Jann has been in practice as a Registered Family Therapist since 1978. She recently closed the jannsmileclinical part of her practice in March 2013 in order to devote her time to mentoring and teaching, writing and support of service delivery to Indigenous communities.

Jann is of Mohawk ancestry and specializes in working with Indigenous Families and events that have impacted them ~  Historical Trauma, Residential School, and the intergenerational impacts of both.

Jann did pioneering therapy work with residential school survivors in Lytton, B.C. in the 1980’s. She has worked at Round Lake Treatment Centre as a clinical supervisor, a trainer of Drug and Alcohol counselors, and as therapist in the Centre’s innovative Trauma Recovery Program for Native Trauma. She facilitated a National Aboriginal Focus Group that created a Code of Ethics for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.  Jann has contributed to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commission, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  She continues to offer clinical supervision to multiple Indigenous agencies, as well as provide information to governments and policy makers on Indigenous social development and healing recovery.

As a Registered Family Therapist, Jann is a Clinical Fellow and a Supervisor Mentor in the Canadian Registry of Family Therapists. She is also a member of the Canadian Psychological Association.

She presents workshops and trainings throughout Canada and internationally in the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Jann is the mother of three children and the Dotah (grandmother) of nine.