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Our Medical Team

Dr. Carolyn Rogers

Dr. Carolyn Rogers

Medical Doctor- with vast experience in Addiction and Concurrent Disorders

Dr. Carolyn Rogers believes strongly in the Habitude Program. She has personally supported and witnessed physical and mental health challenges that had remarkably positive outcomes from a bio-psycho-social and spiritual approach. In November 2011, while attending the Canadian Association of Addiction Medicine conference, presenters were just starting to talk about the importance of a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to the treatment of addiction. Dr. Rogers says she has never seen these types of outcomes in any other clinic, her own family practice, or any hospital since she graduated from McMaster Medical Program in 1990. She has not seen this in her work as the Federal Institution Physician for the Ministry of Corrections for the past 14 years either.  Dr. Rogers believes that the Habitude Addiction Program addresses each of these facets of recovery in a unique and intensive way and remains the most cutting-edge program in Canada today.

Dr Rogers is a remarkable human being. She is compassionate, smart, and open to looking at things that most people in her position would not. She has experienced many non-medical modalities that she believes have had a positive impact in her own life.

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Dr. Shelly Linehan; HBSc, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Linehan is a board certified, licensed Naturopathic Doctor registered with Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and works hand and hand with our Medical Doctors, Therapists, and Clinicians.  Dr Linehan assesses the health of new clients, develops individual orthomolecular protocols, tailored to the specific needs of each client.

Dr. Linehan fulfills this role with compassion and scientific knowledge. With an integrative bio-psycho-social and spiritual team approach, the clients are physically better, able to think clearer, are calmer, less depressed, sleep better, and attain a sense of wellbeing exponentially faster.  Dr. Linehan’s goal is to empower people with the tools and strategies necessary to manage their health and apply them both at home and the workplace.

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Dr. Carissa Doherty

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Carissa Doherty, is very highly qualified, having completed an Honours degree at the University of Guelph in Bio-Medical Toxicology in 2002. She is a well respected physician with a thriving practice in Burlington, Ontario.

Dr. Doherty, Dr. Linehan and Dr. Klineberg were instrumental in developing the orthomolecular protocols that are delivered at the Habitude Addiction Program. Dr. Doherty has seen “excellent results” and proudly stated that “the client I have met are motivated and inspired to change their lives. I have had the honour to work with clients who have put their hearts into altering their health. This program supports their bodies and minds and allows them to be strong and healthy while achieving what they hoped – a substance-free future.”

When these addictive substances are withdrawn, the body remains ravaged by the damage. Without support, health is a long way off. With natural vitamin and mineral support, the body can repair the damage and eliminate traces of drugs and alcohol from the body.

Habitude Team Bios

John Vereecke

Co-Founder, Director

John knows that having a successful professional career and a loving family is not always enough to prevent and overcome addiction and mental illness. Having supported and managed 1000’s of cases since 2005, John knows there is a strong correlation between the Biological, Psychological, and Social phenomenon of substance use disorders, mental illness and compulsive behaviours. “Individuals should have an opportunity to seek treatment that supports all three areas simultaneously, for a greater likelihood of long-term success”.

Together, with a team of experienced professionals, the Habitude™ Addiction and Wellness Program was successfully developed and accredited and is Canada’s authentic Bio-Psycho-Social Program.

John loves educating, innovating, inspiring and supporting professionals, health practitioners, clients, families, to use a more common-sense approach to support individuals addicted to substances or struggling with mental health issues.  John works as a Recovery Coach at the Habitude Program and has mentored 1000’s of individuals, encouraging them to stop talking the talk. and begin walking the walk. He feels blessed for the opportunity to inspire those to move forward into a future that is built on healthy habits and a positive attitude…. one step at a time.

Tammy Francoeur

Co-Founder, Director of Operations and Peer Support

Tammy has been working with individuals, families and employers since 2005, and oversees the operations at the Habitude Addiction and Wellness Programs. She is always looking for innovative, evidence-based practices to implement into the Program that will help the clients and families to heal. Families, Employers, Health Professionals and Unions love her hands-on approach to helping individuals find recovery.

Tammy is considered an Expert in Addiction and Family Issues. She has personally helped 1000’s of families, individuals and health professionals since 2005.  As a co-founder of the Habitude Program, Tammy strongly believes in the Bio-Psycho-Social and Spiritual Model of healing. Leaving one component out, leaves people at risk of becoming un-well again.

Tammy delivers outstanding Family Intervention Workshops, Solution-Based Workshops, Lunch n’ Learns, and Customized Seminars to employers, families, and health practitioners. Tammy is an excellent speaker and has empowered many individuals to not only understand addiction better but to do their jobs better.

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Christian Avila

Program Manager

In 2003, Christian obtained his Medical Doctor Diploma from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina. He then moved to Buenos Aires, where he completed his Psychiatry training in the Rivadavia and Tobar Garcia Hospitals.

Christian gained clinical experience while working in Avril Clinic Detoxification Center (2006-2009), and on the Psychiatric Emergency Team, OSDE (2008-2010). Christian has also gain experience working at the Outpatient Center Repsi S.R.L and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Center (2008-2010) in Argentina.

In 2011, Christian joined the Farncombe Institute in McMaster University as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow where he worked on basic and clinical projects involving the Gut-Brain Axis in Anxiety and Depression Disorders. Christian attended as observer at Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) during this period where he participated the patient’s assessments which include psychopharmacological as well as psychosocial and psychoeducational components. Christian has received awards and published in scientific journals.

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Denise Halsey, Certified Addiction Counsellor; CCAC, CCS-AC

Case Manager & Anger Management

Denise is a certified Addictions Counsellor and Case Manager who believes strongly in the Bio-Psycho-Social and Spiritual Model of healing and feels that all areas need to be taken into consideration for long term Health & Wellness.  She also feels that importance of individuality is a vital component of this model.

Denise has over 25 years of experience working in Addictions and Mental Health Agencies (Corrections Officer, Withdrawal Management, Youth Residential, Anger Management, Supportive Housing, Recovery Housing, Residential & Outpatient Programs for Youth & Families).  She has taught at Centennial College for 7 years in AMHW (Addictions Mental Health Worker Program), and Program Coordinator for Addictions Work: Professional Practical Skills Certificate.   She has created and development many courses/workshops in Addictions for Online/Classroom/Incarcerated communities.

Denise is extremely knowledgeable about the various types of resources available for our clients in early and long-term recovery. The more time Denise can spend with a client while in program, the more she gets to know them and is able to help build an appropriate discharge plan which is called a Healthy Living Plan at Habitude. The plan help support their personal needs and goals.

Denise is a true advocate for the clients and works hard to help them create a personalized Healthy Living Plan that will support their own recovery.  Owning their recovery plans is the key to actively working their recovery plans.  Denise offers check ins and follow up sessions for the alumni which they find very helpful in feeling connected and keeping them on track.

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    Jenn Pacey

    Manager, Client Care Services

    Jenn has worked within the client services industry with an extensive background in office administration for nearly 20 years. Jenn is passionate about making our clients feel comfortable and well taken care of while they are in the program.  Jenn’s experience working as a Certified Personal Support Worker exemplifies her role here at Habitude.

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    Lorr Conroy

    Administrative Assistant

    Lorr’s experience spans over 20 years working with non-profit and private organizations. Lorr has been a great asset to our administrative team as she is highly skilled at creating efficient processes in our day to day practices. Lorr enjoys assisting others with practical tasks to make their roles easier and helping operations run more efficiently.  Lorr is warm and has great communication skills.  She is a meticulous worker. who loves accuracy in all her tasks and can often be heard having a lively dialogue with herself as she works. She is a awesome team player who adapts well to change and is always looking for challenges.

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    Dr. Rick Csiernik; BSc, BSW, RSW, MSW

    PhD- Habitude Program Consultant

    Dr Csiernik is a Professor at Kings University and an instructor in the Addiction Studies program at McMaster University. His primary teaching interests are in the areas of social work practice, group work, social work field education, social work field practice, and addiction. His research interests include Employee Assistance Programming and Occupational Social Work, addiction, social work and spirituality, and program evaluation.

    Dr Csiernik is a Professor at Kings University and an instructor in the Addiction Studies program at McMaster University. His primary teaching interests are in the areas of social work practice, group work, social work field education, social work field practice, and addiction. His research interests include Employee Assistance Programming and Occupational Social Work, addiction, social work and spirituality, and program evaluation.

    Dr Csiernik has written and edited 14+ books, including Just Say Know: A Counsellor’s Guide to Psychoactive Drugs, Substance Use and Abuse: Everything Matters and Responding to the Oppression of Addiction. He has authored over 200 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and has been an invited presenter to 200 national and international conferences, workshops and seminars.

    Dr. Csiernik has acted as a consultant to the Canadian Department of National Defence, Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services, Canadian Revenue Agency, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and the Children’s Aid of London and Middlesex as many other Ministries, Agencies, Organizations and Companies.

    He has been on the King’s University College Honor Role of teaching 16 consecutive times and is past recipient of the McMaster University Instructor Appreciation and has acted as a consultant for the Habitude Program since 2010.

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    Dr. Carolyn Rogers

    Dr. Carolyn Rogers

    Medical Doctor- with vast experience in Addiction and Concurrent Disorders

    Dr. Carolyn Rogers believes strongly in the Habitude Program. She has personally supported and witnessed physical and mental health challenges that had remarkably positive outcomes from a bio-psycho-social and spiritual approach. In November 2011, while attending the Canadian Association of Addiction Medicine conference, presenters were just starting to talk about the importance of a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to the treatment of addiction. Dr. Rogers says she has never seen these types of outcomes in any other clinic, her own family practice, or any hospital since she graduated from McMaster Medical Program in 1990. She has not seen this in her work as the Federal Institution Physician for the Ministry of Corrections for the past 14 years either.  Dr. Rogers believes that the Habitude Addiction Program addresses each of these facets of recovery in a unique and intensive way and remains the most cutting-edge program in Canada today.

    Dr Rogers is a remarkable human being. She is compassionate, smart, and open to looking at things that most people in her position would not. She has experienced many non-medical modalities that she believes have had a positive impact in her own life.

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    Dr. Shelly Linehan; HBSc, ND

    Naturopathic Doctor

    Dr. Linehan is a board certified, licensed Naturopathic Doctor registered with Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and works hand and hand with our Medical Doctors, Therapists, and Clinicians.   Dr Linehan assesses the overall health and wellness of new clients, and develops individual programs and orthomolecular protocols, tailored to meet their specific detoxification needs. Dr. Linehan fulfills this role with compassion and scientific knowledge.

    With an integrative bio-psycho-social and spiritual team approach, the clients are physically better, able to think clearer, are calmer, less depressed, sleep better, and attain a sense of wellbeing exponentially faster.  Dr. Linehan’s goal is to empower people with the tools and strategies necessary to manage their health and apply them both at home and the workplace

    Dr. Linehan said the unique blend of physical detoxification with sauna and vitamin and mineral supplements has a dramatic effect within days of starting treatment. “These men are able to think clearly, have significantly reduced cravings for their addictive substance and look ahead to a clean life,” she noted. “It is a pleasure to work in this environment and see the benefits manifest so quickly.”

    Dr Linehan is walking the talk in her own life, she is a wonderful mother, wife and cook and practices Yoga and meditation in her own day to day routine.

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    Brandon

    Nutritionist

    Brendan is Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N) and currently studying for his Doctorates Degree in Clinical Nutrition and most recently, a published author. Brendan has a passion for helping others and truly loves what he does. His extensive sports & bodybuilding background gives him a superior advantage over most fitness professionals all while integrating seamlessly his nutrition and health teachings. While working with the clients here at Habitude, he takes on a personal approach with everyone, his goal is to magnify everyone’s individual talents and link them to healthy lifestyle decisions through diet, exercise and inspiring choices.

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    Tyler Arsenault; Bsc

    Nutritional Consultant and Group Facilitator

    Tyler is a natural health expert and has been a leader in the natural health industry since 2005. helping our clients to achieve superior health using diet and supplementation. Tyler offers dietary counseling services and product advice using the latest technological advances in analysis and planning paired the latest scientific research.

    Tyler is a wonderful educator and is open to teaching individuals why they need to pay attention to what they put into their bodies, and how diet and nutrition is so important in a wellness plan. Tyler speaks about the co-relationship of diet/nutrition and creates nutrition plans that support physical and mental health. He lives eats and breathes, a bio-psycho-social and spiritual lifestyle.

    Tyler offers a series of Nutritional Groups and is brilliant at individual dietary planning. Our clients definitely embrace this information, allowing them an opportunity to talk about some of their personal struggles they have had with weight gain/loss, sugar consumption, dairy intake, or even questions relating to how much protein an individual actually needs in their diet to maintain healthy muscle.

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    Ernie Schramayr

    Medical Exercise Specialist

    Since 1993 Ernie Schramayr has been providing quality fitness training for the brain and the body. Ernie is a 20-year fitness veteran with certifications as a Personal Trainer and a Medical Exercise Specialist. He has supervised over 35,000 workouts and has been voted “Best Personal Trainer” 7 times by the readers of the Hamilton Spectator, View Magazine, and the Hamilton Community News. An in-demand media guest, as a fitness expert, Ernie has appeared regularly on CHML-AM 900, CHCH, CITY-TV’s Breakfast Television and Chatelaine Magazine and has been a contributing writer for The Hamilton Spectator.

    Ernie has created programs as diverse as “Meeting the Physical Demands of Work” to “30/30- Spinning and Strength Training”. He is well-known for his creativity and boundless energy in helping clients get the results that they are looking for.

    His diverse background puts him in a unique position to help people reach their goals. Ernie has also been Certified as a Medical Exercise Specialist and Lifestyle Weight Management Consultant and he has the rare ability to make complex ideas easy to understand and simple to apply. Not only does he talk the talk, but as a mountain bike enthusiast, hockey player and runner, he walks the walk.

    Ernie has also been certified as an ACE- Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant as a SCHWINN Certified Spinning Instructor and has completed the Heart Zone Training Certificate.

    “I am ultimately successful when you no longer need me!”

    Ernie has worked with our Inpatient Habitude Clients since 2005. and is humbled by the determination and positive results he has personally witnessed from individuals who had many challenges pre-treatment.

    Ernie offers one on one support, and is an amazing group facilitator. In April 2017, Ernie introduced a new outpatient group called The Habitude 30 Day Energy Make-Over Group which received fantastic feedback from all participants. He will be offering this group throughout the year as he knows that it is extremely good value and a great first step to re-starting a wellness plan.

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    Andy Childs

    Fitness Specialist

    Andy has been working in the Fitness Industry for 15 years and over that time, some of the most impressive transformations I have seen are by the Habitude clients.  Andy quotes “This program changes lives on so many levels.  What a satisfying group of individuals to work with!”

        • 4 Time Canadian National Powerlifting Champion
        • Coach of 2008 Canadian World Powerlifting Team
        • Bronze Medalist at 2009 World Powerlifting Championships
        • Gold Medalist at 2017 World Powerlifting Championships

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    Carla “Vanina” Noejovich; MA, PhD

    Registered Psychotherapist

    Vanina Noejovich is a Registered Psychotherapist with more than 20 years of clinical experience in emotional trauma, mood disorders and chronic mental illness. Vanina has her Masters and a Ph.D. ( Doctorate). in Psychoanalysis, and her approach is oriented to tailor a treatment plan based on each individual case.

    As a crisis case manager and supervisor, Vanina understands the need for an authentic integrative team approach, that focuses on the client’s needs in a transparent and timely fashion, eliminating road blocks, and silos, In her experience she has learned and personally seen that one problem is often connected to at least one other problem, when a person is feeling discomfort in their own lives and loves that Habitude offers many other clinical services for their clients.

    Vanina is very comfortable working with people from different cultures and backgrounds. Her work in Latin-America, Europe and Canada have built a strong understanding of the emotional impact on immigration and settlement and the need for specialized therapies.

    Vanina loves supporting Habitude client’s and witnessing the bio-psycho-social and spiritual transformation. She is also currently working as a researcher in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University looking for more evidence to connect the body and mind!

    **Languages spoken are English and Spanish

    ** typically covered under most insurance providers

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    Amy Di Nino

    Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Neurologic Music Therapist and Group Facilitator

    Amy Di Nino is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), Accredited Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT), professional musician, conductor and composer.  She recently completed her Masters of Music Therapy at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

    Amy received the Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2012 for her work at the W. Ross MacDonald School for the Blind, and has her own private practice; Connecting In Rhythm (CIR). Rhythm is the energizer and organizer of music. Rhythm is the energizer and organizer of the inner body.  Amy is the artistic director/conductor of the Grand River Voices, the music director and organist at Sydenham-Heritage United Church.  Principal Percussionist with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, and drummer of the blues and R & B group, Cootes Paradise Band, nominated for a 2019 Maple Blues Award.

    Amy really helps the men to understand the co-relationship between sounds and feelings. Many have reconnected to their love of music again or for the first time and use it as a great support in their own recovery.

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    Lou-Anne Gribbon

    Registered Psychotherapist and Group Facilitator

    Lou-Anne is a Registered Psychotherapist and a member of the OAMHP.  Lou-Anne’s education includes a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from McMaster, and a Diploma in Addictions from McMaster as well.

    Lou-Anne upholds strong ethics in her practice and regularly does research and training sessions to keep herself learning and improving as a therapist.  She has been working with people who struggle with mental health and addiction since 2009. She began her career working at Men’s Addiction Services Hamilton. This experience has been excellent training for her private practice and work with Habitude.  Lou-Anne feels that it is an honour to work with and support individuals and their families suffering with personal issues and addiction problems.

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    Emoke ``Emi`` Tifan Torma

    Certified Addiction Counsellor, Certified Grief Therapist and Group Facilitator

    “Emi” has been with Habitude since 2008 and is a valued member of the Habitude Team. Emi is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor, and a member in good standings of CACCF, OACCPP, GRI.

    Emi is a trained Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapist (DBT), Grief and Loss Therapist, and Grief Coaching. At Habitude Wellness Emi utilizes these therapies and lends support to clients on a daily basis.

    Emi leads holistic, therapeutic and educational groups that help our clients on their road to recovery. Over the years Emi has explored many spiritual, psychological and self-help practices which she has used to transform her life and attain spiritual awakening.

    Emi’s spiritual path has included many cycles of healing and releasing, which was necessary after her own difficult journey which included many losses in a short period. She is a true fighter and did not allow these losses to damage her future. Emi is loved by everyone who has the pleasure of meeting her. She radiates love and compassion. Our clients fondly remember as she holds a special place in their hearts.

    ** Languages spoken are English and Hungarian

    ** typically covered under most insurance providers

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    Yvonne Onyango

    Certified Addiction Counsellor

    Yvonne is a graduate in Addiction and Community Services, the Social Service Worker Program at Mohawk College, and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service workers. She has been a member of the Habitude multidisciplinary team since 2010

    Yvonne is a dedicated, motivated holistic team player and naturally taps into her optimism, and empathy for different individuals. Yvonne has demonstrated the ability to work effectively with individuals of different ages and ethnicity. Yvonne is passionate in working with individuals facing the stigma of addiction, and mental health; and uses her skills to guide and help individuals going through the process of recovery and sobriety and living with a mental illness.

    Yvonne is trained and experienced in facilitating the Assessment Tools of Addiction, Group Therapy, concurrent disorders, substance use disorders, client-centered approach, solution focused approach, case management, withdrawal management, family education and Social Services.

    Originally from Kenya, Yvonne is open to learning more about different cultures to better herself and better assist individuals and be the best of who she can be.  Her mantra is “Every Individual has inherent worth and deserves dignity”

    ** Languages spoken are English, Swahili and semi- fluent French

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    Janet Milligan

    Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
    Janet is Master Level Clinical Social Worker and has been providing Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Adults who are Struggling with Mental Health Challenges, Substance Use Disorders and/or Trauma since 2007. Janet is highly skilled at helping individuals learn how to manage stress, improve their mental health, or deal with issues from their past. She believes it is her privilege to work with her clients and create a supportive relationship that facilitates change.
    Janet uses Attachment-based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), EMDR Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCT), Play Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Trauma Focused Therapy. to help with ADD/ADHD, Adoption Issues, Anger Management, Behavioural Issues, Coping Skills, Divorce Issues, Emotional Disturbance, Grief, Life Transitions, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Parenting, Self Esteem, Sleep or Insomnia or Trauma and PTS or PTSD.  These modalities can help to help reduce anxiety, depression, sadness, loneliness, or stress.
    Janet is registered with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and a proud member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers, the Canadian Association of Play Therapy and EMDR Canada. Janet strongly believes the body and mind are interconnected and that an evidence based collaborative approach is the best type of support an individual can have to heal their mind and bodies. Janet is very pleased to be a part of Habitude’s Interdisciplinary Bio-Psycho-Social Addiction and Wellness Programs, working with an experienced Team of Health Professionals and with families who truly want wellness in their lives.
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    Guy ``Butch`` Colasanzio

    Residential Manager- Recovery Coach and Holistic Practitioner

    Butch was personally addicted to substances for 28 years. In 2000, something happened that caused him to change his path in life, bringing him out of the hell that he had created and into a wonderful life of creating good.

    Being associated with the Habitude Program has given Butch the opportunity to share what he has learned about leading a successful, spirit-filled life with other individuals who are on the path he once traveled. For Butch, to realize that he is part of the empowering, dynamic team of Habitude is a very humbling experience.

    Butch provides Recovery Coaching Services, Auricular Acupuncture, Mentoring, Master Thai Chai Instructor, Spiritual Guidance and is a certified Smart Recovery Facilitator. Butch is certified through St. John’s First Aid, CPR, and AED automatic defibrillation.

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    Jorel Revaly

    Residential Coordinator -Withdrawal Specialist and Certified Addiction Counsellor

    Jorel is originally from Haiti, where he went to school and worked as a Social Worker in the field of Mental Health and Addictions since 1995.  He then completed the Addiction and Mental Health 3 year Program at McMaster University.

    Jorel is gentle by nature and very spiritual, but firm in his beliefs that a healthy life does not include any substance that causes a negative consequence in one’s life. Jorel has vast knowledge and experience in Withdrawal Management and is wonderful support for individuals facing the challenge of acute and post-acute withdrawal symptoms.

    He is certified through St John’s First Aid, CPR and (AED) automatic defibrillation. He compassionately provides solution focused counselling to individuals struggling with mental health and addiction issues and still actively involved in mission services. Jorel loves being a part of an amazing team that share his compassion for mankind.

    **Languages spoken are English, French and Spanish

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    Therapy Dog

    In 2016 Blanket joined our team as a Therapy Dog. She is a retired breeding dog from Halton Hills Labradoodle. Blanket has had three litters of puppies and is now in her forever home here at Habitude. Blanket is a friendly dog who loves attention. She welcomes all our clients, and guests with a gentle hug and provides love and support to all that welcome her into their lives.

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    Therapeutic Arts and Cooking Instructor

    Connie’s diverse skill set allows her to work in schools, community groups, at private functions, corporate events, and in the services sector. Connie has been teaching therapeutic art for over 10 years and offering educational cooking classes for clients at Habitude.

    Many of her participants have little or no experience with art and/or cooking, so Connie leads by example with step-by-step instruction where a positive result is achieved by all.  The clients really enjoy re-connecting to the things they may have once enjoyed in their youth and learning how to implement healthy cooking habits into their own lives.

    Creating these new habits and new attitudes is a valuable exercise that allows them to see how they can positively deal with their time and emotions in early recovery. Therapeutic art is a means for awakening and relaxation of the brain that is often untouched.

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    Jayne Ferreira

    Family Addiction/Counsellor/Educator

    Jayne is true believer in the Bio-Psycho-Social and Spiritual approach. In her opinion, Self-Care is a key component and believes we are all spiritual beings living a human experience and need to ensure that we stay well throughout that experience, physically, mentally and spiritually by learning how to take care of ourselves and protect ourselves with healthy boundaries.

    Jayne offers psycho-educational classes/groups, empowerment workshops and individual/family addictions counseling. Jayne’s professional experience goes back to 2003, but her own journey of addiction and recovery began over 40 years ago. Her personal experience provides invaluable firsthand knowledge, and her formal education in Addiction Studies at McMaster University laid the foundation to a professional career helping others to be well.

    Jayne’s client-centered / solution focused approach helps families move toward change and beginning their own journey of recovery. She has extensive experience working at an accredited children’s mental health agency, youth agencies, women’s drug and alcohol treatment centers’, and emergency shelters for women /children. She has implemented and taught violence and drug prevention to grades 5 through 12.

    Jayne is an advanced level 3 EFT (energy tapping) practitioner, a published author of the children’s self-help book “Tapping Away the Blues.” and currently supporting her young adult children and beloved husband while writing another book.

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    Frank Kempf

    Community Peer Support Coach

    Frank has seen a lot of trauma in his role as a law enforcement officer since 1994 and has personally witnessed, bad things happen to good people.

    He has learned that bad choices only make things worse. Frank has received training in addiction and the use of illicit drugs and current drug subculture. He is familiar with the Law. He is also familiar with the importance of having a healthy foundation and strong family dynamics and has extensive training and understand the underlying issues contributing to domestic violence.

    Frank personally knows that addictions has no boundaries. Education, Title, Affiliations and Organizations are all affected by the realms of addiction. He has been working with The Habitude™ Program since 2005, as he strongly believes in the BIO-PSYCHO-SOCIAL AND SPIRITUAL approach. He has witnessed good people physically sick in the early stages of withdrawal and recovery, continuously relapse only to start the cycle all over again.  Some end up in Jail and some end up dead. The lucky ones get help.

    Front line workers are victims to addiction as well. It can affect them personally or someone they love. Frank is an excellent liaison for families, probation officers, Employee Assistance Programs and workers who need guidance on how to get someone help for their addiction. His honest and caring approach allows individuals to talk openly about their struggles with an addiction and create an action plan to start creating healthy habits and a positive attitude in their own lives, free of substances.

    Frank is authentic in his belief that it takes a village to raise a child and is continuously paying it forward. In his own community, he is an active Member of the Kinsmen Club and Chair of the Lake Lisgar Revitalization Project and has helped many good people find their way back to creating their own legacies; one’s they can be proud of. Frank is a loving father and husband, and an avid musician. He loves the outdoors, and practices healthy habits and has a positive attitude in his day to day life.

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    Yoga Instructor

    Alana is our Yoga Instructor. Almost 45 years ago, she was introduced to meditation and yoga at a young age and took to both with growing need. As an athlete and dancer, her dedication drove her to learn, and teaching yoga was one of her first jobs.

    She has been part of the yoga and fitness industry for 40 plus years. Alana is passionate with all she does. As well, she is familiar with different yoga and meditation styles and looks forward to sharing energy and knowledge with those she meets.

    Alana has over 500 hours of yoga teachers training and is certified in different styles of yoga; Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative to name a few. Alana admits she enjoys a slower, hot, gentle flow the best, moving with her breath, feeling each movement and just being aware of all her practice offers her.

    Alana is also a Reiki Master and has made it part of her Yin and meditation classes. She also adds meditation and dedication to her classes as part of the learning and growth experience, knowing that the connection to breath is the connection to “You”.

    Alana’s desire is for all of her students to roll up their mats after class, in a sense of calm, peace, kindness and love…And for them to know they are capable of embracing all that life has to offer.