Getting to Know the Team

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Cory Donald M.A., R. Psych.

Hello - thank you for visiting -

I am Cory Donald, Edmonton's RUN & WALK psychologist and founder of FORWARD Psychology and Wellness. I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, a dedicated therapist, and an avid runner. I pride myself on honesty and integrity, communicating clearly and developing genuine rapport with my clients. I work from a strength-based perspective and enjoy working in-office and outdoors - supporting my clients in the environment of their choosing. 


FORWARD was founded, after several years of entirely office-based psychotherapy practice.


FORWARD exists as a blending of options for clients. It is a next step in the evolution of how we access, obtain and maintain holistic health and wellness.  


Psychology was a natural progression in a career of helping professions which, for me, began in education. My clinical training was primarily in counselling psychology.

I utilize Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution-Focused therapy, and Narrative therapy; all of which rest on a foundation that can be described as Positive Psychology. I practice from a non-judgmental, strength-based perspective. 

My approach with clients is intentionally 

individualized, as I believe one size does not fit all. 


Do. Different.



Combining running and walking with traditional talk therapy is a natural fit. I have been an avid runner for over two decades and enjoy moving FORWARD

outdoors with clients who choose the RUN & WALK therapy approach. 


Over the years I have completed a number of marathons and half-marathons and I am currently working toward my running coach certification.

For me, running has always provided a peace that could be described as almost meditative. Mindful running, an approach that I've utilized in my own life, has taught me that being present and engaged, while running with intention, can be truly powerful. 

I have found that my own experience with running and walking supports current research; through mindful running, walking and connecting with nature, one can creatively engage with challenges and access solutions. 


Always moving FORWARD - with intention, insight, creativity and gratitude. 


Melanie Lestus

Registered Psychologist

Hello! My name is Melanie Lestus. I am a Registered Psychologist. I started my career in the field of Social Work where I spent many days supporting diverse populations in a variety of acute care and community-based settings. This created a burning desire for me to change how we view mental health; adjusting my focus into really wanting to put energy into helping people create and maintain wellness. I am passionate about building from where we are, taking steps FORWARD, and promoting prevention.


As a Psychologist I work from a place of authenticity, open-mindedness, and of course with the occasional use of humour!  I believe that we are all a work in progress and appreciate every person that allows me to ‘walk’ that journey with them. 


I believe strongly in resiliency and personal strengths, and use a holistic approach with mindfulness-based strategies to help individuals improve their functioning and their lives. I practice a flexible and adaptable approach to meet the unique needs of each individual I work with, addressing issues from a biopsychosocial model.

I am currently accepting new clients and offer Walk Therapy in addition to my Office-Based work and online telepsychology.

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Master of Movement

I believe strongly in the power of movement to thrive and to heal. My personal goals are strongly influenced by the power of movement. I am passionate about sports (especially football), hiking, walking, running, and of course experiencing all of these things in new places. My family always says ‘the grass does not grow under your feet’, as I am always on the move! 

Do. Different.