Sage Health Centre Staff
Sage Health Centre’s dedicated staff offers 24 hour assurance for clients; our executive director, medical director, clinical director, therapists and counsellors are well versed in abstinence based addictions modalities and concurrent conditions. Our 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 and therapeutic massage therapy; clients can access other medical professionals such as psychiatrists, chiropractors and physiotherapists by appointment.
Scott Hildebrand joined our team in 2017; he has over 15 years of extensive experience in executive management including strategic planning, project management, team building and coaching that provides executive leadership for the continued growth of Sage Health Centre.
Tel 250-374-6551 ext. 110
Rob Baker, M.D.
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 and is actively involved in his private practice. 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 administers medical monitoring programs as required by corporations, unions and other professional bodies.
Sue is a registered member of the Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists and has been a passionate advocate for health and wellness for over 25 years. 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.
Sue joined our team 2008; as our clinical director, Sue oversees all facets of the treatment programming and monitors all facets of client treatment planning. As a trauma informed clinical therapist, she specializes in supporting clients in an integrative approach to addictions recovery that incorporates 12-step/SMART recovery concepts as well as western and eastern philosophies that include client focused trauma informed clinical therapy models; mindfulness based relapse prevention techniques such as breath work, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization and meditation; nutritional counselling to reduce the craving cycle; increased body awareness through physical activity and yoga; and solution focused life skills coaching.
For referral, admission and program information contact Sue at:
Tel 250-374-6551 ext. 114
John joined our team in 2013; he began his career in addictions back in the 1970s and has worked in a variety of settings including detoxification units, corrections counselling, out-patient counselling and now in residential treatment. He is a senior clinician specializing in advanced issues in addictions who has training in anger management counselling and intervention work. He brings a great wealth of trauma informed group and individual counselling experience and knowledge and is a great addition to our team. He specializes in working with clients who are participating in our 42 to 84 day programs as well as our continuing care program. John is an avid fly fisherman and can be seen on most rivers in BC attempting to catch the illusive Steelhead trout.
Tracy, who is a CACCF Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor, joined our team in 2013 after earning her BA degrees in psychology and addictions in Alberta. Tracey fell in love with Kamloops and has a passion for supporting clients in their amazing journey of inspiring transitions while in treatment. She enjoys facilitating a variety of educational and therapy groups including CBT, family of origin, self-esteem groups as well as individual counselling. She firmly believes in practicing what she teaches and prides herself on leading by example.
Damien joined our team in 2016 after earning his BA degree in Sociology in Vancouver, BC. Damien is experienced in working with clients impacted by mental health and addictions in community-based residential facilities and has a passion for supporting clients in their recovery journey. Damien embraces motivational interviewing techniques in both group and individual counselling as well as step 12/SMART recovery concepts. He enjoys a physically active lifestyle and traveling.
Mark joined our team in 2016 after earning his Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) in Alberta. Mark brings a background in Mental Health and Addictions treatment and experience in working as an adult mental health outreach as well as in a youth addiction and mental health treatment program. Mark is well versed in CBT and Motivational interviewing techniques in both group and individual counselling as well as 12 step/SMART recovery concepts.
Registered Massage Therapist
Allison joined our team in 2018; Allison is a registered massage therapist (RMT) who specializes in advanced orthopedic, therapeutic and relaxation massage therapy with a special interest in addiction recovery massage, lymphedema and lymphatic care and oncology massage.
Registered Health and Fitness Trainer
Gwen joined our team in 2014; 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.
Michael joined our team in 2012 after earning a BA Honours degree in psychology in Kamloops. Michael brings with him a strong theoretical background and application of psychological concepts to our team. He has an educational and personal interest in working with diverse populations and prides himself on providing empathic care to the clients of Sage Health Centre.
Client Care Coordinator
Tracey joined our team in 2005; 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 jointed our team in 2014, she earned a Residential Care Aid Diploma in Kelowna, BC; Kelly joined our team in 2015, she earned a Bachelor of Social degree in Kamloops. Both of these amazing woman 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.
Samantha, Gary, Rachel, Leah, Cherie, Kerrie, Ralph, Carla and Jerry
Support staff and attendants
Our additional support staff have all earned a minimum two year human services diploma and bring extensive practical experience in providing consistency and compassionate care to clients during the afternoon/evening hours.
Suzanne Chretien and Lori Gunderson
Red Seal Chefs
Suzanne and Lori 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.
Ted is a trained support worker who takes pride in maintaining Sage Health Centre and is an integral member of our team.
Shirley, Pat and Joy
Shirley, Pat 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.
Tel 250-374-6551 ext. 121