GreeneStone Muskoka Staff
Our team of professionals focus on treatment methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness, internal family systems, and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT). All evidence shows these are the best practices for treatment in conjunction with our holistic approach (5 intelligences, 4 principles). Through 1:1 and group education, our team supports residents to navigate through the program, reflect on life issues (work, relationships, emotions, themselves, challenges, conflicts) in the context of their struggles with their addiction and other mental health issues.
Our team is focused on providing residents with:
- Helping understand addiction and substance abuse and how it affects their lives emotionally and physically.
- Empathetic listening and feedback as they navigate the program, uncover truths about themselves, and learn to overcome obstacles to treatment.
- Active encouragement as residents reflect on life issues such as work, relationships, emotions, themselves, challenges, and conflicts.
Our Therapy/Clinical Team Includes:
Danielle McCarron (M.Sc.)
Danielle is a therapist and Holistic Recovery Coach, completing her Master of Science in Health Coaching. She has worked alongside many treatment centre teams with her private clients in order to ensure each client has an individualized recovery approach. Working in the recovery field for 5 years, Danielle studied at the Transformational Arts College of Holistic training where she studied Spiritual Psychotherapy, and is a trained interventionist with Earl Hightower. She has worked with many clients and their families who are struggling with alcohol and substance use, as well as process addictions, both one-on-one and in group settings. Danielle is currently a PhD student in Mind-Body Medicine with a specialization in Integrative Mental Health.
Grant Nowak, BA
Primary Therapist at GreeneStone Muskoka for over 3 years. Grant completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in philosophy and psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. Allowing him to study the mechanisms, functions and works of the brain as well as frameworks to promote growth, learning and healing. As a therapist he applies treatment modalities of CBT, mindfulness and DBT on a regular basis to support a holistic approach of recovery based upon the 5 intelligences taught at GreeneStone Muskoka.
Rachael Grier, RSSW, CACC
Primary Therapist at GreeneStone Muskoka and is one of our newest therapists as she started earlier this year. Rachael is an RSSW, CACC with 18 years of experience in concurrent disorders. Her emphasis is towards CBT, DBT and solution focused therapies. Rachael is an enthusiastic and energetic clinician with a lifelong passion for supporting people.
Jim Hall, BA
Jim has been a trauma therapist at GreeneStone for 2 years. Throughout his 30-year career Jim has worked with youth in trouble with the law at Yorklea Detention Centre, young people on the street through Covenant House & Central Toronto Youth Services. He has worked in behavior classrooms through Aisling Discoveries Child & Family Centre and with children, adolescents and families at hospital based mental health clinic called Shoniker Clinic, part of the Rouge Valley Health System in Scarborough. Jim was also the lead therapist for 20 years in a Trauma Group Program for men who were sexually abused as children. He developed and presented many different workshops across Canada including working with the Inuit in the high Arctic. In 2005 Jim wrote Creating Courage: Search & Rescue, a manual on anxiety and trauma.
Spiritual Therapist / Alumni Director
Spiritual Therapist at GreeneStone Muskoka for 4 years. Louise is a retired palliative nurse and has worked with people from many different backgrounds and traditions. Upon her retirement she was invited into the North American and South America indigenous culture to learn and grow. After traveling back and forth from Peru for 8 years she felt the call to facilitate and utilize the wisdoms that have been passed down from generation to generation for self exploration and well being.
Resident satisfaction reflects the caliber of our staff
Residents who have completed the treatment program and submitted their exit surveys consistently rate satisfaction with their counselling sessions at GreeneStone Muskoka a 4.8 out of 5 and other program components a 4.5 and higher.
Our Physical Health Team:
Registered Massage Therapist
Registered Massage Therapist at Greenestone for over 4 years. Massage is a very important component to recovery and ensures the balance of all five intelligences: Spiritual, Cognitive, Emotional, Relational and Physical. Aleks role as a Registered Massage Therapist is to foster the growth of physical intelligence and wellbeing. This may take many forms and is centered on experiential understanding and personal empowerment.
Aleks has been an RMT for over nine years and has the honour of helping residents here at GSM. This experience and working together with our caring and knowledgeable staff have led him to a deep and personal understanding of addiction and its impacts on the body.
Treatments are customized to the individual’s current needs and conditions. Benefits include, but not limited to; reduced stress and tension, improved rest and relaxation, management of trauma, disease processes, injuries, surgeries, health renewal and improved physical performance.
Treatments combine breath work, posture, spinal mechanics, nervous system and tissue health. Primary technics used are structural integration, joint manipulation, fascial release, acupressure, stretching and cranial sacral.
“I look forward to connecting and helping you along your path of recovery.”
Candace Wiese is our in-house personal trainer. Candace comes from a background of Kinesiology and Physiotherapy, and enjoys working with a variety of people, from all fitness levels and goals. She is also a Cycle, TRX, Yoga and group fitness instructor. She can help you set and achieve some health and fitness goals while you are here at Greenestone, no matter what level you are starting at! Whether it is a simple at home routine, some stretching, water-aerobics, or strength and cardio training, Candace can help get you on the track towards a healthier, fitter you!
Jasmine from Active Turtle Yoga has been teaching and supporting yogis and yoginis for 12 years and provides three classes a week at Greenestone. Jasmine is known for her life affirming practice available to all levels. She has her Yoga Warriors training for PTSD and Trauma as well as Core Strength Vinyasa, Kundalini, Pre and Post Natal, Hatha, Yoga on a chair and Thai Yoga Massage. Her classes will leave you knowing yourself better.
Our Medical Staff Includes:
Dr. David C. Marsh, MD, CCSAM
Chief Medical Director
Dr. Marsh graduated in Medicine from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1992, following prior training in neuroscience and pharmacology. From July 2010 to Feb 2018, Dr. Marsh served the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) as Associate Dean, Community Engagement.
Prior to moving to NOSM, David held leadership positions with Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care and faculty appointment with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia from 2004-2010. Previously, he held leadership roles at the Addiction Research Foundation and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto from 1996-2003.
Dr. Marsh has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and government reports. His research interests focus primarily on the treatment of opioid dependence including heroin-assisted treatment and supervised injection. Dr. Marsh received the Nyswander-Dole Award from the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence and Fellowships from the International and American Societies of Addiction Medicine in recognition of his contribution to this field.
Connie Foster, PHC, MSC
Primary Care Practitioner
Connie is a Nurse Practitioner and provides intake physical exams and episodic care for GreeneStone Muskoka residents. She brings over 30 years of healthcare experience in both urban and rural communities in the North Simcoe Muskoka region to GreeneStone Muskoka. 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 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 was a regional Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Nurse Examiner.
Connie is a strong advocate for improvements in mental health and addictions as part of the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) 12 region. She is currently a Board Member and Treasurer at the Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic in Huntsville, ON.
Our Admissions Staff Includes:
Front Office Administrative Assistant
”I work at GreeneStone Muskoka Inc. because of the people. I sincerely enjoy helping others and I know that even in some small ways, I am truly helping them.”
As the Front Office Administrative Assistant and Receptionist at GreeneStone Muskoka, Joanne brings many years of successful experience in the service industry. A Business Administration and Accounting Graduate, Joanne attended post grad courses with continuing her education in areas such as Computers and other surrounding subjects.
Joanne is heavily involved in big fraction of the day-to-day administrative tasks at GreeneStone Muskoka, such as answering the phones, compiling information for clients and referrals and helping the staff be more efficient. In addition to the administration functions she helps the residents with various tasks in their daily life.
Team-lead Admissions & Intake Co-ordinator
As a GreeneStone staff members for over 3 years, Theresa holds an Honors Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and post-graduate certificate in Addictions: Treatment and Prevention. Theresa has extensive experience in different clinical departments at GreeneStone Muskoka. Theresa spent 2 years as a Clinical Associate, supporting clients in the community as needed and providing education and Family Education on weekends. Theresa has spent the last year as Admissions and Discharge Planner, assisting the clients’ transition from Stabilization into the therapeutic program as well as helping clients plan for recovery at home. Theresa is now Lead Intake and loves helping ease client’s nerves and answering questions to help a person come into treatment with dignity and respect. Theresa is currently working on her application towards becoming a Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor.
“I consider it an absolute honor to witness people on their journey. This job has truly been an inspiration”.
Admissions & Intake Co-Ordinator
Admissions & Intake Co-Ordinator and previous Clinical Associate, Kaitlin is a relatively recent addition to the GreeneStone Muskoka team; she has completed a Bachelor’s of Arts with a double major of Psychology and Sociology as well as an Addiction Community Outreach diploma program. Prior to joining the staff at GreeneStone Muskoka, Kaitlin spent seven years working in Housing First programs focused on chronically homeless individual living with substance use disorders. Kaitlin is experienced in crisis counselling and grounding techniques and has a passion for improving the quality of life of the people she serves.