Sage Health Centre Staff
Sage Health Centre’s dedicated staff offers 24 hour assurance for our clients; our medical director, clinical director, therapists and counsellors are well versed in abstinence based addictions modalities and concurrent conditions. Our agency manager, support staff, kitchen staff, maintenance and housing keeping staff have a passion for supporting clients in their addictions recovery.
Additional in house medical services include medical assessment, testing/treatment, clinical massage; clients can access other medical professionals such as psychiatrists, chiropractors and physiotherapists by appointment.
Dr. Rob Baker is a duly qualified physician licensed to practice medicine in BC since 1980; he is certified by the International Society of Addiction Medicine (I.S.A.M.) as well as the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (C.S.A.M.) and has completed multiple post-graduate training programs in the field of Addiction Medicine. He is a recognized expert in the field of chemical dependency; he has provided expert testimony in various inquiries and courts of law as well as lectured at numerous addictions related seminars.
Dr. Baker is an active member of the medical staff at the Royal Inland Hospital. He provides addiction related medical services to Sage Health Centre, Phoenix Centre Detox Unit and Kamloops Community Mental Health and Substance Use as well as other agencies. In his private practice, Dr. Baker conducts Independent Medical Evaluations and oversees Arbutus Work Solutions which medical monitoring program as required by corporations, unions and other professional bodies.
Sue has been a passionate advocate for health and wellness for over 28 years and has been supporting our client’s journey in their recovery for over 11 years. Sue is a registered member of the Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists; her current certifications include CPCA Registered Professional Counsellor, CACCF Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor and International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor, JIBC Post-Graduate Complex Trauma Certificate, BCRPA Aquatic Fitness, Group Fitness, Personal Training, Weight Training, Yoga Fitness, AAHFRP Medical Exercise Specialist, GCNM Nutritional Consultant.
As our clinical director, Sue oversees all facets of the treatment programming and monitors all facets of client treatment planning from our client’s initial referral through facilitating advanced continuing care groups. Sue is a trauma informed counsellor who specializes in supporting clients in an integrative approach to addictions recovery that incorporates western and eastern philosophies that include client focused trauma informed clinical therapy models; mindfulness techniques such as breath work, visualization and meditation; nutritional counselling to reduce the craving cycle; increased body awareness through progressive muscle relaxation and yoga; as well as solution focused therapeutic modalities, and 12-step/SMART recovery concepts. Sue considers herself a voice for recovery and the recovery community.
For referral, admission and program information contact Sue at:
Tel 250-374-6551 ext. 114
Clinical Addictions Counsellor
Alysse is a passionate advocate for mental health and addictions;she has supported men, women, youth, couples, families and communities in a variety of settings. Alysse specializes in trauma and addictions, client focused therapeutic modalities, advanced group and individual therapy, concurrent mental health disorders, grief and loss, complex trauma and family of origin issues, and SMART recovery facilitation. Alysse earned a Master of Education degree (M.Ed), and a Bachelors of Science Psychology and Biology (B.SC) degree; her previous professional experience includes outpatient clinical trauma and addictions counselling; youth, couples and family enrichment counselling, well as rehabilitation and on-site residential support for clients with severe and persistent mental illnesses.
Clinical Addictions Counsellor
Jeff is a passionate about supporting our clients in their mental health and addictions recovery; he specializes in working with a comprehensive model of care from a client-centered, strengths-based, and trauma informed practice. Jeff is a BCACC Registered Clinical Counsellor, and he earned a Masters of Counselling degree; his previous professional experience includes providing individual and group counselling to youth and young adults with a variety of mental health and addictions issues in an intensive residential treatment centre.
Damien has a passion in supporting our clients in their recovery journey; he embraces motivational interviewing techniques in both group and individual counselling as well as step 12/SMART recovery concepts. Damien specializes in advanced programming, and advanced step work. Damien earned his BA degree in Sociology; his previous professional experience includes working with clients impacted by mental health and addictions in community-based residential facilities.
Shae-Lyn is a passionate about advocating for our clients recovery; she specializes in relapse prevention planning and is well versed in advocating from a strengths perspective in group and individual counselling. Shae-Lyn earned her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree; she has a has a previous background in mental health and addictions and experience in working as a life skills worker in community based programs as well as a supportive transitional living in recovery program, and adult psychiatry.
Michael has an educational and personal interest in working with diverse populations and prides himself on providing compassionate care through the admission process of our clients through their discharge and continuing care planning. Michael earned a BA Honours degree in psychology; he has a strong theoretical background and application of psychological concepts.
Allison is a manual therapist who specializes in advanced orthopedic, therapeutic massage, cranio sacral, and lymphatic therapy with a special interest in addiction/ptsd and oncology.
Yoga Instructor and Registered Health and Fitness Trainer
Gwen is martial arts black belt and Tai Chi instructor as well as a registered personal trainer, weight trainer, yoga instructor, and Zumba instructor. She is an inspiration to all of our clients.
Dana is trained in restorative yoga, trauma-informed yoga and Reiki level 1 and 2 practices and is passionate in supporting our clients early addictions recovery.
Client Care Coordinator
Tracey had previous experience in working at the support recovery facility; she oversees our support staff and the daily care of all our clients at Sage Health Centre.
Carole Poirier and Kelly Davidson
Lead Support Staff
Carole and Kelly are amazing woman that have extensive experience in abstinence based 12 step modalities and bring an extensive practical experience into their daily contact and support for clients during their stay in treatment. From intakes, step reviews to medication dispensing, they are our “go-to” workers and are our client’s first contact point once arriving to the facility. Carole earned a Residential Care Aid Diploma, and Kelly earned a Bachelor of Social degree.
Gary, Cherie, Kerrie, Victoria, Carla, Jerry. George and Greg
Support staff and attendants
Our additional support staff have all bring extensive practical experience in providing consistency and compassionate care to clients; they have earned two year human services diploma or equivalent.
Barbara Rea and Lori Gunderson
Red Seal Chefs
Lori and Barbara are both amazing Red Seal Chefs who take pride in preparing healthy meals that our clients rave about. They adhere to the low glycemic index and accommodate dietary requirements for those who have food allergies and intolerance’s as well as cultural and personal preferences such Kosher food or those who practice Vegan and Vegetarian lifestyles.
Ken ensures that our agency provides an exceptional value for exceptional customer service.
Tel 250-374-6551 ext. 121
Ted is a trained support worker who takes pride in maintaining Sage Health Centre and is an integral member of our team.
Shirley, Sarah and Joy
Shirley, Sarah and Joy work diligently to ensure a room is ready for your client’s arrival and that the facility is maintained and clean seven days a week.