Dr. Meldon Kahan, MD CCFP FRCPC, has worked in the addiction field for many years. In addition to his role as Medical Director of META:PHI, he is also Medical Director of the Substance Use Service at Women’s College Hospital. Dr. Kahan has written a number of peer-reviewed articles on addiction, and has been a principal or co-principal investigator on various research studies, including several randomized trials and observational studies. He has been extensively involved in policy and advocacy. He has helped write several guidelines on opioid agonist treatment and opioid prescribing for chronic pain, and has co-authored several handbooks and guidance documents on addiction medicine. He has given numerous presentations for local, provincial, and national conferences. His main interest is the integration of addiction medicine into primary care, emergency departments, and hospital units.
Kate Hardy, MSW RSW MHSc(C), has worked at Women’s College Hospital since 2013 and helped found the META:PHI program in 2015. As director of META:PHI, Kate liaises with provincial agencies and raises the profile of the rapid access model, which has been adopted by over 70 clinics in Ontario, in addition to clinics in other provinces.
Dr. Jennifer Wyman, MD CCFP FCFP DABAM MPH, is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and Associate Medical Director of the Substance Use Service at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. As a physician working in primary care and addictions, in community and academic settings, her interest is in improving care pathways for people with substance use disorders through education, resource development and advocacy across the heath care sectors.
Sarah Clarke, PhD, has been involved with verious research projects since 2006, and joined the Substance Use Service at Women’s College Hospital in 2013. She works with the META:PHI team to develop educational materials and resources for health care providers.
Leslie Molnar, BSW MSW RSW, is a clinical social worker/psychotherapist working in the Substance Use Service at Women’s College Hospital, where she provides assessment, psychotherapy, and group experiences to patients struggling with substance use disorders. She also works in the General Psychiatry/Mental Health in Medicine program, a specialized mental health service for clients with mental health concerns complicated by a concurrent medical illness, where she delivers individual psychotherapy and facilitates a CBT group for depression and anxiety as well as a group for people who have PTSD symptoms and substance use issues. As META:PHI’s social work educator, Leslie provides educational support to social workers and outreach workers in RAAM clinics across the province. She has trained in trauma-informed care and a number of therapeutic interventions, including CBT, relational psychotherapy, DBT, structured relapse prevention, CPT, and IPT, and brings compassion and enthusiasm to her work.
Laurie Smith has a background in teaching and music, and spent five years travelling and teaching English as a second language internationally. Laurie’s previous positions have included roles in education, provincial and municipal government, and healthcare. Laurie is delighted to join the META:PHI team and support their determined work in expanding and improving addictions treatment throughout Ontario and beyond.
Katie Dunham, BSc Hons BScN MN NP-PHC, is a nurse practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing (Humanitarian and Emergency Medicine) and an Honours Specialization in Kinesiology. She is also a member of the Canadian Medical Assistance Team and was deployed to Nepal for earthquake relief in 2015. She previously worked in the emergency department at London Health Sciences Centre, and has a research background in cardiovascular studies in youth and human kinetics.
Rachel A. offers the insight of someone with first-hand lived experience. She is skilled at integrating a variety of approaches and practices in her daily life, while holding a holistic understanding of substance use disorders and mental health recovery. She has a particular interest in the relationship between trauma and addiction along with trauma-informed care. She views this role as an opportunity to give back to folks with addiction as well as the health care system that has been essential in her own path towards health and well-being. Rachel holds a Hons. BA (University of Toronto) in Equity Studies & Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health & Philosophy. In her spare time, she can be found attending concerts, listening to dharma talks, and practicing yoga.
Dr. Leslie Buckley, MD MPH FRCPC, is the Chief of the Addictions Division at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. Dr. Buckley is an addiction psychiatrist and specializes in providing outpatient treatment for substance use disorders. She has a special interest in health system innovation in addiction treatment and creating collaborations to enhance care for people seeking help with substance use. Areas of specialized focus include women’s health, working with Children’s Aid and virtual care interventions. Dr. Buckley is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto with longstanding involvement in addiction education for medical students and residents. She has a keen interest in Advocacy in Medicine and Health Promotion with respect to substance use.
Julie Diner was born and raised in Thunder Bay. She has been working with vulnerable populations for the last four years at Shelter House and Norwest Community Health Centre on the front lines. When she is not at work, she is either in the gym boxing or spending time with her family.
Christina Henry, RN BScN BA, is the Registered Nurse at the Rapid Access Addictions Medicine Clinic in Thunder Bay. She was raised in a rural town in Southern Ontario before moving to Ottawa to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Biology at Carleton University. Following this, she embarked on a backpacking trip across India for several months, which opened her eyes to the challenges and resiliency of those less fortunate and served as the inspiration to get into the field of nursing. She moved to Thunder Bay to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Lakehead University and stayed to start her career and family, having fallen in love with the beauty of Northwestern Ontario. She began her career in Acute Care Oncology but later moved into community care as a Hepatitis C treatment nurse followed by outpatient mental health nursing. When the RAAM clinic opened in Thunder Bay, she felt it was the perfect fit both for herself and the needs of the community. She is excited to join the META:PHI Advisory Committee and contribute a Northern perspective to the discussions.
Dr. Melissa Holowaty, PhD MD CCFP (AM), is the current Chair of the Medical Interest Group in Addiction Medicine for the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, completing a PhD in Molecular Virology in 2004, an MD in 2008, and a family medicine residency in 2011. She is a Diplomate of the Canadian Academy of Pain Management, has received certification from the International Society of Addiction Medicine, and has her Certificate of Added Competence in Addiction Medicine from the CFPC. She is currently completing an MS in Palliative Care from the University of Maryland. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queen’s University and Lecturer at the University of Ottawa in the Departments of Family Medicine. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, Michael, and three Boston terriers.
Dr. Larry Nijmeh, MD CCFP (EM) FCFP, is a practicing Emergency Department physician with an interest in supporting best practices in treating substance us in the ED and developing system linkages with ongoing mental health and addiction services. Dr. Nijmeh also supported the implementation of the RAAM clinics at both Lakeridge Health and Scarborough Health Network, and is the physician lead for the Epic clinical information system project at Lakeridge Health.
Dr. Lori Regenstreif, MSc MD CCFP (AM) FCFP MScCH (AMH) CISAM, is a graduate of University of Toronto medical school and has been working in inner city Hamilton since 2004. She co-founded the Shelter Health Network in 2005 and the Hamilton Clinic’s opioid treatment clinic in 2010, and has had an active role in recruiting and training clinicians to provide opioid treatment. Dr. Regenstreif was instrumental in the establishment of the St. Joseph’s Hospital RAAM clinic and the inpatient addiction medicine service at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Hamilton Health Sciences General, services that she envisioned and planned while working on her Master’s degree at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
Josh Richardson, RP RPN Psych Cert BA Hons, works at the Grey Bruce Health Services RAAM clinic in Owen Sound where he provides both one-on-one and group substance use support. He studied philosophy of psychiatry as a graduate student and received his psychiatric certification as a practical nurse before training to be a psychotherapist. During his time off, he can be found with his three kids watching a bad movie, cooking together, or on a family hike.
Dr. Elizabeth Shouldice, MD MPH CCFP(EM) FCFP, is a graduate of Dalhousie University School of Medicine and family medicine residency program. She completed an emergency medicine fellowship at the University of Ottawa in 2007 and has been practicing full-time community emergency medicine in the Ottawa area since 2008. Since graduating with a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins in 2013, she has had an interest in harm reduction and prehospital care. Over the past several years, she has added community-based addiction medicine to her clinical practice, in addition to work in community emergency medicine and teaching both emergency medicine residents and advanced care paramedic students.
Michael Roach is the North Easter Ontario regional lead for addictions services, including RAAM clinics and the Addictions Medicine Consult Teams (AMCT). He also co-chairs the Norther Addictions Task Team, a pan-Northern Ontario committee responding to the substance use during COVID-19. In addition to providing regional leadership, he is also the interim manager for Sudbury’s RAAM clinic and has been leading the implementation of the Health Sciences North AMCT throughout the hospital. Michael is a registered nurse with a varied background in education, nursing regulation, mental health, long-term care, community health, and as a school nurse in London, England. Michael is actively involved in research and scholarship, participating as an investigator in multiple research studies and publications. He also has a strong background in program evaluation, having worked as an Education and Program Evaluation Consultant for the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba.
Dr. Anita Srivastava, MD MSc CCFP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.. She practices both family medicine and addiction medicine and is very involved in addiction medicine education, and advocacy, and has published multiple peer-reviewed research articles.
Maria Zhang, RPh BScPhm PharmD MSc, is an Advanced Practice Clinical Leader and Clinician Educator jointly at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto (U of T). Maria completed her graduate work at CAMH through the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Collaborative Program in Addiction Studies at U of T. The focus of her research and her teaching is substance use disorders, with a specialization in problematic knowledge translation and supporting the continuing professional development of health care practitioners.