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Todd graduated with a diploma in Practical Nursing from Fleming College and obtained a postgraduate certificate in Mental Health Nursing. He is experienced in and passionate about supporting those living with addiction and mental health issues. Todd encourages clients to focus on being an active participant in their journey toward recovery. He is a life- long learner, always exploring new learning opportunities, including the holistic approaches to recovery used at CHRC.
Shane chose to make positive life changes towards his recovery after going through his own experience with addiction. Shane decided to pursue a career in helping individuals struggling with addiction and mental health to find a better way of life. Shane graduated from Sir Sanford Fleming college in Peterborough with honours in the Mental Health and Addiction program with a diploma of Drug and Alcohol Counsellor. Understanding that addiction is the solution to underlining problems, Shane is pursuing to further his education in Trauma Informed Treatment. Shane chose CHRC for his placement for his schooling and was offered an opportunity to join the team. With working form a motivational interviewing perspective, Shane helps individuals through the process of change talk to gain empowerment over negative and self sabotaging thoughts. Shane believes in working collaboratively with clients to help clients gain autonomy and to help guide them into their journey of recovery.
Certified Nutritional Practitioner
Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner
Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner
Melissa is a Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner and Therapeutic Chef. She graduated from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition (IHN) in Toronto. Following a successful 10-year career as executive chef, Melissa expanded her knowledge by obtaining her diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition (Hons.). Melissa continues to expand her scope of practice in the field of nutrition by completing courses in Applied Endocrinology, Lab Diagnostics, and Liver Pathologies. Melissa obtained her ROHP designation in March 2018 from the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants.
At Canadian Health Recovery Centre Melissa works to identify root causes of addiction, mental health disorders and nutritional deficiencies through comprehensive blood work analysis. Melissa believes that by approaching addiction recovery from a holistic perspective and by utilizing targeted nutritional supplementation and whole-foods, the body is returned to a state of well-being and recovery is longer lasting.
Julie Kennedy joined our team as a full-time housekeeper where she maintains a clean and healthy environment for our guests during their stay.
Julie brings to our team, not only her upbeat and out going positive attitude, but also two decades of experience and infection control training.
In her spare time Julie likes to spend time with her family, her close friends and cue-up in order to sharpen up her pool shooting techniques.
John D. is our full time Maintenance Technician. John has been a loyal member of our team since the beginning. John is multi talented and is always available for any emergency, big or small. John ensures that all the buildings and equipment are fully operational and safe. And he keeps the lawns and gardens in exceptionally beautiful condition. John is always readily available to chat with our client about anything.
Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Holistic Nutritionist
As a competitive youth soccer player, Kerri’s love of nutrition blossomed from working with team nutritionists and coaches. She learned the importance of proper nutrition for optimal health and excellence in sports. Going on to complete her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Mount Allison University, Kerri found her calling in the mental health and wellness field.
Kerri completed her training at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition (IHN), graduating with First Class Honours. Following IHN, Kerri joined the Canadian Health Recovery Centre, where she specializes in food-based nutrition for alcohol and drug recovery.
A skilled and compassionate family physician, committed to the delivery of evidence-based healthcare, valuing a team approach and in the context of the understanding of the patient as a whole person. Lifelong commitment to personal wellness and to supporting his patients in pursuit of the same.
As a graduate of University of Toronto School of Medicine, MD and Loma Linda University Family Practice Residency, Dr Jacka has more than 25 years working in family medicine and has a particular interest in helping those with mental health issues. He also loves playing with his children and making music with the piano.
“My personal experience with depression and anxiety has I believe made me more sensitive and empathic with the mental health challenges that men dealing with problems of addiction often face.”
Addictions Counsellor, Program Coordinator
Jay’s passion is to help people unleash their potential. For over 20 years, Jay has used speaking, teaching, pastoral counselling, life coaching and wilderness adventures to help people learn to grow and become more of who they really are. A life long learner himself, Jay has recently finished his Master of Theological Studies. As Program Coordinator, Jay is responsible for ensuring that all of the elements of our treatment work together to ensure that every client experiences a life-changing transformation. Jay is committed to a holistic approach to recovery – ensuring that individual counselling, group sessions, nutrition, spiritual life, fitness and recreation activities all work together to heal the mind, body and spirit. Jay is able to help clients navigate career and leadership challenges as a Birkman Method Assessment Coach and has extensive ASCTH Executive Coach Training. Jay also leads our special adventure learning day-trips that gives clients opportunity to work on their recovery while canoeing or snowshoeing in the North Kawartha Highlands
Primary Addictions Counsellor, Registered Psychotherapist
As a well experienced therapist, Cathy specializes in working with complex trauma, often found to be at the root of addictions. In her role at CHRC, Cathy facilitates psycho-education and group counselling, individual therapy and ongoing support for all guests. In addition to her training as a psychotherapist, at Laurentian University, Queen’s University, York University, and the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine, Cathy has specialized her ongoing learning by focusing on complex trauma and how it plays a role in such areas as addiction, impulse control and emotion regulation. Cathy’s many years of experience include everything from providing basic support and guidance to crisis intervention, one-off walk-in counselling, and long term trauma therapy. Using both her life experience and a degree in Native Studies, Cathy has spent more than 10 years working specifically with the Indigenous population, helping clients find their way out from under the weight of intergenerational trauma. Cathy’s style is to meet the client where they are at, providing holistic, compassionate support grounded in respect. Taking the lead from the client, Cathy helps to bring understanding to driving forces that create challenges in everyday life, making change possible.
Primary Addictions Counsellor, Intake Coordinator, Registered Psychotherapist
Jodi’s life has been impacted by addictions and mental health, which provoked her interest in treatment and recovery. Jodi earned a Diploma from Fleming College in Drug and Alcohol Counselling after consolidating her learning with a four-month placement working at Durham Mental Health Crisis Services as a Crisis Worker, and at Melinda Hynes and Associates as an Addictions Counsellor. Wanting to learn more about the human mind and behaviour, Jodi studied Psychology at Trent University and earned an Honours Bachelor of Science. She focused her learning on the neuroscience of cognition, learning, memory and behaviour change. Jodi also studied addictions, concurrent disorders and mental health through the Addictions and Mental Health Counselling post-graduate program at Durham College. This learning was consolidated through Jodi’s four-month practicum at Pinewood Centre of Lakeridge Health, where she worked with clients and family members impacted by substance use and problem gambling.
Jodi has always believed in the holistic approach to recovery, which is why she is excited to be part of the team at CHRC. She hopes to help reduce societal stigma surrounding addiction, and promote healthy recovery for all people impacted by addiction.
Addictions Counsellor and Intake Coordinator
Carly attended Trent University with the interest in becoming a teacher and realized that she wanted to help others but in a different role. Upon graduation from Trent University, Carly attended the Drug and Alcohol Counsellor program at Fleming College in Peterborough. For the last several years Carly has worked with the First Nations, Inuit and Metis population in treatment foster care. Carly believes that there is always a ‘why’ behind behavior and works to help people identify underlying issues and so they can begin the healing process and gain the tools to live a more healthy balanced life.
Nick began his career as a Restauranteur and Chef right out of Culinary School. He acquired his training and Certification at Fleming College right here in Peterborough. He has since owned 2 successful Restaurants, a catering company and a private Chef Service. His passions quickly switched to using food as away to increase quality of life.
His lifelong love of fitness and food has culminated in focusing on using food as medicine and helping to create a life full of positive energy and health.
Now retired, Mike spent most of his working career as a sales representative for major corporations throughout Ontario. He holds a two year General Business Diploma, (Marketing) and a three year Business Administration Diploma, (Information Systems) from Sir Sandford Fleming College. Ten years of service in volunteer lay ministry left him questioning his faith. His own personal struggles with a process addiction led him to consider suicide. Counseling, spiritual coaching, an emphasis on restorative health and six years of twelve-step recovery were just what he needed to regain wholeness. It was Mike’s joy of working with the men from CHRC as they volunteered to serve meals to the less fortunate is what led the Centre to consider him for this part-time position. When asked what he liked best about the job he replied, “Interacting with the clientele, they are remarkable people”.
Administrative Assistant, Receptionist
Diana joins our team as our receptionist and administrative assistant, Diana has worked in the customer service industry for most of her life. With15 years in a managerial position at a popular restaurant chain, Diana took time off to raise her two children, and developed a successful daycare business while raising her children. Diane continued her education with courses in bookkeeping and accounting and in 2011 she received a Bookkeeping Certificate with honours from Durham College.
Andrew Jobes is a Registered Yoga Teacher who has taught almost 2,000 yoga classes and workshops since 2013. Andrew has completed 500-hour Hatha, 100-hour Vinyasa (Flow), and 15-hour Trauma-sensitive Yoga Teacher Trainings. He recently took an 18-hour Love Your Brain training to support students with acquired brain injuries. His 10 years with the Ministry of Natural Resources helped him understand the physical and mental stresses of the workplace and the benefits of learning healthy ways of coping. He leads weekly yoga and meditation sessions at CHRC and is pleased to help CHRC clients find balance in their minds and bodies.
When not teaching at CHRC, Andrew teaches at Moksha Yoga Peterborough, and owns and operates Balance At Work, which specializes in workplace wellness services, yoga classes, workshops, and Reiki treatments. Andrew also coordinates and teaches yoga classes for the Robinson Place lunch-hour wellness program, and has provided educational presentations and has led workplace wellness workshops and yoga classes for several Peterborough employers.
Primary Addictions Counsellor
David is a Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor. He completed the Drug and Alcohol Counselling program at Fleming College with honours, holds a certificate in Opiate Dependence Treatment from the University of Toronto, and is currently completing an honours degree in Sociology at University of Trent. David has spent his career working in residential treatment settings gaining experience working with complex mental health and addictions. David approaches his work operating out of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person Centered Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy models. David genuinely believes in a holistic approach to recovery having personally and professionally experienced quality of life improvements through the bio/psycho/social/spiritual model. David believes that compassion, empathy, and accurate information are vital aspects of successful recovery and has a passion for working with people as they build self-efficacy.
Tim’s life-long passion to create delicious and nutritious meals along with his experience and training in working in various restaurants preparing food for people of all ages has helped him in his pursuit of excellence in the culinary field. Tim continued to hone his skills in P.E.I. where he obtained his Red Seal chef status in 2015. Tim is an enthusiastic member of our culinary team and enjoys knowing he plays an important role in helping our guests in their recovery journey.
Clinical Director , Registered Psychotherapist
At Canadian Health Recovery Centre, Sheena provides individual and group counselling, using a variety of treatment modalities. She views addiction as a bio-psycho-socio-neuro-spiritual phenomenon and aims to help heal the mind, body, and spirit. Her counselling style is client-centred, empathetic, and educational. Sheena’s enthusiasm for life is contagious and as the Clinical Director she is committed to making people’s lives better by sharing truth, delivering hope and transforming the mind-set of those suffering with addiction.
Personal Fitness Trainer Specialist
Nicholas has experience in a range of disciplines, from working with a team of health care professionals in rehabilitative work to sport performance at the provincial level. As a personal trainer and health promoter, he assesses and improves movement mechanics through designing a personalized plan of action while considering his clients’ objectives. Nicholas works to instill the principals needed to visualize and plan for healthy lifestyle and provide his clients with the specific tools required to improve their health.
Psychotherapist and Clinical Manager
After many years specializing in the field of addictions, LeeAnn is convinced that CHRC will challenge traditional addiction treatment methods, and she can attest to the Centre’s whole-hearted practice of the biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to a degree she has never seen or heard of in any other treatment program.
Patrick’s personal experience helping friends and family dealing with addictions cemented his desire to help others and evolved into a professional interest in the field of addictions and mental health.
Patrick holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Trent University in Peterborough, where his studies included a focus on Cognitive Psychology, Health Psychology and Learning Psychology. He has lived in many parts of the world and has experience teaching adults and children, allowing him a unique perspective many people enjoy and relate to. Patrick focuses on building a rapport to develop a meaningful relationship with each client.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
David Kittner, a.k.a. the Youth Fitness Guy, lives and works in Peterborough. As a Certified Functional Strength Coach and Youth Fitness Specialist, he conducts training programs, workshops and clinics for athletes, sports teams, teachers and coaches. David also presents internationally at fitness, coaching and physical education conferences including The New York Rangers, USA Hockey, the Ontario Physical Literacy Summit and the Youth Fitness Summit.
In addition to being the 2014 IYCA Coach of the Year, David is a contributing author of the international bestselling book The Definitive Guide to Youth Athletic Strength, Conditioning and Performance.
Jude graduated with honours from Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough. Since graduation he has been associated with the John Howard Society, working with at-risk youth and people dealing with addiction.
Growing up surrounded by family and friends struggling with addiction, and losing family to addiction, Jude found himself walking the line of addiction. Life experience created a heightened awareness of the impact addiction has on one’s life and the lives of others, and this spurred him to make positive change. Jude has an empathetic if not a kindred connection to people facing addiction, PTSD and mental health challenges.
Jude believes in the integration of holistic and evidence-based methods when it comes to healing and addiction. He is a warm, personable counsellor who takes a non-judgmental approach and values the importance of exploring the underlying contributors to addiction, not just the addiction itself. Jude is a strong advocate for healthy changes in life habits as the first step to implementing change. Consistency, mindfulness, visualization and positivity are Jude’s mantras.
Corrina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Ottawa and her graduate certificate in Addictions and Mental Health through Durham College. She has a passion for working with others and a desire to help make a positive impact in people’s lives. Corrina’s personal experience with a family member living with addiction, as well as personal/family mental health struggles led her to take a specialized program in Addictions and Mental Health. Corrina completed an internship at Bellwood Health Services in Toronto and began putting her academic skills into clinical practice and developing her counselling style. Corrina believes in a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to care and the importance of treating the individual holistically. Clients respond to her warm, empathetic, non-judgmental client-centred approach. Corrina believes that recovery involves living a life that is meaningful and works toward helping her clients discover the core values that have been lost through addiction.
Peter Li Preti is an experienced therapist and rehabilitation counsellor with substance abuse and drug addiction. He was clinical director of several medical clinics in which patients were successfully weaned off medications such as OxyContin, dependency on street drugs and alcohol. He has contributed to related educational brochures and several rehabilitation assessment/outcome measures; he continues to be actively involved in research and educational/assessment product development with York University.
Serving a multilingual population, Dr. Li Preti has experience in the administration and evaluation of English, French, Italian and Spanish psychological instruments/tests and has developed a Neuropsychological Questionnaire for foreign language/culture patients. He is a member in good standing of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, a member of the Ontario Psychological Association, a registered member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (2584G), a member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada and a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (4132). In addition, he is a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, registration number 1283. He is a member in good standing with the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators and other professional associations in North America and Europe.
Dr. Li Preti is also a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional – Specialist (461) with a combined 20-years’ experience in conducting psycho-vocational assessments and vocational counselling therapy. He has contributed to the development of employment counselling techniques, transferable skills analysis, labour market research, return-to-work programs and work hardening, as well as developing expertise in these areas. In addition to being a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist (CVRP ), he is a Registered Vocational Professional (RVP), a member in good standing of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada, and has served as Chair of the Ethics Committee.
Peter Li Preti is recognized as an expert and a forensic court advisor in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation.
George joined the CHRC team after a 25-year career in business. He graduated from York University in 1990 and steadily moved up in his field. It was his own 10-year battle with opioid addictions that made him realize a change was needed. Like many people who suffer addictions, George continually asked the question, “Why me?” It wasn’t until he attended an open house for Fleming College’s Addictions and Mental Health program that he found a way to make sense of those 10 years, as well as a way to help others dealing with similar situations. George graduated from Fleming and received the award for outstanding achievement in academics and placement.
Outside of work, George is most importantly a husband and a father to three daughters. He is humbled to be President and Chair of the Board for McLeod House Cheshire Homes Charities where he has worked with the directors to provide funding for organizations that support improving the lives of those in need.
Wanting to help others has always come naturally to Judy and having a loved-one struggling with addiction peaked her interest in the addictions field. Judy attended the Drug and Alcohol Counselling program at Fleming College in Peterborough to acquire the practical skills and knowledge to assist those struggling with mental health and addiction. After completing her placement at CHRC, Judy was invited to join the team. She is passionate about helping others, believes in the holistic approach to recovery, and works with her clients toward healing the mind, body and spirit.
Darryl brings ten years of personal and professional experience with mental health and addiction treatment and life skills coaching to his counselling position at the Canadian Health Recovery Centre.
Early life experiences led Darryl to work in his chosen field of addiction and mental health counselling. He was raised in Toronto by a single mother who worked multiple jobs, His father was a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, a drug addict and recognized as the neighbourhood homeless man. As a young teenager, Darryl would have to search the dangerous downtown homeless shelters when he wanted to see his father. With these early adversities, Darryl found himself immersed in street life at a young age. Drugs, gangs and trouble with the law became his lifestyle.
After completing a treatment program nearly 15 years ago, Darryl turned his life in the right direction. He began visiting young people at local prisons, where he shared his personal stories in the hope of opening their eyes to the dangers of gang violence, and helped teach them how to become better versions of themselves.
Darryl received honours in Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies from Centennial College and obtained certification as a Life Skills Coach through George Brown College. Most recently he received a diploma in Psychology from Alison University, and is certified in “The Addicted Brain” by Emory University. Darryl is also trained in HIV and Hepatitis awareness. His continuing education includes completing a Concurrent Disorders certificate at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) via the University of Toronto.
Darryl believes in leading by example. He lives his life with confidence and honesty, and takes personal responsibility in hopes of making a difference. His early experiences allow him to approach professional situations with an open mind and a non-judgmental perspective.
As a counsellor, Nick’s warm and natural approach is engaging and authentic as he works with individuals to promote improved health and wellness. Nick believes in the importance of reconnecting the body and the mind and is skilled in utilizing tools to help manage thoughts and emotions. Experience has convinced him that lasting recovery requires treating the mind, the body and the soul. Nick is a compassionate counsellor who embraces the importance of empathy and understanding, and recognizes each person – and each person’s set of experiences – is unique. He looks forward to sharing his passion and knowledge with clients at CHRC to help them be the best version of themselves.
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