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. Nachim 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

Joel Hughes Clinical Director Edgewood Treatment Centre Drug Rehab
Joel Hughes
Clinical Director

Joel Hughes received his Masters degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC and has worked at Edgewood in a Clinical Supervisory capacity since 2008. Joel has worked in the counselling field for over 25 years and has an extensive breadth of experience to draw from. Joel’s passion is to collaborate with individuals, families, communities, and organizations offering addiction services and education to provide the best possible treatment options, and outcomes.


Dr. Christina Basedow
Executive 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. 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.”

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.

Our Team at Sandstone

Lisa Morton
Residential Care Manager

Lisa is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse with over 8 years of experience working with patients with co-occurring disorders. Her background includes roles as Recreation Aid, Mental Health and Addictions Worker, Detox Nurse, Nurse Supervisor, and now Residential Care Manager at EHN Sandstone. Lisa’s passion is to provide well-rounded care and support for those with mental health and addiction challenges. Her professional expertise coupled with interpersonal skills allows her to support her patients and advocate for their needs. Lisa has also experienced the effects of mental illness and addictions within her family and those close to her, which helps her to remain driven and passionate to the population she serves.

Shannon Towson
Shannon Towson
Clinical Counsellor

Shannon has been working in the fields of addiction disorder and mental health for 18 years and has been on our team for over 5 years. She has worn a couple of different hats with EHN Sandstone, including being the Clinical Manager of our outpatient clinic prior to the opening of our newest medical detox and residential treatment centre program. She has recently focused her attention on attaining her provisional status with the College of Alberta Psychologists while working with other members of the clinical team at Sandstone. Shannon is aligned with the positive psychology approach and continues to work toward enhancing trauma therapy skills through a variety of approaches. She is honoured to walk alongside individuals and families on their courageous journey of holistic recovery.

Our Team at Clinique Nouveau Départ

Gilles Benoit-Leblanc Clinique Nouveau Depart Montreal Quebec
Gilles Benoit-Leblanc
Clinical Director
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Dr. Charles Mackay
Medical Director

Our Team at Bellwood

Terri Marques
Executive Director
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Dr. Speranza Dolgetta
Medical Director

Our Outpatient Clinics Team

Rochelle Hildebrand
Rochelle Hildebrand
Director, Operations
EHN Bellwood Lanie Schachter-Snipper Clinical Director
Lanie Schachter-Snipper
National Director of EHN Outpatient Services

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.

Anthony Rzepka Chief Financial Officer EHN Canada Drug Rehab
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

Reza Satchu
Board member; Managing Partner, Alignvest Management Corporation

Reza Satchu is the Managing Partner and Founder of Alignvest Management Corporation. Alignvest is a private investment firm based in Toronto that currently holds interests in a number of businesses across industries that include telecom, real estate, insurance, healthcare, and asset management. Mr. Satchu has successfully co-founded, built, and managed several businesses from inception including: Alignvest Management Corporation, KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, StorageNow, and SupplierMarket. He started his career in New York City at Merrill Lynch in 1991 as a Financial Analyst, where he was involved in structuring and executing high yield debt offerings, aggregating over $3.5 billion in value. Subsequently, Mr Satchu became a General Partner and Managing Director at Fenway Partners, a $1.5 billion private equity firm.

Mr. Satchu has a passion for educating the next generation of entrepreneurs. From 2003 to 2010, Mr. Satchu developed and taught Economics of Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto as an Adjunct Professor. In 2010, Reza launched Next Canada, Canada’s leading Center for Entrepreneurship studies and business incubation. Programs launched under Next Canada include Next 36, Next AI and Next Founders. Mr. Satchu led the design of the program, including admission criteria, curriculum and incubation plan. He also built NEXT Canada’s founding team and recruited prominent entrepreneurs and business mentors from many of Canada’s largest companies including Rogers, Shopify, Power Corporation and Magna International. Next Canada graduates have raised over $850 million of equity capital for their ventures and have created thousands of jobs. In 2020, Mr. Satchu began serving as a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School where he teaches Launching Technology Ventures and The Entrepreneurial Manager.

Mr. Satchu has a BA in economics from McGill University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Joe Manger CEO and Chair Board EHN Canada Addiction Drug Rehab Treat,emt
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.

Sanjil Shah
Board member; Managing Partner, Alignvest Management Corporation

Sanjil Shah is a Partner and the Chief Financial Officer of Alignvest Management Corporation. Mr. Shah is also a Trustee and Managing Partner of Alignvest Student Housing Real Estate Investment Trust. Mr. Shah is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Professional Accountant (Illinois).

Safety precautions against COVID-19

COVID-19 should not prevent someone from being able to receive life-saving addiction and mental health treatment. Rest assured that we are taking every step possible to protect our current patient population from contracting the infection.

Our facilities have policies and protocols in place to protect patients, including screening new patients, limiting visitors, and moving aftercare groups to online meetings.

Continue to our action plan to see what we are doing to protect our patients from COVID-19.