DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES
Laurie brings over a decade of experience working in the addictions industry to Terradyne Wellness. She has supported individuals from the initial stages of recovery through to managing aftercare plans. Laurie has a particular interest in assisting individuals during the detox phase of their recovery. Her calming energy and empathetic nature are soothing for those navigating their way through the initial stages on their recovery journey. Laurie’s role will have her overseeing the complete care for each individual in the program. Her extensive knowledge around current best practices is complimented by her approachability and relatability. Laurie is thrilled to be a part of the Terradyne Wellness team.
Dr. Gniewek is a graduate of Dalhousie University Medical School (MD)-2013. He completed his Family Medicine residency training at Dalhousie in 2015 (CCFP) and he currently holds a full practice licence from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.
Dr. Gniewek is a Family Physician with the Nova Scotia Health Authority; Emergency Room Physician, Queen’s General Hospital in Liverpool, NS; and an Assistant Professor on the Department of Family Medicine, Dalhousie University. He currently holds membership with the Canadian College of Family Physicians and the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Gniewek’s passion to address substance use disorder/mental health crisis in Canada led him to focus much of his clinical practice on addiction medicine. He was the lead physician on the assembly of the multi-disciplinary collaborate care team at the Spryfield Medical Centre which provides addiction medicine and mental health services as an integrated part of Family Practice. He also works as an addiction medicine physician at Direction 180 in Halifax and at the Queens General Hospital in Liverpool, NS.
Dr. Gniewek’s leadership will oversee the intake, assessment and development of evidence based medical treatment plans- this includes oversight and development of documentation for treatment plans, charting, monitoring/progress reporting, discharge planning and discharge reports.
DETOX COORDINATOR, BScN, RN
Dawn is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in Mental Health and Addiction. Her career began in psychiatry and transitioned into community addictions work.
She has a passion for working with vulnerable populations, advocacy and harm reduction along with reducing stigma for substance users.
She is originally from Cape Breton but has been living in Halifax for the past two decades. She is currently attending Dalhousie University to obtain a Masters of Nursing with a focus on mental health and addictions. When not working or studying she enjoys spending time with her family and her dog Blaze.
As Detox Coordinator her focus is to medically detox individuals in a safe, controlled and comfortable manner so they can return to their lives without being physically dependent on alcohol or other substances.
Kelly is a Licensed Practical Nurse with experience in Mental Health. She went into nursing, after 20 years as Admin Assistant, to get out of the cubical and find a more fulfilling career.. Kelly had found herself drawn to Mental Health and Addictions and wants to make this her nursing focus. She is passionate about helping others live to their full potential.
Kelly moved out to Jeddore 3 years ago after living in Dartmouth for 37 years and now has pigs, chickens, and a goat on the way, completely embracing the rural life.
Kelly’s interests include music, kayaking, animals, and all things beachy.
COUNSELLOR, MA COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY, RCT-C, CCTP, C-DBT
Ashley is a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate (RCT-C) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT), a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) with the International Association of Trauma Professionals, and a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Ashley is also Certified in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy which is recognized as the gold standard for treating co-occurring disorders of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and substance use disorder (SUD) - one of the most common dual diagnoses among individuals seeking substance use treatment.
Ashley enjoys helping individuals work through their personal matters in the most empathetic way possible and she believes that addiction treatment is not one-size-fits-all. During her master’s, Ashley focused her research efforts not only on the impacts of addiction on the individual’s life, but also how it affects their families. Ashley is thrilled to be part of a collaborative team that is dedicated to delivering exceptional addiction treatment services in a model that is devoted to supporting recovery. Ashley greatly respects and understands the bravery it takes to seek help with recovery and is excited to help individuals throughout their journey.
COUNSELLOR, ME.d. COUNSELLING, RCT-C, CCATP
Heather is a highly engaged, empathetic, and compassionate counsellor who believes that relationship and connection are the keys to finding meaning and purpose in life. She is a member of the Canadian Counselling Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), and a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate (RCT-C) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT). Heather strives to create tailor-made solutions that will help individuals live their lives to their full potential. She is an experienced facilitator, career counsellor and spiritual guide who is passionate about supporting individuals on their healing paths as she employs trauma-informed, narrative, solution-focused, and strength-based approaches with both individuals and their families. Heather brings to our collaborative team, her experience counselling youth living with disabilities and mental illness who are transitioning to meaningful employment and careers, as well as working with individuals who are experiencing crisis and abuse in their lives and relationships.
SOCIAL WORKER, BSW
Edith is a social work grad from Dalhousie University. She spent 20+ years with NSHA Mental Health and Addiction Services in various capacities such as individual, group, and community work.
Edith was working in the Halifax office when Harm Reduction was presented at the new "best practice." She has worked in the Detox Unit and was one of the first social workers to recognize the need for greater emphasis on discharge planning. She spent a year on the "Mayflower Unit" - Acute Care; which she states was one of the greatest learning experiences with respect to mental health. Edith finished off her work at NSHA at the Opiate Treatment Program.
Edith has since retired from her role in 2018 and found herself in a 'unique' situation. She wanted to go back to work and missed her clients. She has been working at the NOVA Institute in Truro - a federal prison for women since it's opening in 1995 and currently facilitates a weekly Substance Misuse Program and Relapse Prevention. Her experience, passion, and enthusiasm to help others dealing with addiction makes her a natural fit for the Terradyne team.
Rose joins the Terradyne team after working for 30 years with the Government of Canada. It was there that she developed a keen interest in Mental Health and Wellness. Rose consistently demonstrates an empathetic client focus and fosters a positive healing ambiance. Her strong dedication to the Terradyne wellness program allows her to best support each client during their journey to recovery through an enriching environment. Rose enjoys helping others to become more connected to themselves and nature through various outdoor activities and guided meditations. She is honoured to become part of a team which surrounds the clients and themselves with open hearts and unconditional love as a source of inspiration.
Crystal is a motivated and enthusiastic community connector. In previous roles, she has worked within acute mental health and addictions, provincial and federal government health projects, adult education initiatives as well as non-profit provincial program management.
Crystal is a Mental Health Commission of Canada certified Mental Health First- Aid instructor and is dedicated to the mental health promotion movement. As a health promotion and community engagement consultant, she is an advocate for services to be not only person-centered but, ultimately, person-driven. Crystal works with organizations big and small to improve the health and well-being of people and their communities.
Jim has been involved in the recovery industry for over ten years. He has experience as a Case Manager, Client Support Worker and Life Coach with certification from the Canadian Coaches Federation (CCF).
Jim is originally from Newfoundland, but before moving to Halifax lived in South Korea where he taught English as a second language at both Incheon University and Inha University.
Jim loves to travel and experience different cultures.
As a Client Support Worker and Recovery Coach at Terradyne Wellness Jim’s focus is providing support and planting seeds of recovery.
Terri-Lyn is a creative support worker having spent the past several years working in a mental health resource setting and in a previous role as an adult educator. As a new resident of the Eastern Shore, she is excited to be on the next path of her professional helping career with Terradyne.
Terri’s natural soothing nature is both inspiring and nurturing to the human spirit. As an effective conflict and crisis mediator, she is a strong advocate for vulnerable populations. Coming with an educational background in Disability Supports and Services, Terri-Lyn has specialized in assisting at risk individuals acquire tools to become independent and in charge of their own wellness in community.
HEALTHY LIVING COORDINATOR
Colby lives alongside Terradyne in Jeddore and is thrilled to be a part of the Terradyne team and work as the Healthy Living Coordinator. Colby studied at St. FX University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition. Throughout her years at university, she had the opportunity to develop a passion towards healthy living and learn about what it takes to help others improve their well-being in a gratifying way. Colby is delighted to develop and manage a healthy living program for Terradyne’s clients to enhance their recovery. Colby will utilize her integrative approach to nutrition, recreation and spirituality to help guide clients reach their full recovery potential.
Shawna has been teaching yoga since 2015 and is thrilled to be joining the Terradyne team. She owns and operates her own yoga studio nearby the wellness center and has hosted Nature and Yoga retreats along the Eastern Shore. Shawna creates a welcoming atmosphere in her classes where the focus is on what you need and allowing you to be yourself. Aside from teaching yoga, Shawna has been a practicing Massage Therapist for over 9 years. This deep understanding of anatomy and body function seeps into her teaching creating an environment that is physically mindful and safe. Shawna’s classes have a way of allowing clients to not only explore their physical abilities but also opens them up to exploring spirituality on their terms. Shawna has lived locally for over 15 years and during her off-time loves to be in nature exploring with her dogs. She is grateful to be a part of your recovery at Terradyne and aid you in finding a version of Yoga that suits you best.
Originally from Ontario and after having traveled all over this country, Kim MacPherson is excited to find her forever home here in Nova Scotia. Kim is a well diversified chef with over 16 years of experience in the industry working in high end restaurants across Canada. As a holistic practitioner Kim's passion for food extends right to the root and soil. Whether it is knowing where her food comes from or growing it herself, she uses the freshest ingredients the reflect the most nutrients and flavour. Kim is excited to join the Terradyne team bringing her experience in fine dining cuisine, multi-cultural pallet and education as a holistic practitioner to contribute to the symbiotic relationship of healing between mental, and physical health.
Following her return to her East Coast roots, Heather joined the Terradyne kitchen team in 2019. A lifelong travel enthusiast, she was located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL for a decade where she was in high demand as a contract chef to private yachts cruising from the Caribbean to the Great Lakes to the East and West Coast (winner of the 2002 Newport to Nantucket Chef Challenge). Heather's professional credentials include graduation from the Boulder, CO-based Culinary School of the Rockies and Provence, France program as well as Health Care Aide certification from the Guelph, ON General Hospital. Although internationally accomplished, Heather still counts on recipes learned as a youth in her grandmother's east coast country kitchen among her favourites.
Born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Rob has deep maritime roots. Having travelled for ten years from the West Coast of Canada to Australia, Rob has a unique gastronomic style.
With a focus on fresh local ingredients, Rob loves to create healthy and flavourful dishes. Having over 20 years experience in a multitude of restaurants his passion for learning new and innovative cooking styles has always been at the forefront of his mind.
Joining the Terradyne team in August of 2020, Rob loves the opportunity to be creative in his cooking and interaction with the clients through weekly cooking classes. Having attended a treatment facility and currently being in recovery himself, Rob has a unique perspective on the importance of food during treatment.
HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR
Stephanie provides Administrative support to the Terradyne team. Stephanie is originally from Newfoundland but has worked in various Administrative/Human Resources roles for over a decade with a prominent Industrial Health and Safety Company in Alberta. Stephanie can connect with people and meet them at whatever stage in life they happen to be at the time. It is this deep empathy that makes Stephanie an important part of the Terradyne team. Stephanie’s organizational skills and knowledge around policies and procedures will ensure clients experience a seamless transition entering the recovery center and again when they depart to return to their daily lives.
Amanda was born and raised on the Eastern Shore and was a stay-at-home mom. She is still actively invested in her community and is heavily involved in volunteer work. Amanda can often be found offering her time at various organizations within her hometown. Amanda is a personable individual whose positive energy illuminates her working environment and she is a valued member of our team. Amanda is excited to be part of a organization that is devoted to helping individuals better themselves during their recovery process.
Angela has lived in Nova Scotia all her life but has resided in Jeddore with her family for over 20 years. Angela is a kind soul who is friendly with everyone that she meets. Angela takes pride in the fact that she is part of such a dedicated and passionate team. She has many years of experience working with people in customer service industry and various hospitality roles.