Dr. William R. Jacyk, MD, FRCPC – Medical Director
“Accompanying people in recovery and helping them start their new lives is challenging and inspiring. Energy consumed by pain and shame is miraculously transformed into respect, dignity and honour. Truly a new freedom”.
Dr. Jacyk is a physician, educator and researcher who bring over 30 years of experience in treating addictions and conditions that often co-occur with substance abuse. Prior to coming to Ontario, Bill was an Associate Professor in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba teaching hospital, St. Boniface General Hospital. He specialized in Substance Use Disorders in Health Professionals, Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers and First Responders as well as other safety-sensitive occupations. He has published research identifying the issues of alcohol and prescription drug abuse in the elderly. Dr. Jacyk joined Homewood Health Centre in 1999 with the express purpose of developing a program specifically for seniors and subsequently was also instrumental in developing a comprehensive program for those who suffered concurrently from addiction as well as Posttraumatic Stress. Bill joined GreeneStone Muskoka 12 years later to further develop an evidence-based concurrent disorders program in the healing environment of GreeneStone Muskoka.
Dr. Jacyk advocated for individuals who have suffered childhood, adult, domestic and occupational trauma and for several years was the chairman of the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness. He was recognized for his contribution by receiving the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2002. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the National Coordinator for treatment and education for NavCanada and the Senior Clinical Consultant for GreeneStone Muskoka.
Connie Foster, PHC, MSc – Primary Care Practitioner
“My role as a primary care practitioner is so diverse and allows me to link primary care to mental health and addictions and provide educational opportunities and strategies to promote better health outcomes. I believe that healing can be achieved by working towards harmony and balance. The care I provide stems from a holistic framework and it’s so important to incorporate the mind, body, spirit and emotions into an individual’s plan or care in order to promote the best opportunity to heal and stay well.”
Connie is a Nurse Practitioner and provides intake physical exams and episodic care for GreeneStone Muskoka Muskoka residents. Connie brings with her 30 years of healthcare experience that has spanned the North Simcoe Muskoka region in both the urban and rural community. Connie has held the title as Red Cross Homemaker, HCA, PSW, RPN, RN- BScN, and Nurse Practitioner-PHC, MSc. She has worked in almost every field of healthcare from providing home care for children with specials needs to seniors and end of life care, long-term care, public health, and a previous regional Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Nurse Examiner. She has also worked in remote communities in the Sioux Lookout Zone in Northern Ontario for many years and provided care as a Community Health Nurse/Acting Nurse in Charge, which included a strong component in mental health and addictions.
Connie is actively involved in promoting improvements for mental health and addictions in the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) 12 region. Connie is currently a Board Member and Treasurer at the Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic in Huntsville, ON.
Lisa Rolland B.A., RPN – Lead Nurse
“Working at GreeneStone Muskoka has allowed me to learn and grow as a professional and as a person. The holistic approach at GreenesStone Muskoka has lead to our clients gaining a more positive and healthy lifestyle while on their journey through recovery from addiction.”
Lisa is a registered practitioner nurse here at GreeneStone Muskoka. Lisa began working at GreeneStone Muskoka while she was a practical nursing student in 2012. Prior to returning to school for nursing, Lisa completed her honours B.A. in Social Justice and Peace Studies and Childhood and Family Relations.
Lisa Petrie, RPN
“I love my job because I genuinely care about each and everyone who walks through these doors. I feel honoured to be a part of their journey to recovery. I have personally been affected and experienced loss caused by mental health and addiction and feel like I was meant to be here as a part of such an amazing team of caring people.I feel I learn as much from the clients as they learn from me. It is just an amazing place and I am lucky to be here. Everyone deserves a caring, non judgemental place, To feel safe and that is what GreeneStone Muskoka is.”
Graduated from Practical Nursing program at Georgian College August 2011. She completed a six month New Graduate Imitative Program at Royal Victoria regional health Center. Lisa gained experience in minor exam of Emergency department, medical rehabilitation and surgical nursing. Lisa also worked at a long-term care facility. She has always wanted a career in mental health and Addictions and is very passionate about this area of Nursing; Lisa is very grateful to have found GreeneStone Muskoka and is looking forward to a long and rewarding career as part of the health care team.
Devon Colmer, RPN
“Knowing that I am here for any person who steps through the door, and being a part of his or her life journey, gives me great honor in who I am as a nurse. Working at GreeneStone Muskoka has had a warm-felt impact on me and I have a large passion in caring for people and ensuring that every resident knows they can depend on me – judgment free.”
The Nursing profession is about helping as well as being there for others when they need it the most. Devon graduated from Canadore College in Parry Sound. Devon nursed at West Parry Sound Health Centre working in many different departments in the hospital. Devon currently works at GreeneStone Muskoka as a Registered Practical Nurse and continues to work at West Parry Sound Health Centre.
Devon looks forward to being helpful to all the faces and personalities she will meet along the way at GreeneStone.
Kim Laurie, MACP – Clinical Manager
“I am very passionate about helping people move through the process of recovery. I enjoy watching the changes that occur when people discover recovery, which is nothing short of a miracle. I believe in the human spirit and its ability to fight for experiencing life in a healthy way.”
Kim is the General Manager of GreeneStone Muskoka. She has her master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and has over 16 years’ experience in the addiction industry working with the adult population. Kim has worked at various levels within the field such as front line addiction counsellor in inpatient and outpatient programs, clinical supervisor for addictions counselors and program coordinator for the addiction program at Homewood Health Centre.
Lindsay Johnson, Hons. Bsc – Addictions Counselor
Lindsay Johnson is one of the Addiction Therapists at GreeneStone Muskoka.
She has graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science, as well as graduated with honours from Post graduate studies in Addictions: Treatment and Prevention. Previously she has worked in Community Programs supporting individuals with mental health and addiction issues as well as in a Women’s In-patient Treatment facility in Western Canada.
Tim Dickson, C.C.A.C. – Clinical Associate & Alumni Coordinator
I feel honoured and privileged to be present with the residents of our community as they work through major changes in their lives.”
Tim began his professional career as a Residential Addiction Treatment Worker in 2003. His roles have included Withdrawal Management Counsellor, 12-Step Facilitator, Aftercare Coordinator and over two years as a Primary Therapist at the Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community in British Columbia.
Tim has been awarded certificates from Vancouver Community College in Substance Abuse Counselling as well as Business Leadership. Tim has completed certificate courses with the University of Toronto and CAMH in Concurrent Disorders Treatment, Applied Tobacco Cessation Counselling and Opioid Dependency Treatment.
Tim’s current duties include Group Facilitation, Alumni Coordinator, Individual Counselling, 12-step Facilitation, Mindfulness Meditation, and Recreational Activities. He is passionate about maintaining our healthy Community culture. Tim is certified with the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation.
Karen Schafer, MSW, RSW – Family Therapist
Karen Schafer is a therapist with over 30 year’s experience working in a number of settings including residential, day treatment, mental health, outreach-addictions and private practice. As well, she has had many years of teaching experience at Vanier College and the McGill Family Clinic in Montreal, Victoria University, City University and Ryerson University. Karen’s contributions include working with families that have a family member that is struggling with substance misuse and addictions, writing a family theory course, public speaking that included a radio show on social and relationship issues, consultation, family therapy training and supervision. She attended Concordia University and has a BA, BSW, and MSW from McGill University.