Zdenka joined the Edgewood Health Network in 2015 and currently holds the position of Business Development Manager. She brings with her over 15 years of management, business development and marketing experience, including 7 years in the field of addiction, mental health and recovery as a General Manager of a residential treatment facility.
Accepting this role was the next natural step for Zdenka as she wholeheartedly believes in the philosophy, vision, and values of EHN. Living in Montreal her whole life, she understands the importance of providing expert outpatient services in a fully bilingual setting and believes that the Montreal clinic offers a unique service that is greatly needed by both the Anglophone and Francophone populations.
Zdenka’s goal is to build relationships with professionals and specialists in the field of mental health and wellbeing in order to help clients regain control of their lives. Recognizing that every person is unique and requires an individualized treatment plan, she is devoted to providing clients and family members with the tools they need to reach their full potential.
At the Edgewood Health Network Montreal clinic, our clients are her number one priority and she is dedicated to fulfilling EHN’s mission to provide the best care possible for anyone who is affected by the disease of addiction.
Kaitlin Sexton joins the Edgewood Health Network team in the capacity of Montreal Office Administrator. With 5 years of experience working for a leading health insurance broker in Canada, she brings with her a wealth of customer service experience. Kaitlin is extremely involved in the recovery community and has volunteered with various youth initiatives, as well as co-chairing Montreal’s very first Recovery Day in September 2015. As a person in long-term recovery she understands the importance of continuous care, personal growth and development.
Ryan Aronson has more than 10 years experience in individual counseling, group work and psycho-education. He has worked in both inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs across Quebec and has received extensive training in Structured Relapse Prevention, Motivational Interviewing, CBT, DBT, and MBSR. He is also a known guest lecturer, increasing awareness and reducing the stigma of substance abuse & mental health, at colleges and universities in Quebec and Ontario. Ryan works together with his clients to identify roadblocks in their ways of thinking and patterns of behavior which helps them cope with emotions that are often associated with the chronic relapsing behavior of addiction. It is his background in Therapeutic Recreation that provides the foundation for a model of living that promotes a greater quality of life and life satisfaction.
Dr. Jean Ruth Caplan
Dr. Jean Ruth Caplan, is a Psychologist/Psychotherapist and Marital & Family Therapist. Previous to her work as a psychologist, she was a Registered Nurse for the Premature Nursery and the Emergency Department. Her doctoral research in Psychology was on alcoholism. While working with alcoholics she realized that their family members were also affected by the disease. She found that the same was true for family members of other types of addicts. Thus, she trained to become a Marital & Family Therapist. She uses a “Systems” approach that allows her to develop a better aerial view of the family dynamics whether she’s treating the addict or other family members.
In her private practice Dr. Caplan treats individuals, couples, families and groups. She also conducts family interventions, when necessary. She feels it’s important to remember that no one becomes an addict for the fun of it. There are usually underlying painful issues that the person is trying to alleviate by “self-medicating” with their addiction. She also treats people who struggle with other issues.
Dr. Caplan has participated in several TV appearances related to Addictions and the Effects on the Family and has given presentations on these topics at hospitals, CLSCs institutions, companies, EAPs, private groups and schools. She is passionate about her work and truly enjoys helping people improve their quality of life.