Meet your faculty

Our insightful, passionate teachers are what make Understory a community defined by support, inclusion and major transformations.

From award-winning writers and acclaimed wellness experts—to best-in-class therapists, doctors and professors—our teachers all have one thing in common: a desire to help you create the change you’re seeking. Each brings empathy, expertise and aha! moments to your time together. Get to know our amazing faculty below.

Dr. Kelly Luu is a medical doctor and coach dedicated to helping physicians change the way they practice medicine. As a pediatrician, clinic owner, medical educator, and mother of young boys, she understands the balancing act we do each day. She supports mothers and women physicians in finding clarity around who they want to be and empowers them to create change.

Dr Luu completed her medical degree at McMaster University and residency at University of British Columbia. She practices medicine at The Kids Clinic in Vancouver, BC and as part of the BC Children’s Hospital’s outreach team RICHER. She is UBC Clinical Associate Professor. As a pediatrician she believes deeply in the power of positive influences on the trajectory of a child’s life. Her ultimate vision is to transform the lives of children by inspiring the adults around them to become their best selves. Learn more about Dr Luu: drkellyluu.com @drkellyluu and @thekidsclinic

Emma Derman Teitel, MA, LPC, SEP, is a psychotherapist, coach and women’s group facilitator committed to the empowerment of girls and women around the world. She is passionate about guiding individuals and groups into a deeper connection with themselves and fostering the ability to live with embodied courage, grace and vulnerability.

She specializes in depth and body-centered psychology. Emma is a licensed psychotherapist, a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in the state of Colorado, a certified yoga instructor, a trained women’s group facilitator and a certified eating psychology coach. She has been working in the field of holistic women’s wellness for 10 years and uses a myriad of contemplative, somatic and solution-focused therapies. Learn more about Emma at her website: emmateitel.com

Psychotherapist, Coach and Women's Group Facilitator

Emma Derman Teitel

Medical Doctor and Coach

Dr. Kelly Luu

Christina Crook is a Digital Mindfulness Expert, Author, Speaker. She reveals how key shifts in our thinking can help us to prioritize joy and draw closer to one another.

Through her writing, podcast, and facilitation of Navigate—a monthly tune-up for your digital life—she helps people hone in on the relationships and work that matter most to them. She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication. She’s worked for some of Canada’s most recognized media organizations, including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Rogers Digital Media. Learn more about Christina at her website: christinacrook.com

Digital Mindfulness Expert, Author and Speaker

Christina Crook

Catherine Wright, BA, MA is a Certified Family and Child Sleep Consultant & Certified Adult Sleep Coach, and Owner of Recoop. Her training as an adult sleep coach, and further certification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), informs her wide-lens approach to non-medical sleep challenges.

She blends CBT-I, sleep science, mindset work, and other evidence-based healthy lifestyle practices. Sleep touches every aspect of our wellbeing, and the ripple effects of even small improvements to sleep can be noticed in all areas of our lives. She remains curious about the intersections between sleep and rest, resilience, creativity and mental health, and is passionate about being another voice in the broader cultural shift around regarding sleep as a resource to be protected and nourished. Learn more about Catherine at her website: recoop.care

Dr. Ellen Choi is an Assistant Professor in HRM/OB in the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. Dr. Choi is an organizational psychologist with training in the fields of Social Psychology and Organizational Behaviour. She received her PhD from the Ivey School of Business in 2017, and her MSc from the London School of Economics in 2012.

Her research interests revolve around workplace wellbeing and mental health. In particular she studies the effects of mindfulness training on stress, attention, emotion regulation, errors, authenticity, resilience, and performance under pressure. Dr. Choi teaches in the area of organizational behaviour on topics such as leadership, training and development, motivation, and decision-making. Learn more about Ellen at her website: drellenchoi.com

Certified Family and Child Sleep Consultant & Certified Adult Sleep Coach and Owner of Recoop

Dr. Ellen Choi

Catherine Wright

Assistant Professor

Dubbed “The Marie Kondo of Brains” by The New York Times, Catherine Price is an award-winning science journalist and speaker and the author of books including The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again, and How to Break Up with Your Phone.

She is also the creator and founder of ScreenLifeBalance.com, which is dedicated to helping people learn how to scroll less and live more. Her work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Slate, Men’s Journal, Self, and Outside, among others. Learn more about Catherine at her website: screenlifebalance.com


Journalist, Author and Speaker

Catherine Price

Katherine May is an internationally bestselling author and podcaster living in Whitstable, UK. Her hybrid memoir Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times became a New York Times, Sunday Times and Der Spiegel bestseller, was adapted as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week, and was shortlisted for the Porchlight and Barnes and Noble Book of the Year. The Electricity of Every Living Thing, her memoir of a midlife autism diagnosis, is currently being adapted as an audio drama by Audible. Katherine lives with her husband, son, two cats and a dog. She loves walking, sea-swimming and pickling slightly unappealing things.

Internationally bestselling author and podcaster 

Katherine May

Dr Carol Mills is a medical doctor and life coach dedicated to helping women thrive in all aspects of their lives. As a family physician, coach, wife and mother of two very active boys, she knows that sometimes life feels hard and some days are emotionally exhausting. Dr Mills helps women transform the way they think and show up for themselves in their own lives.

She has helped women struggling with various life challenges—including overwhelm, burnout, perfectionism, parenting struggles, “mom guilt”, relationship troubles, time scarcity, goal setting, decision making…and much more. Dr Mills completed her medical degree at McMaster University and residency at University of Western Ontario—and practices family medicine in Orangeville, Ontario. She believes deeply in the benefits of self-coaching and is passionate about empowering other women to learn the skills of intentional thinking to allow for greater emotional well-being. She strongly believes that greater emotional wellness is the secret to a fulfilling life. Learn more about Dr Mills at carolmillsmdlifecoaching.com.

medical doctor and life coach

Dr. Carol Mills

Annie Bray (she/her) is a trauma-informed somatic coach, massage therapist and educator. She support caregivers and creatives to show up for the people and the work they love, without burning out or losing heart. Her approach is informed by 20 years of working with bodies, plus deep study in trauma recovery, intentional movement and meditation. Find more info about Annie at anniebray.com

trauma-informed somatic coach, massage therapist and educator

Annie Bray

She works as a family physician in Guelph, Ontario, and acknowledges her position as an uninvited settler on Treaty 3 and 4 lands. She is currently building a consulting and coaching service for burned-out clinicians who want to heal their relationship with their patients and medical practice.

Her main passion in and outside of clinical practice is work that helps reconnect people with their humanity and human bodies. She is currently finishing her certification at The Life Coach School as well as the Institute for Equity-Centered Coaching.

Joan created and curates the Guelph-Wellington Education in Medicine Series (GEMS). She’s an adjunct professor with McMaster University and teaches the Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences curriculum to family medicine residents at the Kitchener-Waterloo campus. She is involved with local healthcare system transformation through her work with the Guelph Wellington Ontario Health Team (GWOHT), including work leading the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusivity as well as improvements in digital health for the OHT. She is the current chair of the Guelph Family Health Team board, and is involved in local healthcare system transformation through the Guelph Wellington Ontario Health Team.

mother, daughter, sister, partner, self-development geek, and Rupaul’s Drag Race superfan

Joan Chan

We understand just how many balls you have in the air (in the form of messages in your EMR inbox, stacks of paperwork staring you down and loads of laundry awaiting your return home)... and we’re here to empower you with the tools you need to re-group and renew yourself.

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