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.”

Colleen Ward
Director of Operations, EHN West

Colleen brings more than 25 years administrative experience in community health care services in British Columbia to her role as Director of Operations at Edgewood Treatment Center. Prior to joining Edgewood in 2006, Colleen had already developed an impressive administrative background in the mental health field. She was Day Services Director of Milieu Family Services on the Lower Mainland and worked together with the Ministry of Children and Families on the de-institutionalization of adults with developmental disabilities.

With a strong capacity for implementing systems and procedures that support and assist health care professionals in the delivery of their expertise and services, Colleen has developed areas of specialization that include: facility legislation, accreditation procedure (CARF), Human Resources Employment law, as well as Policy and Procedure Development.

Colleen lives in Nanaimo with her husband and two sons and is a doting, surrogate mum to Fergie, Edgewood’s Therapy Dog-in-Training.

Our Team at Bellwood

Joanna Anderson
Clinical Director
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

Joel Hughes EHN
Joel Hughes
Clinical Manager - Victoria
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; Founder, Edgewood

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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