Addiction Treatment Facility

The Team

We have brought together an excellent team of highly qualified counselors, therapists and support staff. We have a psychiatrist, psychologist and licensed therapists that can work with our clients. Each have a unique role in the recovery of every client. Our staff is passionate about what they do and many have personal or firsthand experiences with addiction.

Management


George A. Goldberger, B.Sc, CEO

Having over 35 years of business experience throughout North America and Overseas as well as being a person in recovery, George has the expertise and understanding to be the perfect fit to lead our organization.

With his recovery experience and compassion George is the exact individual you need to talk with to understand our process of recovery. His Motto is “Its not about getting Sober, It’s about staying Sober.”

Having a passion for Sobriety and Business has been the perfect combination to allow George to take the organization to the next level of being certified by Veterans Affairs and Department of National Defense.

PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE

Dr. Carole MacInnis, Ph.D., MA., Program Director

Carole has her Ph.D. in Education and a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She is a Registered Psychologist in Nova Scotia.

Carole has many years of experience working in the fields of psychology and education. She has been the program director in educational, non-profit and for profit organizations. She has a strong background in assessment in a variety of clinical and educational settings. Besides her work at Ledgehill, she is currently teaching in the in counselling program at Acadia University as a part-time instructor and has a private practice specializing in transitions with adults, youth and families.

During transitions, people often experience grief, anxiety and depression. To support her clients she uses evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Solution-focused Therapy to support the clients in learning new ways to deal with times of stress. Besides helping her clients to change ineffective patterns to more positive strength-based ways of being, she also works with them to examine the emotional triggers which have resulted in destructive behaviors. Through this exploration people begin to develop a different way of seeing and understanding themselves. Carole enjoys working with individuals, families and groups who are going through periods of change. She feels privileged to be a witness to the courage it takes to break old patterns and embrace the future as it emerges from one day to the next.

Eileen Kempton, Operations Manager

Eileen’s Bio Coming Soon

Medical Team


Dr Eric Balser, M.D., Medical Consultant

Dr. Balser has been a GP in Middleton for 19 years and has certification with the Canadian College of Family Physicians. His has a special interest in Addictions since he began training as a physician in 1993. He has been the Medical Director of addictions services in Middleton for 10 years. Dr. Balser is a strong proponent of residential, longer term addictions care programs as a bridge between detoxification and stable recovery.

Deana Hickey RB, BscN, PHC-NP, Nurse Practitioner

Deana Hickey is a Family Nurse Practitioner that has been licensed in NL, Alberta and Nova Scotia. She received certification from The Centre of Nursing Studies in NL in 2004 to provide family-centered healthcare to patients of all ages. Her scope of practice encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis and management of common and chronic health care problems beginning in childhood and continuing throughout the aging process.

She began her career in health care in 1996 where she graduated from Dalhousie School of Nursing in NS. Since that time, she has accumulated nearly 21 years of nursing experience and education in various areas of patient care in acute and chronic health care settings. As an RN, she has worked in oncology, medical-surgical, occupational health, public health, obstetrics and as a clinical instructor for Memorial University. As a Nurse Practitioner, she has worked in outpost settings, urgent care, obstetrics and family practice.

She has a unique combination of strong nursing skills and strives to provide the best health care possible.
She seeks to acquire a comprehensive evaluation of every patient by taking the time to listen and understand their particular needs. She utilizes a holistic approach, focusing on disease prevention through healthy lifestyle changes. Her true desire is to enhance a positive healing experience and empower clients to acquire confidence to those in need.

Darlene Gavel RN

Darleen’s bio coming soon.

Lauren Webster LPN

Lauren’s bio coming soon.

Michelle Amero LPN

Michelle’s bio coming soon.

Counsellors


Leanne Cameron, MEd, CCC, RCT-C, Counsellor

Leanne has an Advanced Diploma in Addiction as well as a Masters of Education in Counselling from Acadia. She is a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and was admitted to the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT) with the designation of Registered Counselling Therapist – Candidate.

Leanne believes in a client centred approach, encouraging clients to determine their own intrinsic motivation for change in their lives. She uses CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused and Psychotherapeutic intervention strategies with her clients while integrating a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach with treatment planning.

Leanne holds her clients recovery with great pride and support and feels honored to assist in their journey of insight and growth.

Sarah MacPhail

Sarah’s bio coming soon.

Sarah Osbourne

Sarah’s bio coming soon.

Agnieszka Kubow

Agnieszka’s bio coming soon.

Ian Smith, CD, BA, MACP Candidate, Group Facilitator

Ian is originally from Montreal, Quebec however lived all over Canada during his previous career with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Early on in his career he became involved in recovery due to personal circumstances and soon realized that helping others was his true passion. For over twenty years he was a trained facilitator in aftercare groups for military personnel returning from treatment for various addictions and concurrent disorders. As well he has facilitated various Health Promotion seminars on topics ranging from basic Addictions Awareness to training for supervisors and management. In addition to numerous courses on addictions and group facilitation taken during his previous career he has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. Currently he is doing mental health and addictions counselling as part of his practicum for his Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology. Ian’s belief is that a combination of residential treatment, therapy for concurrent disorders, and self-help groups are the most effective and compassionate way to approach substance abuse. In the community, he has been involved with various youth groups such as Air Cadets and Scouting for over twenty years. Ian and his wife while not native to Nova Scotia feel that this community which has been so good to them over the years is home.

Lisa Klco

Lisa’s bio coming soon.

Johnena (Jo) Kennedy

She comes from Piper’s Glen Inverness Co, Cape Breton . She has a BA in Community Development from Simon Fraser University. She spent the most of her career happily working for Addictions Services in Inverness, Ingonish, Cheticamp and much of the time in Glace Bay. Prior to Addictions she spent some time working for Correctional Services in Port Hawkesbury. She worked with Leeside Society and was instrumental in the building of Leeside Transition House in Port Hawkesbury. She comes to us with almost 30 years of Working with Women in Addictions which is her passion. She was also a member of the Provincial Woman’s Strategy for Women and Addictions in Nova Scotia. She has also worked as an Addictions Counsellor and an Outreach Worker within the field of addictions. She is a recovering person with 39 years of recovery. She has an endless supply of compassion and understanding of the recovering person on both a professional and personal level. She was the recipient of the Dr. Mian Award in 2016. This is an award given for outstanding effort in helping to improve the lives of folks with Addictions and Mental health. She enjoys working with a team of like minded professionals. She is studying Shamanic Healing. She is the Mom of four adult children and is Nana to an adorable little grandson. She loves music, story telling and loves to laugh. She also enjoys spending time with her kitten Luna Blue. You will find her happily doing her job as Addictions Counsellor for Oakhill Women’s Treatment Center.

Healthy Living


Adam Lewis, Addictions Counsellor / Recreation and Healthy Living Program Coordinator

Adam has a Diploma in Addictions Counselling as well as online studies through the Addictions Technology Transfer Center of New England (Brown University), specializing in Relapse Prevention. Adam’s approach to recovery involves, personal and environmental awareness as well as developing and practicing abstinence based skills and strategies. He will give the clients and understanding of 12 Step Recovery and help them develop a comprehensive Relapse Prevention Plan as appropriate to their needs.

As Recreation and Healthy Living Coordinator, Adam has received certification through the YMCA as a fitness instructor, and his passion for Healthy Living comes from seeing, first hand, the benefits of adding exercise, proper diet and enjoyable fun activities to his own recovery program,

A local resident, he has worked at Family and Children’s Services of Annapolis County, facilitating a variety of programs for children and their families. As a volunteer he has sat on community based addiction boards and committees and facilitated many Drug Intervention sessions in schools throughout the Annapolis Valley.

Elena Basevich, Recreation and Healthy Living Coordinator, BA Psy.

I have been teaching yoga for nine years and have been practicing for over sixteen. During these nine years I have taught yoga in the Annapolis Valley, leading public classes, specialty groups and meditation workshops. I love my work! I have also set up yoga classes in many of the public schools in this area, making yoga part of the gym curriculum and facilitating after school programs for staff and students alike. I enjoy cycling, skating, hiking in the woods with my dog and practice yoga every day. I feel that my calling is bringing health and fitness into people’s lives, becoming aware of their body and moving it as much and as often as possible is the path of happiness and health. Rural Annapolis valley is an amazing place to enjoy nature, the forest, the stars, and the stillness associated with country living. Being close to nature brings us back to ourselves.

Susan MacDonald, Program Assistant

Susan grew up, lived and worked most of her life in Nova Scotia. In the year 2010, after a career in private business and public service she relocated to the Annapolis Valley to begin her journey in recovery. Rather than return to the business world Susan chose to become part of our team as she truly believes part of her recovery is to “pay it forward” by sharing her personal “Experience, Strength and Hope” with others beginning their journeys in recovery. Susan’s passion for life and recovery is reflected in the growth she inspires with each client with whom she shares.

Wally and Oliver (Our therapy dogs)

Wally joined our team all the way from Florida. Wally is a pure breed Standard Poodle. Still a pup he comes from a long line of therapy dogs. The clients love him as much as he loves them. Take Wally snowshoeing on our beautiful trails brings total serenity and is therapy in itself.
What a great addition to our team.
We all luv you Wally & Oliver

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