Our Team

Our inter-professional team is made up of compassionate and dedicated individuals from all walks of life. In fact, many of them are in recovery. They’ve been there, and they understand what a patient is going through.

They are physicians, psychiatrists, addiction counsellors, and nurses. They are certified fitness/recreation staff, dieticians, and nutritionists. They are chaplains, support staff, and admissions coordinators.

Every recovery team is tailored to meet the needs of the patient:

For example, if one stayed at Bellwood for alcohol addiction, the team might consist of Dr. Weiss to oversee detoxification and medical care, Laura as an individual therapist, David to lead group therapy and Wendy as a physical fitness instructor. Their loved ones could attend a family program with Lana at our outpatient clinic in Toronto.

If a patient received treatment at Edgewood for drug addiction and depression, they might have psychiatrist Dr. Vincent to manage their depression, Debra as a counsellor, and Aimee to lead their morning therapy group. Nurse Doreen could address any physical concerns, while evening counsellor Ben might help with assignments and support. Christina would ensure that they would be connected to a counsellor or an EHN outpatient clinic for long-term follow up care in their home city.

The connective thread? All of them excel at what they do. And they are here for any patient, for as long as they need help.

Our Team at Edgewood

Dr. Christina Basedow
Clinical Director

Dr. Christina A. Basedow has a strong passion for working in the addictions field. She has been working with individuals, couples, and families struggling with substance misuse issues, mental health disorders, and co-dependency issues. Christina is skilled in a variety of areas including family counselling, eating disorders, sexual compulsions, and CBT/DBT. Christina brings her personal experience, compassion, and a wealth of knowledge in psychology, research, and teaching, to her clients, and to EHN. Christina is registered with the BC Association of Registered Clinical Counsellors and holds a Ph.D. in Psychology. She is also currently a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate.

Dr. Gary Richardson
Director of Medical Services

Dr. Richardson received his medical training in Johannesburg, South Africa, graduating in 1989. Immigrating to Canada in 1992, Dr. Richardson spent five years in Emergency Medicine at the Royal University Hospital, in Saskatoon.

He moved with his family to Vancouver Island in 1998, and was in General Practice in Nanaimo, until becoming the Medical Director at Edgewood in 2002, where he is currently the full-time physician.

Dr. Richardson obtained his ASAM certification in 2004, and recertified through the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2014. He is involved in Addiction Medicine education, and is the co-facilitator of Edgewood’s 5-Day Physician Training Program.

Dr. Mel Vincent
Director of Psychiatry

Dr. Vincent received his BSC in Nutrition from the University of Guelph and MSC in Nutrition from the University of Toronto. He received his Medical Degree from McMaster, and completed Psychiatry training in 1988. He worked at Homewood Health Center in Guelph, and passed the American Society Addiction Medicine exam.

In 2002, he became Director of Psychiatric Services at Edgewood. Committed to education, he facilitates an addiction training workshop for physicians, and is an Instructor for Dept. Psychiatry UBC in the Addiction Division. He is the author of “Diagnosing and Treating Addictions: An Integrated Approach to Substance Use Disorders and Concurrent Disorders.”

Our Team at Whiterock

Dr. Sonia Habibian
Medical Director

Dr. Sonia Habibian received her medical degree and speciality in general cardiology in Iran. After 9 years working as a cardiologist, she moved to Canada in 2005. She graduated as a certified family physician from University of British Columbia in 2011. She became interested in addiction medicine during her residency program and has pursued this interest ever since. Dr. Habibian has focused her practice upon all aspects of addiction medicine, obtained the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), is a fellow of American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), certified from Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM), and a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO). She has finished the Canadian Addiction Medicine Research Fellowship program in July 2018.

Dr. Habibian is highly experienced thanks to her work as an addiction consultant working in in-patient and out-patient settings such as Royal Columbian and Saint Paul’s Hospitals, Vancouver detoxification centre, Creekside withdrawal management centre and a private addiction clinic in Surrey.

Anjie Gibson
Clinical Manager

Anjie provides leadership as the clinical manager and nurse practitioner. Anjie brings with her over 20 years of extensive medical expertise that encompasses leadership, management, clinic startups, project organization, and direct patient care. Having completed her Masters of Science in nursing and nurse practitioner certification from the University of British Columbia in 2006, Anjie is currently completing her doctorate of nursing practice with a focus on intimate partner violence in substance use disorders. Anjie continues to work faithfully with her team to integrate cutting-edge, evidence-based substance abuse treatment to build a center of excellence for detox management.

Tony Lehal
Admissions Coordinator

Tony was born in Bedford England but has lived most of his life in the lower mainland. He has worked in the wedding industry for the last 25 years as a videographer & photographer but struggled with his own addiction. Finally in May 2013 he checked himself into Edgewood Treatment Centre in Nanaimo and completed 15 weeks of residential treatment. After being in Recovery for 1.5 years, he knew he wanted to give back and help others struggling with addiction. He decided to go back to school after 16 years and graduated with honours and was the valedictorian for his class of 2015. He received his diploma in Social Services as a Recovery Specialist. He ended up moving to Toronto where he worked for Bellwood Health Services as a Support Counsellor, Admissions Counsellor, and started up their Extended Care program. In 2018 he transferred back to the lower mainland to help open up Whiterock EHN Canada and took on the Admissions Coordinator role. He understands the courage it takes to make the call to finally get help. His passion for giving back and his genuine love of life makes him a valuable asset to EHN Canada.

Our Team at Bellwood

Dr. Ilan Nachim
Medical Director
Joanna Anderson
Clinical Director

Joanna Anderson received her MSW from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Mental Health; and completing her clinical training at Toronto General Hospital. She worked in the Eating Disorder Program at Sick Kids Hospital and at Sheena’s Place as the Clinical and Executive Director. Joanna joined Bellwood in 2017 and currently oversees all inpatient and outpatient programming, as well as the eating disorder program.

Kristen Cleary
Executive Director

Kristen Cleary completed a Masters of Counselling Psychology with a trauma certificate in 2000. Since then, she has worked as an addiction therapist in the probation and parole system as well as at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

As Manager of the Emergency Department at CAMH, she oversaw the development of an integrated care pathway for the management of acute agitation, successfully launched an electronic health record system, and effectively led the team through two accreditation cycles. She also received multiple awards for excellence.

Currently as the Clinical Director at Bellwood Health Services, Kristen oversees all inpatient programming and quality initiatives.

Our Outpatient Clinics Team

Shannon Towson
Shannon Towson
Clinical Manager - Calgary
Patrick Zierten
Clinical Manager - Vancouver
Zdenka Rogic
Zdenka Rogic
Clinical Manager - Montreal
“THE STAFF AT EHN ARE SOME OF THE MOST SUPPORTIVE, PROFESSIONAL, WELL-TRAINED PEOPLE IN THE FIELD OF ADDICTION AND RECOVERY.“

Our Team at EHN

Joe Manget
Joe Manget
Chief Executive Officer

Joe Manget is the Chairman and CEO of Edgewood Health Network. He is also an Operating Partner at Alignvest and holds board positions at several other healthcare organizations including Healthy Interactions, MedCurrent and CBT Associates. Joe is a co-founder and board member of LEAP Centre for Social Impact, a board member of Healthy Minds Canada, and serves on multiple committees with the Sinai Health System.

Prior to his career in healthcare, Joe was a Senior Partner at The Boston Consulting Group, where he led BCG’s largest global practice area. In addition, he also headed up BCG Canada for several years. In the past, Joe was also a senior manager at IBM Canada(now Celestica).

He holds a Master of Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

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Anthony Rzepka
Chief Financial Officer

Anthony Rzepka is the Chief Financial Officer at Edgewood Health Network (EHN). As a member of the executive management team, Anthony is responsible for the company’s finances, information technology infrastructure, corporate policies and relationships with lending institutions and external advisors.

Prior to EHN, Anthony served as CFO for Laborie Medical Technologies, a leading global urodynamic equipment manufacturer, where he played a key role in its acquisitions activities and sales process before being acquired by Patricia Industries. He also held executive leadership roles at Orthotic Holdings Inc., Route1, and TLC Laser Eye Centres. His professional career began at Ernst & Young followed by MNP LLP.

Outside of work, Anthony stays busy spending time with his family, coaching hockey and baseball, or going for early morning runs. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. In addition, Anthony has designations as a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant.

 

Cara Vaccarino
Chief Operating Officer

Cara graduated from McGill University and worked as a Staff Research Associate at the University of California. She completed graduate degrees in both Clinical Social Work and Health Care Administration. Cara worked for over 12 years for Universal Health Services as Director of Business Development and later as Chief Operating Officer of a facility specializing in eating disorders, addiction and trauma. She has held leadership positions at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Trillium Health Partners, as the Director of Mental Health. Cara has a deep understanding of the health care system and how it both helps and marginalizes those with mental health and addiction issues.

Board of Directors

Joe Manget
Chairman & CEO

Joe Manget is an Operating Partner at Alignvest and Chairman of the Edgewood Health Network (EHN). Prior to joining Alignvest, Mr. Manget was a Senior Partner at The Boston Consulting Group, where he transformed BCG’s Global Operations into the firm’s largest and fastest growing global practice. Mr. Manget has also worked as a senior manager at IBM Canada, as well as a consultant and manager at Bain & Co.

Mr. Manget holds a Master of Science from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering from the University of Toronto, graduating summa cum laude in both programs.

Andre Mousseau
Board member; Partner, Alignvest Private Capital

Andre Mousseau is a Partner at Alignvest. Before joining Alignvest, Mr. Mousseau was a Portfolio Manager at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, where he built a portfolio of assets, which provided OTPP with a stream of income and capital growth. Prior to this, Mr. Mousseau was a Principal at EdgeStone Capital Partners. He has also worked at CIBC World Markets, Genuity Capital Markets, and McKinsey & Company.

Mr. Mousseau earned an MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario where he graduated as an Ivey Scholar, and an undergraduate degree in economics from McGill University.

Lorne Hildebrand
Board member

Lorne Hildebrand is a Special Advisor to the Board of Directors. He has been with the organization in leadership and equity positions for over 20 years. An ardent supporter of better treatment for all people suffering from addiction, he has encouraged growth and quality care in Edgewood and the field in general.

Prior to Edgewood, he has been the General Manager of a newspaper chain, Executive Director of a major not for profit organization, and Partner and chief consultant of a fundraising consulting firm.

Tim Hodgson
Board member; Managing Partner, Alignvest Management Corporation

Mr. Hodgson holds a Masters of Business Administration from The Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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