Stephanie Kersta MSc, RP and Carolyn Plater MSW, RSW are master's level clinicians in the field of mental health and health with over a decade of experience in private clinical practices, psychiatric, hospital, community and policy levels, and teaching appointments at McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Humber College, Durham College and Ontario Learn.  Together they founded Hoame, North America’s largest modern meditation studio, and with Ease Inc., they utilize their expertise and knowledge in the field of neuroscience, psychology, mental health and wellness to approach mental health education, and corporate health and wellness in fresh, creative and modern ways to disrupt the status quo and create solutions that actually work. 

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Stephanie Kersta

MSc, RP, Co-Founder of Hoame Meditation

Stephanie or “Steph” is known for her sarcastic sense of humor, is a clinical therapist, certified mindfulness practitioner, and educator and researcher for a number of academic institutions. When she isn’t in a session, or talking the ears off a group of students, you can find her snuggling her rescue pup Hemingway, paddle-boarding at her cottage with her hubby, travelling as much as she can, or cooking some yummy vegan meals for her friends and family.

Carolyn Plater

MSW, RSW, Co-Founder of Hoame Meditation

Carolyn, or “gigs” (short for giggles because she’s always laughing) is a clinical therapist, certified yoga instructor, and educator and researcher for a number of academic institutions. When she isn’t in front of a lecture hall or with a client, you can find her in her yoga room, at the spa, or laughing over a great plant-based meal with her friends and family. Carolyn is also a wannabe voyager having visited over 30 countries and counting.



Kelli Gregory

BA, MSW(Candidate)

Kelli is a mental health clinician with experience in addictions, crisis, residential and community settings. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work. When Kelli isn’t studying or with a client, you can find her at the cottage with family and friends, shopping or doing anything to stay active. Kelli is an aspiring globe trotter and adventure seeker; her bucket list of travel destinations is never ending.

Alicia Wagar

BA (hons.), ADMH Specialist

Alicia, or Ali for short is a mental health clinician, and a certified trainer for LivingWorks safeTALK, and Assisted Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST).  When she’s not working with clients, or facilitating a training, you can find her cooking, or staying active outdoors with her dog Blue. She is an avid concert-goer, and a DIY enthusiast. Alicia enjoys travelling, and her next destination is backpacking in South America.


Samantha Cooper,

HBSc, Biology & Psychology Minor

Sam is our health education specialist, customer service guru, and employee of Hoame Meditation! When Sam is not busy chatting with clients, you can find her skiing in the winter time or cottaging by the lake in the summer with her friends and dog, Duffy! Sam is also a lover of fine foods and likes to travel to new countries trying new dishes and recipes for her to cook back at home. Anything with seafood is a favourite!'