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Our Team (Bios and Positions)

TARGOL ANSARI, PhD
Clinical Director  PhD, MSD, MSC, BSc, BA, MCB

Our clinical director has years of experience in researching, teaching and working in concurrent disorders of mental health and addiction. Having dedicated many years to research through McMaster University and implementing and writing tailored therapeutic approaches for our clinical and counselling staff to best serve each client. Specialized in writing programs in concurrent disorders, mental health and addictions with a high success rate.
Our director supervises and oversees all aspects of our system to ensure best individualized successful results. Working closely with the clinical and counselling staff and working over 5 years in the forensic mental health and addiction field. Having expertise in the areas of mental health, stress, codependency, sex addiction and internet addictions. Researching and implementing tailored programs in trauma, dysfunctional or problematic relationships, narcissism and borderline personality disorders.
Having researched with individuals who struggle with substance abuse, mental health, addictions, and co-addictions / codependency, to ensure the best treatment possible through supervising our clinical and counselling team. Targol Ansari spend many years researching and teaching seminars on chemical addictions (drugs/alcohol) and process or behavior addictions (sexual, Internet, gambling, and spending).
Implementing tailored programs and seminars For adolescent clients suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADD / ADHD), drugs/alcohol, school challenges, anger control, eating disorders, self-mutilation, communication problems, and family struggles.
Our director’s expertise and clinical teachings also extend to sexual orientation, Codependency / Co-Addictions, Depression, Anxiety, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), Challenging Teens, Grief and Bereavement, Trauma Survivors (PTSD), Marital and Family Conflict. Having worked closely with courts and the legal justice system with Anger management, Matrix addiction, Solution focus, Bio-social, and crisis intervention. Bringing all her expertise and knowledge to ensure each clients highest success rate through experienced clinical directing and supervision.

 

Jacqueline Costantini

Psychologist

Jacqueline Costantini has a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counselling from Michigan State University. She has studied many of the holistic therapies such as restorative yoga and meditation, and she is an Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) Master Instructor. Over the past 20 years, Jacqueline has worked as a psychotherapist, case manager, life coach, substance abuse counsellor and a professor at Seneca College. She is passionate about her work and believes in the mind, body, and spiritual connection. As such, she specializes in combining cognitive behavioral therapy with a variety of holistic counselling techniques such as relaxation exercises, breath work meditation, energy exercise and IET.

 

Braedy Alcorn, B.A.

Head Counsellor/Interventionist

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Braedy graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, where she took special interest in criminology, Abnormal Psychology and Developmental psychology. Braedy then continued her education, specializing in Addiction Services community service work, gaining her diploma with top grades from CDI college. Braedy has worked in residential centers in the past with youth in the judicial system as well as with young adults dealing with addiction and mental health issues. Braedy has a passion for working with those afflicted by addiction and takes an empathetic, understanding approach when dealing with her clients. She is an advocate of using multiple treatment modalities to help the clients explore new avenues for their recovery.

 

Wayne Malcolm

Counsellor

 

Wayne understands that both addiction and recovery exist with extremely challenging psychological, spiritual and physical components, which affect individuals differently. He has a profound interest in concurrent disorders that typically co-exist with addiction, causing further complications.

Wayne is passionate about assisting individuals as they move away from their struggles with addiction, into recovery. Witnessing the restored hope, faith and health of those in recovery alongside repaired relationships with their families, is Wayne’s greatest gift.

 

 

Jessica Hansen
Counsellor

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Jessica graduated from Canadore College with a Diploma in Mental Health and Addictions before continuing to acquire a Bachelor of Social Work from King’s University. Jessica has a passion for working with those affected by addiction and takes special interest in the treatment of mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression. In the past Jessica has worked providing street outreach for addiction as well as mental health counselling to youth and families. Jessica specializes in cognitive-behavioural therapy and mindfulness practice.

 

 

 

Joshua Zurba
Counsellor

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Josh graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Criminology. Josh continued his education where he graduated with Honours from the Addictions and Mental Health program at Durham College. After completing his education, Josh worked as an Addictions Counsellor with Pinewood Centre of Lakeridge Health. He has also spent many years volunteering with troubled youth in a court diversion program. Josh is passionate about treating addiction and mental health concerns and helping individuals achieve a healthier and happier life through a holistic approach, focusing on the mind, body and spirit.

 

 

 

Manpreet Kaur  RPN – Lead Nurse

manpreet-1Being passionate about helping others led Manpreet to pursue a career in nursing. She obtained her practical nursing diploma from CDI College Winnipeg in 2014. She worked at Misericordia Health Centre for one year, and also worked casually at the Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg, a long term care facility. Manpreet then moved from Manitoba to Ontario at the end of 2015, and joined our team at Canadian Addiction Rehab in 2016. As a nurse, Manpreet goes the extra mile to make clients’ detoxification process comfortable and aide clients to overcome their addiction. She finds it rewarding when clients and their families compliment and thank her for her professionalism and hard work. Manpreet believes that one should, “make someone smile whenever you can, as you never know how much of a difference you could be making in their life at that moment.”

 

 

Ramandeep Kaur – Nurse

Ramandeep Kaur graduated from Baba Farid University in India with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2009. She moved to Canada in 2012 and pursed her dream of becoming a Registered Practical Nurse.  She has been a proud member of Registered Practical Nurses Association since 2014.  She is also certified in Standard First Aid/CPR HCP.  For Ramandeep, nursing is an art of caring for patients not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well.  In her spare time, Ramandeep works at the Pediatrician Clinic and does voluntary work at one of the long term care facilities in Brampton.  She joined Canadian Addiction Rehabilitation in 2016, and has a passion for working in the addiction filed.  Knowing that she is there for any person who steps through the door and will also be a part of their journey in recovery gives Ramandeep great honour with regards to who she is as a nurse.

 

 

Candice Pitas

RPN

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Candice is a Registered Practical Nurse since 2012, a diploma graduate at George Brown College. Working in an addiction centre was her first nursing job here in Ontario, Canada. It was both an opportunity and a learning experience. Candice learned that addiction is a disease that has no boundaries (age, gender, status, etc.), knowing this she understands that each client is unique and that everyone who comes for treatment is not to be judge but will be motivated and encouraged to get clean and sober. The detoxification process is very important because a nurse has to have the brain to observe the physical changes and also the heart to understand the psychological changes that happens during the first 2-3 days of detox. With her experience she believes that she have the brain, the heart and the passion to continue working as an addiction nurse. On that note, Candice thinks that being an addiction nurse is rewarding and satisfying career because one becomes a part of someone else’s recovery.
On her spare time Candice also works as a part time nurse in one of the long term care facilities in Toronto, Ontario. She also has a certificate on Phlebotomy which she does when needed. Sometime in 2014 she took up Community and Mental health nursing course to further improve her knowledge. She is registered under College of Nurses of Ontario, a proud member of RPNAO, member of SEIU healthcare, and Certified in Standard First Aider/CPR/AED HCP level for Canadian Red Cross.

 

 

Fitzgerald Christie

RPN

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“Nursing is what keeps Charles going.”  Charles has extensive experience in multiple nursing fields including occupational nursing and clinical nursing with a specialized interest in drug and alcohol rehabilitation since 2013. As a RPN, he specialized in mental health nursing. His primary goal is to ensure that all our patients receive the medical care they need during their stay with Canadian Addiction Rehab. He is devoted to helping patients and families by empathizing with them, helping educate and support them through the process, allowing them to receive the best quality care.

 

 

 

 

Charles Miralles
RPN

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“Nursing is what keeps Charles going.” He began his nursing career as an occupational health nurse. After his stints in the area, he switched to become a clinic nurse in a polyclinic with various specializations. Given this opportunity, he has equipped with a wide variety of nursing skills. Charles has managed to pursue his career in Canada and left his country for good. After acquiring RPN licensure, he entered the world of drug rehabilitation and quickly became attached to it. For over three years of working in a drug rehabilitation facility, Charles has deemed to continue working with clients dealing substance abuse. He is challenged every day to lead people, to make decisions that impact patients and their families, and to be a better person as well as a better nurse each day. Acting as a liaison between the physician, patient and family gives him the opportunity to deliver quality care. While RPN’s can specialize in anything, Charles opted for mental health nursing because he’s a `people-person’. The best part of his job is when he gets to make a positive impact on a person and help them get their life back on track. Making a difference in the life of one individual makes being a nurse fulfilling.

Every day, every experience, and every patient have made Charles whole in both his professional and personal life.

 

 

Chantal Ensoll
Addiction Worker

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Chantal started with us as volunteer and student, completing her practicum hours for TriOS College, she graduated from this Diploma program with honours.   Chantal made quite the impression with both staff and clients and upon her graduation she was hired as an Addiction Worker, enabling her to work in the field that she is passionate about. Chantal is also trained in Non-violent crisis intervention and will one day continue her education in the field of Mental Health.

 

 

 

 

Joraver (Jay) Dhothar

Joraver graduated in 2009 with a Health Care Diploma From NACC, in 2010 he obtained certificates in Pharmacology Medication Administration, Crisis Prevention Intervention, Safe Management and a Phlebotomy Certification.  He has been successfully employed in Mental Health and Crisis Prevention Intervention for the past six years, along with 2 years’ experience working in Detox Centers and Addiction Recovery.  Although Joraver’s training has prepared him for a multitude of career choices, he focuses in Addiction Recovery and Mental Health finding those to be most rewarding.