Calista Switzer, BMT
Calista Switzer is a highly trained music therapist and musician who graduated from the Bachelor Music Therapy program at Capilano University. With more than 20 years of musical experience, she was inspired to combine her background in psychology with the power of music to facilitate healing and change in the recovery process. Here at TWC, she works closely with music to identify personal goals for each client that focus on therapeutic self-expression, strengthening identity and emotional awareness. Calista uses a humanistic trauma-informed approach to help individuals achieve their goals in recovery. In a group setting music is used to build healthy relationships and community with peers through powerful shared musical experiences.
Dr. Robert Fox
Dr. Robert Fox is a Clinical Fellow at St. Paul’s Goldcorp Addiction Medicine Fellowship and has undergone extensive training specific to individuals suffering from substance misuse and concurrent disorders.
Dr. Fox completed a fellowship at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver starting in July of 2016 where he worked very closely with individuals suffering with addiction and concurrent disorders.
Dr. Carolyn Hall, MD
Carolyn Hall brings two decades of experience as a medical professional to Together We Can. She is one of the physicians at Harbour Light, and has a keen understanding of individual needs and detox protocols.
Beloved by clients for her patient and informative manner, Carolyn strives to advise and prescribe to clients in order to address their medical concerns while they reside in treatment.
Kim Graham Dr. TCM
TWC Staff member Dr. Kim Graham, heads our Acupuncture Program, and is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. With eight years of education in Eastern and Western medicine, Dr. Graham is an expert in her field, and has hands-on experience with homelessness, addiction, and mental illness in Vancouver’s DTES and at Harbour Light. She has been facilitating acupuncture treatments for men in early recovery since 2002, and is an expert at recreating balance and alignment for the processes within the human body. They are often heavily disturbed after periods of substance abuse.
Sarah Shaw Ross, MCP, RCC
Sarah is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She graduated with her Masters of Counselling Psychology from Adler University in 2013 and she has advanced clinical training in various psychotherapeutic approaches including Adlerian, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
Sarah has extensive experience working with adolescents with mental health and substance use issues and their families and has worked with different populations of high-risk youth for over twenty years. Her clinical counselling experience includes the treatment of addictions, depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, and grief and loss.
Dr. Bryn Hyndman, MD, ND
Dr. Bryn Hyndman, MD, ND, and Medical Director at Qi Integrated Health, is trained both in naturopathic medicine and as a medical doctor. She believes the interconnected systems of body and mind are a terrain to be tended.
Dr. Hyndman sees herself as not only a physician, but also an educator, teaching her patients how to reverse symptoms and restore function, and how to minimize the biological processes that lead to inflammation, disease and aging.
Courtney Nichols – MC:AT, RCC
Courtney attended the University of British Columbia and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Psychology and Double Minor in English & Philosophy. She followed this with attendance at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute and was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy. Courtney then went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy in 2003 from the University of Hertfordshire (London, England). She became a Registered Clinical Counsellor in B.C in 2011.
Courtney has expansive experience working within the addiction field, alongside specialty areas in early childhood mental health and working with clients with neurological differences. For 11 years she worked for the Ministry of Children & Family Development as a Child & Youth Mental Health Counsellor. She is also a Certified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for Anxiety Disorders with additional training working with Depression, PTSD, OCD & Psychosis. Courtney began working at TWC in 2013 and she strives to provide her skills and creativity to offer comprehensive treatment for men struggling with concurrent mental health & addiction issues.
Carol Anne Turbitt, B.A. (Psychology)
Carol Anne Turbitt has more than 20 years of experience in group facilitation and individual counselling related to substance abuse issues. She is proficient at working with individuals to rebuild their lives following trauma, dislocation, and addiction.
Samantha Armstrong, CSSW
Samantha is proficient in Motivational Interviewing, CBT, SMART goals and trauma informed practices. She has attained her diploma from Douglas College, in Community Social Service Work (CSSW), and has knowledge and practice around mental health, addictions, and family structures and supports.
She also has certification from the Correction Service of Canada in Managing Gang Affiliated Members, and training from Borstal Association’s BC Trauma Care Program in Level 1 and 2 of Trauma Informed Practices.
Matt Rands, CCAC
Matt has been with TWC since 2014. Using his twenty-four years’ experience with addiction and recovery, Matt took this knowledge and has applied it at VCC’s Substance Abuse Counselling Program.
Matt specializes in one-on-one counselling for first-stage clients and is proficient regarding issues such as trauma, self-worth, and grief. He has also attained a designation as a Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor (CCAC) from the CACCF.
VCH Addiction Specialist Physicians
Vancouver Coastal Health works in partnership with Together We Can provide two specially trained addiction doctors that perform a wide variety of services to our facility ranging from diagnosis, treatment, and maintenance of health problems with first-stage clients
Dr. Brian G.K. Floyd
Dr. Brian G.K. Floyd graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 1992 and opened Delbrook Chiropractic in North Vancouver in 1994. Dr. Floyd has been treating clients at Together We Can for musculoskeletal complaints on a weekly basis since 1997.
With a background in Physical Education (UBC 1985), Dr. Floyd also encourages every patient to accept a personal responsibility to improve and maintain their health through gentle stretching, regular moderate activity, postural awareness, and workplace ergonomics.
Betty Conroy, C.C.
Betty Conroy is a respected professional with over 25 years’ experience in the self-help industry. She is an experienced coach and workshop facilitator working with clients on a variety of topics.
Betty facilitates the Family Program at TWC and helps our clients’ loved ones understand the recovery process.
Mick Dosanjh, CCAC
Mick Dosanjh is a longstanding member of the Vancouver recovery community with over nine years of experience in the addictions field. He facilitates one of our senior process groups and also counsels clients on an individual basis.
Mick has earned his Addictions Counselling Certificate from VCC, Satir Family Therapy through the Satir Institute of Pacifica, and is also certified in Conflict Resolution.
Lee Deem, CCAC
Lee has been at Together We Can since the Spring of 2015 and facilitates one of our senior process groups.
He is known at TWC and in the Vancouver Recovery Community as someone with an undeniable passion for recovery and creating positive change in the lives of others.
In 2014, Marc relocated to Vancouver where he began a new career with Together We Can. Marc has been involved in recovery and the recovery community since 2005. As Program Director of the Awakenings program and Operations Manager of the Elevate program, Marc is responsible for program planning, managing the counselling and support staff, and overseeing the care of first stage clients.
Marc leads client group facilitation sessions, conducts one-on-one sessions, corresponds/provides updates to the families of clients, and oversees the daily operations.
Dan Bernard, CCAC
Dan Bernard has been employed as one of the Client Coordinators at Together We Can since 2013. He is an active member of the Tri-Cities recovery community and earned his CCAC designation as a Certified Canadian Addictions Counsellor from the CACCF.
Craig Fluter, CCAC
Craig Fluter is a program facilitator, and interventionist who has been an active member of the Vancouver recovery community since 2005. He earned his Addictions Counselling Diploma from VCC and also holds a CCAC designation as a Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor (CACCF).
Craig has six years of experience working at the Cordova Detox Facility on the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver as a support worker and the detox supervisor. Driven by his passion for recovery, Craig has worked with countless individuals and their families conveying his knowledge, experience and insight around issues related to addiction, relationships and trauma.
Patricia Pike, LAADC, ICADC, CIP CAADC
Patricia has conducted hundreds of Interventions with a 92% success rate both in the U.S. and Canada. Ms. Pike is a currently a professional member of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs & Professionals that holds an accredited Masters Certification in Addiction Studies internationally.
Mashiah’s passion at TWC is assisting clients to find answers from within themselves; encouraging clients to overcome unsettling memories, whether it be childhood traumas, PTSD, abuse, or addictions. Mashiah uses inner child therapy to help them reconnect with their wounded child within.
Once clients have rediscover this fragmented part of self, they soon discover that many of their fears and phobias are a result of earlier childhood issues. When this is acknowledged, true healing begins.
With over ten years of experience in the field of addiction, certification as an Alcohol and Drug counsellor, and over four years of personal training experience, Joey McGeough is a tremendous assent to Together We Can.
As a TWC group facilitator, Joey knows about the connection between the mind and body, and his current position allows him to help others see and feel the connection between the two.
Joey’s counselling style is based on a holistic approach to recovery. He utilizes a variety of different techniques and approaches, while keeping in mind each client’s unique and dynamic needs at the forefront of all his teachings.
As a therapeutic group facilitation, Joey touches on a wide variety of topics ranging from fitness, to evolutionary biology. Clients in Joey’s group counselling are taught how to find a deeper understanding of themselves with his emphasis on the motivational systems that drive people to the actions and behaviors they display in everyday life.
Joey guides clients to search within themselves for the reasons why self-destructive behavior manifests, and to explore ways in which these behaviors can be identified and treated. His sessions open up discussion and explore topics from an evolutionary viewpoint and discuss the prime biological functions of human beings and how these functions interface with the modern world.
Cristel is a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of BC. She completed her dietetics degree at the University of British Columbia in June 2014. Cristel has diverse experiences in clinical nutrition, food service management, community nutrition, and business administration.
Cristel embraces opportunities that cover nutrition, food, counselling, entrepreneurship, education and people. Cristel brings this experience to TWC to counsel clients to have a healthier relationship with their food and body, as well as having a better, more fulfilling and satisfying meal balance during their stay and beyond.