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, physical health and self-directed neuroplasticity. Speaking engagements include 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, Autism Education Summit, The Forum for Integrative Medicine and The International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illnesses.

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 about helping 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 – Certified LIVING DNRS Supervisor

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 – Certified LIVING DNRS Facilitator

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. She is thrilled to use her teaching skills to educate and coach those who are using DNRS.

Connie Boczarski – Coach Supervisor, Certified LIVING DNRS Facilitator and 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.

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:

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 wife, mother and DNRS Coach!

Erica has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She has worked as a pediatric ICU nurse, RN case manager, and team director.

Erica’s greatest desire is to be a beacon of hope and understanding for those who are suffering.  She is excited for the opportunity to guide others on their journey to wellness with DNRS.

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 suffered for over 20 years from many debilitating and chronic issues. Over the years, she sought the help of many well-meaning specialists and was diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Anxiety, and Electrical Hyper Sensitivity. However, it wasn’t until finding DNRS that she was able to fully recover from her symptoms of fatigue, nausea, shakiness, reactivity to chemicals, electricity, heightened sense of smell, lack of mental clarity, and the depression and anxiety that was a result of these chronic issues. Alita feels the silver lining to this experience is being able to now assist others in their journey to full recovery.

Alita holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising. As a career counselor for 12 years she assisted clients in meeting and attaining their career goals. She has a natural ability and the background to compassionately support, guide, and uplift others. Her dedication to helping others who are seeking to regain their health and wellness continues to grow! She feels a passion and a calling to be in service to others, and is proud to be part of the DNRS Coaching team.

Alita’s story of recovery can be found here.

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.  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

 Anysia Bates – Certified Coach

Anysia Bates joined the DNRS team after recovering from Lyme Disease, multiple chemical sensitivities, brain fog, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, food allergies, EMF sensitivities, nervous system issues, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. At the height of her illness, she experienced over 100 symptoms; rendering her scared, exhausted, and unable to work. Enduring years of visiting countless doctors and trying innumerous inadequate treatments, she continued to seek a cure and thankfully began the DNRS program on her birthday in 2017. DNRS was truly the greatest gift Anysia could have received. Since recovering, Anysia’s life is now filled with pure joy, and meaningful, serendipitous connections. She goes anywhere, can eat anything, and has immeasurable energy!

Anysia holds a B.A. in Sociology and has 14 years experience in the Social Work field, along with 20 years’ experience as a Yoga Practitioner. Anysia and her husband enjoy volunteering on Special Education and RMHC Boards. Besides laughing with her loved ones, Anysia can be found happily riding bikes, hiking, frequenting concerts, and traveling with her husband and their young adult son and daughter.

Anysia is grateful to be a part of the DNRS team. Her illness and recovery has fueled her desire to become a DNRS Coach. With a sincere ambition to be an instrument of support, Anysia wishes to help others facilitate their own healing journey through DNRS. She is committed to hold space and is thrilled for others as they transform from Limbic System Impairment to reclaim their own vitality.  Her Success Story can be found here.

Emma Harper – Certified Coach

Using DNRS Emma recovered from several life limiting symptoms including severe food sensitivities, sensitivity to sound, chemicals and EMFs, environmental allergies, IBS, fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia and type 2 diabetes.

Emma is very grateful that through recovery she has been given a second chance at living life to the fullest, with abounding activity, fun, travel and adventure.

Emma has a B. A. Honors in Drama, clinical training in Pilates and expertise as a teacher and humour therapist. She is very excited to bring this experience, compassion and creativity to her role as a DNRS coach, and is honoured to be helping others transform their health through DNRS.

Emma lives in Australia near the ocean where she loves surfing, snorkeling, and swimming with her friends and family and just appreciating beauty in nature including her garden at home.

 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!

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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.

Operations Team

Pamy Moir – 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 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 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 – Executive Administrator

Nicola loves being a part of a like-minded team with the same values of health and wellness and providing the best care to our clients.

She is passionate about the program as it is drug-free, self-directed and empowers people with the tools to recover.  Nicola has a degree in psychology, and is familiar with neuroscience and has a passion for all things brain-related!

Nicola loves overseeing and streamlining processes and procedures, pulling reports and compiling data. When not in the office you can find Nicola cooking up a delicious meal, going for a run, or attending a craft night with friends.

Regan Gray – Lead Client Services Representative

Regan 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 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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