The Team

We are a group of highly educated and well-trained professionals with a proven record of successfully treating mental health issues such as addiction, trauma and depression. Our commitment to the whole human being means having staff who specialize in the physical (medical, fitness, diet), the psychological (psychotherapy), social, and spiritual aspects of recovery.

Medical Services

Dr. Jacques du Toit
Medical Director | MB, ChB, ISAM

Dr. Jacques du Toit

Medical Director | MB, ChB, ISAM

Dr. du Toit has been the Medical Director at Sunshine Coast Health Center since its inception in 2004 and is now responsible for the delivery of medical services at Georgia Strait Women’s Clinic. He is certified with the International Society of Addiction Medicine and has been the personal physician to over 3000 clients in that time.

Dr. du Toit is originally from South Africa where he received his formal education at Stellenbosch University.

Stuart Howard
Psychiatrist | MD, FRCP(C)

Stuart Howard

Psychiatrist | MD, FRCP(C)

Dr. Howard immigrated to Canada in 1991 where he began his practice at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook. In 2007, he joined Sunshine Coast Health Centre and has been providing in depth assessment and psychiatric care to all of our clients ever since. Dr. Howard has a background in treating women with mental health and addiction issues as well as a specialty in helping those suffering from trauma and PTSD. Dr. Howard received his formal education at University of Capetown in South Africa

Jennifer Herron
Jennifer Herron
Medical Services Manager | RPN

Jennifer Herron

Medical Services Manager | RPN

Jennifer is responsible for all nursing services at Georgia Strait Women’s Clinic. Previously, Jennifer managed Seaside Wellness Centre, a residential addiction program for women. After working numerous responsibilities at Powell River General Hospital, Jennifer decided to make addictions and mental health her focus.

In 2019, Jennifer received official RPN (Registered Psychiatric Nurse) status. In addition to her daily tasks as Medical Services Manager, Jennifer is a lead team member in the psychiatry department, conducting clients assessments and oversees all medical monitoring.

Nursing Team

Ursula Gould
Nursing Supervisor | LPN
Allison White
MOA
Danielle Foster
Nurse | RPN
Erin McKenzie
Nurse | LPN
Geoff Schulkowsky
Nurse | LPN
Janet Welsh
Nurse | LPN
Jean Daly
Nurse | LPN
Jonathan Huck
Nurse | LPN
Kaela Gifford
Nurse | LPN
Kathleen Milne
Nurse | LPN
Katie Koelewyn
Nurse | LPN
Kirsten Angell
Nurse | LPN
Laila Duggan
Nurse | LPN
Megan White
Nurse | LPN
Stephanie Davidson
Nurse | LPN, MOA
Terry Griffith
Nurse | LPN
Victoria Myers
Nurse | LPN
Victoria Wilson
NURSE | LPN

Clinical & Wellness Services

Geoff Thompson
Program Director | PhD, CCC

Geoff Thompson

Program Director | PhD, CCC

Since joining us in 2007, Geoff has demonstrated an exemplary ability to connect with clients. An extensive background in both residential and outpatient addiction treatment has helped Geoff keep things in perspective when clients feel overwhelmed.

Geoff earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook University and is a certified member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. He spent several years as a Clinical Addictions Counsellor at Maple Ridge Treatment Centre in British Columbia and also managed two provincial government treatment programs. Geoff is also the Executive Director for the International Network on Personal Meaning, managing editor of the International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, and Program Director of its biennial Meaning Conference. 

Among his publications are:

You can also find Geoff’s articles in the following: 

Sara Klinkhamer
Clinical Manager | MA, RCC

Sara Klinkhamer

Clinical Manager | MA, RCC

Sara joined our clinical team in 2016 when she returned to her hometown. She brings a background of working on the downtown eastside in Vancouver for more than 10 years, which has given her much experience working with addiction and mental health issues, particularly trauma issues. Sara has also worked in both residential and outpatient settings as a concurrent disorders counsellor. Her strong belief in the worth of each individual, optimism in the face of adversity, as well as respect for autonomy and dignity, has served her well in this work.

Sara completed her BA in psychology at Simon Fraser University in 2005 and her Masters of Counselling Psychology at Adler University in 2008. In 2009, Sara started a post-graduate program in Existential Analysis and in 2013 became a founding board member of the Existential Analysis Society of Canada.

Katelynn Bandmann
Psychotherapist | MED, CCC

Katelynn Bandmann

Psychotherapist | MED, CCC

Kate is a psychotherapist who takes an integrative, holistic approach to counselling. Drawing from a range of psychotherapeutic approaches Kate tailors her services to meet the needs of each individual person. Kate takes a holistic approach to therapy because she believes that true healing occurs when we take care of our mind, body, and spirit. Some of the therapeutic modalities Kate often draws from in her work are person-centred, existential, narrative, MCT, Somatic Experiencing and mindfulness.

Kate completed her formal education at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. Kate has her Master of Education in Counselling Psychology as well as a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Addictions Counselling. She is a Canadian Certified Counsellor.

Kate’s education and work experience have led her to specialize in the areas of mental health and addictions issues. She is well versed in these areas as her work experience over the past 7 years has encompassed supporting individuals from all walks of life, in all areas of recovery. Kate is passionate about the work she does and feels privileged to connect with people while supporting them on their healing journey. Kate is grateful to be a part of a team that offers a comprehensive holistic treatment program.

Quyn Lê Erichsen
Psychotherapist | MEd, RCC

Quyn Lê Erichsen

Psychotherapist | MEd, RCC

Quyn’s passion and dream is to empower others by helping them live authentically through discovering their inner gifts and core values. With each client she encounters, Quyn strives to regard him or her with deep empathy and acceptance. She has faith in each of her clients, even when addiction has clouded any faith a person has in themselves.

Quyn obtained her Masters degree in Counselling Psychology at Simon Fraser University. She has worked as a psychotherapist in various areas including palliative care, rehabilitation, post-secondary, domestic violence, trauma, and marriage/relationships to name a few. Quyn has also spoken extensively as a keynote speaker and educator. Most notably, she spoke at Tedx Simon Fraser University where she shared her journey as a blind refugee from Vietnam who realized her dream to become a psychotherapist. Quyn is also a radio host for her own radio talk show called Quyn’s Empowerment Hour.

Tatiana Tsarouk
Psychotherapist | PhD

Tatiana Tsarouk

Psychotherapist | PhD

Tatiana’s has an impressive list of accomplishments that includes 20 years as a psychiatrist working with addicted and mentally ill individuals in her native Russia and 4 years at the University of Washington on a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) addiction research grant.

Since immigrating to Canada, Tatiana has been employed as a child and youth counsellor for the Interior Health Authority in 100 Mile House prior to joining our team. Tatiana is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences in Moscow.

Carissa Muth
Family Support Liaison | MA, R. Psych

Carissa Muth

Family Support Liaison | MA, R. Psych

Carissa approaches clients from a belief that values the inner wisdom and strength of the individual. Borrowing from existential and meaning-based approaches, Carissa believes that when individuals are able to function in a healthy manner in all areas of their life, then they are able to be authentic. Exploring barriers to authenticity guides clients to develop a way to engage with life in a meaningful and rewarding manner. Rather than viewing treatment as changing or repairing an individual, she believes it is the restoration of what is already innate.

Carissa specializes in family dynamics and couples relationships where substance use is present. She is currently completing her doctorate degree in psychology and conducting research exploring family impact on the recovery of substance use disorder.

Monique Harwood-Lynn
DBT Therapist | BA

Monique Harwood-Lynn

DBT Therapist | BA

Monique has a BA from the University of Alberta and trained as an Occupational Therapist at the University of the West of England. In England, she worked in inpatient and community mental health settings, helping people work towards what they value through the use of activity and interaction with others. Monique has worked at the SCHC since March 2017 as a Case Manager. Today, Monique continues to provide case management as well as lead the DBT workshops and coaching sessions.

Jeannette Jones
Case Manager | MA Student

Jeannette Jones

Case Manager | MA Student

Jeannette believes in the resilience of the human spirit and the healing power of a holistic approach to treatment. She loves to empower and support others as they set goals and reach for their dreams. Jeannette’s previous careers involved working with “at risk” families and individuals in order to support them in achieving greater health and happiness. 

Jeannette possesses a BA (psych) and is studying, according to the scientist/practitioner model, to complete a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology.

She is very happy to find herself at a facility that resonates with her core values of holistic care, empowerment, autonomy, and constant striving to offer the best care possible.

Fernando Gomez
Hakomi Facilitator

Fernando Gomez

Hakomi Facilitator

Fernando has been working in different capacities in the field of mental health and substance use disorders for more than 10 years. Fernando is grateful for the opportunity to work at GSWC where the approach is to empower everyone to become the authors of their own life. 

Currently he works as a Hakomi Practitioner, with a great passion for this method as it uses Mindfulness and Somatic Therapy to assist clients in a journey of self-discovery, where unconscious core beliefs can be re-assessed and unnecessary suffering can become optional.

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Bianca Hoppe
Fitness Consultant

Bianca Hoppe

Fitness Consultant

Bianca has a professional background in the medical field and is a certified BCRPA Group Fitness, Aqua, Weight and Personal Trainer. Her focus is to coach and motivate people to achieve their individual fitness goals. Her fitness motto is: “Not the beginning will be rewarded, but the will to follow-through”.

Danielle Gibson
Massage Therapist

Danielle Gibson

Massage Therapist

Danielle comes from a background in education, teaching both in Canada and abroad for 17 years. Before moving to Powell River, Danielle trained in the Hawaiian healing massage style of Lomi Lomi. Danielle is also a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and has completed her training in Hatha, Vinyasa, Power, Yin and Trauma Informed styles of yoga.

Administration

Melanie Jordan Alsager
CEO | MBA

Melanie Jordan Alsager

CEO | MBA

Melanie has led our efforts to run a one of a kind facility since 2005. She has an extensive history in residential healthcare having worked in multiple positions providing services to clients.  Melanie has personally led the development of 5 new residential mental health facilities since 1991 including Georgia Strait Women’s Clinic. She is unique in the addiction treatment field as one of the only facility administrators who has a professional health administration background. 

Casey Jordan
Marketing & Communications Director | MA

Casey Jordan

Marketing & Communications Director | MA

Casey oversees all marketing and communications at Georgia Strait Women’s Clinic and Sunshine Coast Health Centre. She explores new ways to reach and engage with people online, coordinates content marketing, and develops ways to help SCHC maintain a visible and helpful online presence. Casey completed a Masters’ Degree in Professional Communication in 2015.

Naomi Daigneault
Admissions Manager | BA

Naomi Daigneault

Admissions Manager | BA

Naomi completed a bachelor’s degree (psychology major) from Simon Fraser University. She developed her administrative skills while working in marketing and publishing. Naomi also brings her experience working with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including volunteer work within the Youth Justice System and an assisted living facility.

Jaymie Bryan
Client Services & Alumni Manager

Jaymie Bryan

Client Services & Alumni Manager

Jaymie has worked with clients at SCHC since 2011. Over the years, she has enjoyed creating an environment for clients that supports their needs. One of her biggest contributions and accomplishments for our clients is the creation of our alumni program – which continues to evolve and grow with the times.

Jaymie has also battled and conquered substance use issues of her own and understands the dynamics of what it takes to be successful, healthy, and happy. She knows the importance behind every recovery journey and that every person with a substance use disorder deserves the chance to live.

Kristi Jordan
Frontline Manager

Kristi Jordan

Frontline Manager

Bio to come!