chemical sensitivity, and many food intolerances since the perfect storm of trauma after trauma in her adolescence.  She struggled for many years to understand her illnesses, learning much about the medical model and alternative forms of healing.  As with many people who suffer with limbic system impairment, it was a constant struggle not to be identified by her symptoms and to keep hope alive that things could be different.  She is so grateful that DNRS gave her the opportunity to live a whole new life!

Rebecca holds a M.A. in Counseling and a B.A. in Environmental Studies reflecting her values of healing, love, and connection.  She currently works in a private practice and is a mom to two boys and a stepdaughter.

Rebecca is passionate about cooking and learning new recipes from around the world.  She loves to travel and spend time outdoors and feels like she can jump into these passions fully since her recovery.

Rebecca is available whole heartedly to offer support, clarity, and guidance to those who are ready to recover from limbic system impairment.

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.

Ariyele Ressler – Certified Coach

Before discovering DNRS, Ariyele suffered from a myriad of complex symptoms she jokes is longer than the dictionary.

Over the 12 years she was ill she was diagnosed with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Lyme Disease, Hypothyroidism, HPA Axis Dysfunction, Cell Methylation Impairment (MTHFR), Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Lead Poisoning, Non-celiac gluten intolerance, Leaky Gut, and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). At her lowest, she was bed-bound and in a wheelchair, didn’t leave home without an Epipen, micromanaged every ounce of energy expenditure to avoid crippling post-exertional malaise, and could not eat any of the foods that once brought her joy.

She couldn’t live without thinking about the potential consequences of how every output might impact her functioning. Because of how limbic system impairment affected her digestion and presented as gut issues, she became an expert in food and specialty diets (low FODMAP, WAP Nourishing Traditions, SIBO, Paleo, GAPS, Whole 30, and more).

In recovering with DNRS she now has an abundance of energy, health and the ability to eat anything! Ariyele is a thriving Mom to two beautiful children and is so excited to help others recover from chronic illness and reclaim a life of joy, health, and thriving.

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.

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.

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.

Emily Lofaro – Certified Coach and Community Forum Moderator

Emily Lofaro joins the DNRS team after recovering from a number of chronic issues, including food sensitivities, chemical and mold sensitivities, severe memory issues and brain fog, and other symptoms related to limbic system impairment.

Some of her challenges began as a young child, and she had come to accept so many of them as “permanent.” Now that she is fully recovered, she enjoys a healthy and vibrant life and is not limited in any way!

 More on Emily’s recovery can be found at goldentickettohealing.com.

 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:  www.dnrs.fi

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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!

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.

Jessica Masse- Community Forum Moderator

Jessica has successfully recovered from food sensitivities, multiple chemical sensitivity, light sensitivity, irritable bowel syndrome and electric hypersensitivity syndrome utilizing the DNRS program.  Now Jessica’s life is full of happiness, laugher and gratitude!

Jessica feels honoured to be a part of this inspiring community in her role as a DNRS Community Forum Moderator.

Jessica has a background in Early Childhood Education and a B.A. in Sociology.

She loves to dance, travel, enjoy world culture, the arts, laughing with friends and spending time with her puppy, Frankie.


Our DNRS HQ Staff


Pamy Moir – Operations Manager

Pamy works at the DNRS Headquarters as Operations Manager. Pamy has been involved in Business Operations for the majority of her career; 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!

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.

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.

Regan Gray – Lead Client Services Representative

Regan works at DNRS Headquarters as the Customer Service Representative. She is caring, trustworthy, and enjoys answering all your questions about the DNRS Program. She is passionate about health and wellness, specifically helping others feel their best. Regan has a background in Massage Therapy, Nutrition and Diabetes Prevention

Regan is excited to be part of a team of forward thinkers, offering a drug free approach to retraining your brain and getting your life back.

When Regan is not in the office you can find her walking her Frenchie named Fig, cooking or exploring the outdoors.

Erin De Vega – Client Services Representative

Erin works at DNRS Headquarters as the Customer Services Representative. She feels very honoured to be supporting a program that has changed many lives and continues to do so everyday.

Erin is passionate about DNRS because it was developed by Annie Hopper, the founder of the program, who has experienced challenges and triumphs herself, that now mirror so many other’s today.

Erin’s past experience has been as management in the health and wellness industry. She is grateful to support people in their healing journey with the DNRS program.

When Erin is not in the office you can find her running outside and cheering on her daughter in gymnastics. She also currently writing an Autobiography of a local Victoria Architect of the 1900’s, Henry Sandham Griffith.

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