Our Dedicated Team OfProfessionals

Sage Health Centre

Sage Health Centre’s dedicated staff offer 24 hour assurance for our clients; our medical director, clinical director and counsellors are well versed in abstinence based addictions modalities and concurrent conditions. Our agency manager, support staff, kitchen staff, maintenance and housekeeping staff have a passion for supporting clients in their addiction recovery.

Additional medical services include referral to massage therapists,  chiropractors, physiotherapists or dentists by appointment if required.

Rob Baker

Medical Director

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 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. Additional in house medical services include medical assessment, testing/treatment.

Carrie McNeely

Clinical Director

Carrie is a fully licensed and registered clinical social worker (RCSW) in the province of British Columbia since 2006; Carrie is passionate about empowering clients and their families path to healing through the recovery process.  Her extensive career includes 15 years in the health care system that encompassed work in the areas of palliative care (working with the terminally ill and their families), trauma care (Intensive Care Unit and Emergency), women’s health (obstetrics, still births, adoptions), physical rehabilitation, and adolescent and adult psychiatry (mental health and addictions). Her final two years in health care were spent as Professional Practice Leader in the discipline of Social Work at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, B.C., providing training, supervision, and program development for the department.  The main focus and passion of Carrie’s work in health care was to assist individuals and families to navigate a variety of life transitions resulting from illness (physical or mental), injury, and trauma and addiction.

Carrie’s journey continued in private practice; she offers a variety of outpatient counselling services through e-therapy and face to face counselling to individuals and families in transition for any variety of reasons.  She has experience of loving addicted individuals through her family of origin, and is familiar with 12 step programs.

Michael Lowes

Clinical Administrator

As clinical administrator, Michael oversees client referrals, admissions and discharge planning.  Michael has an educational and personal interest in working with diverse populations and prides himself on providing compassionate care and a seamless transition from the admission process through our client’s  discharge and continuing care planning. Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in psychology (BA); he has a strong theoretical foundation and application of mental health and addiction.

For referral and admission information contact Michael directly at:  michael.l@sagehealthcentre.ca

Tel 250-374-6551 ext. 117
Fax 250-374-2399

Jillian Sheppard

Clinical Addiction Counsellor

Jillian is a passionate advocate for individuals at all stages in their recovery process; she specializes in trauma, mental health and addiction.  She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and a Registered Social Worker (RSW).  Jillian earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.  Jillian has a broad background in supporting men, women, youth, and families in community and outpatient settings as well as inpatient settings such as hospital and residential care.

Chris Hum

Addiction Counsellor

Chris is a passionate about supporting our clients in their mental health and addiction journey; he is completing a Master of Counselling Psychology degree (MC), and earned Bachelors of Psychology Degree (BA).  Chris specializes in client focused therapeutic modalities, group and individual therapy, concurrent mental health disorders, 12 Step and SMART recovery modalities.

Braydon Slack

Addiction Counsellor

Braydon is passionate about helping clients in their addiction recovery journey; he is completing a Masters of Science degree in psychology (MSc) with a focus on substance use disorder and process addiction; he earned his Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in psychology (BA).  He has experience advocating for substance use awareness and strives to provide a supportive space for our clients to excel in their recovery.

Patricia Sekutowska

Addiction Counsellor

Patricia is inspired by witnessing the profound changes that occur in early recovery and is passionate about working with individuals seeking recovery.  Patricia is well versed in 12-step and mindfulness recovery concepts; her previous professional experience includes working with women and youth in a residential setting as well as working with the marginalized population in Vancouver’s downtown east side.  Patricia  holds CACCF International Certified Drug and Alcohol Counsellor and Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor certifications.  She  is completing a Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW) and earned an addiction counselling certificate.

Mark Scheffelmair

Addiction Counsellor

Mark is a passionate advocate for individuals at all stages in their recovery journey; he earned Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and is a registered social worker (RSW).  Mark has a variety of experience supporting men, women, youth, and families in community, outpatient, and inpatient programs.  He utilizes a strength based and solution focused approach in his clinical interventions to ensure all individuals enhance their natural skills while providing effective tools and strategies to support their recovery.  Mark has a broad knowledge of the 12 Step and SMART Recovery concepts.

Damien Biggar

Addiction Counsellor

Damien has a passion for 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 anger management, advanced addiction recovery 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.

Cathy Bliault

Certified Health and Fitness Instructor

Cathy has been in the fitness industry since 1992; she is passionate about teaching health and wellness to people of all ages and abilities.  Cathy is a certified fitness leader, Zumba, Zumba toning, Zuma Sentao, aquatic  instructor, and water running trainer.

Vivian Evans

Certified Yoga Instructor

Vivian earned her 200hr Yoga Teacher training as well as 50hr Yin Yoga, 30hr Restorative Yoga, 40hr Kundalini Yoga and Level 2 Usui Reiki Practitioner certifications.   Vivian offers our clients an inviting, mindful yoga practice that supports a wholistic approach to their addiction recovery.

Kelly Davidson

Team Lead Support Staff

Kelly oversees all aspects of daily client support she  brings her extensive experience in abstinence based 12 step modalities and extensive practical experience in daily client care from client admissions, step reviews, medication dispensing to discharges.  Kelly earned a Bachelor of Social degree (BSW).

Gary, Cherie, Shane, Jessy, Sarah, Mike, Cheyanne, Melanie, Jennifer, Steven, Garnell, Art and Brent

Support staff and Attendants

Our support staff are our “go-to” workers; they bring their enthusiasm and extensive experience in providing compassionate care to our clients.   They have all earned a two year human services diploma or equivalent.

Chef Patricia and Chef Cory

Food Services

Chef Patricia and Chef Cory have extensive experience in the culinary industry and take pride in preparing healthy meals that our clients rave about. They are happy to accommodate dietary requirements for those who have food allergies and intolerance’s as well as cultural preferences such Kosher food or those who practice Vegan and Vegetarian lifestyles.

Ted Morris

Maintenance Manager

Ted was initially hired as a support worker and was eventually promoted to maintenance manager; he takes pride in maintaining Sage Health Centre and is an integral member of our team.

Jan, Joy and Sandra, Karen


Our housekeepers work diligently to ensure that Sage meets strict COVID cleanliness and that a room is ready for our client’s arrival seven days a week.

Ken Wright

Agency Manager/Finance

Ken ensures that our agency provides exceptional customer service.
Tel 250-374-6551 ext. 121
Fax 250-374-2399