The mental health professionals focus on education, support as residents navigate through the program, reflect on life issues (work, relationships, emotions, themselves, challenges, conflicts) in the context of their struggles with their addiction and other mental health issues.
GreeneStone’s staff are made up of those who are passionate about helping others and are dedicated to working together to ensure that residents have the comforts as they are away from their homes and their loved ones. This includes staff from housekeeping, maintenance, kitchen, nursing, medical, clinical, admissions and administrative departments.
The multi-disciplinary team at GreeneStone consists of regulated health professionals, mental health professionals, addiction certified workers, and specialists. Aside from having a medical team that consists of an addiction physician there are nurse practitioners and nursing staff to oversee physical health and medication concerns in the context of their struggles with addiction and mental health.
Residents who have completed the treatment program and their exit surveys have rated their satisfaction level of their counselling sessions with their primary therapists at GreeneStone a 4.8 out of 5 consistently for the past few years, and other program components a 4.5 and higher.
GreeneStone has a spiritual therapist and a trauma therapist who also provide education and support for residents in the context of their struggles with addiction and other mental health issues.
Massage, swimming, yoga, walking, meditation and physical fitness are also program components to ensure that residents have the balance of the five intelligences/competencies that are the pillars of the GreeneStone holistic approach (cognitive, emotional, relational, physical and spiritual).
"Accompanying people in recovery and helping them start their new lives is challenging and inspiring. Energy consumed by pain and shame is miraculously transformed into respect, dignity and honour. Truly a new freedom”.
Dr. Jacyk is a physician, educator and researcher who bring over 30 years of experience in treating addictions and conditions that often co-occur with substance abuse. Prior to coming to Ontario, Bill was an Associate Professor in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba teaching hospital, St. Boniface General Hospital. He specialized in Substance Use Disorders in Health Professionals, Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers and First Responders as well as other safety-sensitive occupations. He has published research identifying the issues of alcohol and prescription drug abuse in the elderly. Dr. Jacyk joined Homewood Health Centre in 1999 with the express purpose of developing a program specifically for seniors and subsequently was also instrumental in developing a comprehensive program for those who suffered concurrently from addiction as well as Posttraumatic Stress. Bill joined GreeneStone Muskoka 12 years later to further develop an evidence-based concurrent disorders program in the healing environment of GreeneStone Muskoka.
Dr. Jacyk advocated for individuals who have suffered childhood, adult, domestic and occupational trauma and for several years was the chairman of the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness. He was recognized for his contribution by receiving the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2002. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the National Coordinator for treatment and education for NavCanada and the Senior Clinical Consultant for GreeneStone Muskoka.
“My role as a primary care practitioner is so diverse and allows me to link primary care to mental health and addictions and provide educational opportunities and strategies to promote better health outcomes. I believe that healing can be achieved by working towards harmony and balance. The care I provide stems from a holistic framework and it’s so important to incorporate the mind, body, spirit and emotions into an individual’s plan or care in order to promote the best opportunity to heal and stay well.”
Connie is a Nurse Practitioner and provides intake physical exams and episodic care for GreeneStone Muskoka Muskoka residents. Connie brings with her 30 years of healthcare experience that has spanned the North Simcoe Muskoka region in both the urban and rural community. Connie has held the title as Red Cross Homemaker, HCA, PSW, RPN, RN- BScN, and Nurse Practitioner-PHC, MSc. She has worked in almost every field of healthcare from providing home care for children with specials needs to seniors and end of life care, long-term care, public health, and a previous regional Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Nurse Examiner. She has also worked in remote communities in the Sioux Lookout Zone in Northern Ontario for many years and provided care as a Community Health Nurse/Acting Nurse in Charge, which included a strong component in mental health and addictions.
Connie is actively involved in promoting improvements for mental health and addictions in the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) 12 region. Connie is currently a Board Member and Treasurer at the Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic in Huntsville, ON.
Spencer is the Director of Nursing Care for GreeneStone Muskoka. Spencer comes to GreeneStone Muskoka with over 20 years of experience serving both hospitals and community settings. He has worked in palliative care-Addiction/Mental Health with a focus on client self-empowerment. He is passionate about the journey of recovery and encourages a holistic approach to wellness. Spencer is a member of the RNAO and he belongs to the Palliative Association of Ontario.
Karen Schafer is a therapist with over 30 year’s experience working in a number of settings including residential, day treatment, mental health, outreach-addictions and private practice. As well, she has had many years of teaching experience at Vanier College and the McGill Family Clinic in Montreal, Victoria University, City University and Ryerson University. Karen’s contributions include working with families that have a family member that is struggling with substance misuse and addictions, writing a family theory course, public speaking that included a radio show on social and relationship issues, consultation, family therapy training and supervision. She attended Concordia University and has a BA, BSW, and MSW from McGill University.
"I love my job because I genuinely care about each and everyone who walks through these doors. I feel honoured to be a part of their journey to recovery. I have personally been affected and experienced loss caused by mental health and addiction and feel like I was meant to be here as a part of such an amazing team of caring people.I feel I learn as much from the clients as they learn from me. It is just an amazing place and I am lucky to be here. Everyone deserves a caring, non judgemental place, To feel safe and that is what GreeneStone Muskoka is.”
Graduated from Practical Nursing program at Georgian College August 2011. She completed a six month New Graduate Imitative Program at Royal Victoria regional health Center. Lisa gained experience in minor exam of Emergency department, medical rehabilitation and surgical nursing. Lisa also worked at a long-term care facility. She has always wanted a career in mental health and Addictions and is very passionate about this area of Nursing; Lisa is very grateful to have found GreeneStone Muskoka and is looking forward to a long and rewarding career as part of the health care team.
“Working at GreeneStone Muskoka has allowed me to learn and grow as a professional and as a person. The holistic approach at GreenesStone Muskoka has lead to our clients gaining a more positive and healthy lifestyle while on their journey through recovery from addiction.”
Lisa is a registered practitioner nurse here at GreeneStone Muskoka. Lisa began working at GreeneStone Muskoka while she was a practical nursing student in 2012. Prior to returning to school for nursing, Lisa completed her honours B.A. in Social Justice and Peace Studies and Childhood and Family Relations.
"Knowing that I am here for any person who steps through the door, and being a part of his or her life journey, gives me great honor in who I am as a nurse. Working at GreeneStone Muskoka has had a warm-felt impact on me and I have a large passion in caring for people and ensuring that every resident knows they can depend on me - judgment free."
The Nursing profession is about helping as well as being there for others when they need it the most. Devon graduated from Canadore College in Parry Sound. Devon nursed at West Parry Sound Health Centre working in many different departments in the hospital. Devon currently works at GreeneStone Muskoka as a Registered Practical Nurse and continues to work at West Parry Sound Health Centre.
Devon looks forward to being helpful to all the faces and personalities she will meet along the way at GreeneStone.
Diane has a long and varied career since graduation from Ryerson in 1975. She brings many years of experience spending many years working as an active psychiatric nurse, float nurse in general hospital duty and in long-term care. Diane is also an active member in O.N.A as a bargaining unit president. Diane is also a certified member of the Workmen Safety and Insurance Board. Diane has been a part of the health care team at GreeneStone since 2011.
“I am very passionate about helping people move through the process of recovery. I enjoy watching the changes that occur when people discover recovery, which is nothing short of a miracle. I believe in the human spirit and its ability to fight for experiencing life in a healthy way.”
Kim is the General Manager of GreeneStone Muskoka. She has her master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and has over 16 years’ experience in the addiction industry working with the adult population. Kim has worked at various levels within the field such as front line addiction counsellor in inpatient and outpatient programs, clinical supervisor for addictions counselors and program coordinator for the addiction program at Homewood Health Centre.
Lindsay Johnson is one of the Addiction Therapists at GreeneStone Muskoka.
She has graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science, as well as graduated with honours from Post graduate studies in Addictions: Treatment and Prevention. Previously she has worked in Community Programs supporting individuals with mental health and addiction issues as well as in a Women's In-patient Treatment facility in Western Canada.
I feel honored and privileged to be present with the residents of our community as they work through major changes in their lives.”
As a GreeneStone Clinical Associate, Tim’s client support role includes the following: group facilitation, Aftercare Support, individual counseling, 12-step facilitation and coordinating recreational activities. During his 10 years of working experience in Residential Treatment settings, Tim’s duties have included Withdrawal Management Counselor, Aftercare Coordinator and Primary Therapist for over two years at the Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community in British Columbia. Tim has been awarded certificates from Vancouver Community College in Substance Abuse Counseling as well as in Business Leadership. Tim has completed certificate courses with the University Of Toronto and CAMH in Concurrent Disorders, Applied Tobacco Cessation Counseling and Opioid Dependence Treatment. He has also completed the beginning as well the intermediate sections of the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Program and is also is engaged in completing the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program. He is a proud member of the Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation and has earned his designation C.C.A.C.
"By nature individuals have a desire for mastery, growth, change and to overcome challenges; it is wonderful to witness transformations."
Dr. Anita Teslak is a GreeneStone Muskoka Vice President in charge of admissions to the Muskoka facility. She provides assessments and delivers counselling and coaching. She supports and oversees the residential treatment facility. Before joining the GreeneStone Muskoka team, Dr.Teslak was most recently the CEO of Adler International Learning Inc. She has continued with Adler as a Professor of Psychology in the Master’s Degree Program. She has held senior leadership roles in the EAP, consulting, and financial industry. Dr. Teslak is a member in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and a member of OPA and CPA. She was a board of trustee member for the Psychology Foundation of Canada where she chaired the workplace committee where she developed the “Staying on Top of Your Game” a mental health wheel. Her article, “Motivation in the Workplace” was published in the Individual Journal of Psychology Spring 2010. Dr. Teslak holds a B.A from York University and an M.A. in Counselling Psychology and doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
“For me, I enjoy working at GreeneStone Muskoka because I work with a team who is passionate abut human behaviour and providing guidance for our residents.”
Doreen brings with her extensive hospitality industry management experience of more than 30 years. In addition to her prior position as a managing member of the leadership team with Delta Hotels, Doreen has also been in executive management positions with ClubLink Corporation, King Ranch Health Spa and Fitness Resort, Holiday Inns Canada, and Ramada Renaissance Hotels. Doreen is project driven with a passion for start up operations to include construction from the ground up, working a business plan and the formulation of a critical path to ensure the success and timeliness of the finished product or process.
Doreen oversees the day-to-day operations of the GreeneStone Muskoka campus to include housekeeping, laundry, maintenance, food services and administration with a close eye on financial accountability in all areas. She ensures that quality and safety standards of the highest level are met. She draws on her many years of experience in the hospitality field and brings with her a genuine care and concern for the exceptional comfort and well being of all residents and team members.
“I work at GreeneStone Muskoka because of the people. I sincerely enjoy helping others and I know that even in some small ways, I am truly helping them.”
As the Front Office Administrative Assistant and Receptionist at GreeneStone Muskoka, Joanne brings many years of successful experience in the service industry. A Business Administration and Accounting Graduate, Joanne attended post grad courses with continuing her education in areas such as Computers and other surrounding subjects.
Joanne is heavily involved in big fraction of the day-to-day administrative tasks at GreeneStone Muskoka, such as answering the phones, compiling information for clients and referrals and helping the staff be more efficient. In addition to the administration functions she helps the residents with various tasks in their daily life.
"I take great pride in producing healthy, vibrant and eclectic fare for the residents at GreeneStone Muskoka on a daily basis. I truly believe that diet alone can really excel an individual’s rehabilitation process. Re-fuelling the body with a complex diet of healthy cuisine is the building blocks to your mind body and soul. Watching residents glow from our culinary creations makes it definitely worth while."
Sean Sullivan is the in house Executive Chef at GreeneStone. He has been leading the kitchen team since being appointed in October 2012.
Chef Sean loves the challenge of cooking for clients that are committed to eating healthy. He believes that his motivation for cooking comes from exercising creativity, variety and passion in the kitchen.
His culinary career started at Dubrulle French Culinary School in Vancouver in 1997, finishing the program with honors. After apprenticing under Team Canada’s gold medal chef Yoshi Chubachi at the Calgary Petroleum Club, he went on to complete his red seal certification in 2001.
Chef Sean’s culinary passion led him to being a personal chef abroad cooking on private yachts. After travelling extensively on 5 private yachts throughout 34 countries he took a break and worked at Vancouver’s Lumiere with Chef Rob Feenie. After completing a culinary bread course in Bath England at Le Bertinet and Notters School of Chocolate in Orlando Florida he now resides in Muskoka where he calls home.
Zullo Health & Fitness has become a part of the team here at GreeneStone Muskoka. In providing a holistic approach to treatment, GreeneStone Muskoka has partnered with Phil Zullo to provide the highest quality services in physical health and fitness to all GreeneStone Muskoka Residents. Zullo has been a sought out leader in the health and fitness industry for nearly 20 years. His team comprises of diverse and highly qualified trainers to help all residents achieve optimal wellness and physical success.
The fitness trainers at Zullo Health Fitness have the following commitment to all GreeneStone Muskoka Residents: “Our commitment is to provide each GreeneStone Muskoka Resident with everything they need to live a healthy and active lifestyle. We hold the highest standards of confidentiality for all of the Residents. Our goal is to help the residents meet their goals.”
Phill Zullo is recognized as a leader in the health and fitness industry with over two decades of experience in the field. He is recognized for his expertise on elite athletic training, injury rehabilitation, weight loss, and health and lifestyle management. His own personal life experiences have fueled his passion in his work.
Phil’s clients have ranged from athletes in the NHL, PGA, MLB, CFL, NFL and Olympians from Canada, U.S, China and Russia to models, actors, global business leaders, young athletes and children with special needs. Through his travels, Phil’s tactics and success have gained him much recognition.