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

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. 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.

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.”

Our Team at Whiterock

Dr. Sonia Habibian Whiterock Medical Director
Dr. Sonia Habibian
Medical Director

Dr. Sonia Habibian received her medical degree and speciality in general cardiology in Iran. After 9 years working as a cardiologist, she moved to Canada in 2005. She graduated as a certified family physician from University of British Columbia in 2011. She became interested in addiction medicine during her residency program and has pursued this interest ever since. Dr. Habibian has focused her practice upon all aspects of addiction medicine, obtained the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), is a fellow of American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), certified from Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM), and a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO). She has finished the Canadian Addiction Medicine Research Fellowship program in July 2018.

Dr. Habibian is highly experienced thanks to her work as an addiction consultant working in in-patient and out-patient settings such as Royal Columbian and Saint Paul’s Hospitals, Vancouver detoxification centre, Creekside withdrawal management centre and a private addiction clinic in Surrey.

Tony Lehal Medical Professional Whiterock Admissions Coordinator
Tony Lehal
Admissions Coordinator

Tony was born in Bedford England but has lived most of his life in the lower mainland. He has worked in the wedding industry for the last 25 years as a videographer & photographer but struggled with his own addiction. Finally in May 2013 he checked himself into Edgewood Treatment Centre in Nanaimo and completed 15 weeks of residential treatment. After being in Recovery for 1.5 years, he knew he wanted to give back and help others struggling with addiction. He decided to go back to school after 16 years and graduated with honours and was the valedictorian for his class of 2015. He received his diploma in Social Services as a Recovery Specialist. He ended up moving to Toronto where he worked for Bellwood Health Services as a Support Counsellor, Admissions Counsellor, and started up their Extended Care program. In 2018 he transferred back to the lower mainland to help open up Whiterock EHN Canada and took on the Admissions Coordinator role. He understands the courage it takes to make the call to finally get help. His passion for giving back and his genuine love of life makes him a valuable asset to EHN Canada.

Our Team at Clinique Nouveau Départ

Michael Hathaway
General Manager

Born and raised in southern Ontario, Michael received a Bachelors of Musical Arts from UWO (University of Western Ontario) and taught 15 years private practice before completing his Masters of Theological Studies at OTS (Ontario Theological Seminary). He Began Chaplain duties at Kitchener Home for the Aged for 7 years before being hired at Edgewood in Nanaimo, BC as a Chaplain. He spent 14 years at Edgewood starting as a Chaplain then moved over to Supervising Extended Care program and eventually taking the position of Director of Continuing Care. This is where his passion lies as he could see the incredible potential for helping so many lives get back on track and live healthy productive lives for themselves and into the next generation. In June 2014, he agreed to move back to Ontario to become the National Director of Continuing Care. Since then; having spent 6 months at Bellwood Health Services as Acting Clinical Director to assist in facilitating program improvements, the position has changed into Program Development and Integration. Over the past several years, he greatly assisted all of our treatment centres, primarily in the role of assisting the clinical teams. He is also a registered CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management.)

Gilles Benoit-Leblanc Clinique Nouveau Depart Montreal Quebec
Gilles Benoit-Leblanc
Clinical Director
Dr. Jean-Pierre Chiasson Clinique Nouveau Depart Fondateur et directeur médical
Dr. Jean-Pierre Chiasson
Medical Director

Our Team at Bellwood

Andrea Groff
Administrative Director
Dr. Ilan Nachim Addiction Treatment Director Bellwood Health
Dr. Ilan Nachim
Medical Director
EHN Bellwood Lanie Schachter-Snipper Clinical Director
Lanie Schachter-Snipper
Clinical Director

Lanie is Clinical Director at Bellwood Health Services. She is responsible for the Concurrent Mental Health and Addictions and the Mood and Anxiety Programs.

Lanie has held leadership positions at Bellwood Health Services and the UBC School of Continuing Studies. Prior to joining Bellwood as a Registered Psychotherapist in 2016, Lanie was a Registered Psychotherapist at Shepell FGI, and the founding Clinical Director at UpFront Counselling and Anger Management, a not-for-profit providing mental health and addictions support to court-involved clients.

Lanie earned her Masters of Counselling degree in 2012, and completed a fellowship at Yale School of Medicine, Law and Psychiatry Division.

Kristen Cleary
Executive Director

Kristen Cleary completed a Masters of Counselling Psychology with a trauma certificate in 2000. Since then, she has worked as an addiction therapist in the probation and parole system as well as at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

As Manager of the Emergency Department at CAMH, she oversaw the development of an integrated care pathway for the management of acute agitation, successfully launched an electronic health record system, and effectively led the team through two accreditation cycles. She also received multiple awards for excellence.

Currently as the Executive Director at Bellwood Health Services, Kristen oversees all inpatient programming and quality initiatives.

Our Outpatient Clinics Team

Shannon Towson
Shannon Towson
Clinical Manager - Calgary
Patrick Zierten
Clinical Manager - Vancouver

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

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).

Reza Satchu
Board member; Managing Partner, Alignvest Management Corporation

Reza Satchu is a Managing Partner and Founder of Alignvest Management Corporation. Mr. Satchu has co-founded, built, and/or managed several operating businesses from inception including: Alignvest Management Corporation; SupplierMarket; StorageNow; and KGS-Alpha Capital Markets L.P.  Previously, Mr. Satchu was a General Partner at Fenway Partners, and a Financial Analyst at Merrill Lynch in the High Yield Finance and Restructuring Group. Mr. Satchu is on the board of directors of Alignvest Acquisition II Corporation and previously served on the Boards of KGS-Alpha Capital Markets and the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children Foundation where he was Vice-Chairman of the Board. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School and he is the Founding Chairman of Next Canada. Mr. Satchu has a bachelor’s degree in economics from McGill University and a MBA from Harvard University.